Water Quality Standards, Assessment, & Restoration

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Among all states in the U.S., Alaska places highest in almost every category related to water. Alaska has more than 40% of the entire nation's surface water resources including over three million lakes, over 12,000 rivers, thousands of streams and more coastline than the rest of the U.S. put together.

The DEC's Water Quality Standards, Assessment, and Restoration program works to maintain and protect Alaska's water quality for human health and environmental quality. This includes water quality sampling and other water quality related projects conducted throughout the state.
This web page presents a searchable list of water quality study results that were funded in full or in part by DEC. Please check back often as we will continue to add to this list.

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Region Waterbody Year Report Title (click to open) Author
Southcentral Big Lake 2016 Clean Boating in the Susitna Valley Cook Inletkeeper
Southcentral Big Lake 2015 Clean Boating in the Susitna Valley Cook Inletkeeper
Southcentral Big Lake 2014 Big Lake Water Quality Monitoring: 2013 Aquatic Restoration & Research Institute
Southcentral Big Lake 2014 Clean Boating on Big Lake Cook Inletkeeper
Southcentral Big Lake 2013 Clean Boating on Big Lake Cook Inletkeeper
Southcentral Big Lake 2012 Clean Boating on Big Lake Cook Inletkeeper
Southcentral Big Lake 2010 Water Quality Monitoring: 2009 OASIS Environmental, Inc.
Southcentral Big Lake 2006 Big Lake Water Quality Monitoring: 2005 OASIS Environmental, Inc.
Southcentral Big Lake and Lake Lucille 2004 Big Lake and Lake Lucille Water Quality Monitoring; 2004 OASIS Environmental, Inc.
Southcentral Campbell Lake Tributary 2013 Campbell Lake Tributary Water Quality Investigation: July 2012 through June 2013 Aquatic Restoration & Research Institute
Southcentral Cook Inlet 2007 Draft Development of Macroinvertebrate and Diatom Biological Assessment Indices for Cook Inlet Basin Streams - Final Report Environment and Natural Resources Institute University of Alaska Anchorage and ADEC
Southcentral Cottonwood Creek 2010 Fecal Coliform Bacteria Source Asssessment in the waters of Cottonwood Creek, Wasilla, and Little Campbell Creek, Anchorage Aquatic Restoration & Research Institute
Southcentral Cottonwood Creek 2008 Cottonwood Creek Fecal Coliform and Temperature Evaluation Aquatic Restoration & Research Institute
Southcentral Cottonwood Creek 2006 Cottonwood Creek Ecological Assessment Aquatic Restoration & Research Institute
Southcentral Cottonwood Creek 2005 Cottonwood Creek TMDL Development- Residue Aquatic Restoration & Research Institute
Southcentral Deshka River 2016 Deshka River Screening Level Water Quality Sampling for Petroleum Hydrocarbons; June 2014 Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Southcentral Eyak Lake 2006 Identification of PAH Discharging into Eyak Lake from Stormwater Drains Auke Bay Laboratory
Southcentral Eyak Lake 2007 Eyak Lake Stormwater Mitigation Case Study Copper River Watershed Project
Southcentral Fish Creek (Anchorage) 2017 Fish Creek, Anchorage (Cuddy Park Ponds) 2016 Revegetation Municipality of Anchorage –Department of Parks & Recreation
Southcentral Fish Creek (Anchorage) 2017 Assess Existing Waterfowl BMPs on Fish Creek Project Anchorage Waterways Council
Southcentral Jewel Lake 2009 Jewel Lake Fecal Coliform Assessment Anchorage Waterways Council
Southcentral Jewel Lake 2010 Jewel Lake Fecal Coliform Assessment Anchorage Waterways Council
Southcentral Jim Creek 2009 Jim Creek Water Quality Assessment The Wildlifers
Southcentral Kenai River Beach 2011 Report 2011 Kenai Beach Sampling Final DEC Comments 120923 KWF Kenai Watershed Forum
Southcentral Kenai River Beach 2013 City of Kenai Kenai River Beach Sampling FY 2012 Final Report Kenai Watershed Forum
Southcentral Kenai River Beach 2014 City of Kenai Kenai River Beach Sampling FY 2014 Final Report Kenai Watershed Forum
Southcentral Kenai River 2015 Water Quality Assessment of the Kenai River Watershed from July 2000 to July 2014 Kenai Watershed Forum
Southcentral Kenai River 2012 Kenai River Fish Waste Management Plan City of Kenai
Southcentral Kenai River 2012 Kenai River 2012 Turbidity Assessment Kenai Watershed Forum
Southcentral Kenai River 2009 Kenai River 2009 Petroleum Assessment Kenai Watershed Forum
Southcentral Kenai River 2008 Kenai River 2008 Petroleum Assessment OASIS Environmental, Inc.
Southcentral Kenai River 2007 Kenai River 2007 Hydrocarbon Assessment OASIS Environmental, Inc.
Southcentral Kenai River 2007 Kenai River 2007 Addendum to Hydrocarbon Assessment Report OASIS Environmental, Inc.
Southcentral Kenai River 2004 Kenai River Hydrocarbon Assessment OASIS Environmental, Inc.
Southcentral Kodiak Lakes 2001 Kodiak Clean Lakes Project AquaLife Engineering
Southcentral Lake Lucille 2013 Lake Lucille Sediment Quality Sampling: Spatial Extent of Polluted Sediment due to Outfall Stormwater Inputs Aquatic Restoration & Research Institute
Southcentral Lake Lucille 2006 2005 Lake Lucille Water Quality Monitoring OASIS Environmental, Inc.
Southcentral Lake Lucille 2004 Big Lake and Lake Lucille Water Quality Monitoring; 2004 OASIS Environmental, Inc.
Southcentral Little Susitna River 2015 Lower Little Susitna River Water Quality Assessment: May, June and August 2014 Aquatic Restoration & Research Institute
Southcentral Little Susitna River 2014 Clean Boating on the Little Susitna River Cook Inletkeeper
Southcentral Little Susitna River 2013 Water Quality in the Lower Little Susitna River; Cumulative Report July 2007 through August 2012 Aquatic Restoration & Research Institute
Southcentral Little Susitna River 2011 Water Quality Evaluation of the Lower Little Susitna River: July 2010 through June 2011 Aquatic Restoration & Research Institute
Southcentral Little Susitna River 2010 Hydrocarbons and turbidity in the Lower Little Susitna River Aquatic Restoration & Research Institute
Southcentral Little Susitna River 2009 Water Quality Evaluation of the Lower Little Susitna River: July 2008 through June 2009 Aquatic Restoration & Research Institute
Southcentral Little Susitna River 2008 Water quality evaluation of the lower Little Susitna River Aquatic Restoration & Research Institute
Southcentral Little Susitna River 2007 The Little Susitna River—An ecological assessment Aquatic Restoration & Research Institute
Southcentral Little Susitna River 2006 Little Susitna Water Quality Monitoring Report (March 2005-April 2006) Aquatic Restoration & Research Institute
Southcentral Gulkana River 2007 A Case Study of Human Use in the Gulkana River Watershed Copper River Watershed Project
Southcentral Matanuska River 2004 Matanuska River Debris Site Assessment OASIS Environmental, Inc.
Southcentral Matanuska River 2004 Matanuska River Debris Removal Assessment OASIS Environmental, Inc.
Southcentral Montana Creek 2010 Montana Creek Fecal Coliform and Water Quality Assessment Environment and Natural Resources Institute University of Alaska Anchorage
Southcentral Montana Creek 2006 Montana Creek Ecological and Water Quality Assessment Aquatic Restoration & Research Institute
Southcentral Ship Creek 2005 Ship Creek Stream Gaging DNR Project Data Report Alaska Department of Natural Resources- Alaska Hydrologic Society
Southcentral Tonsina River 2007 Copper River Watershed Salmon Habitat Monitoring Plan Development: Results from Tonsina River Basin Field Reconnaissance Sillwater Sciences
Southcentral Wasilla Creek 2002 Wasilla Creek Stream Condition Evaluation Alaska Department of Fish & Game
Southcentral Willow Creek 2015 Willow Creek Water Quality Assessment Aquatic Restoration & Research Institute
Southcentral Multiple Waters 2000 Alaska Stream Condition Index: Biological Index Development for Cook Inlet 1997-2000 Summary Environment and Natural Resources Institute
Southcentral Multiple Waters 2002 Ecological Impacts of Three Lower Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, ATV Stream Fords Environment and Natural Resources Institute
Southcentral Multiple Waters 2016 Region II Forest Resources and Practices Act Effectiveness Monitoring Aquatic Restoration & Research Institute
Southcentral Multiple Waters 2009 Forest Resources Practices Act Region II Effectiveness Monitoring Aquatic Restoration & Research Institute
Southcentral Multiple Waters 2008 Forest Resources Practices Act Effectiveness Monitoring Within the Willer-Kash State Forest Harvest Area: July 2006 through May 2008 Summary Aquatic Restoration & Research Institute
Southcentral Multiple Waters 2007 Forest Resources Practices Act Effectiveness Monitoring Within the Willer-Kash State Forest Harvest Area: Project Summary Aquatic Restoration & Research Institute
Southcentral Multiple Waters 2007 Forest Resources Practices Act Effectiveness Monitoring Within the Willer-Kash State Forest Harvest Area: Spring 2007 Aquatic Restoration & Research Institute
Southcentral Multiple Waters 2006 Forest Resources Practices Act Effectiveness Monitoring Within the Willer-Kash State Forest Harvest Area Aquatic Restoration & Research Institute
Southcentral Multiple Waters 2013 Matanuska-Susitna Stormwater Assessment Aquatic Restoration & Research Institute
Southcentral Multiple Waters 2013 Stream Temperature Monitoring Network for Cook Inlet Salmon Streams Cook Inletkeeper
Southcentral Multiple Waters 2012 Stream Temperature Monitoring Network for Cook Inlet Salmon Streams Cook Inletkeeper
Southcentral Multiple Waters 2011 Stream Temperature Monitoring Network for Cook Inlet Salmon Streams Cook Inletkeeper
Southcentral Multiple Waters 2010 Stream Temperature Monitoring Network for Cook Inlet Salmon Streams Cook Inletkeeper
Southcentral Multiple Waters 2009 Stream Temperature Monitoring Network for Cook Inlet Salmon Streams Cook Inletkeeper
Southcentral Multiple Waters 2002 National Coastal Assessment: the Condition of Southcentral's Bays and Estuaries Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council
Southcentral Multiple Waters 2007 Mat-Su Lakes, Nutrient Study University of Alaska Fairbanks
Southcentral Multiple Waters 2008 Cook Inlet Lakes Summary Report ADEC, University of Alaska Anchorage
Southcentral Multiple Waters 2009 Sediment Quality Triad Assessment in Kachemak Bay: Characterization of Soft Bottom Benthic Habitats and Contaminant Bioeffects Assessment NOAA, National Status and Trends
Southcentral Multiple Waters 2002-2006 FishWatch Habitat and Water Quality Monitoring in the Copper River Watershed 5-Year Summary Report Copper River Watershed Project
Southcentral Multiple Waters 2016 Improving WQ in Anchorage’s Waterbodies Anchorage Waterways Council
Southeast Alexander Archipelago Streams 2005 Development of a Macroinvertebrate Biological Assessment Index for Alexander Archipelago Streams - Final Report Environmental and Natural Resources Institute and Alaska Natural Heritage Program, University of Alaska Anchorage
Southeast Auke Lake 2014 Auke Lake Water Quality Monitoring Juneau Watershed Partnership
Southeast Duck and Jordan Creek 2010 Testing Alaska's macroinvertebrate- and diatom-based stream condition indices in select urbanized streams Environmental and Natural Resources Institute and Alaska Natural Heritage Program, University of Alaska Anchorage
Southeast Duck Creek 2007 Duck Creek Restoration Assessment Report, Mendenhall River Watershed in Juneau, Alaska Juneau Watershed Partnership
Southeast Duck Creek 2006 Watershed Protection and Recovery for Duck Creek, Juneau, AK Department of Natural Sciences, University of Alaska Southeast
Southeast Duck and Jordan Creek 2005 Duck and Jordan Creek Protection Recovery Department of Natural Sciences, University of Alaska Southeast
Southeast Duck Creek 1999 Duck Creek Watershed Management Plan National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, and Auke Bay Laboratory
Southeast Granite Creek 2011 Analysis of FY11 Granite Creek Turbidity, Sediment (TSS) and Flow Data and Effects on Sediment Models and Load Calculations Redburn Environmental & Regulatory Services
Southeast Granite Creek 2010 Analysis of FY10 Granite Creek Turbidity, Sediment (TSS) and Flow Data and Effects on Sediment Models and Load Calculations Redburn Environmental & Regulatory Services
Southeast Granite Creek 2008 Granite Creek TMDL and Recovery Strategy: Review and Recommended Updates to the Granite Creek TMDL and Recovery Strategy, with Emphasis on the Long-term Action Plan for 2008 and Beyond Redburn Environmental & Regulatory Services
Southeast Granite Creek 2009 Analysis of FY09 Granite Creek Turbidity, Sediment (TSS) and Flow Data and Effects on Sediment Models and Load Calculations Redburn Environmental & Regulatory Services
Southeast Granite Creek 2008 Analysis of FY08 Granite Creek Turbidity, Sediment (TSS) and Flow Data and Effects on Sediment Models and Load Calculations Redburn Environmental & Regulatory Services
Southeast Granite Creek 2007 Granite Creek TMDL and Recovery Strategy: Review and Cumulative Analysis of Water Quality Data, Sediment Load Reductions, and Validation of TMDL Assumptions Redburn Environmental & Regulatory Services
Southeast Hobart Bay 2007 Hobart Bay Bark Monitoring Dive and Video Survey Report Haggit Consulting
Southeast Hobart Bay 1996 Hobart Bay Biological and Bark Depth Survey 1996 Bob Boes
Southeast Holgate (Onemile) Creek 2005 Holgate (Onemile) Creek Field Recon Report ADEC
Southeast Jordan Creek 2015 Jordan Creek Green Infrastructure Project Final Report Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition / Juneau Watershed Partnership
Southeast Jordan Creek 2008 Watershed Protection and Recovery for Jordan Creek, Juneau, AK Department of Natural Sciences, University of Alaska Southeast
Southeast Jordan Creek 2007 ATV Trail Mapping in Jordan Creek Watershed FY2006-2007 Juneau Watershed Partnership
Southeast Jordan Creek 2007 Watershed Protection and Recovery for Jordan Creek, Juneau, AK Department of Natural Sciences, University of Alaska Southeast
Southeast Jordan Creek 2006 Watershed Protection and Recovery for Jordan Creek, Juneau, AK Department of Natural Sciences, University of Alaska Southeast
Southeast Jordan Creek 2006 Jordan Creek Watershed Recovery and Management Plan U.S. Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Southeast Jordan Creek 2005 Duck and Jordan Creek Protection Recovery Department of Natural Sciences, University of Alaska Southeast
Southeast Jordan Creek 2002 Jordan Creek Waterbody Assessment Engineering Department, City and Borough of Juneau
Southeast Lemon Creek 2007 Lemon Creek Watershed Recovery and Management Plan Juneau Watershed Partnership
Southeast Lemon Creek 2003 Lemon Creek Natural Sediment Assessment University of Alaska Southeast, Environmental Science
Southeast Mosquito Lake 2013 Mosquito Lake Water Quality and Non-Native Aquatic Plant Survey Takshanuk Watershed Council
Southeast Pederson Hill Creek 2013 Pederson Hill Creek Water Quality Monitoring Juneau Watershed Partnership
Southeast Pederson Hill Creek 2006 Watershed Protection and Recovery for Pederson Hill Creek, Juneau, AK Department of Natural Sciences, University of Alaska Southeast
Southeast Pederson Hill Creek 2005 Pederson Hill Creek Watershed Protection and Assessment Mendenhall Watershed Partnership
Southeast Pederson Hill Creek 1993 Pederson Hill Creek Waterbody Assessment ADEC
Southeast Pullen Creek 2012 Stormwater Best Management Practices: Protecting Pullen Creek, an Urban Stream Taiya Inlet Watershed Council
Southeast Pullen Creek 2006 Pullen Creek Waterbody Recovery Plan Best Management Practices Skagway Traditional Council
Southeast Pullen Creek 2005 Pullen Creek Assessment Skagway Traditional Council
Southeast Sawmill Creek 2007 Water Quality Monitoring Strategy, Sawmill Creek, Haines, Alaska Takshanuk Watershed Council
Southeast Schultze Cove 2007 Schultze Cove Bark Monitoring and Survey Report 2007 Haggit Consulting
Southeast Skagway Harbor 1984 Trace Metals Contamination at an Ore Loading Facility in Skagway, Alaska U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and ADEC
Southeast Sawmill Creek 2015 Sawmill Creek Low Impact Development Demonstration Takshanuk Watershed Council
Southeast Swan Lake 2002 Stormwater Control Strategy and Action Plan for the Swan Lake Watershed Redburn Environmental & Regulatory Services
Southeast Swan Lake 2002 State of the Lake Report - Swan Lake Watershed Recovery Strategy Redburn Environmental & Regulatory Services
Southeast Thorne Bay 2007 Thorne Bay Bark Monitoring and Video Survey Report 2007 Haggit Consulting
Southeast Thorne Bay 2003 Thorne Bay Bark Monitoring and Survey Report 2003 Haggit Consulting
Southeast Twelvemile Arm 2007 Twelvemile Arm Bark Monitoring Survey Report 2007 Haggit Consulting
Southeast Vanderbilt Creek 2008 Watershed Protection and Recover for Vanderbilt Creek Department of Natural Sciences, University of Alaska Southeast
Southeast Vanderbilt Creek 2007 Vanderbilt Creek Watershed Recovery and Management Plan Juneau Watershed Partnership
Southeast Jordan Creek, Montana Creek, and Mendenhall River 2004 Mendenhall Watershed Protection and Recovery Department of Natural Sciences, University of Alaska Southeast
Southeast Haines Beaches: Portage Cove and Lutak Inlet 2013 BEACH Monitoring FY2013 Final Report Takshanuk Watershed Council
Southeast Haines Beaches: Portage Cove and Lutak Inlet 2012 Haines Safe Swimming BEACH Monitoring FY 2012 Final Report Takshanuk Watershed Council
Southeast Juneau Beaches: Lena Cove, Auke Recreation and Ann Coleman Street 2013 Juneau Beach Monitoring Juneau Watershed Partnership
Southeast Juneau Beaches: Lena Cove, Auke Recreation and Ann Coleman Street 2012 Juneau Beach Monitoring Juneau Watershed Partnership
Southeast Ketchikan Creeks: Ketchikan, Carlanna and Hoadley 2014 Ketchikan Creeks: Stormwater Quality Assessment Aquatic Restoration & Research Institute
Southeast Lemon, Vanderbilt, and Pederson Hill Creeks 2014 Juneau Stormwater Hydrography Report Juneau Watershed Partnership
Southeast Sitka 2005 A Review of Stormwater Ordinances from Alaskan and Other Small Communities for Possible Application to Sitka, with recommendations for strengthening stormwater controls Redburn Environmental & Regulatory Services
Southeast Skagway Harbor, Pullen Creek 2009 Evaluation of Metals and Petroleum Derivatives in Skagway Harbor and Pullen Creek Sediments and Surface Waters Tetra Tech, Inc.
Southeast Taiya Inlet Watershed 2012 Skagway Stormwater Mapping Taiya Inlet Watershed Council
Southeast Juneau 2009 City and Borough of Juneau Manual of Stormwater Best Management Practices Tetra Tech
Southeast Southeast Coastal Survey 2004 Southeast Alaska Coastal Survey - Environmental Status ADEC
Southeast Sitka Stormwater 2013 City and Borough of Sitka Stormwater Management Plan Tetra Tech, Inc.
Northern Multiple Waters 2010-2011 Chukchi Sea Environmental Condition Summary University of Alaska Fairbanks
Northern Multiple Waters 2010-2011 Chukchi Sea Statistical Summary University of Alaska Fairbanks
Northern Multiple Waters 2010-2011 Monitoring Seabirds and Marine Mammals in the Nearshore Chukchi Sea ABR, Inc. Environmental Research & Services
Northern Multiple Waters 2011 Advance Monitoring Initiative: Arctic Coastal Integrated and Comprehensive Data Mining and Assessment Project University of Alaska Fairbanks
Northern Multiple Waters 2011 Field Report, 2011 Arctic Wetlands Survey ADEC
Northern Multiple Waters 2013 Field Report, 2013 Arctic Lakes Survey ADEC
Northern Multiple Waters 2014 Cruise Report, 2014 Simpson Lagoon and Gwydyr Bay ADEC
Northern Multiple Waters 2014 Offshore Oil/Gas Wastewater Study: 2014 Assessment of Simpson Lagoon University of Alaska Fairbanks/ADEC
Interior Chena River 2015 Watershed Resource Action Plan Executive Summary Tanana Valley Watershed Association
Interior Chena River 2014 Chena River - Our Living River Tanana Valley Watershed Association
Interior Chena River 2012 Water Quality Sampling in Three Water Bodies Tanana Valley Watershed Association
Interior Chatanika 2013 Chatanika 2012 Project Data Summary ADEC
Interior Goldstream Creek 2011 Surface Water Monitoring of Goldstream Creek for the Development of TMDLs University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Interior Goldstream Creek 2012 Comprehensive Surface Water Monitoring of Goldstream Creek for the Potential Development of TMDL University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Interior Yukon River 2009 Yukon River Condition Summary ADEC, Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council, and University of Alaska Anchorage
Interior Multiple Waters 2009 Ecological Condition of wadeable streams in the Tanana River Basin, AK University of Alaska Anchorage
Interior Multiple Waters 2009 Water Quality in the Tanana River Basin, Alaska Water Years 2004-2006 USGS
Interior Multiple Waters 2011 Green Infrastructure Solutions in Fairbanks, AK Cold Climate Housing Research Center
Western Dutch Harbor, Iliuliuk Harbor 2009 Refining Areas of Impairment and Assessing Deleterious Effects to Aquatic Life OASIS Environmental, Inc.
Western Dutch Harbor, Iliuliuk Bay, Iliuliuk Harbor 2008 Water Quality Assessment, Phase 2, Dutch Harbor, Iliuliuk Bay, Iliuliuk Harbor OASIS Environmental, Inc.
Western Dutch Harbor, Iliuliuk Bay, Iliuliuk Harbor 2007 Water Quality Assessment Dutch Harbor, Iliuliuk Bay, Iliuliuk Harbor OASIS Environmental, Inc.
Western Dutch Harbor, Iliuliuk Bay, Iliuliuk Harbor 2006 Dutch Harbor Water Quality and Impairment Analysis, Final Report OASIS Environmental, Inc.
Western Nushagak River 2008 Continuation of Lower Nushagak River Fecal Coliform and Water Quality Assessment Environment and Natural Resources Institute, UAA
Western Multiple Waters 2006-2007 2006-2007 Aleutian Islands Coastal Survey: Environmental Condition Summary ADEC
Western Multiple Waters 2006-2007 2006-2007 Aleutian Islands Coastal Survey: Statistical Summary ADEC
Western Multiple Waters 2006-2007 A Collection of Benthic Marine Algae from the Aleutian Islands, Alaska: Intertidal Site Summaries Mandy Lindeberg, NOAA
Western Kvichak and Nushagak watersheds 2008 Development of Macroinvertebrate and Diatom Biological Monitoring Indices for Wadeable Streams in the Kvichak and Nushagak Watersheds Environment and Natural Resources Institute, UAA