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Wondering if you can use your woodstove? We’ll text you about it.
CBJ makes finding out about air emergency alerts even easier
Starting this fall, Mendenhall Valley residents can get a text when an air emergency has been called. Through a new partnership with Verizon Wireless, CBJ is providing a free, voluntary text messaging service to Valley residents notifying them when an air emergency has been called or cancelled.
Between Oct. 1 and April 30, the Lands & Resources Division runs the CBJ Air Quality Monitoring Program to ensure the Mendenhall Valley’s air remains clean and healthy. Staff members monitor air quality data to detect fine particulates from woodsmoke in the air. If data shows an unhealthy concentration of the fine particulates and weather patterns are not clearing the air, CBJ will declare an air emergency.
During an air emergency, all woodstove burning is prohibited until the emergency is cancelled. Pellet Stoves are exempt from the wood stove regulations and can burn at any time. Masonry heaters that fit the definition given by the Masonry Heater Association of North America are also exempt from the wood stove regulations.
CBJ uses several methods to notify the public about an air emergency, including radio ads, road signs, online notifications and a hotline. The text messaging service is the newest method for Valley residents to stay informed. Sign up for the free service here.
To find out if an air emergency has been called, the public can also:
- Check the CBJ Lands and Resources Division website: www.juneau.org/lands
- Visit one of the 12 neon yellow burn ban signs located throughout the Valley
- Call the CBJ Wood Smoke Hotline anytime at 586-5333
Learn about air inversions, how to help keep the Valley’s air clean and tips for clean burning here.
During the month of December, a household may remove one evergreen tree per year from municipal land designated by the Christmas Tree Policy. Trees must be cut at ground level and discarded branches must be scattered. Happy harvesting!
Three Juneauites and a volunteer stand next to a recently harvested Christmas tree during the 2016 CBJ-UAF Cooperative Extension Christmas Tree Harvest.
Note: Do not harvest trees from any muskeg areas or regions outside of the CBJ Wood Cutting Area Map. If you see trees being removed from muskegs or regions outside of the CBJ Wood Cutting Area Map, please call the Juneau Police Department at 586-0600.
Released in April of 2016, the CBJ Parcel Viewer tool provides basic parcel and mapping information including aerial imagery, parcel layers, centerlines, and rudimentary measuring tools. This is a beginning for public GIS resource availability for the CBJ.
KTOO Public Media recently did a story on the CBJ’s Parcel Viewer Tool, and the coverage gives a few examples of how the tool has been useful to the community:
“It’s been about a year since the City & Borough of Juneau made reams of land, property and mapping data readily available to the public through a web-based application.
Conservationists, landscape architects and second-grade teachers are using the city’s Parcel Viewer system.
At the bottom of stairwell at Juneau City Hall, a group of second-graders are looking at a tall patchwork of paper grids posted to a wall.
Each kid worked on a grid, coloring in blue for water and green for land, and they patterned in symbols for traditional Tlingit uses of the land – hunting, berry picking, fishing.
With geographic information systems technology, or GIS, the city’s cartographer, Quinn Tracy, produced the map grids that made the second-grade class project possible.
Nancy Lehnhart with the school district created the lesson for all of Juneau’s second-grade classes.
“We created a map together and he could very easily, when I said, ‘I’d like to see some creeks and rivers but not all of them,’ he could kind of back off, you know, it so easy with the GIS program he uses and his skills to make quick changes and get me right what I needed,” Lehnhart said.
Parcel Viewer is a free online application that shows an aerial view of Juneau with each piece of property — the parcels — outlined in yellow. These boxes are interactive, show property lines, the landowner, zoning, assessed value, topography and more.”
Read the full story here: http://www.ktoo.org/2017/06/23/juneau-makes-collection-property-mapping-data-easier-access-online/