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Snake River Dams & the Biological Opinion

The Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS) Biological Opinion is a federally developed river management plan that guides the operations of 14 dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers relative to 13 endangered stocks of Salmon and Steelhead. 

Benton PUD White Paper - H.R. 3144 - Protects the Snake River dams
H.R. 3144 has been proposed to protect the Snake River dams by affirming the current operations under the existing Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS) Biological Opinion (BiOp).

Benton PUD Commission passes resolution supporting federal legislation to protect the Snake River dams Benton PUD and Franklin PUD Commissions passed resolutions in support of federal legislation that affirms the current operations under the existing Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS) Biological Opinion (BiOp). Other utilities also passed resolutions including Benton REA, Mason PUD 1 and Mason PUD 3 (Shelton, WA).

Benton PUD White Paper - A quick look at the Federal Columbia River Power System operations
The 31 federal dams in the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS) have fueled the region's economic growth for more than 70 years, provider nearly 40 percent of the region's electric power supply as well as flood control, irrigation, navigation and recreation.

Bonneville Power Administration Fact Sheet:  Northwest energy solution:  Regional power benefits of the lower Snake River dams - March 2016
Clean, flexible and reliable.  The lower Snake River dams are part of a Northwest energy solution with the capability to generate over 3,000 megawatts of carbon-free power.

U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and Bonneville Power Admininstration Citizen's Guide to 2016 Comprehensive Evaluation:  Protecting Salmon and Steelhead in the Columbia River Basin
Highlights of accomplishments by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and Bonneville Power Administration to protect ESA-listed salmon and steelhead.

NOAA Fisheries Serivce:  Southern Resident Killer Whales and Snake River Dams - 2016