Habitat: Habitat Document Library

Essential Fish Habitat Descriptions for Managed Species

Habitat Correspondence and Resolutions

For further information regarding the Council’s Habitat Committee activities, please see the habitat background page or contact Ms. Jennifer Gilden, staff officer for habitat, at (503) 820-2418 or toll free 1-866-806-7204; ext. 418; fax (503) 820-2299.

2017

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Transfer of ownership of the four lower Klamath River dams June 21, 2017
Army Corps of Engineers Coast Seafoods Project April 18, 2017

2016

Army Corps of Engineers/Bonneville Power Administration Columbia River power operations biological opinion Dec. 13, 2016
Humboldt Bay Harbor District Coast Seafoods aquaculture expansion August 22, 2016
California State Water Resources Control Board and Bureau of Reclamation Upper Sacramento River flows and measures to protect winter-run Chinook April 22, 2016

2015

Hon. Jared Huffman and Hon. Mike Thompson California Drought Legislation December 4, 2015
Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District with enclosure Coast Seafoods Expansion Project December 3, 2015
Oregon Board of Forestry Riparian buffer rules September 23, 2015
Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District Humboldt Bay Harbor District Mariculture Pre-Permitting Project and the Coast Seafoods Expansion Project July 14, 2015
California State Water Resources Control Board and Bureau of Reclamation Upper Sacramento River flows and measures to protect winter-run Chinook May 29, 2015
Department of the Interior Klamath water flows May 12, 2015
National Marine Fisheries Service NMFS Climate Science Strategy March 24, 2015

2014

Bureau of Reclamation Bay Delta Conservation Project –  Attachment 1 and Attachment 2 July 29, 2014
Northwest Power and Conservation Council Fish and Wildlife Program July 25, 2014
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Principle Power floating wind turbine project July 14, 2014
Department of Interior Water for Klamath salmon during the drought of 2014 July 10, 2014
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Habitat impacts of the Pacific Marine Energy Center South Energy Test Site (PMEC-SETS) July 8, 2014
Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary boundary expansion proposal June 30, 2014
NOAA Fisheries In support of establishing a pilot project with fisheries-specific habitat conservation objectives for Council-managed species May 6, 2014
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Pacific Marine Energy Center South Energy Test Site April 23, 2014
KZO Sea Farms Potential aquaculture/mariculture projects March 20, 2014
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coleman National Fish Hatchery release plans March 20, 2014

2013

Department of Energy Environmental effects of offshore wind power October 10, 2013
Northwest Power and Conservation Council Recommendations regarding their Fish and Wildlife Program August 7, 2013
Department of the Interior Preventing a Klamath River fish kill April 24, 2013

2012

Army Corps of Engineers Levee vegetation removal policies April 16, 2012
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar Preventing a Klamath River fish kill May 15, 2012

2011

Army Corps of Engineers Levee vegetation removal policies June 29, 2011
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Management plan review March 25, 2011
Bureau of Reclamation DEIS for removal of Klamath dams Dec. 13, 2011

2010

Bureau of Reclamation Questions on Central Valley Project water issues; see BOR response (received March 22, 2011) Dec. 1, 2010
Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke Columbia Basin salmon issues March 16, 2010
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Reedsport OPT Wave Park project June 19, 2010
Bureau of Reclamation Clarify whether Reclamation is meeting the intent of Congress concerning the use of Federal
Central Valley Project water for rebuilding California’s Central Valley Salmon Stocks; 
see response from BOR (July 2, 2010)
May 19, 2010

2009

Bureau of Reclamation Encourage the BOR to Respond to Recommendations of the National Marine Fisheries Service Regarding Central Valley Project December 2, 2009

2008

Minerals Management Service Comments on Minerals Management Service’s (MMS) proposal to Lease Areas off the Outer Continental Shelf for Alternative Energy Testing Sites (Docket ID MMS-2008-OMM-0020) June 17, 2008

2007

Devine Tarbell & Associates (Ocean Power Technologies) Reedsport OPT Wave Energy Park (FERC No. 12713) November 21, 2007
FERC Hydrokinetic Pilot Project Licensing Process Proposal Docket No. AD07-14-000 November 1, 2007

2006

FERC Comments regarding the DEIS for Hydropower License for the Klamath Hydroelectric Project December 8, 2006
FERC Requesting the decommissioning and removal of four dams on the Klamath Riverreply from FERC (May 12, 2006) April 24, 2006

2005

US Bureau of Reclamation Management of water flows on the Klamath River December 15, 2005
National Marine Fisheries Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, Bonneville Power Administration, and US Bureau of Reclamation Columbia River Basin flows May 16, 2005
Shasta Valley Resource Conservation District 2005 salmon fishing options related to Klamath River Fall Chinook May 16, 2005
US Secretary of the Interior Effect of Klamath flows on EFH for coho and chinook and reply from John W. Keyes III (July 7, 2005) April 21, 2005

2004

US Bureau of Reclamation and California Department of Water Resources Central Valley Project and State Water project operations criteria and plan November 29, 2004
National Marine Fisheries Service Biological Opinion on Federal Columbia River Power System operations October 8, 2004
National Marine Fisheries Service Oceana petition to protect deep-sea coral and sponges August 13, 2004
NOAA Office of Habitat Conservation Proposed essential fish habitat rulemaking April 26, 2004
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission License application for Klamath River hydroelectric project April 23, 2004

2003

US Bureau of Reclamation Draft environmental impact statement for Klamath River Project July 7, 2003
FERC Priest Rapids Hydroelectric Project License Application July 7, 2003
US Secretary of the Interior Klamath Project operations proposed by the Bureau of Reclamation April 23, 2003
FERC FERC relicensing rules April 22, 2003
FERC New hydropower relicensing process April 15, 2003
NMFS Northwest Region Columbia River summer spills March 23, 2003
From Klamath Fishery Management Council to Department of Interior Klamath River flows March 12, 2003

2002

Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Commerce Klamath River Flows

December 4, 2002
FERC Need for a new FERC licensing process  December 10, 2002
US Army Corps of Engineers Proposed Columbia River channel improvements September 20, 2002
FERC FERC’s dam relicensing program  (FERC responded September 19, 2002) May 13, 2002

2000

National Marine Fisheries Service National Artificial Reef Plan November 27, 2000
National Undersea Research Program, West Coast and Polar Regions Undersea Research Center Support for Heceta Bank research September 25, 2000
U.S. Forest Service Federal roadless area policy July 7, 2000
Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project Interior Columbia Basin Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement July 7, 2000
US Secretary of the Interior Klamath River Stream Flow Plan for water year 2000 and response from Department of Interior, September 14, 2000 June 1, 2000
Federal Aviation Administration/Western Pacific Regional Airports Division San Francisco Airport estuary fill (FAA responded May 11, 2000) May 1, 2000Airports May 2000
National Marine Fisheries Service NMFS 4(d) rules for salmon protection March 3, 2000
FERC Potter Valley Project draft environmental impact statement February 4, 2000
US Secretary of the Interior Trinity River flows January 11, 2000

1999

California Bay/Delta Program Draft environmental impact statement September 23, 1999 and July 7, 2000
Resolution On Snake River Dams July 1999
Secretary of Commerce Snake River dams Resolution, June 1999; letter, July 28 1999
Department of the Interior New Carissa restoration and monitoring needs (DOI responded May 11, 1999) April 27, 1999
US Bureau of Reclamation Klamath Project environmental impact statement April 22, 1999 and May 2000
(From Department of Interior) Announcing process of developing an EIS for an interim plan for long-term operations of the Klamath project February 8, 1999
Army Corps of Engineers Columbia River dredging February 4 1999 and October 22 1999 February 4, 1999 and October 22, 1999

1998

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber Endorsement of NMFS recommendations on Oregon Forest Practices Act April 8, 1998

1997

Resolution on Oregon forest practices (undated)
Oregon Department of Forestry Proposed rule for management of Oregon state forest land November 14, 1997
Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Team Upper Columbia Basin Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Eastside Draft EIS October 20, 1997
Washington Senator Patty Murray Resolution in support of designating the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River as a Wild and Scenic River September 30, 1997; resolution September 1997
Dept. of the Interior Central Valley Water Project Improvement Act (water flows for salmon restoration) and reply May 12 1997 from the US DOI April 22, 1997
California Resources Agency, CDFG, NMFS Southwest Region Coho salmon recovery in California (California Resources Agency responded April 30, 1997) April 10, 1997
EPA Region 10 Columbia River dredging spoil site expansion March 11, 1997
Hon. Patty Murray SB 200 (Wild and Scenic Rivers) Nov 30, 1997

1996

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber Oregon Coastal Salmon Restoration Initiative, with reply from Governor December 20, 1996; letter from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife January 30, 1997 10/30/96
Resolution Sacramento River Winter Run chinook and Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta flow April 1996
US Bureau of Reclamation Sacramento River Winter Run chinook and Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta flow May 7 1996
Dept. of Interior Elwha River Dam April 22 1996
Mr. Don Hansen of the Groundfish Advisory Subpanel Requesting assistance with fishing gear impacts August 14 1996
NOAA Office of Habitat Conservation EFH definitions and descriptions December 11 1996

1995

Resolution Water diversion screening criteria August 1995; letter sent (recipient unknown) Sept. 1995
Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality Herbicides and salmon June 1995
Dept. of Interior Water spreading policy, with reply March 6 1996 from US DOI June 1995
 Dept. of Interior Council’s support of the fishery goals, objectives, and provisions of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act  August 23, 1995
House Committee on Natural Resources Central Valley Project Improvement Act Sept. 13, 1995
Resolution Central Valley Project Improvement Act (financial assistance for water screening) March 1995

1994

National Park Service Elwha River (Washington) restoration and dam removal, with reply May 24, 1996 from US DOI December 1994, April and June 1996 and resolution March 1996
Resolution & letter In support of providing adequate flow releases at Iron Gate Dam to ensure protection of Klamath River anadramous fisheries (resolution October 25, 1994; and letter November 1994; to US Bureau of Reclamation)
Resolution & letter White Salmon River (Condit Dam) salmon passage and restoration resolution October 1994, letter November 1994 to FERC
Resolution Salmon habitat classroom education October 1994
FERC North Fork Skokomish (Washington) Cushman Dam Project June 1994, August 1996
Resolution Watershed assessment and planning April 1994
NMFS and Northwest Power Planning Council Columbia passage/flow April 1994; also resolutions August 1994 and April 1995

1993 and Before

Dept. of Interior The need to restore the natural production of Klamath River fall chinook December 8, 1993
Department of Commerce The need for assuring that water management actions within the BOR purview are used to help restore the natural production of Klamath River fall chinook December 8, 1993
No recipient noted Wetland Delineation Manual, wetland protection concerns December 1991, April 1992
No recipient noted Willamette River dioxin January 1990
No recipient noted San Francisco Bay dredge spoil disposal July 1989, January 1993
No recipient noted Oil and gas exploration and leasing March 1988, April 1991

Vital Habitat Concerns

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