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Water and Salmon Stream Protection

Mulchatna and Stuyahok Rivers Water Flow Reservations

Salmon Stream

The Land Trust will continue monitoring the collection of hydrologic flow data to secure a first priority instream water right reservation for fish on the Mulchatna and Stuyahok Rivers under Alaska Law. This project was undertaken with support from the Village of New Stuyahok and the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Total estimated cost at completion: $550,000. Status: Land Trust and partners are first in priority, but one more year of flow data collection by the USGS is necessary before the instream flow right can be finalized for adjudication by DNR. Funding is secured for the completion of data collection, additional funds may be needed to engage an hydrologist to complete calculations for the application.

Kaskanak Creek Water Flow Reservation

The Land Trust will continue monitoring the collection of hydrologic flow data on Kaskanak Creek to complete a first priority instream flow reservation for fish under Alaska law. The project was undertaken with support from Trout Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy and the Tiffany & Company Foundation. Total estimated cost at completion: $450,000. Status: Land Trust and partners are first in priority, but six more months of flow data collection by the USGS is necessary before the instream flow right can be finalized for adjudication by DNR. Funding is secured through the completion of data collection in June, additional funds may be needed to engage an hydrologist to complete calculations for the application.

 Chulitna River Water Flow Reservation

The Land Trust will partner with the Lake Clark National Park and Preserve to re-install a hydrologic gauge and contract with USGS to continue collecting flow data to secure first priority instream flow reservations for fish on the Chulitna River under Alaska Law. Funding provided by the National Park Service and a Coastal Impact Assistance Grant. Total estimated cost: $400,000. Status: Anticipate data collection will begin again this summer. Four years of data must be collected.