This report provides an overview of actions to be taken in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington in Fiscal Year (FY) 2001 in support of the Council's efforts to protect, mitigate and enhance fish and wildlife resources in the Columbia River Basin. These actions make up the Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program's FY 2001 Annual Implementation Work Plan. Development of the work plan is a collaborative effort among the Council, the Bonneville Power Administration and the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority, which represents federal, state and tribal fish and wildlife managers.
In accordance with the Council's 2000 Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program, which established a new review and selection process called the "rolling province review," projects are now reviewed in two to three provinces every three years, rather than throughout the basin each year as in the past.
The 2001 review cycle reflects the transition to this new review process. As a result, along with ongoing projects funded for one year, this report also includes projects approved through the provincial review process completed in the Columbia Gorge and Inter-Mountain provinces. Those projects will be funded for three years. In addition, a separate "innovative projects" initiative for FY 2001 was also completed. Building on prior years, for FY 2001, the Council crafted a specific solicitation for innovative projects, and called upon Bonneville to earmark a portion of the available FY 2001 funds for them. Those projects are also part of this report.
The overview is arranged by province and its subbasins, and provides a brief project description, the sponsoring organizations, and the approved funding level for each project.