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Pacific Lamprey Artificial Propagation and Release Research (DOE/EA-2104)
Umatilla County, OR; Benton County, WA; Yakama County, WA; Walla Walla County; WA and Columbia County, WA

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Bonneville Power Administration (Bonneville) proposed to fund a program to evaluate the feasibility of artificial propagation and release for early life stage (egg, prolarva, larva, and juvenile) Pacific lamprey in the Yakima, Walla Walla, and Tucannon subbasins. This program would be implemented by the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation (YN), the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), and the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) and is designed to be a scientific experiment that would evaluate the feasibility of using artificial propagation techniques as future enhancement actions for Pacific lamprey in the Columbia River Basin.


Existing facilities at the Water and Environmental Center (WEC) facility at Walla Walla Community College and at Prosser Hatchery would be used to spawn adult lamprey and incubate/rear fertilized eggs to the desired life stage prior to release. Following release, lamprey would be monitored to determine habitat use, growth, densities, movements, and survival over the next 5-10 years. Releases of early life stage lamprey would occur in the spring (April/May/June/July) and fall (September/October). Post-release monitoring at release sites would occur twice soon after release to evaluate any movements or significant mortality. After that, release sites would be monitored annually.

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW:
To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, BPA prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) under the National Environmental Policy Act. The EA described anticipated impacts to natural and human resources.  

The schedule for the environmental review was as follows:    

Scoping comment period
Draft EA available for public comment
Final EA
Finding of No Significant Impact (if warranted)
If decision to proceed, implementation begins
​March 11, 2019 - April 11, 2019
January 25, 2021 - February 9, 2021
May 7, 2021
May 7, 2021
May 7, 2021
 

CURRENT STATUS:
BPA released the Final EA and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).


CONTACT:
For envrionmental information, contact:
Ted Gresh
Environmental Protection Specialist
Bonneville Power Administration, EC-4
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, OR 97208


Toll-free:  800-622-4519 
Direct Line:  503-230-5756
Email:  esgresh@bpa.gov

 
For project information, contact:
Debbie Docherty
Project Manager, EWM-4
Bonneville Power Administration, EC-4
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, OR 97208

Toll-free:  800-622-4519
Direct Line:  503-230-4458
Email:  dldocherty@bpa.gov

 
DOCUMENTS:

FINAL EA:
Final EA               (05/07/2021)
FONSI                 (05/07/2021)
Public Letter         (05/07/2021)


DRAFT EA:
Draft EA comments received
Draft EA               (01/25/2021)
Public Letter         (01/25/2021)
Comment Form    (01/25/2021)

SCOPING:
Scoping comments received
Public Letter          (03/11/2019)
Project Map           (03/11/2019)
Comment Form     (03/11/2019)