Construction of Hydroelectric Facility
In 1898, developers blasted away part of the Falls to install a hydroelectric facility inside the waterfall, diverting water to nearby turbines to generate electricity. The water flowing over the Falls is far less than what it was before the power plant came in. The hydroelectric facility is still a major detriment to the sacred waterfall, though it only accounts for one- percent of Puget Sound Energy’s electricity portfolio.
Puget Power (now Puget Sound Energy or PSE) 40 year relicense
The Protected Property was originally a part of the Falls Crossing Mixed Use development proposal, which would have contained up to 370 dwelling units and 215,000 square feet of commercial development.