Report: Coleman Hatchery Improvements Pose ‘No Significant Impact’

The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have released the Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Coleman Barrier Weir Site Modifications Project. The Coleman National Fish Hatchery complex, on Battle Creek near Anderson, Calif., includes a fish barrier weir and fish ladder facilities. The facilities, operated to manage the different runs of both hatchery and naturally produced salmon and steelhead in Battle Creek, were significantly modified in 2007 and 2008.

Recent evaluations of the barrier weir facilities have determined that a mechanical feature of the weir is in need of modification in order to facilitate the management of fish passage in Battle Creek. The effective operation of the the barrier weir and fish ladder facilities are essential to support the ongoing Battle Creek Restoration Program, which is seeking to restore habitat for federally listed salmonids.

Additionally, the areas where visitors to the hatchery view the salmon will be improved through the installation and/or modification of handrails, guardrails, walkways and ramps that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. A new viewing platform will also be constructed immediately downstream of the barrier weir to allow better viewing of the fish congregating and jumping below the weir.

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Please visit the NEPA website to view the Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact, which were developed in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. If you have problems accessing the documents, please contact the Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 (TTY 916-978-5608) or mpPublicAffairs@usbr.gov.

For additional information, please contact Tom Kisanuki, Fish Biologist with Reclamation’s Northern California Area Office, 16349 Shasta Dam Boulevard, Shasta Lake, Calif. 96019, at 530-229-4233 (TTY 530-275-8991) or tkisanuki@usbr.gov.

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