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

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is proposing to fund the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation's (Tribes) proposed Crystal Springs Hatchery Program in Idaho. The program would involve the construction of a hatchery to rear Snake River spring/summer Chinook salmon and Yellowstone cutthroat trout and the construction of two fish trapping (weir) facilities. The hatchery would be constructed at the site of an obsolete trout hatchery on Crystal Springs in Bingham County. The weirs would be located on U.S. Forest Service's (Forest Service) Salmon-Challis National Forest; one on the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River at the Pole Flat Campground in Custer County, and one on Panther Creek in Lemhi County. Construction and operation of the weirs would require a special-use permit from the Forest Service.

Program operations at the hatchery would include incubation and rearing of up to 1,000,000 juvenile Chinook salmon to enhance fish populations available for harvest and to aid in establishing a naturally spawning spring/summer Chinook population in the Upper Salmon River subbasin. The weirs would be used to collect adult Chinook for broodstock. In addition, the hatchery would produce up to 5,000 Yellowstone cutthroat trout for release and harvest in an oxbow lake on the Fort Hall Reservation.

CURRENT STATUS:
BPA, in cooperation with the Forest Service and the Tribes, is preparing a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) to evaluate the potential impacts of the proposed restoration activities and identify ways to reduce those impacts.  The draft EIS also considers a no-action alternative where the improvements would not be made and BPA would continue with current operation and maintenance practices.  Based on the analysis in the EIS and comments received, BPA will prepare either a finding of no significant impact and decide whether to proceed with the project, or an environmental impact statement if there is the potential for significant environmental impacts.  All comments are posted in their entirety on the project's comments webpage.

BPA will address comments in the final EIS, which will be available to the public in Winter 2015/2016. Based on the analysis in the final EIS and comments received, BPA will prepare either a finding of no significant impact and decide whether to proceed with the project, or an environmental impact statement if there is the potential for significant environmental impacts.

SCHEDULE:
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

CONTACT:
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:
Joe DeHerrera
Project Manager
Bonneville Power Administration - EWM-4
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, OR  97208-3621

DOCUMENTS:

SCOPING:
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)

MASTER PLAN OF THE SHOSHONE-BANNOCK TRIBES
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
Fall/Winter 2016
Fall 2016
following release of Final EIS
Summer 2017
Winter 2017



Toll-free:        800-622-4519
Direct line:     503-230-3018
Email:           jepeterson@bpa.gov



Toll-free:        800-622-4519
Direct line:     503-230-3442
Email:           jideherrera@bpa.gov

 

 

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