If there is anything in great abundance on the Tongass and Chugach National Forests, it is water. Watersheds on the two forests produce an abundance of clean water and internationally significant salmon resources. They contain over 363,000 acres of freshwater lakes and ponds, and over 59,000 miles of streams and rivers. Coastal Alaska watersheds also contain the largest expanse of mountain glaciers and ice fields outside of the Antarctica and Greenland. Moving water has shaped and continues to shape the land forms of the Tongass and Chugach National Forests. It provides critical habitat for aquatic organisms and many species of birds and mammals.
Project WET – Project WET is a program to educate people world-wide about water resources and water management.
Water Resources of Alaska – The USGS makes available its real time, daily, monthly and longer term data on surface water, ground water, and water quality parameters.
Pools, ponds, puddles, lakes, rivers, streams - water is an ever-present feature on the Chugach and Tongass National Forests
Picture on left: Water rushes past bolders in lower Anan Creek
Picture on right: Upper Anan Creek flows slowly through forested area