Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation will complete local, state, and federal environmental review for the M2 Reach 1 Habitat Project:
- SEPA Checklist: The first environmental review of the overall project was completed under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The SEPA process for the project began in March 2011. The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was issued by Okanogan County in June 2012.
- JARPA: As individual project designs are completed, MSRF will submit the Joint Aquatic Resource Permit Application (JARPA) for each project area or groups of areas. Agencies that review projects and issue permits through the JARPA process include Okanogan County (County), Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), Department of Ecology (Ecology), Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the US Army Corps of Engineers.
- Endangered Species Act Consultation: Because the project will receive federal funding and/or permits, it will be subject to review by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries for possible effects of the project to species protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
- National Environmental Policy Act: Because the project will receive federal funding and/or permits, it will be subject to the requirements for environmental review established under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to ensure that environmental factors are considered equally with other factors in the decision making process.
- National Historic Preservation Act Consultation: Prior to construction, each project area will be reviewed by the Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, the Colville Confederated Tribes, and the Yakama Nation for possible effects to historic, archeological, and cultural resources.
In addition to environmental review and permitting, all actions on both public and private property will be subject to written landowner approval and agreement. Participation in the project is strictly voluntary.