For more than two decades, companies have hoped to export Sitka’s water and market it globally. None of those efforts have come to fruition.
A $6.5 million federal grant would have covered 80-percent of the estimated costs for a new haulout, but those funds did not come through.
Although Sitka’s dreams of selling bulk water on the world market haven’t amounted to anything, the community has made quite a bit of cash not selling water.
Gov. Bill Walker is serious about finding a fix for Alaska’s struggling ferry system. He signed earlier this year a Memorandum of Understanding with Sitka’s Garry White, who chairs the Southeast Conference, empowering the conference to look for solutions to the Alaska Marine Highway’s ongoing problems.
A hydroelectric dam has created not only a source of renewable energy, but an even larger reserve of fresh water – which presents a business opportunity.