PUD to Receive Federal Funding for Pipeline Relocation Project in Alger

Posted Monday, February 13, 2023

As part of a national spending package, Skagit PUD is set to receive $2 million in federal funding to help pay for pipeline relocation costs associated with a Washington State Department of Transportation culvert replacement project along Interstate 5 in Alger.

As a result of the 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming that culverts contribute to the decline in salmon runs and that Washington state violated the Boldt decision, many culvert replacement projects are planned for Skagit County. As a water utility, Skagit PUD does not own any culverts. Instead, it holds franchise agreements for its pipelines within state rights-of-way, and the PUD is required to pay for the relocation of its pipelines because of the culvert projects.

“Skagit PUD appreciates Congressman Rick Larsen’s work in securing funding for our Alger I-5 Waterline Relocation project,” General Manager George Sidhu said.

“The main objective in relocating the waterline is for a new culvert to be constructed across I-5, allowing for better fish passage. Environmental stewardship is one of Skagit PUD’s core values, so we’re pleased to participate in enhanced salmon recovery efforts in Skagit County. The funding will also save Skagit PUD ratepayers $2 million in capital expenses. This project is a win for the environment and our customers.”