Abandon the Skykomish River / Sunset Falls Hydro Project

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Abandon the Skykomish River / Sunset Falls Hydro Project

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Friends of The Skykomish River started this petition to Snohomish County Public Utility District Commissioner Toni Olson and

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




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