Hydroelectric Project on Washington’s Skykomish River Cancelled

This hydroelectric project was proposed by the Snohomish County Public Utility District back in 2011 and has endured a regulatory battle ever since. Thankfully, this hard-fought battle has come to a close, as the Snohomish County Public Utility District canceled their project. The project was abandoned because it would have caused “irreparable harm to the river, fish and wildlife habitat, and recreation opportunities,” wrote American Rivers. With strong federal support, the South Fork Skykomish hopes to be designated as a “Wild and Scenic River,” which will help salmon and steelhead migrations and many types of recreation.

For more on the South Fork Skykomish check out what American Rivers had to say: The Long Road to Keeping the Skykomish Wild and Victory for South Fork Skykomish    

Will Poston is a member of the Flylords Content Team. Be sure to check him out on Instagram @will_poston!

Image courtesy of Landon Mace, @the_nomadic_fly on Instagram!

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Will Poston has been with us here at Flylords since 2017 and is now our Conservation Editor. Will focuses on high-profile conservation issues, such as Pebble Mine, the Clean Water Act rollbacks, recovering the Pacific Northwest’s salmon and steelhead, and everything in-between. Will is from Washington, DC, and you can find him fishing on the tidal Potomac River in Washington, DC or chasing striped bass and Albies up and down the East Coast—and you know, anywhere else he can find a good bite!


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