Tacoma Power's General Manager Patrick McCarty and his team of experts presented information on the "Cushman Project” to residents of Lake Cushman last night at Fire District 18. McCarty spoke to the history of the Cushman Project, a hydroelectric generating facility on the Olympic Peninsula and work currently underway by Tacoma Power to meet the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requirements due to the 1998 law suit/2006 agreement between the Skokomish Tribe and Tacoma Power over the Cushman Dams.
McCarty provided a history of the two Cushman Dams (#1 & #2) for the audience and explained recent and future planned construction to improve fish passage from two new fish hatcheries, to the two lakes, Cushman and Kokanee, with eventual return to the North Fork of the Skokomish River. The new hatcheries are at the Kokanee Dam, the other currently under construction at Salt Water Park in Potlatch.
Other activities required by FERC licensing requirements are:
• Lake level maintained from 735-738 feet between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, and at least 690 feet from November 1 to March 31; to ensure continuous flows in the North Fork of the Skokomish River.
• Maintain cultural and historical properties and buildings.
• Lake Cushman State Park, now know as Skokomish Park at Lake Cushman returned to the Skokomish Tribe.
• New Campsites at Bear Creek and day use picnic sites at Staircase.
• Wild life preservation.
• Shoreline management plan and compliance.
A team of experts representing Tacoma Power on the project were on hand to answer individual questions. For those who did not attend they can find information on the project by going to Tacoma Power's web site .
JE KMAS News- July 18, 2014
Work in progress on new fish hatchery at Salt Water Park in Potlatch