Susitna Watana Dam
An extremely large dam, similar in size to the Hoover Dam, that has been proposed three times for a location north of Talkeetna on the Susitna River. It has never been licensed or constructed.
Project Name: Susitna Watana
FERC Project Number: P-14241
Water Body: Susitna River
Type of Project: Storage Dam
Status: The Susitna Watana Project was put into abeyance by the state. NOAA Fisheries filed a review of the final studies in September 2019, accession #20190927-5011.
Primary User: Railbelt
Operating Utility: Alaska Energy Authority
FERC License Expiration: No license issued
Licensing Process: Integrated
Nameplate Power Capacity (MW) : 600
Surface Area of Impoundment (acres): 23,488
Project Details: 750-foot high dam with a 42-mile long reservoir
NOAA Fisheries Trust Resources: Sockeye, Chinook, coho, and chum salmon; potential effects on Cook Inlet beluga whales