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December 30, 2009

 

Today we continue our

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

months.

      

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.

style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">       Meanwhile, hundreds of

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

Manager:

 

style="font-size: 14pt">123009 hatchery EA delay—03:31

“thank you”
 
       And now

for a view from the opposition, Isaac spoke with a member of the Icicle Watershed Council:

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123009 hatchery Rieman—06:10
“I’m Isaac Kaplan-Woolner”
 
       Again, the next step in the hatchery’s development plan is the

completion of the delayed draft Environmental Assessment in the next couple of months. Public comment will be

collected after that.

 

 

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