Skagit River Hydroelectric Facility

Puget Sound; Skagit River, Whatcom County, Washington

Project Profile

The Skagit River Hydroelectric Project affected stream flow for ESA-listed fish.

Listed Species

Puget Sound Chinook

Puget Sound Steelhead

Licensee

Seattle City Light

FERC Relicensing Status

NMFS, state, tribal, and federal agencies reached a settlement agreement in 1990, and FERC issued a new license in 1995. Instream flows for spawning, egg incubation, and juvenile rearing, down-ramping rates and amplitudes are major features of the fish protection measures under the new license. NOAA Fisheries issued a biological opinion in December 2012.

Resources

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

FERC eLibrary: Docket #P-553

NOAA Fisheries Biological Opinion