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June 8th, 2019 Stream Clean up

June 15th, 2019 Storm Drain Art Painting of 5th AVE.

July 2nd, 2019 BOD Meeting

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2018-2019 WRAP MAP - Tolovana Watershed

TVWA has begun a new watershed mapping plan for the Tolovana River watershed ....and we need your input.

The Tolovana watershed is vitally important to the Yukon Chinook populations. The final product will be a map of the Tolovana watershed, that will use historic loss, current condition and future threats to prioritize aquatic habitats for restoration and preservation. It will be a tool for permitting and land management agencies to help focus efforts to maintain and improve these habitats on a watershed basis, using salmon as a key indicator species of the health of the habitat. 

Meetings will be held every other month for 3-4 hours.

CLICK HERE to learn more about this project.

Juvenile Chinook Sampling

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This summer our amazing field technicians and volunteers are working 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 is here!


We just hosted our Adopt a Stream Training on May 10th and May 11th. But that doesn't mean you can't volunteer! We encourage people of all ages to become involved in our program. There is something available for beginners and experts alike! Interested in our program? Contact us!


Click HERE To learn more about this program!

2019 Storm Drain Art

For the past 6 years TVWA has invited local artists to submit design proposals, and then if picked, paint selected storm drains in downtown Fairbanks area. TVWA hosted a 1st Friday Open House in May and the public voted on the winning designs.

In 2018, artists painted on Saturday, June 2nd along Barnette Street. Be sure to stop by and take a look!

If you're interested in this project follow the link below to see past art:

Take a look at the past 5 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.