Final EIS – Upper Willamette Hatchery Programs

NOAA Fisheries made available for public review its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing effects of our proposed approval of salmon, steelhead, and trout hatchery programs currently in operation within the Upper Willamette River Basin, Oregon. The programs are described in Hatchery and Genetics Management Plans (HGMPs) prepared by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the co-managers).

The final EIS incorporates feedback we received from the public after their review of the draft EIS last year. The EIS discloses potential effects, positive and negative, of releases from the hatchery programs on animal and plant species (both listed and not listed under the Endangered Species Act) and their habitats. The final EIS explores and objectively evaluates a range of alternatives, including the proposed action (approval of the co-manager’s HGMPs). The five alternatives in the final EIS include:

A public review period on the final EIS was open through March 11, 2019.

For more information, please contact Lance Kruzic, NMFS, by phone at (541) 957-3381, or by e-mail at

For more information on hatchery programs that NOAA Fisheries is evaluating along the West Coast, please visit our hatcheries page


Upper Willamette Final EIS Resources

Upper Willamette Draft EIS Resources

HGMPs and Notice of Intent to Prepare EIS Resources

Prior public review period for HGMPs and Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS:

Willamette Hatchery and Genetics Management Plans