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Final Draft Environmental Assessment Klamath Marsh

Final Draft Environmental Assessment for the Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge

 Final Draft Environmental Assessment Klamath Marsh (8.4MB PDF) 


All Interested Parties:


The Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex (KBNWRC) of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the  Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge (KMNWR) Williamson River restoration project.  The document is now available for your review and comment on our website: underneath the heading titled ALERT. To receive a printed copy or electronic version of the document, you may contact Greg Austin at the phone number above or stop by the KBNWRC Tulelake Headquarters office.


The Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge (KMNWR) Williamson River restoration project EA proposes to restore the hydrology of the Williamson River and reconnect this hydrology to adjacent wetlands and riparian habitats in the project area. Implementation of the Williamson River Restoration Project is designed to restore the hydrology of KMNWR to increase both the frequency and duration of floodplain inundation from bankfull overflow thereby reconnecting riverine, wetland, and riparian habitat complexes with the floodplain.  For all earth moving activities, a combination of traditional excavation and blasting with explosives would be used for creation of channels and ponds/wetlands. The project is designed to improve habitats for resident fish and wildlife and migratory species with an emphasis on sensitive species such as yellow rails, Oregon spotted frog, redband trout, and sandhill cranes in addition to removing barriers to fish passage.  KMNWR is located on the eastern slope of the Cascades, approximately 50 miles north of Klamath Falls and is bordered by the Winema-Fremont National Forest and privately owned agricultural grasslands.

The comment period for this EA will close thirty (30) days after the legal notice is published in the Klamath Falls Herald and News newspaper.  The legal notice will be published on June 12, 2013.  Comment letters should be postmarked by July 12, 2013 to be considered in finalizing decisions for the proposal.  You may submit your comments electronically at the following address: In order to reduce future printing costs, please contact us, 1) if you are able and willing to receive correspondence and documents electronically, or 2) if you wish to be removed from the KBNWRC FWS mailing lists.


Note: Comments, including names and street addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the KBNWRC Tulelake Headquarters office during regular business hours (8:00 am to 4:30 pm), Monday through Friday, except holidays.  Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, please be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time.  While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.  All submissions from organizations or businesses and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses will be made available for public inspection in their entirety.





Ron Cole

Refuge Manager


Last Updated: Jun 12, 2013
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