Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Division of Mining, Land and Water

Individual land buyers, lessees of state land, or permittees who are unable to make their payments should immediately contact the Division of Mining, Land and Water (DMLW) to discuss ways to address their financial hardship and payments due, consistent with the Governor's COVID-19 Disaster Order of Suspension No. 2 as amended, or the Director's Finding concerning extensions of certain land sale contract and lease payments. Contact the DMLW by email at or by phone at (907) 269-8594. Thank you.

Critical Water Management Areas

A Critical Water Management Area (CWMA) is a tool DNR uses to manage water shortages or contamination of a water source. Before designating a CWMA, DNR holds a public meeting and seeks input from affected community members.

If DNR determines a CWMA is needed, the Commissioner issues a Department Order that states water use limitations under the CWMA. These vary based on the specific issues of each proposed CWMA, but may include:

  • Restricting or denying the acceptance of water right and temporary water use applications for existing, new, or additional water uses;
  • Seeking voluntary agreement among water right holders to limit or proration water use;
  • Designating all water uses as significant;
  • Requiring public notice of all applications that are accepted;
  • Requiring water conservation measures; or
  • Enforcement actions

11 AAC 93.500 through 11 AAC 93.540 specify how DNR can use and establish CWMAs.

St. Paul Island CWMA

After finding contamination in the groundwater at St. Paul, Alaska, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) petitioned DNR for a CWMA. On April 6, 2006, DNR established this CWMA through Department Order.

Department Order #148

Moose Creek Subdivision Proposed CWMA

The United States Air Force (USAF) requested that DNR establish a CWMA for the water within Moose Creek, Alaska on November 26, 2019. The CWMA request was in response to PFAS and PFOA contamination from releases on Eielson Airforce Base. More details regarding the proposed CWMA and PFAS/PFOA are available via the links below.

A public meeting will be held on the proposed CWMA July 14, 2020 at the Hotel North Pole Meeting Room. DNR will present information and answer questions from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm and take public testimony from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. You may attend via phone by calling 1-907-202-7104, conference code 434 121 009#.

The comment period on the proposed CWMA is now closed.