Tanana Valley Watershed Association

Healthy Communities through a Healthy Watershed

aka TVWA   |   Fairbanks, AK   |  www.tvwatershed.org

Mission

Tanana Valley Watershed Association was founded in 2006. Our mission is to promote and improve the health of the Tanana Valley watershed through education, restoration, collaborative research, and diverse community involvement.

Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Bryn McElroy

Main address

909 Cushman Street, Ste. 205

Fairbanks, AK 99701 USA

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EIN

52-2155793

NTEE code info

Management & Technical Assistance (C02)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (C12)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Piledriver Slough Project

Hydrology Monitoring - The flow rate changes may cause ice and log jams that would hinder fish passage as well as beaver dams, which will no longer be naturally knocked out by flushing spring flows.

Student Scientists - TVWA created youth science education curriculum connecting nature and education in an outdoor setting. The curriculum included how to conduct water quality, fish identification, habitat assessment, and healthy bugs. Each child was equipped with a tool kit containing supplies.

Beaver Dam Activity - The section of Piledriver Slough from the levee site to the Baily Bridge was surveyed to find dams twice during both spring and fall.

Riparian Changes - Due to construction of the new rail extension a levee was put in place that blocks flushing flows into the Piledriver Slough from the Tanana River. The slough is entirely ground fed.

Fish Monitoring - Fish distribution, size species type were recorded using similar practices described in the Chena Salmon Project.

Sampling Season - sampling is conducted on the upper Piledriver section three times, in spring , summer and fall. The lower section is sampled twice in spring and fall.

Invasive Species - As Elodea spreads throughout the Chena Slough, communities are proactively monitoring their local waterways for early identification and eradication of destructive plants.

Population(s) Served

The Fairbanks Storm Water Advisory Committee (FSWAC) and Tanana Valley Watershed Association (TVWA) work together to implement the Adopt-a-Stream program, community based with a variety of volunteer water-quality monitoring and stream restoration activities which provide residents and other stakeholders with the opportunity to actively participate as stewards of their watershed. Elements of the programs include water-quality monitoring, bio-assessment studies, litter pick-up, stream bank restoration and maintenance, and management of flow restrictions. Through implementation of these programs, the FSWAC and TVWA raise community awareness of water-quality issues, improve local water quality and develop a strong volunteer base by providing members of the community a sense of ownership in local water quality issues. A total of 16 families and individuals signed up to participate in water quality sampling. Of these participants, all completed at least one sampling event during the 2012 sampling season. A total of 19 locations were sampled on water bodies within the Tanana Valley Watershed: the Chena River, Chena Slough, Goldstream Creek, Piledriver Slough, and the Chatanika River To broaden the experience for the citizen scientists, habitat surveys based on the EPA Habitat Walk method were undertaken during the season to record changes in riparian habitat over time. The Annual River Clean Up Day was held on June 9th last year, with about 40 volunteers in attendance.

Population(s) Served

Mapping Aquatic Priorities – Chena. TVWA is partnering with ESCAPE and gathering public input to identify  and prioritize streams and wetlands in the Chena watershed important to Chinook salmon.

The goal of WRAP MAP is used to: Identify and prioritize specific areas for preservation and restoration. Identify key areas within the watershed where strategically selected compensatory mitigation. Identify sites that could be developed to restore, establish, enhance and preserve Chinook salmon and other aquatic resources. Gather and review existing plans, reports and analysis, analyze historic loss, current conditions, threats and future trends. Map these areas in a comprehensive GIS map.

Population(s) Served

TVWA is coordinating with stakeholders to develop and implement and educational campaign aimed at the residents, businesses and users that addresses GI applications and actions they can do to reduce run-off pollution in the Chena River watershed. This campaign includes a public event, community workshops and development of hands-on educational materials focusing on the benefits of these actions for fish and wildlife, especially Chinook Salmon.

Population(s) Served

The Tanana River produces over 20% of the Chinook salmon in the entire Yukon River (including Canada). Two of the tributaries to the Tanana River, the Chena and Salcha Rivers, are among the top Chinook salmon producing streams for the Yukon River, and another three Tanana River tributaries are also large producers of Chinook salmon: many Chena tributaries are currently being used by juvenile Chinook and are not on the State of Alaska Anadromous Waters Catalog and so are not provided protection. TVWA is sampling those waters to see which are currently being used as rearing habitat.

Population(s) Served

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Financials

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Tanana Valley Watershed Association

Board of directors
as of 8/15/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Christy Everett

Christy Everett

Royce Conlon

Janet Kidd

Ian Olson

Gale Vick

Jackson Fox

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No