Ketchikan dam project complicated by high lake level

    A dam project to increase hydroelectric lake storage for three southeast Alaska communities is underway after officials sorted out issues related to water levels that hampered progress on construction.

    KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A dam project to increase hydroelectric lake storage for three southeast Alaska communities is underway after officials sorted out issues related to water levels that hampered progress on construction.

    KFSK-FM reports that crews encountered some difficulties beginning the project due to the higher than expected water levels at Swan Lake near Ketchikan.

    Southeast Alaska Power Agency board members say Ketchikan Public Utilities didn't initially agree to buy more power in an effort to lower the lake so crews could begin work.

    A power sales agreement had allowed Ketchikan to use its own cheaper electrical source before purchasing SEAPA electricity.

    Andy Donato with KPU says the utility tried to help lower Swan Lake but also had to worry about its own business plan.

    The project is scheduled to finish in October.

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