BPA tries to hold the line on wildlife spending
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Bonneville Power administration is trying to hold down spending on wildlife programs.
The agency spends hundreds of millions of dollars on programs in the Northwest to restore populations of threatened fish and says its belt-tightening won't hurt its efforts to meet court requirements. Those expenditures have grown rapidly.
The Oregonian reports the agency has asked some of its largest partners in wildlife projects to trim budgets by 10 percent to 15 percent. Those include the states of Oregon and Washington and the Nez Perce tribe. Even so, BPA officials say, its wildlife spending will continue to increase.
The paper reports that BPA customers are concerned about rising costs, and low natural gas prices are a threat to sales of surplus hydropower the agency uses to reduce rates.
Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com