45-Day Public Comment Period Begins October 4 2019
for the Draft Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan
The Draft Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (Plan) and associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was published on October 4, 2019 and is now available for public comment. Written comments will be accepted through November 18, 2019
The Plan was developed and submitted by the eight member districts of the Deschutes Basin Board of Control and the City of Prineville (Applicants) to address the impacts of their water management activities on threatened and endangered species in the Deschutes Basin.
If approved, the Applicants will obtain an Incidental Take Permit, which provides Endangered Species Act regulatory assurances for thirty-years.
The covered species include the Oregon spotted frog, bull trout, steelhead trout (listed as threatened under the ESA), and sockeye salmon and Chinook salmon (not currently listed under the ESA).
The proposed conservation measures in the draft plan are mainly focused on meeting specific flows by specific timelines in key reaches of the Deschutes Basin (including the Upper Deschutes, Whychus Creek and the lower Crooked River).
Here’s how you can participate:
OBTAIN GENERAL INFORMATION AND ATTEND A PUBLIC MEETING: https://www.fws.gov/Oregonfwo/articles.cfm?id=149489716
ACCESS THE FEDERAL REGISTER AND ACCESS THE DOCUMENT: