Susitna-Watana-Hydro-28--2b

Increasing the Understanding of the Susitna Basin

A second season of environmental work is underway, building on the unprecedented 2013 effort that saw more than 300 scientists, geologists, archeologists and biologists in the field gathering information needed to design and build the best Susitna-Watana Hydro project possible.

The overall environmental effort includes 58 individual studies approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that stretch from the mouth of Cook Inlet to the upper reaches of the Susitna River.

The 2014 season focuses on time-sensitive and multi-year studies, including ones dealing with fish and wildlife and various water quality issues. A geotechnical program entails six to eight weeks of core drilling and continued geotechnical investigations.

Next year will bring another intensive season of fieldwork as the Alaska Energy Authority anticipates submitting a FERC license application in 2016.

A second season of environmental work is underway, building on the unprecedented 2013 effort that saw more than 300 scientists, geologists, archeologists and biologists in the field gathering information needed to design and build the best Susitna-Watana Hydro project possible.

The overall environmental effort includes 58 individual studies approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that stretch from the mouth of Cook Inlet to the upper reaches of the Susitna River.

The 2014 season focuses on time-sensitive and multi-year studies, including ones dealing with fish and wildlife and various water quality issues. A geotechnical program entails six to eight weeks of core drilling and continued geotechnical investigations.

Next year will bring another intensive season of fieldwork as the Alaska Energy Authority anticipates submitting a FERC license application in 2016.