Bonneville Power Administration’s Crystal Ball spoke to the Northwest Power and
Conservation Council at its meeting this week in Portland. It was her first
appearance at the Council since she assumed the position March 31 as the agency’s
Executive Manager for its Fish and Wildlife
Division. She replaces Bryan Mercier,
who left BPA last year.
the Executive Manager, Ball is responsible for overseeing the planning,
development and administration of the fish and wildlife program.
to her remarks Tuesday, April 9, Ball will continue to work with the Council to
seek fish and wildlife funding opportunities through cost savings, an effort
begun several years ago by both the Council’s Fish and Wildlife staff and by
Mercier at BPA. Those are funds that can be “repurposed,” she said.
addition, she confirmed that Bonneville will continue to manage the costs of
its Fish and Wildlife program.
strategic plan calls for taking a more disciplined approach to managing the
total costs of our fish and wildlife program,” she said, and it “intends to
manage the fish and wildlife program at or below the rate of inflation,
inclusive of any new obligations.”
reductions to Fish and Wildlife programs will help offset the cost of spill,
according to Ball. She said the information was provided to customers and
stakeholders Monday, April 8.
is proposing that there will be no Spill Surcharge for FY 2019,” she said. “The
calculated cost of additional spill will be offset through Fish and Wildlife
program reductions in FY 2019 compared to those assumed for setting BP-18
reductions are occurring through efficiencies and reduced contract budgets that
have already been agreed upon,” she said. “BPA is not proposing further program
or project cuts in FY 2019.”
has been at BPA for over 20 years. Since 2011, she has worked in
Intergovernmental Affairs as the principle BPA representative for energy and
environmental policy in Oregon. There she advised the Administrator and
executives on Oregon state government energy and environmental policies,
according to information provided by the Council. She also built and maintained
constructive relationships with Oregon constituents, including the governor’s
policy advisors and state energy and natural resource agency directors and
over 20 years of public policy and communication experience, Ball has a
thorough understanding of the Federal Columbia River Power System and is no
stranger to the opportunities and challenges facing BPA and the fish and
wildlife program,” a Council April 2 Memorandum (https://www.nwcouncil.org/sites/default/files/2019_0409_3.pdf).
“She has been managing the full range of issues and answering questions about
BPA from regional and national interest groups for most of her career,
including when she represented BPA in the Washington, D.C. office.”
is from Idaho Falls, Idaho and began working for BPA as a high school student.
understands the tremendous value the Columbia River system generates for the
people of the Pacific Northwest and she is passionate about telling people what
makes the vast cultural and natural resources of our region so unique,” the
Council memo says.
more about the Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program and amendment process go to https://www.nwcouncil.org/fish-and-wildlife
more about Bonneville’s Fish and Wildlife Division go to https://www.bpa.gov/efw/FishWildlife/Pages/default.aspx
CBB, Dec. 21, 2019, “Council Receives Proposed Amendments To Basin Fish And
Wildlife Program, Comments Due Feb. 4” http://www.cbbulletin.com/441943.aspx