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Community Environment September 15, 2021

Improving the Sultan River

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Improving the Sultan River

In September 2011, the PUD was issued a new 45-year license by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for its Henry M. Jackson Hydroelectric Project outside of Sultan. Over the decade since, we have gone to great lengths to ensure that habitat is better for fish in the Sultan River and wildlife in the old-growth forests surrounding it.

The PUD has enhanced miles of side channels in the Sultan to provide opportunities for young salmon to grow and rest on their incredible journey to and from the ocean. We’ve created new fish passages to open more than nine miles of habitat for fish spawning and worked to provide water that is healthy and comfortable for fish at every stage of their life. We’ve also made investments to improve habitats and encourage biodiversity in 14 acres of bog and 500 acres of old-growth habitat in the Sultan River basin.

As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Jackson Project’s relicensing, it’s important to express appreciation to the fish and wildlife partners at agencies, tribes, and non-governmental organizations that have helped us on this journey. We are proud of the work we’ve done to balance a dedication to protecting our natural resources with a commitment to providing our customers and community members with reliable and clean energy.