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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 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, prepared a draft EIS to evaluate the potential impacts of the proposed hatchery program and identify ways to reduce those impacts.The draft EIS comment period ended June 26, 2017. BPA is developing the final EIS based on public input, and will include reponses to the comments received during the draft EIS comment period. Comments submitted online during the draft EIS comment period can be found at the Crystal Springs Comment Site.

Scoping comment period
Scoping public meeting
Scoping public meeting
Scoping public meeting
Draft EIS available for public comment
Draft EIS public meetings
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:
Ted Gresh
GRGT, Inc.
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


DEIS comments received
Public Letter                                                 (05/03/2017)
Crystal Springs Hatchery Program Draft EIS       (05/03/2017)
Comment Form                                             (05/03/2017)

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
May 3 - June 26, 2017
December 2017
45 days following release of Final EIS
Winter 2019
Spring 2020

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