Bonneville Environmental Foundation Awards $256,000 To Eight Projects
PORTLAND, OR — April 26, 2001 — The Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) announced today that six watershed projects and two renewable energy projects will receive more than $256,000 from the Foundation during this grant cycle. The projects are spread throughout the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.
"Our streams and fish runs will be healthier, and the air cleaner, as a result of the good work being done by the programs receiving these grants," said Senator Mark O. Hatfield, chair of the Foundation, during the announcement of the awards.
Added Foundation President, Angus Duncan, "We are happy to have the opportunity to contribute to the region's success by returning the revenue generated through the sale of our Green Power products into these grants."
Grants were awarded to the following organizations for watershed restoration:
- Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho for a watershed biological assessment of the North Fork of Rock Creek,
- Kootenai Tribe of Idaho for a biological assessment of Trout Creek,
- Flathead Basin Commission of Kalispell, MT for a biological assessment of the Stoner Creek Watershed,
- Sea Resources of Chinook, WA for the Chinook River Estuary Monitoring Project,
- The Oregon Water Trust for a streamflow enhancement project on Rudio Creek in the John Day Watershed,
- The Nature Conservancy of Washington for a road and landslide assessment at Ellsworth Creek.
Additional grants were made to two solar projects. The first is a partnership with Eugene Water and Electric Board to provide a mobile photo-voltaic system for Willamette High School in Eugene, Oregon. The other assists the PUD in Chelan County, Washington to build solar capacity for its customers that want to buy green power.
The Bonneville Environmental Foundation was established in 1998 to collect and invest premiums from the sale of environmentally superior "green power" by arranging the sale of environmentally endorsed renewable energy to utilities and corporations. BEF funds projects that restore damaged watersheds and create new sources of renewable energy such as solar, wind and low-impact hydro-power.
The Bonneville Environmental Foundation is a non-profit organization that collaborates with, but is independent of, the Bonneville Power Administration.
BEF Contact: Pam Field (503) 248-1905