The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is proposing to fund habitat restoration along the Elochoman River in Wahkiakum County, Washington.
Under the proposal, BPA would fund Columbia Land Trust to conduct restoration actions along the Elochoman River, approximately one and a half miles north of Cathlamet, Washington. The restoration site historically had tidally-influenced freshwater wetlands and tidal channels. Early in the 20th century, mature Sitka spruce trees were harvested from the site and it was converted to agricultural use. Native vegetation removal, ditching, and wetland filling activities reduced the site’s estuarine habitat diversity. In 2015, hydrology and fish access were restored through the removal of tidegates and installation of larger culverts under state Highway 4.
Restoration actions being proposed include the removal of a low levee along the Elochoman River, the elimination of ditches on the property, tidal channel excavation, invasive species control, and native vegetation plantings. The restoration would improve habitat for 13 Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed salmon and steelhead species and
ESA-listed eulachon (smelt), as well as other fish and wildlife species. A location map and conceptual plan of the project proposal are attached.
BPA is analyzing the potential impacts of the proposal as required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). A scoping letter was sent March 2, 2016 requesting public comment. The comment period is closed now.
Public comment period
NEPA Analysis and Documentation
If decision to build, construction start
March 2, 2016 through April 4, 2016