Sawmill Creek Watershed Assessment
Sawmill Creek Sediment and Discharge Study
Takshanuk Watershed Council
Funded by ACWA 11-06
Alaska Department of Conservation
The Takshanuk Watershed Council (TWC) understands the importance of small streams in Southeast Alaska to the population of salmonids and other sport fish. For this reason TWC has been working to ensure the health of Sawmill Creek in the Haines Borough for several years. With funding and assistance from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) TWC completed monthly discharge measurements using USGS protocols and downloaded stream gage data for analysis of an in-stream flow reservation. This data, collected from 1 July 2010 through 31 October 2010, coupled with the previous data since October 2005, full-fills the need for five metered years of data so a water reservation can be pursued. In addition, TWC implemented non-point source (NPS) pollution programs that included creating stormwater maps, developing a community NPS pollution education program, and completing NPS pollution plans for future TWC actions. The stormwater maps and education materials were distributed to the community via fliers, newspaper, radio, and community gatherings such as the farmers market and Earth Day celebrations. In addition, TWC created an educational video available on their website and this will be played at future community gatherings TWC will have a presence at such as the Southeast Alaska State fair. Finally, TWC now has a NPS pollution prevention plan including educational material and identified restoration areas.