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 2014 Fish and Wildlife Program's Protected Area Strategy (Part Three, Section IV (A)(5)) and Appendix F to the Council's 2014 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).