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By Dan Rudy 

Selenium concerns upriver as water testing continues


Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

KECS consultant Cathy Needham collects water samples with IGAP coordinator Chris Hatton from the Stikine River on Tuesday morning near Goat Creek. The site is one of two being sampled each month as part of a water quality baseline test.

Wrangell's tribal government is continuing to cooperate with Central Council Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska on its baseline water testing of the Stikine River.

Initiated in November by Central Council's Native Lands and Resources Department (NLRD), each month two technicians have headed upriver to collect water samples, testing them for their chemical and physical properties in order to establish average conditions. This information eventually may be used in the management of these rivers, by state and federal agencies, regulators in neighboring British Columbia, and the wider public...

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