Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS – Duwamish-Green Hatchery Programs

Comment Period Closed (as of June 3, 2016)

NOAA Fisheries is obtaining information necessary to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for proposed approval of 10 hatchery programs in the Duwamish-Green 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 is now closed.

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. 

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