Environmental stories in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Emperor goose in Gibson Cove.

The Arctic Council Working Group on Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, or CAFF, wrapped up their second, and final, day of meetings at the Bethel Cultural Center yesterday. Representatives from six indigenous groups and eight Arctic countries are measuring the impact of climate change on circumpolar wildlife.

Dancers from the Kuskokwim Learning Academy perform for representatives of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna on Thursday, September 7.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

Yesterday, a global team of indigenous leaders, scientists, and wildlife managers gathered at Bethel’s Cultural Center to discuss climate change’s growing impact on the Arctic’s plants and animals.

Officials from all eight Arctic nations will attend a meeting in Bethel on September 6 and 7, which will focus on conserving and managing Arctic plants and animals.
U.S. Arctic Research Commission

Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 6 and 7, Bethel will be the site of an international gathering of wildlife managers, scientists, and indigenous groups talking about the changing plants and animals of the circumpolar Arctic and what the Arctic Council can do to help manage them. 

Teen activists from communities throughout Alaska held a press conference in downtown Anchorage on Tuesday, urging their state's government to take a stronger stance on climate change.
Courtesy of AYEA.

Yesterday, two students from Chevak joined teenagers from across the state in urging Alaska’s government to take a stronger stance on climate change.

Newtok welcomes guests before their trip over to the new village site, Mertarvik.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Over the last month and a half, a decade-long project to move the YK Delta village of Newtok is finally beginning to take shape. KYUK’s Christine Trudeau was at the new village site last Thursday for the ribbon cutting in Mertarvik, which means “a place for water." The new community is safely above the rising water, which threatens the village of Newtok.



A Newtok Village Council Elder gathered with financial and government stakeholders at the Mertarvik site for the ribbon cutting ceremony on August 10, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Newtok has taken a big step in its effort to relocate its entire village upriver. On Thursday, the village celebrated a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Mertarvik village site with financial and government stakeholders in attendance. KYUK reporter Christine Trudeau was there, and she joins News Director Anna Rose MacArthur in the KYUK studios to discuss the event.


Another Lower Yukon Commercial Salmon Opening

Jul 24, 2017
Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

There’s a commercial fish opening on the Lower Yukon River Monday afternoon.

Dave Cannon

Yesterday, the Federal Subsistence Board turned down a proposal to take over fisheries management authority on the Kuskokwim River. Board members cited two reasons for opposing the proposal from Dave Cannon, a former biologist from Aniak. Cannon said that the measures are needed to better protect Kuskokwim king salmon when their numbers are low.

Sewer Lagoon Dredging Plan Map.
Courtesy of the City of Bethel / ch2m

The Bethel Sewer Lagoon Rehabilitation Project is getting underway, and KYUK spoke with City officials about the upcoming venture. The City of Bethel has released plans and is currently accepting construction bids on a portion of the project.


Jasmine Gil, originally from Bethel, is studying the effects of wildfires on permafrost with the Polaris Project, 50 miles north of the YK hub.
Katie Basile / KYUK Public Media

What happens after fire scorches the tundra, and what follows when carbon that’s been locked away for millennia gets released? Currently, a group of scientists is camping 50 miles north of Bethel, attempting to answer these questions. For one scientist the research is personal, because it means coming home.