As a condition of its permit to discharge treated tanker ballast water into Port Valdez, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company was required to embark upon a program to monitor the receiving waters in order to determine the changes which might occur and the effect, if any, that the permitted discharge would have upon the water quality and biota of Port Valdez. The regulatory agencies that granted the permit and imposed this condition are the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. Alyeska commissioned the Institute of Marine Science (IMS) of the University of Alaska to design and conduct the study in accordance with the permit stipulations. The IMS program, Environmental Studies of Port Valdez, was initiated in early 1976 and is scheduled to be a three-year effort. It consisits of seven separate projects and involves as many principal investigators, representing the disciplines of physical, biological, and chemical oceanography, as well as ocean engineering. While each project is self-sufficient and capable of making significant contributions to the understanding of the Port Valdez environment, the concurrent pursuit of all seven projects has the potential of being a uniquely comprehensive evaluation of the impact of treated ballast water on Port Valdez. Described herein are the study objectives for each project, and also the operational considerations for overall management of the program. This approach could serve as an organizational model for similar multidisciplinary investigations.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Port and Ocean Engineering under Arctic Conditions (POAC 77), Newfoundland Memorial University, Canada, September 26-30, 1977.
  • Corporate Authors:

    POAC Conference 77

  • Authors:
    • Colonell, J M
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 13 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00167680
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 13 1978 12:00AM