AW Comments on NF Snoqualmie Hydro Project

posted December 12, 2012
by Megan Hooker

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On December 6th, 2012, American Whitewater filed comments with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Black Canyon Hydro's proposed hydroelectric project on Washington's North Fork Snoqualmie River. FERC issued a preliminary permit to Black Canyon Hydro in the summer of 2012, and is currently in the process of considering study requests required for the project. American Whitewater called for a whitewater recreation study, and also requested that angling resources in the area be evaluated. You can read our comments here

If constructed, the Black Canyon Hydroelectric Project would involve a new dam on the North Fork Snoqualmie, diverting the river around Ernie's Gorge to a powerhouse. Ernie's Gorge is a unique whitewater gem located near Seattle, and American Whitewater has been engaged in the process from the beginning. The river section proposed for development holds numerous local, state and federal protections, including being listed as a Protected Area by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. The river also flows through the WA Department of Natural Resources' Mt. Si Natural Resources Conservation Area. The project is also prohibited by King County Ordinances. Numerous local paddlers have also been making their voices heard throughout the process. 
 
We'll continue to stay on top of what's happening. Stay tuned for updates.


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