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Pacific Lamprey Artificial Production 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 (BPA) is proposing to fund the effects of artificial production and out-planting of Pacific Lamprey larvae to further ongoing lamprey restoration research.  BPA would help fund the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation (YN), the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission’s (CRITFC) to evaluate the feasibility of using artificial production and out-planting techniques routinely used for hatchery-produced fish for rearing and releasing artificially-propagated lamprey. 

Proposed actions would include:
1.  Improvements to the existing Yakama Nation Prosser Fish Hatchery in Prosser, WA. The improvements would include the construction of a pole building to house eight additional 14-foot long trough tanks, eight additional 7-foot long shallow trough tanks, and four additional 6-foot circular tanks.

2. Improvements to the existing 32 foot × 36 foot Ozone building located at CTUIR’s South Fork Walla Walla Fish Hatchery located near Milton-Freewater, Oregon. The Ozone building would be re-purposed with the addition of three 4-foot diameter circular tanks for adult holding and thirty-six 8-foot long troughs for larval rearing.

3.  Improvements to the existing Yakama Nation Marion Drain Fish Hatchery in Toppenish, WA. The improvements would include construction of a pole building to house eight additional 14-foot long trough tanks, eight additional 7-foot deep shallow trough tanks, and four additional 6-foot diameter circular tanks and the construction of a simulated natural side channel (up to 1,000 feet long) that will run along the existing ditch channel.

4.  Annual production and release of up to 300,000 early life stage larval lamprey in the Upper Yakima River, 150,000 in the Naches River, and 2000 juvenile (smolt) and late life stage larval lamprey in the Yakima and Columbia River Subbasins for assessment of migration and behavior.

5.  Annual production and release of up to 500,000 larval lamprey in the Mid Walla Walla and 1,000,000 pro-larvae in the Upper Tucannon River. 

6.  Evaluation and monitoring of released lamprey survival and migration to help determine the most successful strategy for population supplementation and to inform development of restoration actions.

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW:
To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, BPA will prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) under the National Environmental Policy Act.  The EA will describe anticipated impacts to natural and human resources and may include mitigation measures that would help avoid or minimize impacts. During this process, the agencies will work with landowners, federal, state and local agencies, interest groups, and Tribes.  The proposed schedule for the EA process is 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
Summer 2019
Fall 2019
Fall/Winter 2019
Early 2020
 

CURRENT STATUS:
BPA is considering comments received during the public scoping period while preparing the draft EA.

 

CONTACT:

For envrionmental information, contact:
Luca De Stefanis
Environmental Protection Specialist
Motus, LLC
Bonneville Power Administration, EC-4
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, OR 97208


Toll-free:  800-622-4519
Direct Line:  503-230-5263
Email:  ltdestefanis@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:

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