|Description of Site
Security By Design provided a Security Vulnerability Study
and delivered a Conceptual Design Report to Seattle City Light.
The Skagit Project involved of three major hydroelectric plants
and one minor (but historic) plant, located along a 10-mile
portion of the Skagit River in Whatcom County, Washington.
The Project was constructed over a 35-year period, beginning
in 1921 with the Newhalem Hydroelectric Plant (the minor facility),
which was used to furnish power for the construction of the
major facilities at the Gorge, Diablo, and Ross Hydroelectric
Plants. Each hydroelectric plan consists of a dam, reservoir,
water delivery pipes, powerhouse, electrical substation, and
related facilities. The project included industrial shops,
commercial enterprises, and residential facilities at Newhalem
and Diablo. The National Park Service operates recreational
facilities adjacent to and in conjunction with the Skagit
||Security By Design
In 1998, Seattle City Light assembled a team to review and
improve the level of Security at the Skagit Project. The initial
phase of this program was devoted to planning, conducting
a vulnerability analysis, and preparing a conceptual design.
Before any work was started, the team established goals and
objectives for the project that followed the initial phase
through to the final design phase. Key personnel were interviewed,
visits and surveys of each site was conducted, a review of
existing security equipment/systems was completed, security
policies and procedures were reviewed, a review of the history
of security incidents was performed, an assessment of the
vulnerabilities and existing security measures was completed.
We established the probability and magnitude of losses, formulated
conceptual mitigation alternatives, and developed cost budgets
so that logical business decisions could be made.
Of Special Interest
The ability to maintain a homogeneous atmosphere with the
recreational use of land between the National Park Service,
tourists, and Seattle City Light was one of the greatest challenges
from each users point of view. Public access roads lead from
the highway to housing areas, public museums, trails, and
hiking areas that are adjacent to the power plants. The need
to set clear procedures as to who is allowed into what areas,
under what conditions, by which authority was a major concern.