BLUE LAKE ROAD IS CLOSED due to construction on the Blue Lake Dam. Crews are working around the clock and heavy equipment is running on the road at all times. The road will re-open to vehicle traffic in the spring of 2015. For more information visit http://www.bluelakeexpansion.com/ or call the Electric Department at 747-4000.
We successfully started the Blue Lake Expansion Project’s generation outage, on August 17, 2014 – a week ahead of schedule! Sitka is now only generating electricity at Green Lake and drinking filtered Indian River water for approximately 63 days.
After heavy rainfall, Indian River again experienced extraordinary high flow causing high turbidity and discoloration. All disinfection requirements were met through Sunday’s storm. The temporary filtration plant is handling the high turbidity and operating well.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO CONSERVE BOTH ELECTRICITY AND WATER FOR THE NEXT 63 DAYS! The power supply status traffic light is now red. Once the generation outage is complete the new Blue Lake Expansion powerhouse will be on line and Blue Lake will permanently become our drinking water source again.
Due to heavy rainfall, Indian River has a remarkably high flow rate and natural organic tannins are making some drinking water yellow. Despite the yellow color, the water is safe to drink and meeting drinking water standards. Some may recall when Indian River was the primary water source before Blue Lake and this occurrence happened each year.
Water testing is now occurring at the Indian River temporary water filtration plant. Indian River will serve as Sitka’s primary water source for the next 60-120 days depending on the construction schedule at the Blue Lake Dam Expansion Project.
Please take note of the drinking water switch and CONSERVE WATER! Operational costs at the Indian River temporary filtration plant will be significantly reduced if everyone can decrease their water usage. For tips on how to save water please visit www.bluelakeexpansion.com/generation-outage.html.
Construction on the West Breakwater of the North Entrance to Thomsen Harbor has started and will continue through September 2014. An Anchor Barge with a crane with a 120 foot high boom will be moored in the vicinity of the opening placing rock. All traffic is advised to avoid the West side of the entrance and use the East side of the North Entrance between markers #7 and the temporary red buoy #8. In addition work will also start on an extension of Channel Rock Breakwater toward Japonski Island and all traffic should avoid the area. If you have any questions please visit or call the Sitka Harbormaster at (907) 747-3439.
Wondering if the Blue Lake Expansion Project is on Schedule?
Click HERE to view a graphic which shows the project’s schedule as well as major construction milestones that have been completed and upcoming milestones. The graphic will be updated monthly on the Electric Department page and the Blue Lake Expansion Facebook page.
Click: Ordinance 2014-07 to see amendments to Sitka General Code Title 13 that reenacts certain sections to update the laws governing conduct and use of Sitka Municipal Harbor Facilities by adopting requirements for vessel maintenance, care and procedures for impounding nuisance vessels. These changes go into effect on May 8, 2014.
A newly reenacted commission, the Strategic Planning Commission will assist the Assembly in developing, planning, and implementing strategic and planning priorities as determined by the Assembly. This newly formed commission will focus on strategic planning for the city. Click here to download an application. Click here to see the full version of the Ordinance that reenacted this commission.
Volunteer positions are available with various Municipal Boards, Commissions, and Committees. Interested persons are asked to submit a letter of interest and board application to the Municipal Clerk's Office (click here to download an application). To see the current vacancies please click on the following link: Vacancies
You can find a copy of the latest CBS Connection here.