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CX-003341: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Acoustic Monitoring of Beluga Whale Interactions with Cook Inlet Tidal Energy Project
CX(s) Applied: B3.3
Date: 08/10/2010
Location(s): Anchorage, Alaska
Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden Field Office

Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) Alaska is proposing to use the Department of Energy funding to conduct visual and passive hydroacoustic monitoring of the Cook Inlet beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) as part of the ongoing biological assessment (BA) being conducted for their proposed Cook Inlet Tidal Energy Project located in the Upper Cook Inlet off the north shore of Fire Island near the city of Anchorage, Alaska. The study is being proposed to assist the development of ORPC's BA by providing the necessary baseline data for assessing potential effects to the beluga whales.