Project Description

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has decided to fund the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation (CTWSR), Confederated Tribe of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to implement a the Hood River Spring Chinook Salmon Program and Umatilla River Summer Steelhead Program. 

BPA has decided to fund the CTWSR for continued operation and maintenance of Parkdale Fish Hatchery and a trap and weir at the Moving Falls Fish Facility; egg incubation and juvenile rearing of Hood River Spring Chinook Salmon Program fish at Pelton Dam; transportation of broodstock, eggs, and smolts between facilities; the direct release of smolts into Hood River; and monitoring and evaluation in support of production. Total Chinook production would be up to 250,000 juveniles. ODFW has suspended the Hood River Winter Steelhead portion of the Hood River production program.  

BPA has decided to fund the CTUIR for continued operation and maintenance of the Minthorn Adult Holding facility and Three Mile Falls Dam Collection Facility; transportation of broodstock, eggs, and smolts between facilities; and monitoring and evaluation in support of production of about 150,000 steelhead juveniles.
 
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Environmental Review

National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is the lead agency and BPA is a cooperating agency for this environmental review.  To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, NMFS, in cooperation with BPA, prepared an environmental assessment (EA) following the procedures of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The EA analyzed BPA’s proposed continued funding of the three hatchery programs, including a potential production increase of 100,000 juvenile spring Chinook in the Hood River basin, as well as a no-action alternative under which BPA would no longer fund the programs. The EA described anticipated impacts to natural and human resources. 

The schedule for the environmental review was as follows: 

Draft EA:          April 2020
Draft EA comment period         September 1, 2020 - September 16, 2020
Final EA November 2021
Finding of No Significant Impact (if warranted) March 2022

Current Status

BPA and NMFS has released its Final EA and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). For more information visit the NMFS project website at: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/west-coast/laws-and-policies/west-coast-region-national-environmental-policy-act-documents 

Contact

For environmental information, contact:

Ted Gresh
Environmental Protection Specialist
Bonneville Power Administration – ECF-4
PO Box 3621
Portland, Oregon 97208-3621
Toll-free: 800-622-4519
Direct line: 503-230-5756
Email: esgresh@bpa.gov

Eric McOmie                                                       
Fish and Wildlife Administrator                            
Bonneville Power Administration – EWU-4
PO Box 3621
Portland, Oregon 97208-3621
Toll-free: 800-622-4519
Direct line: 503-230-4964
Email: ermcomie@bpa.gov

For project information, contact:

Eric Andersen                                                       
Fish and Wildlife Administrator                            
Bonneville Power Administration – EWL-4
PO Box 3621
Portland, Oregon 97208-3621
Toll-free: 800-622-4519
Direct line: 503-230-4094
Email: ejandersen@bpa.gov

Documents

FINAL EA:

Public Letter                                  (04/08/2022) 
FONSI                                             (March 2022)
Final EA                                          (November 2021) 

 

DRAFT EA:
Draft EA comments received
Public Letter                     (09/01/2020)
Draft EA                           (04/02/2020)