Watershed Science

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

  • 2018 Restoration Workshop Presentations Available April 5, 2018 Presentations from the 2018 Southeast Alaska Watershed Restoration Workshop are now available on the Southeast Alaska Fish Habitat Partnership's webpage! If you were unable to attend or would like to review the material, please check out the posted presentations.
  • Restoration community comes together at workshop March 15, 2018 SAWC hosted a regional watershed restoration workshop in Juneau March 5-7 to tackle issues around collaboration, technical capacity, funding, and coping with climate change. Individuals from over 30 organizations and agencies participated, sharing stories of success and lessons learned, and contributing to great discussions about how to move forward to make restoration efforts more successful ...
  • Assessing the resilience of Southeast Alaska salmon to a shifting freshwater environment January 26, 2018 SAWC is part of a newly-funded Sea Grant project that will assess the resilience of Southeast Alaska salmon to a shifting freshwater environment. Along with researchers from the University of Alaska and the Forest Service, we will work with communities in Southeast Alaska to collect water temperature and flow data in streams that are important ...
  • 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 ...

Program Staff

Rebecca Bellmore, Science Director

Rebecca@sawcak.org | 907-302-3842