All our interests and energies get sifted into distinct programs that focus on specific tasks or solutions. These programs reflect the direction the RBCA board has established through its strategic plan. The primary organizing principle is the watershed which acknowledges water and the path it takes and the changes that occur as it responds to gravity. The water story reveals its past. Like tributyltin, one of the world's most toxic compounds. It joins the story near the end as water passes over the uncontained, spent sandblast waste on the ground at Seward Ships Drydock.
All the supporting characters of water play a role in our programs. We monitor coastal bird mortality, we remove trash from party spots and catcher beaches in the Bay. And since we all depend on the water in the Bay in some way its a good idea for us to keep track of conflicts. Bears and human conflicts can be reduced by using the bear-resistant garbage cans we sell. We work toward new sustainable sources of energy. We hope to encourage enjoyment.
Watershed Conservation Program
The mission of RBCA’s Resurrection Bay Watershed Program is to protect and enhance the Resurrection Bay watershed through monitoring, habitat assessment, public education and advocacy of science-based resource management.
Watershed program goals include:
•Promote community awareness and understanding of local ecosystems and associated conservation issues.
•Protect the Resurrection Bay watershed through education, outreach, partnerships, and citizen science.
•Monitor compliance with the Clean Water Act and other state and federal environmental regulations to ensure the protection of watershed resources.
•Develop projects to monitor and enhance the health of the Resurrection Bay Watershed. Go here for more info.
Cleaning up other people's trash
We like to tidy up the messes that accumulate from good folks that forget to take home their beer cans, cigarette butts and pallets. We pick up trash on beaches in the Bay like the Eldorado Spit and inland places like the stray campsites on the Exit Glacier road. Go here for more info.
COASST - Looking for dead birds
Birds provide lots of useful information (even in death) about the state of the coastal environment. Weather, fisheries, coastal habitat change, and even feral cats and dogs can affect bird populations. By joining citizens, natural resource management agencies and environmental organizations, COASST (Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team) works to translate long-term monitoring into effective marine conservation solutions. Go here for more info: COASST