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​Bird Track Springs Fish Habitat Enhancement Project  DOE/EA-2032
Union County, Oregon

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: 
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and the Forest Service are considering a proposal to restore aquatic habitat on a 1.9-mile stretch of the Grande Ronde River to benefit Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed spring Chinook salmon, summer steelhead, and bull trout.  Approximately 1.2 miles of the project would be implemented on National Forest System Lands, 0.1 miles on state lands, and the remaining 0.6 miles on private lands. This reach of the Grande Ronde River was disconnected from its floodplain when the Grande Ronde River Road (Highway 244) and the railroad grade were constructed.  BPA is considering whether to fund the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation to implement this proposal, and the Forest Service is deciding whether to issue a special use permit. 


Proposed actions include:
1. Excavation of new channel meander bends to improve aquatic and riparian habitat diversity and complexity, and increase channel-floodplain interactions.
2. Creation of secondary channels to increase the available area of juvenile salmon rearing habitat.
3. Placement of wood structures to increase habitat complexity. 
4. Vegetation planting and seeding to improve streambank stability and provide protective cover for juvenile salmonids.

For more detailed information including maps, please visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47283  


CURRENT STATUS:

A draft EA is now available for public comment.

How to Comment:  Please send your comments by October 15, 2017, and reference the Bird Track Springs Project.  We will consider all comments submitted during the comment period and provide responses to substantive comments in the final EA.  In addition, comments will be available on the project website. 

 

Mail:
Bill Gamble, District Ranger
La Grande Ranger District
3502 Highway 30
La Grande, OR  97850
Phone:
Fax:
Email:
541-962-8582
541-962-8580


 Online:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=47283

 
SCHEDULE:
Scoping comment period
Draft EA available for public comment
Final EA
USFS Draft Decision
Finding of No Significant Impact (if warranted)
If decision to build, construction to start

February 16, 2016 to March 15, 2016
September 2017
October 2017
October 2017
December 2017
February 2017

  

​CONTACT:
For environmental information, contact:
Daniel Gambetta
Environmental Protection Specialist
Bonneville Power Administration - ECF-4
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, OR  97208-3621
For project information, contact:
Tracy Hauser
Project Manager
Bonneville Power Administration - EWL-4
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, OR  97208-3621
Forest Service contact information:
Bill Gamble, District Ranger
La Grande Ranger District
3502 Highway 30
La Grande, OR  97850


Toll-free:      800-622-4519
Direct line:   503-230-3493
Email:         
dagambetta@bpa.gov


Toll-free:      800-622-4519
Direct line:   503-230-4296
Email:         
tlhauser@bpa.gov 



Phone:         541-962-8582
FAX:            541-962-8580
Email:          
bgamble@fs.fed.us or
comments-pacificnorthwest-wallowa-whitman-lagrande@fs.fed.us 

​DOCUMENTS: 

SCOPING:
Public Letter          (02/16/2016)
Project Map           (01/12/2016)

DRAFT EA:
Public Letter          (09/15/2017)
Draft EA                 (09/15/2017)