Ecological Hydro power with Dave Brailey
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About the Event
Hydrologist David Brailey spent over a decade developing a micro-hydro power project in his backyard. The Juniper Creek Hydroelectric project now powers over 300 homes on the Matanuska Electric Association (MEA) grid. In a changing world, small projects like this will become more and more important in a transition to ecologically responsible renewables and climate resiliance.
Dave Brailey has worked as a hydrologist in Anchorage since 1986 and has been self-employed since 1996. Brailey conceived of the Juniper Creek Hydro while measuring creeks and springs on his Eagle River homestead. Due to the project’s steep terrain, Brailey used helicopters and heavy equipment for construction access, and retaining walls and gabion baskets for off-road vehicle access. Brailey is a lifelong river runner who enjoys skiing and river trips with family and friends. Brailey’s love of the outdoors has enhanced much of his life’s work in geology, hydrology, cabin building and the Juniper Creek hydroelectric system.
The Susitna River Coalition is thrilled to see the development of small-scale hydropowerr and are excited to welcome Dave to talk about the development of his Juniper Creek Hydroelectric Project and the development of ecologically sound hydropower. Join us as we celebrate his exciting accomplishments!