We believe the Copper River watershed can have a vibrant, healthy future.
Have you heard?
The Copper River Watershed Project is in search of a seasonal, Cordova-based Invasive Plant Technician.
The Invasive Plant Technician will assist CRWP:
- Accurately track field data in Survey123
- Manually treat terrestrial invasive plants (dead-head, pull, and mow)
- Assist with pre-season ordering of program supplies
- Maintain and repair tools/field equipment
- Participate in community outreach events
We are making exciting progress with our fishing web recycling program! Last season we sent a full shipping container of nets from our watershed to be recycled and repurposed. This year, when you recycle aluminum cans in Cordova, you are supporting CRWP’s Fishing Web Recycling Program!! Revenue earned from recycled cans is reinvested into the recycling program for Cordova’s fishing nets!
Salmon Jam will be rockin’ this summer July 14 – 15, 2023 with Blackwater Railroad headlining!
Get ready to boogie, and join us for fresh salmon, live music, kids’ events, and a weekend jam-packed with FUN in Cordova, Alaska !
We are very excited that teacher Jennifer Hodges and her class the Kenny Lake Hawks were featured on NPR March 4, 2023, along with CRWP and our Salmon in the Classroom program!!
This program gets kids up-close and hands-on with the lifecycle of salmon in our watershed, supporting the next generation of stewards in the Copper River watershed.
Way to go, Jennifer Hodges and Kenny Lake Hawks!!
CRWP represented the Copper River at the International Year of the Salmon (IYS) Symposium!
Our Program Director, Kate Morse, attended the conference with Tommy Sheridan, Alaska’s commissioner on the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission, who connected with teacher Jennifer Hodges 3-5 grade Kenny Lake classes via Zoom from one of IYS high seas research cruises back in April 2022.
Jennifer and her husband Brian Hodges helped to produce a short video presentation that explains our salmon-themed education programs and demonstrates the impact they have on her students – the goal was to inspire other researchers at the symposium to connect with youth. The video was intended to be made available via an online portal, but was so well-received that it was shows on the big screen to all participants at the symposium.
Thank you for making our Adopt-a-Fry Fundraiser a success!! Your generous donations helped us unlock $5,000 in matching funds that will allow us to continue to bring salmon to the classroom, and support the next generation of watershed stewardship.
Many thanks to our generous donors, including Wilson Construction, who matched $5,000 of your donations this holiday season to support our watershed-education programs!!
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.
As part of our mission to ensure the continued health of our watershed communities, CRWP works to promote recycling throughout the Copper River area. We strive to maintain sustainable practices in our own operations, and want to encourage others to do so as well.
CRWP oversees Cooperative Weed Management Areas in Cordova and the Copper Basin to coordinate public and private resources to effectively treat high priority invasive plant species. Learn more about these cooperative efforts as well as to learn more about the high priority invasive plant species in the region.
CRWP works to foster the health of the Copper River watershed's salmon-based communities, economies and cultures.