BPA plan for salmon approved
Grisoli noted that the plan meets the requirements of the Northwest Power Act and had been endorsed by the governors of Idaho, Montana and Washington. Bonneville officials said they did not know why Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski had not endorsed the plan, and the governor's spokeswoman was not immediately available.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries decided last week the proposed spill plan meets the needs of fish listed under the Endangered Species Act.
Bonneville officials estimate the plan will save Northwest ratepayers up to $28 million this year by balancing power-generation and salmon-conservation needs.
But environmental groups renewed their opposition to the plan.
"This short-sighted decision will likely kill thousands of salmon and steelhead and will further undermine the Bush administration's salmon plan, which has already been found inadequate by a federal court and has not been fully funded or implemented," said Rob Masonis, Northwest regional director of American Rivers.
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