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CEMP Partnership

Beginning in 1997, organizations throughout Cook Inlet and Southcentral Alaska forged a partnership to train citizens in rigorous and effective data collection methods that help ensure resource protection. This partnership was known as the Citizens’ Environmental Monitoring Program Partnership, or CEMP Partnership. The Partnership operated until 2012, at which time regional capacity for citizen-based monitoring declined to a point that the Partnership was no longer sustainable. This page exists as a reference for Partnership documents and resources developed between 1997 and 2012. 

CEMP Partnership Objectives

While each organization had a unique program, the CEMP Partnership had several priority objectives that all partners strived for, including:

  • Inventory baseline water quality data in the waterways of Southcentral Alaska;
  • Detect and report significant changes and track water quality trends; and,
  • Raise public awareness of the importance of water quality through hands-on involvement.


Between 1997 and 2012, over 700 citizens were trained through partner organizations in the CEMP Partnership. These citizen volunteers collected almost 6,000 observations at 250 stream, wetland, lake, and estuarine sites in Southcentral Alaska. Including both time and equipment donations, volunteers have contributed well over $550,000 to increasing our knowledge of regional water quality.

See a presentation on the CEMP Partnership, given at the Alaska Forum on the Environment in 2002.

Memorandum of Understanding

The CEMP Partnership operated under a Memorandum of Understanding. The MOU was updated and signed every 5 years by the Partners. You can see a copy of the last MOU here.

Partnership Data Quality Objectives

All CEMP Partners followed the same Quality Assurance and Quality Control procedures.  CEMP Partnership Data Quality Objectives can be found here. New CEMP Coordinators at all Partner organizations were trained by the University of Alaska Anchorage staff at the Environment and Natural Resource Institute during the annual Partnership meeting.

Partnership Reports & Meeting Minutes

Reports from the CEMP Partnership can be found by clicking on each year below.


Minutes from annual Partnership business meetings can be found by clicking on each year below.


CEMP Partnership Organizations

Cook Inletkeeper

Homer Soil and Water Conservation District

Kenai Watershed Forum

Matanuska.Susitna Borough

Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance

UAA Environment and Natural Resources Institute

Upper Susitna Soil and Water Conservation District

Wasilla Soil and Water Conservation District