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Title: Pend Oreille River Shoreline Stabilization, Phase III, Final Environmental Assessment : Albeni Falls Dam, Priest River Wildlife Management Area, Bonner County, Idaho
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Seattle District
Keywords: Albeni Falls Dam (Idaho)
Pend Oreille River
Water quality
Environmental protection
Environmental management
Publisher: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Seattle District.
Abstract: This Environmental Assessment (EA) evaluates the environmental effects of the proposed shoreline stabilization along the Pend Oreille River upstream of Albeni Falls Dam, near Priest River, Idaho. Scattered tracts of federal land administered by the US Army Corps of Engineers and located along the Pend Oreille River have been licensed to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) for management due to the valuable fish and wildlife habitat they encompass. Erosion from wave action has caused incremental bank failure along the north shore of the Pend Oreille River within the boundaries of an archeological site, which are also part of the IDFG wildlife management areas. Operation of the Albeni Falls Dam project is having an adverse effect on the National Register-eligible sites, as year round reservoir operations continue to cause shoreline erosion that results in a loss of important archaeological data that contributes to the understanding of the prehistory of the area and the cultural history of several Native American tribes. The erosion and bank failure has progressed within approximately 100 lineal feet of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. This will lead to the potential interruption of a mainline railroad if the erosion is not stopped. Phase I of this project was completed in 2006, and Phase II was completed in 2007. The proposed project will not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment.
Description: Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
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