Upper Columbia River summer and fall Chinook and steelhead hatchery plans

Public comment period open through May 2, 2019.

NOAA Fisheries is making seven Hatchery and Genetics Management Plans (HGMPs) available for public review and comment. The plans describe hatchery programs for steelhead and summer/fall and fall Chinook in the Upper Columbia River basin. 

These HGMPs describe the programs in detail, including monitoring and evaluation to assess performance in meeting conservation, supplementation, and/or mitigation objectives and their effects on ESA-listed spring Chinook salmon and steelhead in the Upper Columbia River.  The HGMPs were submitted pursuant to the ESA compliance pathways described below. NOAA Fisheries is also making available for public review and comment a draft environmental assessment that analyzes these programs.

NOAA Fisheries proposes to issue one Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 10(a)(1)(A) permit, three ESA Section 10(a)(1)(B) permits, and one ESA Section 4(d) Limit 5 approval for hatchery operations in the Upper Columbia River and Subbasin tributaries (see Resources, below).

The ESA Section 4(d) Limit 5 determination on a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan may be made, which would allow for the hatchery program to be operated as described in the Winthrop National Fish Hatchery HGMP. This program propagates ESA-listed summer steelhead included in the Upper Columbia River Summer Steelhead Distinct Population Segment (DPS).

One ESA 10(a)(1)(A) permit may be issued for the Wells Complex Summer Steelhead hatchery program to be operated by Douglas Public Utility District (PUD) and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). This program propagates ESA-listed summer steelhead included in the Upper Columbia River Summer Steelhead DPS.

Three ESA Section 10(a)(1)(B) permits may be issued for five programs, which would allow for summer/fall and fall Chinook salmon hatchery programs to be operated by Douglas PUD, Chelan PUD, Grant PUD, and WDFW. These programs propagate non-ESA-listed Upper Columbia River summer/fall and fall Chinook salmon.

The hatchery programs are intended to:

How to Comment: Written responses should be addressed to the NMFS Sustainable Fisheries Division, 1201 N.E. Lloyd Blvd., Portland, OR 97232. Comments may be submitted by email. The mailbox address for providing email comments is: Hatcheries.Public.Comment@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the email comment the following identifier: Comments on Upper Columbia Hatchery programs approvals.

For more information on how to provide comments, see the Federal Register notice (below). The public comment period ends on May 2, 2019.

For more information on this process, please contact Emi Kondo at 503/736-4739; emi.kondo@noaa.gov.

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


Hatchery Plans