ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 132
WALTER J. HICKEL
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
January 14, 1993
The purpose of this order is to establish the Alaska Water
Management Council. This council is to function as a coordinating
body for significant water-related issues that fall under the
purview of the State of Alaska. The council's activities will
concentrate primarily on data management, assessment, monitoring,
and allocation issues, as well as permit and program coordination
as they relate to surface waters in streams, lakes, estuaries,
and within the state's marine coastal water area, and groundwater
This order defines the roles of the state agencies and the
procedures the state will follow in coordinating these water-related
1. It is in the best interest of the people of the State of
Alaska that major water-related issues be coordinated between
affected state and federal agencies.
2. It is recognized that Alaska's water resources represent
an important health, recreational, and economic element within
the daily lives of all Alaskans.
3. It is understood that Alaska's water resources have national
significance and are an important factor in the decision-making
processes of all federal agencies with land, habitat, and environmental
4. As population pressures increase and unallocated water
resources within the western United States and the Pacific Rim
become more in demand, it is recognized that major decisions
will need to be made on Alaska's waters to ensure that environmental,
economic, habitat, and health benefits are protected to the maximum
5. There are increasing requirements being placed on the management
of water resources, both within the State of Alaska and at the
national level, while at the same time financial resources to
do the work are being diminished. In addition, all indications
suggest this trend will continue unabated throughout the decade.
6. Based on the complexity of state and national water law,
the interspersed nature of state and federal water management
responsibilities, and the significant amounts of federal and
state land ownership within the state, it is recognized that
Alaska's interests in efficient water management require an organizational
entity to coordinate all the diverse needs and interests.
In light of the foregoing, I, Walter J. Hickel, Governor of
the State of Alaska, order and declare the following:
1. The Alaska Water Management Council (AWMC) is established
by Administrative Order No. 132.
2. The AWMC will be composed of two functional units within
the body of the organization. The first shall be called the executive
committee and shall have as its representatives the Director
of the Division of Water, Department of Natural Resources; the
Director of the Division of Environmental Quality, Department
of Environmental Conservation; and the Director of the Habitat
Division, Department of Fish and Game. The second functional
unit shall be called the standing committee and shall be composed
of director-level representatives (or their equivalents) from
state and federal agencies, boards or commissions, that have
direct water management responsibilities within the State of
3. The AWMC shall have one meeting every quarter of the calendar
year and more frequently if deemed necessary by the executive
committee. These meetings are to be held at various locations
around the State of Alaska. Minutes will be kept of all meetings
and distributed to the members of the council.
4. Membership to the standing committee shall be offered only
to those state and federal agencies, boards, and commissions
that receive the unanimous written consent of the members of
the executive committee. Removal from the standing committee
shall occur at either the written request of the affected organization
or at the unanimous written directive of the executive committee.
5. Appeals to the actions of either the standing or the executive
committee must be made directly to the commissioners of the Department
of Natural Resources, the Department of Environmental Conservation,
and the Department of Fish and Game.
6. In executing its function, the AWMC shall have the authority
to create such subcommittees, work groups, or task forces as
it deems necessary to accomplish identified tasks. These working
subunits shall report directly to and take direction from the
7. During the last quarter of each calendar year, each member
of the AWMC (both executive and standing committees) shall submit
to the executive committee a formal listing of all that organization's
major water-related activities proposed to be carried out during
the course of the following year. These listings shall provide
the basis for dialogue between participating agencies and be
used to identify areas in which mutual cooperation will result
in cost efficiencies, multi-agency coordination, and removal
of duplication of effort.
8. Upon identification of areas of mutual interest and at
the discretion of affected agencies, boards, and commissions,
written agreements between participants can be executed to formalize
the goals, procedures, and required actions of the participating
organizations. Upon execution, those agreements shall be administered
by those participants and shall not be subject to oversight,
review, or approval of the AWMC.
9. This order is for administrative purposes only and does
not create any third-party rights or modify the authorities of
the participating agencies.
10. The executive committee shall submit to the Governor,
through the commissioners of their respective agencies, an annual
progress report that contains the accomplishments of the previous
fiscal year and .the goals and objectives for the next fiscal
This order takes effect immediately.
DATED at Juneau, Alaska, this 14 of January, 1993.
Walter J. Hickel
Walter J. Hickel