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Kootenai River Habitat Restoration at Bonners Ferry (DOE/EA-1973)

Boundary County, Idaho
(previously known as Kootenai River Restoration at Bonners Ferry)


    The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is proposing to fund the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho to restore portions of the Kootenai River in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. The Kootenai River Restoration at Bonners Ferry project would involve installing structures on the river banks and excavating areas in the river to create deeper pools of water, as well as developing and enhancing islands to be planted with native riparian vegetation. The project would improve Kootenai River habitat to benefit listed Kootenai White Sturgeon and other native fish, would complement other restoration on the Kootenai River, and would help mitigate for effects caused by Libby Dam located upstream in Montana.


    To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, BPA prepared an environmental assessment (EA) to help determine the potential impacts the project would have on the natural and human environment. BPA released the draft EA for public review and comment in February 2015 and received comments from 3 entities. BPA prepared a final EA that provides responses to comments received. Based on the EA analysis and mitigation measures to help lessen impacts, BPA has found that the project will not cause any significant impacts, and has issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI).


    Scoping comment period:
    Public meeting:
    Draft EA:
    Public meeting:
    Final EA:
    FONSI and Mitigation Action Plan
    Construction to start
    February 07, 2014 through March 10, 2014
    February 26, 2014 in Bonners Ferry, Idaho
    February 05, 2015
    February 18, 2015 in Bonners Ferry, Idaho
    May 14, 2015
    May 14, 2015
    Summer/Fall of 2015 and 2016


  • For environmental information, contact:
    Ted Gresh
    Contract Environmental Protection Specialist

    CRGT, Inc
    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:
    Lee Watts
    Project Manager

    Bonneville Power Administration - KEWM-4
    P.O. Box 3621
    Portland, OR 97208-3621

    Direct line:



    (All documents are in pdf format)

    Public Letter (199 Kb) (5/27/2015)
    Final EA (2,059 Kb) (05/14/2015)
    FONSI and Mitigation Action Plan (167 Kb) (05/14/2015)

    Comments received on Draft EA
    Public Letter (187 Kb) (02/03/2015)
    Draft EA (13.7 Mb) (February 2015)
    Comment Form (127 Kb) (02/03/2015)

    Scoping comments received
    Public Letter (35 Kb) (02/07/2014)
    Project Map (696 Kb) (01/08/2014)
    Comment Form (21 Kb) (02/07/2014)

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