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"Copper River Watershed" To Hold Meeting December 3rd At 9 am In Tazlina

Sign at Mendeltna Creek Rest Area Showing The Copper River Watershed. Valdez Is Actually Not In The Watershed.


Meeting Held From 9 am to Noon at Copper Valley Economic Development Council On December 3rd

Copper River Watershed Logo

The Cordova-based organization will be holding a 3-hour meeting on Wednesday, December 3rd in Tazlina at the Copper Valley Economic Development Council.  The topic of the Tazlina Watershed meeting will center around a small cultural grant project, involving the Copper River Valley. The public is welcome to attend the Tazlina meeting. The meeting will be held from 9 am to noon.

The Copper River Watershed Project  is coordinated in Cordova, which is west of the mouth of the Copper River. The Copper River originates in the Copper River Valley, and flows around the Wrangell Mountains, down to the ocean.  Valdez and Cordova are considered Prince William Sound Communities.

Board of Fisheries Meeting December 3rd-8th In Cordova

At the same time,  a Board of Fish Meeting will be held in Cordova -- which will start on the same day, December 3rd at 8 am -- and run to December 8th, at 4:30 pm.

Topics of the Alaska Board of Fish Meeting, also starting on December 3rd, revolve around fishery decisions for the 300 mile long Copper River. according to the Watershed website:


Twenty-five proposals for changes in management of Copper River fisheries will be considered by the Alaska Board of Fish this December. Proposals address king salmon management, personal use dip net salmon fishery management, a request by the Ahtna Corporation to re-establish a 24-hour station for checking fish permits and harvested fish, and increasing the grayling limit on the Gulkana River.  


The Board of Fisheries' main role is to conserve and develop the fishery resources of the state.  This involves setting seasons, bag limits, methods, and means for the state's subsistence, commercial, sport, guided sport, and personal use fisheries.  The board is charged with making allocative decisions, and the department manages the fisheries based on those decisions.  



If you need to know more, call the Cordova Watershed Project office at 424-3334 or the Development Association office at 822-5001. Or, you can go their website: copperriver.org


Much of The Region's "Ahtna Country" Is "Watershed Country"

This is a Copper River Watershed map from the Watershed website. The historic Ahtna settlement Batzelnetus, near Mentasta, marks the "headwaters" of the watershed.  This map shows that almost all of what local people consider to be "the Copper River Valley" lies within the watershed -- except for Nabesna, Lake Louise, and the eastern end of the Denali Highway. The only coastal community shown to be part of the Copper River Watershed is a place called Katalla -- which is now just an abandoned ghost town.  Katalla was once an industrial-based boom town, back in the first decade of the 1900's, when oil was discovered there. Other well known places along the coast -- Valdez, Tatitlek, Cordova, Eyak and even Cape Yakataga -- are all outside the boundaries of "The Copper River Watershed."

"Copper River Country" -- Where Are We?  To see the Copper Valley's unofficial boundaries, go to the story about the new welcome signs to the region...




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