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Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery Programs (DOE/EA-2078)
Nez Perce County, Idaho and Garfield and Whitman counties, Washington
PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is proposing to fund the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission to implement a Snake River Steelhead Kelt Reconditioning Program for the capture, reconditioning, and release of post-spawn Snake River steelhead. BPA is also proposing to fund construction of a reconditioning facility within the Nez Perce Tribal Fish Hatchery (NPTH) near Lewiston, Idaho. 
 
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. This program would expand an on-going, and successful, research program to production levels. It also includes the construction of a kelt reconditioning facility at the NPTH. 
BPA also proposes on-going funding to the Nez Perce Tribe for hatchery operations for the production of spring/summer and fall Chinook salmon at NPTH; and to change the release locations of some of the reared fall Chinook salmon smolts.

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW
To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, BPA prepared an environmental assessment (EA) following the procedures of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The EA analyzes the kelt reconditioning program, construction of a kelt reconditioning facility, and funding of ongoing Chinook salmon production at NPTH. It also evaluates a no-action alternative in which BPA would provide no funding for these actions, and for the purpose of analysis presumes these actions would cease or not be initiated. The EA describes anticipated impacts to natural and human resources and identifies mitigation measures to help avoid or minimize impacts. During this process, BPA worked with landowners; tribes; Federal, state, and local agencies; and interest groups.
 
The proposed schedule for the environmental review is as follows:
​Scoping comment period
Draft EA comment period
Final EA
Finding of No Significant Impact (if warranted)
If decision to build, construction start
​December 29, 2017 - January 29, 2018
October 12, 2018 - November 15, 2018
Spring 2019
Spring 2019
Spring/Summer 2020
 
CURRENT STATUS  
BPA made a draft environmental assessment (EA) available for public comment on October 12, 2018. The comment period will close on November 15, 2018. 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 
                    Public Affairs - DKE-7
                    P.O. Box 14428
                    Portland, OR 97291-4428
​        Toll-Free:     800-622-4519       
         Online:        www.bpa.gov/comment 
         FAX:            503-230-4019
 
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
 
DRAFT EA:
Comments received
Public Letter                (10/12/2018)
Comment Form           (10/12/2018)
Draft EA                      (10/12/2018)
 
SCOPING:
Scoping comments received (no comments received)
Public Letter               (12/29/2017)
Project Map                (12/13/2017)