The Bonneville Power Administration is rescheduling its workshop on its June Columbia River High Water report. It will now be held from 1-5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 12, to discuss the June high-runoff event.
The workshop was originally planned for Oct. 7, but was rescheduled at the request of interested participants. The meeting will be in the Rates Hearing Room at BPA headquarters in Portland. A phone bridge is available for participants unable to attend in person. The call in number is 503-230-5566, and the passcode is 8277#.
At the meeting, BPA will review key points of the high water report that BPA sent to customers and interested parties Sept. 14 and begin to discuss options for additional tools, policies and protocols that might be developed for future high water events. The report outlines the steps BPA and others took this June during high Columbia River stream flows to avoid harming fish because of excess spill. This was the first high-runoff event since large amounts of wind power were added to the Northwest power mix. The goal is to use the report as a launching pad for open dialogue about operational and policy tools available or required to respond effectively to future high-runoff and high wind events.
Paul Norman, former executive vice president of Power Services, has agreed to serve as the workshop facilitator. The report and an accompanying cover letter are available online at: www.bpa.gov/go/reports.
If you plan to attend the Oct. 12 workshop -- either in person or via phone bridge -- please e-mail Steve Kerns at firstname.lastname@example.org. If your organization has questions or comments on the report you would like BPA to consider as we prepare for this workshop, please e-mail them and any supporting information to Kerns by Monday, Oct. 4.