December 30, 2009
look at the state of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery’s water intake plan. A Draft Environmental
Assessment (EA) was expected by Christmas. But the Bureau of Reclamation and the US Fish and Wildlife Service will
delay issuing the Draft EA for the proposed dam and pump house system for at least two or three
Engineers say they need more time to figure out how to deal with potential icing issues on fish screens before the
EA can be released to the public for comment. Ice can cause serous damage to hatchery systems.
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concerned citizens who attended public meetings December 1st are eagerly awaiting the EA for a better
idea of the hatchery’s plans.
"5"> An Environmental Assessment determines whether or not a federal project
would significantly impact the environment.
"5"> To learn more Isaac Kaplan-Woolner spoke with both a hatchery official
and an Icicle watershed activist. First, more on the delayed EA from the Hatchery Complex
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for a view from the opposition, Isaac spoke with a member of the Icicle Watershed Council:
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completion of the delayed draft Environmental Assessment in the next couple of months. Public comment will be
collected after that.