Sunset Falls, March 27, 2013
Come experience firsthand the majesty of Sunset and Canyon Falls on the South Fork Skykomish River at peak spring flows. This reach of the Skykomish River was added to the Washington State Scenic River System in 1977 due to its extraordinary beauty and lush fish and wildlife that depends on the river for survival. It remains one of only 4 rivers in Washington designated a State Scenic Waterway 36 years later.
Now PUD No. 1 of Snohomish County proposes to install an inflatable dam and divert much of the flow from these magnificent water falls that will reduce them to trickle and harm fish. Power generation from this dam will not justify its cost or environmental damage to endangered species such as Chinook Salmon and Bull Trout. PUD will spend $150 million to generate power for less than 10,000 homes. Just think what $150 million could do if it were invested in solar panels! This site has been proposed for hydroelectric power five times in the past; and each time was rejected due to environmental issues.
Normally, this area is not open to the general public; however the Save the Skykomish River group has generously arranged access for us. There will be little hiking on this outing, however you will need to be able to walk on slippery rock, and crawl over rip rap. The trails down to the river are short, but very steep.
Bring water and a picnic lunch to eat on the gravel bar below Sunset Falls.
Meet at the west side of the direct access ramp onto Interstate 5, Lynnwood Transit Center, April 21, 2013 at 9:45. We will leave at 10:00 am.
Please no pets.
Become an informed rate payer and help stop this unwise project. For more information to save the falls campaign, visit the Save the Skykomish River website at: