• Reclamation and Ecology Departments Host Cle Elem Scoping Meeting

    The Bureau of Reclamation and Washington State Department of Ecology, in collaboration with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, will conduct a public scoping meeting for the Cle Elum Dam Fish Passage Facilities and Fish Reintroduction Project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on April 30, in Ellensburg, Washington. An open house will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and the scoping meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Ecology is joint lead with Reclamation in the preparation of an EIS that will satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Washington State Environmental Policy Act.

    Reclamation is evaluating construction of downstream juvenile fish passage and upstream adult fish passage alternatives at Cle Elum Dam. The dam, built in 1933, does not include fish passage facilities. The downstream passage facilities would allow juvenile fish to pass through a multilevel gated intake structure located above the spillway inlet channel and a conduit through the right abutment of the dam. The proposed upstream fish passage would consist of a trap-and-haul facility.

    Concurrently, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), in collaboration with Yakama Nation, is evaluating implementation of a proposed fish reintroduction project to restore populations above the Cle Elum Dam. The reintroduction project would involve the use of hatchery supplementation techniques to restore fish above the dam.

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