Resource Links


  • BC Hydro Education K-12 curriculum regarding use and conservation of energy.
  • Dr. E's Energy Lab Student Activities from the US Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency Network.
  • Earth Preservers An environmental web site for kids.
  • Energy Information Administration Energy Activities Kids Page.
  • EPA, Office of Water Projects, art and experiments to involve kids and students with environmental protection.
  • Kids In The Creek BPA program provides students with a simple method of assessing the long-term health of a stream by viewing and identifying the aquatic insects and observing the world they inhabit.
  • National Energy Foundation The National Energy Foundation is a unique 501 (c) 3 non-profit educational organization dedicated to the development, dissemination, and implementation of supplementary educational materials, programs, and courses.
  • Nature of Water Power An interdisciplinary, thematic science unit providing hands-on activities for grade 4–8 students to learn about hydropower and the environment.
  • North Central Educational Service District Providing math and science resources to Central Washington Schools.
  • Northwest Hydropower News Articles from leading Northwest newspapers provide source material for reports and papers.
  • Project NEED NEED’s mission is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs.
  • Renewable Energy This site explores water, wind, solar, biomass and other renewable energy resources. Kits to build your own working models available.
  • The Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy The Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy (formerly, Center of Excellence for Energy Technology) is a nationally recognized model providing strategic coordination for the energy industry’s skilled workforce in the Pacific Northwest (Oreg
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service: Kids Corner Materials to assist with teaching and learning about endangered species.
  • US Geological Survey: Water Science for Schools Offers information on many aspects of water, including an interactive center where you can give opinions and test your water knowledge.
  • Value of the Columbia BPA videos and resources describe how the Columbia River Basin supports Hydropower, the Transmission Grid, Environmental Stewardship, Fisheries, Renewable Energy, Irrigation, Flood Control, Recreation and Energy Efficiency.

Federal Agencies, Hydro Resources

  • Bonneville Power Administration BPA wholesales federally generated electric power, the majority of which comes from hydropower, in the Northwest. Responsibilities also include development of conservation resources and improvement of fish and wildlife resources in the region.
  • Bureau of Reclamation The Bureau of Reclamation manages, develops, and protects water and related resources for the United States government. This page provides information on Hydropower and Power Facilities that are part of the Bureau’s activities.
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is an independent regulatory agency within the Department of Energy. Part of its charter is to licenses and inspect private, municipal and state hydroelectric projects.
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is one of ten national laboratories managed by DOE’s Office of Science. PNNL’s scientific teams address problems focusing on four areas: science, energy, the earth and national security.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers, Hydrologic Design Center The Hydroelectric Design Center exists to serve the Corps’ District Offices in executing their hydroelectric and pumping plant missions.
  • US Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Water Power Program develops, conducts, and coordinates research and development with industry and other Federal agencies to improve the technical, societal, and environmental benefits of hydropower.
  • US Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency Network, Hydropower Resources This office develops and deploys efficient and clean energy technologies to meet the nation’s energy needs.

Federal Agencies: Northwest Hydro Resources

International Hydro Resources

National Energy Groups and Organizations

News and Newsletters

  • Columbia Basin Bulletin Informs readers each week about significant developments related to salmon and steelhead recovery and other important Columbia/Snake River Basin fish and wildlife issues.
  • Energy NewsData– EnerNet EnerNet is an active and comprehensive guide to the energy industry in Western North America, with emphasis on the Northwest Power Pool area and special features focused on the four states that comprise the Pacific Northwest.
  • FWEE Hydropower Articles Northwest newspaper articles concerning hydropower and related issues.
  • Northwest Fish Letter An online guide to Pacific Northwest salmon recovery.

Northwest Agencies

  • Idaho Department of Fish and Game Responsibilities include establishing and enforcing regulations and other needed controls on fishing, hunting, trapping and management of nongame wildlife.
  • Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Their mission is to enhance the health of Montana’s natural environment and of fish, wildlife, cultural, and historic resources.
  • Northwest Power Planning Council Created by Congress to give citizens a stronger voice in the electricity generated at, and fish and wildlife affected by, the Columbia River Basin hydropower dams.
  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Their mission is to protect and enhance Oregon’s fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations.
  • Oregon Salmon Plan The goal of this plan is to conduct human business in Oregon in a manner that is compatible with sustaining productive soils, clean drinking water, recreation, cultural values and native salmon populations.
  • StreamNet OnLine StreamNet provides data and data services in support of the Northwest’s Fish and Wildlife Program, and other efforts to manage and restore the region’s aquatic resources.
  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife The agency’s mission is to provide sound stewardship of fish and wildlife.
  • Washington Salmon Recovery Office The Salmon office’s role is to coordinate and produce a statewide salmon strategy, assist in the development of regional salmon recovery plans, and submit the strategy and plans to the federal government.

Northwest Energy, Fish, and Wildlife Coalitions and Groups

  • Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority Coordinating and promoting effective protection and restoration of fish, wildlife and their habitat in the Columbia River Basin.
  • Fish Passage Center The Fish Passage Center (FPC) provides current and historic data on salmon and steelhead passage in the main stem Snake and Columbia river basins.
  • Hydropower Reform Coalition A broad consortium of more than 150 national, regional, and local organizations with a combined membership of over one million people representing stakeholders from canoeists to conservationists to lake homeowners.
  • Northwest Hydropower Association A regional voice for the hydropower industry.
  • Northwest Public Power Association NWPPA is an international association representing and serving consumer owned, locally controlled utilities in the Western U.S. and Canada.
  • Northwest River Partners Northwest RiverPartners is an alliance of farmers, utilities, ports and businesses that promote the economic and environmental benefits of the Columbia and Snake Rivers and salmon recovery policies based on sound science.
  • Pacific Northwest Utilitities Conference Committee (PNUCC) Provides Northwest energy forecasts.
  • Public Power Council For 34 years, the Public Power Council (PPC) has represented the common interests of consumer-owned utilities in the Pacific Northwest.
  • The Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy The Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy (formerly, Center of Excellence for Energy Technology) is a nationally recognized model providing strategic coordination for the energy industry’s skilled workforce in the Pacific Northwest (Oreg


Renewable Energy

  • Con.Web Pacific Northwest Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Newsletter.
  • Renewable Energy Policy Project Provides information, policy analysis, and innovative strategies related to renewable energy development.
  • Renewable Northwest Project RNP’s mission is to promote the implementation of environmentally responsible renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal and wave energy, in the Northwest.
  • US Department of Energy: Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network This office seeks to develop clean, competitive power technologies for the 21st century, including renewable energy (solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass), energy storage, hydrogen, and superconductors.