Community Watershed Stewardship

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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 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:

  • WANTED: Bohemian knotweed (Dead) November 20, 2017 Most  people don’t worry much about invasive plants during the winter months. After doing battle with them all summer or watching them take over our yards and open spaces during the growing season, we relax as the last of them die back in the fall. As cold winter weather grips the landscape, we take comfort ...
  • SAWC Participates in Gustavus’ Community Curiosity Series October 20, 2017 SAWC restoration biologist John Hudson traveled to Gustavus to participate in the “Community Curiosity Series.” Gustavus resident Susan Brook developed the series as an opportunity for locals to learn about the natural history of the area. Topics this summer included moose ecology, geology, and lodgepole pine decline. John lead 24 participants on a watershed walking ...
  • Water Quality Monitoring Tracks Effectiveness of Restoration on Juneau’s Duck Creek October 6, 2017 The Juneau Watershed Partnership (JWP) as part of the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition (SAWC) was awarded a two-year grant through the Alaska Clean Waters Actions (ACWA) Grant Program administered through the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to monitor the Nancy Street wetland on Duck Creek in Juneau. The purpose of the monitoring is to ...
  • Skagway Students Learn Salmon Life Cycle Hands-On Through Salmon In The Classroom October 3, 2017 Skagway's Taiya Inlet Watershed Council wrapped up another great year of Salmon in the Classroom in April and is just starting up another year of the project. In January of 2017 TIWC received over 200 eyed coho salmon eggs from DIPAC Hatchery in Juneau, AK for the Salmon in the Classroom project. They were raised in ...