The Copper River Watershed Project promotes a salmon-rich, intact watershed and culturally diverse communities by forming partnerships for watershed-scale planning and projects.

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.


Plastic Recycling Event on January 26, 2018

Bring your CLEAN #1 and #2 plastics to the AC Parking lot on Friday January 26, 2018 from 10 am – 6 pm for recycling. Please remember to remove all caps and to rinse recyclables.

If you are interested in volunteering at this event or future events please email Shae Bowman at shae@copperriver.org.

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.


The CRWP Watershed Hero Award goes to. . . 

Congratulations to Matt Morse of Glennallen for winning the Watershed Hero Award!

Ruth McHenry and Linda Ruthledge nominated Matt for his work in reducing reliance on single-use plastic bags in the Copper Basin.

Matt works at the Glennallen Landfill and noticied a proliferation of plastic bags in the surrouding trees. As a result, Matt started a petition and took it to the local business managers and the Chamber of Commerce.

In less then a year, the local grocery store, IGA, switched from plastic to paper or reuseable bags.