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Nevada Creek Phase 3B Restoration Draft Environmental Assessment (FFIP 020-2019)

07/01/2019

Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on the Future Fisheries project, Nevada Creek Phase 3B Restoration Draft EA. A pdf of this document can be found below. The Program tentatively plans to provide partial funding for this project, contingent upon approval being granted by the Fish & Wildlife Commission. This project would continue previous work downstream of Nevada Creek Reservoir, and reconstruct the stream channel to reduce erosion, improve natural stream function, and increase fish habitat. Comments will be accepted until 11:59PM, July 30th, 2019.

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Miller Creek Restoration & Sediment Reduction Draft EA (FFIP 017-2019)

07/01/2019

Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on the Future Fisheries project, Miller Creek Restoration & Sediment Reduction Draft EA. A pdf of this document can be found below. The Program tentatively plans to provide partial funding for this project, contingent upon approval being granted by the Fish & Wildlife Commission. The project would reconstruct the stream in upper Miller Creek, reducing sediment, restoring stream function, and connecting the stream to its floodplain. The area contains pure westslope cutthroat trout. Comments will be accepted until 11:59PM, July 30th, 2019.

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Lolo Ditch Fish Screen Draft Environmental Assessment (FFIP 016-2019)

07/01/2019

Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on the Future Fisheries project, Lolo Ditch Fish Screen Draft EA. A pdf of this document can be found below. The Program tentatively plans to provide partial funding for this project, contingent upon approval being granted by the Fish & Wildlife Commission. This project would install a fish screen on the Lolo Ditch, eliminating a significant source of entrainment of fish, with the goal of improving fish populations. Comments will be accepted until 11:59PM, July 30th, 2019.

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Haughian Bass Reservoir Spillway Repair Draft Environmental Assessment (FFIP 015-2019)

07/01/2019

Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on the Future Fisheries project, Haughian Bass Reservoir Draft EA. A pdf of this document can be found below. The Program tentatively plans to provide partial funding for this project, contingent upon approval being granted by the Fish & Wildlife Commission. In this project, the spillway and headcut would be repaired to ensure proper water depths for overwinter survival of the fishery. Comments will be accepted until 11:59PM, July 30th, 2019.

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Culbertson Community Pond Construction (002-2017) Environmental Assessment

06/05/2019

This document is an Environmental Assessment (EA) prepared for the Community Pond Program (CPP). The CPP proposes to provide partial funding to construct a Community Fishing Pond in Culbertson, Montana. This proposal is to construct a pond by excavating a pit and constructing earthen berms to ensure adequate water depths to over-winter fish. This proposal also includes road and parking construction. The pond is located on the western edge of the City of Culbertson, Roosevelt County, Montana. Comments will be accepted until 11:59PM, July 5th 2019.

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Environmental Assessment for Stream Channel Restoration in French Creek, Big Hole River Drainage

05/01/2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is proposing a project that would occur on French Creek on the Mount Haggin Wildlife Management Area. The proposed action would restore stream habitat by relocating roughly 2000 ft of French Creek from an area that experiences high rates of erosion to an area with an intact floodplain and a healthy riparian area where erosion rates will be significantly less. The cause of the impairment in this reach of stream was past mining practices within and upstream of the immediate project area. French Creek was channelized in a ditch from the confluence of French Gulch to the proposed project area. Placer mining occurred at the lower end of the project area on French Creek. Extensive placer mining occurred in French Gulch and Moose Creek farther upstream, and the massive amounts of sediment generated through these mining operations were deposited in the reach currently being proposed for restoration. These deposited sediments contributed to a highly unstable stream channel. The stream channel has migrated west and runs along the base of a high eroding bank of unstable silt and clay material. Each year the creek cuts into the 50-ft tall bank and causes massive calving into the stream. The proposed project would relocate the stream channel away from this eroding area into an area of the floodplain of French Creek that is well vegetated and would allow proper stream function without chronic erosion. The newly formed stream channel would be slightly longer than the existing channel and would contain high quality aquatic habitat. The habitat benefits of the project would be reduced erosion and sedimentation downstream. This sedimentation is having significant impacts on fish and other aquatic life. Stream and riparian habitat would also be improved. Wetland areas would be enhanced, and wildlife habitat for moose and elk would be improved. The project would benefit native Arctic grayling, westslope cutthroat trout, and western pearlshell mussels. This project is expected to be completed in conjunction with the restoration of placer mining impacts on Oregon Creek which was evaluated in a previous Environmental Assessment. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks invites you to comment on the attached proposal. The public comment period will be accepted until May 31, 2019.

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Environmental Assessment for the Reintroduction of Native Westslope Cutthroat Trout in Tepee Creek After Removal of Non-native Trout with Rotenone

03/28/2019

The Department of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is seeking comment on a proposed project to restore native Westslope Cutthroat Trout (WCT) to the headwaters of Tepee Creek. Comments on the proposed project will be used to guide the development of an Environmental Assessment under the Montana Environmental Policy Act Tepee Creek is a tributary to Grayling Creek which originates in Yellowstone National Park approximately 20 Miles NNE of the town of West Yellowstone. Grayling Creek flows in a southerly direction and enters Hebgen Reservoir approximately 2.5 miles northwest of the junction of highways 287 and 291. (see attached map). The proposed project is intended to restore genetically pure WCT to approximately seven miles of historically occupied stream habitat in the headwaters of Tepee Creek. Currently, Tepee Creek is occupied by a highly hybridized population of fish 52% WCT x 27% Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout (YCT) x 21% Rainbow Trout (RBT). It is presumed that non-native YCT were historically stocked in the headwaters of Tepee Creek early in the 20th century while RBT moved upstream from Hebgen Lake and lower Grayling Creek. All hybridized trout would be removed upstream of the barrier using an EPA-registered fish toxicant before restocking. Before such a removal, an upstream migration barrier would be blasted along lower Tepee Creek (see attached map) to prevent the re-invasion of nonnative trout into the proposed recovery area. Construction of the fish barrier has been authorized under a Categorical Exclusion by the Hebgen Lake Ranger District in a Decision Memo dated June 11, 2015. While alterations would be made to the naturally occurring features of the stream channel, the modifications would retain a natural appearance. Implementation of the Forest Service’s Decision Memo is contingent on MFWP’s authorization to remove non-native trout and restock with genetically pure WCT. Any construction activities would be permitted as required by State and Federal statutes. Once treated waters are deemed fishless, FWP proposes to reintroduce genetically pure WCT from neighboring populations within the upper Missouri River Basin. FWP anticipates that non-native fish removals would take two years and reintroduction of nearest neighbor WCT would take three years. Westslope cutthroat trout are considered a species of concern by the State of Montana and a sensitive species by the U.S. Forest Service. Many similar projects have occurred within the upper Missouri River Basin in recent decades. Cumulatively, these projects help prevent the extinction of WCT and listing under the Endangered Species Act. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is mandated through State of Montana statutes to conduct projects to improve the status of imperiled species. Additionally, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Statewide Fisheries Management Plan specifies a goal of 20% occupancy and security of WCT in their historic range. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is requesting public input and comments on the proposed project by April 29, 2019. MFWP will determine the need for a public meeting(s) based on public interest.

(Region 3 - Restoration & Rehabilitation)

009-2019 Ross Fork Rock Creek Fish Passage Draft Environmental Assessment

01/04/2019

Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on the Future Fisheries project, Ross Fork Rock Creek Fish Passage Draft EA. A pdf of this document can be found below. Ross Fork Rock Creek (Granite County) is a tributary to Rock Creek and supports populations of westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout and is considered critical bull trout habitat. An inventory of instream structures identified this project as the only major upstream fish passage barrier on Ross Fork. This project would remove two undersized, 5’ wide culverts that are located 0.5 miles downstream of the USFS boundary. The culverts are undersized and are a velocity barrier at critical times of the year. This project would remove the undersized culverts and replace them with a farm bridge made from a railcar and eco-blocks. Two rock weirs would be constructed to maintain streambed stability. The goal is to reconnect an additional 15 miles of spawning and rearing habitat and refugia in Ross Fork. The Program tentatively plans to provide partial funding for these projects, contingent upon approval being granted by the Fish & Wildlife Commission. Comments will be accepted until 11:59PM, February 3rd, 2019.

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Future Fisheries 007-2019 Nevada Creek Phase 3A Reconstruction Draft Environmental Assessment

01/04/2019

Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on the Future Fisheries project, Nevada Creek Phase 3A Reconstruction Draft EA. A pdf of this document can be found below. Nevada Creek (Powell County) is a tributary to the middle Blackfoot River and supports populations of westslope cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, and brown trout. The project area was historically straightened, and a non-functional riparian area caused the channel to erode and downcut. In 2010 and 2017, adjacent channel restoration projects reduced sediment, increased stream complexity, improved riparian condition, and created fish habitat that resulted in increased trout abundance. This project is considered phase 3A and would continue the restoration downstream. Approximately 4,700 feet of Nevada Creek would be tied into phase 2 and the channel would be restored to proper dimensions. The Program tentatively plans to provide partial funding for these projects, contingent upon approval being granted by the Fish & Wildlife Commission. Comments will be accepted until 11:59PM, February 3rd, 2019.

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Future Fisheries 005-2019 Hells Canyon Instream Flow Renewal Draft Environmental Assessment

01/04/2019

Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on the Future Fisheries project, Hells Canyon Creek Instream Flow Renewal Draft EA. Hells Canyon Creek (Madison County) is a tributary to Jefferson River near Twin Bridges that currently supports populations of rainbow trout, rainbow/cutthroat trout hybrids, brown trout, and non-game species. In 1995, three landowners converted open ditches into a single gravity pipeline system. FWP and the Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS) provided cost share, and FWP has been leasing the water for 20 years. Currently, the applicant is requesting to renew the instream flow lease for an additional 10 years. A pdf of this document can be found below. The Program tentatively plans to provide partial funding for these projects, contingent upon approval being granted by the Fish & Wildlife Commission. Comments will be accepted until 11:59PM, February 3rd, 2019.

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