Habitat Research

habitat biologist taking stream discharge measurement

The Habitat Section conducts aquatic biomonitoring studies to collect data on water quality, habitat function, and fish presence at a number of large projects statewide. We work with project applicants on baseline data collection before a project is permitted and often continue these studies during operation and after the projects are completed.

Most biomonitoring programs gather information on stream type, discharge, periphyton , aquatic invertebrates , and fish presence. Some studies also include analysis of water quality, including metals concentration in fish.

The Habitat Section currently conducts biomonitoring programs at the following locations:

  • Red Dog Mine
  • Fort Knox Mine
  • Arctic Bornite Prospect
  • Greens Creek Mine
  • Kensington Gold Mine

helicopter supported invertebrate sampling at arctic bornite prospect

The Habitat Section technical report series is available online and includes biomonitoring results published by the Habitat Section.