Letter: Defend clean water, healthy habitat

I am writing in defense of clean drinking water, healthy salmon habitat and the voice of the Alaskan people.

 

The current state of the pesticide permitting process (catastrophically altered in 2013 by the Parnell administration) makes it simple for herbicides to be applied to state lands with no regard to public input or the proximity of water sources. Furthermore, the notification of pesticide applications does not occur within a sufficient amount of time: an issue of both public health and democracy.


See Also


House Bill 201 would amend the dangerous and autocratic conditions of the current permitting process, restoring the voice of the people with public comment periods and notification of pesticide applications with clearly defined announcements both on the physical location and within the affected communities themselves. The bill would also add buffer zones to both salmon habitat and drinking water sources, protecting valuable cultural and economic resources.

I urge Alaskans to speak out in defense of public health and democracy through support of HB201.

Abbey VandenBerg, age 17

Student, Juneau-Douglas High School

More

To Sealaska shareholders: Support Taug for board of directors

The purpose of this letter is to encourage Sealaska shareholders to support Karen Taug for election to the board of directors. I am doing so... Read more

Develop Alaska’s natural resources

While the U.S. is distracted by North Korea and the Middle East, Russia is quietly developing Siberia and laying claim to large areas under the... Read more

Answering questions on mining ordinance proposal

Answering questions on mining ordinance proposal

Read more

Car buyers in rural Alaska can face recall reimbursement issues

Rural Alaska buyer beware: I am writing this letter to inform people in rural Alaska about the difficulties encountered when trying to get a manufacturer... Read more

Around the Web

CONTACT US

  • Switchboard: 907-586-3740
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-586-3740
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Business Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-523-2230
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES

SOCIAL NETWORKING