The Copper River Watershed Project builds partnerships for on-the-ground projects and watershed-scale planning for economically diverse communities and a thriving, intact watershed.
Our Programs Making a Difference
We have completed a variety of habitat restoration & monitoring projects throughout the Copper River watershed to improve fish passage, re-vegetate and stabilize habitats for spawning and rearing salmon, assess water quality and identify salmon habitat for listing in the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s Andaromous Waters Catalog.
CRWP programs take science learning outside for kids from grades K – 12. We lead field trips and classroom sessions on aquatic habitat, stormwater pollution, the salmon lifecycle, and watershed science. Students also participate in raising salmon fry from eggs in a classroom tank and releasing the fry come spring.
The Copper River watershed’s remote communities have much to offer! From the Copper River delta to the Wild and Scenic Gulkana River to North America’s largest World Heritage site in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, visitors are encouraged to explore the watershed’s unique geography and rich history.
Celebrate the season’s harvest with us at the Cordova Center on September 3! This year’s Wild Harvest Feast features Chef Derek Baril from Boulder, Colorado, sponsored by the Copper River/PWS Marketing Association. Tickets are $65 per person (includes three course meal, wine and dessert) and available at the CRWP office, 511 First Street, Cordova (or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about purchasing tickets).
To update its 1996 General Management Plan, the National Park Service (NPS) is preparing a Backcountry and Wilderness Stewardship Plan for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve’s wilderness areas as well as three backcountry zones in the Park: the northeast corner of the park, a stretch of coastline along Yakutat Bay, and lands within the Chitina River drainage. NPS staff conducted scoping in 2015 and released a Proposed Action in summer, 2016 for public comment. A map of the planning area and planning documents are available on-line for review. Comments will be accepted on-line or by mail until August 30, 2016.