Watershed Partnerships and Collaboration by Sue Mauger
Cook Inletkeeper• Nonprofit organization formed in 1995• Mission: Protect the Cook Inlet watershed and the life it sustains• 9 staff, contractors, volunteers, members• Offices in Homer and Anchorage
Lower Kenai Peninsula Watershed Health Project• Five year project to inventory baseline water quality in four lower Kenai Peninsula salmon streams in response to community concerns• Two strong partners with discreet roles• Community support through land owner access and field help
CEMP Partnership of Southcentral Alaska• CEMP: Citizens’ Environmental Monitoring Program was designed to actively engage citizen volunteers in the collection and distribution of important habitat and water quality data.• The Partnership is made up of watershed- based organizations following a common Quality Management Plan (QMP).• Each organization has its own QAPP and QMP local volunteers but the Partnership comes together annually for training and discussion.
Stream Temperature Monitoring Network• Collect 5-year water temperature data sets in Cook Inlet salmon streams.• Identify watershed characteristics with the greatest potential to buffer stream temperatures from climate and land-use change• The Network is made up of Tribal, federal, state and local partners with project coordination by Cook Inletkeeper.
The Nature Conservancy of Alaska Kenai Watershed ForumWasilla Soil and Water Conservation DistrictUpper Su Soil and Water Conservation District Anchorage Waterways Council Aquatic Restoration and Research Institute U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Park Service U.S. Forest Service Alaska Department of Fish and Game Native Village of Tyonek Seldovia Village Tribe Nanwalek Traditional Council The Wildlifers Denali Trekking Company Community volunteers