Return to Us chronicles the historic effort spearheaded by Eklutna, Inc. and The Conservation Fund to remove the abandoned Lower Eklutna Dam and kickstart the return of diminished salmon runs to the river.
As chronicled in the film, the abandoned lower dam that blocked salmon migration for nearly a century has been successfully removed. However, an upper diversion dam associated with the Eklutna Hydropower Project remains. This upper dam diverts all downstream flow, blocks fish migration, and hinders the use of the recently reconnected habitat. Right now, the legally required–mitigation process that will help make up for the project’s impact on fish & wildlife is underway. Currently, the owner
Since the removal of the dam, Southcentral Alaskans have demonstrated sweeping support for returning appropriate flows to the river for fish and allowing fish passage arou
A healthy, fully functioning future is possible for the Eklutna River, and it’s up to us to help make it happen.