Developers of the proposed Lake Dorothy hydroelectric plant near Juneau in the US have agreed to pay US$70,000 to the state for about 3000 nonnative brook trout that could be affected by the project.

Lake Dorothy Hydroelectric Inc., the developer, is proposing a US$34M power plant about 25.7km southeast of Juneau.

The company proposes tapping Bart Lake and Lake Dorothy using a large pipe to control the flow of water and carry it downstream to the power house. The Lake Dorothy project would divert water from streams that are home to as many as 3000 eastern brook trout.

The species is not native to Alaska and was introduced in the area in 1931.