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​Hood River Chinook and steelhead, Umatilla Steelhead Hatcheries Environmental Assessment (DOE/EA - 2132)
Hood River & Morrow County, Oregon

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is proposing to fund the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation (CTWSR), Confederated Tribe of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to implement a the Hood River Spring Chinook program (CTWSR), Hood River Winter Steelhead Program (ODFW), and Umatilla Summer Steelhead Program (CTUIR).

BPA would fund the CTWSR for continued operation and maintenance of Parkdale Fish Hatchery and a trap and weir at the Moving Falls Fish Facility; egg incubation and juvenile rearing of HRPP fish at Pelton Dam; transportation of broodstock, eggs, and smolts between facilities; the direct release of smolts into Hood River; and monitoring and evaluation in support of production. Total Chinook production would be up to 150,000 juveniles, depending on the alternative selected.

BPA would fund the CTUIR for continued operation and maintenance of the Minthorn Adult Holding facility and Three Mile Falls Dam Collection Facility; transportation of broodstock, eggs, and smolts between facilities; and monitoring and evaluation in support of steelhead production.

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW:
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is the lead agency and BPA is a cooperating agency for this environmental review.  To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, NMFS, in cooperation with BPA, has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) following the procedures of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The EA analyzes BPA’s proposed continued funding of the three hatchery programs, including a potential production increase of 150,000 juvenile spring Chinook in the Hood River basin, as well as a no-action alternative under which BPA would no longer fund the programs. The EA describes anticipated impacts to natural and human resources.

The proposed schedule for the environmental review is as follows:

​Draft EA comment period ​September 1, 2020 - September 16, 2020
​Final EA ​Fall 2020
​Finding of No Significant Impact (if warranted) ​Fall/Winter 2020
 

CURRENT STATUS:

BPA and NMFS made a Draft EA available for public comment. The 15-day comment period ended on September 16, 2020. Comments received will be considered as BPA and NMFS draft the Final EA. For more information visit the NMFS project website at: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/west-coast/laws-and-policies/west-coast-region-national-environmental-policy-act-documents.

 

CONTACT:

For environmental information, contact:
Ted Gresh
Toll-free: 800-622-4519
Environmental Protection Specialist
Direct line: 503-230-5756
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
 

 

Eric McOmie                                                       
Toll-free: 800-622-4519
Fish and Wildlife Administrator                            
Direct line: 503-230-4964
Bonneville Power Administration – EWU-4
PO Box 3621
 
Portland, Oregon 97208-3621
 

 

DOCUMENTS
 
DRAFT EA:
Scoping comments recevied
Public Letter                     (09/01/2020)
Draft EA                           (04/02/2020)