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Big Bear Falls Fish Passage Project

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The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) invites you to comment on the proposal to fund Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) to improve passage for Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed steelhead within Big Bear Creek in Latah County, Idaho. Over the last century, human-induced changes within the watershed have reduced the watershed’s ability to store water, making spring runoff more intense over shorter windows and limiting adult steelhead migration and passage around the falls. IDFG is proposing to modify the vertical profile of Big Bear Falls to create a series of jump pools that provide access to 20 kilometers of habitat above the falls that were historically accessible. Construction would occur in late Summer 2020. The link provides more detail and the public letter that explains what is being proposed and outlines our environmental review process and schedule.

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Close of comment:  8/22/2019


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