The Georgetown Tribal Council commissioned The Geos Institute to conduct a climate change vulnerability assessment for the Native Village of Georgetown, located in the Middle Kuskokwim region. The assessment combined the best available data and model projections with Traditional Knowledge collected from tribal elders, and included a workshop for community members in 2017.

The vulnerability assessment revealed that some of the greatest risks to the Native Village of Georgetown include increasingly unsafe conditions and lack of transportation routes due to melting ice road, a less predictable berry harvest, new and/or increasing disease in salmon and game species (affecting quality of meat and quantity of harvest), contamination of well water from warmer temperatures, and melting permafrost causing flood impacts to septic systems.

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