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Snohomish Co. PUD Receives National Award    Print 

Snohomish Co. PUD Receives National Award

Everett, WA – Snohomish County PUD’s efforts to protect and improve the environment are once again drawing national praise. This month, the PUD was honored by the National Hydropower Association (NHA) with its annual Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters Award. This national award recognizes the PUD’s recently completed Water Temperature Conditioning Project at Culmback Dam, designed to improve habitat for salmon and other aquatic life in the Sultan River downstream of the Spada Lake Reservoir.

As part of its relicensing requirement for the Henry M. Jackson Hydroelectric Project, the PUD was tasked with warming the river below the dam to better reflect the river’s seasonal temperature differences. Prior to the project, water released into the Sultan River came from the base of the reservoir, which is naturally colder than water near the top. By contrast, a nearby intake tower allows water used for electricity to be drawn from near the reservoir’s surface, which is warmer.

PUD engineers designed a 715-foot-long solution. A new pipeline now diverts some of the warmer water flowing through the intake tower and power tunnel to the base of the dam where it mixes with the cold water. The result is a steady flow of water in the Sultan River with temperatures better suited to support future fish populations. (Media Link)

“These improvements will stimulate productivity, improve growth, expand distribution and add resiliency to the fish population, allowing salmon and others to thrive in the Sultan River prior to their migration to Puget Sound,” says Keith Binkley, PUD Natural Resources Manager.

The water temperature conditioning project follows a related 2016 PUD project that reopened a six-mile stretch of the Sultan River to migratory fish. Salmon were discovered in the newly reopened stretch within weeks, proof of the project’s immediate success. The 2016 efforts also earned praise and a national award from the NHA.

In March of this year, PUD biologists observed a healthy level of juvenile salmon making their way out of the river and toward Puget Sound, an encouraging sign the PUD’s efforts continue to have a positive environmental impact.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019
22nd Annual Snohomish County Transition Resource Fair 22nd Annual Snohomish County Transition Resource Fair
Hosted at Cascade High School Cafeteria, 801 E. Casino Road, Everett, 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Funding to encourage thoughtful online behavior in students’ proposed Funding to encourage thoughtful online behavior in students’ proposed
• Funds a regional conference on media literacy and digital citizenship • Develops programs integrated into existing subjects on these topics

Thursday, February 14, 2019
Breaking up with high tax states is easy to do Breaking up with high tax states is easy to do
While some state officials continue to flirt with ending Washington’s “competitive advantage” of not having an income tax,

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Fatal Collision in Everett Fatal Collision in Everett
Since Sunday morning, detectives have continued investigating the fatal one-vehicle collision that occurred in the 1100 block of 112th Street SE.

Monday, January 07, 2019
Olympia News Bureau opens Olympia News Bureau opens
The Olympia news bureau of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association opened on Tuesday, Jan. 8, with four reporters ready to cover the state’s lawmakers.

Saturday, December 22, 2018
Bump Stock Ruling Bump Stock Ruling
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker announces that the Department of Justice has amended the regulations of ATF, clarifying that bump stocks fall within the definition of "machine gun" under federal law

Friday, December 21, 2018
$22 million from VW settlement $22 million from VW settlement
$22 million from VW settlement goes toward electric transit buses and low-emission school buses

Thursday, November 29, 2018
GP's Wi-Fi not Hacked GP's Wi-Fi not Hacked
It’s not yet clear yet how the students were able to send out the long list of network hotspot names. The school district said the high school’s Wi-Fi network was not hacked.

Thursday, August 02, 2018
Children’s Museum on the Move Children’s Museum on the Move
Museum launching relocation campaign to fund the new space build out and moving costs

Wednesday, August 01, 2018
The Y Keeps Kids Safe The Y Keeps Kids Safe
A new school year is filled with potential—a chance to start new routines and habits, build new friendships and discover new possibilities

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