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Johnson Creek Artificial Propagation Enhancement Program (DOE/EA - 2083)
Valley County, Idaho
PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) proposes to provide funds to the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho (Nez Perce Tribe) under the Pacific Northwest Power Planning and Conservation Act of 1980 (Northwest Power Act) for continued funding for the Johnson Creek Artificial Propagation Enhancement (JCAPE) hatchery program.  BPA would fund the Nez Perce Tribe for continued operation and maintenance of a temporary adult Chinook salmon trap and weir; adult holding and spawning at the South Fork Salmon River Satellite; egg incubation and juvenile rearing of JCAPE fish at McCall Fish Hatchery; transportation of broodstock, eggs, and smolts between facilities; the direct release of smolts into Johnson Creek; and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in support of production. Total Chinook production would be up to 150,000 juveniles, depending on the alternative selected. 

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW:
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is the lead agency and BPA is a cooperating agency for the JCAPE 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 JCAPE program, including a potential production increase of 50,000 juveniles, as well as a no-action alternative under which BPA would no longer fund the program. The EA describes anticipated impacts to natural and human resources. During this process, BPA and NMFS worked with tribes and Federal and state agencies.

The proposed schedule for the environmental review is as follows:
​Draft EA comment period
Final EA
Finding of No Significant Impact (if warranted)
June 28, 2019 - August 29, 2019
Summer/Fall 2019
Summer/Fall ​2019
 
CURRENT STATUS:
BPA and NMFS made a draft environmental assessment (EA) available for public comment on June 28, 2019. The comment period was scheduled to close on July 29, 2019, but has been extended for an additional 30 days to close on August 29, 2019. For more information or to comment, visit the NMFS project website at:  https://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/hatcheries/SRHatcheries/snake16_hatch_rvw.html.  

CONTACT:
For environmental information, contact:
Carolyn Sharp
Environmental Protection Specialist
Bonneville Power Administration - ECF-4
PO Box 3621
Portland, Oregon 97208-3621

Toll-free:  800-622-4519
Direct Line:  503-230-5206
Email:  casharp@bpa.gov
 
For project information, contact:
Eric McOmie
Fish and Wildlife Administrator
Bonneville Power Administration - EWU-4
PO Box 3621
Portland, Oregon 97208-3621

Toll-free:  800-622-4519
Direct Line:  503-230-4964
Email:  ermcomie@bpa.gov
 
DOCUMENTS

DRAFT EA:
Draft EA          (06/28/2019)