Alaska Clean Water Actions (ACWA)
What is ACWA?
The Alaska Clean Water Actions (ACWA) was created through Administrative Order 200. This directive told Alaska resource agencies to work together to characterize Alaska's waters in a holistic manner; sharing data, expertise and other information. ACWA's database of priority waters and identified stewardship actions is a product of this collaboration. The three state resource agencies, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Fish and Game and Department of Natural Resources also conduct an annual joint matched-solicitation for water quality projects using funds that are passed through from federal monies. Projects to restore, protect or conserve water quality, quantity and aquatic habitat on identified waters are considered. Local governments, citizen groups, tribes and education facilities are often the recipients of these awards.
A plan for Healthy Water
Alaska has more water in the form of lakes, streams, rivers, coastline and wetlands than any other state in the union. In addition, three different state agencies are involved in assuring our waters are clean, healthy and available for various uses. The Alaska Clean Water Actions (ACWA) program brings the State resource agencies, DEC, Fish and Game and DNR, together to deal with our waters in a coordinated and cooperative method, assuring state resources are used on our highest priorities.