Cogenerating Columbia River Salmon and Hydropower

by Ed Chaney, Pacific Northwest Natural Resource, Consultants, Eagle, ID, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


In recent years a number of regional institutional arrangements have been consumated which have potential for reducing overfishing of Columbia River chinook stocks. In the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act of 1980 the U. S. Congress attempted to remedy past legislative failures to protect anadromous fish and dependent fisheries in the development of the Federal Columbia River Power System. This article: 1) examines the failure of traditional institutional arrangements to protect anadromous fish salmon and dependent economies in development of Columbia River Basin hydroelectric potential; 2) describes the intent and design of remedial measures established by Congress through the Northwest Power Act; 3) suggests the unique regional planning authority established by the act provides unprecedented opportunity for inland and coastal zone interest to significantly influence future contribution of Columbia River salmon to inland and coastal zone fisheries.

Subject Headings: Rivers and streams | Hydro power | Fish and fishery management | Coastal management | Power plants | Urban and regional development | Electric power | Pacific Northwest | United States

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