Rocky Reach Hydroelectric Project

Upper Columbia; Columbia River, Chelan & Douglas Counties, Washington

Project Profile

The Rocky Reach Hydroelectric Project affects passage and mortality rates for ESA-listed fish. The settlement parties are implementing a 50-year habitat conservation plan that sets a No Net Impact project standard, including a combined 91% project survival rate for migrating juvenile and adult fish, improved hatchery practices, and funds (about $230,000 per year) for improving tributary habitat.

Listed Species

Upper Columbia River Chinook

Upper Columbia River steelhead

Licensee

Public Utility District No. 1 of Chelan County (Chelan PUD)

FERC Relicensing Status

NOAA Fisheries, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Colville Tribe, Yakama Nation and Chelan PUD signed a settlement agreement for implementation of a Habitat Conservation Plan for anadromous fish in 2004.  The new license expires in 2052.

Resources

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

FERC eLibrary: Docket #P-2145

NOAA Fisheries Biological Opinion