Tribe appeals 205 project

SNOQUALMIE - Fearing possible damage to what it considers a sacred site, the Snoqualmie Tribe has appealed the Department of Ecology's (DOE) decision to grant a water quality certificate to a project that would widen the Snoqualmie River above the Falls.

Sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, King County and the city of Snoqualmie, the Snoqualmie Flood Damage Reduction Project, also called the 205 project, would blast material from both banks of the river downstream of the State Route 202 Bridge.

Officials say that work, coupled with removal of what's left of a railroad bridge one-half mile upstream, would lower flood levels in historic Snoqualmie by 0.7 feet in a five-year flood and 1.1 feet in a more severe 50-year flood.

Construction of the $3.83 million project is slated to begin next spring after several years of studies, meetings and obtaining the necessary permits. It could be delayed, pending the outcome of the appeal.

"We're not against flood mitigation in Snoqualmie," said Snoqualmie Tribal Administrator Matt Mattson. "We have community members who live in Snoqualmie, and they are as concerned about flooding as everybody else.

"The Falls is about the identity of the tribe and the identity of the Snoqualmie people."

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