The Coalition was pleased as punch to see Portland General Electric (PGE) showcase its new commitments to fish recovery - taking the connection between environmental restoration and its hydropower dams and new licenses online. From PGE's March 8th press release:Fish and the rivers they live in: PGE Web site tells many storiesAnglers will find trend data and fish counts helpfulMuch of Oregon' s story, past and present, is about our waterways and the fish that travel them.
A 2004 historic settlement agreement will allow fish to pass three enormous dams on the mainstem Deschutes for the first time in decades. Co-signed by joint owners Portland General Electric and Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs and 20 other agencies and organizations, the settlement agreement restores flow, water quality and fish habitat through the project area.
Portland, Ore. -- Gov. John Kitzhaber, Portland General Electric CEO and President Peggy Fowler and representatives of 21 other organizations today signed an agreement that will remove two dams, protect threatened fish species and lead to a 5,000-acre wildlife and public recreation area in the Sandy River Basin.