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Environmental stories in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

How Donlin Gold will clean up its huge proposed gold mine up, and pay for it, was the subject of a public hearing Tuesday night at the Bethel Cultural Center. 


Katie Basile / KYUK

A public hearing is being held in Bethel today about Donlin Gold’s plans to clean up its proposed mine, and how the company will pay for the clean up. The proposed gold mine could be one of the biggest in the world, if completed, and this step is essential before it begins mining. 


Dean Swope / KYUK

The second day of a two-day workshop about climate change adaptation wrapped up in Bethel last week. 

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

On Tuesday, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is hosting a public hearing on how Donlin Gold plans to clean up after itself.

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Another tribe in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has come out against the proposed Donlin gold mine. Kasigluk passed an anti-Donlin resolution last week; all five of its traditional council members voted in favor of it.

Dean Swope / KYUK

It’s becoming a regular discussion in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: how to adapt to a changing climate.

Leaders across the region are gathering in the Bethel Cultural Center on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss the issue. Ray Born, Deputy Manager of the Yukon Delta Wildlife Refuge, is one of the organizers of the two-day workshop.

Last spring, a team of intrepid fifth graders at Gladys Jung Elementary School explored the impact that climate change could have on their communities.
Christine Trudeau/KYUK

Last spring, an intrepid team of fifth graders at Gladys Jung Elementary School explored the impact that climate change could have on their communities. With a little help from KYUK, a group of gumshoe reporters from Erin Arno’s fifth grade class interviewed an Elder and a Western-trained scientist about the changes they had observed.


The village of Napakiak received $449,000 in federal funding on Thursday that could help them respond to the “imminent threat” of climate change. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

The Nunavut Alaska Provisional Government held a meeting in Bethel over the course of two days, and focused on the proposed Donlin Gold mine. However, no resolutions either supporting or opposing the proposed project were passed by attendees. The group aims to unite all 56 of the villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

The Donlin Mine needs at least 100 permits before it can begin operations.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The proposed Donlin gold mine has nabbed another key state permit. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation issued the state water quality certification last week, just before the Army Corps of Engineers and Burearu of Land Management issued theirs on Monday. 

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