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Southeast community takes steps to ship freshwater to India

Southeast community takes steps to ship freshwater to India

Community Watershed Stewardship
This will be the world’s first large-volume exports of water via tanker: companies have tried unsuccessfully for more than two decades to break open the bulk water export market. Past attempts have been thwarted by daunting logistics, concerns about natural resource sovereignty and commodification as well as the availability of cheaper local sources. [caption id="attachment_153" align="alignnone" width="614" caption="Persistent water shortages are driving creative thinking about the water crisis. Luke Robinson (flickr)"][/caption] Read Article
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Watershed Awareness In Haines

Watershed Awareness In Haines

Community Watershed Stewardship
The projects, programs and activities of the Takshanuk Watershed Council Stream Characterization Study: Takshanuk Watershed Council (TWC) has been working in the Chilkat, Chilkoot, and Ferebee watersheds to complete an assessment of salmon distribution and stream classification.  This project has been ongoing for the past five years.  Geographic information systems (GIS) technology is being used to correlate salmon distributions with the stream characteristics they use.  Streams are being mapped, categorized, and trapped to provide information that TWC will analyze to develop an analytical framework for assessing characteristics of small systems that are important to the production of salmon. The goals of this project will expand the Anadromous Waters Catalog (AWC) through hand netting and minnow trapping of juvenile salmon.  These same streams will be characterized using the ADF&G Sport Fish…
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Highlights of summer projects in Skagway

Highlights of summer projects in Skagway

Community Watershed Stewardship
What the Taiya Inlet Watershed Council is doing to foster community stewardship and improve local fish habitat Pullen Creek Fish Passage Improvement Project: In accordance with its mission to preserve and protect the health of the Taiya Inlet Watershed through research, restoration, education and communication, the Watershed Council and partners including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, identified a series of restoration objectives for Pullen Creek, a salmon spawning area in the heart of Skagway.  The culvert project was planned in response to two perched culverts which inhibited sediment transport and inhibited fish and spawn passage in the creek. At 13.5 alley, the extant culvert was carefully removed and replaced with a larger and properly sloped culvert.  Again care was taken in locating work sites for heavy equipment, bank slopes were…
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Biomass Experiment and Beluga Whale Research in Yakutat

Biomass Experiment and Beluga Whale Research in Yakutat

Community Watershed Stewardship
How the Yakutat Salmon Board is working to promote their watersheds,salmon habitat,and local economy Biomass Experimental Plantation: In collaboration with Yakutat Power and the Yak-Tat Kwaan native Corporation, Yakutat Salmon Board (YSB) crews cleared two acres of poorly regenerating second growth spruce and planted six tree species to determine species compositions best suited to Yakutat's climate.  If successful the trial will be expanded to 2400 acres of energy crops as an alternative fuel source to diesel for the community. Anadromous Waters Cataloguing: In partnership with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) , Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) and the United States Forest Service (USFS), YSB coordinated a landscape level inventory of unmapped salmon streams in the Eastern Forelands.  The project gained support of a USFS funded…
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What’s Happening in Juneau

What’s Happening in Juneau

Community Watershed Stewardship
Current Projects of the Juneau Watershed Partnership Review of Past Restoration, Enhancement, and Mitigation Projects: JWP is partnering with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Juneau to conduct an in-dept assessment and evaluation of past projects that were intended to protect, and restore Juneau's watersheds. Utilizing the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's report - Restoration and Enhancement of Aquatic Habitats in Alaska (Parry and Seaman, 1994) - JWP is conducting an inventory and assessment of projects implemented to date. Findings will be used  to improve and support sustainable rehabilitation and enhancement efforts of our watersheds in the future. The results of this assessment will be published in December 2010. If you are interested in this project please visit or contact: JWP Lower Jordan Creek Watershed Stromwater Assessment JWP…
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Community Stewardship

Community Stewardship

Community Watershed Stewardship
Community Stewardship All watershed councils in Southeast Alaska have, enhancing community stewardship as a central focus in their programs and initiatives. Stewardship is a word that refers to the actions and behaviors of individual, communities, governments, businesses, and industries that protect and enhance- rather than compromise- the ability of present and future generations to meet their own needs. This requires all of us to be aware of how we impact our environments and to take responsibility and accountability for the day to day choices we make that protect and promote the integrity of these ecosystems and/or ones that jeopardize the health and productivity of this communal resource. A collective shift in consciousness... The recognition of the connection between environmental quality and quality of life starts with an awareness about how…
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A changing climate

A changing climate

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There are very few places in the world where- due to a changing climate -the transformation in landscape are as visibly apparent  as here in Alaska. The ecosystems of Southeast Alaska are being dramatically altered. How is a changing climate impacting the regions; fresh water supplies, ocean waters, natural resources and ecosystem services? .... Stay informed
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Circle of Blue- the state of the world’s water…

Circle of Blue- the state of the world’s water…

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Living in Southeast Alaska we are surrounded by freshwater. It is difficult to comprehend that the global community is facing a world-wide fresh water crisis. Considering that the planet has a finite amount of freshwater resources it is our collective responsibility to understand how we can work together to ensure all people have access to this necessary resource. Circle of Blue reports and presents the information necessary to respond to the global freshwater crisis... Stay informed
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