Wells Hydroelectric Project FERC License No. 2149

The goal of the Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan (ANSMP) is to prevent the introduction and/or spread of aquatic nuisance species (ANS) in the Wells Hydroelectric Project (Wells Project) waters. 

Public Utility District No. 1 of Douglas County (Douglas PUD), in collaboration with the Aquatic Settlement Work Group (Aquatic SWG), has agreed to implement several Protection, Mitigation and Enhancement measures (PMEs) in support of the ANSMP. 

The PMEs presented within the ANSMP are designed to meet the following objectives:

  • Implement best management practices to prevent Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) proliferation during in-water (i.e., construction, maintenance and recreation improvements) improvement activities in the Project.
  • Continue participation in regional and state efforts to prevent the introduction and spread of ANS.  Activities include continued monitoring for the presence of ANS, monitoring by catch data collected during other aquatic management plan activities and conducting education outreach within the Project.
  • In response to proposed changes in the Project requiring Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval, the Aquatic SWG will assess the potential effects, if any, with respect to the introduction or proliferation of ANS in the Project to inform management decisions to support success of the ANSMP and will implement reasonable and appropriate measures to address any potential effects.

Actions under the ANSMP include monitoring for zebra and quagga mussels and other aquatic invasive plant and animal species and providing information to the public about ways to prevent the introduction and spread of ANS.