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

Dean Swope / KYUK

The Kuskokwim ice road's days are numbered. Though the ice is thick, the snow is melting fast.  

April Is The Crucial Month For Breakup

Mar 21, 2017
Bethel Search and Rescue

Deep snow and thick ice could mean a dramatic break-up on the rivers this year.

Rescuers Are Tough, And So Are Their Stories

Mar 17, 2017
Johanna Eurich / KYUK

Some of them are grizzled old men, some are younger. They come from fifty communities throughout the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and they are in one room talking about how to find the lost, the missing, and the dead. They would all object to being called heroes. 

Many of these Search and Rescue volunteers are like Paul Andrews from Emmonak and have tough stories to tell. Like the first time he found and brought home the dead.

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

When Donlin Gold brings up barging, residents of the Kuskokwim bring up subsistence. As fish feed the people on the river, the barges would feed the proposed mining operation. To find a way for increased barge traffic to coexist with subsistence activities, Donlin laid out a plan for how communication between Kuskokwim River users and the operators of the large mining vessels would work.

Dr. F. Stuart "Terry" Chapin III, University of Alaska, Fairbanks in April 2008 presenting a seminar titled "Social-ecological Sustainability in a Changing World: Concepts and Policy Strategies to Address Climate Change in Alaska."
University of Alaska Fairbanks

One of Alaska's most senior scientists advised a largely Alaska Native audience that if they want to have an impact on climate change policy, they need to find and tell their stories. 


After decades of conservation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has submitted a proposal to open a subsistence hunt and a general hunt for the Emperor Goose in Alaska. An egg hunt for Cackling Canada geese could follow.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Every year mountains of things are shipped into the Yukon Kuskokwim region, much of it headed to remote communities. The result is growing mountains of trash that villages are trying to ship back out, or back-haul, so that the materials will not pollute the land and water they depend on to feed themselves. Reporter Johanna Eurich attended a unique workshop in Anchorage designed to help villages in the Delta back-haul their trash.

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Members of the Mid-Lower Yukon Fish and Game Advisory Committee agreed with a proposed nonresident hunt for antlerless moose on Thursday night. 

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Thursday is the deadline for submitting proposals to receive funding from the Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim Sustainable Salmon Research Initiative. Since the Initiative began in 2003, the effort has provided more than $25 million to scientists studying why salmon runs in the Arctic and YK Delta region have been declining, and what managers and fisheries can do about it. For the past six years, the Initiative has focused on Chinook, or King salmon.

Bethel water and sewer pipes.
Adrian Wagner / KYUK

An Anchorage environmental consulting firm wants to connect Alaska villages with federal and state solid waste and wastewater programs more effectively by conducting its training session entirely in the Yup'ik language.