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Birch Creek Floodplain Restoration Project (DOE/EA -2135)
Umatilla County, Oregon
Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) proposes to provide funding for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation to restore a section of Birch Creek and associated floodplains near the town of Rieth, in Umatilla County, Oregon, to enhance fish and wildlife habitat. The project would occur between river miles 1.8 and 2.7. Proposed restoration activities would occur within about a 36-acre area and would include about one mile of main-channel realignment and restoration; improving secondary channel and floodplain interactions; installing habitat-forming in-stream structures made from large pieces of wood; wetland enhancement and creation; and riparian and upland vegetation plantings.
To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, BPA prepared an environmental assessment (EA) following the procedures of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The EA analyzes the floodplain restoration project, as well as a no-action alternative under which the proposed action would not occur. The EA describes anticipated impacts to natural and human resources and will identify mitigation measures to help avoid or minimize impacts. During this process, BPA will work with landowners, tribes, federal, state and local agencies, and interest groups.
The proposed schedule for the environmental review is as follows:
​Scoping comment period ​February 13 - March 14, 2020
​Draft EA comment period ​August 6 - 21, 2020
​Final EA ​September 2020
​Finding of No Significant Impact (if warranted) ​September 2020
​If decision to build, construction start ​October 2020
Bonneville published a draft Environmental Assessment for a 15-day public review and comment period, which closes August 21, 2020.

For environmental information, contact:
Jeff Maslow
Toll-free: 800-622-4519
Environmental Protection Specialist
Direct line: 503-230-3928
Bonneville Power Administration – ECP-4
PO Box 3621
Portland, Oregon 97208-3621

For project information, contact:

Tim Ludington                                         
Toll-free: 800-622-4519
Fish and Wildlife Administrator                            
Direct line: 503-230-4988
Bonneville Power Administration – EWM-4
PO Box 3621
Portland, Oregon 97208-3621


Draft EA comments received
Public Letter         (August 6, 2020)
Comment Form
Draft EA               (August, 2020)


Scoping Comments Received
Phone Comments
Public Letter           (Febuary 13, 2020)
Project Map            (Febuary 13, 2020)
Comment Form      (Febuary 13, 2020)