The mission of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is to conserve, improve and protect Alaska’s natural resources and environment to enhance the health, safety, economic and social well-being of Alaskans. We at ADF&G work closely with several divisions at DEC to help achieve our mission.

The Division of Water’s mission is to improve and protect water quality. The division establishes standards for water cleanliness and regulates discharges to waters and wetlands. ADF&G assists in the development of these standards and reviews proposed discharges for possible effects on fish, wildlife, and their habitats.

The mission of the Division of Spill Prevention and Response is to prevent, respond to, and ensure the cleanup of unauthorized discharges of oil and hazardous substances. ADF&G works with the division in the review of oil spill contingency plans, participates in spill drills and spill response, and assists with actual oil spill response efforts.