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Environmental stories in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Public comments for the water quality certification permit for the Donlin gold mine are due July 13.
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A deadline is quickly approaching for an important state water quality permit that the proposed Donlin gold mine needs to begin operations. The mine would be one of the biggest in the world if completed. 

By July 13, all public comments must be submitted to the Department of Environmental Conservation, or DEC, for the state water quality certification permit.

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Orutsararmiut Native Council held their first public demonstration against the proposed Donlin gold mine on June 22, 2018, becoming the first tribe to do so in the region. The mine would be built in a region where many residents practice subsistence and would be one of the biggest in the world once completed.


  Orutsararmiut Native Council has made its stance against Donlin Gold official. The tribe’s governing body marched in Bethel last Friday against the proposed gold mine, which would be located north of Crooked Creek on a tributary of the Kuskokwim river. The Donlin gold mine would be one of the biggest in the world if completed.

The site for the proposed Donlin gold mine.
Dean Swope / KYUK

The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to roll back a regulation requiring that hard rock mining companies pay for clean up is sparking a new legal battle between Alaska and environmental groups.


LKSD Students Show Climate Change Impacts In Their Communities

Jun 13, 2018
LKSD Film Academy

Climate change is slowly disrupting the subsistence lifestyle in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and some of its younger residents are documenting the changes they’re seeing through film.


Fire Season Arrives

Jun 11, 2018

There are a few fires in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta so far this fire season, a couple of them in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge: on the coast north of Newtok and north of Akiachak. The Gweek Fire has grown over 75 acres and was listed as covering a total of 80 acres on Sunday. The Anerkochik River Fire was reported on June 6 and has not been flown. None of these fires are staffed.

Donlin Gold anticipates getting most of its major permits this year. It needs to get around 100 state and federal permits before it can begin mining.
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Donlin Gold is advancing through the permitting process for its proposed mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Donlin would be one of the biggest gold mines in the world.


Some Y-K Delta Residents Are Worried Over The Final Donlin EIS

Jun 1, 2018
People started trickling into a meeting May 31, 2018 to voice concerns about the final Environmental Impact Statement from the Army Corps of Engineers for the proposed Donlin gold mine.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

About 25 residents from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta met on May 31, 2018 to air concerns about the final Environmental Impact Statement issued last month for the proposed Donlin gold mine.

Jonathan Egrass

It’s been an uneventful breakup on the Kuskokwim River this spring. And that breakup looks to be nearing its end, except in the headwaters, where a large snowmelt could push driftwood to the lower river.


The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Tuluksak today, but elder and Bethel Search and Rescue volunteer Peter Atchak says that the community shouldn’t expect the river to rise further. He surveyed the Kuskokwim by plane on Tuesday morning and then sat down with KYUK to give a report.

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