Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002359
Received: 11/19/2013 1:41:27 AM
Commenter: Norm Hale
Agency: Cowlitz County, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview EIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Operation of locks on the Columbia for the proposed Boardman, OR to Clatskanie, OR barging of coal will entail running significantly more water thru the locks. This will change the amount of water behind the dams available for hydro power and salmon smolts passage downstream especially during periods of lower flow.
Please study the effects of increased coal barge traffic on salmon smolt survival from diversion away from normal passage facilities into the locks or delays in movement and increased predation as they linger in the forebay of the dams.