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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has reviewed the biological assessment (BA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents dated December, 1999 submitted by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Corps of Engineers (Corps), and the Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau) (also referred to as action agencies) regarding operations of the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS). The action agencies’ request for formal consultation was received in December, 1999. This document represents the Service’s biological opinion of the effects of the proposed action on two listed fish species: the endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus); and the threatened bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus).
This biological opinion is based on information provided in the documents noted above, numerous telephone conversations, meetings and other sources of information. A complete administrative record of this consultation is on file at the following Service offices: Upper Columbia Fish and Wildlife Office, Spokane; Montana Field Office, Helena; Columbia River Fisheries Program Office, Vancouver; and the Idaho Fishery Resource Office, Orofino.