You can send a letter to your Representative or Senator urging them to oppose these dirty energy bills by going to:

If hydropower is so clean, then why are hydropower corporations lobbying Congress to get them
out of complying with the
Clean Water and Endangered Species Act?
Ratepayers Need to Let Okanogan PUD
Know They Do Not Want to Bear Debt Load
of Enloe Dam Electrification
New Enloe Dam Economic Report Shows Costs Continue to Escalate
Tonasket City Council Hears Presentation on Enloe Dam (8.6.16)
Re-Energizing Enloe Dam Continues to be a Bad Deal for Ratepayers!
Economic Analysis Calls Enloe Dam Electricity too Costly (7.20.16)
Independent Analysis Paints Enloe Dam Electrification as Impractical (7.21.16)
Press Release: Cost of Repowering Enloe Dam Continues to Escalate (7.15.16)
Rocky Mountain Econometrics: 3rd Review of the Economics of Restoring Hydropower at Enloe Dam on the Similkameen River Report (7.1.16)
RME's 3rd Review of Enloe Dam Economics Report with Appendices( 7.1.16)
Okanogan PUD Enloe Hydroelectric Project Report, Revised Cost Figure - 2014 D-2 including and excluding sunk costs, slide 14 & 15 (11.17.14)
Enloe Dam Provisional Removal Plan, prepared by Inter-Fluve (4.21.16)

Water Protectors from Many Tribes Support Standing Rock Sioux
March on Washington D.C.
Please Stand as Water Protectors!

Here are some articles to help you stay current with what the Standing Rock Sioux Protectors are up against with stopping the Black Snake from putting precious water and sacred lands in harms way.

Standing Rock Sioux and Thousands of Native Americans and Allies March in Washington D.C. in Solidarity of #NODAPL and Call for President Trump to Dialogue with Native Leaders (3.10.17)
Mni Wiconi (Water is Life): The Story of Standing Rock Won't Go Away (2.24.17)
Journalist Jenni Monet Arrested Amid Dakota Access Protests (2.7.17)
Seattle Just Divested Billions From Wells Fargo Over Dakota Access Pipeline: Minneapolis and Others are Ready to Follow (2.7.17)
This is the #NODAPL Last Stand (2.7.17)
Seattle's Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance Committee Voted to Forward a Bill to Pull $3 Billion from DAPL Lender Wells Fargo to Full City Council (2.6.17)
To Save the Water, We Must Break the Cycle of Colonial Trauma (2.4.17)
You Are the Consciousness of This Nation (2.4.17)
U.S Veterans Group Says Dakota Access Pipeline "Will Not Get Completed—Not on Our Watch" (2.1.17)
Trump Allowing DAPL Easement to Go Forward (2.1.17)
Please Come Stand with Us: Wherever You are, Please Stand with Us to Protect the Water, to Protect Life (1.31.17)
Special Report: The Spirit of Standing Rock on the Move (1.28.17)
Breaking Down Trump's Dakota Access Decision: The Lawyerly Memo Sends a Strong Message to Green Light the Pipeline (1.25.17)
How Standing Rock Blew Up (1.23.17)
New North Dakota Bill would Allow Drivers to Hit Protestors with Their Cars (1.17.17)
#DefundDAPL has Divested Over $42 Million in Individual Investments from Dakota Access Pipeline (1.3.17)
Standing Rock and the Battle Beyond Fault Lines (12.30.16)
Standing Rock Activitists Eye Pipeline Finances to Cement Dakota Access Win (12.29.16)
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin Pull Their Money Out of Wells Fargo and Chase (12.21.16)
How to Contact the 17 Banks Funding the Dakota Access Pipeline (12.17.16)
How Standing Rock's Divest Campaign Can Stop Future Pipelines (12.16.16)
At Standing Rock, No One Goes Hungry: The Kitchen that Serves Traditional Lakota Food and Values (12.16.16)
Neil Young Wants You To Keep Paying Attention To Standing Rock.This is the Moment to Make Something Happen (12.15.16)
Seattle Might Break Ties with Wells Fargo Over Bank’s Standing Rock Investments ( 12.15.16)
North Dakota's Public Bank was Built for the People—Now It's Financing Police at Standing Rock (12.14.16)
Feds Withheld Key Documents from Standing Rock Sioux (12.14.16)
High Country News Talked to Protestors at Standing Rock—Here's What They Learned (12.12.16)
The Twisted Economics of the Dakota Access Pipeline (12.12.16)
How Standing Rock has Changed Us (12.7.16)
Veterans at Standing Rock Shock Tribe Members, Beg Forgiveness for War Crimes Against Tribal Nations (12.5.16)
Army Corps Stop the Controversial Project—for Now(12.5.16)
Could Portland Lead the Way for Cities Nationwide to Divest from the Dakota Pipline and Private Prisons? (12.4.16)
Many Ways to Help Standing Rock Sioux Protect Water and Sacred Lands (12.04.16)
Indigenous Environmental Network Announces Army Corps Denies Easement for Dakota Access Pipeline Under Missouri River! (12.04.16)
Army Corps of Engineers will Deny Easement, Halting Work on Dakota Access Pipeline (12.04.16)
Northwest Braces for Its Own Standing Rock (12.3.16)
Thousands of Veterans Converge on North Dakota to Aid Pipeline Protest (12.3.16)
Voices from Standing Rock: Six Views from the Angry prairie standoff over the Dakota Access Pipeline (12.2.16)
What President Obama Can Actually Do about Standing Rock—According to Tribal Lawyers, No Much (12.1.16)
#NoDAPL: Thousands of Veterans Head to Standing Rock to Protect Water Protectors (11.29.16)
#NoDAPL Eviction Announced: Will You Keep Fighting with Us? (11.26.16)
Native Americans are fighting a cold, bloody battle against the Dakota Access pipeline—video (11.24.16)
Bank Funding Pipeline will Look into Violations of Standing Rock Sioux's Rights (11.09.16)
Who is Kelcy Warren—the Texas Billionaire and CEO of Energy Transfer Partners Responsible for Building DAPL and Disregarding Native Sovereignty? (11.3.16)
How to Take Action with #StandingRock #NoDAPL #WaterIsLife (11.1.16)
Why Police from Different States Invaded a Standing Rock Camp—and Other Questions (11.1.16)
The Standing Rock Victory You Didn't Hear About (11.4.16)
How to Talk about #NoDAPL: A Native Perspective (10.28.16)
Current Situation with the #NoDAPL Struggle (10.17.16)
The Growing Indigenous Spiritual Movement that Can Save the Planet (9.30.16)
Standing Rock Sioux Chairman, Dave Archambault:" Dakota Access Pipeline is Threatening the Live of My Tribe." (8.23.16)
Lakota Lead Native Americans, Ranchers and Farmers in Fight Against Dakota Access Pipeline. (8.13.16)

Deep Connections
Making Friends was James Donaldson's Special Gift
Leahe Swayze photo
Listening to Everyone was Dorinda Fonda's Special Gift
You can submit them as a letter or postcard or send them as an email. Address your card or letter to: Ms. Talia Baker or Ms. Nancy Deakins, Project Review Committee, Dept. of Enterprise Services, POB 41476, Olympia WA 98504-1476

Or send your email to: Ms. Talia Baker or Ms. Nancy Deakins, Administrative Support, Project Review Committee,,
We have prepared a sheet of comment topics that you can select and personalize and either email it or mail it to the Project Review Committee (PRC), letting them know you do not approve of the Design-Build Plan that the OkPUD is using to sink the ratepayers into perpetual dept. Click on link below:
Help us to get as many comments from a diversity of citizens of Okanogan into the Project Review Committee by April 17th. See link below to learn what's important with Enloe Dam.
Comments Sheet for PRC


Here are questions that ratepayers are asking of their PUD:
Chief Rob Edward speaks of responsibilities representing his people and the protocols and ceremonies of Creation he follows for guiding his people and listening to the elders guidance, and remembering the history of his cultural experiences.
Some Views of Wildfire Management
Study Suggests that Insect Damage May Counter Intense Wildfires (5.4.16)
Goldmark of DNR Discusses Fire Issues (4.7.16)
Wildfire Workshops—Mapping Your Neighborhood & Other Preparations for Wildfire (1.20.16
Fire Photographer Offers Series of Talks (1.20.16)
After a Bad Fire Season, Okanogan County Looks the Other Way on Land Use (12.10.15)
Managing Fire the Old Way (11.29.15)
Cattlemen Fed Up with Fires (11.20.15
America in Flames: The Future of the Country's Northwest is Hot and Smoky (9.12.15)
Oregon and Washington Wildfire Updates (9.11.15)
How Tech Could Improve Wildland Firefighting to Protect Lives (9.8.15)
"We're Not Sensible in the Federal Government on How We Budget for Fires," says Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell (9.7.15)
Ranchers Face Livestock & Livelihood Problems in Washington Wildfires (8.30.15)
Fools at the Fire (8.7.15)
James Hansen, Father of Climate Change Awareness, Calls Paris Talks "a Fraud' (12.12.15)
Iowa's Climate-Change Wisdom (11.22.15)
Portland Mayor and City Council Passes Resolution Preventing Any New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure in the City (11.20.15)
Kids Can't Vote, But They Can Sue WA Dept of Ecology Over Carbon Emissions (11.20.15)
El Niño Plus the Hottest Year on Record: What that Means for 2015 (11.19.15)
In a Warmer World, More Rain Can Mean Less Water (11.16.15)
Greenland is Melting Away (10.27.15)
Where did Global Warming First Appear? (10.02.15)
"The Earth has Shifted..." —Inuit Elders Issue Warning to NASA and the World (9.11.15)
University of Idaho to Host First-Ever National Tribal "Climate Boot Camp", June 2016 (9.11.15)
Why are We Polluting Groundwater in Drought Zones? (9.11.15)
Nine Terrifying Signs of Environmental Doom and Gloom (8.18.15)
The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares are Already Here (8.5.15)
Some Views on Climate Change
Okanogan PUD Adopts a
New 2017 Budget Excluding
Two-Thirds of Enloe Electrification Budget
In December of 2016 the Okanogan Public Utility District will adopt a new budget for 2017.

The budget for 2016 revealed spending for Enloe Dam was cut from an estimated $3 million to $1 million. Declining revenues and increased operational and maintenance costs have forced the PUD to revise their budget and consequently postpone schedule tasks associated with the upgrade and reenergizing of Enloe Dam.

None-the-less, the remaining expense of $1 million scheduled for 2016 is to conduct a dam safety investigation, a requirement by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), prior to further upgrades and operation of the structure.

Effort to continue to pursue re-energizing Enloe Dam is exhibited by PUD staff traveling to Washington D. C. to request an extension from FERC, presumably for 5 years, to allow more time to design and refurbish Enloe Dam for hydro-power production.

Click here to see how the OkPUD eliminated a large portion of Enloe Dam’s funding for 2016.


Junior Wilson, Ho-Chunk, Winnebago Tribe, shares his thoughts and prayers concerning sustaining our natural resources of water and treaty rights for generations to come, and sang his prayer about his relative who, in the 1700s, fought for his people's rights, was changed into a Bear by Creator, and rose on a white cloud when he died.
Similkameen Sunday started with a ceremony at Similkameen Falls with Similkameen Indian Band elders, council members, and invited guests.
Herman Edward, teacher and story teller from Lower Similkameen Indian Band talks about the importance of caring for our natural resources and respecting the natural falls as Creator provided them to us.
Herman Edward sings a prayer for the healing of the river, falls, and the people whose responsibility it is to care for Creator's natural resources.
Colville Tribal elder Marge Jameson talks with Herman Edward after the ceremony as Tony Qualtier, LSIB elder and other guests look on.
Theresa Ann Terbasket, Lower Similkameen Indian Band elder, spoke about the changes we all face—changes in the river, what it should look like—for without water, we become desert, even within ourselves.
Golden Eagle Drum, from Nespelem, kept us focused on how special our gathering in support of the Similkameen River and Falls and the People was on Similkameen Sunday.
Herman Edward, Lower Similkameen Indian Band, sharing songs on the multi-register flute he made.
Mayor Patrick Plumb and children welcome the Similkameen Indian Band members, Colville Confederated Tribal members and the public to Tonasket and Similkameen Sunday.
Steve Pollard, Steve Bell, Ray Dispenza, and Kyle MacConnel sing and play for us "Similkameen, River of Gold."
Herman Edward shared with us the story of Sinkuleep (Coyote) bringing the salmon up the river.
Bob Turner, Chief Tonasket's great-grandson from Wilbur, spoke about his grandpa's big family, giving him 18 aunts and uncles he learned a lot from, and how important it is for us to get together and share our stories.
Federal Agencies Release Evaluation on Progress Towards BiOp Salmon/Steelhead Requirements (3.10.17)
NW Power/Conservation Council Hears Update on Regional Efforts to Bring back Pacific Lamprey (2.24.17)
Study Suggests Low Northwest Snowpacks of 2014, 2015 May Become Increasingly Common (2.24.17)
Okanogan PUD Management and Spending are Out of Control (2.19.17)
"State of Salmon" Report Outlines Recovery Challenges: Gloomy Outlook for Some of the Endangered Species (2.9.17)
The Okanogan PUD is Ready to Roll the Dice on Enloe Dam Electrification (2.4.17)
Feedback from Bill Bakke of Wild Steelhead Coalition on ESA Impacts and Columbia River Salmon Harvest (2.3.17)
Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Survey Shows Spring Chinook Spawning Higher Up in White Salmon River Above Old Condit Dam Site (2.3.17)
Teck Order by Court to Pay Judgemnt (2.1.17)
Conservation Groups, Oregon, Nez Perce File to Stop Capital Projects at Lower Snake River Dams (1.19.17)
Washington "State of Salmon" Report: Seven ESA-Listed Populations Showing No Recovery Progress (1.19.17)
Council Ready To Roll-Out Interactive Mapping Tool For Columbia Basin Salmon/Steelhead (12.22.16)
Columbia River Operations Review: Will Early Runoff in Columbia River Basin be the New Normal? (12.9.16)
Northwest Power and Conservation Council Hears Report on Best Ways to Pass Salmonids Above High-Head Dams Such as Grand Coulee and Chief Joseph (11.18.16)
Climate Center Shifts from "Neutral" to 70 Percent La Nina Weather Patterns, Suggesting Cooler, Wetter Climate for PNW (10.14.16)
Senator Cantwell Says U.S Ready to Start Talks with Canada on Columbia River Treaty (10.14.16)
Climate Change Affects Salmon—Migratory Fish Stressed by Warmer Water Temperatures (9.16.16)
Canada Releases Water to Aid Juvenile Sockeye Migrating Down Okanogan River (9.9.16)
Sticks and Stones and Dead Wolves (9.2.16)
Factors Influencing Juvenile Salmon/ Steelhead Survival Accumulate as Fish Pass Multiple Dams (8.12.16)
Washington Senators Introduce Bill to Protect Methow Valley from Large-Scale Mine Citing Salmon Recovery (6.17.16)
Senators Murray and Cantwell Introduce Bill, Methow Headwaters Protection Act 2016, to Protect Methow Valley Headwaters from Mining Development (5.25.16)
Federal Court Again Rejects Columbia Basin Salmon/Steelhead Recover Plan & Orders a New BiOp (Biological Opinion) by 2018 (5.6.16)
Judge: Salmon Recovery Requires Big Dam Changes on Snake River (5.5.16)
Columbia, Snake Sockeye Decimated by 2015's Warm Rivers (4.18.16)
NW Power/Conservation Council Votes to Move Forward on Salmon/
Steelhead Habitat Assessment above Grand Coulee Dam
NW Power/Conservation Council Hears "Lessons Learned" Report on High Mortality for 2015 Sockeye Run (4.15.16)
California, Oregon, U.S. Agree to Dismantle Four Dams on Klamath River (4.5.16)
Pacific Lamprey Return to White Salmon and Elwha Rivers after Dam Removal (3.30.16)
Bureau of Reclamation Climate Impact Assessment for Columbia Basin: Runoff to Increase in Winter, Decline in Summer (4.1.16)
Snowpack Drought has Salmon Dying in Overheated Rivers (2.12.16)
A Look at Restoring Wild Salmon Runs on the Columbia River (2.7.16)
States, Feds, PacificCorp Move Forward on Klamath Agreement through FERC Focusing on Dam Removals (2.5.16)
It Isn't Just El Niño We have to be Concerned about: Researchers are Studying Another Huge System, Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) in the Western Pacific that Impacts World Weather (1.29.16)
2015 Salmon Survival Report Updates Smolt-to-Adult Return Data for Columbia/Snake River Salmon & Steelhead (12.29.15)
Songbird Study Shows River Ecosystem Recovery after Dam Removal, Return of Salmon Nutrients (12.29.15)
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council Moves Proposal for Evaluating Salmon Habitat Above Grand Coulee to Science Review (12.18.15)
NOAA's Three Month El Niño Outlook: Early Months of 2016 Likely to See Rapid Snowmelt, Warmer, Drier (12.18.15)
Methow Valley Salmon Recovery Foundation Receives Funds for Threatened Salmonids (12.16.15)
$700 Million Plan to Help Samon Habitat Faces New Challenge (6.20.15)

Upper Columbia River Stories

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As Trump Takes Power, the House Targets Regulations (1.19.17)
U.S. House Changes Its Rules to Ease Federal Land Trnasfers (1.4.17)
Conservationist Terry Tempest Williams Puts Herself on Frontline of Climate Fight (12.31.16)
Trump's Pick, Ryan Zinke, for Interior Secretary Confounds Conservationists (12.20.16)
NOAA Climate Prediction: Columbia Basin States Looking at Cold, Wet Winter (12.16.16)
Average U.S. Temperature in Autumn Warmest on Record, Precipitation Above Average in Much of PNW (12.9.16)
Malheur Occupation Impacts Linger Throughout the West (10.4.16)
Washington Long-Term Water Supply Report: Wetter Wintersand Springs, Drier Summers with Less Snowpack (9.16.16)
High Country News Founder, Tom Bell, Passes (8.31.16)
Tribes Band Together to Fight the Oil Pipeline Going Through the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation (8.30.16)
Study Shows Hidden Pollution Exchange between Oceans, Groundwater, Hot Spots include Pacific Northwest (8.12.16)
Big Earthquakes in Cascadia Subduction Zone More Frequent, Historically, than Thought (8.12.16)
EPA Wpn't Regulate Logging Road Runoff: EPA Says the Clean Water Act is Enough to Ensure Stream Health (7.19.16)
Hungry for Climate Justice: Fasting at the Washington State Capital (7.12.16)
Navy Growler Noise Test Debunked by Save The Olympic Peninsula (6.20.16)
Basin Water Managers Expecting Slightly Below Average Runoff from Now to September (6.17.16)
Study Suggests that Insect Damage May Counter Intense Wildfires (5.4.16)
U.S. House of Representatives Bills Threaten to Give Away National Forests (2.24.16)
Fracking Goes on Trial for Human Rights Violations (11.14.15)
Earth's Nutrient Cycle: Study Shows the "Fertilization" from Ocean to Land is Down 75 Percent (10.30.15)
Columbia River Basin Agencies Release Draft 2016 Water Management Plan (10.23.15)
USGS Studying Low 2015 Snowpack and River Flows to Provide Insight into Future Droughts (9.11.15)

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Events Calendar

• Mar 20 to April 17—Comment period on OkPUD design-build hearing with Washington State Projects Review Committee (see center of page for how to send in your comments)
• Mar 24—Highland Voices: Celebrate 25 Years of OHA with Music, 5:30 pm Dinner $10, 7 pm Entertainment $10, CCC, Tonasket WA
• Mar 27—Methow Valley Engagement Fair,
5-7 pm, NGOs opportunities to volunteer, Methow Valley Community Center, Twisp WA
• Apr 2—In Memory of Dorinda Fonda, 1 pm, CCC, Tonasket WA
• Apr 22—In Memory of James Donaldson, afternoon at Methow Valley Community Center, Twisp, WA


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Similkameen Trail Connector Phase 1
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Listen to Chief Rob Edwards speak of responsibilities representing his people and the protocols and ceremonies of Creation.
A Collection of Wildfire
We offer these suggestions for increasing wildfire safety around the home and community to stimulate a discussion, and hopefully more activity in reducing fire risk. Click the image to the left to download a PDF file of fire protection resources (it is a large file so will take a while to download). Or you can download individual articles: (1) Why the Forests are Burning, (2) Home Fire Protection, (3) Treating Vegetation, (4) Anatomy of a Burn, (5) Fire & Forest Management: Myth & Reality, (6) Smoke in Our Eyes: The Politics of Fire, (7) Restoration Forestry

Last Year's
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Upper & Lower
Similkameen Bands
and Colville Tribes

Land and Community in the
Upper Columbia River Bioregion
Similkameen River Restoration

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
$16 million.

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.

Okanogan Ratepayers Stand Up Against
the Economic Irresponsibility of Enloe Debt

WE, RATEPAYERS AND CITIZENS OF OKANOGAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON, stand in opposition to all further EXPENDITURES by the PUBLIC UTILITY, OKANOGAN PUD NO. 1 toward Electrification of ENLOE DAM on the Similkameen River. These are the “GLARING” reasons we say “NO ON OLD ENLOE!”

1. We, the ratepayers, our children and grandchildren will all shoulder higher energy costs resulting from the estimated $39 million dollars in borrowed money and $23 milion in interest necessary to build this proposed power plant, not to forget the $78 million cumulated each year over the 50 year license of operation. Actual costs of construction could easily run 20% higher or more.
2. Revenue estimates by the PUD show the Enloe Dam Project will lose $1.1-1.7 million dollars annually based on current energy prices and market trend analysis by both PUD and independent experts. More borrowing and compounding interest could even push the final project costs higher topping $140 million dollars by some estimates.
3. New contracts now being worked out with Douglas County PUD will provide Okanogan County with a larger portion of Wells Dam if successfully negotiated, supplying the power we need beyond the year 2048. There is no justification for this very expensive power generation from Enloe Dam.
4. The 4.5 MW average yearly output of power plant proposed by the PUD will only contribute 2% of the electric needs of our Utility. It supplies less than 20% of energy demanded by the Oroville sub-station. The PUD has never justified their expenditures to the ratepayers and to the Okanogan County economy.
5. This project has already drained $12 million from Okanogan County’s economy. It has further impoverished the district ratepayers while enriching elite Bankers, Bond-Brokers, Wealthy Investors, Law Firms and Lobbyists, High priced Engineers and Consultants. It has been a great project for them and they all encourage our commissioners to push on, yet Enloe electrification provides little or no benefit to the ratepayers. It is time to stop wasting time and resources on this miscalculation.
6. We all struggle to maintain our households often on low fixed incomes against rising costs of living. Our savings are gone and the quality of our lives is in decline. The more our “Public Utility” borrows, the higher our rates climb. Serve the People. Stop the spending. Pay Down the debt. Maintain a reliable, safe distribution system.
The publication "Trial by Fire: The Methow Valley's Summer of Disaster" by the Methow Valley News provides a sobering look at how we must prepare for wildfire and pull together in cooperative efforts to survive wildfire in our fire-evolved forests & grasslands.
Scott Vejraska, 509.826.7088,
Ernie Bolz, 509.486.2553,
Steve Houston, 509.429.9248,

Please plan to come to OkPUD Meetings at 2:30 pm on Mondays at PUD Auditorum, 1331 2nd Avenue North, Okanogan WA 98840 to voice your reasons to say to commissioners "NO ON ENLOE." Check OkPUD Web site when actual Mondays meetings are held. If you cannot make the meeting, give the Commissioners a call or e-mail them to say your concerns.
Let us know you have made contact. THANKS!
Columbiana, 509.485.3844,

Why are the Commissioners taking another vote on Enloe?

Will it be to remove the dam now that the PUD has a draft dam removal plan, the money for removal has been shown to be available if and when the PUD decides on removal (with little to zero cost to the PUD), and they have a federal agency interested in becoming the lead agency?

If not a vote for removal, what has changed regarding the power and economic value of Enloe? Based on the PUD’s 2014 revised cost figures, dam construction is expected to now cost between $40 - $50 million. With operating costs totaling $3,193,696 it will cost OPUD $1.1 million more each year to operate the Enloe Project than it would cost to purchase the power on the open market.

From these numbers, Enloe seems like a really bad deal for the PUD and for ratepayers. Why then is the PUD moving ahead with borrowing money to build out Enloe?

The PUD is now asking to be reimbursed for the full costs of getting the license, in order to satisfy bond holders. Didn’t the funds for the license come out of the general fund each year? The PUD has written off other debt. Isn’t this simply a new roadblock thrown up by PUD staff who want to continue to borrow & build, in spite of the costs to the ratepayers?

Can someone in the PUD explain to us how not recovering the full $14 million in Enloe sunk costs will jeopardize the PUD getting loans from the bond market? Is this information verifiable by auditors? Due Diligence to the ratepayers requires the PUD to have its statements on financial matters verified by authorized experts.

Why should ratepayers support a project that will lose this much money for at least the foreseeable future? Commissioner Houston has said that Enloe will lose money for at least the first 40 years. The PUD’s revised numbers show Enloe losing about $1 M per year and at the net present value it may never generate a profit.

Why is the PUD taking such a hard line on providing basic information needed for a lead agency decision? So far, both the Colville Tribe and NOAA have expressed interest in becoming lead agency. To move forward, they have asked for basic information on sediment behind the dam and dam safety information, and to date the PUD has refused to share this information.

What is behind the dam and why has the PUD blocked any attempt to find out? What are they afraid of? Agencies, tribes and nonprofits contracted with the USGS to develop a sediment study, fully funded that study with no cost to the PUD or its ratepayers, and proposed to complete the study this summer during very low flows. To date, the PUD has refused to let that study move forward.

PUD expenditures & rate hikes have been a continuing drain for its ratepayers. Just recently, the PUD has said it needs to recover the nearly $14M that it has spent on the Enloe project so far. The reason given was that without recovering the $$, the PUD could not keep its bond ratings up and was at risk to default. What is the status on the bond, what has changed, and why is the PUD just figuring this out now?