Daily Journal of Commerce
BELLEVUE – Puget Sound Energy recently completed a new fish hatchery and upstream trap-and-haul facility on Baker River in the North Cascades.
In 2007 and 2008 PSE built a floating surface collector on Baker Lake that it says safely captures juvenile salmon for transport around the Baker River hydroelectric dams. The most recent fish-enhancement efforts are part of a 50-year federal operating license the utility received in 2008 for its Baker River hydro project. PSE said it also is upgrading a man-made sockeye spawning beach.
PSE said the improvements are designed to produce five times more fish eggs and hatched fry than its 1970s-era facilities could generate.