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Crystal Springs Hatchery Program (DOE/EIS-0500)
Bingham, Custer and Lemhi counties, Idaho

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is proposing to fund construction and operation of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes’ (Tribes) Crystal Springs Hatchery Program (Hatchery Program) in Idaho. Operation of the hatchery would involve producing Snake River spring/summer-run Chinook salmon (Chinook salmon) for release into two locations in the Salmon River basin and Yellowstone cutthroat trout for release into a lake on the Tribes’ reservation. 

The hatchery would be constructed at an obsolete trout hatchery in Bingham County, and two fish trapping (weir) facilities would be developed within the Salmon-Challis National Forest—one on the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River (Yankee Fork) (Custer County) and one on Panther Creek (Lemhi County). The program Hatchery Program would produce up to one million Chinook salmon smolts and 5,000 Yellowstone cutthroat trout to provide harvest opportunities for Tribal and non-Tribal tribal fishers in the Snake River basin and to contribute to the efforts to restore naturally naturally-spawning populations of Chinook salmon.  Snake River spring/summer-run Chinook salmon are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) (70 FR 37160).  Yellowstone cutthroat trout are not ESA-listed, but are classified as a species of concern by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and Tribes are cooperating agencies for the development of the environmental impact statement (EIS).  The USFS will consider the issuance of a special use permit for the proposed Hatchery Program activities taking place at Yankee Fork and Panther Creek.  NMFS will review the proposed Hatchery Program as part of consultation under the ESA.

BPA, in cooperation with the USFS, NMFS, and the Tribes, is preparing a draft EIS to evaluate the potential impacts of the proposed hatchery program and identify ways to reduce those impacts.  The draft EIS also considers a no-action alternative where the Hatchery Program would not be funded.  Based on the analysis in the draft EIS and comments received, BPA will address comment in the final EIS which will be available to the public in summer 2017.  BPA will then decide whether to proceed with their funding action, and prepare a record of decision.  All comments are posted in their entirety on the project's comments webpage.

Scoping comment period
Scoping public meeting
Scoping public meeting
Scoping public meeting
Draft EIS available for public comment
Final EIS (and Forest Service draft Record of Decision)
Forest Service Objection process (if objections received)
Record of Decision
If decision to build, construction start

For environmental information, contact:
Jenna Peterson
Environmental Protection Specialist
Bonneville Power Administration - ECF-4
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, OR  97208-3621

For project information, contact:
Roy Beaty
Fish Biologist
Bonneville Power Administration - EWU-4
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, OR  97208-3621


Scoping comments received
Crystal Springs Hatchery Scoping Meeting Presentation
Public Letter         (05/20/2014)
Project Map          (05/23/2014)
Comment Form     (05/20/2014)

Federal Register Notice of Intent     (05/15/2014)

Crystal Springs Master Plan Volume 1     (February 2011)
Crystal Springs Master Plan Volume 2     (February 2011)

May 23, 2014 to July 7, 2014
June 10, 2014 in Fort Hall, Idaho
June 11, 2014 in Salmon, Idaho
June 12, 2014 in Challis, Idaho
Winter 2017
Summer 2017
following release of Final EIS
Summer 2017
Fall 2017

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