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Cle Elum Fish Passage Facilities and Fish Reintroduction Project Final EIS

Cle Elum Dam with Fish PassageThe Bureau of Reclamation and the Washington State Department of Ecology have completed the Cle Elum Fish Passage Facilities and Fish Reintroduction Project Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and it is available to the public.

One purpose of the project was to evaluate fish passage facilities at Cle Elum Dam, Washington, that will provide fish access to historic habitat and restore biodiversity and the natural production of anadromous salmonids in the upper Cle Elum subbasin.  Specific species expected to benefit include sockeye, coho and spring Chinook salmon, and Pacific lamprey.  The project would also contribute to the recovery of two species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act—the upper Middle Columbia River steelhead and bull trout.
 
Reclamation evaluated impacts of the proposed fish passage facilities.  The preferred alternative for fish passage allows juvenile fish to pass through a multilevel gated intake structure located against the right abutment and through a conduit on the right abutment of the dam.  A trap-and-haul facility is proposed for upstream passage.

In addition, Ecology and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), in collaboration with the Yakama Nation, evaluated the fish reintroduction portion of this project.  Under this alternative, the Yakama Nation and WDFW would implement an active fish reintroduction program to accelerate adult and juvenile salmon repopulation in the habitat above Cle Elum Dam.  A reintroduction plan was developed for sockeye salmon, coho salmon, spring Chinook salmon, summer steelhead, and Pacific lamprey.  An additional objective of the plan was to provide two-way passage for resident bull trout. 

 
For More Information on the Yakima Fish Passage Study >>
 
Final Documents
08/2011 Reclamation Announces Record of Decision for Cle Elum Fish Passage Final Environmental Impact Statement HTML
08/2011 Record of Decision: Cle Elum Dam Fish Passage Facilities and Fish Reintroduction PDF 837 kb
     
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Planning Reports

04/2011 Cle Elum Dam Fish Passage Facilities and Fish Reintroduction Project Final Environmental Impact Statement PDF 3.06 mb
04/2011 Final Planning Report Cle Elum Dam Fish Passage Facilities PDF 5.19 mb
01/2010 Cle Elum Dam Fish Passage Facilities and Fish Reintroduction Project Draft EIS News Release PDF 3.0 mb
     
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Contact

Joel Hubble
(509) 575-5848 x371
fishpassage@usbr.gov

Bureau of Reclamation
Pacific Northwest Region
Columbia-Cascades Area Office
1917 Marsh Road
Yakima, WA 98901-2058

 

Last Update: August 26, 2011 9:10 AM

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