Northwest RiverPartners advocates for the bettering of our communities, our region, and the world through the low-cost, carbon-free hydropower system. Together, we encourage the balanced use of Columbia Basin rivers, while working towards solutions that help hydropower and salmon coexist and thrive.
Powering Our Lives
Hydropower’s Multiple Benefits
Clean, renewable, reliable energy
Irrigation for Northwest agriculture
Navigable routes for river commerce and the Northwest’s export trade
Provides thousands of jobs to the Northwest region
Flood control for farms and communities
Reservoirs for recreation
Learn More About the Northwest Hydropower SystemWe’ve updated our data and resources with the most recently available science. To access this information, click or tap the button below. There you’ll find a host of fact sheets and materials, including our 2019 Fast Facts reference guide.
Our Valued Rivers
When it comes to reducing our reliance on carbon-emitting energy sources, the Northwest is leading the nation with the use of hydropower.
Hydropower acts like a giant, clean battery, helping us provide power to millions of homes.
Northwest farmers feed the region and the world with vital crops such as apples,
potatoes, corn, peas, alfalfa, hay, and grapes. They rely on the river for irrigation and transport of these goods.
The Northwest economy was built on and continues to thrive with abundant, low-cost hydropower.
Hydropower dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers provide a wealth of recreational opportunities for hundreds of thousands of Northwest residents and visitors.
Northwest dams and reservoirs help protect the region’s families and businesses from devastating floods, saving lives and property.
Hydropower accounts for 47% of the total average annual electricity production and 80% of the carbon-free annual electricity production in the Northwest.
New fish protections have been put into place at all eight lower Columbia and lower Snake River dams, increasing juvenile survival rates to between 93% and 99% at each dam.