Stream Watch

History

The Stream Watch program was started in 1994 as an interagency volunteer effort between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Forest Service. Volunteers were trained to protect the riparian areas of the Russian River. After a decade of successful efforts, the program expanded across the Kenai Peninsula.

Important riverside areas, or riparian areas, were suffering from the thousands of visitors that annually recreate along the riverside. Vital riparian plants were trampled, leading to degraded water quality and unstable river banks. Due to these negative impacts from recreation, as well as increased bear activity in the area, a need to educate visitors became apparent.

Stream Watch was developed to minimize these impacts.

In 2011, the Kenai Watershed Forum joined the sponsorship team to bring the Stream Watch program to the lower Kenai River due to increased need.

What We Do

Stream Watch volunteers help sustain healthy rivers for the future through EDUCATION, RESTORATION, and PROTECTION.

Volunteers EDUCATE thousands of anglers every summer on how to decrease their impacts on our rivers.

With the installation of fencing projects, bank stabilization, and elevated boardwalks, we RESTORE damaged river banks.

With both our education and restoration efforts, we are able to PROTECT sensitive salmon habitat.

Administration

In 2011, the Kenai Watershed Forum joined the sponsorship team to bring the Stream Watch program to the lower Kenai River due to increased need.

Kenai Watershed Forum logo

The Kenai Watershed Forum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining the health of Kenai Peninsula watersheds in Alaska. KWF is recognized as the regional watershed organization of the peninsula and works to successfully identify and address the needs of the region by providing high quality education, restoration, and research programs.

Forest Service logo

Established in 1905, the Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service manages public lands in national forests and grasslands which covers over 193 million acres. Gifford Pinchot, the first Chief of the Forest Service, summed up the mission of the Forest Service— "to provide the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of people in the long run."

Partners

The following agencies partner with the Stream Watch program as volunteers leverage agency efforts at extreme high use fishing sites across the peninsula.

Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Alaska State Parks

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Alaska Recreational Management

Kenai Peninsula Borough

City of Soldotna

City of Kenai

Supporters

Stream Watch would not be the program it is today without the generous monetary and in-kind donations from its supporters.

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council

The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council was formed in 1991 to support ecosystem restoration, research and monitoring following the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in an effort to restore the "healthy, productive, world-renowned ecosystem" that existed before the spill.

U.S. Forest Service

National Forest Foundation

State of Alaska

Kenai Peninsula Fish Habitat Partnership

Alaksa DNR Divison of Land, Mining, and Water

Alaska Conservation Foundation

ConocoPhillips

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