Living year-round in Talkeetna I have the privilege of seeing the Susitna River every day. On a beautiful Sunday morning recently I was able to see a part of it that few can, even though it is at the heart of one of the most contentious energy projects in the state. I traveled by jet boat 60 miles upstream of Talkeetna to Devil’s Canyon, an area of the river that hosts Class 6 rapids.
Only 45 miles west of Anchorage, but isolated by Cook Inlet, Beluga is a rugged bush town that's home to few, but a dream to many (including me).
Warm and sensitive might be great traits in a partner but are the last thing a salmon is looking for in a stream
Unfortunately, about a quarter of the salmon streams we’ve been monitoring are already warm by salmon standards and highly sensitive to climate change impacts. Is your favorite salmon stream one of them?
I have always been skeptical of PacRim Coal’s claims to fully restore the Chuitna river to current productivity after stripmining through the salmon streams and wetlands of the watershed; and after doing some stream restoration of my own, I remain increasingly skeptical and even more unsettled by the proposal.