State of the Coast Guard with Admiral Paul Zukunft, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) held a maritime security dialogue event to highlight the challenges facing the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard from national level maritime policy to naval concept development and program design. Adm. Paul Zukunft, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, said his service uses strategy to drive its budget and […]

Overview of the Report “A Ten Year Prioritization of Infrastructure Needs in the U.S. Arctic”

The Committee on the Marine Transportation System’s (CMTS) Arctic Marine Transportation Integrated Action Team prepared a report for the U.S. Department of Transportation that presents a framework for addressing the gaps in Arctic infrastructure.  It does this by identifying the critical requirements for a safe and secure U.S. Arctic Marine Transportation System (MTS) over the […]

Senate EPW Hearing on Erosion of Exemptions and Expansion of Federal Control – Implementation of the Definition of Waters of the United States

In his opening statement, Sen. Sullivan (R-AK) discussed what has been happening in Alaska.  Already a huge amount of Alaska’s waters falls under federal jurisdiction.  Given the extent of Alaska’s coastline, millions of lakes, and more than 43 percent of the state’s surface area is wetlands, which accounts for 65% of all the wetlands in […]

ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research Seminar Series – Ambassador Mark Brzezinski

Ambassador Mark Brzezinski, Executive Director of the Arctic Executive Steering Committee, provided a presentation giving an update on the activities of the U.S. Arctic Executive Steering Committee and briefed the group on the upcoming White House Arctic Science Ministerial being planned for September 28.   The Arctic Executive Steering Committee (AESC) includes the following members: The President’s Science Advisor […]

How Oil and Gas Development Impacts Local Governments and Communities

Resources of the Future hosted an event the array of opportunities and challenges local governments across the country have experienced given the rapid growth of oil and gas development in the U.S. over the past decade. The speakers explored the key issues facing local governments. RFF’s Community Impacts Initiative Alan Krupnick, RRF Co-Director for Energy […]

Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife oversight hearing on Marine Debris and Wildlife: Impacts, Sources, and Solutions

In his opening statement, Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) said that for coastal states, particularly on the West Coast, the prevalence of marine debris is a chronic issue. In March 2011, a large earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, creating a large tsunami that sucked millions of tons of debris into the Pacific Ocean, most […]

A conversation with Arctic Youth Ambassador Esau Sinnok

The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental & Scientific Affairs’ (OES) Office of Oceans & Polar Affairs hosted a conversation on May 16 with one of the 22 U.S. Arctic Youth Ambassadors.  The ambassadors program was started by the U.S. State Department, the Alaska Region of the Fish & Wildlife Service, and Alaska Geographic in […]

Innovations in Infrastructure Finance

The Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) hosted a webinar on traditional funding mechanisms for large-scale infrastructure and transportation projects on May 10.  Partnering with private funding sources has been successful in Canada and some U.S. states, but a lack of regulation and guidelines has left U.S. entities unsure about how to use this method. The moderators […]

One Arctic: U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council

The World Policy Institute’s Arctic in Context initiative, in collaboration with Trent University, the University of Washington, and the Woodrow Wilson Center, hosted a two-day symposium exploring the concept of “One Arctic” from the point of view of the U.S. agenda, and how it fits into the more general work of the Arctic Council (AC). […]