Our mission is to protect and restore the Norton Bay watershed and its water resources by working collaboratively with local tribal communities, conducting research and monitoring, developing effective management strategies, advocating for water and subsistence resources, and promoting education and outreach. We strive to adapt to the challenges posed by climate change and ensure the sustainability of these vital ecosystems for future generations.
In 2012, the Norton Bay Watershed Council was established to address threats to subsistence resources in the Norton Bay area of Alaska. The council's board of directors is made of representatives from federally recognized tribal governments and community members from the Native Villages of Elim, Unalakleet, Shaktoolik, St. Michael, Brevig Mission, Golovin, Teller, and Shismaref.
Storyboard of one of our projects - protecting the tubutulik river
Norton Bay Watershed Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit tribal organization based in Seward Peninsula, Alaska.
We focus on the protection and sustainable management of water and subsistence resources, climate change adaptation, tribal sovereignty and environmental human rights.
We conduct legal and scientific research, policy, and advocacy to protect tribal interest in water quantity and rights.
We assist tribal entities to act with a unified voice for the conservation and restoration of the North Bering Sea region salmon fisheries.
We conduct risk assessment and resiliency planning and programs based on indigenous knowledge systems and scientific principles.
We organize public gatherings in the local communities to address issues impacting the Arctic, including threats to infrastructure and species due to climate change.
P.O. Box 15332, Fritz Creek, AK 99603