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Published: Sunday, February 16, 2014, 1:00 a.m.
Speak out against proposed dam
Recently U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, Rep. Rick Larsen and U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene gathered in the town of Index to celebrate the five year anniversary of the Wild Sky Wilderness. Senator Murray and Rep. Larson deserve our gratitude for ensuring that future generations will have access to this wilderness area so close to Seattle. In contrast, Snohomish County PUD is plotting to dam the free flowing Skykomish River just two miles upstream from Index. This designated state scenic river is protected from hydro development by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NWPCC). The river is also critical habitat for threatened Chinook salmon, Bull Trout and Steelhead. These ESA listed species are in danger of becoming extinct and protection of habitat is the single most important factor in preventing that. The river is also important habitat for Coho, Pink, Chum and Sockeye Salmon, as well as Cutthroat, Brook and Rainbow trout. Fortunately, citizens have the ability to put a stop to this nonsense by letting the NWPCC know that we recommend that no changes be made to remove, weaken or exempt the existing protections or allow new hydro in any currently protected area. NWPCC is currently soliciting public comments on this issue, due no later than September 17. A convenient comment form is available at http://www.nwcouncil.org/fw/program/2013amend/comment-form or follow the links at http://www.savetheskyriver.org/ Thank you to our citizens and leaders who are taking action so that Washington remains one of the most naturally beautiful places in the world.
Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
PO Box 265
Index, WA 98256
Resolution Opposing Placement of a Dam on the Skykomish River
Adopted October 15, 2012
Whereas the Friends of Heybrook Ridge is a broad-based, Puget Sound region community non-profit organization formed in February 2007, to purchase over 100 acres of the ridge, making it a Snohomish County Park, and
Whereas the vision of the Friends has always been to preserve the flora and fauna of the ridgeand encourage visitors to enjoy the magnificent vistas available to them from planned trail viewpoints, and
Whereas the prime vista from the south side of the ridge is the State designated “Wild and Scenic River,” the Skykomish, and,
Whereas the membership of the Friends primarily consists of people who appreciate, recreate within, and honor wild places in their natural state, and who understand the environmental values inherent in such wild places and the economic benefit of hosting visitors who come to see these places,
Now therefore be it resolved that the Friends of Heybrook Ridge do oppose placement of any dam or other obstruction within any section of the Skykomish River, for the purpose of power generation, irrigation or flood control.
Thank you voters!
Tuesday, August 7th: According to the ”un-official” election results on the Snohomish County Auditor’s website I will most likely be advancing to the General Election. I appreciate your support and ask for your vote in the General Election in November.Read more ›