AFE 2021: Hidden Costs and Who Pays: The Economics of Oil Spills

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Oil spills, whether large or small, can be expensive to clean up. Ultimately, the spiller is responsible for costs, but the ins and outs of how money moves and who pays is complex, especially when it comes to long-term restoration and other less apparent costs. Breck Tostevin, former member of the Alaska Attorney General’s office, will speak about oil spill ...

AFE 2021: Morning Remarks

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AFE 2021: Design and Construction on Steroids: Anchorage’s New Transfer Station

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Did you know 80% of Anchorage’s waste routes through our transfer station? 265,000 lbs of waste each year! That could fill up the BP building every month! The transfer station is located in the middle of town in an open air building creating loud noise and smells in the surrounding areas. Come learn how our new transfer station will reduce ...

AFE 2021 Youth Track: National Park Service Film Showcase

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A collection of films by NPS interns and staff focused on Loons in Alaska. Presented by: Delaney Vinson, Geosciences in Park and Student Conservation Association Intern, National Park Service Patrick Knavel, Biological Science Technician, National Park Service Lynneva Carroll, Intern, Mosaics in Science Emma Zayon, Intern, Student Conservation Association Academy Sam Bernitz, Mentor, Alaska Teen Media Institute Dev Dharm Kalsa, ...

AFE 2021: Alaska’s Berries in Changing Climate

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Alaska's berries are changing. What do we know about the connection between climate change and our wild berries, and what information do we still need to make sure our families have as many berries as we need in the future? This session will discuss some of the science and observations on berries and climate change in Alaska and what information ...

AFE 2021 Youth Track: [email protected]; From Wilderness Expeditions to Backyard Exploration

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Inspiring Girls Expeditions empowers 16- and 17-year-old high school girls through 12 day backcountry science and art programs. At Inspiring Girls Expeditions Alaska, we typically offer summer expeditions in glaciology/mountaineering, marine biology/sea kayaking, and boreal ecology/packrafting. The COVID-19 pandemic required us to cancel our in-person expeditions in 2020, and allowed us to get creative in designing a virtual summer program. ...

AFE 2021: Military Training in Alaska

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The US Navy and US Air Force will discuss information on past and upcoming joint military training in Alaska, the actions to mitigate potential environmental impacts, and ongoing environmental planning projects. The public and tribal involvement with the Gulf of Alaska Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to achieve mutual goals will be explained. Presenters: John Moster, US Navy Lt. Col. Ronnie ...

AFE 2021 Youth Track: We’re In This Together: Partnership and Resilience Strategies for Environmental Education in Rural Alaska

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How can we keep serving our communities through the challenges of Covid? We will discuss partnership strategies, resilience stories, and ideas for supporting each other in hard times. Presenters: Robin Mayo, Executive Director of Wrangell Institute for Science and Environment Lauren Bien, Prince William Sound Science Center Kate Morse, Copper River Watershed Project Russell Scribner, Wrangell St. Elias National Park ...

AFE 2021: Earn College Credit at AFE! An Informational Session with UAF Bristol Bay Campus

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You can earn college credit for attending AFE. Join Eric Goddard and his team at UAF Bristol Bay Campus for this informative session on how to sign up and an opportunity to get your questions answered. ENVI 150- Viewpoints in Environmental Science: 2021 Alaska Forum on the Environment is a 1 credit online class with a dual credit opportunity for ...

AFE 2021: Morning Remarks

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AFE 2021: Citizen Science in the Electronic Age

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In our current era it is now easier that ever to document the flora and fauna that we see whenever we travel outdoors. Applications like ebird, inaturalist and AK weeds help novice naturalists record data and even get assistance in identifying what they see. This presentation will focus on these three applications and how scientists and managers are using the ...

AFE 2021 Youth Track: Filmmaker Protips – A Guide to Imrpoving Your Camera Skills

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Alaska Teen Media Institute's (ATMI) Cody Liska will provide guidance on how to shoot professional-quality video for any project with any camera. Participants will learn best practices for shooting video b-roll, have the opportunity to practice their skills and get some feedback on their work. Bring a camera of your choice, smart phones work just fine! Presenter: Cody Liska, ATMI ...

AFE 2021: Green Star Community Program – Become an Agent of Change in your Community!

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Drop in and learn about the Green Star Communities program to see how it can benefit your villages environmental program. The program supports Alaskan rural villages that wish to focuses on waste reduction, energy conservation and pollution prevention. The program starts with an initial assessment focused on a community-wide review of local utility infrastructure and waste management services and provides ...

SESSION POSTPONED – AFE 2021 Youth Track: Fresh Eyes on Ice: Investigating Changes in River and Lake Ice Across Alaska

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Learning about freshwater ice and how it is changing comes at many levels and from many sources. The Fresh Eyes on Ice project is focuses on advancing knowledge on ice for the Arctic science community, K-12 students and teachers, and Alaskan communities who are faced with preparing for changing ice conditions. The new knowledge of freshwater ice produced by this ...

AFE Keynote: Youth Keynote Featuring Cassidy Austin-Merlino

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It has been a few years since AFE has had any of youth keynote event. AFE 2021 is pleased to present Cassidy Austin-Merlino, who will highlight how youth can provide successful influence and activism to environmental issues. Cassidy Austin-Merlino is an award winning youth activist from McCarthy Alaska, on the traditional unceded hunting grounds of the Ahtna Athabascan people. Currently ...

AFE 2021: Environmental Restoration Efforts at Federal Sites in Alaska

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Environmental managers from the Federal Aviation Administration, US Army Corps of Engineers, and US Air Force will present information on their respective environmental cleanup projects in Alaska. The discussions will address progress that has been made in the past year to accomplish remediation goals that protect human health and the environment. Presenters: Brad Platt, Federal Aviation Administration Ken Andraschko, US ...

AFE 2021 Youth Track: Alaska Youth for Environmental Action

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Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (AYEA) Youth host a forum discussion about the intersection of climate justice and racial justice. Presented by AYEA Youth Natalie Buttner, Unalaska Ana Hokenson, Anchorage Ella Mayo-Kiely, Anchorage Zoe Okleasik, Nome

AFE 2021: Morning Remarks

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AFE 2021: Marine Debris Removal, Prevention and Response: Projects, Efforts and Observations

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In this session you’ll hear from members of the Alaska marine debris community on recent and planned efforts, what they’re finding, and what they’re learning. Across Alaska there is an active and innovative marine debris community working to clean debris from shorelines. These projects use diverse methods but all have the common goal of removing debris and preventing impacts to ...

AFE 2021: PFAS – Tools and Techniques for Investigation and Analysis

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Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are now a well-documented class of emerging contaminants receiving attention worldwide as a pervasive and persistent environmental threat. Numerous previous presentations at AFE have discussed common topics for PFAS: sources, exposure pathways, options for treatment, and regulatory oversight and actions. This talk will focus on technical aspects for investigating the complex suite of PFAS compounds ...

AFE 2021: Remedial Process Optimization 101: What Is It and How Can It Improve My Project?

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Remedial Process Optimization 101 will provide an overview of RPO as a systematic and proven means for evaluating ways to managing the progression of a site towards regulatory closure.  It pertains to each step in the lifecycle of a remediation project, from characterization thru design, operations and closure. RPO is a proactive tool to evaluate and chart the best path ...

AFE 2021: Morning Remarks

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AFE 2021: Responding From Afar: New Oil Spill Response Technologies

Innovative technologies are enabling responders to obtain more information about oil spills and respond from a safe distance. These new advancements include the Arctic Domain Awareness Center’s long-range autonomous underwater vehicle that can observe and collect samples undersea and under ice to characterize oil spills and other environmental hazards. This technology can also help create a baseline of data for ...