The Council's program is the largest regional effort 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. The Council approved Part II of the 2020 Addendum in January 2020. The Council anticipates completing Part I in August of 2020, reorganizing the program’s goal and objectives and providing a better platform for reporting on program performance. When complete, the Council’s Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program will consist of the 2014 Program and the 2020 Addendum together.