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Sturgeon Lake Restoration Project (DOE-EA/2006/SA-4)
Multnomah County, Oregon
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is proposing to fund a fish habitat restoration project on Sauvie Island near Sturgeon Lake in Multnomah County, Oregon. This letter explains the proposal, outlines our environmental review process and schedule, and requests your comments.
Under the proposal, BPA would fund Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce (CREST) to improve the surface‑water connection between Sturgeon Lake and the Columbia River within the existing footprint of Dairy Creek. Sturgeon Lake serves as an important rearing and feeding area for juvenile salmonids, but at present, these fish must travel a distance of 10 to 14 miles to access the lake from the Columbia River. The alterations in Dairy Creek would reduce the travel distance to less than 1 mile. Additionally, the project would increase the amount time that the direct connection is open and accessible to fish from several times a year to almost daily, allowing fish to access the lake more frequently and benefit from the high‑quality habitat there. 
Restoration actions would include: deepening Dairy Creek to improve the connection between Sturgeon Lake and the Columbia River, replacing an undersized culvert with a channel‑spanning bridge at Reeder Road, controlling invasive plants, and planting native vegetation. The restoration would improve habitat for 13 Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed salmon and steelhead species, as well as other fish and wildlife species. Links to a location map and conceptual plan are below.
Scoping comment period                                               
NEPA analysis and documentation                                
If decision to build, construction start                             
March 9, 2018 to April 9, 2018                                  
Spring 2018
July 2018 
BPA is analyzing the potential impacts of the proposal as required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). A scoping letter was sent March 9, 2018 requesting public comment. The comment period is now closed.

​For environmental information, contact:
Michelle Guay
Environmental Protection Specialist
CorSource Technology Group
Bonneville Power Administration - ECF-4
PO Box 3621
Portland, OR 97208-3621

Toll-free:  800-622-4519                      
Direct Line:  503-230-3459


For project information, contact:
Steve Gagnon
Project Manager
Bonneville Power Administration
PO Box 3621
Portland, OR 97208-3621​

Toll-free:  800-622-4519
Direct Line:  503-230-3375     
Scoping comments received
Public Letter                            (03/09/2018)
Project Map                              (02/01/2018)
Comment Form                        (03/09/2018)