Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators Conference continues today
in Kodiak. One of the presenters on the agenda is Rachel Lord of Homer.
Lord, who works
for Cook Inlet Keeper, came to Kodiak to talk to the AAHPA members about the
Clean Harbor Certification Program. She's the project manager for the program
which is funded by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.
-- (Clean Harbor 1 "It's
a voluntary ... marine resources.")
Lord says there are many benefits
to participating harbors including a reduction in the cost of waste disposal
and spill response.
-- (Clean Harbor 2 "It's
a way ... people's back yards.")
She says Clean
Harbor requires a top-down
commitment from harbor officials and staff and community leaders.
-- (Clean Harbor 3 "Through
really ... the best we can.")
Lord says that she's finding Alaska's harbor
officials to be very interested in the program and that the timing is right as
more people are recognizing the need for this kind of action.
The Clean Harbor
program has been adopted by 24 other coastal and great lake states.