Environmental stories that take place in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Aiyu Zheng, a soon-to-be graduate student, checks soil moisture and temperatures as part of her research with the Polaris Project.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

For the last two weeks, a dozen college and graduate students have been camping out in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Their quest? To understand how climate change is affecting the tundra.

Bethel residents Beverly Hoffman and Danielle Craven handed out t-shirts protesting the Donlin Gold mine.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Multiple shareholders voiced concerns over the proposed Donlin mine’s impact to subsistence living at Calista Regional Native Corporation’s annual meeting on Friday. 

Danielle Craven speaks to John Nick, a shareholder with the Calista Regional Native Corporation, about concerns over the environmental impacts of the proposed Donlin Mine.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

One of the largest gold mines in the world is being developed in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and that worries many people in the region. Residents are spread out over 55,000 square miles, which creates hurdles toward information getting to people. 

The Calista Corporation owns the mineral rights to the land where the Donlin gold mine is being developed.
Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

A new organization plans to protest the proposed Donlin Gold mine on Friday at the annual meeting of the Calista Regional Native Corporation, which owns the mineral rights on the land where the mine would be located. The Yukon-Kuskokwim River Alliance will host a sit-in before the shareholder meeting held at Bethel Regional High School.

The group is a new local working group that was formed last month to oppose the Donlin mine and protect salmon habitats in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Bethel resident Beverly Hoffman is one of several people informing the community about the Stand For Salmon initiative.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

In the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, the stakes are especially high for the controversial Stand for Salmon ballot initiative because it could kill one of the biggest proposed gold mines in the world: the Donlin Mine. 

Public comments for the water quality certification permit for the Donlin gold mine are due July 13.

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.

Christine Trudeau / KYUK

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.