Project Description

The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has decided to proceed with the Marys Peak BPA Communications Site Project.  BPA needs to maintain and upgrade the existing BPA communications site located at Marys Peak, approximately 15 miles southwest of Corvallis.  Some communications equipment at the site is outdated or unstable and needs to be replaced, and the site needs a more reliable back-up power source due to the high risk of power outages at the site.  The existing communications site is located on lands managed by the United States Forest Service (USFS), including the Marys Peak Scenic Botanical Special Interest Area.  In addition, some portions of the project area are on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Northwest Oregon District.  Finally, some work would also be needed at the BPA Albany Substation.

Environmental Review

To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, BPA prepared an environmental assessment (EA), in collaboration with the USFS and BLM.  The EA discusses the project, including three action alternatives and the No Action Alternative, describes anticipated impacts to natural and human resources, and includes mitigation measures that would help avoid or minimize potential impacts.

Current Status

The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has selected Alternative 3C Marys Peak Co-locate with USFS – BPA Albany Substation for implementation.  Under this action alternative, BPA will co-locate with the USFS at their Marys Peak communications site as described in the final EA. BPA released the final EA and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).  The FONSI includes a Mitigation Action Plan to help avoid or minimize potential impacts.

Schedule

Initial scoping comment period September 27 - December 2, 2016
Initial public scoping meeting November 9, 2016
Additional public scoping comment period January 8 - February 21, 2018
Additional public scoping meeting January 25, 2018
Draft EA comment period October 13 - November 23, 2020
Draft EA virtual public meeting October 28, 2020
Final Environmental Assessment December 15, 2021
Finding of No Significant Impact December 15, 2021
Construction could begin as early as 2023

Contact

For environmental process information, contact:

Doug Corkran
Environmental Protection Specialist
Bonneville Power Administration - ECT-4
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, OR 97208-3621
Toll-free:  800-622-4519
Direct line:  503-230-7646
Email:  dfcorkran@bpa.gov

Becky Hill
Environmental Protection Specialist
Flux Resources
Bonneville Power Administration - ECT-4
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, OR 97208-3621
Toll-free:  800-622-4519
Direct Line:  503-230-7312
Email:  rlhill@bpa.gov

For project information, contact:

Benjamin Younce
Project Manager
Bonneville Power Administration - TEP-CSB-1
P.O. Box 61409
Vancouver, WA 98666-1409
Toll-free:  800-622-4519
Direct line:  360-619-6276      
Email:  bbyounce@bpa.gov

Documents

Fact Sheet - BPA Communication's Site
2018 Vegetation Survey Report
2019 Vegetation Survey Report
Revegetation Plan
Scenic Resources Assessment Report
Oregon Historic Sites Form:  BPA's Marys Peak Microwave Radio Station

Cooperating Agency's Information BLM Project Webpage
USFS Project Webpage
 
Final EA
Public Letter                                              (12/15/2021)
Final EA                                                    (12/15/2021)
FONSI with Mitigation Action Plan                  (12/15/2021)

Draft EA (comment period Oct. 13 to Nov. 23, 2020)
Draft EA comments received 
Draft EA                                                    (10/13/2020)
Public Letter                                              (10/27/2020)
Comment Form                                          (10/27/2020)
Updated Project Alternatives Map                  (10/13/2020)
Scoping Comment Summary

Additional Scoping Period (Jan. 8 to Feb. 21, 2018)
Additional Scoping comments received         
Additional Public Scoping Meeting Handout   (01/23/2018)  
Additional Public Scoping Letter                    (01/08/2018)
Alternatives Map                                        (01/08/2018)
Project Vicinity Map                                    (01/08/2018)
Alternatives Considered Map                        (01/08/2018)
Topography Map                                        (01/08/2018)
Comment Form                                        (01/08/2018)

Initial Scoping Period (Sept. 27 to Dec. 2, 2016)
Scoping comments received                     
Project Update Letter                                (05/23/2017)
Public Letter                                            (09/27/2016)
Project Map                                              (08/25/2016)
Comment Form                                        (09/27/2016)