NE Oregon Hatchery Program: Grande Ronde Imnaha Spring Chinook Project
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has a responsibility to protect, mitigate, and enhance fish and wildlife affected by the Federal Columbia River Power System (Northwest Power Act, 16 U.S.C. § 839 et seq). One species covered by that mandate is the Snake River spring/summer chinook salmon listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). BPA is now evaluating whether to provide funding for final design, property acquisition, construction, modification, operation, and maintenance of facilities to better implement existing, pre-approved programs of hatchery fish production for Snake River spring/summer chinook native to the Grande Ronde and Imnaha Rivers of Northeast Oregon. Before taking action on this matter, BPA must comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). BPA, therefore, has prepared an EIS to consider alternatives and the environmental consequences of a Proposed Action (Proposed Action) to modify and modernize existing hatchery facilities and to construct auxiliary hatchery facilities where needed to aid in conservation and recovery of this species in Northeast Oregon. This Final EIS is an abbreviated document that updates some information that was presented in the Draft EIS (DOE/EIS-340 2003) where warranted, makes factual corrections of minor errors or oversights, and responds to substantive comments received on the Draft EIS. This Final EIS is intended to complement the Draft EIS, and together, these documents combine to constitute “the EIS” or “this EIS”. This EIS evaluates and presents the environmental effects of the Proposed Action and a No Action Alternative.