PSE announces expansion at Baker River hatchery

Puget Sound Energy plans to begin work this month on a major renovation at the Baker River hatchery and improvements to its fish trap:

The two projects, with a combined price tag of $50 million, are part of a collaborative, long-range effort by PSE, government resource agencies, local Native American tribes and other parties to increase the river’s fish populations, especially its prized run of sockeye salmon. The facilities’ construction is directed by the 50-year federal operating license that PSE received last fall for its two-dam Baker River Hydroelectric Project.

“The Baker River hatchery project will provide far-reaching benefits to various parties for long into the future,” said Scott Schuyler, policy representative for the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe. “For the tribe, it will assure that we can continue to fish for generations to come.”

Read the press release here.