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Abandon the Skykomish River / Sunset Falls Hydro Project
  • Petitioning Toni Olson

This petition will be delivered to:

Snohomish County Public Utility District Commissioner
Toni Olson
Snohomish County Public Utility District Commissioner
David Aldrich
Snohomish County Public Utility District Commissioner
Kathleen Vaugh

Abandon the Skykomish River / Sunset Falls Hydro Project

    1. Friends of The Skykomish River
    2. Petition by

      Friends of The Skykomish River

To:  Snohomish County Public Utility Commissioners Kathleen VaughnToni Olson and David Aldrich

Help send a clear message to Washington State officials:   Save the Skykomish River!

Despite widespread opposition, a Washington State power company SnoPUD has proposed building a new dam and power plant on the protected Skykomish River.  This environmental catastrophe would partially dewater over a mile of river, including two pristine waterfalls, Canyon Falls and Sunset Falls.

SnoPUD’s proposed damis a $150 million boondoggle that would produce minimal energy – less than 1% of their energy portfolio - while posing serious risks to our environment,  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
  • Washington residents and ratepayers


The Skykomish River is home to ESA threatened Chinook (King) salmon as well as bull trout, 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!

For more information, visit www.savetheskyriver.org or Contact Us




Recent signatures


    1. Reached 5,000 signatures
    2. Comments Due Nov. 20 on NWPCC Recommendations

      Friends of The Skykomish River
      Petition Organizer

      Visit www.savetheskyriver.org home page to see how YOU can stop the dam at Sunset Falls by voicing your support for existing NW Power and Conservation Council Protected Rivers Program. Citizens filed more than 400 comments with NWPCC and are have a Tremendous Impact!
      Thank you,
      Friends of the Skykomish river - Including YOU!!

    3. Huge response to call for NWPCC comments!

      Friends of The Skykomish River
      Petition Organizer

      The Northwest Power and Conservation Council received 410 comments from concerned citizens who oppose making exemptions on protected rivers for hydro power dams. The NWPCC can bar the ill conceived damming of the Sky river and these comments have sent a very powerful message. To read the comments, visit the following web page: http://www.savetheskyriver.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/NWPCC-Individual-Comments-9-17-13.pdf

    4. Your comments are requested by NW Power Conservation Council

      Friends of The Skykomish River
      Petition Organizer


      Comments are due no later than September 17, 2013 to the NWPCC (Northwest Power and Conservation Council), urging them NOT to allow self-interested utility companies or other developers to weaken the program in the NWPCC on "Fish and Wildlife Protections." The Sno. PUD wants an exception to the NWPCC Plan that prohibits dams of any kind on fish-bearing rivers and streams in their region

      Sample Comment:

      "No changes or exceptions to NWPCC Protected Areas - especially the South Fork Skykomish River. Keep it protected!"
      Follow this link to the comment form:


    5. FERC Scoping Comment period ends July 19, 2013

      Friends of The Skykomish River
      Petition Organizer

      Now is the time to share your concerns with the federal energy regulatory commission! Comment period for FERC scoping document 1 ends July 19th! See the instructions on the homepage at savetheskyriver.org or email your comments through the website and we will file them for you! Let your voice be heard!!
      Friends of Sky River

    6. Reached 4,000 signatures
    7. Opportunity to have your voice heard

      Friends of The Skykomish River
      Petition Organizer

      SAVE THE DATE!! Wednesday, JUNE 12TH
      3PM - Sunset Falls 6PM - Index Fire Station
      PUD plans are proceeding to study the feasibility of constructing a dam above Canyon Falls with a hydropower plant at Sunset Falls. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is coming to Sunset Falls with PUD managers for a site visit at 3pm on June 12. FERC may be under the impression there is little or no local opposition to these dam plans and we NEED YOUR HELP in setting the record straight.
      At 6pm the same day, there will be a public meeting at the Index fire station and your presence is needed there as well; FERC wants to hear from you! Please visit our website www.SaveTheSkyRiver.org for more information or email us through the website if you have any questions. Check the website as June 12 draws near to get details about signs, banners, and where we need your body. Please mark your calendars and plan to be near Sunset Falls by 2:30 June 12th in preparation for the FERC

    8. Reached 2,000 signatures
    9. 1500 Petition Signatures and "America's Most Endangered Rivers" Listing

      Friends of The Skykomish River
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for joining the growing community calling for protection of the Skykomish River against SnoPUD hydro development. On May 15, The Skykomish River was named one of America's top ten "Most Endangered Rivers" by the nations leading river authority - Washington DC based American Rivers.

      Now please take one more quick and easy step to help protect this priceless natural treasure:

      PLEASE FORWARD THIS E-MAIL to your friends, neighbors and family members and ask them to join you by signing the online petition at savetheskyriver.org and to then forward this e-mail to their friends and family as well.

      Although we are ONLY ordinary citizens, and SnoPUD is a multi billion dollar corporate Goliath, we can stop this project with enough public opposition. SnoPUD has stated publicly on many occasions that: ”we will not force this project on anyone.” So every vote on the petition is critical. Let’s tell SnoPUD “NO” to damming one of our last remaining wild and scenic rivers.

    10. Reached 1,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Jordan Singer SEATTLE, WA
      • 27 days ago

      This is one of the most amazing and beautiful sections of the Skykomish. The plan to add a dam or other hydropower is horrendous.

    • James Noble BOTHELL, WA
      • about 1 month ago

      I am 55 years old and since I was 18 years old the Skykomish river has been my escape and oasis to a beautiful wild place. Fishing, Camping or just a drive for the day. Nothing can beat it. Please do not change what god has made. Places like the Skykomish River are getting to be a rare place to find. Much more would be lost than what may be perceived to gain. Leave it alone.

    • Gregory Cheadle WALSALL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 month ago

      The dam project is not worth the environmental costs.

    • Rob Nowowiejski OLYMPIA, WA
      • about 1 month ago

      Full time fishing guide. I have a home on the Skykomish river and guide fishing and sightseeing trips, I would hate to see the river dammed on one of the most scenic, bio diverse , and important spawning areas destroyed.

    • Cathy Daniels BELLEVUE, WA
      • 2 months ago

      This will ruin the river on which many people live year round. It is an unnecessary project, and destructive to the environment along the river.


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