Return to Proposal Finder FY 1999 Proposal 9070

Proposal Table of Contents

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Section 1. General Administrative information
Section 2. Past accomplishments
Section 3. Relationships to other projects
Section 4. Objectives, tasks and schedules
Section 5. Budget
Section 6. References
Section 7. Abstract

Reviews and Recommendations
Title Type File Size File Date

Section 1. General Administrative Information

Title of Project Proposal Improve Water Quality Through Sedimentation and Nutrient Reduction
BPA Project Proposal Number 9070
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
South Yakima Conservation District
Business acronym (if appropriate) SYCD

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Judith A. Vesper
Mailing Address 1116A Yakima Valley Highway
City, State, Zip Sunnyside, WA 98944
Phone 5098377911
Fax 5098378290
E-mail sunny!jvesper@irm.usda.nrcs.wa
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 1999
Province Lower Mid-Columbia
Subbasin Yakima
Short Description Reduce sedimentation and nutrients in the Yakima River caused by poor irrigation practices and unmanaged dairies. Provide farm cooperators with cost-share and technical assistance to apply Best Management Practices (BMPs) within the watershed.
Target Species

Project Location

[No information]

Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives (RPAs)

Sponsor-Reported Relevant RPAs

Sponsor listed no RPAs for this project proposal

Relevant RPAs based upon NMFS & BPA Review

NMFS and BPA did not associate any reasonable and prudent alternatives with this project proposal

NPPC Program Measure Number(s) which this project addresses:
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses:
Other Planning Document References

CBFWA-Generated Information

Database Administrator notes on the history of this proposal form: None
Type of Project (assigned by CBFWA Analysts): anadromous

Section 2. Past Accomplishments

n/a or no information

Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

n/a or no information

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Identify and prioritize water quality improvement projects. a. Review and prioritize projects for the cost-share program using existing criteria set by the Conservation Commission and SYCD.
2. Provide technical assistance to cooperators to implement water quality related BMPs. a. Coordinate with NRCS to provide technical assistance to cooperators for implementation of BMPs.
3. Evaluate the impact of the project activities on water quality. a. Visually showcase the before and after conditions through the use of visual media such as videos, photos or slides.
. b. In cooperation with the NRCS staff, document before and after effects of the project through worksheets and technical field experience and observations.
4. Maintain project administration. a. District supervisors will provide overall project direction with day-to-day administration provided by the district staff.
. b. Progress made on each project will be evaluated by district supervisors at monthly board meetings.
. c. Review projects costs and reimburse cooperator.
. d. Prepare final report, which includes a summary of activities and accomplishments.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 11/01/98 09/01/00 0.0%
2 03/01/99 09/01/00 0.0%
3 03/01/99 09/01/00 0.0%
4 11/01/98 09/01/00 100.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 1999 Cost
Supplies $ 1,000
Subcontractor Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) $ 0
Other $199,000
Total Itemized Budget $200,000

Total estimated budget

Total FY 1999 project cost $200,000
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 1999 budget request $200,000
FY 1999 forecast from 1998 $ 0
% change from forecast 0.0%

Reason for change in estimated budget

Not applicable

Reason for change in scope

Not applicable

Cost Sharing

Not applicable

Outyear Budget Totals

Not applicable  

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Inclement weather, construction problems, timing of funds.

Section 6. References

n/a or no information

Section 7. Abstract


The South Yakima Conservation District has targeted three subwatersheds along with dairy operations within the district boundaries that are known to contribute to the water quality problem along the Yakima River. Each year, significant quantities of soil and nutrients are lost from surface irrigated farmland due to excessive irrigation. Irrigation return flows carry soil and several agricultural chemicals, including DDT, to rivers and streams. This result is a loss of resources, for the farmer, the environment and the general public. The goal of this project is to improve fish habitat and water quality in tributaries and the main stem of the Lower Yakima River by reducing nutrient and sediment loading from agricultural runoff. SYCD believes that cost-sharing on the implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) is the most effective method of getting conservation practices on the ground. Priority BMPs will be converting from surface irrigation to drip or sprinkler systems amd dairy waste structures to improve storage and reduce water quality problems. These BMPs will reduce soil erosion sediment and nutrient loading to the Yakima River. Heavily polluted river water is detrimental to both anadromous and indigenous fish species. This permant reduction in pollutants improves fish and wildlife habitat as well as the aesthetic quality of rivers and streams. Evaluation of the impact of the project activities will be through the use of visual media such as videos, photos or slides, and technical field experience and observations. We will use our existing water quality monitoring program, which is conducted by an independent certified laboratory.

Reviews and Recommendations

This information was not provided on the original proposals, but was generated during the review process.

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