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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:

  • Phase I - Introduction to Water Quality Monitoring
  • Phase II - Development of Water Quality Monitoring
  • Phase III - Development and Implementation of Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPP).

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.
We are also looking to previous participants to help facilitate and provide examples of their monitoring efforts for the upcoming WQAEMP training sessions. For example, Daniel Chythlook from Aleknagik will be presenting his draft Quality Assurance Project Plan at the upcoming Phase III training (March 27 & 28). He will discuss the process it has taken to develop a draft QAPP for his community.

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