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NW Fishletter #376, December 4, 2017

[8] Cost Savings From Fish & Wildlife Projects Totaled About $2M

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council on Nov. 15 approved the transfer of up $324,000 to repair or replace equipment at fish hatcheries in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington; and $150,000 for an environmental assessment of needed maintenance on five large irrigation fish-diversion screens.

The Cost Savings Workgroup identified nearly $2 million in savings that were either transferred to other fish and wildlife projects or returned to BPA.

While cost savings of $2 million were identified in 2017, only about $650,000 of the nearly $2 million is from FY 2017. A larger portion of the $2 million is expected from FY 2018.

The work group's latest reprogramming of fish and wildlife funds is part of a Council effort to maintain past investments in the Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. Started in 2015, the Council/BPA work group is charged with controlling the cost and improving the efficiency of the program.

Additional potential cost savings of some $3 million have been identified, but not confirmed, for fiscal years 2019 and 2020.

Earlier this year, the Council returned $400,000 to BPA from cost savings. Part of BPA's revenues from power marketing fund the Council's F&W program. -L. B.

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