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2019 Northwest RiverPartners Fast Facts Reference Guide



We value keeping up with the latest information and science on hydropower and salmon. By relying on trustworthy sources, it is our belief that all sides can come work together to achieve the best outcomes possible. Below you will find links to fact sheets, files, and websites that offer great information on the hydropower system and salmon.

CRSO Overview (website)
CRSO Documents (website)
Hydropower – Flexibility and Project Statistics (website)
Fish and Wildlife – Operations, Predation, and Habitat Improvements (website)
Fish and Wildlife – Survival and System Travel Time (website)

History of Hydro and Salmon
– ESA Fact Sheet (.pdf)
– Map of Columbia/Snake River System (.pdf)
NWPCC – Dams: History and Purpose (website)
NWPCC – Floods and Flood Control (website)

Value of Hydro
BPA – Snake Dams Fact Sheet 2016 (.pdf)
Chelan PUD / National Hydro Association – Reinvigorating Hydropower (.pdf)
NWPCC – BPA Electricity (website)
NWPCC – Power Supply (website)
Corps of Engineers – Methane Emissions from Col/Snake River Reservoirs Fact Sheet (.docx)
Washington Grain Commission – 2018-2019 Wheat Facts (.pdf)

Fish and Wildlife
River of Money – Spending for fish and wildlife over time (.pdf)
BPA – Fish and Wildlife Investments 2015 (.pdf)
Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences – Estimates of Chinook Salmon Consumption by Marine Mammal Predators (website)
NOAA Fisheries – Southern Resident Killer Whales and Snake River Dams (.pdf)
NOAA Fisheries – Southern Resident Killer Whales and West Coast Chinook Salmon (.pdf)
NOAA Fisheries – Exposure to Toxic Chemicals (.pdf)
NWPCC – 2018 Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program Costs Report (.pdf)

Salmon Runs and Returns
Adult Returns Graph 1938-2016 (.pdf)
Salmon Lifecycle (website)
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences – Ocean and Dam Influences on Salmon Survival (website)
PLOS Biology – Rethinking Dams: Pacific Salmon Recovery May Rest on Other Factors (website)
WDFW Washington State Fish Passage Map (website)

Salmon Plans and Protection
2016 Comprehensive Evaluation of FCRPS Salmon Progress (website)
Federal Agencies – Citizen’s Guide to the 2016 Comprehensive Evaluation (.pdf)
2014-2018 Implementation Plan for the FCRPS Biological Opinion (.pdf)
Corps of Engineers Info on Spillway Weirs (.pdf)
Corps of Engineers – Cooling Water for Fish Passage with Snake River Dams (website)

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Other Resources

Bonneville Power Administration
BPA and its partners operate the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS). Financed through the rates of northwest electric customers, BPA markets electricity, and works to protect and enhance environmental, fish, and wildlife values while keeping electric infrastructure maintained and reliable.

Columbia River DART (Data Access in Real Time)
Purpose is to provide accurate anadromous juvenile and adult fish counts at the Columbia and Snake River dams.

NW Power and Conservation Council
To ensure, with public participation, an affordable and reliable energy system while enhancing fish and wildlife in the Columbia River Basin. Was the original creator of, and every 5 years amends, the Federal Columbia River Power System’s Fish and Wildlife Program.

The Federal Caucus
Ten federal agencies working for endangered salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River Basin. Their website offers current and historic information on the work of the Caucus to recover ESA-Listed Columbia/Snake River Basin salmon and steelhead.

US Army Corps of Engineers
Seeks to ensure that USACE owned and operated dams do not present unacceptable risks to people, property, or the environment, with the emphasis on people. Northwest focus on flood risk management, dam safety, dredging for navigation, and river recreation.

nwrpFact Sheets and Links