College of the Environment Graduate and Undergraduate Publications

Alternative title

Sunset Fish Passage and Energy Project

Date Permissions Signed

Winter 3-9-2017

College Affiliation

Huxley College of the Environment

Date of Award

Winter 2017

Document Type

Environmental Impact Assessment

Department or Program Affiliation

Department of Environmental Studies


Environmental Studies

First Advisor

Bodensteiner, Leo R.,1957-


The Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) No. 1 filled for a preliminary permit with the United States of America Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to study the feasibility of a hydroelectric project on the South Fork of the Skykomish River on September 28th, 2011. This small scale hydroelectric project is referred to as the Sunset Fish Passage and Energy Project. By 2015 the FERC had approved the preliminary permit, as well as granted a two-year extension to the Snohomish PUD to continue investigations. In addition to the proposed hydro project, this document suggests an expansion of a pre-existing wind energy facility, called Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility, as an alternative to subsidize the energy output from the hydro facility. The following Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) discusses the probable environmental impacts that would result from the hydroelectric project, alternative wind energy project, and no action alternative.




Western Washington University

OCLC Number


Subject – LCSH

Water-power--Environmental aspects--Washington (State)--Snohomish County; Fishes--Transportation--Washington (State)--Snohomish County; Environmental impact analysis--Washington (State)--Snohomish County

Geographic Coverage

Snohomish County (Wash.)




environmental impact statements




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