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*YRITWC is now accepting applications for assessment services for Summer 2016*
Please email Willoughby Peterson at for a copy of the application.

Brownfields Tribal Response Program

What is a Brownfield? Brownfields are contaminated sites which could be targeted for cleanup and redevelopment. According to the EPA, a ‘brownfields site’ is defined as real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.

Examples of Brownfields:

  • Old or illegal dumps
  • Petroleum spills
  • Abandoned or idle structures with lead paint, asbestos or other hazardous materials
  • Old fuel storage areas or former gas stations
  • Mine scarred lands

Brownfields Redevelopment Process


Click the brochure to view and print the Brownfields Tribal Response Program brochure.


"Yookkene" An Introduction to Brownfields in the Yukon River Watershed

Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council presents "Yookkene" from Stephen Price on Vimeo.

Hughes Cleanup Project 2012

In 2012, the YRITWC Brownfields Program contracted site-specific cleanup services (both local and other) for a property known to have petroleum hydrocarbon-impacted soil located in the heart of the community of Hughes, Alaska. This site previously received an assessment in 2008 through the YRITWC and in 2009 through the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC). YRITWC and ADEC collaborated together in 2012 to respond to the concern through an Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA) and a Corrective Action Plan (see below). After many stakeholder and community meetings, a schedule of cleanup work was decided to coincide with the reuse goal for the property – a new community water storage tank.

Action Plans To view an Action Plan for a site that has received an Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), click a link below:

2006 Alakanuk: BIA Dump Site Nenana: Subsistence Area River Dump

2007 Arctic Village: Former Public Health Service Generator Building Holy Cross: Abandoned Drums Site

2008 Hughes: Former Generator Building and Tank Farm Kotlik: Former Dump Site Koyukuk: Former Generator Building

2009 Hooper Bay: Abandoned Sewage Disposal Bunkers Pilot Station: Abandoned Well Pump Station Anvik: Former Alaska Village Electric Cooperative Power Plant and Fuel Storage Area

2010 Alakanuk: South-Bank Dumpsite Emmonak: BIA School Building

Participating Brownfield Program Communities

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Staff Contacts



Katherine Brower
Solid Waste Management Coordinator 
Office: (907) 258-3337
Willoughby Peterson
Brownfield Program Manager
Office: (907) 258-3337
Emily Anderson
Environmental Technician & Outreach Coordinator
Office: (907) 258-3337