Regulation of Hydropower Development in the Northwest After Passage of the Regional Power Act: Who Controls the Waters?
Proceedings of the Symposium on Small Hydropower and Fisheries
Olson FW;White RG;Hamre RH;
American Fisheries Society
In 1980, with the passage of the Northwest Power Planning and Conservation Act, Congress created a unique new responsibility to harmonize the conflicting demands for fisheries protection and hydroelectric power development in the Columbia River Basin. This paper will examine that radical modification of the institutional structure of energy decision-making in the region and the new relationships among the states, the federal agencies, and the Council which resulted.