The ways Sitka could and is being affected by climate change are numerous: the impact of warming oceans on the fishing industry, landslides, increased pest activity in the Tongass, more intense storms impacting utilities — the list could go on.
What happens when we flush? Here’s why Sitka officials are pitching a multimillion-dollar revitalization project for the city’s nearly 40-year-old wastewater facility.
Sitka’s drinking water passes through a penstock tunnel system connected to Blue Lake. If it were to fail in some way, repairs could take weeks, and the impact for the local economy and public health would be significant.
City Attorney Robin Koutchak said a suit has not been filed, although the city has received several requests for public records.