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Steigerwald Habitat Restoration and Flood Control Project (DOE/EA-2027)
Clark County, Washington

PROJECT INFORMATION
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is proposing to fund the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership's proposal to restore floodplain connectivity to the Columbia River within the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) in Clark County, Washington.  The Refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  The project would help improve water quality and habitat to benefit steelhead and cutthroat trout, Chinook, coho, and chum salmon, and Pacific and western brook lamprey.  The project would involve reconnecting Gibbons Creek to the Columbia River by breaching a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' levee; removing a diversion structure, fish ladder, elevated channel, and water control structure; constructing a setback levee; enhancing approximately two miles of wetland channels; and re-establishing the site's riparian forest.

The proposal would help BPA meet commitments under the Northwest Power Act to mitigate for impacts of federal dams on the Columbia River and its tributaries and meet obligations under the Endangered Species Act.

BPA will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) under the National Environmental Policy Act to analyzwe the potential impacts of the project and identify ways to reduce those impacts. The EA will describe anticipated impacts to natural and human resources and include mitigation measures that would help avoid or minimize these potential impacts. We are asking for your comments to help determine the issues that should be addresssed in the EA. During this process, BPA will work with federal, state and local agencies, tribes, landowners, and interest groups. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be participating as cooperating agencies on the EA. Other cooperating agencies may be identified during the scoping process.

CURRENT STATUS:
A draft environmental assessment (EA) is being prepared to identify potential impacts to the natural and human environment from the proposed project and will be released for public comment in Winter 2018.

SCHEDULE:
Scoping comment period
Scoping public meeting
Draft EA available for public comment
Final EA/FONSI  (if warranted)
If decision to build, construction start

CONTACT:
For environmental information, contact:
Dave Goodman
Environmental Protection Specialist
Bonneville Power Administration - ECF-4
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, OR  97208-3621

For project information contact:
Steve Gagnon
Project Manager
Bonneville Power Administration - EWL-4
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, OR  97208-3621

DOCUMENTS:

SCOPING:
Scoping comments received
Public Letter         (12/28/2015)
Project Map          (12/07/2015)
Comment Form    (12/28/2015)


December 28, 2015 to January 27, 2016
January 14, 2016 in Washougal, WA
Winter 2018
Summer 2018
Spring 2019



Toll-free:       800-622-4519
Direct line:    503-230-4764
Email:          jdgoodman@bpa.gov



Toll-free:        800-622-4519
Direct Line:    503-230-3375
Email:           skgagnon@bpa.gov