Sitka marked a major milestone on Monday: construction on the Blue Lake dam is done. Contractors poured the final layer of concrete onto the top of the dam, which now rises 83 feet above its original level.
While it's not exactly Scorsese, it is history. Sitka municipal administrator Mark Gorman made a short video Thursday (10-2-14) as engineers spin up the #5 turbine in the new Blue Lake Powerhouse. For a brief time, #5 was contributing electricity to the Sitka grid. Ultimately, the three turbines will generate a combined 18 megawatts for the system -- by sometime in November, if all goes well.