BPA to spend $125 million for OR habitat

Posted: Monday, September 13, 2010

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration plans to spend more than $125 million to protect fish and wildlife habitat in Oregon's Willamette Valley.

The Oregonian reports that the federal power agency and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife released a draft of the deal late Friday after years of negotiations. The agreement to protect at least 16,880 acres compensates for habitat lost when the government built 13 Willamette River basin dams and reservoirs.

The money will help the state, tribes and nonprofit organizations buy land or conservation easements.

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