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The Alaska Regional Office of NAFWS is in the third year of providing training to Alaskan Native villages on water quality monitoring. We are busy planning for the summer 2003 training sessions. The staff for this includes Karen E. Stickman, Project Coordinator and Shawna Trumble Moser, Assistant Coordinator. Currently we have three phases:
Many villages throughout rural Alaska have participated
in the training program and although there have been a few adjustments,
the program is a positive effort in helping villages develop their own
water quality monitoring programs. One adjustment is to put more emphasis
on incorporating Traditional Knowledge into water quality monitoring
projects. Looking to our Elders for guidance in any program we develop
in our communities needs to be a priority. Not only will this help set
the foundation by looking to our traditional values for guidance but
it also gives us ownership of our programs by incorporating our own
local knowledge along with western science.
Thanks to University of Alaska’s Environment and Natural Resource Institute (ENRI), Marine Advisory Program (MAP) and Cook Inlet Keeper for providing our project with exemplary instruction. The skills gained in the training program can be used in the participant’s villages to monitor the health of the water for Tribal environmental planning. Much thanks is due to the EPA for funding this project and sharing our vision of building environmental monitoring capacity in the villages to encourage Tribal Natural Resource management. We are currently accepting registration for the Phase I and II training sessions. Alaskan Tribal Governments and other interested parties that are interested in sending a representative for the workshops in summer 2003, please call Karen E. Stickman, Project Coordinator at 907/222-6005.
Last updated 04/20/03