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ODFW seeks comments on fish passage exemptions in Halsey

Wednesday September 24, 2020

Salem, Oregon – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is seeking public comment on a request to exempt from fish passage requirements a culvert on an unnamed tributary to Muddy Creek in Linn County. Comments are due by October 15, 2020.

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) plans to implement culvert and road repairs that trigger Oregon fish passage requirements. This project site is located in Halsey on OR99E, immediately south of Crowell Lane.

According to Pete Baki, ODFW-ODOT Fish Passage Liaison, ODFW may grant fish passage exemptions if there is no appreciable benefit to native migratory fish from providing passage. Because of site specific habitat conditions and the limited native migratory fish habitat above the crossing, ODFW has made an initial determination that even if fish passage was provided, the action would result in no appreciable benefit to native migratory fish. In the future, if conditions change from which the decision was made, exemptions can be revoked and fish passage shall be addressed.

Public comments on the proposed exemption are accepted through October 15, 2020. The fish passage exemption application and the Departments benefit analysis are available at https://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/passage/index.asp .

Members of the public can send written comments or request additional information from Pete Baki, ODFW-ODOT Fish Passage Liaison, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr SE, Salem, OR 97303, email Pete.A.Baki@odfw.oregon.gov, or by calling (503) 947-6234.

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Contact:

Pete Baki (503) 947-6234, Pete.A.Baki@odfw.oregon.gov

 
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