BPA has prepared a Final EA and FONSI to determine whether or not to fund the Yakama Nation’s proposal to acclimate hatchery-reared juvenile spring Chinook and Steelhead prior to release in the Wenatchee and Methow River basins in central Washington. The program will construct one new pond, and use six acclimation sites that are being used, or will be used, for coho salmon acclimation under the Mid-Columbia Coho (Mid-C Coho) acclimation program.
The one new pond, the “Powerline” acclimation site, would be constructed on private lands near Nason Creek within the right-of-way for BPA’s Chief Joseph-Snohomish Nos. 3 and 4 transmission lines along Highway 2 south of Lake Wenatchee. For information, go to ChinookSteelheadAcclimation