Puyallup tribe suing Electron Dam citing fish kills

SEATTLE (AP) — The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is suing the owners and operators of the Electron Dam, alleging ongoing violations of the Endangered Species Act. The Seattle Times reports spring chinook, bull trout and steelhead in the Puyallup River are protected under the ESA, but the lawsuit says more than 100-year-old Electron Dam has for years been a known fish killer on the river. A Wednesday statement from the tribe says during a routine operation in July 2020, operators of the dam “stranded, suffocated and pulverized thousands of adults and juvenile fish.” The fish kill happened the same month the dam’s owners placed artificial turf in the river without a permit as part of a construction project.