Shishmaref is focusing its Community Planning Grant on a Site Selection Feasibility Study which will enable the community to identify a safe, stable and sustainable new village site.
Shishmaref is located on Sarichef Island, in the Chukchi Sea, just north of the Bering Strait. Shishmaref is 5 miles from the mainland, 126 miles north of Nome, and 100 miles southwest of Kotzebue. The community of Shishmaref is being affected by high rates of erosion along the shoreline. Climatic conditions have led to icepack development occurring later and later each year. Without the icepack in place, the island is more susceptible to fall and early winter storms that have increased erosion and littoral drift. Erosion and littoral drift are shifting the island footprint northeastward and southwestward, subjecting the developed areas to massive wave scour and erosion of the fine materials that make up the island. Erosion is undermining buildings and infrastructure, causing several structures to collapse and fall into the sea. All efforts to arrest the erosion have been unsuccessful for other than short periods of time.
In the course of the project, Shishmaref will:
Coastal Storm in Shishmaref: Tony Weyiouanna
City of Shishmaref
Division of Community and Regional Affairs
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development