We believe the Copper River watershed can have a vibrant, healthy future.

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.


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CRWP Scholarship Applications due April 6, 2018

The CRWP  scholarship application period is now open. Any graduating seniors seeking continuing education who can explain how his or her current education goals will benefit the Copper River Watershed are encouraged to apply.

2018 scholarship application

Copper River Delta Science Symposium: March 27-29, 2018

As the largest contiguous wetland on the Pacific Coast of North America, the Copper River Delta provides vital salmon, bird and waterfowl habitat, and is a rich area for researchers studying undisturbed natural processes.

The science symposim is an oppurtunity for researchers to share their knowledge and plans for future research efforts on the Copper River Delta.

Visit seagrant.uaf.edu for more information.


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CRWP Holds First Copper River Salmon Harvesters’ Roundtable Meeting, December 1, 2017

Representatives from each Copper River salmon harvest user group participated in a roundtable meeting held in Valdez, Alaska on December 1, 2017. No shots were fired, and all who attended agreed that the exchange was productive and the roundtable forum should continue.

Taking advantage of so many people being in Valdez for the Board of Fish meeting held to consider Copper River salmon fisheries management proposals, the Copper River Watershed Project invited subsistence fishermen, sport fishing guides, dipnetters, and commercial fishermen to gather together for a roundtable exchange. To explain its mark/recapture research on Copper River Chinook salmon, fish biologists from the  Native Village of Eyak were also present.  Several staff members from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game attended, as did one Board of Fish Commissioner.

This Roundtable effort does not focus on allocation issues, but is intended to be a forum for solutions to the challenges facing Copper River salmon. Read more about the idea behind the Roundtable here:  CR Salmon Harvesters Roundtable Background

To be added to an e-mail distribution list for future updates on the Roundtable, contact us by e-mail.