More About ACWA

What are ACWA's Goals?

ACWA creates a cooperative method to collect information and direct resources to prevent or correct problems. It also provides an avenue to identify areas where prevention and stewardship efforts should be encouraged.

How does this process work?

ACWA provides a consolidated approach for a complete assessment of the health and status of any particular waterbody. Likewise, it provides a means to, coordinate the use of State funds so that they can be directed to those projects that truly represent the State's highest priorities based on the "big picture". In the past, State agencies focused on the particular aspect of our waterbodies that concerned them. For instance, the Department of Fish and Game is concerned about water as fish and wildlife habitat; the Department of Environmental Conservation is responsible for ensuring that state water quality standards are met, to ensure many water uses; and the Department of Natural Resources is in charge of water quantity and administers water rights and withdrawals. ACWA brings the agencies together to assess all aspects of a waterbody, and make joint decisions on assessment and restoration.

How are waters evaluated?

Each agency contributes its expertise, information and funding to the joint effort. A database collects waterbody information from various sources. Members of the public may also contribute information, or may register concerns about a waterbody by "nominating" it for attention. All nominated waterbodies are ranked by assessing the information we have and the information needed. The agencies' resources are then allocated to those waterbodies with the most pressing needs, and work is carried out to restore, protect, or determine more about them. The ultimate goal is clean water that is fishable, swimmable, workable and drinkable throughout the state.

Alaska's Clean Water Actions Grants

Beginning in March 2003, the ACWA partners pooled funding and resources to create a combined request for proposals. While each agency maintains their own funding, grantees only have to fill out one application to apply for state resource agency grants. Once applications are accepted, they are scored and evaluated for alignment to the ACWA priorities.

The grants available through this process may include funds from the following sources:

  • Enhancement Grants (Coastal Zone Management Act Sec. 309)
  • Sustainable Salmon Fund/Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Program
  • Non Point Source Pollution Grants (CWA Sec.319)

ACWA Partner Agency Contacts

Department of Environmental Conservation:

Cindy Gilder
cindy.gilder@alaska.gov
907-269-3066

Department of Fish and Game:

Jarrod Sowa
jarrod.sowa@alaska.gov
907-267-2395

Department of Natural Resources:

David Schade
david.schade@alaska.gov
907-269-8645