PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Bonneville Power Administration (Bonneville), in cooperation with the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), proposes to implement a programmatic environmental review for tributary fish and wildlife habitat restoration actions throughout the Columbia River Basin in the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and northern Nevada. These actions range from those such as fencing and planting; to bridge construction, instream habitat improvements, and stream channel reconstruction. These actions could be funded by Bonneville to mitigate for effects of the development and operation of the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS) on fish and wildlife.

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW

To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, Bonneville, in cooperation with Reclamation, prepared a draft environmental assessment (EA) following the procedures of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The EA programmatically analyzed the impacts of implementing tributary fish and wildlife restoration projects across the Columbia River Basin, facilitating reviews of numerous projects. A no-action alternative was also analyzed in which this programmatic analysis would not be used to facilitate individual project reviews. The EA describes anticipated impacts to natural and human resources and identifies mitigation measures to help avoid or minimize impacts. The draft EA was released for public review and comment in September 2020; 93 comments were received on the draft EA from eight entities. Bonneville, in cooperation with Reclamation, prepared a final EA that provides responses to comments received and includes minor revisions to that analysis. Based on the EA analysis and mitigation measures to help lessen impacts, Bonneville found that the proposed action would not cause any significant impacts, and issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) on December 22, 2020.

CURRENT STATUS

Bonneville and Reclamation 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 project information, contact:
Rob Shull Toll-free: 800-622-4519
Contract Environmental Protection Specialist Direct Line: 503-230-3962
CorSource Technology Group Email: rwshull@bpa.gov 
Bonneville Power Administration - ECF-4
PO Box 3621
Portland, OR 97208 -3621
 
For program management information, contact:
Chad Hamel Toll-Free: 800-622-4519
Supervisory Environmental Protection Specialist Direct Line: 503-230-5564
Bonneville Power Administration - ECF-4 Email: cjhamel@bpa.gov  
PO Box 3621
Portland, OR 97208 -3621

DOCUMENTS

SUPPLEMENT ANALYSES
SA - 30 Middle Lemhi Hayden Reach Project Phase 1 (September 20, 2022)
SA - 29 Yakama Nation's North Fork Manashtash Creek Ground Placement Project (August 10, 2022) 
SA - 28 Simcoe Creek Passage Project (August 5, 2022)
SA - 27 Neal Creek Phase 2 Habitat Enhancement Project (July 25, 2022)
SA - 26 Indian Creek Cold Water Refugia Enhancements (July 18, 2022)
SA - 25 Lostine Wetland and Side Channel Complex Project (July 12, 2022)
SA - 24 Cottonwood Creek Cole-Engle Diversion Project (July 6, 2022)
SA - 23 Tex Creek Restoration Project (July 6, 2022)
SA - 22 Pahsimeroi River 2022 Restoration Projects (June 27, 2022)
SA - 21 Catherine Creek State Park Habitat Enhancement (June 23, 2022)
SA - 20 J.R. Palensky Wildlife Area Aquatic Herbicide Treatment for Ludwigia (June 22, 2022)
SA - 19 Twisp River and Tributary Restoration Projects (May 24, 2022)
SA - 18 Yankee Fork Adaptive Management Sealing Project (May 20, 2022)
SA - 17 Upper Big Springs Pond Habitat Improvement Project (Oct. 6, 2021)
SA - 16 Windfall Creek Project (Sept. 20, 2021)
SA - 15 Hayden Reach Temporary Bridge Installation (Sept. 20, 2021)
SA - 14 SEF-16 Fish Screen and Access Bridge Reconstruction  (Aug. 24, 2021)  
SA - 13 Lower Fry Meadow Restoration Project  (Aug. 23, 2021)
SA - 12 Wenas Wildlife Area Aerial Herbicide Applications  (Oct. 5, 2021 - updated)
SA - 11 Finn Rock Floodplain Restoration (Aug. 4, 2021) 
SA - 10 Taneum Ragheart Restoration Project (July 15, 2021)
SA - 09 Skinney Creek Restoration  (June 8, 2021)
SA - 08 Upper Burns and Angle Point Stream Restoration (June 7, 2021)
SA - 07 Muddy Springs Habitat Project (May 26, 2021)
SA - 06 Lolo Creek Bank Project (May 26, 2021)
SA - 05 Jim Brown Creek BDAs and PALS Project (May 26, 2021)
SA - 04 Morgan Creek S-22 Crossing Reconstruction (May 26, 2021)
SA - 03 Tucannon Project Area 13 (May 24, 2021) 
SA - 02 Alder Creek Floodplain Restoration (May 4, 2021) 
SA - 01 Pahsimeroi River 2021 Restoration Projects (April 14, 2021)  

FINAL EA & FONSI
Final EA  (Dec, 22, 2020)
FONSI/Mitigation Action Plan  (Dec. 22, 2020)
Public Letter         (Dec. 22, 2020)

DRAFT EA
Comments received
Public Letter (Sept. 3, 2020)
Comment Form         (Sept. 3, 2020)
Draft EA (Sept. 2020)

SCOPING
Comments received
Public Letter (Nov. 1, 2019)
Comment Form         (Nov. 1, 2019)