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​Kootenai River Lower Meander Project  (DOE/EA-2051) 
Boundary County, Idaho

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is proposing to fund the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho to restore portions of the Kootenai River upstream of Bonners Ferry, Idaho. The Kootenai River Lower Meander project is designed to enhance islands and side channels and to restore streambanks.  The work would include pool excavation, island construction, bank grading, revegetation, and large woody debris (LWD) installation along banks and in newly created channels. The project would improve Kootenai River habitat to benefit listed Kootenai White Sturgeon and other native fish, would complement other restoration on the Kootenai River, and would help mitigate for effects caused by Libby Dam located upstream in Montana.

CURRENT STATUS:
To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, BPA, in cooperation with the BLM and Corps, prepared an environmental assessment (EA) to help determine the potential impacts the project would have on the natural and human environment. BPA released the draft EA for public review and comment in January 2014 and received comments from 32 entities. BPA prepared a final EA that provides responses to comments received and includes revisions to that analysis based on those comments. Based on the EA analysis and mitigation measures to help lessen impacts, BPA has found that the project will not cause any significant impacts, and has issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI).
To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, BPA prepared an environmental assessment (EA) to help determine the potential impacts the project would have on the natural environment and human communities.  BPA released the draft EA for public review and comment in March 2017 and received one comment letter. BPA prepared a final EA that includes minor revisions to the Draft EA. Based on the EA analysis and mitigation measures to help lessen impacts, BPA has found that the project will not cause any significant impacts, and has issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI).

SCHEDULE:
Scoping comment period
Draft EA available for public comment
Final EA
Finding of No Significant Impact (if warranted)

CONTACT:
For environmental information, contact:
David Kennedy
Environmental Protection Specialist
Bonneville Power Administration - ECF-4
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, OR  97208-3621

or

Ted Gresh
Contract Environmental Protection Specialist
Bonneville Power Administration - ECF-4
Salient/CRGT
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, Oregon  97208-3621

For project information, contact:
Lee Watts
Project Manager
Bonneville Power Administration - EWM-4
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, OR  97208-3621

DOCUMENTS:

FINAL
Public Letter          (06/16/2017)
Final EA                (May 2017)
FONSI                  (05/31/2017)

DRAFT
Public Letter             (03/23/2017)
Draft EA                     (03/23/2017)
Comment Form       (03/23/2017)

SCOPING

Scoping comments received
Public Letter          (10/12/2016)
Project Map           (08/09/2016)
Comment Form     (10/12/2016)


October 12, 2016 to November 14, 2016
March 23, 2017 to April 24, 2017
May 2017
June 2017



Toll-free:        800-622-4519
Direct line:     503-230-3769
Email:            dkkennedy@bpa.gov

 


Toll-free: 
       800-622-4519
Direct line:     503-230-5756
Email:            esgresh@bpa.gov




Toll-free:
        800-622-4519
Direct line:     503-230-4625
Email:            vlwatts@bpa.gov