Ernie’s Canyon is full of spectacular old growth Washington rainforest and a top-notch Class V run. This watershed is threatened by the proposed Black Canyon hydropower project. Currently, FERC has issued preliminary permit for this project. Public comments are now open and you have a chance (until July 24th) to oppose this hydro-project and save Ernie’s Canyon.
Comments can be made online and take less than 5 minutes:
Please reference proposal number – P-14110
From American Whitewater:
The river section proposed for development has been found eligible and recommended for designation as a Wild and Scenic River by the United States Forest Service, and is identified as a protected area from hydropower development by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. The river forms the border for the Department of Natural Resources Mt. Si Natural Resources Conservation Area that includes some of the best remaining intact old-growth riparian forest at low elevation in the western Cascades. Finally, the lands along the river are protected by a conservation easement held by King County that specifically prohibits hydropower projects of the scale proposed.