The UAF Cooperative Extension Service Water Quality Program offers information on a wide range of water related subjects. Drinking water, ground and surface water, septic and well systems, home water quality problems, water monitoring, regulations, and water conservation are topics addressed by the CES Water Quality Program.
Water quality in Alaska is a diverse and complex subject and is important to our health and the health of the environment. It provides recreation for citizens and tourists, commercial opportunities, wildlife habitat, drinking water, and beauty to Alaska's pristine environment.
Extension provides publications, practical how-to education, workshops, presentations, and training for the public, educators and students who are interested in protecting and preserving one of our most important natural resources: Alaska's water.
Septic System Education: We answer questions about septic systems via phone and e-mail. We also provide classes on design, maintenance and alternatives to conventional systems.
Presentations at the University of Alaska, Anchorage including topics such as arsenic in groundwater, chemicals in water, and ground water quality.
State Fair displays– Extension is visible at the Alaska State Fair each year with a booth. Literature is available about water quality, conservation and water quality problems.
Watershed Workshop– This course is designed to give the a general understanding and knowledge of hydrology, stream habitats, water monitoring, watershed and stewardship.
Groundwater Sessions for Master Gardeners– We provide gardeners with information on how they may affect or be affected by groundwater flow and the possible pollution problems that accompany it.
Low Impact Development Class– This class provides a general overview of Low Impact Development or LID techniques and how they might be incorporated into landscape design.
Alaska's "Scoop the Poop" Program- In the municipality of Anchorage, there are approximately 59,000 dogs producing 22 tons of feces each day. Anchorage has eight creeks and three lakes on the state's 303d list for fecal matter pollution. The UAF Cooperative Extension Service, Anchorage Waterways Council, the Municipality of Anchorage, the State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and the US Bureau of Land Management produced a Scoop the Poop program addressing this issue. Animal feces along the hiking trails, multi-use trails, and in public lands are major areas of concern. Poop stations have been installed at many trail heads encouraging pet owners to take responsibility for their pet which will correct and preserve the quality of Alaska water.