Kivalina Evacuation Road – ‘Sharpening the Ax’

APA Alaska Chapter


Tuesday, November 18, 2014
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. AKST

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Abraham Lincoln said, ““Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Kivalina, a town perched on a remote island at the edge of the Chukchi Sea, has been sharpening the ax for a long time as it searches for a solution to the inevitable creep and surge of the sea as it eats away at their home. In this session, we will briefly describe the evolution of the planning process and how the current capital project will offer a partial solution to the rising sea levels and coastal erosion that threatens this community and its 375 residents. We will discuss the current collaborative effort undertaken by the City and Native Village of Kivalina, Borough, state and federal officials as they design a 7 mile road that leads towards a new school site.