IDAWRA Lunch and Learn Webinar:
Columbia River System Operations Final Environmental Impact Statement (CRSO EIS)
Speaker: Jarod Blades, Environmental Compliance Coordinator - Columbia River System
Bureau of Reclamation, Columbia-Pacific NW Region
When: Thursday, Oct 22, 2020 12:00 PM America/Boise
Final EIS is available: https://www.nwd.usace.army.mil/CRSO/Final-EIS/#top
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and Bonneville Power Administration today released the Columbia River System Operations Final Environmental Impact Statement. This final EIS documents the detailed analyses of environmental, social and economic benefits and consequences to affected resources of the alternatives considered for improved integrated operations.
The Preferred Alternative documented in the final EIS includes implementation of innovative dam operations that balance fish benefits and energy goals by spilling more water in the spring for juvenile fish passage.
If the Preferred Alternative is selected, measures it contains are anticipated to result in benefits to juvenile and adult Endangered Species Act–listed anadromous and resident fish and Pacific lamprey, while providing reliable flood risk management and flexibility for variability in climate conditions, water supply for irrigation, municipal and industry use, water, and flexibility in hydropower generation, minimizing adverse effects to the human and natural environment.