The Bonneville Power Administration’s ‘direct expenses’ in fiscal year 2020 for the cost of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife program was $238.1 million, very near what direct expenses were in FY2019 ($240.4 million) and more than $21 million less than in FY2018, according to a draft report for Northwest governors released this week for 30 days of public review.
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council is about to launch a 14-month process to review 134 hatchery and habitat projects that are funded by the Bonneville Power Administration through the Council’s Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. It’s the largest the category of projects reviewed by the Council.
Approval of the Yakama Nation Hatchery Master Plan by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council on December 6th was a long-awaited step towards restoring wild salmon runs above Bonneville Dam. . . 38 years to be exact. Why did it take so long?
A recent CBB Notebook piece suggests salmon recovery in the Columbia Basin, given ESA listings, depends on an entity with the authority to direct stakeholders how to proceed. It also asserts that by this standard the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, which the author deems divided by regional strife and disagreements, is incapable of achieving the needed results. Respectfully, based on our past experience as Council members, we think the criticism is off the mark on both counts.
If John Dingell didn't like animals would any sort of fish protection have been included in the 1980 Northwest Power Act signed this month 40 years ago?
There is a lot of talk now about finding a new way to coordinate and improve Columbia Basin salmon recovery. A diverse group of river users, utilities and environmentalists is calling on Northwest governors to lead the way in finding collaborative solutions to recover Columbia/Snake River Basin salmon and steelhead populations listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.
The full Northwest Power and Conservation Council this week approved a recommendation for the Bonneville Power Administration to spend more than $35 million on 44 resident fish and sturgeon mitigation projects in the Columbia River basin. The recommendation comes with a message to BPA.
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Committee this week approved 44 Columbia River basin resident fish and sturgeon projects, with some projects exceeding by 10 percent the Bonneville Power Administration’s flat-lined 2021 fish and wildlife budget.
In the most recent draft of its annual report to Congress on the state of the Columbia River Basin, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council said that fiscal year 2020, which ends Sept. 30, 2020, was significant.