DRAFT Environmental Assessment and Initial Study for Lower Steiner Flat and Upper Junction City

Lower Steiner Flat and Upper Junction City Site

Draft Environmental Document Available for Public Review and Comment Through March 20, 2012

UPDATE: The public review period is closed.  Thank you for your comments!  We are working to finalize the document.  In the meantime, this page and link to the draft document will remain.

The Environmental Assessment/Initial Study (EA/IS) for the Lower Steiner Flat (River Mile 90.2-91.3) and Upper Junction City (River Mile 79.8-80.4) Trinity River Channel Rehabilitation sites is now available for public review and comment.  The Trinity River Restoration Program (TRRP), with federal co-lead agencies, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and with the California State lead agency, the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, is working together to inform the public about this proposed Trinity River restoration project. The Project EA/IS, which is required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), is available for public review and comment through March 20, 2012.

The Lower Steiner Flat site is located on the mainstem Trinity River three miles downstream from Douglas City. The Upper Junction City site is located in Junction City upstream of where Dutch Creek Road crosses the Trinity River. Together these sites comprise the Proposed Project which the TRRP plans to construct this year to increase salmon and steelhead habitat downstream of Lewiston Dam, as described in the December 19, 2000, Record of Decision for the Trinity River Mainstem Fishery Restoration Environmental Impact Statement. The Proposed Project is planned to enhance aquatic habitat quality and complexity via construction of slow water fish nursery habitats, reconnection of the floodplain with the river, and placement of in-river structures to react with flow and habitat features.

The Lower Steiner Flat and Upper Junction City EA/IS, and the Master Environmental Impact Report – the Programmatic Environmental Review document for TRRP proposed channel rehabilitation and sediment management actions, together explain and analyze environmental impacts of the project.  These documents are available on the TRRP website: [ Draft EA/IS (20mb) and Checklist ]  The Lower Steiner Flat and Upper Junction City EA/IS is available on the Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific website at:  http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=8963.  In Weaverville, the EA/IS may be reviewed at: 1.) the Trinity County library at 211 Main Street; 2.) the TRRP office at 1313 S. Main Street (next to Top’s Super Grocery); or 3.) the Trinity County Resource Conservation District at 1 Horseshoe Lane (off HWY 3). In Redding the EA/IS may be reviewed at the Bureau of Land Management office at 355 Hemsted Lane.

If you would like to receive a copy of the EA/IS, please contact Mr. Brandt Gutermuth, Bureau of Reclamation, at (530) 623-1806. Written comments may be sent to: Mr. Gutermuth, Trinity River Restoration Program, P.O. Box 1300, Weaverville, CA  96093, or e-mail bgutermuth@usbr.gov.