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CX-007749: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Provision of Funds to the Colville Confederated Tribes for the Purchase of Two Parcels of Land Along the Okanogan River
CX(s) Applied: B1.25
Date: 01/04/2012
Location(s): Washington
Offices(s): Bonneville Power Administration

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) proposes to fund the acquisition of two properties in the Okanogan River watershed by the Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT). BPA will be granted a perpetual conservation easement over the entire property as a condition of funding the acquisition. The properties are being acquired because of their outstanding riparian habitat resource value. The acquisition will provide an opportunity to enhance, restore, and manage high quality habitat for populations of summer/fall Chinook salmon, sockeye salmon, and Upper Columbia River steelhead, which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. This watershed was selected for restoration and preservation efforts because natural habitat is shrinking in the area, and development poses increasing risk that more habitats will be lost in the future.