Contact Information for Legislators and Coalition Bullet Paper
Find your legislators by community: This is an alphabetical list of all Alaskan communities with the senator and representative that serves them. Once you find your legislator, you can refer to either the Legislators’ email addresses or the Senator and House Mailing Addresses documents below.
Legislators’ email addresses: If you want to send your letter by email, you can find all legislators’ email addresses (and phone numbers) on this excel spreadsheet.
House mailing addresses: If you prefer to mail your letter via the U.S. Postal Service, you can find all representatives’ Juneau addresses here.
Senate mailing addresses: And you can find all senators’ Juneau addresses here.
Committees’ and Governor’s email addresses: This is a list of 30 members of four committees: House Finance and Energy, and Senate Finance and In-state Energy. The governor’s email address is there, too. Copy your letter to these people.
Find your legislators by district: If you know your House and Senate districts, this is a simpler one-page list of all legislators’ names by district.
01-23-13 Coalition Bullet Paper titled Essential Information for Legislators and Current Inescapable Problems with the Susitna Dam
The exchange between FERC and AEA, the governor, and a few others about AEA’s December Revised Study Plans (RSP)
12-31-12 FERC letter to AEA about its RSP, including a directive to revise 13 plans, and the changed timeline that would result for a determination on those studies. Original deadline for FERC’s determination for all 58 studies = Feb. 1. New deadlines: determination for 45 studies still the Feb. 1 deadline; determination for 13 studies needing revision now slated for May 14 deadline.
Becky’s Synopsis of FERC’s letter to AEA about the RSP in which she explains what FERC is requiring AEA to do.
01-07-13 AEA’s response to FERC’s 12-31 letter Sarah Fisher-Goad writes to FERC: AEA not happy about FERC’s directives to revise 13 study plans or the change in the timeline. She asks FERC to withdraw the requirements of its December 31 letter and accept all 58 studies for determination by Feb. 15, or if FERC cannot agree to that, then to move the determination deadline for the 13 studies in question back from May 14 to April 1.
01-10-13 Gov. Parnell’s response to FERC’s 12-31 letter The governor is not happy about FERC’s directives and the potential for a delay in the licensing process.
01-17-13 FERC response to AEA’s 01-07 letter FERC responds to AEA’s request that FERC withdraw its December 31 letter and directives, or if not, asks that FERC at least move deadline back to April 1. FERC says it will not withdraw the letter or requirements because it stands by the need for revision of the 13 studies. FERC does agree to compromise on the April 1 (instead of May 14) deadline for determination for these 13 studies.
01-02-13 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) letter to FERC about the RSP. In the Update, we said this was dated 1-4-13, but it was actually dated 1-2-13, so if you refer to it, use the earlier date. NMFS clearly outlines the shortcomings of the RSP.
Coalition’s RSP Comments to FERC (B.Long) written for us by board member Becky Long and submitted 01-16-2013.
Coalition’s RSP Comments to FERC (R.Roos-Collins) written for us by our attorney Richard Roos-Collins. This is a draft; the final version will be posted once we submit it on 01-18-2013.
Instructions for submitting comments to FERC about AEA’s Revised Study Plan (RSP), due January 18.
Due November 14: Comments to FERC about AEA’s Proposed Study Plans
Click here to see our Action Alert (PDF) This will give you ideas about what to write in your comment.
Click here for how to submit “short” comments to FERC(under 3 pages): PDF document giving step-by-step directions for submitting comments “less than 6000 characters” This is the process most of us would use.
Click here for how to submit “long” comments to FERC (longer than 3 pages): PDF document with step-by-step directions for submitting comments “longer than 6000 characters. This is the process for agencies and others with lots to say.
The Coalition’s comments to FERC: PDF document of the comments we submitted to FERC on Nov. 7, 2012
Talkeetna Community Council, Inc.’s comments to FERC: PDF document submitted by TCCI to FERC on Nov. 7, 2012
Some of the 150 Public Scoping Comments to FERC from May 2012:
National Heritage Institute Submitted by Jan Konigsberg and co-signed by 9 other entities
FERC’s comments back to AEA Submitted by Jennifer Hill, Chief of Northwest Branch, Division of Hydropower Licensing: “After reviewing the …Pre-Application Document, participating in the May 26-29, 2012 scoping meetings [and] various work group meetings, and reviewing your preliminary study plan for 2013-14 … Commission staff has comments on several studies (enclosed in Schedule A) and six study requests (enclosed in Schedule B).”
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Submitted by James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region
Chickaloon Native Village Submitted by Jennifer Harrison, Executive Director
Natural Resources Defense Council Submitted by Noah Garrison, Project Attorney
Chase Community Council Submitted by Peg Foster, Secretary
Coalition for Susitna Dam Alternatives Submitted by Becky Long, Board of Directors, setting out in detail our concerns about the dam, and the better alternatives that exist.
Radio and video
Freeze-up on the Susitna River video (0:07)
Voices Against the Dam video (2:00)
Susitna Dam Earthquake Risk video (1:05)
America’s Heritage video (1:21)
The Real Costs video (0:57)
Alternatives to a Susitna Dam video (0:57)
News and information about the Susitna dam:
Dam! Big hydro heads for Alaska Mary Lochner, Anchorage Press, 04-26-12
Alaska should invest in Cook Inlet gas, not Susitna dam Jan Konigsberg, Alaska Dispatch, 11-14-11
Independent analysis shows proposed Susitna project not worth it Rupak Thapaliya, Hydropower Reform Coalition, 11-03-11
Project – Susitna (AK) description Thomas O’Keefe, American Whitewater, Fall 2011
Massive dam threatens wild Alaska river Richard Leo, American Rivers, 10-03-11
Susitna dam project doesn’t make sense Richard Leo, Anchorage Daily News, 10-01-11
Plans for Susitna dam are moving fast, but better alternatives exist Richard Leo, Alaska Dispatch, 09-29-11
A dam poor idea: The proposed Susitna dam is among the worst solutions to Alaska’s energy needs Richard Leo, Anchorage Press, 09-21-11
Alaska pursuing major dam project Becky Bohrer (AP), Fairbanks Daily News Miner 06-25-11
Alaska. Le immagini di una natura imperiosa che un evaso da Manhattan sta difendendo da una diga Margherita Pallottino, Associazione Mentinfuga, 12-31-10
Is it time to dam Alaska’s mighty Susitna River? Patti Epler, Alaska Dispatch, 12-01-10
A new species of shrew from Alaska Nikolay Dokuchaev, Journal of Mammology, 1997 (first page only; remainder requires JSTOR account)
Agency and NGO documents about the Susitna dam
The Case for a Susitna River Dam: Does it Hold Water? Jan Konigsberg, National Heritage Institute, Anchorage, March 2012
NWF comments on Susitna licensing process Patrick Lavin, National Wildlife Federation, Anchorage, September 18, 2011
NMFS comments on proposed Integrated Licensing Process for Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project James W. Balsiger, NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service, Juneau, September 9, 2011
TNC comments on data gaps that need to be filled for designing and licensing the The Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project Corinne Smith, The Nature Conservancy, Anchorage, September 8, 2011
ADF&G comments on choice of the FERC Integrated Licensing Process Monte Miller, Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Anchorage, August 5, 2011
USFWS comments on Low Watana proposed licensing process Ann G. Rappoport, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, August 5, 2011
Background about large dams:
Aquatic species decline at dams and weirs documented Reprinted from materials provided by Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Science Daily, 09-14-11
Plan for hydroelectric dam in Patagonia outrages chileans Alexei Barrionuevo, New York Times, 06-16-11 (requires NYT login)
China admits problems with three gorges dam Michael Wines, New York Times, 05-19-11 (requires NYT login)
Protests after Chile backs giant dams in Patagonia’s valleys Rory Carroll, The Guardian, 05-10-11