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5 October 2021 / Anchorage Daily News / Alex Demarban

With no dam to stop it, the Eklutna River is temporarily reborn. Many people hope to keep it alive for good.

Knik-Fairview, Alaska, United States

Conservation and tribal groups in 2018 removed a downstream dam in the river northeast of Anchorage. But an upriver dam provides the cheapest energy in Southcentral Alaska. For people from the Native Village of Eklutna the river’s rebirth was an important moment. They want the 12-mile-long waterway permanently restored, along with the salmon their late elders once described as abundant.

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