The Duck Creek Watershed Management Project in Juneau has won the 2001 CF Industries National Watershed Award for the project's effective non-regulatory approaches to improve water quality. The project was one of four national winners announced Oct. 30 by the Conservation Fund.
The Duck Creek project is managed jointly by the Mendenhall Watershed Partnership and the Duck Creek Advisory Group. About 30 organizations, businesses and public agencies are partners in the effort.
Duck Creek has become a regional and national demonstration site to display stream and wetland restoration technology. Additionally, a diverse group of stakeholders, a community outreach program and a local education initiative are some of the model aspects of the project.
"Duck Creek is an excellent example of a diverse and caring community working together to improve their quality of life by protecting and enhancing the environment while promoting responsible development," said Richmond Kelly, executive director of the Mendenhall Watershed Partnership.
"The National Watershed Award is a reflection of the hard work, generosity and relentless spirit of the many small businesses, state and city agencies, foundations and other nonprofit organizations throughout Alaska that contributed to the Duck Creek Management Project."