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Susitna River Dam

Denali Sunset, AK   Photo:  Colby Coombs
Denali Sunset, AK Photo: Colby Coombs

2016 Success

Grantee:  Wild Salmon Center

Result: 1 Dam Halted

In June, 2016, Alaska Governor Bill Walker vetoed funding for the Susitna River Dam Project, halting the proposed 735-foot-tall mega-dam. Conservation Alliance grantee Wild Salmon Center worked with the Susitna River Coalition to pressure the Governor to stop the project.  The dam would have cost at least $6 billion, in addition to affecting Alaska’s fourth largest Chinook salmon run and flooding 40,000 acres of prime recreation and hunting lands near Denali National Park.