Project Description

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has decided to provide funding for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation to restore an about one-mile section of Birch Creek and associated floodplains in an about 37-acre area near the town of Rieth, in Umatilla County, Oregon, to enhance fish and wildlife habitat. The project focuses on aligning and restoring Birch Creek’s main channel, improving its secondary channel and floodplain interactions, creating wetlands, and planting riparian and upland vegetation. In addition, the project includes options for removing an existing irrigation pipe from the floodplain area by constructing a new groundwater well or building a new pipeline from an existing well.

Environmental Review

To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, BPA prepared an environmental assessment (EA) following the procedures of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The EA considered the floodplain restoration project as well as a no-action alternative under which the proposed action would not occur. The EA describes anticipated impacts to natural and human resources and identifies the mitigation measures to help avoid or minimize impacts. BPA released the draft EA for public review and comment in February 2020, and received comments on the draft EA from 2 individuals.

Current Status

BPA has released its final EA and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The FONSI includes a Mitigation Action Plan to help avoid or lessen potential impacts. 

Contact

For environmental information, contact:

Jeff Maslow
Environmental Protection Specialist
Bonneville Power Administration – ECP-4
PO Box 3621
Portland, Oregon 97208-3621
Toll-free: 800-622-4519
Direct line: 503-230-3928
Email: jjmaslow@bpa.gov

Documents

FINAL EA & FONSI

Final EA (October, 2021)
FONSI/Mitigation Action Plan (October, 2021)
Public Letter (October 14, 2021)

DRAFT
Draft EA comments received
Public Letter (August 6, 2020)
Comment Form
Draft EA (August, 2020)

SCOPING
Scoping Comments Received
Phone Comments
Public Letter (February 13, 2020)
Project Map (February 13, 2020)
Comment Form (February 13, 2020)

For project information, contact:

Tim Ludington                                         
Fish and Wildlife Administrator                            
Bonneville Power Administration – EWM-4
PO Box 3621
Portland, Oregon 97208-3621
Toll-free: 800-622-4519
Direct line: 503-230-4988
Email: tsludington@bpa.gov