Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS – Nooksack River Hatchery Programs

(Comment Period Closed as of July 20, 2016)

NOAA Fisheries is obtaining information necessary to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for proposed approval of 11 hatchery programs in the Nooksack River basin of Puget Sound, in Washington State. To facilitate the public's involvement in this initial step, NOAA Fisheries invited comments from all interested parties to ensure that the full range of issues related to the hatchery programs is identified. The comment period closed on July 20, 2016.

These hatchery plans (see below) describe the propagation of ESA-listed Chinook salmon and non-listed coho, pink, and fall-run chum salmon into the Nooksack River Basin. They were submitted for review as joint state/tribal resource management plans under the ESA 4(d) rule, limit 6 by the WDFW, the Lummi Nation, the Nooksack Indian Tribe, the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe, and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.  The hatchery programs would operate out of the Kendall Creek, Skookum Creek, Samish, Whatcom Creek, Glenwood Springs, and Lummi Bay Salmon hatchery facilities.

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.

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