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Kootenai River Habitat Restoration at Bonners Ferry (DOE/EA-1973)
Boundary County, Idaho
(previously known as Kootenai River Restoration at Bonners Ferry)

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is funding the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho to restore portions of the Kootenai River in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. The Kootenai River Restoration at Bonners Ferry project is installing structures on the river banks and excavating areas in the river to create deeper pools of water, as well as developing and enhancing islands to be planted with native riparian vegetation. The project improves Kootenai River habitat to benefit listed Kootenai White Sturgeon and other native fish, complements other restoration on the Kootenai River, and helps mitigate for effects caused by Libby Dam located upstream in Montana.

CURRENT STATUS:
The environmental assessment (EA) and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) were signed on May 14, 2015. The first phase of project construction was completed in October 2015. The second phase of construction is scheduled for August to October 2016.

PROJECT SCHEDULE:
Scoping comment period:
Public meeting:
Draft EA:
Public meeting:
Final EA:
FONSI and Mitigation Action Plan
Construction to start:
 
CONTACT:
For environmental information, contact:
Ted Gresh
Contract Environmental Protection Specialist
CRGT, Inc
Bonneville Power Administration - ECF-4
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, Oregon  97208-3621
or
Kevin Cannell
Acting Supervisor, Environmental Protection Specialist
Bonneville Power Administration - ECF-4
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, Oregon  97208-3621

For project information, contact:
Lee Watts
Project Manager
Bonneville Power Administration - EWM-4
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, Oregon  97208-3621

DOCUMENTS:

February 7, 2014 through March 10, 2014
February 26, 2014 in Bonners Ferry, Idaho
February 5, 2015
February 18, 2015 in Bonners Ferry, Idaho
May 14, 2015
May 14, 2015
Summer/Fall of 2015/2016 



Toll-free:        800-622-4519
Direct line:     503-230-5756 
Email:           esgresh@bpa.gov





Toll-free:        800-622-4519
Direct line:     503-230-4454
Email:           kgcannell@bpa.gov  




Toll-free:        800-622-4519
Direct line:     503-230-4625
Email:           vlwatts@bpa.gov

FINAL EA / FONSI:
Public Letter              (05/27/2015)
Final EA                    (05/14/2015)
FONSI and Mitigation Action Plan   (05/14/2015)

DRAFT EA:
Comments received on Draft EA
Public Letter              (02/03/2015)
Draft EA                    (February 2015)
Comment Form         (02/03/2015)

SCOPING:
Scoping comments received
Public Letter              (02/07/2014)
Project Map               (01/08/2014)
Comment Form         (02/07/2014)

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