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Looking for a job that helps make the Interior a better place to live, with flexible hours and great partnerships? Tanana Valley Watershed Association (TVWA) is looking for a Program Director to help achieve our mission to promote and improve the health of the watershed through education, restoration, collaborative research and diverse community involvement.

This position will oversee our citizen science, research, education and restoration programs, including Adopt-A-Stream, Watershed Assessment/Mappping Aquatic Priorities, and Juvenile Chinook Sampling, among others. Please see the job description HERE for more information, and submit resumes by email to tvwatershed@gmail.com or mail to TVWA, 909 Cushman, Suite 205, Fairbanks, AK 99709.

What's going on?

As our summer wraps up, events are slowing down. Keep checking back as we transition into our fall/winter schedule!

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2018-2019 WRAP MAP - Tolovana Watershed

The Tolovana WRAP MAP project is wrapping up. We will be publishing results very soon.

CLICK HERE to learn more about this project.

Juvenile Chinook Sampling

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This summer our amazing field technicians and volunteers worked to identify tributaries (smaller creeks and branches off of the Chena) that provide important habitat for juvenile Chinook Salmon in order to add them to the Anadromous Water Catalog (AWC).

The Anadromous Water Catalog keeps track of all of the waterways that have anadromous fish in them. This is an important step in helping study, and plan future ways to keep fish healthy and returning to Alaska.

Click HERE to learn more!

Adopt a Stream season was a great success!


The Adopt-A-Stream program is wrapping up for the summer, but we are always ready to talk about it. Interested in our program? Contact us!


Click HERE To learn more about this program!

2019 Storm Drain Art

For the past 7 years TVWA has invited local artists to submit design proposals, and then if picked, paint selected storm drains in downtown Fairbanks area.

In 2019, storm drains on 5th Street between Noble and Barnette were painted in June. Take a walk and check them out!

Take a look at the past years of art!

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 Did you know...   

The Chena River is the 2nd largest contributor to juvenile Chinook (King) salmon in the Yukon River Drainage? That means that thousands of Chinook return to Interior Alaska to spawn. And those baby salmon live in the Chena River for up to 2 years before returning to the Ocean. Learn more on how to be salmon friendly neighbors in our new book! 

Click HERE to download "Living Alongside Salmon Homes".

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.