Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, has completed the environmental assessment (EA) process for the Deep Creek Diversion Fish Screen Project. The purpose of the project is to eliminate fish entrainment on Deep Creek by installing an effective fish screen on an existing irrigation diversion. The installation of the fish screen on the Deep Creek diversion would occur in late summer or fall of 2013. The project site is located approximately 3 miles northeast of the city of Fortine (T35N, R25W, S20) in Lincoln County, Montana. The draft was out for a 30-day public review through March 13, 2013. Based on the comments received, and due to the urgent need to reduce native salmonid entrainment and mortality associated with the inadequately screened irrigation diversion, it is recommended that the proposed project be implemented as soon as possible. No changes were made to the draft EA; therefore, the draft together with the decision notice will become the final document. Contact person: Fisheries Biologist Jim Dunnigan, (406) 293-4161, Ext. 200, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim Dunnigan, Fisheries Biologist, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, 490 N Meridian Road, Kalispell, MT 59901, (406) 293-4161, Ext. 200, email@example.com