10/23/13 - 1:40pm
Plans for the proposed Susitna Dam — and ecological research required for licensing it — are hurtling forward at breakneck speed. The licensing process, if successful, would result in the second largest dam in North America. A dam that wisely was not built when it was first proposed two decades ago. Dam proponents — the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) — and their contractors are presenting baseline data collected for the Susitna project in a series of public meetings. I recently attended one of what will be only a few of those meetings which opened my eyes to the rush to build the dam.