Wallowa Falls, Wallowa River, Oregon

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Hydropower Reform Coalition, River Management Society


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License SummariesNorthwestPublished   2/1/2020

The Wallowa Falls Project is located approximately 6 miles south of Joseph, Oregon in Wallowa County on the East Fork Wallowa River and on Royal Purple Creek, a tributary of the Wallowa River. The project is operated by PacifiCorp Energy, and occupies 12 acres of federal land within the Wallowa- Whitman National Forest administered by the U.S. Forest Service. The project has an authorized capacity of 1.1 MW.

A popular summer camping and hiking destination, the project’s affected rivers are also home federally listed Bull Trout. As such, the updated license contains many provisions to ensure that the species is protected from the dam’s continuing operations. These updated requirements are outlined in this license summary.

Originally published in June 2017, updated in February 2020.

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