We acknowledge the hard work of the Tribes and many agencies of the federal government for reaching this agreement. We at the Northwest Power and Conservation Council support implementation of the Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program, and its measure that calls for a science-based approach to studying the feasibility of reintroduction of anadromous fish above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams. Our work dating back to 2014 with the Tribes, states and others provided an opportunity for dialogue and, subsequently, this agreement. The Council’s Program called for this work to be scientifically based, coordinated broadly and implemented in a stepwise manner. We are gratified that our role, as set out in the NW Power Act, as convener of multiple voices in the region serves as an important public policy influence in the realm of fish and wildlife mitigation in the Columbia River Basin.
Bill Edmonds, Executive Director
Northwest Power & Conservation Council