Current Project Status
On July 9, 2013, the FERC issued a new license to the Public Utility District No. 1 of Okanogan County for the Enloe Dam Hydroelectric Project. At the time that the Commission issued the license to the District, the Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification issued by the Washington State Department of Ecology on July 13, 2012 was the subject of an appeal to the Washington Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB).
On July 23, 2013, the PCHB issued an order affirming the Section 401 Water Quality Certification “subject to the additional condition that 10/30 cfs minimum instream flows over the Dam and Falls for the aesthetic values shall be further monitored and evaluated by Ecology during initial operation of the Project (within three years).” The decision of the PCHB further requires the Department of Ecology to monitor the 10/30 cfs flows and to obtain additional data regarding alternative flows before determining whether the 10/30 cfs flow shall be confirmed or revised as a condition of continued operation of the Project.
On August 31, 2011, FERC issued a Notice of Availability of Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Enloe Hydroelectric Project. FERC analyzed the "potential environmental effects of licensing the project, and concludes that licensing the project, with appropriate environmental protective measures, would not constitute a major federal action that would significantly affect the quality of the human environment."
On May 2, 2012, Okanogan PUD issued a notice of Adoption of the FERC Final EA and issued a Determination of Nonsignificance (DNS) under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).
Throughout the FERC EA process, the PUD has continually met with agencies in an effort to obtain other permits. Examples of these other permits are a 401 Water Quality Permit through the Washington State Department of Ecology, and a long term Right-of-Way permit from the Bureau of Land management.
A summary of our actions regarding Water Rights may be viewed here.
All documents relating to the Enloe Dam Project may be viewed by clicking on the Document Library link in the left sidebar.
You may also view FERC documents relating to the Enloe Dam Project by going to the FERC online library and entering "P-12569" in the Docket Number search box.