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Columbia Basin Fish Accords Extension

Most of the 2008 Columbia Basin Fish Accords expire in September 2018. The Bonneville Power Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Bureau of Reclamation (known as the action agencies) are exploring possible extension agreements with current Accord partners. The federal agencies are inviting the public to review and comment on the draft proposed four-year Accord extensions. The Accord extensions would help the federal agencies continue to mitigate the effects of the fourteen federal multiple purpose dams and reservoir projects that make up the Columbia River System and Reclamation’s Upper Snake River Projects, on fish and some wildlife resources of the Columbia River Basin. With the 2008 Accords, the participating federal agencies have built a regional coalition with tribes and states founded in mutual trust, respect, and collaboration. This coalition helps us balance our goals for maintaining the integrity of the hydro-system and our environmental stewardship. The action agencies will consider comments received by close of business September 26, 2018, before making their final decisions. For background information and to review the five proposed agreements use the link below. Note * The State of Washington 2009 Estuary Agreement also expires at the end of September. Washington and the Action Agencies are renewing their commitment to partnership and collaboration through a new Memorandum of Understanding. This understanding is still being negotiated, and because it will not be a legally binding contract, the Action Agencies do not plan to issue a draft for public review at this time.

For more information: https://www.bpa.gov/goto/FishAccordsExtensions

    Comment Period Ends  9/26/2018

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Columbia White-Tailed Deer Translocation Proposal

The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is proposing to fund US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) efforts to translocate up to 50 Columbia white-tailed deer from Tenasillahe Island, Oregon to the Columbia Stock Ranch in Columbia County, Oregon between 2018 and 2020 after breeding seasons each year. The relocation efforts in 2019 and 2020 will depend on the success of the 2018 effort. The FWS would not separate fawns from their maternal parents in these translocations. Capture techniques would include corral traps, drop netting, darting, and drive netting. Deer would be transported in specially-made crates by vehicle and boat. Monitoring of translocated deer would occur at least once per week for the first 6 months, then 2-4 times per month for 6-12 months after release, and then once per month for 1-5 years after release. Predator control would be applied on Columbia Stock Ranch prior to translocations, during the fawning period, and then only as needed. This control would improve fawn survival and establishment of the new subpopulation. BPA will prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act to understand and describe potential impacts of the proposal. The EA will also document mitigation measures to help avoid or minimize impacts. During this process, BPA and FWS will work with landowners, tribes, federal, state and local agencies; and interested groups. All comments will be posted in their entirety on this comment site and will appear in the final EA.

For more information: https://www.bpa.gov/efw/Analysis/NEPADocuments/Pages/Columbian-White-Tailed-Deer-Translocation-Project.aspx

    Comment Period Ends  9/24/2018

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