Water Resources Division awarded design-build contract for spring Chinook Hatchery with Shoshone-Bannock Tribes

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McMillen Jacobs Associates has been awarded a design-build contract for the spring Chinook Hatchery and related remote facilities for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes (Tribes). We look forward to going through the design process and constructing a hatchery system that will meet the needs and goals to support the restoration of spring Chinook salmon to their native habitat in Idaho’s Salmon River Basin and traditional Tribal fishing areas.

The Tribes have been in the process for several years to build a spring Chinook hatchery that meets Tribal mission “…to protect, restore, and enhance, fish and wildlife-related resources in accordance with the Tribes’ unique interests and vested rights in such resources and their habitats…” A proposed spring Chinook program has been developed to contribute to the recovery of the Snake River spring/summer Chinook Evolutionarily Significant Unit (ESU) by restoring a locally adapted spring Chinook hatchery and natural spawning population to Panther Creek that would contribute to recovery and meet tribal cultural and harvest objectives.  McMillen Jacobs has supported the Tribes in previous Tribal planning, permitting, and design efforts for the artificial production of spring Chinook in an out of basin hatchery with support facilities in Panther Creek and Yankee Fork, sub-basins to the Salmon River.  These efforts included the design of the out of basin hatchery and the design of a permanent broodstock collection weir and portable acclimation tanks within the Panther Creek Basin.  Through these previous efforts, it was determined that a hatchery within the Salmon River Basin would be required due to the water chemistry within the basin.

Our team will assist the Tribes in:

  • Hatchery Siting Studies and Feasibility Analysis
  • Groundwater well development
  • Geotechnical Explorations
  • Topographical Surveys
  • Hatchery Master Plan Development
  • Hatcher Genetic Master Plan
  • Hatchery design including incubation, early rearing, grow out rearing hatchery building with administration space and offices, maintenance shop, operator residences, electrical systems, SCADA systems, remote broodstock collection facilities, remote acclimation facilities, effluent water treatment, and all water supply and drain piping.
  • Construction of the hatchery and remote facilities
  • Start-up and commissioning of the hatchery
  • Permitting support

This project is funded through the BPA Fish Accords through US vs Oregon. Our team is experienced with the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NPCC) 3-Step process for BPA fish accord-funded projects and the BPA-led environmental compliance/NEPA process.  McMillen Jacobs will work with the Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO) agency to determine the hiring goals for the Project and will abide by the resulting compliance agreement. During construction, our team will work with the Tribes TERO compliance officer to ensure our employment goals are met or exceeded for the project.

For more information on Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Fish and Wildlife program, visit: http://www2.sbtribes.com/fish-and-wildlife/

Pictured Above: Panther Creek in the middle of the Upper Salmon River Basin

Photos courtesy of Shoshone-Bannock Tribes