Stop Deadline Extensions to Electrify
Enloe Dam in Okanogan County, WA

As soon as possible, we need citizen-ratepayers to fill out a contact form on Rep. Dan Newhouse's Web site (https://newhouse.house.gov/contact) with "Energy" topic, asking to not push extensions.
(Rep. Dan Newhouse suggested comments)

We also need citizen-ratepayers to fill out a contact form on Sen. Maria Cantwell's Web site, "Energy" (https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/contact/email/form)
(Sen. Maria Cantwell suggested comments)
and Sen. Patty Murray's Web site, "Energy" topic
(https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p
=ContactMe
) asking to not vote for extensions
(Sen. Patty Murray suggested comments)

Please sign our petition to Rep. Dan Newhouse, Sen. Maria Cantwell, and Sen. Patty Murray to
Stop Deadline Extensions to Electrify Enloe Dam in Okanogan County, WA and leave a comment.

Please help us raise money through our Save the Similkameen River GoFundMe account to cover our litigation costs and consultant fees we've incurred in the #DontElectrifyEnloeDam Campaign.

Thank you for standing up to protect the Similkameen River and participatory democracy by getting involved with your congress people.
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THE ENLOE STORY

Okanogan PUD (OPUD) is working to re-energize Enloe Dam on the Similkameen River, which would be a bad thing for ratepayers and the Similkameen River. You can help stop this from happening. 

The PUD has missed some important deadlines to get approval from federal regulators with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to start construction, and now the PUD is asking U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse to introduce a bill that would give them an extension of time. Rep. Newhouse did this last year, and is considering whether to do it again. Let's show him we don't want OPUD to get an extension!

Also, Senator Murkowski has introduced a bill (S. 724) that would allow federal regulators to extend construction deadlines for all hydropower projects by up to 8 years. 

Contact Your Senators and Representative!

Our members of Congress need to hear from us! Please write them a letter saying that as a constituent and OPUD ratepayer, you do not support any legislation to extend the FERC deadline for the OPUD to commence construction to re-energize Enloe Dam. 

Here are some points to consider making: 

(1) The Enloe project doesn’t make sense economically and is a poor deal for ratepayers. The OPUD has invested over $14 million in the project so far. The project will operate with an annual net loss of $1.5-2 million dollars. Ratepayers will be on the hook for at least $45 million in borrowing plus interest for 30 years. 

 

(2) The OPUD is unable to properly manage the project. It has missed important deadlines with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and lacks the staff and experience to manage such a project.

(3) The region doesn’t need the power. A new power sharing agreement with Douglas PUD will provide 170 MW of additional power to OPUD. This is more than double our current average Daily load of 77 MW and equivalent to the output of more than 37 Enloe Dams. 

(4) The Similkameen River is inadequate as a viable source of hydroelectric power. This has been proven by the historic record. The electrification of Enloe Dam should be abandoned and federal agencies should be allowed to remove the dam structure for fishery enhancement and outdoor recreation.

Contact information:

Representative Dan Newhouse

Online: https://newhouse.house.gov/contact (select “Energy” as the topic)
By mail: P.O. Box 823; Twisp, WA 98856 or 1318 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 By phone: (202) 225-5816 or (509) 433-7760

Sample letter to Rep. Newhouse.

In your letter to Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, also tell them that you oppose S. 724. 

Senator Patty Murray

Online: https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactMe(select “Energy” as the topic)
By mail: 154 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510 or 402 E. Yakima Ave, Suite 420, Yakima, Washington 98901 By Phone: (509) 453-7462 or (866) 481-9186

Senator Maria Cantwell

Online: https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/contact/email/form (select “Energy” as the topic)
By mail: 511 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 or 920 W. Riverside Avenue, Suite 697, Spokane, WA 99201 By Phone: (509) 353-2507 or (202) 224-3441

Sample Letter to Senators.

For more information about #NoOnEnloeDam
Joseph Enzensperger, jgenz4@gmail.com By mail: 921 Central Ave, Oroville, WA 98844 By phone: 509-476-4072
Columbiana: Rick and Jere Gillespie, jere@columbiana.org or rickg@columbiana.org By mail: 2055 Chesaw Rd, Oroville, WA 98844 By phone: 509-485-3844

Okanogan PUD Commissioners:

Our elected Board of PUD Commissioners could stop this Project tomorrow if they choose to do so. Because they have kept this issue out of the public eye they have avoided public opposition to this project. Most citizens and ratepayers do not know what is planned for the Similkameen.

Contact the Commissioners soon! Put your opinion into the public record.

Commissioner Steve Houston, steveh@okpud.org, 509.429.2655 
Commissioner Scott Vejraska, scottv@okpud.org, 509.429.2176  
Commissioner Jerry Asmussen, jerrya@okpud.org, 509.486.1962 

To contact the Commissioners by mail: Okanogan PUD, PO Box 912, Okanogan, WA 98840

 

#DontElectrifyEnloeDam Campaign
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Read 2016 Rocky Mountain Econometrics Report on Economics of Enloe Dam Electrification
WHAT YOU CAN DO TODAY TO STOP 
THE ELECTRIFICATION OF ENLOE DAM
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WATER IS LIFE
First Salmon Ceremony on Similkameen River in 143 Years

Members of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band, the Upper Similkameen Indian Band, the Okanagan Indian Band, Okanagan Nation Alliance, and guests make their way down to the Similkameen River to offer their prayers for the salmon's return June 20th. The Similkameen Salmon Ceremony is the 5th and last for this year. The first was at Kettle Falls, then Castlegar, B.C., followed by Revelstoke, B.C. on the Columbia. Then came McIntyre Dam on the Okanagan.

Approximately 45 people attended the Salmon Ceremony on the River, and then met together in Veteran’s Memorial Park in Oroville for an Honoring Ceremony, a Give-Away, and a delicious lunch.

A beautiful cool setting under the tall Pines was graciously provided by the City of Oroville, who set up the picnic tables and chose the very nicest spot.

It was a historic and powerful day. May the Salmon People Continue 143 years into the Future

Gloria Bent leads the prosession of Elders out of the canyon
over looking Similkameen Falls.
Salmon Chief Richard Armstrong explains the responsibility invested in the people to care for the water and the salmon. For more than 1,400 years, a lineage of Salmon Chiefs have carried on the Tradition of Salmon Protectors. Feeding the People Is their Sacred Duty.

LSIB Traditional Wisdom Keeper Herman Edward says, “We need our Young Tribal Members to step forward to take our Tribe into the Future.”

Two newly elected members of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band (LSIB), Teresa Snow and Gallen Illerbrum, with LSIB Chief Keith Crow.
Write Your Legislators
Sign Petition & Donate
Send Comments to FERC
We need you to contact the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and leave your eComment.
1) Fill out the form at:
https://ferconline.ferc.gov/QuickComment.aspx
2) This will generate an email with a link to a comment form. In the search field enter the docket number: P-12569-014 and then select "Request for Stay of the Commencement and Completion of Construction Deadlines under P-12569"
3) Look at Key Points link below and prepare your comments. Then go to Comment Form and enter your comments by copy and paste as the form on FERC site doesn't give you time to write. (up to 6,000 characters)

Here are the key points you need to personalize in your comments: FERC Key Points for your comments. Other suggestions for comments are below on this page.

Thank you for standing up for the Similkameen River!

 

 

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