Stewardship

Conservation and environmental stewardship are essential pieces in the District’s overall mission to provide quality, safe, reliable and affordable utility services to our customers.

Working together to protect fisheries resources

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The Skagit River and its tributaries support some of the healthiest salmon runs in the Northwest and form the only stream system in Washington to support all five species of Pacific Northwest salmon, as well as bull trout and steelhead.

Skagit PUD participates in local watershed management and planning efforts to protect in-stream flows necessary to maintain salmon spawning and rearing habitat, while ensuring adequate water to meet current and future demands of our customers.

In 1996, the PUD entered into a memorandum of agreement with the city of Anacortes, Skagit County, the Swinomish, Sauk-Suiattle and Upper Skagit Indian tribes, Department of Ecology, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife, that provides for coordinated water-resource management for the next 50 years and ensures minimum in-stream flows to protect fish habitat.

To address the growing and changing needs of our area, we have recently doubled the capacity of our water filter plant at Judy Reservoir. Along with this expansion, the PUD has constructed a new pumping station on the Skagit River to augment flows from four streams in the Cultus Mountains, which up until now have been the primary source for our water supply. Pulling water from the Skagit will enable us to fill Judy Reservoir when fish protection requirements limit diversions from the streams.

The new pumping station, with its five 900-horsepower engines, is capable of delivering up to 36 million gallons per day from the river to Judy Reservoir, and will ensure that sufficient water is available to meet projected demands for the next 40 years.