Alaska Statutes.
Title 41. Public Resources
Chapter 8. Geological and Geophysical Surveys
Section 20. Powers and Duties.
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AS 41.08.020. Powers and Duties.

(a) The state geologist shall conduct geological and geophysical surveys to determine the potential of Alaskan land for production of metals, minerals, fuels, and geothermal resources; the locations and supplies of groundwater and construction materials; the potential geologic hazards to buildings, roads, bridges, and other installations and structures; and shall conduct such other surveys and investigations as will advance knowledge of the geology of the state. With the approval of the commissioner, the state geologist may acquire, by gift or purchase, geological and geophysical reports, surveys, and similar information.

(b) In addition, the division of geological and geophysical surveys shall:

(1) collect, record, evaluate, and distribute data on the quantity, quality, and location of underground, surface, and coastal water of the state;

(2) publish or have published data on the water of the state;

(3) require the filing with it of the results and findings of surveys of water quality, quantity, and location;

(4) require of water well contractors, the filing with it of basic water and aquifer data normally obtained, including but not limited to well location, estimated elevation, well driller's logs, pumping tests and flow measurements, and water quality determinations;

(5) accept and spend funds for the purposes of this section, AS 41.08.017, and 41.08.035 and enter into agreements with individuals, public or private agencies, communities, private industry, state agencies, and agencies of the federal government;

(6) collect, evaluate, and distribute geologic data on seismic events and engineering geology of the state;

(7) identify potential seismic hazards that might affect development in the state;

(8) inform public officials and industry about potential seismic hazards that might affect development in the state.

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