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Needed state, federal authorizations

The Lake Dorothy Hydro project must be found consistent with standards of the Alaska Coastal Management Program before the following state and federal authorizations may be issued.
Taku salmon will not be put at risk

Last week, Rod Cadmus of Southeast Alaska Conservation Council wrote to express his opinion that former Gov. Murkowski's permitting changes will put the Taku River at risk from the proposed Tulsequah Chief Mine.
Alaska Digest

Staff reports from around the state
Habitat permitting proposal panned, supported in hearing

More than 60 people testified in the Senate Resources Committee on Monday evening about an order by Gov. Frank Murkowski to move habitat permitting authority from the Department of Fish and Game to the Department of Natural Resources.
A new source of power

In a "last resort" effort to mitigate the impact of a proposed hydroelectric plant on 3,000 brook trout, developers of the Lake Dorothy project have agreed to pay the state $70,000 to restore aquatic habitat around Juneau. The mitigation plan accepted by Lake Dorothy Hydroelectric Inc. moves the state's regulatory review of the $34-million power project nearer completion. Once the project's developers satisfy the concerns of several state agencies, licensing by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is virtually assured, according to Sandy Harbanuk, a project review coordinator for the Alaska Coastal Management Program. Construction could begin in three to fours years with power being generated by 2009 or 2010.
City disputes state permit at HS site

The city is contesting a state fish-habitat permit needed to fill a pond at the site of the planned high school at Dimond Park.
Threat to pull out of coast plan

Local governments and some state legislators are worried that if Gov. Frank Murkowski pulls the state from a coastal management program, Alaska would lose its influence over federal projects.
Hoverbarge plan worries Taku River users

Lodge owner Errol Champion is more pessimistic and worried than ever after spending the last week driving snowmachines on the Taku River.
Habitat division back with Fish and Game

After a five-year, Frank Murkowski-sponsored stretch in the Department of Natural Resources, the Division of Habitat officially moved back to the Department of Fish and Game last week.
Scores weigh in on plan for hoverbarges

State permitters and Tulsequah Chief Mine developers submitted to a barrage of public questions Monday night on the mine company's plan to use a hoverbarge on the Taku River.


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