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?
The Alagnak Wild River protects populations of all five species of pacific salmon, as well as significant rainbow trout, arctic char, arctic grayling, and northern pike populations.