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SAWC works to meet communities’ science needs by providing access to quality, relevant, up-to-date information. This includes working with communities to collect their own data, integrating results from across the region, linking communities with experts, and helping communities identify relevant published information.

Current Projects

Southeast Alaska Stream Temperature Monitoring Network

Scott Harris deploying stream temperature loggers

Stream temperatures affect salmonid emergence, growth, and survival in freshwater stages of their life cycle. In Southeast Alaska, climate change is expected to affect stream temperatures as air temperatures warm and hydrologic patterns shift. Understanding and anticipating these changes will be critical for predicting how salmon species and other aquatic resources be will affected by climate change. Although stream temperature is being monitored in many locations in Southeast Alaska, data collection is not coordinated across entities, and data sources can be difficult to identify and access. Additionally, there is no strategy to monitor important environmental variability in the region. With funding from the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative, SAWC aims to build a network of organizations and support their efforts to collect stream temperature data in Southeast Alaska, and to ensure that the data are useful and accessible to management agencies, researchers, and local stakeholder communities.

Chilkat Indian Village will be hosting a stream temperature monitoring training
in Klukwan during the first week of May.
Find more details and travel scholarship information here!

Specific Project goals include:

  1. Produce a white paper describing the relevance and importance of long-term stream temperature data for management and regulatory purposes.
  2. Prevent the loss of regional stream temperature data by collecting information about past and current stream temperature monitoring sites in the region and enter it into the Alaska Online Aquatic Temperature Site (AKOATS).
  3. Develop a strategic sampling plan for the region that takes into account partner priorities and important environmental gradients.
  4. Add new monitoring sites.
  5. Provide training and information for interested communities so they can install and manage their own sites and data and/or help with nearby sites.
  6. Support the maintenance of SAWC’s and partners’ current stream temperature monitoring sites and help identify funding sources to maintain sites into the future.

If you are interested in participating in the network in any way, please contact SAWC’s Science Director, Rebecca Bellmore.