Tanana River

Monica Gray/Alaska State Parks

Donors gave nearly $50,000 to an online fundraiser last month to help pay for a project to prevent the Tanana River from washing away the bank that runs along Big Delta State Historical Park near Delta Junction. Alaska State Parks will use the donations as a match for further fundraising to pay for a bank-stabilization project riverbank to prevent further erosion.


Alaska State Parks

Alaska State Parks has launched an online campaign to help pay for work to protect erosion threatened buildings and artifacts at Big Delta State Historical Park near Delta Junction.

Tom Gorman

Big Delta resident Tom Gorman says a small dam he built earlier this year to protect his home from the meandering Tanana River held steady over the past couple of weeks as the river rose to near-flood level, due to recent rains. Gorman now hopes the river falls quickly enough to allow him to finish work on the dam before snow flies.


Tim Ellis/KUAC

Volunteers with State Parks and the Delta Historical Society have removed artifacts from a 110-year-old building at Big Delta State Historical Park. The agencies had planned to wait, to see if the Tanana River washed away more of the riverbank on which the building sits. But Sunday’s move was prompted by concerns over erosion accelerated by recent rains.


Harnessing rivers to generate electricity …

Tim Ellis/KUAC

Alaska State Parks officials have closed a section of trail in Big Delta State Historical Park near Delta Junction, because the Tanana River been cutting sharply into its southern bank where the trail is located. The extreme erosion now threatens a couple of historical cabins within the park. State and local officials are working on a plan to shore up the bank – and to come up with a way to pay for it.


Dam Approved To Save Home

Apr 21, 2016
Tom Gorman

Alaska’s braided rivers are known to change course, sometimes dramatically altering the landscape. An interior resident is experiencing that first hand. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, extreme measures are being taken by a Delta Junction area resident to protect his property from the Tanana River.

Alaska AirSWOT campaign / NASA

NASA has wrapped up an aerial mapping project in interior Alaska. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the space agency funded research tested new water measuring technology on the Tanana River and Yukon Flats.

State Proposes New Eastern Tanana Area Management Plan

Oct 14, 2014

Fairbanks, AK - The State Department of Natural Resources hosts a meeting in Fairbanks Tuesday to present a draft of the proposed Eastern Tanana Area Plan.  When completed the plan will outline management of state land and water on roughly 6.8 million acres throughout the Tanana River Valley and surrounding uplands.  Some of that includes property within the Fairbanks North Star Borough north of the Tanana River.  Brandon McCutcheon is a state Land Use Planner.

Dan Bross / KUAC

A plaque was placed yesterday (Thurs.) at the site a plane crash that occurred on a Tanana River sandbar near Fairbanks 44 years ago. It remembers the Mitchell B-25 bomber that went down while in service as a fire fighting air tanker on June 27th 1969.  As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the marker was placed by a Michigan based team in Fairbanks to recover what’s left of the historic aircraft known as “Sandbar Mitchell” and restore it.   

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