The Council's program is the largest regional report to recover and protect fish and wildlife in the nation. Funded by the federal Bonneville Power Administration under the authority of the 1980 Northwest Power Act, the program mitigates the impacts of hydropower dams on fish and wildlife. It also helps direct more than $250 million each year to over 350 projects throughout the Columbia River Basin.
The Council is in the middle of a public process to amend the 2014 Fish and Wildlife Program. The Council is proceeding by developing an addendum to add to the 2014 Program, rather than a revision of the 2014 Program text. As of March 2020, Part I of the 2020 Addendum is still under development, and when complete will reorganize the program’s goal and objectives and provide a better platform for reporting on program performance. The Council anticipates completing Part I in the second half of 2020. The Council has already finalized Part II of the 2020 Addendum. Thus at this time (March 2020) the Council’s Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program now consists of the 2014 Program and Part II of the 2020 Addendum.