PacifiCorp to spend 20M for fish habitat

first_imgPacifiCorp, which has more than 130,000 customers in Washington, will spend more than $20 million on habitat improvement for salmon and steelhead in the Lewis River watershed.A preliminary decision from the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service directs the Portland-based utility to develop habitat improvements in the river instead of additional fish passage facilities into Merwin Reservoir, according to PacifiCorp.Regulatory agencies will still review and approve plans ahead of their implementation, and the agencies will also consider whether to require additional fish passage facilities into Yale Reservoir later.“These decisions, which are based on extensive scientific studies, will have significant and long-lasting benefits for salmon and steelhead that call the Lewis River drainage home,” said Mark Sturtevant, managing director of PacifiCorp Renewable Resources, in a news release. “Conserving fish habitat and enhancing fish populations in the Pacific Northwest is important to our communities. Our mission is to conserve this fish habitat and enhance salmon and steelhead populations while producing the low-cost, emission-free electricity our customers count on and care about.”In the late 1990s, the original licenses from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for PacifiCorp’s dams in the North Fork of the Lewis River started to expire, said Todd Olson, director of compliance at PacifiCorp.last_img

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