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Apr 17 2017

Conservationists, Recreationists Question Re-Investment in Century-old Dam on Similkameen River

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 in Conservation News, River Management
Conservationists, Recreationists Question Re-Investment in Century-old Dam on Similkameen River

In advance of a public hearing, Washington Wild joined ten conservation and recreation groups who signed onto a letter to the Okanogan Public Utility District raising concerns about the economic, legal and conservation impacts of the re-investment in this century-old dam on Similkameen River. The project would cost $40 million to build, would cost more to operate […]

Dec 16 2016

80 Organizations Urge Federal Government to Say No to New Dam Construction

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 in Conservation News, River Management
80 Organizations Urge Federal Government to Say No to New Dam Construction

Today Washington Wild joined 79 other organizations on a joint letter to the Department of Energy (DOE) coordinated by Hydropower Reform Coalition concerning the economical, ecological,and social impacts of new dam construction. The letter was sent in response to the DOE’s November 2016 Request for Information “Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development of Hydropower in […]

Oct 13 2016

Proposed Dam on North Fork Snoqualmie River Withdrawn

Posted on Oct 13, 2016 in Conservation News, River Management
Proposed Dam on North Fork Snoqualmie River Withdrawn

Black Canyon Hydro LLC announced that it was withdrawing its application for the Black Canyon Hydropower Project. This project would have constructed a new dam on the North Fork Snoqualmie River, severely impacting native rainbow and cutthroat trout, posing a risk to the City of Snoqualmie’s water supply, and irreversibly harming a world-class kayak run. […]

May 28 2015

One Hundred Organizations Oppose Threats to Wild Rivers

Posted on May 28, 2015 in Conservation News, River Management
One Hundred Organizations Oppose Threats to Wild Rivers

Nearly 100 conservation organizations, including Washington Wild wrote a letter to members of the U.S. Congress opposing new legislation (S. 1236) that would overturns a century’s worth of checks and balances over the federal management of water resources, and more than 40 years’ worth of protections for natural resources impacted by hydropower dams. The proposed legislation […]

Dec 19 2014

Local Stakeholders Celebrate Alpine Lakes and Illabot Creek Designations

Local Stakeholders Celebrate Alpine Lakes and Illabot Creek Designations

On December 19, 2014, President Barak Obama signed into law legislation adding more than 22,000 acres of underrepresented low-elevation forest to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and designating nearly 40 miles of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Pratt Rivers under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. In the same omnibus legislation a separate bill to designate 14 miles […]

Jul 25 2014

Conservation Groups Seek Stronger Protections for NW Rivers

Thirty-six conservation organizations, including Washington Wild and American Whitewater submitted comments to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council on its Draft Amended Fish and Wildlife Program. The Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program is the largest fish and wildlife recovery program in the U.S., designed to protect and enhance fish and wildlife in the Columbia Basin, […]

Jul 6 2013

Dam proposed for South Fork Skykomish Would Be Economic Loser

Posted on Jul 6, 2013 in Conservation News, River Management
Dam proposed for South Fork Skykomish Would Be Economic Loser

A new economic study of the controversial Sunset Falls Dam on Washington’s South Fork of the Skykomish River, reveals the power generated at the proposed site would cost 2.3 times more than the Snohomish County Public Utility District (SnoPUD) estimates.  Rocky Mountain Econometrics (RME), an economic, business and energy consulting firm in Boise, Idaho, evaluated […]

Apr 26 2012

Watershed Restoration near Wild Sky Wilderness Approved

Watershed Restoration near Wild Sky Wilderness Approved

The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest approved a proposal to decommission and remove 10 miles of old decaying logging roads located adjacent to the Wild Sky Wilderness. These roads no longer provide recreational access but pose aquatic risks to the Harlan Creek watershed. Washington Wild, along with three other organizations, submitted comments on the Environmental Assessment […]