Alagnak Wild River


Water Quality

The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968 has fifteen management principles that river managers must adhere to; one of the principles is water quality:

Consistent with the Clean Water Act, water quality in wild, scenic and recreational river areas will be maintained or, where necessary, improved to levels which meet Federal criteria or federally approved State standards for aesthetics and fish and wildlife propogation. River managers will work with local authorities to abate activities within the river area which are degrading or would degrade existing water quality.

Part of the reason the Alagnak was designated as a "Wild" river was due to the fact that it was starting off at such a healthy, pristine level. To retain the "Wild" status over time that level of purity will have to be documented and maintained.

Nature & Science

The Alagnak Wild River, designated as a wild river by Title VI, Section 601(25) and 603(44) of ANILCA, preserves the upper 56 miles of the river in a free-flowing condition, and protects the river and its immediate environments for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. The river is managed free of impoundments and diversion, inaccessible by road, its shorelines primitive and its water unpolluted. The Alagnak is the most popular fly-in fishery in southwest Alaska, and has experienced a significant increase in use over the last several years. The Alagnak Wild River protects populations of all five species of pacific salmon, was well as significant rainbow trout, arctic char, arctic grayling, and northern pike populations. The increasing sport fishery on the river is a topic of concern to many subsistence users and other local residents.