ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 133
WALTER J. HICKEL
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
January 22, 1993
The purpose of this order is to repeal Administrative Order
No.132 and to reestablish the Alaska Water Management Council.
The Council is created in order to foster the coordination of
state and federal agencies in the identification and resolution
of issues related to the management of Alaska's water resources.
The responsibility of the Council is to serve as a convenient
forum in which representatives of state and federal agencies
may exchange information and concerns relating to the management
of water resources in Alaska. The Council shall concentrate its
efforts in the identification of means by which the coordination
of the agencies having management responsibility over water resources
in Alaska may serve to improve and render more efficient agency
activities relating to the (1) collection, assessment, and management
of data concerning water resources; (2) allocation of water rights;
(3) issuance of permits governing activities affecting surface
and ground waters resources; (4) coordination of public information
on Alaska's water resources; and (5) coordination of water resources
development and conservation.
1. It is recognized that Alaska's water resources are an important
health, recreational, and economic resource to all Alaskans.
2. Within the State of Alaska and the other States of the
Union, increasing demands are being placed upon agencies responsible
for the management of water resources while at the same time
the availability of financial resources to manage them are being
reduced. In addition, all indications suggest this trend will
continue unabated throughout the decade.
3. As population pressures increase and 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 concerning Alaska's waters to ensure that environmental,
economic, habitat, and health benefits are protected to the maximum
4. It is understood that Alaska's water resources have national
significance and that these water resources may be affected by
the decision-making processes of all federal agencies with land,
habitat, and environmental management responsibilities.
5. State and federal law governing the administration of water
resources in Alaska is complex. The interrelated nature of state
and federal management affecting water resources in Alaska further
complicates the sound management of these resources. The identification
and resolution of major water-related issues can be best accomplished
by dialogue, discussion, and coordination of these issues in
a convenient forum. It is therefore recognized that the creation
of a forum for discussion concerning the coordination of water
management within Alaska is in the public interest.
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 or Council) is
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) to be
selected as provided herein from state and federal agencies,
boards, or commissions that have direct water management responsibilities
within the State of Alaska.
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 in the standing committee shall be offered only
to representatives of 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
represented organization or at the unanimous written directive
of the executive committee.
5. In executing its function, the AWMC shall have the authority
to create such subcommittees, working groups, or task forces
as it deems necessary to accomplish identified tasks. To the
extent consistent with the statutes, regulations, and policies
governing the conduct of participating Council members' agencies,
these working subunits shall report directly to and take direction
from the AWMC.
6. During the last quarter of each calendar year, each member
of the AWMC (both executive and standing committees) shall, to
the extent permissible by law and not involving disclosure of
any confidential information and at the discretion of the participating
Council member's agency, submit to the executive committee a
formal listing of all major water-related activities proposed
to be carried out during the course of the following year by
the organization represented by the members. 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 the
elimination or reduction of the duplication of agency effort.
7. Upon identification of areas of mutual interest and at
the discretion of participating Council members' agencies, the
AWMC may submit to represented agencies proposals for agreements
between agencies represented in the AWMC concerning goals, procedures,
or other actions. The AWMC shall not have, however,
any authority to approve, review, or implement on behalf of the
state or the federal government any proposals or agreements by
the state or federal agencies represented at the AWMC.
8. Nothing in this order shall be construed to purport to
vest in the AWMC any authority to adopt, promulgate, or make
any rules, regulations, or standards having the force of law.
Nothing in this order shall be construed to vest in the AWMC
authority to bind or commit any agency or instrumentality of
the State of Alaska in any agreement, contract, or compact. Nothing
in this order shall be construed to purport to vest in the AWMC
the authority to execute or enforce existing law or regulation.
This order is intended only to facilitate the establishment of
a forum of discussion and coordination, and is not intended to
create any third-party rights or modify the authority of the
9. It is intended that the establishment and functioning
of the AWMC shall not require the expenditure of additional state
financial resources or the creation of any new state positions.
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 22nd day of January, 1993.
Walter J. Hickel
Walter J. Hickel