The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968 has fifteen management principles that river managers must adhere to; one of the principles is water quality:
Part of the reason the Alagnak was designated as a "Wild" river was due to the fact that it was starting off at such a healthy, pristine level. To retain the "Wild" status over time that level of purity will have to be documented and maintained.
Reports on the water quality of the Alagnak are available from the Southwest Alaska Network (SWAN) Inventory & Monitoring Program in PDF format.
Did You Know?
In the local language, the word Alagnak means "making mistakes." According to a life-long area resident, "the channel is always changing, causing mistakes and getting lost." Every year the river changes and branches, which is why it is known locally as "Branch River."