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Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery Programs (DOE/EA-2078)
Nez Perce County, Idaho and Garfield and Whitman counties, Washington
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: 
Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is proposing to fund 1) a Snake River Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning program for the capture, reconditioning, and release of post-spawn Snake River steelhead; 2) construction of a reconditioning facility within the Nez Perce Tribal Fish Hatchery (NPTH) near Lewiston, Idaho; 3) ongoing hatchery operations for the production of 825,000 spring/summer and 1,400,000 fall Chinook salmon at NPTH; and 4) the replacement of two surface water pumps to serve the hatchery. 
 
The kelt reconditioning program would capitalize on the unique adaption that steelhead have to spawn multiple times in their lifetime. The abundance of this life history pattern is currently lower than it was historically due the difficulty with downstream passage of adult fish at mainstem hydropower facilities. Kelt reconditioning consists of the capture of post-spawned steelhead and the administration of disease-preventative medications and feed for the purpose of improving survival over what would be expected in the wild. Upon release, these fish are expected to return again to their spawning areas, successfully spawn, and thereby increase spawner returns and productivity.
CURRENT STATUS:  
To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, BPA is preparing an environmental assessment (EA) to help determine the potential impacts the project would have on the human environment.  Based on the analysis in the EA and comments received, BPA will prepare either a finding of no significant impact and decide whether to proceed with the project, or an environmental impact statement if there is the potential for significant environmental impacts. All comments are posted in their entirety on the project's comment webpage.
 
The National Marine Fisheries Service is a cooperating Agency with BPA in preparation of this EA.  Their cooperation concerns their proposal to permit the kelt reconditioning actions evaluated in this EA.

How to Comment:  The public scoping comment period ends January 29, 2018. Please reference the Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery Programs when submitting comments. Comments will be posted in their entirety on the project’s webpage at www.bpa.gov/goto/NezPerceHatchery. There are several ways to comment:
 
Mail:
Bonneville Power Administration
Public Affairs – DKE-7
P.O. Box 14428
Portland, OR  97291-4428
Toll-free:
FAX:
E-mail:
800-622-4519
503-230-4019
 
Schedule:
Scoping comment period                                            December 29, 2017 – January 29, 2018
Draft EA available for public comment                          February 2018
Final EA                                                                    April 2018
Finding of No Significant Impact (if warranted)               April 2018
 
Contact:
For environmental information, contact:         
Rob Shull                                                                             Toll free:       800-622-4519
Contract Environmental Protection Specialist                      Direct Line:  503-230-3962
FirstTekDOS, LLC                                                                   Email:          
rwshull@bpa.gov
Bonneville Power Administration – EWF-4
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, Oregon 97208-3621
 
For project information, contact:
Tracy Hauser                                                                         Toll Free:       800-622-4519
Project Manager                                                                    Direct Line:   503-230-4296
Bonneville Power Administration – EWL-4                                   Email:           
tlhauser@bpa.gov
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, OR 97208-3621
 
DOCUMENTS
 
SCOPING:
Public Letter               (12/29/2017)
Project Map                (12/13/2017)