While the land is owned and managed by many throughout the Copper River watershed, water flows where it will and fish, wildlife, and vegetation live wherever their nature directs. To get a grasp of the dynamic nature of the watershed, it is necessary to gather information from many sources and put it into a centralized spot. The Copper River Knowledge System is this centralized spot. Most, if not all, of the information currently available on the Copper River Knowledge System is public information. Numerous partners throughout the watershed are sharing data and information they assembled through this system.
The Copper River Knowledge System was designed to:
- Help local citizens and resource managers better understand the watershed in which they live and work;
- Foster a broader understanding of the natural and human-influenced processes affecting the Copper River watershed;
- Simultaneously present data that is not readily available and/or easily integrated; and
- Facilitate data transparency and information exchange.