Wells Hydroelectric Project FERC License No. 2149
Wells Anadromous Fish Agreement and Habitat Conservation Plan
Douglas PUD worked cooperatively with various state and federal fisheries agencies, including National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (CCT), the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation (YN), and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and an environmental organization, American Rivers, to develop the first hydropower Anadromous Fish Agreement and Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for anadromous salmon and steelhead. The Wells HCP commits Douglas PUD to a 50-year program to ensure that its Wells Hydroelectric Project has no net impact on mid-Columbia salmon and steelhead runs, accomplished through a combination of juvenile and adult fish-passage measures at Wells Dam, off-site hatchery programs and evaluations, and habitat restoration work conducted in tributary streams upstream of the dam.
The Wells HCP has been signed by NMFS, USFWS, WDFW, CCT, YN, Douglas PUD, and the Wells Project Power Purchasers (Puget Sound Energy, Portland General Electric, PacifiCorp and Avista Corporation). The Wells HCP was reviewed and approved by NMFS following the issuance of biological opinions and Incidental Take Permits covering hatchery and hydro project operations. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the Wells HCP on June 21, 2004.
The HCP provides Endangered Species Act coverage for all of the permit species (spring Chinook, summer/fall Chinook, and sockeye salmon; and steelhead). The HCP also constitutes the parties' terms, conditions and recommendations for Plan Species (includes the permit species listed above, plus coho salmon) under Sections 10(a), 10(j) and 18 of the Federal Power Act, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, the Essential Fish Habitat provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act, and Title 77 RCW of the State of Washington.
The Wells HCP Coordinating Committee oversees the implementation of the Wells HCP including providing technical oversight over all of the passage and survival related measures required by the Wells HCP. The HCP Coordinating Committee also supervises the other committees including resolving any disputes within those committees. The Wells HCP Tributary Committee oversees the implementation of the Tributary Conservation Plan which utilizes funds set aside each year by Douglas PUD to enhance tributary habitats upstream of Wells Dam. The Hatchery Committee overseeing the implementation of the Hatchery Compensation Plan which is intended to enhance the productive potential of all five plan species by up to 7% through either hatchery or other committee approved enhancement actions.
2020 Survival Verification Study
Wells HCP Approved as a Comprehensive Plan
Anadromous Fish Agreement and Habitat Conservation Plan
HCP Supporting Documents
Incidental Take Permits for HCP Plan Species
Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans (HGMP)
Biological Opinions Supporting Incidental Take Permits
FERC Orders Approving HCP
Links to HCP Annual Reports Page