Possible Failure of Heavily Degraded Dam Jeopardizes Water Supply for Larsen Bay on Kodiak Island
Anchorage – Representative Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak) is calling on local, state, and federal officials to work quickly to repair the heavily degraded Larsen Bay Dam before a catastrophic failure jeopardizes the primary sources of drinking water and electricity for the small Kodiak Island community. The concrete channel that controls the flow of water into the reservoir is quickly eroding, sparking fear of a total failure of the dam structure. Such a failure could impact the very existence of Larsen Bay as a community.
“If there was ever a time to skip the red tape and find a solution, this is it,” said Rep. Stutes, who recently toured the Larsen Bay Dam with a member of Governor Walker’s Cabinet. “Failure of this dam jeopardizes both the water and electricity for Larsen Bay, which is unacceptable. I am going to do everything in my power to marshal every available resource to get this dam fixed. If we all work together, we can ensure the survival of this key piece of infrastructure.”
The village of Larsen Bay gets around 75 percent of its drinking water from the local reservoir. The reservoir also supplies the water used to power the local 475 kW hydroelectric plant, which provides electricity to the village and a fish processing plant. The reservoir system was constructed in the 1980s and needs extensive repairs.
For more information, please contact Rep. Stutes’s office at (907) 486-8872.