How To Spend ‘Cost-Savings’ On Basin Fish/Wildlife Projects? BPA, Council Not On Same Page; Pike Suppression Not Yet Fully Funded

March 19th, 2020

A disagreement between the Bonneville Power Administration and the Northwest Power and Conservation Council on the amount of money available through a cost-savings fund is resulting in underfunding what the Council says are two important Columbia River basin fish and wildlife projects – ocean salmon survival research and northern pike suppression.

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Draft Report Pegs BPA’s 2019 Fish/Wildlife Costs At $788 Million, $17 Billion Since 1981; 25 Percent Of Wholesale Power Rate

March 19th, 2020

Direct expenses in fiscal year 2019 by the Bonneville Power Administration for costs it incurred by funding the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program amounted to $240.4 million, some $19 million lower than its direct expenses in FY 2018, according to a draft report released this week for public review by the Council.

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Council Discusses Remaining Key Issues In Basin Fish/Wildlife Program, Extends Deadline For Goals, Objectives

December 12th, 2019

In moving toward an updating of the Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council this week discussed some of the key unresolved issues, such as salmon reintroduction above blocked areas and predator management.

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Comments On Proposed Additions To Basin Fish/Wildlife Program Hit Wide Range Of Topics: BPA Stresses Cost Control

November 21st, 2019

Climate change, reintroducing salmon and steelhead to areas blocked by dams, dam breaching and predators topped the list of issues in comments received by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Committee in response to a draft Addendum to its Columbia River Basin 2014 Fish and Wildlife Program.

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As NW Power/Conservation Council Prepares 2020 Basin FW Program, Agencies/Tribes Want More Discussion On Goals, Objectives

November 14th, 2019

Part of a process that was to be decided by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Committee this January will instead take a step back, adding as many as six months to determine the most appropriate goals, objectives and indicators to be included in the Council’s draft 2020 Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program Addendum.

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Science Panel Completes Review Of Report On Feasibility Of Reintroducing Anadromous Salmonids Above Grand Coulee Dam

November 7th, 2019

A panel of scientists completed a review of the Upper Columbia United Tribes’ phase 1 report that describes the feasibility of reintroducing salmon and steelhead into the reaches of the Columbia River upstream of Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams.

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BPA Proposing Programmatic Environmental Review For All Columbia River Tributary Fish/Wildlife Habitat Restoration Projects

November 7th, 2019

The Bonneville Power Administration is proposing a “programmatic environmental review” for all Columbia River tributary fish and wildlife habitat restoration projects the agency funds through the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program.

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NW Power/Conservation Council Power Supply Report Warns Loss Of Load Probability Rises In Next Five Years; Coal Plants Retiring

October 31st, 2019

The regional power supply will become inadequate to provide the region’s full demand for electricity by 2021 and that inadequacy will only rise into 2024 if regional utilities don’t acquire additional power sources, a report by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council warns.

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