Team Works with Communities to Replace Aging Power Poles

Uploaded by BonnevillePower on 10.03.2010

Erich Orth, Project Manager, Transmission Services: Today, we’re out looking at the
Bandon-Rogue line as part of our asset management plan and sustainability programs. We’re
going through and evaluating wood pole lines that need to be rebuilt. These wood pole lines
are 50 to 60 years old and they’ve reached their life span. And today we’re out with
a few engineers, realty specialists and environmental specialists and we’re taking a look on the
ground to determine what impacts we’re going to have and ways to minimize those impacts.
Dustin Smith, Realty Specialist: We [BPA] live here in the community. We view ourselves
as neighbors. And as a realty specialist it’s my job to try to explain to BPA and the landowner
what rights we have or don’t have and what we can and cannot do. In a case where we have
the rights to rebuild a line, we want to make sure that we don’t damage the property.
And we try to come together and get a mutual agreement so it doesn’t interfere with the
enjoyment of the property and allows Bonneville to do its job.
What this person here has done is a great example of what works. They’ve got a nice
access road that we can access to our structures. They’ve got a gate that’s adequately far
enough away that if there is a ground fault it doesn’t get on to the fence. And they
worked with Bonneville to set this up. And it’s a great example of what works inside
of an easement.
Kimberly St. Hilaire, Environmental Protection Specialist: We like to avoid impacts of the
top if possible because that’s the easiest way to say that we have no effect on these
important species. We’re standing above a nice little creek here, Bethel Creek [Bandon,
OR], and this has coho salmon in it, which is listed under the Endangered Species Act.
So it’s one of the resources we’re really concerned about. And our existing access has
this bridge across it, which Rick took a look at, and [he] was able to do some work with
the roads which really helped us.
Rick Ross, Access Roads Engineer: We found access to the north and south for the structures
that we need, so we don’t have to come in and actually install a new bridge and things
like that which would disturb the coho.
Kimberly St. Hilaire: We’ve got nice native willows. We’ve got a good stream bank. And
I think of all of our smaller coho streams this is one of our nicer ones and I’m happy
to see that we we’re able to come in from the higher upland areas and avoid this stream.