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Environmental stories in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

The proposed Donlin mine would impact 3,500 acres of wetlands in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
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Chefornak is the 10th tribe to pass an anti-Donlin resolution. Its council passed the measure opposing the proposed Donlin gold mine on Tuesday.

The Donlin mine will impact 3,500 acres of wetlands in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
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A state agency is extending the deadline for the proposed Donlin mine’s draft reclamation plans. The project would be one of the biggest gold mines in the world. 

If completed, the proposed Donlin Gold project would be one of the biggest gold mines in the world.
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The Yukon-Kuskokwim River Alliance wants the deadline extended for commenting on the proposed reclamation plans for the Donlin Mine. Currently, the deadline is set for August 7.

The proposed mine would affect about 3,500 acres of wetlands.
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Another tribe in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta does not support the proposed Donlin mine. Eek’s Tribal Council passed its anti-Donlin resolution on July 18. Four members voted in favor of the resolution and one was absent.

Courtesy of Kate McWilliams

Before it's finalized, a group of young Alaskans got to weigh in on Governor Bill Walker’s draft climate policy in Anchorage this week. And one of them, Kate McWilliams, is from Bethel. 

ONC says that Bethel residents mixed up trash with recycling and are now changing the rules.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

The Bethel ONC Tribe is changing its rules on recycling. Residents can no longer just drop off recycling at its office building. Now, they have to call ahead.

It’s expensive to remove household waste from communities in rural Alaska. One organization did just that for six villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta earlier this month, but it wouldn’t have been possible without help from Donlin Gold, the company developing one of the biggest gold mines in the world right in the heart of the Y-K Delta. 


Students spend long hours in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta documenting how climate change is impacting the tundra.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

A national organization called the Polaris Project takes young scientists into the field to study climate change in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. They flew participants to a site about 57 miles west of Bethel this year. 

But last year, Jasmine Gil, a young scientist from Bethel who participated, said that the group marginalized her project because it relied on traditional knowledge. Now, the organization is trying to make amends.  


The proposed Donlin mine needs more than 100 permits to begin operations.
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Public comments are due for the proposed Donlin mine’s reclamation and closure plans. The project would be one of the biggest gold mines in the world if developed.

The Donlin mine would be one of the biggest gold mines in the world if developed.
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Two more tribes in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta passed resolutions in the past month against the proposed Donlin gold mine, which would be one of the biggest in the world if developed.

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