Chasing the Kuskokwim River Breakup

Dozens of villages on the 700-mile Kuskokwim river eagerly wait for the mighty Kuskokwim to break up after a long winter. I had a chance to fly with RiverWatch, a joint state-federal effort to watch for ice jams, flooding, and otherwise problematic breakup conditions on the river.  The team provides real time broadcasts over VHF radio to the homes and government offices in villages with literally up to the second information about where the breakup front it, what it’s doing, and what the community needs to know to stay safe. This video chronicled one evening flight with the team.