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Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Wells Hydroelectric Project (Project No. 2149-152)
Issued: April 6, 2011
Commission Staff prepared a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the relicensing of Public Utility District No. 1 of Douglas County's (Douglas PUD) existing 774.3-megawatt Wells Hydroelectric Project (Wells Project). The project analyzed in the document is located on the Columbia River in Douglas, Okanogan, and Chelan counties, Washington.
Douglas PUD used the Integrated Licensing Process and filed the license application for the Wells Project on May 27, 2010. The project occupies a total of 15.15 acres of federal lands administered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In its relicense application, Douglas PUD proposed: (1) continued implementation of the Wells Anadromous Fish Agreement and Habitat Conservation Plan; (2) implementation of a Water Quality Management Plan; (3) implementation of a Bull Trout Management Plan; (4) implementation of a Pacific Lamprey Management Plan; (5) implementation of a White Sturgeon Management Plan; (6) implementation of a Resident Fish Management Plan; (7) implementation of a Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan; (8) implementation of a Wildlife and Botanical Management Plan; (9) implementation of an Avian Protection Plan; (10) implementation of a Historic Properties Management Plan; and (11) implementation of a Recreation Management Plan. Commission staff evaluated Douglas PUD's proposal, and recommendations made by state and federal agencies and non-governmental organizations, in the draft EIS.
In the draft EIS, Commission staff recommended the staff alternative, which consists of measures included in Douglas PUD's proposal, as well as some of the mandatory conditions and recommendations made by state and federal agencies and non-governmental organizations, and some additional measures developed by the staff. The deadline to comment on the draft EIS is May 31, 2011.
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