Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project

Alaska Energy Authority

Alaska Earth Sciences (AES) operated as the Logistics Manager for the State of Alaska, Alaska Energy Authority Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Baseline Studies. AES’ responsibilities involved the coordination of assets, camp management, logistics management, asset tracking, communications, Emergency Response planning, and subcontracting for up to 150 field personnel during summer and winter scientific programs. As a State of Alaska funded project, transparency and operational justification were required for all expenses and AES was able to realize one of the Alaska Energy Authority’s goals of contracting as much as possible with local businesses in the Mat-Su valley. Through community engagement, AES subcontracted with local vendors, personnel, and service providers to achieve an 85% spend rate in the Mat-Su Valley, and over 99% Alaska vendors.

Photo: Photographer-David Redgrave, featuring repeater station in Susitna River watershed

Chickaloon Coal Project

Riversdale Resources

The Chickaloon Coal Project is located immediately adjacent to the community of Chickaloon. Engagement efforts consisted of connecting with local residents to discuss proposed exploration efforts and anticipated impacts (sound and increased traffic), hiring and contracting local individuals and contractors for various positions and services. In addition, monthly project updates were provided to the two closest communities at their regularly scheduled Community Council meetings.

Photo: Bobby Alexie at Community Clean Up, May 2012. Photo by Michelle Johnson


Chuchuna Minerals

Chuchuna Mineral’s Groundhog property lies immediately northeast of the Pebble deposit in southwest Alaska near the town of Nondalton. Alaska Earth Sciences (AES) continues to carry out all the project management and technical staff for geologic and baseline study field programs as well as actively engaging the community through regular informational meetings and providing opportunities for local employment. In 2017, Alaska Earth Sciences completed the first drill holes on the property with significant personnel support from the nearby community

Photo: Local crew and geophysical contractor running IP line. Photo by Rob Retherford.