Draining more than 2,660 square miles across southwest Washington, the 115-mile long Chehalis River is the lifeblood of the second largest river basin in Washington state. This basin, which is the ancestral homeland of the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis, is now a thriving agricultural region and also supports vital salmon and steelhead populations. The proposed dam (see picture above) would destroy six miles of critical salmon and steelhead spawning grounds.
A description of the proposed project and information about the EIS process is available at here
What the dam WON’T do:
• Prevent flood damage for residents throughout the basin
• Generate hydro power for Lewis County residents
• Supply irrigation water to Chehalis basin farmers
• Create new recreational fishing and boating opportunities
What the dam WILL do:
• Require significant logging and costly ongoing debris removal
• Drown six miles of critical salmon and steelhead habitat
• Worsen the Chehalis River’s existing water quality issues
• Increase the risk of future flood damage, if it triggers more floodplain development
Native Fish Society has joined a growing number of concerned citizens, sovereign tribes and other environmental groups to stand together for a free flowing Chehalis River.