Security improvements at Idaho Power’s Brownlee Dam and power plant include placing barriers above and below the facility.
CAMBRIDGE, Idaho — Idaho Power is preparing to install floating buoy lines above and below Brownlee Dam to prevent boats from getting too close to the dam.
A contractor has begun staging equipment at the Woodhead Park boat launch in preparation for installing anchors for the buoy lines on both sides of the Snake River, above and below the dam. When the lines are installed, no water access will be allowed within 600 feet upstream of the dam or 1,000 feet downstream. The barriers will not impact streambank access to the river.
The Brownlee Dam and power plant are operated by Idaho Power to generate electricity. The dam also serves a key role in spring flood control operations overseen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Idaho Power is committed to operating these facilities safely and securely while also providing recreational opportunities. The company is required to meet security standards established by the federal government to protect critical electrical infrastructure against potential attacks.
One part of meeting these requirements is controlling water access near Brownlee Dam and power plant. After evaluating many options and consulting with other hydropower facilities, Idaho Power determined that installing barriers to restrict boat access to Brownlee Dam and power plant is the best solution.
These security improvements protect electrical infrastructure critical to both the regional energy grid and to Idaho Power’s customers in Idaho and Oregon. We understand the impact this has on the boating public. Idaho Power remains committed to providing recreational access to the Snake River throughout our service area and providing clean, reliable and affordable energy.
Construction will begin in December. Final installation will be completed later this year or in early 2020, depending on weather or other potential construction delays.
About Idaho Power
Idaho Power, headquartered in vibrant and fast-growing Boise, Idaho, has been a locally operated energy company since 1916. Today, it serves a 24,000-square-mile area in Idaho and Oregon. The company’s goal to provide 100% clean energy by 2045 builds on its long history as a clean-energy leader that provides reliable service at affordable prices. With 17 low-cost hydroelectric projects at the core of its diverse energy mix, Idaho Power’s residential, business and agricultural customers pay among the nation’s lowest prices for electricity. Its 2,000 employees proudly serve more than 560,000 customers with a culture of safety first, integrity always and respect for all.