Seattle City Light told public their dam operations increased salmon runs as fish numbers declined

The KING 5 Investigators found City Light left old messages on its website about “healthy salmon populations” on the Skagit that didn’t tell the whole story.

While all runs of salmon on the Skagit River experienced declines, Seattle City Light left 20-year-old glowing messages on its website – touting how the utility’s stewardship led to “strong” and “landmark” returns of salmon.  

The public messages are at issue as Seattle’s hydropower dams on the Skagit River are undergoing relicensing by the federal government. The relicensing process has created heated controversy as Seattle City Light representatives pushed back on tribal, state and federal scientists who are demanding the

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