Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Programmatic Review of Harvest Actions for Salmon and Steelhead in the Columbia Basin related to U.S. v. Oregon

A management agreement for managing and regulating fisheries in the Columbia River Basin, entered as a court order in 2008, expires December 31, 2017. The Parties are negotiating a new agreement that would take effect when the existing agreement expires. The new agreement would include a list of hatchery programs with stipulated production levels, and a list of Tribal and non-Tribal salmonid fisheries in the Columbia River Basin, including designated off-channel sites, which are intended to: (1) Ensure fair sharing of harvestable fish between tribal and non-tribal fisheries in accordance with Treaty fishing rights standards and U.S. v. Oregon, and (2) be responsive to the needs of ESA-listed species.

While the agreement includes a hatchery production component, the NEPA analysis of hatchery production within the action area has been completed in a separate EIS that will be incorporated by reference in this EIS. Consequently, the Proposed Action in this EIS analysis focuses on harvest. Construction of new hatchery facilities to mitigate impacts to fisheries from The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam hydropower operations is being analyzed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a separate analysis, which will also be incorporated by reference into this analysis.

Notice of Intent to prepare EIS 7.1.2016

Draft Environmental Impact Statment 7.14.2017

Notice of Availability of DEIS

How to comment:

The comment period has been extended.

Written comments submitted during the agency’s public comment period must be received no later than August 21, 2017.

Written comments should be submitted through mail, facsimile (fax), or email to the comment coordinator identified below. When submitting fax or email comments include the following document identifier in the comment subject line: U.S. v. Oregon DEIS comment

Comment Coordinator:

Jeromy Jording, Fishery Biologist

NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region

510 Desmond Dr. SE, Suite 103

Lacey, WA 98503-1263

Phone: 360-753-9576

Fax: 360-753-9463

Email: usvornepa@noaa.gov