Save the date: Black Canyon Hydro dam angler input meeting

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  1. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    I received the message below this morning from Doug Whittaker with a date and venue for a town hall-style meeting for anglers to input into the proposed hydro dam project on the NF Snoqualmie river. The project is planned to be located just above the so-called Black Canyon, about 2 river miles above Ernie's Grove.

    Hancock Resource Management has already sold off several sections of their Snoqualmie Tree Farm to private ownership, resulting in restricted access to about a river mile above the Black Canyon. The installation of the proposed inflatable diversion dam may result in additional impacts to fisherman access and to the fish themselves. If you fish the NF Snoqualmie or have concerns about possible additional access restriction on this or any other river, here's a chance for you to voice your opinions.

    As it turns out, I'll be out of town that day on business and unable to attend, but I'm sharing this in hopes that at least several of you can attend to express your feelings about the project.

    K



    We have finalized the meeting for the NF Snoqualmie recreation study. As we discussed over the phone, we are hoping to assemble a handful of anglers who fish or other users who visit the river in the vicinity of the proposed hydro project.

    The angler meeting is planned for Tuesday July 30, 2013 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the North Bend Railroad Depot (we are having the whitewater boating meeting the night before). We are hoping you can come, but recognize it is a busy time of year. In any case, we would very much appreciate any help publicizing the meeting among your fellow Tree Farm angler friends, and encourage them to contact me if they can attend. I’ve prepared the following “invitation” that you are welcome to use for this purpose:

    As some of you may know, there is a proposed hydro project for Black Canyon (Ernie’s Gorge) on the North Fork Snoqualmie River, and the developer has contracted with Confluence Research to conduct recreation studies to identify how people use the river and how the project might affect those activities (including fishing and other river-related recreation).

    One of the important steps in the study process is to collect information from experienced anglers who use the river, regardless of whether they access it from the Tree Farm or private land closer to the confluence with the Middle Fork. That meeting has been scheduled and you are invited to attend on…

    Tuesday July 30, 2013 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the North Bend Railroad Depot

    The meeting will describe the proposed project but mostly focus on your trips to the river, preferred flow ranges, access, and concerns about potential project impacts. The researchers will have maps and flip charts to record your ideas, but also invite you to bring video or photos from your trips to help them understand the river and its use.

    The depot address is:
    205 McClellan St
    North Bend, Washington

    Here are links to the meeting location and maps in Google and Bing:
    North Bend Railroad Depot Google Bing

    Confluence will have pizza and soft drinks as a token trade for your time at the meeting. Please let them know via a reply email if you plan to attend, so they can make sure they have enough to go around.

    Also please let other experienced North Fork anglers about the meeting and invite them to email Confluence if they would like to attend or want additional information about the meeting or study. Even if you can’t attend this meeting, Confluence is interested in your use of the river and concerns about the hydro project. The study will include an online survey that will be developed from the meeting discussion to allow more people to provide input.

    Confluence recognizes many of you may oppose the project, but hope you will still participate in the study. Decision makers need good information about angling and potential impacts to determine if the project should go forward. The FERC licensing process dictates that developers pay for studies, but studies are overseen in collaboration with state and federal agencies. The goal is information that developers, agencies, and stakeholders can rely on when discussing whether the project should be licensed or how it should be operated.

    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email or call Doug (see contact information below).

    Thanks,

    Doug and Bo


    Confluence Research and Consulting
    http://confluenceresearch.com/

    Anchorage office:
    Doug Whittaker, Ph.D.
    6324 Red Tree Circle
    Anchorage, Alaska 99507 USA
    (907) 346 – 3769 (Office)
    (907) 382 – 3881 (Cell when traveling)
    dougwhit@alaska.net

    Corvallis office:
    Bo Shelby, Ph.D.
    3600 NW Thrush
    Corvallis, Oregon 97330 USA
    (541) 753 – 0635 (Office)
    (541) 737 – 1490 (OSU office)
    (541) 760 – 1000 (Cell)
    bo.shelby@oregonstate.edu
    boshelby@comcast.net
     
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    Just a reminder:

    We invite North Fork Snoqualmie anglers and other area recreation users to attend a meeting about the Black Canyon Hydroelectric Project. The meeting is on

    Tuesday July 30
    North Bend Railroad Depot
    205 McClellan St
    North Bend, Washington

    This is an opportunity to learn about the proposed project, describe the values and qualities of the river and its fishery, help assess potential impacts of the proposed project, or record your opposition to the project. Agencies, stakeholders, the developer and FERC (the federal agency that ultimately will decide whether the project should go forward, and how should be operated if it is licensed) will rely on this study to determine the effects of the project on recreation. This is your chance to tell us what you value in the river corridor, describe your concerns, or provide rationales for why the project should not be licensed.

    If you plan to attend, please RSVP Doug Whittaker at dougwhit@alaska.net so we'll have a good count for refreshments (pizza and soft drinks).

    Thanks for your consideration, and hope to meet some of you on Tuesday evening...

    Doug Whittaker
    Confluence Research and Consulting



    Confluence Research and Consulting
    http://confluenceresearch.com/

    Anchorage office:
    Doug Whittaker, Ph.D.
    6324 Red Tree Circle
    Anchorage, Alaska 99507 USA
    (907) 346 – 3769 (Office)
    (907) 382 – 3881 (Cell when traveling)
    dougwhit@alaska.net

    Corvallis office:
    Bo Shelby, Ph.D.
    3600 NW Thrush
    Corvallis, Oregon 97330 USA
    (541) 753 – 0635 (Office)
    (541) 737 – 1490 (OSU office)
    (541) 760 – 1000 (Cell)
    bo.shelby@oregonstate.edu
    boshelby@comcast.net
     

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