State to Receive Federal Funds to Monitor Water Quality off NW Alaska

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will receive $2.25 million in federal revenue sharing to monitor water quality off northwest Alaska.  The Minerals Management Service grant comes from its Coastal Impact Assessment Program. The money is federal royalty payments derived from companies drilling off coastal states. The grant will be used to expand the Alaska Monitoring and Assessment Program, now in Southcentral and southeast Alaska waters, to part of the Chukchi Sea. The coastline from Point Hope to Point Barrow will be studied.

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

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