Currently, BPA spends about $297 million each year (FY 2016) on fish and wildlife programs to fulfill its responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act and other regulations. The PUD contributes about 10 percent of the cost for these programs, or about $29.7 million each year. While the PUD is clear that it supports fish programs, it’s increasingly concerned about ensuring that these BPA-supported programs are as cost-effective as possible. The utility has joined with other BPA customers and trade groups to explore if there are better, more effective ways to spend money on fish and wildlife programs.
For more information about salmon recovery, please visit the Northwest River Partners website.