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Comments Sought On Hatchery Waterline

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District is soliciting comments regarding the proposed implementation of a new waterline at the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery.

USACE Omaha District has determined that the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery water intake pipeline modification would entail an alteration to the federal project and therefore requires permission under Section 408.

The project proposes tapping into an existing penstock drain line leading from the reservoir into to the hydropower turbines at the Fort Peck powerhouse, installation of a 14” water line along the northern and western side of Yellowstone Road and connection into the Fort Peck Hatchery.

The purpose of the proposed action is to increase production levels at the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery. Production levels at the Fort Peck hatchery are currently limited by the amount of water that can be pumped from the water supply pond into the hatchery. Currently, approximately 900 gallons per minute can be pumped from the water supply pond into the hatchery due to the degraded condition of the intake screens. To return production levels at the hatchery back to the original design levels, approximately 3,600 to 4,000 gpm are required. The purpose of the proposed action is to provide a consistent supply of water to the hatchery. This volume of water would be used as process water for all internal hatchery operations. Only project elements that would alter the federal project are within the review scope for the Section 408 permission request.

Comments pertaining to this public notice must be submitted by Feb. 28 and must include the 408 reference number. Email comments should be sent to section408nwo@ mil or mailed to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Omaha District, Planning Branch, CENWO-PMA-A, ATTN: Section 408 Coordinator, 1616 Capitol Avenue Omaha, NE 68102.

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