In this Video of the Week, we take a look at TU Alaska’s 9-minute short film “Return to Us: Restoring Alaska’s Eluktna River”. It chronicles the historic effort spearheaded by Eklutna, Inc. and The Conservation Fund to remove the abandoned Lower Eklutna Dam. They hope in destroying the dam it will kickstart the return of diminished salmon runs to the river.

For 89 years this abandoned dam on the Eklutna River in southcentral Alaska blocked the migration of wild salmon, diminishing the fishery.  The dam was successfully removed in 2018, re-connecting upstream habitat and kickstarting restoration of the river.  Learn more about the dam removal, and the effort to revive the fishery in the newly released documentary “Return to Us: Restoring Alaska’s Eklutna River”.

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