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Klickitat Hatchery Upgrades (DOE/EIS-0535)
Klickitat County, Washington

BPA is proposing to fund upgrades to facilities at the existing Klickitat Fish Hatchery in Klickitat County, east of Glenwood, Washington. The hatchery produces spring and fall Chinook salmon and coho salmon and is funded by National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) under the Mitchell Act. It is operated jointly by the Yakama Nation and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The hatchery was built in 1954 and most of the facilities have not been renovated since then. The upgrades would help BPA meet its commitments under the Northwest Power Act as well as make good faith efforts towards evaluating proposed projects in the 2008 Fish Accord Memorandum of Agreement with the Yakama Nation.

The proposed upgrades would include improving surface and groundwater intakes, discharge piping, and pumps; rebuilding the pollution abatement system; updating sections of the hatchery building; and adding circular rearing tanks, a storage building, and possibly staff residences. BPA is not proposing to fund fish production or to take over any Mitchell Act funding for the Hatchery.

The proposed upgrades are designed to improve rearing conditions for spring Chinook, would provide the capacity to increase production from 600,000 spring Chinook smolts to 800,000 smolts, and would help the spring Chinook program transition from using only hatchery-raised fish for broodstock (a “segregated” or “isolated” program) to a program that incorporates natural-origin fish in the broodstock (an “integrated” program). Currently, natural-origin spring Chinook from the Klickitat basin have higher survival rates than hatchery fish. Incorporating natural-origin fish into the broodstock is expected to increase the fitness, productivity, survival, and harvest of this species.

The proposed upgrades to the water system would add river water to the water supply, which would allow operators to release smolts later in the spring when conditions in the Columbia River are more favorable to smolts migrating to the ocean. The water system upgrades also would improve the quality of the hatchery effluent.

BPA will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The EIS will analyze effects on the natural and human environment of the proposed action, the no action alternative, and additional alternatives that may be identified during the scoping process. NMFS and the Yakama Nation are cooperating agencies in development of the EIS.

With the announcement of this EIS process on the hatchery upgrades, BPA is also providing notice of cancellation of DOE/EIS-0424 Klickitat Hatchery Complex Program. Based on public comments on the 2011 draft DOE/EIS-0424, as well as changes in agencies’ funding of various activities described in the EIS, BPA is canceling that environmental review process and will focus on the proposed Klickitat Hatchery Upgrades EIS.

The proposed schedule for the Klickitat Hatchery Upgrades EIS process is as follows: 

Scoping comment period                                        October 6 through November 27, 2017
Public scoping meeting                                          October 25, 2017 in Lyle, Washington
Draft EIS available for public comment                     Summer 2018
Final EIS                                                               Winter 2019
Record of Decision                                                 Spring 2019
If decision to fund, construction start                        Summer 2019

BPA has issued a Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS on the proposal and is requesting comments on the scope of the EIS.  We have scheduled an informal, open-house scoping meeting to provide more information about the proposal, to answer questions, and to accept comments about the scope of the EIS:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Lyle Lions Community Center
Highway 14 and Third Street
Lyle, Washington, 98365

Please send your comments by November 27, 2017 so they may be considered as we draft the EIS. All comments will be posted on the BPA comment website. There are several ways to comment:

Mail:    Bonneville Power Administration          Toll-free:    800-622-4519
                        Public Affairs – DKE-7                           Online:
                        P.O. Box 14428                                        FAX:    503-230-4019
                        Portland, OR  97291-4428 

For environmental information, contact:
Judy Woodward                                                         toll free: 800-622-4519
MBO Partners                                                             direct line: 503-325-8333
Environmental Protection Specialist                
Bonneville Power Administration – ECF-4
PO BOX 3621
Portland, OR 97208-3621 
For project information, contact:
Mary Todd Haight                                                       toll free: 800-622-4519
Fish and Wildlife Administrator                                  direct line: 503-230-3112
Bonneville Power Administration – EWU-4             
PO Box 3621
Portland, OR  97208-3621


Scoping comments received
Public Letter                (10/6/2017)
Project Map                 (09/22/2017)
Comment Form            (10/6/2017)

Federal Register Notice of Intent               (10/6/2017)  
Notice of Intent                                       (09/28/2017)