Hydro input sought

Posted: Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Meetings are being held Wednesday and Thursday in the village of Moose Pass for members of the public to voice their concerns about the impact of a proposed Homer Electric Association hydroelectric project on Grant Lake in the mountains nearby.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will be holding the meetings in the Moose Pass Community Hall at 7 p.m. today and 10 a.m. on Thursday.

"This is an opportunity for the public, government agencies and tribal organizations, basically everybody who's interested in the project, to submit their comments regarding the Grant Lake project and list issues they would like to see addressed in the studies that will be required," said Joe Gallagher, spokesperson for HEA in Kenai. "FERC wants to make sure they have an idea of all the issues that are pertinent to the project."

HEA is exploring the feasibility of developing a hydroelectric project on Grant Lake, approximately one mile east of the Seward Highway near the town of Moose Pass.

The dam, if constructed, would be built at the lake's outlet for the purpose of controlling outflow from the lake, and possibly to create or maintain storage capacity. The proposed project would have an intake near the lake's outlet, and water would be conveyed through an approximately 2,800-foot-long pipeline or penstock that would lead to a powerhouse below the lake.

Grant Creek, the lake's only outlet, discharges into Upper Trail Lake with an average annual flow of 193 cubic feet per second.

Comments may be submitted in written form or electronically to FERC regarding the project until July 6.

Dante Petri can be reached at dante.petri@peninsulaclarion.com



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