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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 8/7/2000

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

The following is a report of the Douglas County Public Utility District Commission meeting that was held on August 7, 2000.

The Commissioners authorized the acceptance of work performed under two separate documents for the installation of fiber optic cable to serve Douglas County. Hawkeye Construction, Inc. was awarded the contract to install fiber optic cable from Douglas Switchyard to Sun Cove and to the Town of Waterville. Wilson Construction Company installed cable from the Sun Cove area to the Wells Hydroelectric Project. Completed at the costs of $544,085.12 and $556,268.35 respectively, all work has been inspected and was found to be satisfactorily completed.

Part of Douglas PUD’s Habitat Conservation Plan is an accumulative impacts assessment called a Quantitative Analytical Review. The cost of Douglas County PUD’s portion of this required multiagency review is $9,729 - of which $2,350 is the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) portion. The Commission approved an agreement between Douglas County PUD and NMFS to provide for this payment.

Commissioners approved an agreement between Douglas PUD and the British Columbia Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Part of the PUD’s Long Term Fish Settlement Agreement calls for mitigation impacts of the Wells Hydroelectric Project on Okanogan River Sockeye Salmon. The Okanagan Basin Technical Working Group (OBTWG) has developed a program to boost fish production for sockeye and other species on an ecosystem basis. The Wells Coordinating Committee has recommended the program. The agreement is not to exceed $90,000.