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Wallooskee-Youngs Confluence Restoration (DOE/EA-1974)


Clatsop County, Oregon

  • PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

    Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) will be preparing an environmental assessment (EA) under the National Environmental Policy Act to analyze the effects of a project to restore a tidal marsh in the Columbia River Estuary in Clatsop County, Oregon.

    BPA is proposing to provide funding for the restoration project. Astoria Wetlands, LLC, an environmental resources company, currently owns the property and would conduct the restoration work. The Cowlitz Indian Tribe would assist in project implementation and would provide long-term stewardship to ensure permanent protection of the property. The Army Corps of Engineers is a cooperating agency in the development of the EA due to their role as a permitting agency for the levee modification and wetland work.

    Wallooskee-Youngs Confluence Restoration Project is proposed at the confluence of the Wallooskee River and Youngs River five miles from the Columbia River near Astoria, Oregon. The proposed project would involve modifying a levee to inundate historic wetlands, creating a network of tidal channels within the project site, and restoring native vegetation. The project would enhance estuary rearing habitat for juvenile salmon and steelhead, as well as provide habitat for wildlife such as deer, elk, and river otter. The project would also help BPA meet its obligations under the Endangered Species Act. An existing BPA transmission line and access road on the property would be modified to withstand the new tidal regime. Structures on the property - a house, barn, and out buildings - would be removed to return the upland area to its natural condition.

    To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, BPA will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) following the procedures of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The EA will describe anticipated impacts to natural and human resources and include mitigation measures that would help avoid or minimize impacts. During this process, BPA will work with landowners, tribes, federal, state and local agencies, and interest groups.


  • CURRENT STATUS:

    BPA held an informal, open-house public scoping meeting on January 14, 2014 to answer questions and accept comments about the scope of the EA. The comment period closed January 27, 2014.

  • PROJECT SCHEDULE:

    Public Meetings 01/14/2014, Astoria, OR
    Comment Period 12/24/2013 through 01/27/2014 Comments
    Draft EA Summer 2014
    Final EA Fall 2014
    FONSI/MAP Fall 2014
  • CONTACT:


  • For environmental-related information, contact:
    Jesse Wilson, Environmental Lead
    Bonneville Power Administration - KEC-4
    P.O. Box 3621
    Portland, OR 97208-3621

    Direct line:
    Toll-free:
    Email:


    503-230-4506
    800-282-3713
    jcwilson@bpa.gov
    For project information, contact:
    Jason Karnezis, Project Manager
    Bonneville Power Administration - KEWL-4
    P.O. Box 3621
    Portland, OR 97208-3621
    Direct line:
    Toll-free:
    Email:
    503-230-3098
    800-282-3713
    jpkarnezis@bpa.gov


  • DOCUMENTS:


    (All documents are in pdf format)

    SCOPING:


    Public Letter (36 Kb) (12/24/2013)
    Project Map (776 Kb) (12/04/2013)
    Comment Form (21 Kb) (12/24/2013)

    EA Determination Memo (29 Kb) (12/11/2013)



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