Agreement To Restore Fisheries at Sullivan Creek and Continue Generation at Boundary Project

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Coalition members American Whitewater, Selkirk Conservation Alliance, and The Lands Council have signed two settlement agreements that call for continued operation of Boundary Dam on the Pend Oreille River, enhanced operation of Sullivan Dam on the natural Sullivan Lake, and the removal of Mill Pond Dam on Sullivan Creek.

These agreements provide for the protection and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat, native species protection, improved public recreation facilities and programs, and commit to maintaining the regional quality of life enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

Removal of Mill Pond Dam will provide potential access to more than 16 miles of spawning, rearing, overwintering and foraging habitat for fish. Upstream fish passage will also be provided at Boundary Dam to connect habitats and fish populations above and below Boundary Project, which should lead to healthier populations of native fish throughout the Pend Oreille basin.

The Boundary Project (P-2144), owned by Seattle City Light and located on the Pend Oreille river, and accounts for more than half the power the utility produces. The Sullivan Creek Project (P-2225), owned and operated by the Pend Oreille Public Utility District, is located on Sullivan Creek – a major tributary entering the Pend Oreille River about 10 miles upstream from Boundary Dam in northeastern Washington..

These agreements were signed and filed with FERC on March 29, 2010. Now FERC will conduct its environmental review under NEPA before making a final decision in 2011.