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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 7/27/1998

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting which was held on July 27th.

A professional services agreement was approved with Beak Consultants to study the resident fish living in the Wells reservoir, Lake Pateros. There have been several studies on anadromous fish (fish that migrate to salt waters and return to local rivers and tributaries), but little is known about the native fish. The added information will assist Douglas PUD regarding fish-related matters in Lake Pateros. Beak was selected from five firms submitting proposals for the study. Cost of the study is not to exceed $38,518.

There are ten air blast circuit breaker contacts on the Wells Hydrocombine Project. They were manufactured in the 1960s and have been in constant use since installation. As part of the PUDs regularly scheduled maintenance program, staff has recommended that the spare contacts be remanufactured by Arc Technology. The remanufactured contacts could then replace the original units as a part of the regular maintenance. Contacts incorporating new technology will cost $250,000 each. Arc Technology can remanufacture them for approximately $12,000 each. Arc Technology is the only company with the experience and capability necessary to perform the work.

Federal regulations have changed recently to require that Douglas PUD update its operation and maintenance program regarding asbestos materials. Recent inspections have revealed that the PUD has working areas containing asbestos materials. The Commissioners approved a call for bids to provide Douglas PUD with the removal of asbestos in the East Wenatchee Headquarters, the Wells Hydroelectric Project, and the Wells Fish Hatchery.

For over four years, Douglas County PUD has been working on a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). Together with Chelan County PUD, a commemorative declaration ceremony was held on June 27th indicating the formation of an anadromous fish agreement and habitat conservation plan. Various state and Federal agencies, tribes, and environmental entities endorsed the plan and were made part of the signing. Today the Commissioners took the next step in the process and authorized the PUD to file the Habitat Conservation Plan documents with the National Marine Fisheries Service. This filing is for an incidental take permit, the next step towards completing the HCP.

Chelan County PUD wishes to issue environmental enhancement bonds. Federal code requires that a hearing be conducted within the geographical jurisdiction of any facility being financed. Since a portion of the fish facilities to be financed by Chelan PUD are located in Douglas County, the Commissioners agreed to assist the Chelan effort. Accordingly, the date of August 17, 1998 at 7:00 p.m. in the East Wenatchee Headquarters was established for the public hearing.