Alaska Monitoring and Assessment Program 2008 Cook Inlet Lakes

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) completed a comprehensive "State of the Lakes" assessment for lakes, ponds, and reservoirs across the United States. This assessment included stratified random sampling in each of the contiguous states. Due to Alaska's vastness and scale a statewide random sampling design was not realistic. Alaska instead worked closely with EPA to create regional sampling design that best fit Alaska's and the Nation's needs. A regional environmental assessment approach allowed Alaska to participate in the National Lakes Assessment, build partnerships with other state and federal agencies, build capacity, and demonstrate Alaska's willingness and ability to complete such studies.

In Alaska, the main causes for water body pollution are urban runoff and natural resource development. The Cook Inlet basin, located in southcentral Alaska, is 39,325 square miles, slightly smaller than Kentucky. Although it supports more than half of Alaska's population, large portions of the region's natural environment remain intact. Alaska focused its study efforts within this Ecoregion.

DEC collaborated with UAA Environment and Natural Resource Institute, and the US Geologic Survey.