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Lemhi Valley River and Floodplain Restoration Projects (DOE/EA - 2133)

Lemhi County, Idaho
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) proposes to provide funding for river and floodplain habitat restoration actions in the mainstem and tributaries of the Lemhi River in eastern Idaho designed to benefit fish species such as Chinook salmon, steelhead, and bull trout.  These actions include six mainstem and tributary river/stream restoration actions; four irrigation diversion modifications; one bridge construction; and planting, riparian-protection fencing, invasive weed treatments, and hydroseeding at various locations within the Lemhi River Valley.

To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, BPA will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) following the procedures of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The EA will analyze the Lemhi Valley River and Floodplain Restoration Projects, as well as a no-action alternative in which these projects would not be funded nor implemented. The EA will describe anticipated impacts to natural and human resources and will identify mitigation measures to help avoid or minimize impacts. During this process, BPA will work with landowners, tribes, Federal, state, and local agencies, and interest groups.
The proposed schedule for the environmental review is as follows:
Scoping comment period                                                           January 21 thru February 21, 2020
Draft EA available for public comment                                      March 23, 2020
Final EA                                                                                     Spring 2020
Finding of No Significant Impact (if warranted)                         Spring 2020
If decision to build, construction start                                        Summer 2020 

BPA is requesting public scoping comments to help determine the issues that should be addressed in the EA.  Please send your comments by February 21, 2020, so they may be considered as we draft the EA. When commenting, refer to the full project name. 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: 
Rob Shull
Toll-free: 800-622-4519
Environmental Protection Specialist
Direct line: 503-230-3962
CorSource Technology Group
Bonneville Power Administration – ECF-4
PO Box 3621
Portland, Oregon 97208-3621
 For project information, contact: 
Hannah Dondy-Kaplan
Toll-free: 800-622-4519
Fish and Wildlife Project Manager
Direct line: 503-230-4071
Bonneville Power Administration – EWM-4
PO Box 3621
Portland, Oregon 97208-3621