Bonneville Power Administration to Pay Idaho $40 Million to Protect Wildlife Habitat

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The Bonneville Power Administration has reached an agreement with the State of Idaho to protect wildlife habitat in southern Idaho, the Associated Press reports.

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter announced the $40 million agreement—part of the massive power utility's requirement to mitigate the environmental impact of its hydropower projects—Sept. 23. The sum will be paid over 10 years to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

According to the AP, approximately $22 million will be used for the restoration, acquisition and stewardship of at least 13.5 square miles of land, and another $4 million has been allocated to administering programs on that land over 10 years. The remainder will enter a state endowment fund for a separate 13.6-square-mile protected area within the mitigation program.