Dam relicensing drives Skagit County habitat restoration moratorium
August 2, 2022
On July 18, the Skagit County commissioners approved a six-month moratorium on offsite compensatory mitigation of salmon habitat.
“Offsite compensatory mitigation” means habitat restoration projects that mitigate for environmental impacts that are a considerable distance away.
The moratorium expresses the commissioners’ concern that Seattle City Light (SCL) may go on a spending spree purchasing land in the lower estuary of the Skagit River.
SCL is halfway through the five-year process of renewing its license for its three hydroelectric dams on the Skagit River that supplies electri...