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Wallooskee-Youngs Confluence Restoration (DOE/EA-1974)

Clatsop County, Oregon


    Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) prepared an environmental assessment (EA) under the National Environmental Policy Act to analyze the effects of a project to restore a tidal marsh in the Columbia River Estuary in Clatsop County, Oregon.

    BPA has decided to provide funding for the restoration project. Astoria Wetlands, LLC, an environmental resources company, currently owns the property and will conduct the restoration work. The Cowlitz Indian Tribe will assist in project implementation and provide long-term stewardship to ensure permanent protection of the property.

    Wallooskee-Youngs Confluence Restoration Project is located at the confluence of the Wallooskee and Youngs Rivers five miles from the Columbia River near Astoria, Oregon. The project will involve modifying a levee to inundate historic wetlands, creating a network of tidal channels within the project site, and restoring native vegetation. The project will enhance estuary rearing habitat for juvenile salmon and steelhead, as well as provide habitat for wildlife such as deer, elk, and river otter. The project will also help BPA meet its obligations under the Endangered Species Act. An existing BPA transmission line and access road on the property will be modified to withstand the new tidal regime. Structures on the property - a house, barn, and out buildings - will be removed and the upland area returned to a natural condition.

    To understand the potential environmental impacts of this project, BPA prepared an EA following the procedures of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The EA describes impacts to natural and human resources and includes mitigation measures to help avoid or minimize impacts. During the process, BPA worked with landowners, tribes, federal, state and local agencies, and interest groups.


    Scoping comment period    12/24/2013 through 01/27/2014
    Public Scoping meeting 01/14/2014 in Astoria, Oregon
    Draft EA comment period December 29, 2014 through January 28, 2015
    Final EA July 7, 2015
    Finding of No Significant Impact    July 7, 2015
    Construction to start August 2015
    Levee breaching and project completion   Summer 2016


  • For environmental-related information, contact:
    Jesse Wilson
    Contract Environmental Protection Specialist
    David Evans Assoc.
    Bonneville Power Administration - KEC-4
    P.O. Box 3621
    Portland, OR 97208-3621
    Direct line:
    Don Rose
    Supervisory Environmental Protection Specialist  

    Bonneville Power Administration - KEC-4
    P.O. Box 3621
    Portland, OR 97208-3621
    Direct line:
    For project information, contact:
    Jason Karnezis
    Project Manager

    Bonneville Power Administration - KEWL-4
    P.O. Box 3621
    Portland, OR 97208-3621
    Direct line:


    (All documents are in pdf format)


    Public Letter (187 Kb) (07/17/2015)
    Final EA (718 Kb) (07/07/2015)
    FONSI and Mitigation Action Plan (154 Kb) (07/07/2015)


    Comments received on Draft EA
    Public Letter (190 Kb) (12/29/2014)
    Draft EA (32 Mb) (December 2014)
    Comment Form (129 Kb) (12/29/2014)


    Scoping comments received
    Public Letter (36 Kb) (12/24/2013)
    Project Map (776 Kb) (12/04/2013)
    Comment Form (21 Kb) (12/24/2013)

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