For the past few years Homer Electric Association (HEA) has been proposing to build a new hydropower dam on Grant Lake near Moose Pass/Seward in the headwaters of the Kenai River . It has received free money from Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) (http://www.aidea.org/aea/RE_Fund-V.html) to prepare the license application as required by the Federal Power Act. The license application is still in progress, but now HEA has requested several millions of free money from AEA for construction.
The Kenai River Comprehensive Management Plan recommends: The construction of new dams or diversions on the Kenai River or its fish bearing tributaries, which block fish movements, or reduce essential stream flows for spawning, rearing, or migration, will be prohibited. Additional impoundment structures are not considered appropriate because of their fundamental, usually irreversible affect upon the river's hydrology. (http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/plans/krsmapln/krsmamp3.pdf p.82) There are only a couple of large impoundment structures along the Kenai River, the major one being being the Cooper Landing Hydroelectric project.
Opposition to this project is essential, specifically opposition to the State of Alaska providing any additional grant funds. Why would the State fund a dam on the Kenai when it has recommended no new dams or diversions? It doesn't make any sense.
Anyone who fishes the Kenai should be protesting any additional industrialization of the watershed. The river has already suffered enough nicks and scrapes to last its life time.
For more information visit Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance ( http://www.rbca-alaska.org/index.html http://www.rbca-alaska.org/assets/FI...TER TO HEA.pdf)