Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS – Willamette Hatchery Programs

Public Comment Period 

Comment period closed as of January 30, 2017

On December 15, 2016, NOAA Fisheries sought information necessary to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for proposed approval of salmon hatchery programs in the Upper Willamette River Basin, Oregon. 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.  In addition, the public was invited to comment on the specific hatchery plans (see below).  The comment period closed on January 30, 2017.

The hatchery plans describe the propagation of ESA-listed spring Chinook salmon in the North Santiam, South Santiam, McKenzie, and Middle Fork Willamette Rivers. The hatchery programs would operate out of Marion Forks, South Santiam, McKenzie, and Willamette hatchery facilities.

These programs were reviewed in a 2008 biological opinion on operation and maintenance of dams in the Willamette River. The current analysis includes updates to those programs to include criteria for incorporating natural-origin salmon into the hatchery broodstocks. The plans, in the form of Hatchery and Genetics Management Plans (HGMPs), were provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in cooperation with the Bonneville Power Administration and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, for NOAA Fisheries' evaluation and determination under Limit 5 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) 4(d) Rule for threatened salmon and steelhead

For more information on this process, please contact Lance Kruzic, NMFS Sustainable Fisheries Division, at lance.kruzic@noaa.gov, (541) 957-3381.

Resources

Willamette Hatchery and Genetics Management Plans

Federal Register Notice: 81 FR 90787, comment period closed January 30, 2017   193kb