Duwamish-Green Hatcheries DEIS

Comment period closes December 20, 2017

NOAA Fisheries is making available for public review its draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing effects of our proposed approval of 10 hatchery programs in the Duwamish-Green River basin of Puget Sound, in Washington State. The programs are described in Hatchery and Genetics Management Plans (HGMPs) prepared by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, and Suquamish Tribe (the co-managers).

The draft EIS discloses potential effects, positive and negative, of releases from the hatchery programs on animal and plant species (both listed and not listed under the Endangered Species Act) and their habitats. The draft EIS was developed considering comments received during public reviews, and evaluates water quantity and quality, socioeconomics, and environmental justice resources, and cumulative effects. The draft EIS explores and objectively evaluates a range of alternatives, including the proposed action (approval of the co-manager’s HGMPs). The four alternatives in the draft EIS include:

These hatchery plans (see below) describe the propagation of ESA-listed Chinook salmon and winter-run steelhead, and non-listed coho and fall-run chum salmon and summer-run steelhead in the Duwamish-Green River basin in Washington State. They were submitted for review as joint state/tribal resource management plans under the ESA 4(d) rule, limit 6 by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, and the Suquamish Tribe. The hatchery programs would operate out of the Soos Creek Hatchery, Keta Creek Hatchery, associated satellite facilities, and a Fish Restoration Facility that has not yet been constructed. Seven of the programs are currently in operation. The three Fish Restoration Facility programs are new.

NOAA Fisheries will accept public comments on the draft EIS by email to GreenHatcheriesEIS.wcr@noaa.gov. Comments may also be provided by fax at (360) 753-9517, or by regular mail to:

Steve Leider
NMFS, West Coast Region
510 Desmond Drive S.E., Suite 103
Lacey, WA 98503

For more information on this process, please contact Steve Leider, NMFS, by phone at (360) 753-4650, or e-mail to steve.leider@noaa.gov.

For more information on hatchery programs that NOAA Fisheries is evaluating along the West Coast, including in Puget Sound, please visit our hatcheries page

Resources

Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans

NOAA Fisheries is providing the following hatchery and genetic management plans as additional information to assist in review of the draft EIS. These plans are not subject to public comment. All of the plans have been submitted to NOAA Fisheries for review under Limit 6 of the 4(d) rule for salmon and steelhead.

State of Washington Plans

Tribal Plans