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Environmental stories in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

National Weather Service

The Kuskokwim River breakup front has shifted downstream to somewhere between Kalskag and Tuluksak. The River Watch team is flying this afternoon to locate the jam and report on river conditions.

National Weather Service

The main break up front on the Kuskokwim remains jammed halfway between Crooked Creek and Georgetown. That’s according to an aerial survey from the Kuskokwim River Watch team, which flew from Crooked Creek to below Akiak on Tuesday.

Mark Leary

The River Watch team has launched and is flying over the Kuskokwim, surveying ice conditions and monitoring break up. On Monday the team flew from Kalskag to Stony River. 

Mark Leary

The Kuskokwim River break up is beginning.

River observer for the National Weather Service, Mark Leary, reports the ice in the north and middle channels above Napaimute have been clearing out and slowly causing shifting in the main channel.

Dean Swope / KYUK Public Media

The Napaskiak Tribal Council has closed river travel around its community. Tribal Administrator Sharon Williams says the ice is deteriorating fast. It’s turned to needles, and the slough ice near the village’s airport has shifted.

Getting an Education at Spring Camp

Apr 24, 2017
Dean Swope / KYUK

It’s Spring! Springtime brings forth such fond memories of my childhood.


Bjørn Olson / Ground Truth Trekking

  The Red Devil Mine is located on the Kuskokwim near the Red Devil Creek between Crooked Creek and Sleetmute.  Mining started in the 1930's, picked up steam in the 50's and 60's but has not operated since the 1970's. The problem is that there's mercury, arsenic, and antimony in the soils left behind by the mining, and the contamination is being released by erosion.

Katie Basile / KYUK

This fall Kongiganak is set to install a lithium ion battery in its utility system that could replace more than half the village’s electric and heating needs with wind energy. For more than four years, about a third of the village’s energy has come from this renewable resource.


Emperor Goose in Gibson Cove
Lisa Hupp / U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Eighty percent of the world’s Emperor Goose population breeds on a 10-mile-wide strip that runs from Kongiganak, up the coast of the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta, to Hooper Bay.  This year, for the first time in 30 years, federal managers have opened a subsistence hunt for the birds. The geese haven’t migrated to the Delta yet, and the feds are trying to encourage conservative hunting of the vulnerable species before they arrive.


Courtesy of Jenny Lanning

There are no reported injuries from a house fire that destroyed a home in Napaskiak on Wednesday.

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