Our mission is to ensure, with public participation, an affordable and reliable energy system while enhancing fish and wildlife in the Columbia River Basin.
- We take the long view. We work for the wellbeing of future generations, not just our own
- We have a regional perspective. We address the interests of the region as a whole
- We serve the public. We listen to their concerns and we strive to bring insight to the issues affecting them
- We are independent. We tell people what they need to know because trust is the basis of partnership and the key to progress
- We embrace learning. We’re open to change and diverse views because it sparks opportunity
In the next two to three years, the Council will complete the two major planning activities required under the Power Act: developing a fish and wildlife program and a 20-year regional power plan.
The question to consider is: What do we want to achieve, beyond the strict legal requirements of the act, through these planning processes?
Our goals should respond to the many changes in our planning environment: the evolving science about the Columbia Basin ecosystem; the Northwest’s economy; the availability of BPA funding for fish and wildlife restoration; the cost of generating resources; the political engagement of the public; and the operation of the Columbia River power system.
Given these challenges, the Council will pursue the following strategic priorities:
- Strengthen the Council’s position as a recognized, credible, and objective hub for regional power planning information and analysis
- Make the Seventh Northwest Power Plan relevant and useful to the region, while also meeting the statutory requirements of the act
- On an ongoing basis, update and adapt the Council’s power planning methods, processes, and analytical tools to the changing characteristics and needs of the Northwest power system
Fish and Wildlife
- Strengthen the Council’s position as a recognized, credible, and objective hub for regional fish and wildlife planning information and analysis
- Continue to improve the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the region’s restoration actions through fish and wildlife program amendments and project reviews
- Work aggressively to implement habitat improvements that benefit fish and wildlife in the mainstem, tributaries, and estuary
- Continue the work to reform artificial production practices so that they are effective in improving production above Bonneville Dam while protecting, and benefitting where possible, naturally spawning populations
- Continue the focus to communicate effectively with stakeholders and the public to create engagement