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Indigenous Observation Network (ION)

The Indigenous Observation Network (ION) is a collaborative research and monitoring project to preserve and protect the Yukon River for future generations and the continuation of a traditional Native way of life. Since 2006, the USGS National Research Program and Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council (YRITWC) have been partnering to collect water-quality samples from the Yukon River and tributaries with the assistance of trained Indigenous citizens living in the Yukon River Basin. Through this partnership over 300 Indigenous citizens have been trained in water sample collection, which has resulted in over 1500 samples collected at more than 54 sites covering the entire 2,300 mile reach of the Yukon River since the program began. In addition to water-quality monitoring a permafrost monitoring project began in 2009 called the Active Layer Network. This project measures the thickness of the active layer on an annual basis and collects air and soil temperature readings as well as soil moisture measurements at 20 locations across the Yukon River Basin and Alaska and Canada. Note: Volunteers must be trusted local citizens that are recommended by Tribal Councils, Newsletter, YRITWC outreach.

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Geographic Scope: International and regional (Yukon River Basin)

Project Status: Active - recruiting volunteers

Participation Tasks: Audio or video recording, Data analysis, Data entry, Measurement, Observation, Site selection and/or description, Specimen/sample collection,

Start Date: 2006

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Other Federal Government Sponsor: Administration of Native American

Fields of Science: Chemistry, Climate and weather, Ecology and environment

Intended Outcomes: Research development, Civic and community, Individual learning, Conservation,