Anchorage Area Hit with Multiple Water Main Breaks January 23, 2015
The Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility reported four water main breaks left many customers without water around the city. The first water main broke early Friday morning on Gold Kings Avenue in northeast Anchorage. Water was shut off at 3 a.m. while crews replaced corroded bolts and installed a new valve, restoring water service 12 hours later. Reports of a second and third water main break came in several hours later. One break, near the intersection of Bragaw Street and DeBarr Road, turned off water at O'Reilly Auto Parts and Publix Self Storage, two nearby businesses. Another water main break happened near Bean's Cafe on East Third Avenue
Congress Passes Water Bill with Alaska Amendments
By Liz Ruskin, APRN | May 22, 2014 - 4:59 pm
Congress has passed a $12 billion water resources bill that may help Alaska gain a deepwater Arctic port, although it doesn’t actually fund one.
The provision, supported by the entire Alaska congressional delegation, would allow the Corps of Engineers to provide technical assistance to local or tribal governments who want to develop an Arctic port, and accept money from them. For other harbors around Alaska, the bill allows the Corps to consider subsistence use, not just economic development, when selecting projects to fund.
The Water Resources Reform and Development Act authorizes more than 30 major projects in the lower 48, such as harbor dredging and flood control work.
It now goes to the president for his signature.
Begich hails beneficial effects of WRRDA
News - May 28, 2014
US Senator Mark Begich has hailed passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), a key piece of legislation for marine transportation infrastructure in the US that includes a Begich provision changing guidelines that had made it very difficult for Alaska ports and harbours to get federal funding.
“This bill clears the way for federal investment in Alaska’s ports and harbours,” said Begich. “The investment will lead to better transportation infrastructure for the Arctic’s growing maritime traffic and will be a real economic boon for Alaska’s coastal communities that will lead to more family-wage jobs for Alaskans.”
The legislation is particularly important for Alaska, a state that relies on ports and marine transportation for nearly all sectors of the economy including consumer goods, fisheries, and natural resource extraction.
Specific provisions include:
• Streamlining small harbour project approval and dedicating funds for Alaska: the provision included at Begich’s request represents a major overhaul of how port
and harbour projects can be built in Alaska. The new language would allow small projects to avoid a cumbersome approval process in which they had to compete for funding with much bigger ports. Under the agreement small, remote and subsistence harbours in Alaska, Hawaii and the US territories can receive dedicated federal funding of up to US$10 million per project.
• Arctic ports partnership: the provision, an amendment offered by the Alaska delegation, expands the authority of the US Army Corps of Engineers to engage in partnerships with state, local and tribal governments to develop deepwater ports in the Arctic.
• Development of Seward harbour uplands: the provision, included at Senator Begich’s request, allows recently filled-in uplands from Seward’s harbour expansion to be developed by lifting the “navigational servitude” restriction and allowing for clear titles to the land to be issued.
• Continuation of Tribal partnerships: the provision authorizes the continuation of the Army Corps successful Tribal Partnership Program (TPP). The TPP allows the Army Corps to conduct studies to determine the feasibility of development projects that will substantially benefit Alaska Native villages.
The WRRDA Bill passed 412-4 in the House and by a 91-7 vote in the Senate. The last bill authorizing these projects passed Congress seven years ago, in 2007.