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Feb 20: Ocean Acidification and AK – Talk and Q&A

Feb 20: Ocean Acidification and AK – Talk and Q&A

Events, Trainings & Opportunities, Uncategorized
Please join us on Feb 20, 5:00 PM, at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall to learn about and discuss the effects of ocean acidification in Alaska. The event will include short presentations from ocean acidification researchers Jessica Cross and Bob Foy of NOAA, followed by Q&A/dialogue with the audience. This is a chance for people to ask question about what we know so far about ocean acidification in Alaska and what we might expect in the future.  It's also a chance for researchers to hear thoughts and information needs from the local community.    
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Winter sampling in Fish Creek Estuary

Winter sampling in Fish Creek Estuary

Community Watershed Stewardship, Watershed Science
SAWC staff, joined by ADF&G Habitat Biologists, visited the dredge ponds in Fish Creek estuary, near Douglas, AK, to assess watershed enhancement opportunities in the area. To learn more about current habitat conditions, we measured water quality and trapped overwintering fish in both ponds. The east pond was completely iced over, but dissolved oxygen concentrations were high, and many stickleback and even a few juvenile Coho appeared in the fish traps. In the west pond, which is connected to Fish Creek and tidally influenced, we found many juvenile Coho, stickleback, sculpin, and even a shrimp in the fish traps. Water quality measurements indicated high dissolved oxygen concentrations and a mix of freshwater and salty, tidal water in the west pond. [caption id="attachment_7064" align="aligncenter" width="458"] Rebecca Bellmore, Jesse Lindgren, and Rob…
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New Release: Jordan Creek Watershed Management Plan and Riparian Assessment

New Release: Jordan Creek Watershed Management Plan and Riparian Assessment

Community Watershed Stewardship, Resources
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 water quality and habitat for fish and other aquatic organisms. SAWC will engage with landowners and the city of Juneau to pursue actions recommended in the Management Plan, including vegetating riparian buffers, exploring stormwater management options, controlling invasive riparian plants, and promoting litter cleanups and continuing to monitor the stream.
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New stream temperature monitoring sites added in Southeast Alaska

New stream temperature monitoring sites added in Southeast Alaska

Community Watershed Stewardship, Watershed Science
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 Council, Wrangell Cooperative Association, and Ketchikan Indian Community established new monitoring locations, and will be contributing data to the regional network. [caption id="attachment_7006" align="aligncenter" width="3600"] Current sites with continuous stream temperature monitoring.[/caption]
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Nancy St. Wetlands Effectiveness Monitoring Final Report

Nancy St. Wetlands Effectiveness Monitoring Final Report

Community Watershed Stewardship
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 partnership with the University of Alaska Southeast and the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition. More information about the Nancy St. Wetland project can be found on the JWP website.
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Killing Canarygrass

Killing Canarygrass

Uncategorized
With springtime in full swing in Southeast Alaska, our meadows and forest shrub-layers are greening up as new leaves sprout from twigs and blades of grass poke up from the ground. However, in certain places around Juneau, curious-looking patches of yellow stand out starkly within a sea of fresh green growth. These bright spots are infestations of reed canarygrass, an extremely aggressive invasive plant that is found throughout Juneau and elsewhere in the region. In late summer and early fall, canarygrass transfers energy from above-ground foliage to below-ground rhizomes. Come spring, this stored energy fuels the production of new stems and leaves which rise up through a dense mat of yellow thatch left behind the previous year. By early May, fresh green growth nearly obscures last year's thatch. Reed canarygrass…
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SAWC Initiates Projects to Manage High Priority Invasive Plants

SAWC Initiates Projects to Manage High Priority Invasive Plants

Community Watershed Stewardship, Restoration & Mitigation
SAWC received two grants this winter that will support efforts to manage high priority invasive plants that threaten watershed health in our region. The Copper River Watershed Project awarded SAWC an invasive plant mini-grant to control invasive knotweed in Juneau and Petersburg starting in 2018. SAWC restoration biologist John Hudson spent the fall of 2017 outreaching to numerous Juneau landowners, including those waging unsuccessful battles to eradicate the aggressive quick-spreading plant and other who were oblivious to the knotweed growing on their properties. In all, ten private landowners in Juneau committed cash to support herbicide control of 2.3 acres of knotweed. In addition to providing critical non-federal cash match for the grant, these private funds will support control efforts for two years after the grant period ends in December 2018…
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