WDFW Lewis River Hydroelectric
Projects Public Meeting
For photos taken at the meeting, click here.
Recreation and natural resource issues raised by the proposed federal re-licensing of four hydroelectric facilities on the Lewis River
were the topic of a Jan. 29 public meeting hosted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
The meeting was held 7 to 9 p.m. at WDFW regional headquarters, 2108 Grand Blvd., Vancouver.
The meeting was well attended and citizens were updated on WDFW's involvement in re-licensing settlement negotiation process.
Public comments on issues surrounding the re-licensing including mitigation for recreation, flood control, water and land management
and user fees were noted.
Among the issues discussed were angler preferences that could influence fish management; access needs for recreation; wildlife habitat
needs and recreation preferences; enforcement; and recovery and re-introduction of salmonids in the watershed.
The settlement agreement, expected to be reached this spring, is part of the re-licensing process for the Merwin, Yale, Swift and Swift
Number 2 hydroelectric facilities. The Swift Number 2 project is owned by the Cowlitz Public Utility District, and the remaining three
facilities are owned by PacifiCorp.
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