As a blogger who works from home or wherever I happen to be, but basically without colleagues, I sometimes feel like maybe something happened but I didn't know about it. I did google around to see if the Chuitna Citizens' Coalition application for an Instream Flow Reservation had been decided on before posting last night that the decision was due today.
This morning I checked the DNR webpages and also the Coalition's Facebook page, but there were no announcements. I called the Chief of the Water Resources Management Unit, Dave Schade, who is the person who has to sign the decision. His phone said he's out of the office for a week or so. So I tracked down someone else and left a voice mail.
Elizabeth Bluemink called me back a bit ago to say that Schade will sign the document around 8pm tonight and that it would be posted tomorrow morning. In the meantime, she's sending out copies of documents that are related but don't talk directly about the decision.
So I've posted them on Scrbd and embedded them below so you can look for clues to what the decision will be.
1. A memo to the Commissioner of DNR called a primer on Types of Water Use. This is sort of a Water Use for Dummies version that's pretty straightforward. As I read it - having been to the objections hearing, but without any specific expertise here - it sounds like the opposition's arguments that the application should be simply denied was a lot of smoke. But I'm sure there are subtleties here I'm missing. Judge for yourself.
2. A list of water reservations certificates in Alaska. There are 75 bodies of water listed (mostly rivers, then creeks, then lakes) and 131 certificates.
3. A map of the Chuitna Coal Mine project - which I can't totally make sense of. I think my problem is that this is about the mine and doesn't identify the area where the Chuitna Citizens' Coalition is applying for the IFR. But maybe I'm just missing it.
4. The memo sent out to notify potential objectors to the reservation that the hearing would be held. I don't have that up in this post, but I did post it before the hearing and have it at Srbd already.