Reclamation releases draft environmental document for Cold Creek Coho Passage and Screening Project

Media Contact: Erin Curtis, 916-978-5100, eccurtis@usbr.gov

For Release: September 18, 2018

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a draft Environmental Assessment to disclose potential environmental effects and solicit public comments associated with the Siskiyou County project.

The project seeks funding under Reclamation’s Klamath River Coho Habitat Restoration Grant Project, which is an identified conservation measure in the 2013 Biological Opinions on the Effects of Proposed Klamath Project Operations and in the Final Recovery Plan for Southern Oregon/Northern California Coasts coho salmon. Through this program, Reclamation grant funds would be used to restore and enhance threatened coho salmon populations’ habitat within the Klamath River Basin.

The proposed project is part of a larger fish passage/screening project administered through National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to Trout Unlimited and aims to improve fish passage in Cold Creek, the largest tributary to Bogus Creek, within the Klamath River Watershed. This project seeks to help long-term restoration of coho salmon habitat.

The draft EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is available at https://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_project_details.php?Project_ID=34841.

Comments are due by close of business, Sept. 25, 2018. Please email comments to byoung@usbr.gov. Written comments may also be mailed to Kirk Young, Bureau of Reclamation, Klamath Basin Area Office, 6600 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR 97603.

For additional information or to request a copy of the document, please contact Young at byoung@usbr.gov. The document may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Klamath Basin Area Office at the above address.

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