2013 Southeast Alaska Watershed Symposium

Thank you to our partners for a great event!


SAWC would like to give a huge THANK YOU to the Southeast Alaska Fish Habitat Partnership for co-hosting this event! With SEAKFHP’s help and partnerships, the symposium brought together a diverse group of presenters and stakeholders sharing important information relevant to fish habitat conservation and aquatic resource management in the region.

Thank you to all those who helped organize, prepared and presented information, and attended and participated to make this event a huge success!


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Symposium Goals:

This event will provide fisheries and aquatic resource professionals with an opportunity to share information, tools, and methods which promote fish habitat conservation and support aquatic resource management in Southeast Alaska.

It is envisioned that the Southeast Alaska Watershed Symposium will be a catalyst for professionals working in Southeast Alaska to share relevant work and recent efforts occurring in watersheds across the region as well as provide an opportunity for participants to network and identify strategic partnerships that will advance common fish habitat conservation and aquatic resource management goals.

This symposium is focused on topics of fish distribution, stream/river habitat, watershed assessment and prioritization methods, relevant geospatial tools and information on emerging research in the region. Additionally, the symposium offers an overview of the Clean Water Act Section 404 program and proposed Southeast Alaska Mitigation Fund. It is our hope that this symposium will provide a baseline level of information sharing on central fish habitat conservation topics and become an annual event for future exploration of these and other important thematic topics.

Session Objectives:

  1. Provide participants with an overview and demonstration of current fish distribution and fish habitat inventory activities throughout Southeast Alaska.
  2. Demonstrate watershed scale assessment and prioritization schemas with applications to support fish habitat conservation and aquatic resource management.
  3. Showcase geospatial tools and emerging research with applications to support aquatic resource management in Southeast Alaska.
  4. Provide participants with an overview of the Clean Water Act Section 404 program in Alaska and the role aquatic resource mitigation can play to support mitigation of development impacts to wetlands and fish habitat.

At a glance…

The agenda overview is below.

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Monday- November 4th
Session 1: Fish Distribution and Habitat Inventory Activities in Southeast AlaskaLead: Jeff Nichols, ADF&G- Sport Fish Division, Freshwater Assessment GroupEvery year in Southeast Alaska, there are numerous efforts undertaken to identify fish distribution patterns, aquatic habitat use and condition, and the natural and anthropogenic factors contributing to changes in any or all of the above. A diversity of approaches have been used to address these information needs, allowing flexibility in methods and data requirements to answer specific questions, adherence to agency protocols, and comparisons across time and space. Inherently, a wide diversity of approaches can contribute to uncertainty in choosing the ‘best’ approach.Session Goal: To provide participants with an overview of the most widely used, and emerging, protocols and data holdings related to identifying fish distribution, aquatic habitat use, and condition in Southeast Alaska. Presentations by practitioners will be followed by facilitated panel discussions and open forum, providing further opportunity to explore how differences in spatial and temporal variability and subsequent management or restoration actions drive selection methods.
Tuesday, November 5th
Session 2: Habitat Inventory and Assessment (Continued) and Watershed Scale PrioritizationLead: Neil Stichert, USFWS Southeast Alaska Habitat Restoration ProgramThis session will continue inventory and assessment themes from Day 1 and close the morning with regionally relevant watershed prioritization schemas in support of fish habitat restoration and preservation needs.Session Goal: In Southeast Alaska, various regional and watershed,-scale prioritization efforts and decision support tools have been developed and used to support management decisions and project site selection. These schemas and tools are used to inform conservation or restoration plans, prioritize funding allocations, and optimize benefits to the resource. This session will provide an overview of existing and emerging activities in the region.Session 3: Showcase geospatial tools and emerging research in Southeast AlaskaLead: Cindy Hartmann Moore, NOAA Alaska Region – Office of Habitat ConservationSession Goal: Progressive geospatial applications, tools, and data repositories are being developed to support fish conservation and aquatic resource management decisions in Southeast Alaska. In addition, new research is emerging from agencies, NGO’s, and University partners across the region that provides insights on potential changes in aquatic habitat in the future, describes fish/habitat associations, outlines monitoring schemas, and other contributed topics.
Wednesday, November 6th
Session 4: Building an effective Clean Water Act Section 404 Program for Southeast AlaskaLead: Jessica Kayser, SAWC- In Lieu Fee Program DevelopmentIn 1972, Section 404 of the Clean Water Act established a program to regulate the impacts to the waters of the United States. The program works to ensure that unavoidable impacts to aquatic resources are mitigated. In 2008 the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency issued revised regulations to the Section 404 program. The improved federal regulation seeks to address the significant losses to aquatic resources over the past several decades- nation wide- and improve compensatory mitigation for authorized impacts to wetlands, streams and other waters of the U.S.In order to ensure the Alaska Section 404 regulatory program is able to effectively mitigate losses to important aquatic resources and fish habitat in SE Alaska there is a critical need- for aquatic resource scientists, managers, practitioners, technicians, policy makers, decision makers, and developers- to come together and support the development of regionally relevant compensatory mitigation policies, tools, guidance and science.



Please don’t hesitate to contact the

SEAKFHP: Debbie Hart- coordinator@sealaskafishhabitat.org

SAWC: alaskawatersheds@gmail.com