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Alaska Hydropower Water Access & Water Rights(19-AK)

In Alaska, a hydropower developer must obtain a water right from the Alaska Division of Mining Land and Water if the project will divert, impound or use a significant quantity of surface or ground water.

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Permitting at a Glance

Alaska Federal

Water Right Agency: Alaska Division of Mining Land and Water
Water Right Classification: Prior Appropriation
Is a Water Right Required for the Project? A developer must obtain a water right from the DMLW for a hydropower project. In Alaska, a water right is required even for non-consumptive uses of water. [1]
Defined Terms: Non-consumptive water use” means the instream use of water, or the diversion of water where the quantity of water diverted is not diminished except by evaporation or transpiration and the water is returned to its original source at the original point of diversion immediately after its use."Non-consumptive water use” means the instream use of water, or the diversion of water where the quantity of water diverted is not diminished except by evaporation or transpiration and the water is returned to its original source at the original point of diversion immediately after its use." cannot be used as a page name in this wiki.

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List of Reference Sources

  1. 11 AAC 93.970 – Definitions

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