The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Portland District is seeking public comments on its proposal to construct a treaty fishing access site on the bank of the Columbia River near Dallesport, Wash.
The Dallesport site is the final of 31 fishing access sites the Corps has acquired and developed along the Columbia River as part of the federal government's commitment to the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Yakama tribes. A 1988 public law directed the Corps to develop the sites for the tribes' use, to compensate them for the inundation of their traditional fishing sites by the construction of Bonneville Dam.
The Corps will improve the site to accommodate short-term use during tribal fishing seasons and transfer ownership to the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs to manage on behalf of the tribes. The site will be closed to public access.
The proposed improvements include a boat basin, ramp and floating dock; access road; restrooms and showers; fish cleaning station; potable water and sanitary sewer systems; and campground facilities. Construction would begin in November 2010 and be completed by Sept. 30, 2011.
The draft Environmental Assessment for this proposed action is available for public review and comment on the Portland District website at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/environment/
Comments received will assist the district in determining the significance of impacts resulting from the proposed action. They should be directed to Carolyn Schneider by phone to 503-808-4770, email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to: