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Why Salmon Smart?

In Fairbanks, rain that falls on our parking lots and streets picks up trash and pollutants before it is carried through storm drains to the Chena River. The Chena River hosts the second largest return of Yukon River Chinook Salmon in both Alaska and Canada. These salmon need clean water to thrive. We can use green infrastructure to treat runoff before it reaches our river.

Green infrastructure filters stormwater and snow melt which allows the water to soak into the ground instead of traveling through the underground storm drain system to the Chena River. This keeps the Chena river clean and safe for people, fish, and wildlife.

Would you like to be a Salmon Smart Home or Business Owner? Apply for the 2019 Salmon Smart Grant now.

Why: Tanana Valley Watershed Association in partnership with the City of Fairbanks, Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System, and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation are working to expand green infrastructure projects and public awareness in the Fairbanks area as part of our Salmon Smart program.

What: We will select at least five (5) local property owners to participate in the installation of green infrastructure projects on their properties (i.e. building a rain garden, installing a rain barrel, etc.).

Who: Selected applicants will receive up to $1000 in materials, equipment rental, and/or labor toward their project. In return, the applicants would contribute 33% match (up to $500) with a maximum project total $1500.

When: The application period is open March 10 - April 10, 2019. Selected projects will be announced on April 19th.

Click here to complete application online.

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What is Green Infrastructure?

Green Infrastructure is an approach to managing wet weather that is cost-effective, sustainable, and environmentally friendly.  It utilizes techniques and technologies that focus on infiltration, evapotranspiration, capture, and reuse of water from rain and melting snow to maintain or restore natural water storage and quality.  For more details, see

On a residential scale, green infrastructure practices include practical and affordable solutions such as, rain gardens, green roofs, porous pavements, infiltration planters, trees and tree boxes, downspout disconnects, and rainwater harvesting for non-potable uses such as gardening, or lawn irrigation, even toilet flushing.

For DYI Green Infrastructure Projects you can visit the Fairbanks Green Infrastructure Group’s website:

A Featured Salmon Smart Business:

S Salon has chosen to use green infrastructure such as rain barrels, flow-through planters, and permeable pavers to help rain water soak into the ground on their property. That’s why they are a Salmon Smart Business. Thank you S Salon!