The mission of AWC is to protect, restore, and enhance the waterways, wetlands, and associated uplands of Anchorage.
How Pick.Click.Give. makes a difference
The Anchorage Waterways Council (AWC) was incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) organization in 1985 by a group of individuals and agency members who were concerned about the deteriorating state of the Municipality’s creeks and watersheds. Over the past 33 years, the organization has worked diligently to garner grants and contracts that would support AWC's work to improve the health of local creeks and lakes. A volunteer water quality monitoring program was developed in 1998, and today there are over 40 sites have been sampled for water quality. AWC is the only organization in the Municipality that regularly monitors its creeks. Education and outreach to students, residents and business owners have become a large part of AWC’s mission in the past decade. Many people do not realize that urban runoff goes directly, untreated, into our creeks. The objective is reduce pet waste, vehicle drips, ice and snow melt products, yard chemicals, car washing detergents and other polluting agents that negatively affect our creeks, lakes, and the fish and wildlife that make their homes in and along them.
AWC also organizes and sponsors the annual Creek Cleanup event, and over 3 decades tons of debris have been removed from local creeks. Our Creeks as Classrooms program puts staff into local classrooms where students can work creekside on a variety of issues while learning about what is and is not healthy for waterways. The Scoop the Poop program is organized and convened by AWC, and our staff appear at a variety of outreach events every year. AWC also responds to issues that affect Anchorage’s waterways from Title 21 to district plans. Currently we are focusing on issues regarding the cleanup and recycling of monofilament fishing line which can harm or kill fish, waterfowl and wildlife, and a cleanup of Cuddy Park's pond due to the human feeding of waterfowl.
Because our waterways are used for fishing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, tubing, wading, nature watching and other activities, it is imperative that we know of any potential problems so they can be addressed and rectified. Support from Pick.Click.Give. would greatly help us in these tasks.