The Environmental Services program at Skagit River System Cooperative provides environmental review of activities authorized by local, state, and federal permits that may affect fisheries habitat. Review of off reservation permits ensures that fish habitat is protected in project designs. Environmental services staff works with project proponents through permit processes with specific review of project design elements to protect fish and shellfish habitat. Environmental Services staff also works with local, state and federal governments on projects they undertake that may affect fish habitat such as roads, bridges and levees. Regular staff level contact provides an avenue for governments to design projects that include fish and shellfish habitat and protection.The Environmental Services Program works with utilities that operate hydroelectric dams in the Skagit River Basin to implement their Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licenses and multi-party Settlement Agreements arrived at through the FERC relicensing process. Active involvement in license and Settlement Agreement implementation reduces the impact of large hydroelectric projects on fish and fish habitat.
The Environmental Services program provides environmental policy recommendations for the SRSC member tribes.
SRSC Environmental Services Staff:
Stan Walsh- Environmental Services Manager
Tim Hyatt-Environmental Protection Ecologist
Member Tribes Environmental Policy Staff
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community- Larry Wasserman, Environmental Policy Manager