AWRTA is pleased to announce that it has appointed Cathy Hart for a second term as its representative on the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council (PWSRCAC).
New members may not be aware that AWRTA represents regional tourism interests on PWSRCAC, which was created after the Exxon Valdez oil spill by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. PWSRCAC is a non-profit industry “watch dog” that is committed to promoting environmentally safe operation of the Alyeska Pipeline marine terminal in Valdez and the oil tankers that use it.
Among other activities, PWSRCAC comments on and participates in monitoring and assessing the environmental, social, and economic consequences of oil transportation activities, including oil spill prevention and and response plans and the actual and potential environmental impacts of terminal and tanker operations. The advisory committee is made up of representatives from 19 organizations.
Cathy Hart is a long-time member and supporter of AWRTA. She is an Anchorage-based freelance tourism professional. Cathy is retired from the Alaska Marine Highway where she spent 32 years serving local, commercial, military, group tour, and tourism customers. She is an avid sea kayaker, rafter, skier, and photographer and lives in Anchorage with her husband, Eric Downey, and their two dogs, Sunny and Niki. Cathy has represented AWRTA on PWSRCAC since 2008.