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NO KENAI DAM


SAVE THE SNOW RIVER!

 

A massive 3 dam project is being proposed on the Snow River located on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska by Chugach Electric, Inc.

Designated as an Anadromous River that supports spawning Coho and Sockeye Salmon as well as as robust population of Dolly Varden, the Snow River is a large, pristine tributary to the Kenai River and critical to the health of the entire Kenai River drainage. 

In an era where dams are widely considered to do more harm than good, the Kenai River is the wrong place for archaic energy solutions.

OPPOSITION RISES QUICKLY AGAINST PROPOSAL TO STUDY KENAI DAMS AT SNOW RIVER - Alex DeMarban

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NO KENAI DAM


SAVE THE SNOW RIVER!

 

A massive 3 dam project is being proposed on the Snow River located on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska by Chugach Electric, Inc.

Designated as an Anadromous River that supports spawning Coho and Sockeye Salmon as well as as robust population of Dolly Varden, the Snow River is a large, pristine tributary to the Kenai River and critical to the health of the entire Kenai River drainage. 

In an era where dams are widely considered to do more harm than good, the Kenai River is the wrong place for archaic energy solutions.

OPPOSITION RISES QUICKLY AGAINST PROPOSAL TO STUDY KENAI DAMS AT SNOW RIVER - Alex DeMarban

Sign Petition

here's what's at stake:

  • Designated an Anadromous River by the State of Alaska, critical spawning habitat for Sockeye Salmon, Coho Salmon and Dolly Varden will forever be lost both above and below the dam
  • 91,869 Acres within the Snow River Watershed is managed under a Backcountry Prescription - the management intent of these areas is to emphasize a variety of recreational opportunities for backcountry activities in natural appearing landscapes (U.S. Dept of Agriculture 2005).
  • A reservoir would promote invasive species takeover such as Northern Pike that would out-compete native species for food.
  • Reservoirs are a significant contributor to greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. As debris and plants decompose, they expel methane gas and de-oxygenate the water.
  • Flooding 5,321 acres of land leads to the immediate loss of vegetation and soil on the valley floor which normally acts as a "Carbon Bank" to remove harmful ozone depleting Carbon from the atmosphere 
  • The Snow River Corridor contains the Placer River Fault, a major thrust fault, as well as a second major thrust fault parallel to the Nellie Juan River which have major earthquake potential  (U.S. Dept of Agriculture 2005)
  • Displacement of Moose, Bear and other wildlife that utilize the Snow River Valley causing them to risk unwanted contact with humans, leading to their elimination
  • Disruption and artificial regulation of the flow of water from the Snow River will drastically affect the water levels, temperature and silt content of Kenai Lake and the Kenai River
  • State and Federal Funding diverted from more pressing economical issues and greener technologies
  • Revenues from tourism will be significantly decreased, long-term jobs will be lost and property values will decrease and may never recover

The Kenai River is one of the most popular rivers in Alaska and is world-renowned for its remarkable fishery, unbelievable scenery, wildlife and recreation possibilities. One of the Kenai River's most important tributaries, the Snow River is the target of Chugagh Electric's efforts to engulf over 16,890 acres of natural, wild and pristine wilderness.

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Appreciation


The Snow River Corridor is managed under a Backcountry Prescription and Recommended as a National Wild and Scenic River, the highest level of protection rivers receive. Less than 1/4 of 1% of all rivers in the US are designated Wild and Scenic.  It's clear to see why this is such a special place that must be saved from 3 massive dams!

Appreciation


The Snow River Corridor is managed under a Backcountry Prescription and Recommended as a National Wild and Scenic River, the highest level of protection rivers receive. Less than 1/4 of 1% of all rivers in the US are designated Wild and Scenic.  It's clear to see why this is such a special place that must be saved from 3 massive dams!

A MESSAGE FROM PENINSULA RIVERS CONSERVANCY:

 "We find it perplexing that a technology as old and as dirty as hydroelectric power is being sold to the people of Alaska as green energy.  Dams are being removed in the lower 48 by the thousands because they have been proven to do much more harm to the river systems and environment than good for the little amount of electricity they provide.  We are strongly opposed to this, and any hydroelectric power, anywhere in Alaska, especially on the Kenai Peninsula.  Dams are not green energy solutions.  They emit greenhouse gasses, destroy valuable public lands, completely halt salmon migrations, destroy salmon habitat and rearing sites below the dam, unnaturally regulate the normal flows of rivers, flood bear and moose habitat and thoroughfares, block vital movement of nutrients, sediment and debris that carves out habitat, promote the trapping of debris which decays and robs the water of oxygen and harbor destructive non-native species that outcompete native species.  Dam projects also do not create jobs.  The few jobs they create are given to highly trained engineers and contractors.  Dams only require a few workers once the construction is completed.  The people selling this archaic and outdated technology underestimate the knowledge people have about the devastating and tragic harm dams do to healthy river ecosystems.  For as long as this river supports and gives life, we will defend her, because we all live downstream.  Shame on Chugach Electric for proposing such a preposterous project that will destroy the Kenai River and saddle taxpayers with the financial burden and steal our Federal lands to rob us of our resources and turn around and sell them back to us for a profit."

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Snow River Dam Proposal


The massive scope of this dam project includes the construction of 3 dams in total and would affect upwards of 16,890 acres of wild and pristine habitat. This project would do untold damage to the health of the Kenai River System.

Snow River Dam Proposal


The massive scope of this dam project includes the construction of 3 dams in total and would affect upwards of 16,890 acres of wild and pristine habitat. This project would do untold damage to the health of the Kenai River System.

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Snow River


Arguably the most critical lifeline to the entire Kenai River Drainage, the Snow River provides vital nutrients, sediment, glacial runoff, salmon spawning and rearing habitat, as well as significant wildlife habitat.

SNOW RIVER ASSESSMENT INFO

Snow River


Arguably the most critical lifeline to the entire Kenai River Drainage, the Snow River provides vital nutrients, sediment, glacial runoff, salmon spawning and rearing habitat, as well as significant wildlife habitat.

SNOW RIVER ASSESSMENT INFO

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What We're Facing


The Skagit River Gorge Dam is representative of the size and scope of the proposed dam on the Snow River.  This is a massive 3 dam project that would flood nearly 5,321 acres and utilize a total of 16,890 acres of federal, state and private lands.  

What We're Facing


The Skagit River Gorge Dam is representative of the size and scope of the proposed dam on the Snow River.  This is a massive 3 dam project that would flood nearly 5,321 acres and utilize a total of 16,890 acres of federal, state and private lands.  

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Damnation


Damnation is a documentary dedicated to the truth behind dams and the damage they cause to healthy river systems.

Watch Damnation

Damnation


Damnation is a documentary dedicated to the truth behind dams and the damage they cause to healthy river systems.

Watch Damnation