North Slope Borough and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are working to determine if numerous industrial drums contaminated drinking water at Point Lay’s drinking water lake.
In nearly 30 Alaska communities, some 3,300 homes still have no sewer system or running water. Residents resort to using buckets, referred to as ‘honey buckets’ for toilets. These open waste collection sites can cause respiratory illnesses, especially in children.
Alaska’s rural schools may soon find it more difficult to get state funding, as lawmakers ponder increasing the number of students per school required to receive financial support.