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.
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.
An Environmental Assessment determines whether or not a federal project would significantly impact the environment.
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:
123009 hatchery EA delay—03:31
And now for a view from the opposition, Isaac spoke with a member of the Icicle Watershed Council:
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.