Seattle offers to change dam operations on 'sacred' stretch of the Skagit River

Seattle City Light executives announced its latest plans in an effort to get its Skagit River dams relicensed for up to 50 years.

SEATTLE — After 100 years of dewatering a three-mile portion of the Skagit River where it used to flow freely, Seattle City Light on Wednesday pledged to put water back into what is referred to as the Gorge bypass reach.

“It is our intent to re-water that reach and not wait for the new license to do so,” said Debra Smith, general manager and CEO of Seattle City Light.

The announcement comes as the public utility is in a multi-year process

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