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PUD's Hydropower Is Turning Heads 4/13/2012
Chelan CountyPUD is gaining notoriety for its successful results on Habitat Conservation Plans for fish protection at Rock Island and Rocky Reach dams.
Chelan PUD worked with state and federal agencies for more than a decade to create the nation’s first hydropower Habitat Conservation Plan to protect young salmon and steelhead as they migrate to the ocean.
PUD Director of Natural Resources, Keith Truscott, says the PUD recognizes its responsibilities to natural resources and stewardship obligations as operators of hydro-projects.
The PUD uses a combination of fish bypass and spill to help move the fish safely past the dams.
Keith adds that the PUD is required to measure juvenile fish survival rates to ensure the method is working.
Hydropower is America’s largest source of clean, renewable electricity, avoiding 225 million metric tons of carbon emissions.
Chelan County PUD’s innovative approach is said to be proof that it is possible to care for fish and the environment while ensuring the ability to generate clean, renewable hydropower.
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