Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is requesting comments on the draft Environmental Assessment for the Hood River Chinook and Steelhead, and Umatilla Steelhead Hatcheries.
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is the lead agency and BPA is a cooperating agency for the environmental review. To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, NMFS, in cooperation with BPA, has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) following the procedures of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The EA analyzes BPA’s proposed continued funding of the three hatchery programs, including a potential production increase of 150,000 juvenile spring Chinook in the Hood River basin, as well as a no-action alternative under which BPA would no longer fund the programs. The EA describes anticipated impacts to natural and human resources.