Did salmon use the Skagit River before the Seattle dams were built?

Photo: Dan Huntington CC BY-SA 2.0

Seattle City Light is applying for a new license to operate its Skagit River Hydroelectric Project. But the process has come up against a seemingly simple question with huge implications: Did salmon, steelhead, and trout ever actually use the river above these dams? If they did, the city might be required to provide access to the fish habitat above.

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