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Removal and Remediation of Elbow Lake Dam—Draft EA

09/30/2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) and Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) seek public review of their proposal to remove the unauthorized Elbow Lake dam along the Clearwater River (south of Seeley Lake in Missoula County, MT) and restore the site to its approximate historic natural condition and elevation. Overall goals include: (1) alleviate ongoing violations of state and federal regulations on state trust property, (2) restore natural streambed conditions on the river in the vicinity of the dam, (3) eliminate the dam that acts as a partial barrier to the natural movement of fish and recreationists, and (4) reduce the probability of continued violations at the site. Need for the project stems from legal obligations to alleviate ongoing violations of environmental protection laws and to mitigate unauthorized activities occurring on state lands. The proposed actions, objectives, and justifications are consistent with management direction and legal responsibilities of both FWP and DNRC.

(Region 2 - Restoration & Rehabilitation)

French Creek Stream Channel Restoration

08/12/2019

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks (FWP) prepared an EA to review the impacts of a proposed project to restore a 2000-ft reach of French Creek on the Mt Haggin Wildlife Management Area southeast of Anaconda. The project would create a new stream channel and direct flow of the stream away from an erosion-prone area to an area with an intact floodplain and a healthy riparian area where erosion rates will be significantly less. After considering public comment, potential benefits, and potential drawbacks of the proposed project, it is our decision to proceed with the proposed action to restore the stream channel in French Creek.

(Region 3 - Restoration & Rehabilitation)

Selway Creek WCT Restoration

08/08/2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) is seeking comments on an Environmental Assessment to restore native Westslope Cutthroat Trout by removing non-native Brook, Brown, and hybrid Rainbow x Cutthroat Trout from Selway Creek. Comments on the proposed environmental assessment will be used to make a final decision on whether to proceed with the project as planned.

(Region 3 - Restoration & Rehabilitation)

Therriault Creek Restoration Project

08/07/2019

Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on a proposal to restore riparian vegetation and improve fisheries habitat on Therriault Creek near Eureka, MT. The proposed work on private land along Therriault Creek is located approximately 1.75 miles upstream from the confluence with the Tobacco River. This project would continue previous work on Therriault Creek and will increase woody vegetation cover along the stream, increase fisheries habitat diversity, and reduce the risk of bank erosion. The proposed work would enhance vegetation along about 1,000 feet of the 9,100 feet of stream that was previously restored. MFWP proposes three bioengineering treatments that will support the development of riparian woody vegetation. These techniques include stripping dense non-native pasture grasses and replanting with willows, slightly lowering inside stream banks and replanting with willows, and the installation of woody debris and willow cuttings along the stream bank. MFWP would fund the completion of this project with funding received from Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). BPA previously completed an environmental impact statement that analyzed the effects of similar projects that can be found at the link below. MFWP will tier to this document. Comments will be accepted until 11:59PM, September 10th, 2019. https://www.bpa.gov/efw/Analysis/NEPADocuments/Pages/Watershed-Management.aspx

(Region 1 - Restoration & Rehabilitation)

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.

(Headquarters - Restoration & Rehabilitation)

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.

(Headquarters - Restoration & Rehabilitation)

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.

(Headquarters - Restoration & Rehabilitation)

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.

(Headquarters - Restoration & Rehabilitation)

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.

(Headquarters - Restoration & Rehabilitation)

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.

(Region 3 - Restoration & Rehabilitation)

 

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