Formed in 1995 by a group of Alaska Natives, scientists, fishermen and activists concerned about rapid changes to the Cook Inlet watershed, CI is dedicated to protecting Alaska's Cook Inlet watershed and the life it sustains. CI combines hands-on scientific research and monitoring with strategic education, organizing and advocacy efforts to give Alaskans the tools they need to demand clean water and healthy fish habitat.
Cook Inletkeeper was a Brainerd Foundation grantee from 2001 to 2015.
The blood seastar makes its home in Cook Inlet. Photo courtesy of Christopher Grant Harris
$3,000 - To upgrade the organization's technology infrastructure to a more sustainable system. Opportunity fund
$10,000 - A grassroots grant to forge a broader conservation constituency in Alaska around the issues of coal development and habitat protection. Grassroots fund
$1,500 - To protect Alaskan salmon streams and intact ecosystems from a one-billion ton coal strip mining project in the Beluga Coal fields. Opportunity fund
$1,000 - To stop the expansion of oil and gas activities into roadless areas of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Opportunity fund
After nearly a decade of dedicated advocacy by thousands of Alaskans in support of healthy fisheries, cultural preservation, and community sustainability, the company behind what would have been the largest strip mine in Alaska has suspended its pursuit of permitting. Thousands of Alaskans have spoken out against this project that would have traded wild salmon for low-grade coal. The Brainerd Foundation supported the work of Cook Inletkeeper and the Alaska Center on this issue.