Alaskans praise Governor Walker’s decision to shut down Susitna Watana dam project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

June 29, 2016

Contact: Mike Wood, Board President, Susitna River Coalition (907) 354-5815

Melissa Heuer, Executive Director, Susitna River Coalition (907) 242-4779

Alaskans praise Governor Walker’s decision to shut down Susitna Watana dam project

 

TALKEETNA, AK – Moments ago, Governor Walker announced that he was, “shutting down

the Susitna Watana project.”

In response to this news, the Susitna River Coalition released the following statement:

“On behalf of our more than 13,000 members throughout Alaska, the Susitna River Coalition

applauds Governor Walker for this tough, but responsive and forward-thinking decision to reject

the Susitna dam and pave the way for a sustainable future for one of Alaska’s greatest salmon

rivers.

“We are thrilled that the Governor has listened to Alaskans and made this critical decision to shut

down the Susitna dam. In a time when Alaska faces difficult decisions, this is the right choice for

our communities, economies, and fisheries.

“Our way of life and economic well-being are intimately tied to a free-flowing Susitna River. For

years, the threat of damming the Susitna has cast a negative shadow over our local economy and

been a weight on our shoulders.

“Today’s announcement shows leadership and decision making that will be the Governor’s

lasting legacy. He is on the right side of history – preserving our salmon rivers, putting the state’s

economy first, and listening to Alaskans.”

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The Susitna River Coalition includes a growing community of more than 13,000 individuals,

groups, and businesses from around Alaska who support a free-flowing Susitna River and the

healthy communities it sustains. Our immediate work is to stop the proposed Susitna mega dam

through collaboration, education, advocacy and awareness of the values of an intact Susitna

watershed. Our long-term work is to establish permanent protection for the river. Find us online

at www.susitnarivercoalition.org or on Facebook.

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