Fish and Wildlife

Rocky Reach Fish LadderThe mission of Chelan PUD’s Fish & Wildlife Programs is to meet the District’s regulatory requirements and natural resource stewardship responsibilities in a safe, cost-efficient manner.

Chelan PUD personnel develop, perform, and coordinate surveys and studies, providing the expertise both in the office and the field to meet specific license requirements mandated for the hydroelectric projects operated by the District.

The District also must carry out species monitoring and enhancement projects in order to meet requirements of our Habitat Conservation Plan agreements and the Endangered Species Act. Ongoing studies and monitoring projects serve to maintain a data set to address issues that may arise during project relicensing and other regulatory permit processes for the District’s hydroelectric projects.

2021 will bring more investment in PUD dams, grid, facilities

by Rachel Hansen | Nov 03, 2020

PUD commissioners reviewed a 2021 budget that marches forward with plans outlined in the utility’s strategic plan. The budget includes significant investments at the dams, new substations to improve reliability, and new metering technology for better customer service. (2:00:38 on the board meeting audio)

Overall, the PUD’s financial outlook remains strong. Staff expect flat revenues and a 1 percent increase in net expenses compared to 2020, resulting in a forecasted $55 million bottom line. The budget includes paying down debt, and reducing the debt ratio from 30 percent this year to under 25 percent in 2021.

The PUD plans to spend about $195 million on key capital projects that support the strategic plan, including:

  • Construction of a new Service Center at Olds Station
  • Remodels at the Discovery Center, and other facilities at Rocky Reach and Rock Island
  • Maintenance and modernization of power-generating units at Rocky Reach and Rock Island dams
  • Construction of distribution substations in Wenatchee, Leavenworth and Chelan
  • Advanced metering roll-out for better reliability and customer service

The annual budget priorities are part of a five-year business plan, which commissioners reviewed Oct. 5.

The second public hearing for the 2021 budget will be Nov. 16, followed by a board vote on Dec. 7.

In other news, commissioners:

  • Heard a report about the process to re-issue a special permit from the U.S. Forest Service for the McKenzie-Beverly transmission line (1:51)
  • A report about fish quality and hatchery operations by Fish & Wildlife staff (1:08)
  • Heard a report about maintenance repairs at Tumwater Dam fishway in November and December. (03:04)

Upcoming events:

  • Nov. 5, 2-6 p.m. – Wellness event with Parques Padrinos, Methow Park
  • Nov. 16 -- Commission meeting, 10 a.m., virtual meeting
  • Nov. 24 – Tri-Commission meeting, 1 p.m., virtual meeting

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The next regular PUD commission meeting is at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 16. The public is welcome to attend remotely in accordance with the latest guidance from the state Department of Health.

Chelan PUD records most commission meetings, and a link to the audio is available on the PUD’s home page at Find us at and follow us on Twitter @ChelanPUD.

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