An annual plan that guides operations at Columbia River dams
for fiscal year 2016 is available for review by fish and dam managers at http://www.nwd-c.usace.army.mil/tmt/documents/wmp/2016/Oct_1_Draft/20150930_WMP_Draft_1.pdf.
The draft 2016 Water Management Plan outlines how the
Bonneville Power Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the
Bureau of Reclamation, also known as the action agencies, will operate the
Federal Columbia River Power System to protect salmon and steelhead listed as threatened
or endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act. The plan covers the
federal fiscal year from October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016.
The actions the agencies will take have been identified in
the NOAA Fisheries 2008 FCRPS BiOp, as supplemented in 2010 and 2014 (the 2014
NOAA Fisheries Supplemental BiOp), and the USFWS 2000 FCRPS BiOp and 2006 Libby
BiOp, according to the draft plan.
While the action agencies are the final authorities on the
content of the water management plan, they are coordinating with the
interagency Technical Management Team to complete the final water management
plan review and they will consult with TMT in-season as they implement the
actions within the plan. TMT consists of representatives from the action agencies,
NOAA Fisheries, USFWS, the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana,
and Tribal sovereigns.
The action agencies will prepare seasonal updates to the
2016 WMP that will be posted for regional review through the TMT at
The system operations may be adjusted according to water
year conditions based on coordination with the TMT, the draft plan says.
According to the draft plan, the operations are designed to:
1. Implement water management measures consistent with
actions considered in their respective BiOps.
2. Assist in meeting the biological performance standards
specified in the BiOps in combination with other actions or operations
identified in the 2014 NOAA Fisheries Supplemental BiOp.
3. Meet other FCRPS project requirements and purposes such
as flood risk management, hydropower, irrigation, navigation, recreation, and
fish and wildlife not listed under the ESA.
4. Take into account recommendations contained in the
applicable Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program
The WMP also includes any special operations planned for the
year (e.g., special tests, required maintenance, construction activities, etc.)
known at the time the WMP is developed.