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Environmental assessment for the ARRA Rogue River restoration : Gold Ray Dam Project
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Environmental assessment for the ARRA Rogue River restoration : Gold Ray Dam Project
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    Environmental assessment for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Rogue River restoration ; Gold Ray Dam Project final environmental assessment ;
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    "In 2009, Jackson County applied for and received a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Project Grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to remove the Gold Ray Dam for the purpose of improving fish habitat and passage. The grant was separated into two phases; a first phase that included conducting environmental and other studies to determine the feasibility of removing the dam and a second phase that included the removal of the dam and associated structures. NOAA released the funding for the first phase of the project to the County but delayed the release of funding for phase two until after the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis could be completed. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), as the administrator of the grant, must comply with the NEPA requirements to assess the potential impacts of the proposed action on the natural and human environment. In early May 2010, Jackson County, as the dam's owner, decided dam removal is the best option for addressing their long-term interests as the owner of the dam. NMFS is proposing to release funding to Jackson County, Oregon to improve fish passage at the Gold Ray Dam on the Rogue River near Medford, OR. The dam owner, Jackson County, has been working with NMFS and additional project partners to explore the option of dam removal. The purpose of the project is two-fold: (1) to address inadequate fish passage and improve native fish habitat on the Rogue River at Gold Ray Dam; and (2) to address the short- and long-term financial and liability impacts of the dam to Jackson County, Oregon"--Executive summary.
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