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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.

Rate Period High Water Mark Process for FY 2016-17 Rate Period - Comment Period 2

BPA is reopening the comment period for the RHWM Process. This comment period is in addition to the comment period specified in Section 13.10 of the Tiered Rates Methodology. The extension follows public comment expressing a desire for additional dialogue between BPA, customers and constituents. BPA encourages customers to comment on factual matters relevant to individual or collective initial computations until Sept. 4, 2014, which is the end of the comment period. Comments will be considered by BPA, and collectively through a public workshop held Sept. 9, before reposting final determinations on Sept. 12, 2014. Customers will then have until Sept. 22, 2014 to request Third Party Neutral review of BPA’s final determinations. In reposting, BPA will explain the rational for any determinations made which change computations from this initial posting. To view previous comments submitted on the BP-16 Rate Period High Water mark, please visit: Comment Period Open: 8/27/2014

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    Comment Period Ends  9/4/2014

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Southern Idaho Wildlife Settlement

The Bonneville Power Administration and the state of Idaho are inviting the public to review and comment on a proposed settlement that defines both parties’ commitment to protect and conserve wildlife habitat in southern Idaho. The preliminary agreement between BPA and the state of Idaho would resolve past differences over how much wildlife habitat the federal agencies should protect to compensate for habitat lost to the construction, operation and maintenance of federal dams and reservoirs on the Snake River and its tributaries.

Under the agreement, BPA will provide funding to Idaho to implement its Southern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation program that permanently protects wildlife habitat in southern Idaho. BPA is also providing stewardship funding that allows Idaho to administer its program, maintain existing protected areas and protect and restore new properties for  quality wildlife habitat. In return, Idaho will acknowledge that BPA has met its wildlife mitigation obligations.

The draft agreement will be open to public comment for 30 days. BPA and Idaho will consider the feedback and decide whether to sign a final agreement this fall.

Comment Period Open 8/15/2014

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    Comment Period Ends  9/15/2014

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Merry Canyon and Trinity Acclimation Sites

The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is proposing to fund construction and operation of two acclimation ponds in Washington.  This letter briefly explains what is being proposed, outlines the environmental review process, and invites you to comment on the proposal.

Proposal:  BPA is proposing to fund two acclimation ponds for coho salmon as part of the Mid Columbia Coho Restoration Program, which is implemented by the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation.  The acclimation ponds help hatchery-reared juvenile coho salmon acclimate to the natural environment and imprint on waters to which they would be expected to return as adults.  The Mid-Columbia Coho Restoration Program Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision  addressed the overall coho restoration program, with 24 acclimation pond sites distributed throughout the Wenatchee and Methow river basins.  However, some pond sites have since proved not to be viable, so BPA is proposing two new sites - Merry Canyon and Trinity.

The two sites are in the Wenatchee River basin, in Chelan County.  Merry Canyon is on Chumstick Creek, and Trinity is on Phelps Creek.  These sites are shown in the attached vicinity maps.

The following actions are proposed: 
• Merry Canyon:  excavate a new pond into the bank of Chumstick Creek
• Trinity:  build one new small pond, three above-ground rearing tanks, surface-water intake pipelines, and discharge pipelines. 

BPA is providing an opportunity for interested parties to identify issues that BPA should consider in preparing its environmental analysis for these sites.  

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    Comment Period Ends  9/2/2014

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Spar Canyon Round Valley Access Road System Improvements

BPA proposes to improve the access road system for its existing Spar Canyon-Round Valley transmission line located on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land in Custer County, Idaho. Existing roads are in poor condition or lack a defined route of travel. These access roads are critical for continued safe and reliable operation and maintenance of the power transmission system. BPA’s improvements would involve constructing four to six miles of new road, reinforcing road crossings at drainages with rock, and acquiring access rights from BLM for new road use. 

BPA and BLM will prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) to understand the potential impacts of the proposed road improvements and identify ways to avoid, minimize and mitigate those impacts. Please let us know if you have concerns about particular resources or questions about the project. BPA and BLM are seeking input through Sept. 2, 2014. We will consider your comments and information we receive as we develop the EA.

Comment Period Open: 8/1/2014

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    Comment Period Ends  9/2/2014

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2014 General Comments

General BPA Comments not specific to an open project comment period.

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    Comment Period Ends  12/31/2014

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