Project Description

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has decided to continue to fund the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho (Nez Perce Tribe) under the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act of 1980 (Northwest Power Act) for the Johnson Creek Artificial Propagation Enhancement (JCAPE) hatchery program.  BPA would fund the Nez Perce Tribe for continued operation and maintenance of a temporary adult Chinook salmon trap and weir; adult holding and spawning at the South Fork Salmon River Satellite; egg incubation and juvenile rearing of JCAPE fish at McCall Fish Hatchery; transportation of broodstock, eggs, and smolts between facilities; the direct release of smolts into Johnson Creek; and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in support of production. Total Chinook production would be up to 150,000 juveniles. 

Environmental Review

To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) prepared an environmental assessment (EA), in cooperation with BPA, following the procedures of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The EA analyzes BPA’s proposed continued funding of the JCAPE program, including a potential production increase of 50,000 juveniles, as well as a no-action alternative under which BPA would no longer fund the program, and a Reduced Production Alternative in which 50 percent of the production levels described in the Hatchery Genetic Management Plan would be funded for the JCAPE hatchery program. The EA describes anticipated impacts to natural and human resources. During this process, BPA and NMFS worked with tribes and federal and state agencies.

The schedule for the environmental review was as follows:

Final EA - September 22, 2021

Finding of No Significant Impact - March 16, 2022

If decision to implement, start June 2022

Current Status

NMFS and BPA have released their final EA, and BPA has released its agency-specific Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). Additional project information can be found at the NMFS project website

Contact

For environmental information, contact:

Carolyn Sharp
Environmental Protection Specialist
Bonneville Power Administration - ECF-4
PO Box 3621
Portland, Oregon 97208-3621
Toll-free:  800-622-4519
Direct Line:  503-230-5206
Email:  casharp@bpa.gov
For project information, contact:

Eric McOmie
Fish and Wildlife Administrator
Bonneville Power Administration - EWU-4
PO Box 3621
Portland, Oregon 97208-3621
Toll-free:  800-622-4519
Direct Line:  503-230-4964
Email:  ermcomie@bpa.gov

Documents

FINAL EA & FONSI:

Draft EA: