Developer Surrenders Permit to Study Feasibility at Existing Dam in Washington


Free Flow Power (FFP), a developer that held a preliminary permit to study feasibility to develop hydropower at Cle Elum Dam on the Cle Elum River near Cle Elum, in Kittitas County, Washington, surrendered its permit last week.

In its letter submitted to FERC on June 4, FFP explains that the potential for reduced flows that would be available for power generation makes the project unfeasible. 
The Bureau of Reclamation, which owns the dam and Washington State Department of Ecology have developed a reintroduction plan for sockeye salmon, coho salmon, spring Chinook salmon, summer steelhead, and Pacific lamprey. The plan includes constructing a fish passage at the facility. The plan would also contribute to the recovery of two species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act—the upper Middle Columbia River steelhead and bull trout.
FFP had obtained the permit in July 2011.
In light of the surrender, the scoping meetings scheduled for June 13, 2012 in Cle Elum, Washington has also been called off.