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Crystal Springs Hatchery Program (DOE/EIS-0500)


Bingham, Custer and Lemhi counties, Idaho

  • PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

    Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is proposing to fund the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation's (Tribes) proposed Crystal Springs Hatchery Program in Idaho. The program would involve the construction of a hatchery to rear Snake River spring/summer Chinook salmon and Yellowstone cutthroat trout and the construction of two fish trapping (weir) facilities. The hatchery would be constructed at the site of an obsolete trout hatchery on Crystal Springs in Bingham County. The weirs would be located on U.S. Forest Service's (Forest Service) Salmon-Challis National Forest; one on the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River at the Pole Flat Campground in Custer County, and one on Panther Creek in Lemhi County. Construction and operation of the weirs would require a special-use permit from the Forest Service.

    Program operations at the hatchery would include incubation and rearing of up to 1,000,000 juvenile Chinook salmon to enhance fish populations available for harvest and to aid in establishing a naturally spawning spring/summer Chinook population in the Upper Salmon River subbasin. The weirs would be used to collect adult Chinook for broodstock. In addition, the hatchery would produce up to 5,000 Yellowstone cutthroat trout for release and harvest in an oxbow lake on the Fort Hall Reservation.

  • CURRENT STATUS:

    BPA is preparing a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) to evaluate the potential impacts of the proposed restoration activities and identify ways to reduce those impacts. The draft EIS also considers a no-action alternative where the improvements would not be made and BPA would continue with current operation and maintenance practices. Based on the analysis in the EIS and comments received, BPA will prepare either a finding of no significant impact and decide whether to proceed with the project, or an environmental impact statement if there is the potential for significant environmental impacts. All comments are posted in their entirety on the project's comments webpage.

    BPA will address comments in the final EIS, which will be available to the public in Winter 2015/2016. Based on the analysis in the final EIS and comments received, BPA will prepare either a finding of no significant impact and decide whether to proceed with the project, or an environmental impact statement if there is the potential for significant environmental impacts.

  • SCHEDULE:


    Scoping comment period
    Scoping public meeting
    Scoping public meeting
    Scoping public meeting
    Draft EIS available for public comment
    Final EIS (and Forest Service draft Record of Decision)
    Forest Service Objection process (if objections received)
    Record of Decision
    If decision to build, construction start
    May 23 thru July 7, 2014
    June 10, 2014 in Fort Hall, Idaho
    June 11, 2014 in Salmon, Idaho
    June 12, 2014 in Challis, Idaho
    Spring 2015
    Winter 2015/2016
    following release of final EIS
    Spring 2016
    Summer 2016

  • CONTACT:



  • For environmental-related information, contact:
    Israel Duran
    Contract Environmental Protection Specialist
    CRGT, Inc
    Bonneville Power Administration - KEC-4
    P.O. Box 3621
    Portland, OR 97208-3621
    Direct line:
    Toll-free:
    Email:


    503-230-3967
    800-230-3713
    induran@bpa.gov
    OR
    Don Rose
    Supervisory Environmental Protection Specialist

    Bonneville Power Administration - KEC-4
    P.O. Box 3621
    Portland, OR 97208-3621
    Toll-free:
    Direct line:
    Email:


    800-282-3713
    503-230-3796
    dlrose@bpa.gov


    For project information, contact:
    Joe DeHerrera
    Project Manager

    Bonneville Power Administration - KEWM-4
    P.O. Box 3621
    Portland, OR 97208-3621
    Direct line:
    Toll-free:
    Email:

    503-230-3442
    800-282-3713
    jldeherrera@bpa.gov


  • DOCUMENTS:


    (All documents are in pdf format)

    SCOPING:


    Scoping comments received
    Public Letter (199 Kb) (05/23/2014)
    Project Map (551 Kb) (05/23/2014)
    Comment Form (121 Kb) (05/23/2014)


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