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Environmental stories in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

AVCP Fights Oil And Gas Leasing In Bering Sea

Feb 28, 2018
NOAA

The Association of Village Council Presidents says that leasing in the outer continental shelf will hurt traditional subsistence practices hundreds of miles away.

Tribal transportation departments along the Kuskokwim joined forces to plow the ice road from Bethel to Chuathbaluk, finishing on February 27, 2018.
Mark Leary / Native Village of Napaimute

It’s smooth riding from Bethel to Chuathbaluk. The ice road between the two communities has been plowed, creating 135 miles of frozen Kuskokwim highway.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

A report issued by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game this month indicates that warmer temperatures this past fall may have affected lamprey eels on the Yukon River. Lampreys are typically harvested between October 1 and December 31.

Mining companies are putting money into a campaign to defeat the “Stand for Salmon” fish protection initiative.
Dave Cannon

Mining companies are putting money into a campaign to defeat the “Stand for Salmon” fish protection initiative.

 

Carey Gusty Atchak

It’s clickbait, for sure. A recent Facebook video shows two men helping a baby moose cross a frozen river; it was filmed last weekend on the Middle Kuskokwim. The sight is touching, but the incident presents another example of how the warm winter is changing the river.


Grady Deaton (left) with the Kuskokwim Consortium Library, and Adrian Wagner (right) with 4-H Cooperative Extension have teamed up to train young people on how to preserve cultural histories by using the StoryCorps smartphone app in Bethel.
Dave Cannon

State regulators are meeting with the public in Anchorage tonight to discuss the permits for the proposed Donlin Gold Mine. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has released two draft permits that tackle one of the mine’s thorniest issues: how the company plans to dispose of chemicals like arsenic next to a river of subsistence fishermen.


The proposed Donlin Gold mine site in 2014.
Dean Swope/KYUK

Residents met with state regulators in Bethel’s Cultural Center last night to discuss water and waste management at the proposed Donlin Gold Mine.

Donlin Gold predicts that it can extract 33 million ounces of gold over the initial 27 years of the proposed mine. The gold is present in microscopic flecks embedded within the extracted sample rock.
Katie Basile/KYUK

State regulators are gathering in Bethel tonight to discuss water and waste management at the Donlin Gold Mine.

Three-thousand gallons of diesel fuel have spilled on Bethel’s Yuut Elitnaurviat campus, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s adult workforce development center.
Courtesy of Yuut Elitnaurviat

If you see somebody inspecting under and around the Yuut Elitnaurviat Learning Center, it’s probably an employee of ChemTrack monitoring the fuel spill.

The proposed Donlin Gold mine site in 2014. The site is located north of Crooked Creek, which sits on the Kuskokwim River.
Dean Swope / KYUK

State regulators are meeting in Aniak this evening to discuss the proposed terms of a permit for the Donlin Gold project’s water and waste management permits. It’s the first of three such meetings scheduled by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The other two will be in Bethel and Anchorage later this month.

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