Community Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CCIAP)

Named Recipient Program: City and Borough of Juneau


Habitat Mapping and Analysis Project

Chapter 15 SLA 09 allocates a portion of the State of Alaska's CIAP funds to the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development for legislatively-named recipients. The City and Borough of Juneau (CBJ) was allocated $$1,636,085 through this legislation. The Habitat Mapping and Analysis Project is a project the CBJ is carrying out with its CIAP funds. 

Project Location:

Located on the mainland of Southeast Alaska, opposite Douglas Island, Juneau was built at the heart of the Inside Passage along the Gastineau Channel. It lies 900 air miles northwest of Seattle and 577 air miles southeast of Anchorage.  The Habitat Mapping and Analysis Project will map salmon streams and wetlands within the boundaries of the CBJ.

Project Timeframe:

February 1, 2012 to February 28, 2016

Award Amount:

$1,628,164

Project Description:

The CBJ is larger than the state of Rhode Island and contains hundreds of extremely productive salmon-bearing streams and associated wetlands. As the community grows, the municipality needs to minimize damage to salmon habitat and wetlands while allowing appropriate development. Current habitat maps are outdated and inaccurate, which results in permit review delays and unintentional habitat damage. Reliable digital maps are critical for addressing this problem.

The Habitat Mapping and Analysis Project will map streams and wetlands adjacent to proposed development within the CBJ, with an emphasis on properties near the road system and remote areas with planned renewable energy and mineral projects. This project will benefit Juneau's natural coastal environment through two project components:

  1. The development of accurate stream maps will allow the CBJ to accurately enforce the 50-foot no-development setback from salmon streams.
  2. The development of accurate wetland maps will enable the CBJ, as well as state and federal agencies that will use the information, to determine exactly where wetland impacts may occur from proposed development. Agencies can then require specific project conditions during permit reviews to minimize and/or prohibit wetland fill. This directly results in the protection and conservation of wetland areas.

Project Status:

This project is currently underway.

Project Documents

 

The CBJ main point of contact for CCIAP is:

Teri Camery

Senior Planner
Phone: (907) 586-0755
Email: teri_camery@ci.juneau.ak.us

For more information contact:

Sally Russell Cox

Division of Community and Regional Affairs
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
Phone: 907-269-4588
FAX: 907-269-4066
Email: sally.cox@alaska.gov