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High water quality sustains our salmon jobs and families

This month, the State of Alaska is asking about the best process for keeping salmon streams clean and clear.

Outstanding National Resource Water (ONRW) designation is the highest water quality protection available under federal law. It prohibits human-caused pollution that would degrade water quality. States are federally-mandated to have a process to consider nominations for ONRW waterbodies. Alaska does not have a process yet.

UFA believes the review process for nominations should involve water quality and fisheries experts. Public hearings should be required as well, so commercial fishermen and other stakeholders can weigh in on the decisions about water quality protections. 

Will you send DEC a short note supporting a science-based decision-making process?

Send a letter
You can use these points from UFA's position in your letter, if you'd like. Thank you!

UFA's position

UFA Position, 2014
UFA Position, 2016
UFA supports evaluating designations through a multiagency process with DEC, DNR, and ADF&G, which also includes public hearings.

UFA believes that ONRW designation decisions should be made by professional water quality and salmon experts. This process should not be forced into the political arena.

more on ONRW designation


DEC Letter to Stakeholders
Summary of the issue, public workshops, and antidegradation regulations

Designation Options
Outlines options for designation authority residing with Legislature, Legislative-appointed board, or DEC.




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