There are two opportunities for the public to learn more or give input on permitting that affects development projects in Alaska.
Public testimony opportunity: Senate Finance Committee
The State of Alaska has been looking into the benefits of taking over Clean Water Act Section 404 permitting from the federal government. Governor Dunleavy has requested funding from the state legislature to begin implementing the takeover. The effort is estimated to cost $5 million a year and require nearly three dozen new employees. The Senate Finance Committee is taking public testimony this week on whether to include that funding in the budget.
Friday, April 21
- Beginning at 9 a.m. – Dillingham, Bristol Bay & Southwest Alaska. Call (844) 586-9085.
- Beginning at 1 pm – Anchorage, Matanuska Susitna Borough, Kenai Peninsula: To call from Anchorage prefixes: (907) 563-9085, for all others: (844) 586-9085.
Alaska Seeking a 404 redirect for wetlands development – Juneau Empire, March 3, 2023
Multi-agency permitting event, Monday, April 24
Learn more about Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act and the permits they require during a multi-agency event at the Mat-Su Borough Assembly Chambers in Palmer on Monday, April 24 from 2-7 pm.
Experts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mat-Su Borough Permitting Center, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and Environmental Protection Agency will be available to discuss and answer questions about streambank restoration, wetlands, lakes, floodplains and air quality.