BPA is proposing to fund the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation to enhance fish and wildlife habitat on a 275-acre area along a one-mile stretch of the Umatilla River (between river miles 48.7 and 49.7) and along Birch Creek at its confluence (river mile 0.0 to 0.75) with the Umatilla River, near the town of Rieth.

BPA seeks your opinion on a proposed fish and wildlife enhancement project involving removal of a levee and artificial berms. Project activities would include modification or removal of most of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ certified Pendleton 2-A levee and artificial berms to restore natural hydrology and reactivate the historic floodplain. The project would include options to maintain the current level of flood protection provided by the existing levee through a new levee or additional reinforcements to Birch Creek Road. 

What are your thoughts on this project?

Consider attending the public meeting in-person, or comment online. The online public comment period is open from Sept. 19 - Oct. 19, 2022.

Additional information:

Contact information:

  • BPA project manager Tim Ludington, (503) 230-0551
  • BPA’s Public Affairs team, 800-622-4519 toll free. Please refer to the “Uma-Birch Floodplain Reconnection Project.”

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BPA is proposing to provide funding to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation to enhance fish and wildlife habitat on about a 275-acre area along a one-mile stretch of the Umatilla River (between river miles 48.7 and 49.7) and along Birch Creek (river mile 0.0 to 0.75) at its confluence with the Umatilla River, near the town of Rieth, in Umatilla County, Oregon.