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BPA paid $644 million for fish-wildlife in 2012

RIVERS — In Fiscal Year 2012, the Bonneville Power Administration reported $644.1 million in total costs for its federally mandated actions to mitigate the impacts Columbia River Basin hydroelectric development has had on fish and wildlife.

The costs are listed an annual report released last week by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council to the governors of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. 

The Northwest Power passed by Congress in 1980 requires BPA, which markets power generated at federal dams in the region, to fund the NPCC programs undertaken by state and federal agencies and some tribes.

Bonneville estimates the grand total expended since 1978, when the costs began, through 2012, is about $13 billion, not including $2.27 billion in capital investments for fish hatcheries and fish passage facilities at dams.

Read on for a summary of the 2012 costs, compiled by the Columbia Basin Bulletin:

Planet Forward - an online public square

“Planet Forward is public affairs programming for the next generation - think innovation, not pontification.”

What do you think the fix is for the nation’s energy future? And if you had a soapbox, what would you say, and how would you say it? Planet Forward, a new innovative, viewer-driven television program that will air on PBS is giving you the opportunity - an online public square.  But this isn’t any regular program, Planet Forward starts with you, and your ideas. Submit your ideas online about our energy future - whether it be in a video, photo essay, poem, song, story, op-ed piece, whatever, just make your ideas heard. This is a critical time, the first 100 days of President Obama’s administration - now is the time to get creative and table all ideas, from all parts of the country, from all walks of life. Planet Forward will then judge the submmissions in three categories; most informative; most persuasive; and most creative. The Planet Forward television special will air on PBS on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT (check local listings).