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

​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, WA (see enclosed map).  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; raising Washington State Highway 14; constructing a setback levee; enhancing approximately two miles of wetland channels; and re-establishing the site’s riparian forest. 

The proposal has been recommended for funding by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council and 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 has prepared a draft environmental assessment (EA) under the National Environmental Policy Act to analyze the potential impacts of the project and identify ways to reduce those impacts. The draft EA describes anticipated impacts to natural and human resources and includes mitigation measures that would help avoid or minimize these potential impacts.  During this process, BPA has worked 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 are participating as cooperating agencies on the EA. 

BPA released the draft EA for public review and comment and has held public meetings. Comments received will help to shape the final EA and BPA's decision on the project.

Scoping comment period
Scoping public meeting
Draft EA available for public comment
Final EA
Finding of No Significant Impact (if warranted)
If decision to build, construction start

For environmental information, contact:
Travis Kessler
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


Draft EA comments received
Existing Site Conditions/Proposed Restoration Activities       (2/13/2018)
Draft EA              (1/26/2018)
Public letter         (1/26/2018)
Comment Form    (1/26/2018)

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
January 26 - February 26, 2018
Winter 2019
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Spring 2019

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