Surface Water Intake Fish Screens and Fish Passage (SWISP) Project

Fish screens at Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery

The Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery’s primary point of diversion and water delivery system on Icicle Creek is nearly 80 years old and is reaching or exceeding its operational life. Currently, the intake facility does not comply with National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) criteria for anadromous salmonids and can result in entrainment and mortality of Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed fish. The 2017 NMFS biological opinion covering LNFH operations requires the LNFH to have a surface water intake and delivery system that complies with NMFS current screening and fish passage criteria for anadromous fish passage facilities in place and operating by May 2023.

Reclamation proposes to rehabilitate, replace, and modernize the LNFH intake and delivery system on Icicle Creek by constructing new intake headworks, installing compliant fish screens, building a roughened channel and fishway that conforms to fish passage guidelines, and replacing/lining the surface water conveyance pipeline to the hatchery.

The purpose of the Surface Water Intake Fish Screens and Fish Passage (SWISP) Project is to minimize take of ESA-listed fish species, provide fish passage that complies with current regulatory criteria, and ensure safe, efficient, and reliable delivery of LNFH’s full surface water rights from Icicle Creek.

Reclamation has published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the SWISP Project. The NOI was published in the Federal Register on April 24, 2020.

From April 24, 2020 to May 26, 2020, the public was given an opportunity to participate in the scoping process and provide input through a web-based virtual meeting room. Additionally, a Q&A video teleconference was held to provide further public participation in the scoping process. The scoping period ended on May 26, 2020. Information about the scoping process can be found on the Scoping page >>

Documents
09/2017 NOAA Fisheries 2017 LNFH Spring Chinook Salmon Program Biological Opinion PDF 5.16 mb
Related Websites
Fish and Wildlife Service Leavenworth Fisheries Complex
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery
SWISP

Contact

David Child
Project Manager
BOR-SHA-PNRLSWISP@usbr.gov
(208) 378-5390
Fax: (509) 454-5650

Bureau of Reclamation
Columbia-Pacific Northwest Region
1150 N. Curtis Road
Boise, ID 83706

Jason Sutter
EIS Team Lead
BOR-SHA-PNRLSWISP@usbr.gov
(208) 378-5390
Fax: (509) 454-5650

Bureau of Reclamation
Columbia-Pacific Northwest Region
1150 N. Curtis Road
Boise, ID 83706


Last Update: 6/22/20