Vernita Bar Agreement

Douglas PUD is party to another agreement with the operators of six other federal and non-federal dams located both upstream and downstream of Wells for a period of 20 years until June 30, 2017, known as the Mid-Columbia Hourly Coordination Agreement. Originally conceived as a response to the search for a way to protect wells and other downstream projects from the negative effects of high-tech companies in upstream federal projects, the stated primary objective of this agreement is to obtain an optimal amount of energy from available water, compatible with electricity and electricity needs. The regulation of energy projects, in order to cope with the hour-to-hour changing loads borne by the parties to the agreement, also has repercussions on the operation of the Wells project. The agreement was signed by Grant, Chelan and Douglas PUDs, as well as the Bonneville Power Administration, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Washington Department of Fisheries, the Oregon Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and the Yakama, Umatilla, and Colville tribes. The agreement, from a technical point of view, relating to a dispute between Grant PUD, the Washington Department of Fisheries and others, was negotiated between the parties and offered to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In the mid-1970s, several major drainage events downstream of the Priest Rapids Dam resulted in huge losses of juvenile salmon and resulted in two agreements to improve salmon survival. Harnish`s study spanned years prior to the two agreements and the two agreements: in order to address the impact of current fluctuations on Hanford Reach salmon and to improve the coordination of river and dam operations, the three mid-Columbia PUDs entered into an agreement with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in October 1979. which conceded the five PUD dams. dam flows upstream of Priest Rapids, to the benefit of Hanford Reach Junglachse and Steelhead when migrating into the ocean. The agreement, known as the Mid-Columbia Procedure (FERC Docket No. E-9569) is the result of a 1976 complaint filed by the Washington Department of Fisheries with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The complaint against the three mid-Columbia PUDs required minimum flow requirements for the five PUD dams (the dams are under FERC license). Washington was later supported by the lawsuit filed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and several Indian tribes.

The construction of the Wells project increased the height of the Chief Joseph Hydroelectric Project`s discharge water, reducing the hydraulic head available for production. Douglas PUD entered into an agreement in 1968 with the Corps of Engineers to compensate the federal system for power outages resulting from interventions in the Wells Project (Encroachment Agreement, 1968), pursuant to Section 32 of the License Wells Project. . . .

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