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Kootenai River Habitat Restoration at Bonners Ferry *


Boundary County, Idaho
(previously known as Kootenai River Restoration at Bonners Ferry)

  • PROJECT DESCRIPTION:


    Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is proposing to fund the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho to restore portions of the Kootenai River in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. The Kootenai River Restoration at Bonners Ferry project would involve installing structures on the river banks and excavating areas in the river to create deeper pools of water, as well as developing and enhancing islands to be planted with native riparian vegetation. The project would improve Kootenai River habitat to benefit listed Kootenai White Sturgeon and other native fish, would complement other restoration on the Kootenai River, and would help mitigate for effects caused by Libby Dam located upstream in Montana.

  • CURRENT STATUS:


    To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, BPA will prepare an environmental assessment (EA). The EA is being prepared to fulfill BPA's responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act and its implementing regulations. 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.

  • PUBLIC MEETING:


    An informal, open-house public scoping meeting has been scheduled to answer questions and accept comments about the scope of the EA. Several members of the project team will be available to answer your questions and listen to your ideas.

    Wednesday, February 18, 2015
    5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Boundary County Extension Office
    6447 Kootenai Street
    Bonners Ferry, Idaho 83805

  • HOW TO COMMENT:


    Please submit your comments on the proposal and potential impacts by March 5, 2015 so they may be considered while we draft the EA. Choose a method below to comment and refer to the full project name. Comments will be posted in their entirety on the Kootenai River Restoration at Bonners Ferry comments webpage.

    Mail to:




    Bonneville Power Administration
    Public Affairs - DKE-7
    P.O. Box 14428
    Portland, OR 97293-4428

    Toll-free:
    FAX:
    Online:

    800-622-4519
    503-230-4019
    www.bpa.gov/comment


  • PROJECT SCHEDULE:


    Scoping comment period:
    Public meeting:
    Draft EA:
    Public meeting:
    Final EA:
    Finding of No Significant Impact (if warranted)  
    If decision to rebuild, construction start
    February 07, 2014 through March 10, 2014
    February 26, 2014 in Bonners Ferry, Idaho
    February 05, 2015
    February 18, 2015 in Bonners Ferry, Idaho
    April 2015
    May 2015
    Summer 2015

  • CONTACT:


  • For environmental information, contact:
    Ted Gresh
    Contract Environmental Protection Specialist

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


    800-622-4519
    503-230-5756
    esgresh@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:
    Lee Watts
    Project Manager

    Bonneville Power Administration - KEWM-4
    P.O. Box 3621
    Portland, OR 97208-3621

    Toll-free:
    Direct line:
    Email:


    800-622-4519
    503-230-4625
    vlwatts@bpa.gov


  • DOCUMENTS:


    (All documents are in pdf format)

    DRAFT EA:
    Comments received on Draft EA
    Public Letter (187 Kb) (01/17/2015)
    Draft EA (13.7 Mb) (February 2015)
    Comment Form (127 Kb) (01/17/2015)

    SCOPING:
    Scoping comments received
    Public Letter (35 Kb) (02/07/2014)
    Project Map (696 Kb) (01/08/2014)
    Comment Form (21 Kb) (02/07/2014)


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