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City of Dillingham presents: Interactive Web Map

Jun 2, 2015
City of Dillingham

The public can now access information about plats, parcel ownership, and city infrastructure with the click of a button. 

For nearly a decade, the City of Dillingham has been developing a new tool for planners and homeowners. It’s an interactive web map where anyone can click through a wealth of information about land and infrastructure.

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Ocean Renewable Power Company

The cost of electricity in Igiugig in nearly 80 cents per kilowatt hour, but the national average is 10 cents.  Igiugig relies on diesel generation.  One company set out to show how inexpensive and effective a hydrokinetic power system could be. 

The Ocean Renewable Power Company’s RivGen power System is a 25 kilowatt system designed to reduce the cost of electricity to remote communities located near rivers.  Hydrokinetic systems, like RivGen, refers to energy technologies that capture the energy in moving water and convert it to electricity. 

Katey Walter Anthony

A new study released by the University of Alaska Fairbanks shows arctic thermokarst lakes maintain climate change by storing greenhouse gases. 

The study published in the scientific journal Nature suggests arctic thermokarst lakes are “net climate coolers.” Thermokarst lakes are thawing bodies of water with ice-rich permafrost.  These bodies of water are formed when permafrost is melted and creates dips in the surface that then are filled with melted water. 

Murkowski Pushes Water Energy Legislation

Jun 26, 2014

US Senator Lisa Murkowski pushed legislation intended to improve the efficiency of the federal government in addressing issues related to energy and water.  She spoke Wednesday to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Water and Energy Subcommittee.

Senator Murkowski spoke about the Nexus of Energy and Water for Sustainability Act.  The legislation would focus on water being used to produce energy and the energy required to treat, transport and distribute water.  Murkowski says the energy nexus is important because water is crucial for every aspect of life.

A study was released in April comparing the amount of contaminants in 20 national park waters.  Pesticides and higher levels of mercury were among the findings.