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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. BPA sought public comment on this project during a scoping period in January 2018. No comments were received.

Based on the analysis in the EA,  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.
  
SCHEDULE
Scoping comment period
Draft EA available for public comment
Final EA
Finding of No Significant Impact (if warranted)
December 29, 2017 - January 29, 2018
Summer 2018
Fall 2018
Fall 2018
 
CONTACT
For envrionmental information, contact:
Rob Shull
Environmental Protection Specialist
First TekDOS, LLC
Bonneville Power Administration - ECF-4
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, OR 97208-3621

Toll Free:  800-622-4519
Direct Line: 503-230-3962
Email:  rwshull@bpa.gov
 
For project information, contact:
Tracy Hauser
Project Manager
Bonneville Power Administration- EWL-4
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, OR 97208-3621

Toll Free:  800-622-4519
Direct Line:  503-230-4296
Email:  tlhauser@bpa.gov
 
DOCUMENTS
 
SCOPING:
Scoping comments received (no comments received)
Public Letter               (12/29/2017)
Project Map                (12/13/2017)