The Coast Guard had given the Lower Kuskokwim School District two weeks to move the fuel away from the riverbank when the erosion reached 76 feet from the nearest fuel tank.
The Lower Kuskokwim School District’s tanks hold about 36,000 gallons of fuel and are sitting less than 100 feet from the eroding Kuskokwim River bank.
The Lower Kuskokwim School District is developing a plan to avert environmental disaster
Typically, when a contaminated site is discovered it’s up to the landowner — or the person responsible for making the mess — to clean it up. But there are dozens of sites where this process has broken down.
In lieu of a Yup’ik teacher on staff, students at a Southwest Alaska school have started reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in Yup’ik.