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Walla Walla Basin Spring Chinook Hatchery Program (DOE/EIS-0495)*


Umatilla County, Oregon and Walla Walla County, Washington

  • PROJECT DESCRIPTION:


    The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) proposes to fund the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) to construct and operate a hatchery at an existing adult holding and spawning facility managed by the CTUIR. The proposed hatchery would be on the South Fork Walla Walla River near Milton-Freewater in Umatilla County, Oregon and would incubate and rear spring Chinook salmon. Spring Chinook were extirpated from the Walla Walla River basin in the early to mid-1900s. The proposed project would augment fish populations available for harvest and aid in establishing a naturally spawning spring Chinook population in the Walla Walla basin.

    To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, BPA has prepared an environmental impact statement (EIS) following the procedures of the National Environmental Policy Act. The EIS analyzes two action alternatives and a no action alternative.

    Alternative 1 calls for the new hatchery to incubate and rear up to 500,000 yearling spring Chinook smolts for release in tributaries to the Walla Walla River in northeast Oregon and southeast Washington. The proposed project would augment fish populations available for harvest and aid in establishing a naturally spawning spring Chinook population in the Walla Walla basin.

    In Alternative 2, the hatchery would rear the same fish as Alternative 1, but would also accommodate the rearing of 810,000 spring Chinook smolts for an ongoing Umatilla basin program. This alternative would transfer production of Umatilla spring Chinook from the existing Umatilla Hatchery near Irrigon, OR to the proposed new Walla Walla Hatchery to help alleviate water constraints at Umatilla Hatchery. The transfer would not change other aspects of the Umatilla spring Chinook program such as spring Chinook acclimation and release sites, and the Umatilla Hatchery would continue to produce other fish. Alternatives 1 and 2 would construct new incubation and rearing buildings and equipment, water treatment and delivery systems, auxiliary facilities, and new staff residences. Minor modifications would also be needed at Nursery Bridge Dam downstream of the proposed hatchery to allow broodstock to be collected for the Walla Walla spring Chinook program.

    The EIS describes anticipated impacts to natural and human resources and includes mitigation measures that would help avoid or minimize impacts. Effects of methods to more efficiently use water, including a pumpback system and water reuse systems, also are analyzed.

  • CURRENT STATUS:


    BPA is releasing the draft EIS for public review and comment and has scheduled public meetings. Comments that BPA receives during the comment period will be addressed in the final EIS.

  • PUBLIC MEETINGS:


    Two informal, open-house public meetings are scheduled to answer questions and accept comments on the analysis and alternatives in the draft EIS.

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Dayton Memorial Library
    111 South 3rd Street
    Dayton, WA 99328
    Thursday, October  30, 2014
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Milton-Freewater Community Building
    109 NE 5th Street
    Milton-Freewater, OR 97862

  • HOW TO COMMENT:

    Please submit your comments by November 24, 2014 so they may be considered while we draft the EIS. When commenting, refer to the full project name. . Comments will be posted in their entirety on the project's comment 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


  • SCHEDULE:


    Scoping comment period
    Scoping meeting
    Scoping meeting
    Additional scoping - comment period
    Draft EIS comment period
    Public meetings

    Final EIS
    If decision to build, construction start
    March 28, 2013 to May 15, 2013
    April 16, 2013 in Milton-Freewater, Oregon
    April 17, 2013 in Dayton, Washington
    June 2, 2014 to July 1, 2014
    October 7, 2014 to November 24, 2014
    October 29, 2014 in Dayton, Washington
    October 30, 2014 in Milton-Freewater, Oregon
    Summer 2015
    Summer 2015


  • CONTACT:


  • For environmental information, contact:
    Judy Woodward
    Contract Environmental Protection Specialist
    MBO Partners
    Toll-free:
    Direct line:
    Email:
    800-622-4519
    503-325-8333
    jlwoodward@bpa.gov
    Bonneville Power Administration - KEC-4
    P.O. Box 3621
    Portland, OR 97208-3621
    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:
    Jay Marcotte, Project Manager
    Bonneville Power Administration - KEWU-4
    P.O. Box 3621
    Portland, OR 97208-3621

    Toll-free:
    Direct line:
    Email:


    800-622-4519
    360-619-3943
    jgmarcotte@bpa.gov


  • DOCUMENTS:


    (All documents are in pdf format)
    DRAFT EIS:
    Draft EIS comments received
    Public letter (188 Kb) (10/3/2014)
    Draft EIS (6.2 Mb) (10/3/2014)
    Comment Form (122 Kb) (10/3/2014)

    SCOPING
    Comments received on scoping
    Public Letter - update (288 Kb) (06/02/2014)
    Project Map (683 Kb) (05/12/2014)
    Comment Form (122 Kb) (06/02/2014)

    Comments received on scoping
    Public Letter (34 Kb) (03/28/2013)
    Comment Form (21 Kb) (03/28/2013)
    Project Map (3.6 Mb) (03/15/2013)

    Notice of Intent (29 Kb) (03/20/2013)


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