Fisheries Recovery Programs in the Columbia Basin
The federal Columbia River Power System supplies electricity to the Northwest and beyond. The Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act of 1980 and the federal Endangered Species Act require federal agencies to protect and restore the fish runs impacted by development of federal dams on the Columbia and its tributaries. Information on federal efforts to protect and restore salmon and steelhead runs in the Columbia Basin can be found on the federal Salmon Recovery website. The Columbia Basin Bulletin provides an excellent source of news of Columbia Basin water, fish and wildlife.
As part of the mitigation for federal projects on the Columbia River, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) provides funding to the Yakama Nation, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and other local partners to restore habitat and fish runs in the Yakima Basin. These programs fund the hatchery programs for Chinook and coho salmon, associated research and monitoring, fish screen installation and maintenance, and habitat restoration projects. The Yakima Subbasin Plan, written by the YBFWRB, is meant to guide BPA investments in the Yakima Basin. Information about the work the BPA Fish & Wildlife Program funds can be found on the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program website.