Kootenai River Native Fish Conservation Aquaculture Program
Step 2 Document
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The Kootenai River Native Fish Conservation Aquaculture Program is a central component of the Tribe’s overarching commitment to ecosystem restoration in the Kootenai River. It is critical to achieving the Tribe’s vision of the Kootenai River and its floodplain as a healthy ecosystem with clean, connected terrestrial and aquatic habitats that foster healthy, productive populations of sturgeon, burbot, and other native fish, and which is capable of fully supporting traditional Tribal and other important societal uses.

This document addresses the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Step 2 requirements by updating the hatchery program details, facility designs, and estimated costs for all areas of the aquaculture program; refining the monitoring and evaluation plans for sturgeon and burbot; and reporting progress on meeting environmental compliance requirements. It also responds to each specific Independent Scientific Review Panel's comment and provides supplementary information to more fully support the program goals and rationale within the context of the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. (The document does not reiterate all of the detailed information provided in the Step 1 Master Plan.)

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Kootenai Tribe of Idaho
P.O. Box 1269
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
Phone: 208-267-3519

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