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The Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition believes communities that participate in identifying and addressing local watershed issues are better able to develop locally relevant solutions that take into account their community’s unique social, ecological, and economic conditions and values.  SAWC is committed to supporting community organizations that are dedicated to actively engaging their community in researching, restoring, stewarding, developing, and conserving their local watersheds.

With access to administrative support and professional resources, SAWC member groups and community partners are developing projects in their communities that help to sustain healthy natural resources, build robust local economies, and support each community’s unique culture and way of life.

Program Services

Fiscal Sponsorship & Administrative Services

SAWC offers fiscal sponsorship and administrative services for community based organizations in SEAK that have limited financial capacity and whose missions align with SAWC’s mission and core values. Fiscal sponsorship presents an affordable means for organizations to operate and access funding, freeing up staff time and resources to focus on carrying out their community priorities and projects.

Professional Development trainings & workshops

SAWC partners with local governments and tribes, state and federal agencies, non- profit organizations, environmental consultants and contractors, and developers to coordinate trainings that provide natural resource management professionals, watershed practitioners and community leaders the resources and skills they need to understand and promote the health of their communities, watersheds and local economies.

Recent community partner projects:

  • Petersburg Beach Program Completes Second Year of Recreational Beach Monitoring July 12, 2017 SAWC and our partners at the Petersburg Indian Association have completed the second and final year of recreational beach monitoring at Sandy Beach Park in Petersburg. Funded by the State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Clean Water Actions Grant, the 2-year program collected weekly water samples during the high-use spring and summer seasons to ...
  • 2016 Petersburg Beach Monitoring Program Results: Sandy Beach Park March 31, 2017 Last summer the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition (SAWC) in partnership with the Petersburg Indian Association continued a second year of recreational beach monitoring to test a popular local beach for levels of harmful bacteria. With support from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the Petersburg Beach program sampled waters at Sandy Beach Park for ...
  • How to be a “Stream Friendly” Landowner January 6, 2017 There are hundreds of salmon streams throughout Southeast Alaska and chances are likley that you live next to or close to one of them! The Juneau Watershed Partnership has created a handy brochure to help streamside landowners be good neighbors to their stream-dwelling friends. The brochure has some helpful information for Juneau-specific streams, and tips that ...
  • Localizing the Food System: Developing a Food Hub for SE Alaska September 29, 2016 In Southeast Alaska, improved access to local foods and a more reliable food supply are critical components of self-reliance and community resiliency. Residents of the region's rural communities face high and rising costs of living, a declining state economy, and dependence upon air and water transport for delivery of basic commodities including food and petroleum products. ...