Community Watershed Stewardship

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 we Offer:

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.

Community Watershed Stewardship Projects

Pat Creek Watershed Restoration – Wrangell, AK

The Pat Creek Watershed supports 4 species of salmon, Dolly Varden char, & coastal cutthroat trout, & steelhead trout, & offers fishing, hunting, berry picking, and numerous other recreation opportunities for the nearby community of Wrangell. Portions of the watershed were logged from the 1960s to the 1990s, and recent habitat condition surveys indicate current impacts to fish habitat as a result.

The Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition has partnered with local, state, and federal stakeholders to assess fish habitat condition & explore habitat restoration options to improve ecological function of the watershed.

Community project updates:

  • Litter Free Spring Clean-up April 20 February 22, 2019 Litter Free, Inc. wants you! We need your help to keep our mission going of keeping Juneau, Alaska "Litter Free!" The annual community-wide spring clean-up of public lands, roadways, sidewalks, beaches, wetlands, and trails will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019.  Trash bag distribution sites are stationed around the community and anyone can join us in ...
  • New Release: Jordan Creek Watershed Management Plan and Riparian Assessment September 18, 2018 The Juneau Watershed Partnership recently released an updated Jordan Creek Watershed Management Plan and Jordan Creek Riparian Assessment. Jordan Creek flows through Juneau’s Mendenhall Valley, through neighborhoods and heavily developed industrial areas. The stream is home to Coho, Chum, and Pink salmon, but erosion, stormwater runoff, debris (litter), and development in riparian areas are damaging ...
  • New stream temperature monitoring sites added in Southeast Alaska August 30, 2018 Stream temperatures affect the growth, health, and behavior of fish, and as the climate and hydrology of southeast Alaska change, stream temperatures will, too. A network of organizations across the region is monitoring stream temperature to establish baseline conditions and document changes over time. This summer, SAWC and several new organizations, including the Skagway Traditional ...
  • Nancy St. Wetlands Effectiveness Monitoring Final Report July 17, 2018 The Juneau Watershed Partnership assessed the effectiveness of the constructed Nancy Street Wetland by monitoring water quality above, within, and below the wetland. The final report, which incorporates data from before wetland construction, during the few years following construction, and in 2017, 11 years following construction, can be found here. This project was conducted in ...