Stream mitigation flows along
Greetings my fellow citizens, summer is on its way! Our Seward-Bear Creek Flood Service Area (SBCFSA) now has two studies to complete for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and then we will be able to acquire a funded mitigation project! This is after 9 years of studies, reports and our local 2010 Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan that have been completed by our SBCFSA members. The SBCFSA hopes to complete these last two required studies in a timely fashion.
At the March 19 SBCFSA meeting I, as a private citizen, introduced a measure for stream mitigation of our Salmon Creek Watershed. By adding the word watershed this includes all streams flowing into Salmon Creek as well as Salmon Creek.
Currently the SBCFSA is attempting to change its by-laws to all member seats to be described as “at large” seats. Presently the city of Seward claims four seats (only two are filled and no citizen ran for the two vacant seats in the last election). Three other seats are filled by citizens who live outside the city limits but are year-round residents. These three seats have several private citizens whom wish to join but are unable to due to the language of the SBCFSA’s bylaws.
For the citizens out there on Sawmill Creek (Nash Road) I’ve got some good news and some not so good news. The not so good news is that the Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources has claimed ownership of the entire length of Sawmill Creek. The good news is that the SBCFSA is fully aware and working on this issue.
The SBCFSA meets every first and third Monday each month. This may be moved to another day of the week in the future since the representative of the city of Seward has been as scarce as a plaid moose. Meetings start at 7 p.m. in the SeaView Plaza in room #122 and the public is always welcome. There’s plenty of seating, cookies, coffee, water, literature and important information. Not to mention the meetings have two sections in their agenda for public comment. Need to file for a permit? The SBCFSA can assist you!
Upcoming SBCFSA meetings are April 2 and 16, and they hope to see you there. Don’t forget; they’re looking out for you!
For any/all previous LOG articles on this subject by my hand, write to me at P.O. Box 3161, Seward, AK 99664. And thank you for your attention.