Conservation/Environment Habitat Conservation Plans

The Chelan and Douglas PUDs worked cooperatively with state and federal fisheries agencies and tribes to develop the first Hydro Power Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) for anadromous salmon and steelhead. These agencies and tribes joined us in signing the plans:

  • Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
  • NOAA Fisheries
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation

Chelan PUD developed plans for the Rocky Reach and Rock Island Hydro Projects.

Douglas PUD developed a plan for the Wells Hydro Project.

The plans commit the two utilities to a 50-year program to ensure that their hydro projects have no net impact on mid-Columbia salmon and steelhead runs. This will be accomplished through a combination of fish bypass systems, spill at the hydro projects, off-site hatchery programs and evaluations, and habitat restoration work conducted in mid-Columbia tributary systems.

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The original Mid-Columbia Habitat Conservation Plan website has been archived. Please contact Becky Gallaher if you need access to any of that data.