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The proposal to build a Hydroelectric Dam on the Susitna River set wheels in motion that are becoming more and more visible as spring break-up approaches. The Alaska Energy Authority has received approval to undertake 58 studies on the river, nearly all of which will be performed by contractors from around the state. KTNA’s Lorien Nettleton got a chance to see science in action, 25 miles north of Talkeetna on the frozen Susitna, and has this report.
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The National Weather Service River Forecast Center is keeping an eye on chaining temperature conditions that will play a role in how rivers around the state break-up for spring.
Hydrologist Scott Lindsey says the colder-than-average April has delayed the point at which maximum ice thickness is reached. This means the ice on the rivers hasn’t had as much chance to deteriorate. That, combined with ample low-elevation snow-pack, could mean trouble if there is a sharp warm-up with temperatures in the 60s for several days. (more…)
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The Trails and Parks Advisory Committee for Talkeetna held a quarterly meeting on Wednesday to discuss upcoming developments for the area’s recreational opportunities. KTNA’s Lorien Nettleton has more:
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Residents and visitors alike have used the trails along the Talkeetna River and the ridge east of town since they were first built in the early 1980s. Now, an effort is underway to preserve the linked trails with easements and right-of-ways. According to TPAC member Howard Carbone, preserving the trails for perpetuity has been a long-needed action (more…)
The State of Alaska and the Mat Su Borrough have agreed to a land-swap to make way for the Point MacKenzie rail line right-of-way.
Department of Natural Resources DNR issued a Final Finding and Decision for the exchange of land ownership last week. (more…)
The River Forecast Center for the National Weather Service says that under current conditions the Susitna River is at low risk of break-up flooding.
According to the hydrology forecast, a rapid warming-up causing significant snowmelt is unlikely in the next two weeks. Temperatures state-wide have been below normal for the first part of April, causing little runoff from snow melt. The River Forecast Center says that the most important factor determining the severity of breakup remains the weather during April and May. (more…)
Land conservation and smart growth issues are important to many people in the northern susitna valley, but not everyone want to see government-mandated zoning for preservation. One organization that assists people in conserving private land is Great Land Trust. (more…)
A request for federal disaster funding to repair the Talkeetna dike has been denied by the Federal Emergency Management Administration. The fund was one source of money the Borough had hoped would be made available to reconstruct the flood barrier. (more…)