Strategic Needs of Water on the Yukon (SNOWY)

The Strategic Needs on Water in the Yukon (SNOWY) project provides a holistic view of climate change effects on human populations by addressing the year-round relationship between the local populations and the hydrological cycle in the Yukon River Basin (YRB). This project hopes to better understand issues related to water quality and quantity. In doing so, it promotes community participation based on locally derived questions addressing challenges facing the Indigenous Nations of the YRB.

Group photoELOKA hosted the Yukon River meeting in November 2010. Photo credit: Chris McNeave.

SNOWY strives to more thoroughly define the intersection between the social, natural, and Indigenous sciences. This research will be accomplished using a combination of facilitated dialogue through semi-directed interviews and data collection of snow, ice, and water. A key outcome of this project will be a geospatial database that presents the information and data collected for broad dissemination of results to the community. The qualitative data collected will represent communities at the local scale, but combined with the quantitative data will contribute to a better understanding of the regional hydrologic framework of the lower YRB.

Lead Leah Mackey and Carol Thomas

Organization Strategic Needs of Water on the Yukon (SNOWY)

Country United States, Canada

Geographic Coverage Western Yukon River Basin

Communities Emmonak, Kotlik, and Saint Mary's, Alaska

Related Organizations

  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Colorado State University

Web site Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council