Baker Hydroelectric Project

Puget Sound; Baker River, Whatcom and Skagit Counties, Washington

Project Profile

The Upper and Lower Baker Dams blocked downstream juvenile passage for ESA-listed fish. Fish passage engineers and biologists designed a first-of-its-kind floating surface collector, which has increased juvenile salmon passage survival from less than 60% of fish successfully migrating past the Upper Baker Dam to 75 to 95%.

Listed Species

Puget Sound Chinook

Puget Sound steelhead

Licensee

Puget Sound Energy

FERC Relicensing Status

FERC granted a new 50-year license in 2008. Puget Sound Energy completed juvenile fish passage improvements at the Upper Baker Dam in 2008. NOAA Fisheries issued a biological opinion in 2009. The licensee is completing juvenile fish passage improvements at the Lower Baker Dam in spring 2013.  An additional powerhouse that will improve downstream flows for salmon will come on line in 2013.

Resources

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

FERC eLibrary: Docket #P-2150

NOAA Fisheries Biological Opinion