Fill the Freezer: Matching Grant & West Susitna Survey
During our 7 day drive to "Fill the Freezer"
Yesterday began our 7-day push to "Fill the Freezer" before the changing season!
If you donate to the Susitna River Coalition the week of 4/26/21, you double your impact thanks to a generous, anonymous donor.
Help us reach our goal of $2000!
The Susitna River Watershed provides so much to those that call it home. Berries from its tundra slopes, fish from its rivers, and wild game in its forests. Each of us harvest from and enjoys this beautiful watershed of ours in different ways.
Let's give back by conserving the Watershed's integrity!
With many threats to the Susitna Watershed amplified during this spring season, we need YOUR help to protect it.
This summer, we will be closely monitoring the West Susitna Access Road, monitoring buzzing about the revival of the Susitna-Watana Dam, ensure proper development of the Governor's Green Bank, preparing for a winter season of educational programs, and assisting with stream restoration projects in the watershed.
Give to your watershed and double your donation the week of April 26, 2021!
Pick from the berry patch --- Head to the fishing hole --- Hunt the caribou herd.
$5-100 $100-250 $250-500
This is just under one month away, and we are busy with outreach and collecting information from our watershed community.
Would you take our short survey about the West Susitna Access Road?
You can even provide a public comment that, with your permission, we will submit for you so that you never miss a public comment period.
Help us #SaveTheSu!
Take the survey here.
West Susitna Access Road
The Mat Su Borough Budget Meetings
What is the latest with the West Susitna Access Road?
We have received a lot of emails and comments in the last few weeks in regards to rumors about West Susitna Access Road. So, here is the update. At this point, we have been participating and commenting in these hearings and the West Susitna Access Road has been taken out of the Senate side of the Governor's Bill but not the House side. ***This does not mean that West Su Access Road has been denied funding*** ***But we are right on track!*** AIDEA, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, still has around $400 million dollars of uncommitted money to spend on whatever they wish without legislative approval. The uncommitted AIDEA funds are, for example, how AIDEA was able to put so much money into the Ambler Road against public support and without legislative approval. Starting today, the Matanuska Susitna Borough will begin reviewing their annual Budget. Included in their proposed budget is $100,000 of Borough money to spend or be spent on the West Susitna Road. Why is AIDEA, with $400 million dollars available for spending, asking the Mat-Su Borough for $100,000 more dollars on a project that has the potential to turn into an expensive money sink of maintenance?
There will be three opportunities for public comment: April 27 @ 6 PM in Person or Telephonically in Palmer Ways you can participate in the Assembly meeting: IN PERSON: · Should you wish to attend in person, please adhere to a 6-foot distance between yourself and others. · As of November 4, 2020, masks are currently required to be worn over your nose and mouth while you are indoors in any Borough facility, unless you have a medical or mental health condition making wearing a face covering contrary to your health and safety. IN WRITING: You can submit written comments to email@example.com TELEPHONIC TESTIMONY: · Dial 1-855-225-2326; You will hear “Joining conference” when you are admitted to the meeting. · You will be automatically muted and able to listen to the meeting. · When the Mayor announces audience participation, press *3; you will hear “Your hand has been raised.” · When it is your turn to testify you will hear “Your line has been unmuted.” · State your name for the record, spell your last name, and provide your testimony. Those who wish to observe the meeting may do so by the live stream video at Facebook.com/MatSuBorough. April 29 @ 6PM in Person at the Menard Center Ways you can participate in the Assembly meeting: IN PERSON: · Should you wish to attend in person, please adhere to a 6-foot distance between yourself and others. · The city of Wasilla currently requires that masks be worn over your nose and mouth while you are indoors in their facility, unless you have a medical or mental health condition making wearing a face covering contrary to your health and safety. IN WRITING: You can submit written comments to firstname.lastname@example.org Those who wish to observe the meeting may do so by the live stream video at Facebook.com/MatSuBorough. May 6 @ 6PM in Person at Su Valley High in Talkeetna We will update you as information becomes available
Join the SRC Facebook Page and West Su Access Information Facebook Group for more updates. Please remember to take our West Susitna Access Road Survey to assist in our outreach efforts AND make sure you never miss a public comment period!
Supplemental Wetlands Mitigation Ordinance:
New Opportunity for Public Comment
The Supplemental Wetlands Mitigation Ordinance will come before the Mat Su Borough Planning commission on Monday, May 3, 2021. Public Testimony is Welcome! IN PERSON. Should you wish to testify in person, please adhere to the 6-foot distance between yourself and others. It is required to wear a mask for anyone entering or attending meetings in MSB facilities. IN WRITING: You can submit written comments to the Planning Commission Clerk at email@example.com. TELEPHONIC TESTIMONY: Dial 1-855-290-3803; you will hear “Joining conference” when you are admitted to the meeting. You will be automatically muted and able to listen to the meeting. When the Chair announces audience participation or a public hearing you would like to speak to, press *3; you will hear, “Your hand has been raised.” When it is your turn to testify, you will hear, “Your line has been unmuted.” State your name for the record, spell your last name, and provide your testimony.
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our work or would like to get more involved. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube for updates. Thank you for your support! SRC Board Members: Mike Wood, Whitney Wolff, Becky Long, Laura Wright, Howard Carbone, and Heidi Knudsvig