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Check out our calendar for more information on upcoming events.

 2018 Storm Drain Art - Call for Artists April 1st - 30th

For the past 4 years TVWA has invited local artists to submit design proposals, and then if picked, paint selected storm drains in downtown Fairbanks area. Artist are paid $125 per painting. 

If you're interested in this project follow the links below:

Take a look at this and past year's art!

Click HERE to enter!

TVWA is Hiring! 

We are currently looking to hire a Field Technician. This person will conduct habitat assessments and sampling for juvenile Chinook salmon and other anadromous fish in the Chena River tributaries not protected by the Alaska Anadromous Fish Act. Click HERE to find out more.

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 What is Green Design? Why is it important?    

Learn why green design is important. What is the Green Streets Policy? And how does it effect you? What are local examples? All these questions and more are answered. Click HERE to find out more.

Our Floating Film Fest was a success!

During our fun Floating Film Festival aboard the Sternwheeler, we watched several short films on Alaska's salmon, the Chena River, economic values and incentives to land owners and how the community is pulling together for these amazing fish.

Did you like the films? Want to watch them again? Where you not able to make it to the Festival?

Don't worry. CLICK HERE for the list of films.

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


Hey you, yes you!

Like what we're doing? There are a number of ways to help. You can sign up to volunteer with a number of our program. Take a look HERE. Or if you're too busy but still want to help you can donate HERE. Every little bit helps! Keep coming back to see what we are up to next - or Like us on Facebook!

OUR Mission:

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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.