Bonneville Power Administration is proposing to fund the construction and operation of a hatchery at the site of the South Fork Walla Walla Adult Holding and Spawning Facility, which is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The expanded facility located near Milton-Freewater, Oregon would increase the number of fish available for harvest and aid in establishing a naturally spawning spring Chinook population in the Walla Walla River basin. Additional program operations would include the collection of adult spring Chinook for broodstock at Nursery Bridge Dam downstream of the proposed hatchery, incubation and rearing of juvenile spring Chinook, and release of smolts and adults in tributaries to the Walla Walla River in both Oregon and Washington.
To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, BPA will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement as required under the National Environmental Policy Act. We would like to hear from you about what should be included in this analysis. What questions do you have? What resources and potential impacts should we analyze? Do you have information or concerns about specific areas? We have scheduled two public EIS scoping meetings to hear your input and accept comments.
To learn more about the project go to www.bpa.gov/goto/WallaWallaHatchery or contact Brenda Aguirre at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-230-5928, or Jay Marcotte at email@example.com or call503-230-7646. You may also call toll free 800-622-4519, please mention Walla Walla Basin Spring Chinook Hatchery Program.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Milton-Freewater Community Building
109 N.E. 5th
Milton-Freewater, Oregon 97862
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Dayton Elementary School
302 E. Park
Dayton, Washington 99328
BPA has extended the comment period to May 15, 2013.