Kootenai River White Sturgeon and Burbot Hatcheries Project (DOE/EA-1901)
(formerly Kootenai Tribe of Idaho Native Fish Aquaculture Program)
Boundary County, Idaho
The purpose of the proposed project would be to aid in the restoration and conservation of Kootenai River white sturgeon listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act. The proposed project would help prevent extinction of Kootenai River white sturgeon by preserving the genetic and life history trait diversity of the remaining natural population, restoring a healthy age class structure, and replacing failed natural recruitment until naturally-produced recruitment could be restored. The project would also expand burbot production capabilities from an experimental research phase to population-level production intended to re-establish a stable population of burbot in the lower Kootenai River.
In order to achieve their project goals the Tribe has proposed the construction of a new hatchery facility on property owned by the Tribe at the confluence of the Moyie and Kootenai Rivers, approximately eight miles upstream from Bonners Ferry, Idaho. The proposed location of the new hatchery facility is currently the site of the Twin Rivers Canyon Resort.
BPA has prepared a Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) and is available for comments. The 30-day comment period will be from February 15-March 18, 2013. Based on the comments received and the analysis in the final EA, BPA will either prepare a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and decide whether to proceed with the proposed project; or BPA will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement if there is the potential for significant environmental impacts. If BPA chooses to proceed with the proposed project, construction would begin in spring 2013.
Comment period closed March 18, 2013. All comments received are posted on the Kootenai River White Sturgeon and Burbot Hatcheries Project
For information, contact:
|Ted Gresh, Environmental Lead|
Bonneville Power Administration - KEC-4
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, OR 97208-3621
|Toll-free: 800-282-3713 |
Direct line: 503-230-7646
Public Letter (28Kb pdf) (02/15/2013)
Comment Form (26Kb pdf) (02/15/2013)
Project Map (5.1MB pdf) (02/15/2013)
The project was formerly called the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho Native Fish Aquaculture Program.
The documents below were released before the project name was changed.
Project Update Meeting Announcement (76Kb pdf) (05/11/2012)
Project Update Meeting Comment Form (51Kb pdf) (05/11/2012)
USFWS Comment Letter No. 2 (1.6MB pdf) (02/22/2012)
USFWS Comment Letter (535Kb pdf) (11/10/2011)
ICL Comment Letter (2.4MB pdf) (11/07/2011)
Letter to the Public (45Kb pdf) (10/12/2011)
Comment Form (22Kb pdf) (10/12/2011)
Project Vicinity Map (686Kb pdf) (09/29/2011)
Kootenai Aquaculture Step 2 Document - Volume 1 (6.5MB pdf) (August 2012)
Kootenai Aquaculture Step 2 Document - Volume 2 - Appendices.pdf (12.5MB pdf) (August 2012)
Kootenai River Native Fish Aquaculture Program Master Plan (16.9MB pdf) (June 2010)
Kootenai River White Sturgeon Recovery Implementation Plan (641Kb pdf) (March 2007)
Burbot Conservation Strategy (1.9MB pdf) (January 2005)