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Frontiersman: Dam would place roadblock on Susitna economy #Alaska #Salmon #SmartGrid

English: Mount Susitna (4396 feet); Susitna Ri...
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Posted: Monday, January 30, 2012 9:30 pm
By Roberta Sheldon | 0 comments

The wild Susitna River, one of Alaska's premier waterways, travels through robust wilderness from its remote headwaters in the Alaska Range to Cook Inlet. Along the way it joins with the Chulitna and Talkeetna Rivers at the western rim of Talkeetna, where most residents and the local economy rely primarily on wilderness and the rivers. The proposed Susitna dam would change all that.

Our Talkeetna Community Council has officially gone on record with both the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) and the Alaska State Legislature that "there is deep concern in Talkeetna about the proposed Susitna River dam." More recently, an October 2011 advisory vote conducted by the council revealed that 109 local voters weighed in as "against" the dam while 19 voted "for" it.

The dam's economic impact on Talkeetna's dynamic sports fishery could be crushing. Professionally guided trips for all five species of salmon - including silvers (coho), chinook (kings), sockeye (reds), chum and...