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KOYUKUK/NOWITNA: Refuge helps with EPA's Yukon River Monitoring
Alaska Region, August 15, 2009
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Daniel Bogan and Alice Vislova collect samples as part of Yukon River monitoring, while FWS seasonal hire Jon Korta looks on. July 2009 (Photo by Sebastian Bielak)
Daniel Bogan and Alice Vislova collect samples as part of Yukon River monitoring, while FWS seasonal hire Jon Korta looks on. July 2009 (Photo by Sebastian Bielak) - Photo Credit: n/a
Yukon River sampling crew hard at work, July 2009 (Photo by Sebastian Bielak)
Yukon River sampling crew hard at work, July 2009 (Photo by Sebastian Bielak) - Photo Credit: n/a

In late July and early August of 2009, staff from Koyukuk/Nowitna NWR provided assistance with an EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) funded monitoring and assessment project on the Yukon River.  Involved in the project were the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC), the Yukon Inter-tribal Watershed Council, the University of Alaska Anchorage‚Äôs Environment and Natural Resources Institute (UAA ENRI), and the Council of Athabascan Governments.  Working with other partners in the area, a 550-mile reach of the Yukon River from Fort Yukon to Kaltag was surveyed. Two staff members and one volunteer from Koyukuk/Nowitna provided two weeks of boat use and assistance with biological and sediment sampling at set locations along the Yukon between Tanana and Kaltag. Daniel Bogan, a Research Associate from the UAA Aquatic Ecology Program, collected macroinvertebrate and diatoms samples which will be identified and enumerated, along with the processing of periphyton samples. Results from the study are expected in June 2010


Contact Info: Karin Lehmkuhl, (907) 656-1231, karin_lehmkuhl@fws.gov



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