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Array of studies on Susitna-Watana dam proposal announced

According to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 58 proposed studies ranging from wildlife to fish to subsistence to recreational issues have been announced by the Alaska Energy Authority to meet federal licensing requirements for the proposed Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project.

The studies were laid out in a plan submitted to the Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission, which licenses hydroelectric projects.

“Over the last year we’ve worked closely with stakeholders and listened to the public in drafting this robust study plan,” project manager Wayne Dyok told the News-Miner. “We’re committed to delivering cost-effective, reliable energy solutions that meet the urgent needs of Alaskans. This plan is a significant step in that direction.”

The proposed dam site is 184 miles up the Susitna River, above Devil’s Canyon.

The Alaska Energy Authority will host public meetings on the proposal soon. Comments can also be filed directly with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission through Oct. 15. The commission is expected to decide whether to proceed with the plan sometime in December.