A Day On the Skykomish River
Recognized for its world-class scenery, stunning waterfalls, and pristine habitat that supports seven species of salmon and migrating trout (several on the Endangered Species List), eagles, otters and other wildlife abound in this pristine habitat, which is rapidly disappearing in Washington.
Don’t put off your chance to experience the South Fork Skykomish River, it could be your last. A low power hydro project threatens to destroy some of the last wild salmon runs in Washington and the critical habitat and home many species of fish and wildlife, several on the Endangered Species List.
Although hydro development has been tried and rejected at this site five times in the past due to the adverse impacts of hydro to the fish migration and wildlife habitat, the same parties who attempted this in 1981 and 1991 are at it again, trying to take advantage of the financial cuts to the Washington States agencies and to personnel in charge of protecting the river.
The South Fork “Sky” has the unique distinction of being designated Washington’s first “State Scenic Waterway,” intended to protect the river from hydropower development. Even 37 years later, the Sky remains one of only four rivers in Washington with that honor. The S. F. Sky is in the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's Protected Areas Program, making it off-limits to hydro development, and there are several other layers of protection on the river. Despite public outcry, the power company steams forward with their plans, while trying to change the laws that protect the river.
Meet at 11 am at the Espresso Cafe on Highway 2 at Milepost 36 near Index. From there we will caravan to the start of our day of exploration of river country. We will be hiking to various spots along the river, dress for the weather, bring water and snacks. Low elevation gain, 5-7 miles total.
Sign up with Jacquie Powers at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 425-771-7715.