CVESD is currently seeking funding for the activities listed below.
Water Quality Monitoring / Water Quality and Hydrologic Analysis to measure the quantity and quality in the Upper Matanuska Watershed to reinstate our water quality monitoring efforts on streams considered threatened by looming development, and to establish in flow reservations to levels conducive to salmon spawning and rearing. The reasons for potential impairment to water bodies include:
- Climate Change
- Coal Mining
- Coal Bed Methane Extraction
- Residential Development
- Riparian Damage
- Highway re-alignment and erosion
- Natural Gas Line
Juvenile Salmon Survey: We hope to conduct a juvenile salmon survey of the rearing and smolting salmon in the Matanuska River Watershed to identify what habitats are being utilized and when they are utilized. This baseline information would be shared with regional land managers to better protect important salmon habitats during critical life stages.
Polluting Dump Removal: We hope to spearhead the removal of a large and polluting dump site near Palmer on the north bank of the Matanuska River, as well as coordinate the subsequent site restoration and revegetation.
Eska Creek, in Sutton: We hope to improve two pairs of perched culverts on Eska Creek, in Sutton. One pair is a significant barrier to adult salmon and both pairs of culverts are barriers to juveniles migrating upstream. The downstream pair of culverts will be modified to restore fish passage and the upper pair of culverts have a design to be replaced with larger culverts.
Little Granite Creek, near Sutton: Little Granite Creek historically had a large run of sockeye salmon. This salmon run has all but disappeared due to the poor placement of a culvert under the Glenn Highway, which created a fish passage barrier. We hope to find a solution to the poorly installed culvert and restore the salmon run.
Moose Creek Campground: We hope to revitalize the Moose Creek Campground to provide rest area facilities including restrooms, picnic areas, camping sites, interpretive trails, interpretive signage, and garbage facilities for travelers of the Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway. Moose Creek is a historical source of salmon for our Tribe and we have great pride in the restoration efforts we have undertaken to restore salmon populations in the creek. We hope to preserve the salmon in Moose Creek through education about stewardship and the importance of salmon in the regional ecosystem.
Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway Improvements: We would like to install rest area facilities and interpretive signage at the Moose Creek Campground, Sutton Overlook, Kings River, and other Glenn Highway pullouts.