Important to evaluate all plans

Posted by in Letters to the Editor | January 25, 2014

Published: Saturday, January 25, 2014, 1:00 a.m.


It is rewarding to see recent letters from Snohomish County residents about some of the projects being planned by the PUD to generate electricity.
Perhaps this will awaken more citizen concern for trends within the PUD for other projects that have not been well planned. A review and scrutiny of the need and costs for other pet projects already in progress may prove informative. There may not have been enough oversight for such things as rate increases to provide for the expenditures and general costs to fund such projects. Is there a misuse of the public trust? Maybe not.
Ignacio Castro, Jr.

Focus on natural gas

Posted by in Letters to the Editor | January 22, 2014

Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 1:00 a.m.

In regard to the proposed Sunset Falls power plant, the PUD should be thinking much bigger. They should drop this plan and build a gas turbine (jet engine) power plant. These are now being built all over the country under the radar. Even California built one in downtown San Jose and you can drive by it on the freeway without even seeing it. These plants are about 500 to 600 MW (about half the size of a typical nuclear power plant) and burn natural gas. If you remember your high school chemistry class, natural gas is mainly methane which consists of a one-carbon atom surrounded by four hydrogen atoms. When it burns, the hydrogen combines with oxygen to make water and the one carbon makes carbon dioxide. With the four hydrogen atoms and one carbon atom very little carbon dioxide is produced. This type of plant can be built close to the load so big cross-country power lines are not required. These plants can respond very quickly to load changes, and when combined with base load power from nuclear plants, would have a very low carbon footprint. Hydropower has been very good to us, but it is time to move on to power plants with less impact to the environment.
Brad Ipsen

Plan definitely not ‘balanced”

Posted by in Letters to the Editor | January 22, 2014

Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 1:00 a.m.

When I hear proponents of a project argue that “balance” as a justification for his project, I know instinctively they are straining credulity!
Mr Klein’s, Sunday Viewpoints commentary, “Sunset Falls dam: Balance is possible,” claims he can have it both ways. SnoPUD claims it can build a dam on one of the few Wild and Scenic rivers left in America, the Skykomish, still hosting relatively, healthy salmon runs, and claim it is environmentally positive? Yet the power produced would be superfluous to the region’s needs, at the wrong time of year, only to be sold to California! That’s right, spend over $150 million of ratepayers’ dollars for a boondoggle, enriching contractors and Mr Klein himself, and destroy one of the last remaining salmon streams and most spectacular, scenic and recreational assets!
You call that “Balanced?” I don’t!
The “feasibility” Mr, Klein speaks of, is questioned by WDFW themselves in response to the PUD’s study plans, and by the Tulalip and Snoqualmie tribes in their comment letters. They question the feasibility of the dam location, and its likely impacts. Why has SnoPUD rejected the requests of WDFW and tribes to study these problems if their plan is so “balanced?”
If the plan is so “balanced,” what about the toxics released by the hole blasted in the mountain, the landslides already a problem there, the dangerous traffic jams that will threaten cross-state commerce and local businesses?
Please ask SnoPUD, how it can possibly claim this is a balanced plan for the ratepayers?
Janet Way

Renaming project doesn’t change it

Posted by in Letters to the Editor | January 19, 2014

Published: Sunday, January 19, 2014, 1:00 a.m.  The Everett Herald

I am writing in support of the commentary, “More harm than good” regarding SnoPUD’s latest attempt to insert a dam on the Skykomish River. Even the name of the project is misleading. Originally SnoPUD called it Sunset Falls Hydro Electric Project. They have renamed it Sunset Fish Passage and Energy Project in a marketing attempt to make this project appear less intrusive to the environment. Every other hydro project PUD has uses the word “hydro.”

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Fight the dam, save our land

Posted by in Letters to the Editor | November 19, 2013

Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 12:01 a.m.


I have lived for 26 years as a permanent, year-round resident of Mount Index River Sites. I oppose the dam proposed by PUD on the Skykomish River. PUD has taken a page out of the Chinese government’s playbook to destroy their land as fast as they can dig.
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Spend responsibly on experiments

Posted by in Letters to the Editor | November 19, 2013

Published: Sunday, November 17, 2013, 12:01 a.m.


Regarding the letter “PUD should abandon project” and the article, “Ruling on tidal turbines delayed; sparring continues“: Have I read this correctly? Is this a typo: $20 million for 600 kilowatts?
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Posted by in Uncategorized | September 04, 2013

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.

David Wick

Open letter to PUD Commission

Posted by in Letters to PUD Commissioners | August 01, 2013


Attn: Toni Olson, David Aldrich, Kathy Vaughn

Dear Commissioners,

At the July 23, 2013 commissioner’s meeting, water flowing over Sunset Falls was discussed.  This discussion was related to public comment about misleading district presentation images that imply water flowing over the falls would be unchanged after installation of the proposed Sunset Falls hydro project.

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Northwest Voices

Posted by in Letters to the Editor | July 23, 2013

Updated Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 06:31 PM

Proposed dam in Skykomish River

By Letters Coordinator
The Seattle Times

Dam would be costly, damaging

The impending July 19 deadline for comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) about a proposed dam on the South Fork of the Skykomish River takes on new urgency in light of the recent expensive disaster — the loss of nearly 200,000 juvenile coho salmon and 2,000 steelhead — associated with the Elwha River dam removal project. [“Hatchery pump gives way, killing thousands of coho,” NW Sunday, July 14.]

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Let Elwha be Cautionary Tale

Posted by in Uncategorized | July 16, 2013

Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

 Herald readers may be aware of the recent disaster — the loss of about 200,000 juvenile coho salmon and 2,000 steelhead — associated with the Elwha River dam removal project.
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