Draft EIS – Upper Willamette Hatchery Programs

Comment period closed as of May 29, 2018

NOAA Fisheries made available for public review its draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing effects of our proposed approval of salmon, steelhead, and trout hatchery programs currently in operation within the Upper Willamette River Basin, Oregon. The programs are described in Hatchery and Genetics Management Plans (HGMPs) prepared by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Bonneville Power Administration (the co-managers).

The draft EIS discloses potential effects, positive and negative, of releases from the hatchery programs on animal and plant species (both listed and not listed under the Endangered Species Act) and their habitats. The draft EIS was developed considering comments received during public reviews, and evaluates water quantity and quality, socioeconomics, and environmental justice resources, and cumulative effects. The draft EIS explores and objectively evaluates a range of alternatives, including the proposed action (approval of the co-manager’s HGMPs). The five alternatives in the draft EIS include:

For more information, please contact Lance Kruzic, NMFS, by phone at (541) 957-3381, or e-mail to lance.kruzic@noaa.gov.

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


Upper Willamette Draft EIS Resources

HGMPs and Notice of Intent to Prepare EIS Resources

Prior public review period for HGMPs and Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS:

Willamette Hatchery and Genetics Management Plans