An analysis of the merits of the proposed $4.5 billion hydropower project on the Susitna River in Alaska suggests the project is not an effective solution to Alaska’s impending energy prob...
Susitna-Watana : P-14241
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- 700-foot-high, concrete dam (length not specified;design not yet decided);
- Internal penstocks (dam to powerhouse at toe of dam);
- 35-mile-long to 65-mile-long, 230 kV transmission;
- 44-mile-long to 50-mile-long road access.
The projected cost is at or over $4.5 billion, not including transmission. There is significant public support as well as opposition for the project.
Adequacy of baseline data collection; impacts of higher, constant winter flows on channel formation, ice, spawning habitat, recreational access.