Thursday, June 20, 2013

Comment period for proposed Skykomish Dam

Posted by Sarah Krueger, Public Lands Programs Manager

On June 12, hundreds of people packed an overflowing public meeting at the Index Fire Station to express concerns about the Snohomish County Public Utility District's plans to build a dam and power plant near Sunset Falls on the South Fork Skykomish River, one mile south of Index.  This section of the Skykomish (home to threatened salmon and bull trout) is noted for its ecological and recreational values and has been recommended to Congress for National Wild and Scenic River designation by the U.S. Forest Service. Check out the video below of salmon returning to the proposed dam site.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is currently reviewing the "Pre-Application Document" submitted by the Snohomish County PUD for the licensing of the proposed dam and is accepting public comments on the proposal until July 19.  You can review the official scoping documents online and learn more about the "Save the Skykomish" campaign.

Official comments should be submitted online by July 19 with the FERC's eComment tool.  All filings  must include the project name (Sunset Falls Fish Passage and Energy Project) and number (P-14295-001), and
bear the appropriate heading: “Comments on Pre-Application Document”.

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