PUD Agrees to Buy Watershed Property

Posted Thursday, March 12, 2020

Skagit PUD has agreed to buy 250 acres of forest land around Gilligan Creek from the Weyerhaeuser Company for $1.5 million in an effort to protect water quality.

Gilligan Creek is the PUD’s primary source of drinking water from the Cultus Mountain Watershed.

Funding to buy the property is provided through the state Department of Ecology with 25 percent loan forgiveness of the purchase amount.

The project will help reduce risks of sediment delivery, chemical pollution, temperature impacts, and landslides to the stream.

The property sale is expected to close before the end of the year.