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Guide to the Anchorage Waterways Council records
1979-1991

Collection number: HMC-0393.
Creator: Anchorage Waterways Council.
Title: Anchorage Waterways Council records.
Dates: 1979-1991.
Volume of collection: 1 cubic foot. 
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Records of a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring Anchorage’s waterways and wetlands.

Biographical note:
The Anchorage Waterways Council is a nonprofit organization created to protect, restore, and enhance the waterways, wetlands, and associated uplands of Anchorage.  The group first met in 1984 after the first local creeks clean-up and was officially organized in 1985. The organization advocates for water quality and runs the volunteer Citizens Environmental Monitoring Program, Creeks as Classrooms, and Adopt a Stream programs as well as an annual Creek Clean-Up day event.

Collection description:
The collection consists of the organizational records of the Anchorage Waterways Council from 1979-1991, as well as other related materials concerning waterways in Anchorage. Organization records within the files include correspondence, memoranda, meeting agendas, board meeting minutes, financial reports, committee papers, brochures and other publications, public notices, notes, bylaws, manuals, and program recommendations. Other materials within the files include newspaper clippings, relevant documents from the Municipality of Anchorage and other state and national governmental entities, and documents and publications from other related nonprofit organizations. Additionally, the collection also includes a 1979 prospectus for the Tudor Centre development and 1980 maps and drawings concerning a proposed Chester Creek spawning channel and creek realignment.

Arrangement: The collection is mostly arranged chronologically.

Digitized copies: Digital copies of collection material not available online. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Archives owns copyright only to material in the collection that was created by the Anchorage Waterways Council.

Preferred citation: Anchorage Waterways Council records, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Related materials: For other archival collections relating to environmental issues, see the Research Guide to Geography and Environmental Studies collections.

Acquisition note: This collection was donated to the Archives by Maureen McCrea in 1992.

Processing information: This collection was originally arranged and described by Jeffrey A. Sinnott in 1996.  The guide to this collection was revised by Megan K. Friedel in 2011.

Container list:

Box/Folder

Description

Date

1/1

“Restoration Plans for Two Environmentally Damaged Sections of Little Chester Creek,” prepared by William A. Gossweiler, Riparian and Aquatic Restoration, Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, Alaska (28 pp.).

1983

1/2

“Governor Sheffield's Goals for Alaska: A Public Discussion Draft”

1984

1/3

-Anchorage Waterways Council strategic plan
-Copy of “Center News” from the Alaska Center for the Environment
-Waterways Technical Advisory Committee draft report
-Neighborhood Improvement Program plan
-Ordinance amending chapters 21.45 and 21.80 of the Anchorage Municipal Code concerning the protection of streams

1985 January-April

1/4

-“Lower Chester Creek Improvement Study”  (prepared for Municipality of Anchorage Department of Public Works, Chester Creek Improvements Project 84-E-34, by Datum Engineering and Surveying, Inc.)
-Anchorage Waterways organizational structure and operating plan
-Draft of Anchorage Waterways Council bylaws

1985 May-July

1/5

-Draft of Anchorage Waterways Council bylaws draft
-Preliminary study for Chester Creek improvements on 17-20th Avenues

1985 August-December

1/6

-Anchorage Waterways Council slide show outline (prepared by the Spenard Film Group)
-Hand-out for a public forum on household septic systems and groundwater

1986 January-June

1/7

Draft of Anchorage Waterways Council comments on water quality improvement action plan for the Little Campbell Creek Basin

1986 July-December

1/8

“The Role of a Citizen Group in Advocating Water Quality,” by the Anchorage Waterways Council

1987 January-April

1/9

Anchorage Waterways Council evaluation of municipal water quality enforcement program

1987 May 6

1/10

1987 Anchorage Waterways Council photo contest summary and suggestions

1987 October-December

1/11

-Review of State of Alaska fisheries policy and development draft
-Anchorage Waterways Council proposed projects for funding under jobs bill
-Application and agreement for Municipality of Anchorage Clean Streams Partnership Program
-Request for qualifications for biologic and hydrologic services consultation for the Municipality of Anchorage

1988 January-April

1/12

-U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service solicitation for nominations of wetlands for listing in the Service Wetlands Service Plan
-Anchorage Waterways Council 1988 stream surveillance slide show narrative

1988 May-July

1/13

-Creek Cleaners Manual, rough draft
-Water quality projects, Municipality of Anchorage, Department of Public Works, Engineering Division

1988 August

1/14

-1988 issues committee projects
-Recommendations for Alaska's groundwater quality protection strategy

1988 September-December

1/15

-Public notices of applications for permit, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District
-Evaluation of Ship Creek fish and sediment studies executive summary, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Environmental Services Division
-Alaska Center for the Environment's comments on the Chemical Waste Management Inc. site on Ship Creek in Anchorage

1989 January-May

1/16

-Anchorage Waterways Council bylaws, amended through 1988 December 6
-Business Park Wetlands Coalition brochure
-Photographs from Anchorage Waterways Council photo contest display at Loussac Library

1989 June-December

1/17

Chester Creek 32 Project information, Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility

1990 March 30

1/18

Anchorage Waterways Council endowment: final proposal

1990 June 6

1/19

Domestic Policy Council, Task Force on Wetlands public meeting materials

1990 September 7

1/20

-1989 annual water quality report, Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility
-Summary of Ship Creek waterfront, request for proposal, from the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation
-Position description for the Anchorage Waterways Council, Anchorage Waterway Watch program coordinator

1990 October-December

1/21

-Public notice 17-01-91 for proposed bridge across Ship Creek, Anchorage, prepared by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, United States Coast Guard
-“Ship Creek Bridge and North "C" Street Realignment, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers No. 2-900782, Ship Creek 14, U.S. Coast Guard Bridge permit Public Notice 17-01-91, Second Draft Environmental Assessment,” prepared for Municipality of Anchorage, Dept. of Public Works and Peratrovich, Nottingham & Drage, Inc.
-Knik Arm 118 Project information, Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility
-Alaska Conservation Foundation 1990 annual report

1991 January-April

1/22

Quacker Quarterly, Business Park Wetlands Coalition publication (summer 1991)

1991 May-September

1/23

-“Watching Our Waterways: An Action Guide for Protecting Anchorage Waterways,” Waterway Watch, Anchorage Waterways Council
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“Northern Cook Inlet Urban Fisheries Stocking Statement of Goals, Objectives, and Strategies for Anadromous Species, 1992,” Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game, Sport Fish Division, Region II, submitted by Craig Whitmore, Area Management Biologist, and Kent Roth, Assistant Area Management Biologist, Anchorage, Alaska

1991 October-December

1/24

“Tudor Center; Tudor Fund: An Alaskan Limited Partnership, Vol. 1” illustrated prospectus

1979 May

OS folder 1

-Site and detail drawings for Chester Creek spawning channel and creek realignment, produced by Tryck, Nyman & Hayes Engineers/Planners/Surveyors
-Partial copies of aerial photographs and bathymetric maps of Alaska Pacific University Lake (Behm Lake)
-Drawings related to proposed improvements and changes to the University Lake, Bragaw, and Tudor Centre areas

1980 April