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About Us

Our Mailing Address:

Anchorage Waterways Council
P.O. Box 241774
Anchorage, Alaska 99524-1774

Our Phone Number:

(907) 27-CREEK

(907 272-7335)

Who we are

Anchorage Waterways Council is a 501(c)3 non-profit membership organization whose mission is to protect, restore, and enhance the waterways, wetlands, and associated uplands of Anchorage. Our members believe that environmentally healthy watersheds are a vital part of the high quality of life that we enjoy in Anchorage. We also believe that the beautiful creeks of Anchorage need a group specifically dedicated to advocating for their health and well being.

We work with a large and diverse group of partners including federal and state resource agencies, local government, the business community, and individual citizens to improve the watershed environment through planning, advocacy, education, and science.  Governing documents may be obtained by written request to the Executive Director, Cherie Northon at or to our mailing address.

About US  -  Staff                                              Board Members
Cherie Northon - Executive Director







Cherie has a master's and a doctorate in Geography from the University of California Berkeley, where she taught for 19 years.  She is also a cartographer--working in GIS, remote sensing, and GPS-acquired data.  Her areas of interest are habitat protection and improvement of the natural environment (flora and fauna), student outreach (K-12), and generating public participation in environmental issues. She has been the Executive Director of AWC since 2010, and is a member of the Municipality's Watershed and Natural Resources Commission.



Thom Eley - Research Biologist and Education Director 








Thom has M.S. degrees in Wildlife Ecology and Oceanography and a doctorate in Resource Geography from the University of California Berkeley.  During his 40+ years in Alaska, he has worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Part of his experience involves management of lands and waters of several Interior watersheds.  Some of his duties included dealing with the impacts of arsenic, mercury, and petroleum products, particularly those involved with mining operations.  Currently he is overseeing the "Creeks as Classrooms" program and the Citizens' Environmental Monitoring Program (CEMP), and he works on issues involving monofilament fishing line as well as the effects of feeding waterfowl which encourages overwintering, crowding, and excessive fecal coliform loads in waterways.



Vangie WightAdministrator and Project Researcher













Originally from Maine, Vangie's parents traveled with their six children throughout many parts of the U.S. and Europe introducing them to several National Parks and historical sites and teaching them to have an appreciation and respect for nature.  They settled in Alaska in the late 1970s. Vangie remained here where she founded and manages the family business while raising three children.  She spends her free time hiking the many trails in local parks and along waterways in Anchorage with her two enthusiastic dogs.  She enjoys supporting the AWC mission with administrative and research work. 




Veronica CampbellStudent Intern  

Veronica was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska.  She is currently earning a B.S. in Natural Sciences with a concentration of Environmental Sciences and minoring in Geographic Information Systems and Geological Sciences.  She has always had an interest in biology and curiosity with water.  Upon graduation, she would like to use the skills learned through her academic career to pursue professional work in these realms.