Wells Hydroelectric Project

Upper Columbia; Columbia River, Douglas County, Washington

Project Profile

Wells Dam impedes passage for ESA-listed fish. NOAA Fisheries, Douglas Public Utility District, the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Yakama and Colville tribes developed a habitat conservation plan for salmon and steelhead. The plan commits Douglas PUD to a 50-year program to ensure that its hydro project has no net impact on listed fish species. It does this through improved project fish passage, and improving tributary habitat by providing annual funding of about $180,000.

Listed Species

Upper Columbia River Chinook

Upper Columbia River steelhead

Licensee

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

FERC Relicensing Status

NOAA Fisheries, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Colville Tribe, Yakama Nation and Douglas PUD signed a settlement agreement for implementation of a Habitat Conservation Plan for anadromous fish in 2004.  A new operating license for Wells Hydroelectric Project was issued to Douglas PUD on November 9, 2012.

Resources

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

FERC eLibrary: Docket #P-2149

NOAA Fisheries Biological Opinion