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Walla Walla Basin Spring Chinook Hatchery Program

The following comments were submitted in response to the open comment period described below.

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Bonneville Power Administration is proposing to fund the construction and operation of a hatchery at the site of the South Fork Walla Walla Adult Holding and Spawning Facility, which is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.  The expanded facility located near Milton-Freewater, Oregon would increase the number of fish available for harvest and aid in establishing a naturally spawning spring Chinook population in the Walla Walla River basin.  Additional program operations would include the collection of adult spring Chinook for broodstock at Nursery Bridge Dam downstream of the proposed hatchery, incubation and rearing of juvenile spring Chinook, and release of smolts and adults in tributaries to the Walla Walla River in both Oregon and Washington.

To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, BPA will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement as required under the National Environmental Policy Act. We would like to hear from you about what should be included in this analysis.  What questions do you have? What resources and potential impacts should we analyze?  Do you have information or concerns about specific areas?  We have scheduled two public EIS scoping meetings to hear your input and accept comments.

To learn more about the project go to or contact Brenda Aguirre at or call 503-230-5928, or Jay Marcotte at or call503-230-7646. You may also call toll free 800-622-4519, please mention Walla Walla Basin Spring Chinook Hatchery Program.

Public Meetings:

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Milton-Freewater Community Building
109 N.E. 5th
Milton-Freewater, Oregon 97862

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Dayton Elementary School
302 E. Park
Dayton, Washington 99328

BPA has extended the comment period to May 15, 2013.

For More Information:

Close of comment:  5/15/2013

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  • WWCH13 0004 -  Cassidy

  • WWCH13 0005 -  Schirman

  • WWCH13 0006 -  Kuttel, Jr./WA Dept. of Ecology

  • WWCH13 0007 -  Castle

  • WWCH13 0008 -  Miller/CTUIR CRPP

  • WWCH13 0009 -  Eskildsen/Resident

  • WWCH13 0010 -  Various

  • WWCH13 0011 -  Various

  • WWCH13 0012 -  Tribal meeting comments

  • WWCH13 0013 -  Kytr/Salmon For All

  • WWCH13 0014 -  Peterson/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 10

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  • WWCH13 0016 -  Murphy

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  • WWCH13 0018 -  Johnson

  • WWCH13 0019 -  Heller/USACE Walla Walla District

  • WWCH13 0020 -  Reser

  • WWCH13 0021 -  Mendel/Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

  • WWCH13 0022 -  Demaris

  • WWCH13 0023 -  Widner

  • WWCH13 0024 -  Dollis

  • WWCH13 0025 -  Butcher/Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

  • WWCH13 0026 -  Fairchild

  • WWCH13 0027 -  Peterson/EPA

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