These direct funding agreements, developed in coordination with the Columbia Basin Accords, FERC relicensing and ESA Habitat Conservation Plans, support the “no net impact” standard for mid-Columbia hydropower projects. Plan actions seek to achieve a combined 91% project survival rate for migrating juvenile and adult salmon and steelhead, improve hatchery practices, and fund substantial tributary habitat projects.​

The program represents a cost share with the Bonneville Power Administration, the tribes and PUDs. Keith Wolf represented the Colville tribes in the negotiations and was the developer and manager of the Colville Tribes’ Science Program who were responsible for implementing the funding program actions.