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. Engaged community stakeholders that actively participate in local watershed management foster a sense of local ownership of identified problems and solutions, building long-term support for resulting management plans.
For this reason SAWC is committed to supporting community organizations that are interested in and dedicated to actively engaging their community in researching, restoring, stewarding, developing, and conserving their local watersheds.
Community Capacity Development
We work to build the capacity of Southeast Alaska communities to carry out informed natural resource management. We strive to give community leaders and practitioners the tools and skills necessary to actively participate and maintain a voice in the management of their local watershed resources.
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 promote the health of their communities, watersheds and local economies.
Our member groups and community partner organizations work hard to provide valuable programs and services in their communities. For many of these small organizations maintaining non-profit status and administrative functions can be a drain on organization staff and resources, impeding their ability to focus on getting projects on the ground.
To help ease this strain on community organizations, SAWC has developed a set of organizational capacity services available to our member groups and partner organizations designed to bolster their ability to effectively address the most pressing issues affecting their communities.
Please contact us for more information on administrative services available to support your community organization!
Over the last 5 years SAWC has been working to develop a program that will incentivize sustainable community development and aquatic resource restoration in Southeast Alaska.
The Southeast Alaska Mitigation Fund is a third party In Lieu Fee mitigation program with the primary goal of maintaining and improving the quantity and quality of aquatic resources throughout Southeast Alaska. The program will act as a mechanism to utilize funds collected through land development permitting fees under the Clean Water Act Section 404 Program to mitigate impacts to aquatic resources through the restoration, enhancement, or creation of wetlands and streams.
Over the course of this program’s development, SAWC is working to build the capacity of communities, agencies, local organizations and businesses to carry out effective mitigation under the Section 404 Program and utilize the Southeast Alaska Mitigation Fund to bolster their local watersheds and economies.