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Southeast Alaskans gather for Wetland Delineation Training

Southeast Alaskans gather for Wetland Delineation Training

Community Watershed Stewardship
25 professionals from around Southeast Alaska, including Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Yakutat and Haines received two days of both class-room and field experience learning the basics of wetland delineation. We would like to send out a big thank you to the Chikoot Indian Association, the Alaska District United States Army Corps of Engineers, and all 22 participants that gathered in Haines on July 18th and 19th for the community-based wetland delineation training. Participants had access to the three staffers from both the Juneau and Anchorage offices of the the USACE, as well as an abundance of knowledge and experience brought to the training by participants. Based on the feedback we received on the training the two days were full of resourceful information and networking opportunities that provided participants with knowledge, skills, awarenesses…
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Wetland Delineation Training: Haines AK, July 18th – 19th

Wetland Delineation Training: Haines AK, July 18th – 19th

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Wetlands contribute to community and watershed health, as well as bulster local economies by producing resources, enabling recreational activities and providing other benefits, such as water pollution control and flood protection. Info Flyer The Training This training is being offered by the US Corps of Engineers and has been prepared to present the technical aspects of wetland delineation so that the landowner, city planner, tribe, contractor and other concerned individuals will understand the process of wetland identification and delineation. Students will learn what constitutes a wetland from a regulatory and legal perspective as well as from a practical “in the field” view. Why are wetland delineations important to your community? Anyone with an interest in purchasing and/ or developing a piece of property, from single-family houses to commercial developments, on or near…
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Winter Film Festivals throughout Southeast Alaska

Winter Film Festivals throughout Southeast Alaska

Community Watershed Stewardship
Watershed Councils in Haines, Skagway and Juneau hosting films in their communities... Juneau Watershed Partnership: 2nd Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival Takshanuk Watershed Council: Back Country Film Festival: Friday February 25th, 9pm at Fort Seward Lodge Taiya Inlet Watershed Council: Baked Alaska: Saturday February 19th, 7pm at the Skagway Brewing Company
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Environment and Community Health – a look back at 2010

Environment and Community Health – a look back at 2010

Community Watershed Stewardship
"Top 10 lists are often relentlessly negative: the 10 most-polluting industrial plants, the 10 most befouled beaches, and so on. The spirit of this list is slightly different: Good or bad, these are environmental moments in 2010 that are most likely to reverberate in the world of environmental news in 2011 and beyond." Felicity Barringer reports for the New York Times' Green blog December 31, 2010. SEE ALSO: "Science, People and the Planet in 2010" (Dot Earth) "2010: The Year in Environment" (Guardian) "Year In Review: Science Stories Of 2010" (NPR) Source: Green (NYT), 01/03/2011 These articles are provided by the Society of Environmental Journalists. The Society of Environmental Journalists was created in 1990 by a small group of award-winning journalists. Its mission is to strengthen the quality, reach and viability…
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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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