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Fish and Wildlife Programs
New fish passage facilities
Tacoma Power's new innovative fish passage system is under construction at the Cushman Hydroelectric Project. Here's how it will work:
Adult fish passage
Adult fish migrating up the North Fork of the Skokomish River will approach the fish collector at the base of Cushman No. 2 Dam. The fish, attracted by flowing water, will enter through the slotted fish entrance. The water will be routed from the turbines in the new powerhouse up through a screened floor of the fish trap.
Once in the trap, fish will be moved into a transport hopper and lifted to the top of the dam on a tram. There a new fish handling system will be used to separate, count and mark (as necessary) the fish. We will transport the fish to their final destination upstream of the two Cushman dams.
Juvenile fish passage
For a viable program and to help smolts around the dams, Tacoma Power:
- is building a new floating fish collection facility in Lake Cushman to collect smolts ready to migrate to the ocean
- will release collected smolts in the North Fork at the base of Cushman No. 2 to continue their migration
We will transport the juvenile fish by truck to the top of Cushman No. 2 Dam and place them in a transport hopper. The fish will be gently lowered on the tram to the bottom of the dam and released into the North Fork Skokomish River to continue their journey to the Pacific Ocean.
Tacoma Power is construting two new hatcheries as part of the Cushman Hydro Project license. The team that helped guide the design included representatives of:
- Tacoma Power
- Skokomish Tribe
- Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Tacoma Power's sockeye hatchery will be located adjacent to Skokomish Park at Potlach on Hood Canal. Once the hatchery is operational, it will raise two million sockeye each year.
The fry will be released in Lake Cushman, and smolts will be collected and released into the lower North Fork Skokomish River. Returning adult sockeye will eventually be collected at the base of Cushman No. 2 Dam.
Hatchery construction is planned to be complete in 2015.
Hatchery at Lake Kokanee
The hatchery located at Lake Kokanee will raise:
- 375,000 spring Chinook fingerlings and yearlings
- up to 35,000 coho smolts
- up to 15,000 steelhead smolts