Rocky Reach, Wells and Rock Island (Mid-Columbia) Habitat Conservation Plans

These habitat conservation plans, referred to collectively as the Mid-Columbia HCP, are for three hydropower projects covering more than 100 river miles on the mainstem of the mid-Columbia River. They are Douglas County Public Utility District's Wells Hydroelectric Project, and Chelan County Public Utility District's Rocky Reach and Rock Island dams.

The public utility districts worked cooperatively with various state and federal fisheries agencies, including NOAA Fisheries, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, three Native American tribes and an environmental organization, American Rivers, to develop the first hydropower habitat conservation plans for salmon and steelhead.

The plans commit the two utilities to a 50-year program to ensure that their projects have no net impact on mid-Columbia salmon and steelhead runs. This will be accomplished through a combination of fish bypass systems, spill at the hydro projects, off-site hatchery programs and evaluations, and habitat restoration work in mid-Columbia tributary streams.

Rocky Reach

Incidental Take Permit 207kb

Biological Opinion 380kb

Biological Opinion License Amendment 925kb

Habitat Conservation Plan Link to a non-government website  962kb


Incidental Take Permit 198kb

Biological Opinion 358kb

Biological Opinion License Amendment 1MB

Habitat Conservation Plan Link to a non-government website

Rock Island

Incidental Take Permit 146kb

Biological Opinion 372kb

Biological Opinion License Amendment 983kb

Habitat Conservation Plan Link to a non-government website  715kb