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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.

    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 has prepared a draft environmental assessment (EA) to evaluate the effects of a project to restore a tidal marsh in the Columbia River Estuary in Clatsop County, Oregon. A public letter was mailed on December 29, 2014 requesting comments. Based on the analysis in the EA 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    12/24/2013 through 01/27/2014
    Public Scoping meeting 01/14/2014 in Astoria, Oregon
    Draft EA comment period December 29, 2014 through January 28, 2015
    Final EA Spring 2015
    FONSI/MAP (if warranted)    Spring 2015


  • CONTACT:


  • For environmental-related information, contact:
    Jesse Wilson
    Contract Environmental Protection Specialist
    David Evans Assoc.
    Bonneville Power Administration - KEC-4
    P.O. Box 3621
    Portland, OR 97208-3621
    Toll-free:
    Direct line:
    Email:
    800-622-4519
    503-230-4506
    jcwilson@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:


    800-622-4519
    503-230-3796
    dlrose@bpa.gov


    For project information, contact:
    Jason Karnezis
    Project Manager

    Bonneville Power Administration - KEWL-4
    P.O. Box 3621
    Portland, OR 97208-3621
    Toll-free:
    Direct line:
    Email:
    800-622-4519
    503-230-3098
    jpkarnezis@bpa.gov


  • DOCUMENTS:


    (All documents are in pdf format)

    DRAFT EA:


    Comments received on Draft EA
    Public Letter (190 Kb) (12/29/2014)
    Draft EA (32 Mb) (December 2014)
    Comment Form (129 Kb) (12/29/2014)

    SCOPING:


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




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