Okanogan PUD Authorizes Next Steps for Potential Removal of Enloe Dam

On July 25, Public Utility District No. 1 of Okanogan County, Washington (Okanogan PUD), passed Resolution No. 1775 authorizing cooperation with stakeholders to evaluate the potential removal of Enloe Dam on the Similkameen River.  Dam removal would open more than 1,500 miles of salmon spawning habitat in the Columbia Basin.

Richard Roos-Collins and Julie Gantenbein wrote an opinion memo that proposes a pathway to determine the feasibility of dam removal.  The memo describes a comprehensive approach to avoid and minimize liabilities and risks.  Perkins Coie LLP was co-counsel in preparation of the memo, and we cooperated with Trout Unlimited, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, and American Rivers.  Okanogon PUD cited this memo as a key basis for its decision to proceed.  Our work is supported by Resources Legacy Fund.