Akhiok residents report that fish have returned to Akhiok Bay since the outfall was repaired/extended further into the ocean
Mike Roberts writes,
Akhiok residents report that fish have returned to Akhiok Bay since the outfall was repaired/extended further into the ocean.They also mentioned that the sewage smell was gone. Post by M. Brubaker, ANTHC on behalf of Mike Roberts, Director of Project Operations, DEHE, ANTHC.
The Tribal Health System has been actively working actively with Akhiok to address deficiencies with their sewage system which caused problems due to the discharge of wastewater onto the beach which was used by children for swimming. The DCCED report from 2013 documenting this problem has been linked below. Repairs were recently made to the outfall as reflected in Mike Robert's observation. This observation has also been forwarded to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Subsistence. M. Tcheripanoff
Native Village of Akhiok Consult:
Jeanetta Rastopsoff, Tribal Administrator writes; Just replying to confirm Mike Roberts observation that Akhiok did receive a new Sewer outfall line which in turn caused our fish to return to the bay and provide a safe swimming and fish cleaning area for our local people. We also received a new Water Treatment facility and water storage tanks to provide clean, treated water for our community.
Subsistence harvests and uses of salmon, trout, and char in Akhiok, Larsen Bay, Old Harbor, Ouzinkie, and Port Lions, Alaska, 2004 and 2005 – Participation in the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Kodiak Management Area salmon subsistence permitting program has been low; therefore, accurate harvest estimates have been difficult to achieve. This project provided education and outreach about the permit program as well as an evaluation of harvest assessment methods. The project included key respondent interviews, household harvest surveys, and the engagement of residents, fisheries managers, ADF&G researchers and local research assistants through public meetings and workshops. Source: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Discover Kodiak Alaska Untamed™ – Situated in Alitak Bay about 98 miles southwest of the city of Kodiak, Akhiok is the most remote village on the island. The shoreline is characterized by narrow rocky beaches. During summer the grassy hills and flatlands that surround the town turn emerald green and burst with colorful wildflowers. Akhiok was originally established as a sea otter hunting settlement by the Russians. Today it enjoys a strong sockeye and pink salmon run in its rivers and streams. Source: Alaska Untamed Kodiak Island and the Katmai Coast
Beach scene_1 Akhiok, AK (2016)
ADCCED Division of Community and Regional Affairs’ Community Photo Library.