Help send a clear message to Washington State officials: Save the Skykomish River!
Despite widespread opposition, a Washington State utility company “SnoPUD” has proposed building a new dam and power plant on the protected Skykomish River. This environmental catastrophe would dewater over a mile of river, including two pristine waterfalls, Canyon Falls and Sunset Falls.
SnoPUD’s proposed dam is a $150 million boondoggle that would produce minimal energy – less than 1% of their energy portfolio – while posing serious risks to our environment, threatened species, recreation opportunities, and quality of life.
At present, taxpayers are spending $324.7 MILLION to remove two Washington State dams on the Elwha River.
This targeted area, the South Fork of the Skykomish River, is one of only four Scenic Rivers designated for protection by the Washington State Legislature. In addition, this area has also been nominated to Congress for Federal Protection by the U.S Forest Service for its Outstanding Remarkable Values, which would be destroyed by this project.
Sunset Falls is in a Northwest Power and Conservation Council Protected Area from hydropower development because “such development would have major negative impacts that could not be reversed.”
Vigorously opposed are:
- The Sierra Club
- American Rivers
- American Whitewater
- The Hydropower Reform Coalition
- The Alpine Lakes Protection Society
- The North Cascades Conservation Council
- The Mountaineers
- Washington Wild
- Local residents
The Skykomish River is home to threatened Chinook (King) salmon and bull trout as well as threatened river otters, wild salmon, steelhead and other fish and wildlife, aquatic birds, raptors, and amphibians. The Skykomish River is one of the few remaining rivers in Washington State without a dam!
SnoPUD would have to condemn the longtime homes of residents and force them off their land, offering a fraction of what their property is worth to go through with their reckless plans. Please urge them to stop.