The Snohomish County PUD (SnoPUD) wants to put a costly new dam on the protected South Fork Skykomish River. This dam will disrupt salmon populations that Washington State and the Federal Government are spending millions to restore in Puget Sound. Why should we spend millions on a new dam and destroy critical salmon habitat on the Skykomish River when that's what we are trying to restore?
The South Fork Skykomish River is currently protected from dams for its fish, wildlife, recreation and scenic values. The proposed dam would produce less than 1% of SnoPUD’s power usage, mainly at times when the Northwest already has a power surplus.
Five previous proposals to build a hydropower project in the same location failed because extensive and costly studies found the location "infeasible" for hydropower and the risks to fisheries in the Skykomish/Puget Sound system were too high.