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Meaghan Vibbert
Public Information Officer
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News Release - 2/19/2002

Douglas PUD Commission Meeting Report

Douglas County PUD Commissioners Lynn Heminger, Mike Doneen and Jim Davis executed the following actions during the February 19, 2002 Commission meeting held at the East Wenatchee Headquarters building:

Approved the transfer of surplus property associated with the pilot Cassimer Bar Hatchery to the Colville Confederated Tribes. Douglas PUD is required by its Wells Project Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license to enhance the survival of Okanogan River Sockeye. The Colville Tribes have operated the pilot hatchery for nine years. In spite of their best efforts, the hatchery has produced no measurable hatchery fish return even in times of improving fish runs. Douglas PUD is now funding a Flow Management Plan in Canadian waters that holds greater promise than the Cassimer Bar Hatchery. The Colville Tribes recognize that the District’s obligation has shifted to another program but have a continued interest in operating the existing hatchery facility.

Authorized a change order to the telephone system upgrade contract with Cerium Networks. This change order is in the amount of $14,687.65 and will upgrade the Bridgeport office telephone system.

Approved a professional services agreement with Biosonics for 2002 hydroacoustic monitoring at the Wells Hydroelectric Project. At a cost not to exceed $85,000, Biosonics is the only firm with the equipment and sampling techniques for the automated sampling system in use at the Wells Hydroelectric Project. Hydroacoustic monitoring provides an index of the progress of juvenile salmon migration and is necessary to the operation of the Wells Dam juvenile fish bypass system.

Approved a land use permit with the Kriebel Family Limited Partnership. Douglas PUD recently acquired the Kriebel land for Project erosion needs. The land is presently being used for soft fruit production and is irrigated. This resolution will allow the Kriebel Family to continue farming this area.