Lorri Bodi has been named the Bonneville Power Administration’s vice president for Environment, Fish and Wildlife, the federal power marketing agency announced today.
Bodi has served as acting vice president for Environment, Fish and Wildlife since June 2010. She replaced Greg Delwiche, who moved into his new job as senior vice president for Power Services.
In making the announcement, BPA Chief Operating Officer Anita Decker highlighted the skills Bodi is bringing to the job.
"Lorri has continually demonstrated a remarkable combination of negotiating and leadership skills that is matched by her command of the complex issues facing the agency,” Decker said. “From her years as senior policy adviser on fish issues, she has been immersed in the policy and biological details of our vast fish recovery effort. She has most recently shown her ability to bring often conflicting parties to the bargaining table by completing the Willamette Wildlife Agreement that protects nearly 2,500 acres of vital wildlife habitat in Oregon."
Bodi came to BPA as a senior policy adviser in 1998 and has helped shape BPA's plans for mitigating the impacts of the hydro system on salmon and steelhead. She has supported BPA's emphasis on biological performance standards and the importance of working in partnership with states, tribes and other federal agencies. Bodi was a lead negotiator for the historic Columbia Basin Fish Accords, which she will continue to implement in her new position.
Before coming to BPA, Bodi served as co-director of American Rivers’ Northwest office and as an attorney for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where she worked closely with utilities and river users and spearheaded several major settlements, including the original Vernita Bar Agreements to protect salmon eggs and juvenile fish.
"It is truly a privilege to be overseeing BPA's environmental stewardship team," said Bodi. "We implement the nation's largest fish and wildlife program, manage pollution control and clean up, preserve cultural resources and conduct extensive environmental analyses. The region's water, fish, land and air all benefit from the work we do and the partnerships we have forged."
Bodi is enthusiastic about her new role.
"During my time as acting vice president, I've been impressed by the knowledge and the passion of the people in Environment, Fish and Wildlife. We have major challenges ahead of us, but I know that we are up to the task."
BPA is a not-for-profit federal electric utility that operates a high-voltage transmission grid comprising more than 15,000 miles of lines and associated substations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. It also markets more than a third of the electricity consumed in the Pacific Northwest. The power is produced at 31 federal dams operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation and one nuclear plant in the Northwest and is sold to more than 140 Northwest utilities. BPA purchases power from seven wind projects and has more than 3,300 megawatts of wind interconnected to its transmission system.