The University of Alaska Fairbanks, Northern Institute of Engineering, is performing river studies on the Anaktuvuk, Chandler, and Itkillik Rivers. All three of these rivers currently have very little information available with which to prepare the necessary permitting and design documents for bridges required for this project. The UAF studies will collect new data at these locations, such as snow and spring break-up data, summer discharge information, and general climate conditions.
DOT&PF has utilized local residents during all field activities and disciplines over the duration of this project. In doing this DOT&PF has complied with North Slope Borough
field study permit stipulations and has served to insure that subsistence resources and users will not be impacted by the current field studies. To date, subsistence representatives from
Nuiqsut and Anaktuvuk Pass have seen the project first hand, and observed field activities. This program provides an opportunity not only for members of potentially affected communities to
be aware of and understand the scope of ongoing project activities, but also aids DOT&PF staff in understanding the complexity of local subsistence and cultural issues. We will continue
this program as fieldwork continues.