$2M grant to Cordova will aid harbor upgrades

The latest bundle of several dozen multi-million-dollar federal grants to Alaska announced on Friday, April 29, by Sen, Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, includes $2 million to the city of Cordova to remove 135 creosote pilings in the South Harbor and install a marine sewage pump station.

That grant was among $93.7 million in funds from the Environmental Protection Agency to improve Alaska’s wastewater infrastructure.

Also in the package were statewide grants benefitting the state’s Family Planning Services Program, to the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys to co-operate the Alaska Volcano Observatory and to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development to provide individualized, in-person support for individuals who are unemployed through appropriately trained American Job Center staff.

Among other grants was one to the Alaska Native Tribal Health consortium for $398,912 for the Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention (SPIP) Program.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game received $357,959 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for a project on emerging threats to the recovery of the Western Distinct Population Segment of Steller sea lions, plus $82,383 from NOAA for a project on surveying the subsistence harvest of Ringed, Bearded, Spotted and Ribbon Seals at the highest priority communities in Alaska.