Columbia Basin Hatchery Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Three Public Meetings

NOAA Fisheries announced availability of a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) that will inform Columbia River basin hatchery operations and funding of Mitchell Act hatchery programs, and requested public review and comment on it. NOAA will consider and address all substantive comments received by Nov. 4, 2010. You may submit comments by e-mail. See the fact sheet below for more information; or contact Allyson Purcell, 503-736-4736.

NOAA Fisheries will hold three public meetings on the draft EIS:

Sept. 20, 2010; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Clark Regional Wastewater District, 8000 NE 52nd Crt., Vancouver, WA  98665

Sept. 24, 2010; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Kennewick Public Library, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick, WA  99338

Sept. 30, 2010; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Columbia River Maritime Museum, 1792 Marine Dr., Astoria, OR  97103