Huge news out of Alaska! Yesterday, Governor Walker announced that he was, “shutting down the Susitna Watana project.” This is a monumental win for the Susitna River and the salmon, wildlife and communities it supports.
The Susitna River, where the dam was proposed, is North America’s fourth largest undammed river and sustains Alaska’s fourth largest king salmon run. Flowing through the stunning mountain valleys of Southcentral Alaska, hundreds of thousands of salmon return each summer to the Susitna and its tributaries to spawn and help sustain Alaska’s strong salmon runs. The vast valleys that feed the Susitna River comprise some of one of the state’s most visited areas and world-class angling opportunities.