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 organiser

      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 organiser

      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 organiser


      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 organiser

      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 organiser

      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 organiser

      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

    • Todd Mitchell INDIANAPOLIS, IN
      • about 13 hours ago

      My dad lived for years above Index, his name was Jack Mitchell, his place was right on the Sky. Many great days fishing, hiking, would hate to see any of that beautiful river damned for any reason. Just don't do it Washington State.

    • Todd Fredrickson MONROE, WA
      • 11 days ago

      I hike in the area.

    • Alex Kruse DUBUQUE, IA
      • 14 days ago

      I went rafting on this river last summer and I truly saw how amazing it was.

    • Douglas Anderson BURIEN, WA
      • 26 days ago

      Saving the wildlife is more important

    • Tim Dion MARYSVILLE, WA
      • 28 days ago

      The Skykomish River is Washington's last wild free flowing river and should remain that way. There is no current demand for the energy that would be generated by this reckless project. It is based on "speculated" demands in the years to come. There are many other more viable options that should be undertaken instead of this one. SnoPUD should not be allowed to lump the proposed "fish benefits" of this project by including the upgrades to the trap and haul facility. The impacts to endangered Chinook Salmon and rapidly declinning Wild Steelhead populations the hydroelectric project will have should be evaluated on its' own, without the upgrades to the trap and haul program. We need to protect our last remaining scenic and free flowing river. Washington needs to stop allowing greedy corporations to dam our rivers for their personal gain. The impacts of blasting over 150,000 tons of bedrock over a 2 - 3 year period will undoubtedly generate large amounts of down river sediment that has been shown to settle on spawning grounds of anadronmous fish and suffocate the eggs greatly reducing future generations of smolt generation.


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