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?
While current and wave erosion is a natural process, increased erosion from motorboat wakes has become one of the greatest threats to archaeological sites along the banks of the Alagnak Wild River. Boaters can reduce the destructive process by slowing their crafts in areas where erosion is evident.