Draft Environmental Assessment - San Joaquin Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon hatchery program

Public Comment Period 

Comment period open May 7 - June 6, 2018

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is making available for public review its draft Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing effects of our proposed approval of the San Joaquin River Salmon Conservation and Research hatchery program currently in operation within the San Joaquin River Basin, California. The program is described in a Hatchery and Genetic Management Plan (HGMP) prepared by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

CDFW and USFWS, under the auspices of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program (SJRRP), propose to continue hatchery operations at the San Joaquin Salmon Conservation and Research Facility, under Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 10(a)(1)(A) Permit 20571. The Conservation Program will operate as an Integrated-Recovery Supplementation Program, producing Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon for reintroduction purposes to restore a self-sustaining population in the San Joaquin River. The reintroduced Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon, taken from one or more out-of-basin stocks, are designated as a non-essential, experimental population under Section 10(j) of the ESA. The HGMP and the associated Section 10(a)(1)(A) Permit Application (20571) were made available for public review and comment on July 27, 2017 (82 FR 34931). The public comment period ended on August 28, 2017.

NMFS will accept public comments on the draft EA sent by email to: SanJoaquinHatcheryEA.wcr@noaa.gov. Comments may also be provided by fax at (916) 930-3629, or by regular mail to:

NMFS, West Coast Region
Attn: San Joaquin Hatchery EA
650 Capitol Mall, Suite 5-100
Sacramento, CA 95814

For more information on this process, please contact Amanda Cranford, California Central Valley Office, at Amanda.Cranford@noaa.gov or (916) 930-3706.

For more information on hatchery programs that NOAA Fisheries is evaluating along the West Coast, please visit our Hatcheries Page.

Resources

San Joaquin Draft EA Resources

San Joaquin HGMP Resources