• Large Numbers Expected for 2015 Fall Chinook Return to Columbia (2.20.15)
• OkPUD Commisioners Preserve All Options: License Extension will Allow Them to Explore Power Generation, Dam Removal or Water-Right Change (2.12.15)
• National Marine Fisheries Service (part of NOAA) Launches 5-Year Status Review of ESA-Listings of 13 Columbia Basin Salmon, Steehead Stocks (4.13.15)
•"NO ON ENLOE" Supporters Needed at Feb 9th OkPUD Meeting, 2:30 pm or Call PUD Commisioners to Voice Opposition to Enloe Electrification (2.4.15)
• Dry January 2015 Dropping Water Supply Forecasts—Washington-Oregon Cascedes Snowpack at 50 Percent Average or Less (1.23.15)
• Tribes Lay Out Process for Investigating Feasibility of Salmon Reintroduction above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams (1.16.15)
• Cash-strapped Washington State Seeks Funding to Build New Dam on Similkameen River in BC (1.13.15)
• A Reasoned "NO" on Enloe Dam Re-Electrification (11.25.14)
• Fate of Enloe Dam Still Uncertain (11.20.14)
• Whooshh System, Known as the Salmon Cannon, Gets Popular Science Award—used on the Washougal River (11.14.14)
• Commission Adopts Comprehensive Update to Washington State's Hydraulic Code Rules (11.7.14)
• Will Getting Some Steehead to Spawn Twice in Methow Improve Numbers? (11.7.14)
• Navy Forges New Electronic Warfare Strategy: Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare (11.5.14)
•Washington State Fish & Wildlife New Hydraulic Code Rules Changes (10.28.14)
• Officials Celebrate $10 million in Projects to Increase Flows in Twisp & Methow Rivers (10.17.14)
• NOAA Winter Outlook: Warm Winter for Pacific Northwest, Below-Average Precipitation (10.17.14)
• Salmon People Pray for Sacred Fish to Return to Historic Home (10.5.14)
• Fish Passage White Paper from Columbia Basin Tribes Coalition on the Columbia River Treaty 2014/2024 Review (2.14.14)
• Is Your Fish from the Columbia River Toxic? Everyone Needs to Know(10.4.14)
• Whooshh Innovations—a Gentle Fish Passage Technology
• Conservation Groups appeal Enloe Dam Water Rights Decision
• Fish Agencies offer to Remove Enloe Dam for Fish Habitat
• Okanogan PUD Ratepayers: Enloe Dam Project Costs too much, isn't Economical, and will Raise Your Rates
• U.S. and Canadian Tribal, Religious, and Community Leaders Document Damage by Dams to Columbia River (6.8.14)
• All Signs Still Point to Likely El Niño Conditions for Pacific Northwest— Warmer & Dryer Conditions (6.6.14)
• Similkameen - 150 Years
• PUD Spending Heavily on Risky Economic Project
• Similkameen Fish Habitat—Potential New Economy
• State Board Rules: Similkameen Falls Deserves Water
• Proposed Flow Over Similkameen Falls
• WA Pollution Control Hearings Board upholds Petition for Reconsideration of Aesthetic Flows over Similkameen Falls
• State Agency Certification Supports Dewatering Similkameen Falls
• When Public Utility Districts Forget Who They Serve
• When will Our Nightmare End?
• Pollution Control Hearing Board Decision in favor of Aesthetic Values
• Report Shows Enloe Dam to be Economic Loss
• What Do We Do about Okanogan PUD?
• Ratepayer Issues with the Proposed Enloe Dam Facilities Rebuild
• Group's Appeal State's Decision to De-water Similkameen Falls
• Can Washington State Dry Up a River? River Advocates say "No"
• Will Enloe Dam Ever Come Down?
• Courtroom Updates of Appeal of Dept. of Ecology's Decision to Allow Ok PUD to Dewater Similkameen Falls
• Northwest Forest Plan Listening Sessions Scheduled for March 25 in Region 6—Times to be announced (2.18.15)
• Methow Valley Citizens Council's Two-pronged Strategy: Raising a Strong Community Voice & Taking Legal Action (11.21.14)
• Newly Revised Publication Details Federal Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry Program Funding (11.10.14)
• Citizens Groups Appeal Okanogan County Commissioners Decision on Need for EIS of Draft Comprehensive Plan (5.30.14)
• Kinross Gold will Drop Major Gold Exploration on Buckhorn Mountain in Chesaw WA (5.29.14)
• Concerns Rise Over Hanford Waste Tanks (3.2.14)
• Species Banks provide Ecosystem Services (5.14.13)
• We can End the Columbia Basin Salmon Wars Now by Balancing Energy, Conservation (9.22.12)
• SoloPower rolls out flexible Solar Panels in Portland plant opening (9.29.12)
• Teck Metals Ltd. admits using Columbia River as Industrial Sewer (9.13.12)
• Harvard Medical School Study confirms High Rate of Colitis down river from Teck Smelter (8.14.12)
• Teck Metals Ltd. admits Polluting Columbia River in U.S., but does not concede dumped waste caused harm (9.10.12)
• Hearing on Dick (alias "Doc") Hastings' bill (Saving Our Dams and Hydropower Development & Jobs Act 2012) point up divide between fish, hydropower forces (8.16.12)
• Groups say state ignored Clean Water standards when certifying Enloe Dam (8.21.12)
• Appeal filed over Enloe water permit (8.15.12)
• America's Deficit Attention Disorder—Money is the least of our problems—Pay attention to the real deficits that are killing us
• USDA Seeks Comments on Non-Browning Genetically Engineered Apples from Canada (8.17.12)
• Deb Abramhamson: Interview with SHAWL founder who receives Spokane Water Hero award
• Rachael Paschal Osborn: Climate Change and The Columbia River Treaty Renegotiation in 2014
• Northport WA residents downwind of Teck smelter see disease rise (8.12.12)
• Colville Tribe, Teck Resources go to court over Columbia River Pollution(8.12.12)
• California Hydroelectricity Production vulnerable to Climate Change (8.8.12)
• Ecovillage sows resistance and a Sustainable Panama (8.6.12)
• Pebble Mine near headwaters of Bristol Bay in SW Alaska likely to endanger largest Sockeye salmon fishery in world (7.25.12)
• Exempt Wells & Sprawl Threaten Sharp-tail Grouse Habitat & Cattle Ranching in Tunk Valley, Okanogan County (7.15.12)
• Community Cultural Center of Tonasket
• Conservation Northwest
• Conscious Cultural Festival
• Farmers Markets - Okanogan County
• Ferry County Co-op
• Friends of the Trees Society
• Green Okanogan
• Jackrabbit Newsletter
• Kettle Range Conservation Group
• Lake Roosevelt Forum
• LA Catholic Worker Agitator
• Methow Naturalist
• Methow Valley Citizens Council
• Okanogan Highlands Alliance
• Okanogan Land Trust
• Planet Drum Foundation
• SHAWL Society
• Slow Food Okanogan County
• SolWest Renewable Energy Faire
• Tonasket Natural Foods Co-op
• Wisdom of the 13 Grandmothers
• Mar 6 - OHA Highland Wonders "Stream Ecology" with Mark Oswood, Ph.D., Community Cultural Center of Tonasket, dinner at 5:15 pm, talk at 6:30 pm.
• Mar 11 - Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Workshop on gathering public input on Planning for Sinlahekin and Scotch Creek Wildlife Areas, 6-8 pm, OkPUD Auditorium.
• Apr 21-22 - Lake Roosevelt Forum Conference, Defining Stewardship and Recreation for a New Generation, 9:30 am to 5 pm. The Davenport Hotel, Spokane WA
The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is taking comments until Nov 17th on the NEPA process that will be used to make their decision to issue a special use permit for 5 years to the Navy to conduct their Mobile Electronic Warfare Test Sites using Forest Service roads.The comment period will only be extended if they are receiving a lot of comments. (See below for address.) We asked the Navy at the Open House why doesn't the Navy apply to the U.S. Army to use the Yakima Training Center—designed for military use—for their exercises rather than USFS property. Their answer was that the training center is over booked and they cannot schedule its use. Every time we go through that area on Hwy 97, it is completely vacant of activity. Someone needs to check out their schedule and see if the Navy's activities could be worked into their schedule. Click to view OkanWen National Forest Notice of Navy's Plans. Here's an account of Tuesday's Open House the Navy and Okan-Wen National Forest written by Dana Visalli of the Methow Valley.
Some of our concerns are:
(1) It is not clear what attempts were made to gain local comments in determining a “no impact decision” by the U.S. Navy.
(2) Has livestock and wildlife safety been considered with mobile emitters on designated roads?
(3) It is also unclear how Navy will keep humans from using roads for recreation, wood gathering, hunting, etc.
(4) Navy’s EA does identify the general direction (3 degrees vertical from the horizon towards the west), but not the intensity of electronic radiation mobile emitters will be pulsing from our forest service roads.
October 17, the Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest sent us a letter stating there will be a 30-day comment period that will only be announced in the Wenatchee World or on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Web site. The comment period will be from Oct 17 to Nov 17. Send your comments to Supervisior Balboni's address below. We have a good chance to extend our comment period if enough comments come pouring into Supervisor Balboni office.
The public comment period has been extended until Nov 28 to submit comments to the Olympic National Forest. There will be a public meeting on Nov 6 from 6-8pm at the Port Angeles City Council Chambers, located at 321 East Fifth Street, Port Angeles, WA where the U.S. Navy and Olympic National Forest Service will answer questions. Send comments to:
• Greg T Wahl, 1835 Black Lake Blvd SW, Suite A, Olympia, WA 983512, email@example.com, 360.956.2375. Comment period ends Nov 28th.
Please request a public meeting closer to the Colville National Forest to explain their process in making a decision to allow the Navy to set up these Military Operation Areas on Forest Service Roads. You can send your comments and requests to:
• Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Supervisor, Michael L. Balboni, c/o Phil Christy, 1 West Winesap, Tonasket WA 98855, firstname.lastname@example.org, 509.486.5137. Comment period ends Nov 17 unless it gets extended.
• Colville National Forest Supervisor Laura Jo West, c/o Karen Nooney, Colville National Forest, 765 S. Main Street, Colville WA 99114, email@example.com, 509.684.7189. Franklin Pemberton, the CNF Public Affairs Officier, firstname.lastname@example.org, called January 7th to say the Navy has not sent CNF an application as of yet to use CNF forest roads. He did not expect to hear anything until February. He also said that the CNF does not see the Navy's uses of forest roads as being compatible with CNF stewardship of natural resources.
In the first 50 years of operation, cost for building, operating and maintaining Enloe Dam will exceed the revenue generated by the project, according to forecasts made by the Okanogan PUD.
Revised Cost Figure—Summary, p. 11 and Revised Cost Figure—2014 D-2 (excluding sunk costs), p. 15 (OkPUD 2015 Enloe Project Budget).
Between 2019, when electrical generation would start, and 2068 when the 50 years license of operation expires, it is estimated that Enloe Dam would generate about $152 million in income. However, construction would cost at least $62 million (the construction loan of approximately $39 million and $23 million in interest). Operations and maintenance will cost about $168 million during the 50 year period. When costs are subtracted from generation revenue, ratepayers are left with debt of
Since power generation conservatively will stay the same during the 50 year license, at least $1.7 million is added yearly to the cost of Enloe operations, modeled over time using an annual 2.5% escalator on Operations & Maintenance costs. Indeed, the project results in a loss of over $76 million. That is a cost of about $3,918 for each of the PUD’s 20,000 residential customers over the 50 year license, or $6.53 each month. (Model: OkPUD Enloe—Blended Resource).
Note: For more information on the use of this model, please telephone Jeré & Rick Gillespie, 831.332.4778.
Formulas Used to Calculate Numbers:
(Enloe MW Generation) X (hours/Year) = (Enloe MWhrs/Year)
(4.5 MW) X (8,760 hrs/year) = 39,420 MWhrs/year
(Cost $$/MWhr) X (Enloe MWhrs/year) = (Enloe Power Revenue $$/year)
($77/MWhr) X (39,420 MWhrs/year) = $3,035,340/year
In Year 2019:
(Enloe Power Revenue $$/year) + (Enloe Operation & Maintenance $$/year) + (Enloe Construction Debt $$) = (Enloe Debt $$)
$3,035,340/year + ($-1,719,000) + ($-2,018,000) = $-701,660
In Year 2069:
$3,035,340/year + ($-5,764,283) + ($0) = $-2,728,943
Potential Costs to each ratepayer over 50 years:
(Enloe costs) / (20,000 residential customers) / (50 years) / (12 months/yr = (Ratepayer cost/month)
$78,366,596 / 20,000 / 50 years / 12 months/year = $6.53/month
Link to Spreadsheet that displays the outcomes for Enloe costs projected over 50 years.
People who oppose Enloe Dam electrification and oppose sinking more ratepayers hard earned money in the Enloe Project, should attend Feb 23th, Monday, PUD meeting. We want to continue to urge analysis of the flawed economics, identify who is responsible for cost of dam removal, and follow up on the 1971 Memorandum of Bureau of Reclamation geologist's field report on examining the safety of Enloe Dam making sure that the dam safety studies address the structural concerns addressed some forty-four years ago.
The meeting is at 2:30 pm at the PUD Auditorium. If you cannot make the meeting, call or e-mail the three commissioners to let them know your concerns.