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BPA is currently accepting formal comments on the following topics. You may submit public comments here on-line or mail them to: BPA, P.O. Box 14428, Portland, OR 97293-4428. Please call us at 800-622-4519 if you are experiencing technical difficulties uploading your comment or attachments.

We welcome comments on any subject and invite you to scroll to the bottom of the page to the General Comments area to submit comments that are not part of a formal comment period.



Wallooskee-Youngs Confluence Restoration Project

The Bonneville Power Administration is soliciting your comments on the draft environmental assessment it has prepared to evaluate whether to fund the proposed Wallooskee-Youngs Confluence Restoration Project just south of Astoria in Clatsop County, Oregon.

The proposed project would help BPA meet some of its federal Endangered Species Act obligations as defined in the Federal Columbia River Power System, 2014 Supplemental Biological Opinion (BiOp) by restoring and enhancing 193 acres of tidal wetlands. BPA works with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation to offset the effects of federal dams on salmon and steelhead. Estuary habitat improvements are a key component of this work. The estuary’s nutrient-rich habitat provides food and refuge for juvenile salmon as they make their critical transition from fresh water to salt water. Estuary projects can be complex, often involving a diversity of land owners and issues. The goal is to reconnect areas of the Columbia River flood plain and restore juvenile habitat by opening dikes and/or upgrading tide gates or culverts.  The project would also provide habitat for wildlife such as deer, elk, and river otter.


For more information: https://www.bpa.gov/goto/WallooskeeYoungs

    Comment Period Ends  1/28/2015

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Eightmile Ranch Coho Acclimation Site Proposal

The Bonneville Power Administration and the USDA Forest Service have jointly prepared a draft environmental assessment to evaluate the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation’s proposal to construct and operate an acclimation pond for coho salmon. The acclimation pond would be located on the Eightmile Ranch, that is owned and operated by the Forest Service and is located approximately eight miles north of Winthrop in Okanogan County, Wash. The pond would be used to acclimate coho juvenile for the Yakama Nation’s Mid-Columbia Coho Restoration Program. 

The draft EA describes the project and why it is needed, discusses the environmental impacts it would create, and lists the mitigation measures that would lessen or eliminate those impacts. BPA and the Forest Service will consider all comments submitted on or before Feb. 9, 2015, and will provide responses to them in the final EA which is likely to be available in Spring 2015.


For more information: https://www.bpa.gov/goto/Eightmile

    Comment Period Ends  2/9/2015

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BP-16 Rate Proceeding

On December 4, 2014, BPA published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the commencement of the rate proceeding for its Proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2016–2017 Power and Transmission Rate Adjustments.

BPA is holding a consolidated power and transmission rate proceeding, BP-16, to set rates for the FY 2016-2017 rate period. The Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act (Northwest Power Act) provides that BPA must establish and periodically review and revise its rates so that they recover, in accordance with sound business principles, the costs associated with the acquisition, conservation, and transmission of electric power, including amortization of the Federal investment in the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS) over a reasonable number of years and BPA’s other costs and expenses. The Northwest Power Act also requires that BPA’s rates be established based on the record of a formal hearing, and for transmission rates only, that the costs of the Federal transmission system be equitably allocated between Federal and non-Federal power utilizing the system. By this notice, BPA announces the commencement of a power and transmission rate adjustment proceeding for power, transmission, control area services, and ancillary services rates proposed to be effective on October 1, 2015.


For more information: http://www.bpa.gov/goto/BP16

    Comment Period Ends  2/26/2015

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Northern Mid-Columbia Joint Project

In mid- November BPA released the draft environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed Northern Mid- Columbia Joint Project. If constructed, this proposed 230-kV transmission line and associated facilities would be located in the northern mid-Columbia area of Washington State, south of Wenatchee.  The draft EA describes the project and why it is needed, discusses the environmental impacts the project could create, and describes mitigation measures that would avoid or lessen those impacts.  

BPA welcomes public comments on the draft EA beginning November 17. Interested parties should send comments on the draft EA to BPA by January 14, 2015.  All comments will be posted in their entirety on the project website.
  
Public meetings:  December, 2014
BPA and Douglas PUD have scheduled two informal, open-house meetings to answer questions and accept comments on the draft EA for the proposed project.  Meeting times and locations are:

Tuesday,  December 9,  2014
4:30 to 7 p.m.
Rock Island Elementary School
5645  Rock  Island  Road
Rock  Island,  Wash.  98850

Wednesday,  December  10,  2014
4:30 to 7 p.m.
Alcoa  Inc.  Production  Facility
6200  Malaga / Alcoa  Hwy.
Malaga,  Wash.  98828

 


For more information: https://www.bpa.gov/goto/NorthernMidColumbia

    Comment Period Ends  1/30/2015

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