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

Umatilla County, Oregon and Walla Walla County, Washington


    Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is considering whether to fund a proposal by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CRUIR) to construct and operate a hatchery for spring Chinook salmon near Milton-Freewater in Umatilla County, Oregon. The proposal involves constructing a hatchery at the CTUIR's existing adult holding and spawning facility on the South Fork Walla Walla River in order to produce up to 500,000 yearling spring Chinook smolts annually; collecting adult spring Chinook for broodstock at Nursery Bridge Dam downstream of the proposed hatchery; incubating and rearing juveniles; and releasing smolts and adults in tributaries to the Walla Walla River in both Oregon and Washington. 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.

    To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, BPA is preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) following the procedures of the National Environmental Policy Act. The EIS will study the proposal as well as a no action alternative under which BPA would not fund the proposal. The EIS will describe anticipated impacts to natural and human resources and include mitigation measures that would help avoid or minimize impacts. During this process, we will work with landowners, federal, state and local agencies, interest groups, and tribes.


    Two public meetings were held in Milton-Freewater, Oregon and Dayton, Washington on April 16 and 17, 2013. The comment period was extended to May 15, 2013. Comments received are posted in their entirety on the Walla Walla Basin Spring Chinook Hatchery Program comments page.

    The draft EIS will be available for review and comment in the winter of 2013/2014. BPA plans to produce a final EIS in mid-2014.


  • For environmental-related information, contact:
    Judy Woodward, Environmental Lead
    Bonneville Power Administration - KEC-4
    P.O. Box 3621
    Portland, OR 97208-3621

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    For project information, contact:
    Jay Marcotte, Project Manager
    Bonneville Power Administration - KEWU-4
    P.O. Box 3621
    Portland, OR 97208-3621

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    (All documents are in pdf format)

    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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