From the inception of this program, the Council has supported the concept of protecting some streams and wildlife habitats from hydroelectric development where the Council believes such development would have major negative impacts that could not be reversed. Beginning in 1983, the Council directed extensive studies of existing habitat and has analyzed alternative means of protection.
In 1988, the Council concluded that:
For more information and for the formal Protected Areas provisions, see the Basinwide Habitat Strategies on Protected Areas (Section II(D)(1)(e)) and Appendix B to the Council's 2009 Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. The operative Protected Areas database is not physically within the Fish and Wildlife Program. You may access it through the sidebar (right).
Does the Council discourage hydropower?
No. The Council is commissioned to balance fish and wildlife needs with energy needs, and has developed the Fish and Wildlife Program and Energy Plan to reflect this balance. Hydropower is a vital clean energy source, which the Council supports while still protecting critical habitat for fish and wildlife.
To view historical documents, maps, and data for protected areas, see Streamnet's Protected Areas page, which includes a link to their interactive mapper. Draw boxes to zoom in to specific streams, then create printable maps or click streams for full detail.
miles of protected streams - click to enlarge