PROJECT DESCRIPTION

BPA is proposing to fund capital improvements to existing facilities at the Klickitat Hatchery that would support an increase in spring Chinook salmon production and allow the Yakama Nation to transition from a segregated to an integrated spring Chinook production program. The hatchery was built in 1954 and most of the facilities have not been renovated. It is operated jointly by the Yakama Nation and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The upgrades would support Bonneville’s commitments to the Yakama Nation under the 2020 Columbia River Fish Accord Extension agreement, while also supporting ongoing efforts to mitigate for effects of the FCRPS on fish and wildlife in the mainstem Columbia River and its tributaries pursuant to the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act of 1980 (Northwest Power Act) (16 U.S.C. (USC) 839 et seq.).

The proposed upgrades would include improving the spring water intakes, discharge piping, and river pump station; rebuilding the pollution abatement system; adding circular rearing tanks, adding a chemical storage building, updating the existing fish ladder and spawning and adult holding infrastructure, and possibly adding two staff residences, predator control netting over the raceways, and updates to hatchery building administrative space. The proposed upgrades are designed to improve rearing conditions for spring Chinook, which would provide the capacity to increase production from 600,000 spring Chinook yearling smolts to 800,000 smolts. Upgrades would help the spring Chinook program transition from using only hatchery-raised fish for broodstock (a “segregated” or “isolated” program) to a program that incorporates natural-origin fish in the broodstock (an “integrated” program). Incorporating natural-origin fish into the broodstock is expected to increase the fitness, productivity, survival, and harvest of this species.

All fish production (spring and fall Chinook and coho salmon) operations and facility maintenance at the hatchery has been funded through the National Marine Fisheries Service under the Mitchell Act (16 U.S.C. 755-757) since the hatchery was built in 1954. BPA is not proposing to fund fish production or to assume responsibility for any Mitchell Act funding for the Klickitat Hatchery. BPA funds would be limited to the proposed capital improvements to support spring Chinook production.

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW

To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, BPA may prepare an environmental assessment (EA) following the procedures of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). If BPA determines that an EA should be prepared, the EA would analyze the capital improvements to the hatchery, as well as a no-action alternative in which no upgrades would be implemented. The EA would also describe anticipated impacts to natural and human resources and identify mitigation measures to help avoid or minimize impacts. During this process, BPA will work with landowners, Tribes, Federal, state and local agencies, and interest groups.

The proposed schedule for the environmental review is as follows:

Scoping comment period         August 12, 2022 – September 12, 2022
Draft EA available for public comment (if warranted) December 2022
Virtual Public Meeting on Draft EA (if warranted) December 2022
Final EA (if warranted) February/March 2023
Finding of No Significant Impact (if warranted) February/March 2023
If decision to build, construction would start Spring/Summer 2023

CURRENT STATUS

BPA has concluded scoping and the comment period closed on September 12, 2022. BPA is now considering comments to help determine if an Environmental Assessment is warranted and the issues that should be addressed in the environmental review. 

CONTACT

For environmental information, contact:
Carolyn Sharp        Toll-free: 800-622-4519
Environmental Protection Specialist        Direct Line:
503-230-5206
Bonneville Power Administration - ECF-4 Email: Casharp@bpa.gov  
PO Box 3621
Portland, OR 97208-3621

For project information, contact:
Mary Todd Haight Toll-free: 800-622-4519
Fish and Wildlife Administrator Direct Line: 502-230-3112
Bonneville Power Administration - EWU-4 Email: mthaight@bpa.gov 
PO Box 3621
Portland, OR 97208-3621

DOCUMENTS

2022 SCOPING
comments received
Public Letter  (08/12/2022)
Comment Form  (08/12/2022)

SCOPING
Scoping comments received
Public Letter (10/6/2017)
Project Map (09/22/2017)
Comment Form  (10/6/2017)

NOTICE OF INTENT
Federal Register Notice of Intent  (10/6/2017)
Notice of Intent   (09/28/2017)