Project 9042, Critical Ecosystem Reclamation, Recovery and Recharge Project, is not consistent with threshold criteria A, "Is the project based on and supported by the best available scientific knowledge?" and threshold criteria E, "Is the proposed project consistent with, or does it complement the activities of the region's state and federal wildlife agencies and Indian tribe(s)?" Many of the proposed actions are not supported under the wildlife program. The project sponsor is encouraged to coordinate with the Southern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation Project, revise the proposal, and resubmit for funding in FY00.
Teaching youth restoration activities is worthy, but more detail should be given on the restoration activities to be undertaken. In the current proposal, projects are not adequately described to judge their technical soundness or value. Some methods that are listed seem poor choices. For instance, use of rip-rap and incubation techniques should be viewed with caution and could be harmful. The proposal should ensure that biologists will be involved in the scientific aspects of the project.