Sunday, 17 Jan 2021

Return to Us: Restoring Alaska’s Eklutna River

Return to Us chronicles the ancient effort spearheaded via Eklutna, Inc. and The Conservation Fund to eliminate the abandoned decrease Eklutna Dam and kickstart the return of diminished salmon runs to the river.  

As chronicled within the film, the abandoned lower dam that blocked salmon migration for just about a century has been efficiently removed. however, an upper diversion dam linked to the Eklutna Hydropower task remains. This upper dam diverts all downstream move, blocks fish migration, and avoids using the recently reconnected habitat. at this time, the legally requiredmitigation system a good way to support make up for the undertakings influence on fish & wildlife is underway. presently, the proprietorof the Eklutna Hydropower assignment are finalizing their yr 1 analyze plans, so that it will require approval by way of the GovernorThe findings of this study will support shape and inform the outcome of the mitigation technique.

for the reason that the removal of the dam, Southcentral Alaskans have tested sweeping support for returning appropriate flows to the river for fish and allowing fish passage around the higher dam so that salmon can make a full healing. this may advantage the Native Village of Eklutna, and all Alaskans.