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The Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition was founded on the belief that communities equipped with the information, tools, and resources necessary to participate in the management of their local natural resources are empowered to develop more effective long-term solutions that take into account each community’s unique environmental, cultural, and economic values.  This continues to be a core value and driving goal for the Coalition.

SAWC’s Watershed Science Program works to ensure that the latest natural resource science and research is accessible to community based groups, and that new and ongoing science and research efforts are addressing community needs.

Through the Watershed Science Program SAWC connects communities with scientific information, technical tools, and research networks; provides project-level  management and technical support services for science-based efforts; identifies and addresses regional science needs that are ideally suited for implementing at the community level; and represents a collective voice for community watershed science programs and efforts  across the region.

SAWC partners with communities, tribes, NGOs, and agencies to develop projects that support collaborative and informed solutions to the natural resource management needs of Southeast Alaska’s communities.

Current Projects

Southeast AK Stream Temperature Monitoring Network

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. SAWC and our partners are working to build and support a network of entities collecting stream temperature data in Southeast Alaska, and to ensure that the data are useful and accessible to management agencies, researchers, and local community stakeholders.

Recent Posts

  • Save the Date! Watershed Restoration Workshop October 25, 2017 Stepping up to the plate for collaborative restoration March 5-7, Juneau AK Workshop Goals: The 2018 Southeast Alaska Watershed Restoration Workshop will build capacity to develop collaborative solutions for the restoration and informed management of SEAK’s watersheds. The event will bring together community leaders, NGOs and resource managers from across SEAK to share stories of restoration efforts – ...
  • New! Management applications of freshwater temperature data October 3, 2017 SAWC is pleased to release "Management Applications of Regional Freshwater Temperature Data for Southeast Alaska," a white paper that describes the need for freshwater temperature monitoring and ways the data can be used in natural resource management applications, including fisheries management, invasive species control, riparian conditions, fish passage, water quality regulations, and conservation priorities. We ...
  • Water quality and climate change in Southeast Alaska August 1, 2017 SAWC Science Director Rebecca Bellmore visited Whale Pass on July 25 to meet with the Prince of Wales Community Advisory Council. She discussed a potential research project to study the effects of climate change on drinking water quality. Many communities in Southeast Alaska have concerns about high organic matter concentrations in drinking water sources, and ...
  • Petersburg Beach Program Completes Second Year of Recreational Beach Monitoring July 12, 2017 SAWC and our partners at the Petersburg Indian Association have completed the second and final year of recreational beach monitoring at Sandy Beach Park in Petersburg. Funded by the State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Clean Water Actions Grant, the 2-year program collected weekly water samples during the high-use spring and summer seasons to ...
  • Hooligan Study Aims to Understand Population Trends & Climate Adaptation May 31, 2017 Takshanuk Watershed Council is into their seventh year monitoring hooligan (Eulachon, or Saak) populations in Northern Lynn Canal, in partnership with the Chilkoot Indian Association and Oregon State University. This year continues a mark-recapture study on the Chilkoot River, and expands environmental DNA (eDNA) population studies to the Chilkat, Ferebee, Taiya, Katzehin, Lace, Antler, and ...
  • Climate Adaptation Workshop Brings Together Tribes & Communities to Monitor Changes in Fish Habitat May 26, 2017 Southeast Alaska's streams and rivers are important breeding and rearing grounds for salmon harvested by subsistence, sport, and commercial fishermen. Recent closures of major rivers and streams to fishing due to reduced salmon populations have fisheries managers and users alike looking for ways to monitor and understand environmental factors that could be contributing to declining salmon runs in Southeast.  In ...
  • Stream and Wetland Temperature Monitoring Training February 23, 2017 We are excited to partner with Chilkat Indian Village and Cook Inletkeeper to provide a stream and wetland temperature monitoring training and climate change monitoring training May 2-5, 2017, in Klukwan, AK. The training is designed for tribes and community organizations and will include hands-on field demonstrations. Contact information and more details, including a travel ...

Program Staff

Rebecca Bellmore, Science Director

Rebecca@sawcak.org | 907-302-3842