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City Light Working to Restore Ross Lake Access

Seattle City Light is working to restore access to Ross Lake that was cut off by a rockslide in March that destroyed the landing dock at the east end of Diablo Lake.

Granite Construction has been hired to remove additional loose rock from the hillside above the rock slide in order to stabilize it, and make some preparations for a replacement landing dock at the east end of Diablo Lake. City Light will build new dock anchor blocks on shore, and then move an existing concrete dock from the west end of the lake to serve the east end. One of the existing dock facilities at the west end of Lake Diablo will be used until a new wooden dock can be built sometime this summer.

The concrete replacement dock should be in place by the week of June 14, weather permitting.

Ross Lake Resort opens for the season June 10. Until the replacement dock is in place, City Light will use smaller boats to ferry visitors to the National Park Service’s landing on the east side of the lake at no cost. Regular service with the fisherman’s ferry will resume once the replacement dock is in place for $20 round-trip or $10 one-way.

Government Relations Veteran Joins Seattle City Light

City Light hired Maura Brueger, currently a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to be the utility’s director of government and legislative affairs, Superintendent Jorge Carrasco announced today.

“As Congress continues to debate a new national energy policy, it will be critical for Seattle City Light to be well-represented in Washington, D.C.,” Carrasco said.  Decisions will be made on climate change and carbon emissions that could have a significant impact on our hydro resources, as well as costs to our ratepayers,” he adds. “I am pleased to have someone with Maura’s skill and experience representing our interests in D.C. and Olympia.”

Maura Brueger

Brueger has more than 25 years of government relations experience. Before joining HUD in Washington, D.C., as the senior advisor to Deputy Secretary Ron Sims, she worked with several King County departments and served as Sims’ director of federal relations when he served as King County executive.

Brueger earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan. Her first day at City Light will be June 16.

Seattle City Light is the ninth largest public electric utility in the United States.  It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to nearly 1 million Seattle area residents.  City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.