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4th Annual Storm Drain Art Contest!


For the past 3 years TVWA has invited local artists to submit design proposals for storm drain art in downtown Fairbanks. The purpose of this project is to raise public awareness that ALL storm drains flow directly into the Chena River and to provide an opportunity for artists to create public works of art in the downtown and surrounding Fairbanks area.


To enter the 2017 storm drain art contest click HERE

To see past storm drain art winners and paintings click HERE

Upcoming FUNdraising Events

Green Up Day Contest - A Fairbanks Spring Tradition!

After seven long months of winter, the arrival of spring is celebrated with joy in Fairbanks, Alaska.  The Tanana Valley Watershed Association and ThrivAlaska are proud to introduce a new tradition to celebrate the arrival of spring: the Green Up Day Guessing Contest.  People ages 18 and up are invited to participate by submitting a guess of what day the leaves will bloom on our lovely deciduous trees.

Guessing the right day could win:
1st prize - 2 Alaska Airline tickets
2nd Prize - 2 Ravn Alaska Vouchers

Click HERE for more information and ticket locations.

Pick Click Give to your watershed!

The state's Pick.Click.Give. program, started in 2009, allows people who sign up for the PFD online to donate any or all of their dividend to a nonprofit organization. If you click the picture it will take you to TVWA's profile. Any little bit helps!

What's fun in your watershed?

Green Map, Fairbanks Edition

TVWA invites you to check out the Green Map, Fairbanks edition. The Green Map System promotes inclusive participation in sustainable community development worldwide, using map making as a medium. CLICK HERE to see what it's all about!

Story Map, Follow the Chena


Esri Story Maps let you combine authoritative maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content. You can use GIS coordinates on a map, with the ability to use pictures to help harness the power of maps and geography to tell your story.

CLICK HERE to learn more about story map!


'Voices of the Chena' Film


TVWA in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service would like to cordially invite you to watch the short film "Voices of the Chena". This short film explores the Chena River and it's importance to everyone in the watershed - human and animal alike!

What's is about? Trailer 1 and trailer 2

CLICK HERE watch this short film

OUR Mission:


OUR History:

Established in 2006, TVWA’s services have included both research and restoration projects.  TVWA Board and staff have worked to provide information on the condition of the watershed by compiling existing information and filling knowledge gaps.   We also worked to promote measures that will maintain and enhance the quality and beauty of the watershed by creating educational programs to:  promote greater appreciation, understanding and awareness; promote sustainable ecological practices, and advocate proactively on issues impacting the watershed.  

In 2012, Tanana Valley Watershed Association’s Board of Directors began strategic planning to determine the organization’s priorities, ensuring appropriate selection of grant opportunities and other financial support to deliver effective and accountable programs for our partners and the public.  TVWA has a legacy of maintaining and enhancing restoration programs that focus on watershed and ecosystem functions and processes.  We look forward to supporting sustainable resources for community-based conservation that empowers individuals to address the economic, social and environmental health of our watershed. We are committed to encouraging and facilitating development of knowledge within interested communities in the Tanana Valley to promote more effective watershed conservation and/or restoration.  Our objectives are to increase awareness through education, restoration, collaborative research, and diverse partner involvement.

WE Believe:

TVWA believes public awareness will enable individuals to understand how their actions impact water quality and habitat for fish and wildlife.  By understanding our connection with nature, we will better appreciate how these impacts affect our quality of life.  TVWA provides residents with the information, insight and tools to make positive changes in the watershed.  We believe increasing public awareness of how our actions impact water quality and habitat for fish and wildlife will lead to understanding our connection with nature.  We will better appreciate how these impacts affect our quality of life and will work together to protect vital resources and the natural beauty of our region for current and future generations.