Westchester Lagoon Viewing Platform Ribbon Cutting & Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act
A celebration of the official opening of the new bird viewing platform at the Westchester Lagoon Waterfowl Sanctuary was on August 23, 2022. There were brief remarks about this new addition along with a celebration of the Clean Water Act's 50th anniversary. It was followed by a ribbon cutting from AWC Board President Isaac Watkins and Todd Heyworth who designed the drawings.
Annual Meeting November 2
Our 2022 Annual Meeting was held on Nov. 2. Presentations were made on our new Loons, Line, and Lead program, preliminary research on the effects of toxic substances (6PPD quinone) on coho salmon, issues with impermeable surfaces and stormwater, and the installation of the Westchester Viewing Platform at Spenard.
Scoop the Poop!
On April 23, our annual Scoop the Poop day was held at University Lake dog park and Connors Bog dog park. More than 100 volunteers headed out to clean up pet waste that had accumulated over the winter. It was a gorgeous day, and lots of poop was cleaned up which keeps it out of local creeks. THANK YOU to those volunteers as well as those who scoop every day!
Creek Cleanup May 12 through 24
May is breakup time in Anchorage, and that means it’s also time to clean up. For nearly two weeks, hundreds of Anchorage residents from local businesses, churches, scout groups, schools, and neighborhoods step out into local creeks and lakes to retrieve the waste of winter. The event was made possible by Matson’s Caring for Alaska program, ConocoPhillips Alaska, CIRI, GCI.
Flotilla Cleanup May 21
The first annual paddler event that focused on lakes and lagoons was May 21. Volunteers went out in kayaks to clean up those hard-to-reach places. It was sponsored by AWC as well as Anchorage Parks and Recreation, Anchorage Park Foundation, and Team Orange. The warm, sunny day was perfect to paddle for a good cause. It will return in 2023.