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  • How will Susitna-Watana Hydro impact water quality downstream? | Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project
    six year licensing process for Susitna Watana Hydro Most of 2012 has been spent developing a Proposed Study Plan to thoroughly understand the potential project impacts on water resources like water quality Studies from the 1980s have provided a wealth of information about the aquatic characteristics of the Susitna River system As part of the Proposed Study Plan the Alaska Energy Authority AEA aims to conduct a number of additional

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  • What will AEA do to adequately protect salmon and other fish species? | Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project
    4 more Stay Informed Stay Informed Sign up to receive updates our newsletter Susitna Watana Hydroelectric Project Fish Wildlife What will AEA do to adequately protect salmon and other fish species What will AEA do to adequately protect salmon and other fish species The health of the Susitna River system is important The Susitna River system is comprised of dozens of tributaries and streams that serve as spawning habitat for a variety of fish species The Susitna Watana Hydro team is building on extensive studies from the 1980s and undertaking an unparalleled fisheries study program in order to thoroughly understand potential project impacts on fish and salmon The project is located 184 miles upriver from Cook Inlet and 22 to 32 miles upstream from Devils Canyon a narrow highly turbulent section of river that serves as a natural impediment to migrating salmon Fish studies are underway throughout the Susitna River from the upper river downstream to the mouth at Cook Inlet The Alaska Energy Authority AEA environmental team studies include potential project impacts to habitat fish distribution and abundance productivity genetic baseline data and more Work also includes multi year collaboration with the Alaska Department of Fish Game AEA will

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  • What will AEA do to adequately protect the area’s wildlife population? | Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project
    early in the six year licensing process for Susitna Watana Hydro Most of 2012 has been spent developing a Proposed Study Plan to thoroughly understand the potential project impacts on wildlife resources The Susitna Watana Hydro Proposed Study Plan encompasses 186 000 acres This region is habitat to a wide array of wildlife including large game species like moose and caribou Dall s sheep eagles and raptors and a variety

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  • How many environmental studies are being conducted for this project? | Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project
    studies are being conducted for this project How many environmental studies are being conducted for this project Nearly 20 studies were conducted in 2012 The Susitna Watana Hydro team also submitted its official Proposed Study Plan to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission FERC in July 2012 The study plan proposes an additional 58 studies addressing everything from fish wildlife aquatics and geology to economic cultural aesthetic and recreational disciplines The

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  • Why is Susitna-Watana Hydro necessary for Alaska? | Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project
    energy infrastructure is ageing and existing gas fired generation units will be retired in the coming years Once online Susitna Watana Hydro will deliver about 50 percent of the Alaska Railbelt s electricity Residents and businesses will be able to count on clean reliable and stable priced energy for 100 years Alaska ranks fifth highest in U S energy costs and remains dependent on volatile priced fossil fuels Without a

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  • Won’t silt build up in the reservoir and impact the turbines? | Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project
    impact the turbines Won t silt build up in the reservoir and impact the turbines The impacts of Susitna River silt have been studied since the 1980s by several different engineering consultants The short answer is not for many centuries The amount of unconsolidated sediment that is estimated to be deposited in the reservoir over 50 years is about 104 000 acre feet The gross reservoir volume is about 5

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  • Why is Alaska pursuing a large hydro project when dams are being removed from rivers elsewhere? | Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project
    rivers elsewhere Susitna Watana Hydro will deliver 50 percent of the Alaska Railbelt s electricity Residents and businesses will be able to count on clean reliable and stable priced energy for 100 years while the state is moved toward its 50 percent renewable electrical energy by 2025 goal There are approximately 80 000 dams in the United States most continuing to serve useful functions Many small dams were privately built more than a century ago and were designed to serve as a power source for mills factories or other industry and have since been removed These structures were built without the stringent regulatory and environmental review found today Recent headlines have focused on the removal or consideration of removal of a handful of smaller hydropower dams for environmental reasons mainly to benefit fish species listed under the Endangered Species Act Susitna Watana Hydro s location differentiates it from others Susitna Watana Hydro location is located in a far inland section of the Susitna River 184 river miles from where the river empties into Cook Inlet In addition the project is located 22 to 32 river miles upstream of Devils Canyon a known impediment to fish passage Alaska is among the

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  • Is Susitna-Watana Hydro the right size for Alaska’s power needs? | Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project
    newsletter Susitna Watana Hydroelectric Project Susitna Watana Hydro Basics Is Susitna Watana Hydro the right size for Alaska s power needs Is Susitna Watana Hydro the right size for Alaska s power needs Yes the proposed size of the Susitna Watana Hydro Project is ideal for Alaska s energy needs The 705 foot dam will provide 2 800 000 megawatt hours MWh of electricity annually roughly 50 percent of the

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