The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has decided to proceed with the Marys Peak BPA Communications Site Project. BPA needs to maintain and upgrade the existing BPA communications site located at Marys Peak, approximately 15 miles southwest of Corvallis. Some communications equipment at the site is outdated or unstable and needs to be replaced, and the site needs a more reliable back-up power source due to the high risk of power outages at the site. The existing communications site is located on lands managed by the United States Forest Service (USFS), including the Marys Peak Scenic Botanical Special Interest Area. In addition, some portions of the project area are on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Northwest Oregon District. Finally, some work would also be needed at the BPA Albany Substation.


To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, BPA prepared an environmental assessment (EA), in collaboration with the USFS and BLM. The EA discusses the project, including three action alternatives and the No Action Alternative, describes anticipated impacts to natural and human resources, and includes mitigation measures that would help avoid or minimize potential impacts.


The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has selected Alternative 3C Marys Peak Co-locate with USFS – BPA Albany Substation for implementation. Under this action alternative, BPA will co-locate with the USFS at their Marys Peak communications site as described in the final EA. BPA released the final EA and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The FONSI includes a Mitigation Action Plan to help avoid or minimize potential impacts.


For environmental process information, contact:
Becky Hill         Toll-free: 800-622-4519
Environmental Protection Specialist Direct Line: 503-230-7312
Bonneville Power Administration - ECT-4  Email: 
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, OR 97208-3621

For project information, contact:
Benjamin Younce Toll-free: 800-622-4519
Project Manager         Direct line: 360-619-6276
Bonneville Power Administration - TEP-CSB-1  Email: 
P.O. Box 61409
Vancouver, WA 98666-1409


Fact Sheet - BPA Communication's Site
2018 Vegetation Survey Report
2019 Vegetation Survey Report
Revegetation Plan
Scenic Resources Assessment Report
Oregon Historic Sites Form:  BPA's Marys Peak Microwave Radio Station

Cooperating Agency's Information
BLM Project Webpage
USFS Project Webpage
Public Letter (12/15/2021)
Final EA  (12/15/2021)
FONSI with Mitigation Action Plan  (12/15/2021)

DRAFT EA (comment period Oct. 13 to Nov. 23, 2020)
Draft EA comments received 
Draft EA  (10/13/2020)
Public Letter  (10/27/2020)
Comment Form  (10/27/2020)
Updated Project Alternatives Map (10/13/2020)
Scoping Comment Summary

ADDITIONAL SCOPING (Jan. 8 to Feb. 21, 2018)
Additional Scoping comments received         
Additional Public Scoping Meeting Handout  (01/23/2018)  
Additional Public Scoping Letter  (01/08/2018)
Alternatives Map  (01/08/2018)
Project Vicinity Map  (01/08/2018)
Alternatives Considered Map  (01/08/2018)
Topography Map  (01/08/2018)
Comment Form  (01/08/2018)

INITIAL SCOPING (Sept. 27 to Dec. 2, 2016)
Scoping comments received                     
Project Update Letter  (05/23/2017)
Public Letter  (09/27/2016)
Project Map  (08/25/2016)
Comment Form  (09/27/2016)