Alaska Monitoring and Assessment Program
The mission of DEC's Division of Water is to improve and protect the quality of all Alaskan waters and under the Clean Water Act (CWA) Sections 303(d) and 305(b) Alaska has the responsibility to report and identify causes and sources of water quality impairment by "characterizing all the waters in Alaska". One way the division carries out this mission is to monitor and report on water quality. The Alaska Monitoring & Assessment Program (AKMAP) fulfills this responsibility.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) in the mid 1990s to survey the environmental condition of the Nation's water resources. AKMAP is part of this nationwide effort and is responsible for surveying Alaska's water resources. This effort is now part of EPA national Aquatic Resource Surveys.
AKMAP surveys report on the status of Alaska's water resources with a known statistical confidence, allowing resource managers, elected officials, and the public to understand the "big picture" of Alaska's water resources. No similar probabilistic sampling surveys are currently providing regional, ecological information on such a large scale within Alaska. The EMAP implementation strategy is DEC's plan to sample and report monitoring data for large regions of Alaska in the near future.
The AKMAP has sampled coastal and fresh waters since 2002. The first wetland monitoring occurred in 2011 on the Arctic Coastal Plain. Please click on the map or table below for more information on each project.
Map of Projects
|2006-2007 Aleutian Islands||Completed|
|2009 Kachemak Bay||In Progress|
|2010-2011 Chukchi Sea||In Progress|
|2004-2005 Tanana Watershed Wadeable Streams||Completed|
|2006 Tanana River Basin||Completed|
|2008 Cook Inlet Lakes||Completed|
|2009 Yukon River||Completed|
|2011 Arctic Coastal Plain||In Progress|
|Advance Monitoring Initiative||Completed|