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Northern Mid-Columbia Joint Project (DOE/EA 1945)*


Douglas and Chelan counties, Washington

  • PROJECT DESCRIPTION:


    BPA had ongoing discussions with the Public Utility Districts (PUDs) of Grant, Chelan, and Douglas counties in Washington State on how to address deficiencies in the transmission system of the northern mid-Columbia area. Solutions were explored that would meet each utility's electric reliability needs. These discussions led to an agreement between BPA and the three county PUDs to jointly propose and fund the Northern Mid-Columbia Joint Project (Joint Project).

    The Joint Project would require Douglas PUD to design, build, own, and operate a 230-kilovolt (kV) transmission line. The line would extend from Douglas PUD's existing Rapids Substation in the city of Rock Island to BPA's existing Columbia Substation, approximately eight miles to the southeast. Both endpoints of the proposed line are in Douglas County, Washington. To interconnect the proposed line to the Federal Columbia River Power System, BPA would add a bay to the Columbia Substation.

    Three transmission line route alternatives are being considered for the proposed transmission line (See Project Map). BPA is also considering a No Action alternative, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act. Most of the routes cross private land although some public lands would be crossed including parcels owned by the Bureau of Land Management and a parcel owned by the WA Department of Natural Resources.

    The East Route alternative is on the east side of the Columbia River, entirely within Douglas County. It follows Highway 28 for approximately three miles, then diverges from the highway and climbs a steep slope, traverses land on top of the plateau that is mostly cultivated, descends the plateau near Palisades Road, and terminates at the BPA Columbia Substation.

    The West Route alternatives begin and end in Douglas County, with the majority of the route in Chelan County. The northern portion of the West Route alternatives share a common route and then the routes diverge, with one route closer to the Columbia River and crossing mostly agricultural lands and the other route further from the Columbia River and closer to residences. Both West Route alternatives would require two crossings of the Columbia River, but would traverse more level terrain than the East Route.


  • CURRENT STATUS:


    BPA prepared a draft environmental assessment (draft EA) for the Joint Project that describes the proposal and why it is needed, discusses the potential environmental impacts, and lists the mitigation measures that would avoid or lessen those impacts. The draft EA analyzes potential impacts from three routing alternatives and from the no action alternative, which assumes the project would not be built and any impacts associated with construction would not occur. At this point in time, BPA has a preference for the West Route alternatives, which mostly parallel existing transmission lines.

    The draft EA is currently available for public review and comment and BPA will hold public meetings on the Joint Project, as described below.


  • PUBLIC MEETINGS:

    Two informal, open-house public meetings have been scheduled to answer questions and accept comments about the scope of the EA. Several members of the BPA and Douglas PUD project teams will be available to answer your questions and listen to your ideas.

    Tuesday, December 9, 2014
    4:30 pm to 7:00 pm
    Rock Island Elementary School
    5645 Rock Island Road
    Rock Island, WA 98850

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014
    4:30 pm to 7:00 pm
    Alcoa Inc.
    6200 Malaga Alcoa Hwy.
    Malaga, WA 98828

  • COMMENTS:


    Please submit your comments on the draft EA and potential impacts by January 30, 2015. When commenting, refer to the full project name. Comments will be posted in their entirety on the project's comments webpage.

    Comment Methods:
    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
    Scoping meeting
    Draft EA comment period
    Public meeting
    Public meeting
    Final EA
    Finding of No Significant Impact (if warranted)
    If decision to rebuild, construction start
    October 26, 2012 to December 14, 2012
    November 14, 2012 in Wenatchee, WA
    November 17, 2014 to January 14, 2015
    December 9, 2014 in Rock Island, WA and
    December 10, 2014, Malaga, WA
    Summer 2015
    Summer 2015
    Fall 2016


  • CONTACT:


    For environmental information, contact:
    Kimberly St. Hilaire
    Environmental Protection Specialist

    Bonneville Power Administration - KEC-4
    P.O. Box 3621
    Portland, OR 97208-3621
    Toll-free:
    Direct line:
    Email:
    800-622-4519
    503-230-5361
    krsthilaire@bpa.gov

    For project information, contact:
    Alaric Hsu
    Project Manager

    Bonneville Power Administration - TEP-CSB-2
    P.O. Box 61409
    Vancouver, WA 98666-1409

    Toll-free:
    Direct line:
    Email:
    800-622-4519
    360-619-6331
    ahhsu@bpa.gov
    John Brown
    Douglas County PUD
    Property Supervisor

    Direct line:
    Email:

    509-881-2297
    JohnB@dcpud.org
    Dennis Baker
    Douglas County PUD
    Distribution Engineering Supervisor
    Direct line:
    Email:
    509-881-2903
    dennisba@dcpud.org


  • DOCUMENTS:


    (All documents are in pdf format)

    DRAFT EA:
    Comments received on Draft EA
    Public Letter (188 Kb) (11/17/2014)
    Draft EA (8.6 Mb) (11/17/2014)
    Comment Form (80 Kb) (11/17/2014)

    SCOPING:
    Public Letter - update (35 Kb) (03/07/2013)
    Summary of Public Scoping Comments (37 Kb) (03/07/2013)
    Revised Project Vicinity Map (1.4 Mb) (02/01/2013)

    Scoping comments received
    Letter to the Public (38 Kb) (10/26/2012)
    Comment Form (39 Kb) (10/26/2012)
    Project Vicinity Map (1.2 Mb) (10/19/2012)


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