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East Fork Irrigation District Modernization Project (DOE/EA - 2118)
Hood River County, Oregon
PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) proposes to adopt the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Watershed Plan-Environmental Assessment (Plan-EA).  The Plan-EA describes the proposed East Fork Irrigation District Modernization Project and the associated environmental impacts.  BPA proposes to fund a portion of the Eastside Lateral Piping Project, which is a discrete component of the East Fork Irrigation District Modernization Project.  The Eastside Lateral Piping Project would modernize approximately six miles of irrigation infrastructure and is expected to cost up to $10 million to implement.  BPA would provide the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon with up to $1 million to fund certain design work and materials for the Eastside Lateral Piping Project.
 
ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW:
As the lead agency, NRCS prepared a Plan-EA following the procedures of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to understand the potential environmental impacts of the action.  BPA is a cooperating agency.  The Plan-EA analyzed the East Fork Irrigation District Modernization Project, which includes providing funding for the Eastside Lateral Piping Project, as well as a no-action alternative in which BPA would not fund a portion of the Eastside Lateral Piping Project and old infrastructure would remain in use without upgrades.  The Plan-EA described anticipated impacts to natural and human resources and identifies mitigation measures to help avoid or minimize impacts.  The draft Plan-EA was released for public review and comment in January 2020.  During the review period, 27 comments on the Draft Plan-EA were received from 26 individuals and the ODFW.  NRCS has reviewed all public comments and has made changes, as appropriate, to the final Plan-EA based on those comments and internal review.  The final Plan-EA and NRCS’ Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) were released in July 2020.  During the final review period, no comments were received.
 
CURRENT STATUS:
The NRCS released its final Plan-EA and FONSI. Based on the Plan-EA analysis and mitigation measures to help lessen impacts, BPA found that the proposed action would not cause any significant impacts, and issued a FONSI on DATE, 2020.  The BPA FONSI includes a Mitigation Action Plan to help avoid or lessen potential impacts. For more information, visit the NRCS project website at: https://oregonwatershedplans.org/east-fork-id#1e8e12a6-f681-4c77-80f3-02c7c56df605
 
The proposed schedule for the environmental review is as follows:
 
Scoping Comment Period​​ ​October 3, 2018 - November 16, 2018
Scoping Public Meeting​​ ​October 18, 2018 in Hood River, OR
Draft Plan-EA Comment Period​​ ​January 8 2020 - February 13, 2020
​Draft Plan-EA Public Meeting ​January 29, 2020 in Hood River, OR
Final Plan-EA​​ ​July 15, 2020
​NRCS Finding of No Significant Impact ​July 15, 2020
​BPA Finding of No Significant Impact ​November 3, 2020
If decision to build, construction start​ ​Fall 2020
 
CONTACT:
For environmental information, contact:
Israel Duran
Toll-free: 800-622-4519
Environmental Protection Specialist
Direct line: 503-230-3967
Salient CRGT
Bonneville Power Administration – ECF-4
 
PO Box 3621
 
Portland, Oregon 97208-3621
 
 
Chad Hamel
Toll-free: 800-622-4519
Supervisory Environmental Protection Specialist
Direct line: 503-230-5564
Bonneville Power Administration – ECF-4
PO Box 3621
 
Portland, Oregon 97208-3621
 
 
For project information, contact: 
Eric Andersen
Toll-free: 800-622-4519
Fish and Wildlife Administrator
Direct line: 503-230-4094
Bonneville Power Administration – EWL-4
PO Box 3621
 
Portland, Oregon 97208-3621
 
 
 
DOCUMENTS
 
FINAL Plan-EA & FONSI
Final Plan-EA                                  07/15/2020
NRCS FONSI/Mitigation Action Plan    07/15/2020
BPA FONSI/Mitigation Action Plan       11/03/2020
BPA Public Letter                             11/03/2020
 
DRAFT:

Public Letter        01/08/2020
Draft Plan-EA       01/08/2020

SCOPING:
Public Letter       10/03/2018
Project Map        10/18/2018