Return to Proposal Finder FY 1999 Proposal 9109

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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 Acquisition of Water and Floodplain Fisheries Habitat in the Yakima Basin
BPA Project Proposal Number 9109
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Yakama Indian Nation
Business acronym (if appropriate) YIN

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Lynn Hatcher
Mailing Address P.O. Box 151
City, State, Zip Toppenish, WA 98948
Phone 5098656262
Fax 5098656293
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 1999
Province Lower Mid-Columbia
Subbasin Yakima
Short Description Protect riparian and floodplain fisheries habitat through land acquisition; increase instream flows by purchase of water rights and transfer to instream uses; protect and restore floodplain ecological functions
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: 2.1, 7.6C.5, 7.6D, 7.7, 7.8G, 7.8H, 7.11.C
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: N/A
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 critical riparian and floodplain habitat most in danger of development or further degradation. a. Consultation with fisheries biologist from WDFW, USFWS, BOR, and specialist from county planning departments, NRCS, and other appropriate entities.
2. Purchase highest priority riparian and floodplain habitat parcels. a. Contact appropriate real estate entities and/or private landowners.
2. Purchase highest priority riparian and floodplain habitat parcels. b. Conduct negotiations with appropriate real estate entities and/or private landowners.
2. c. If land purchase also includes water rights, transfer water right to instream flows.
3. Identify water rights that may be available for purchase. a. Consulation with appropriate staff from BOR, WDOE, irrigation districts, and other.
3. b. Negotiate purchase and transfer water right to instream flows.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 10/01/98 04/01/99 5.0%
2 10/01/98 09/01/99 60.0%
3 10/01/98 09/01/99 35.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 1999 Cost
Subcontractor Bureau of Reclamation $5,000,000
Total Itemized Budget $5,000,000

Total estimated budget

Total FY 1999 project cost $5,000,000
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 1999 budget request $5,000,000
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

2000 2001 2002 2003
All Phases $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $5,000,000
Total Outyear Budgets $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $5,000,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: The major constraint is the amount of land/water that may be available for purchase. Exact parcels of land/water available will not be known until acquisition program is able to approach real estate entities or private parties. See Section 6e.

Section 6. References

n/a or no information

Section 7. Abstract


a. This proposal addresses the acquisition of water for instream flows, and the acquisition of riparian and floodplain fisheries habitat in order to protect and restore the ecological functions of riverine ecosystems, and thereby support natural populations of salmon and steelhead. b. The goal of this project is to protect/restore riparian and floodplain habitat in the Yakima Basin through land acquisition, and to increase instream flows through the purchase of water rights and the transfer of purchased water to instream flows. The ultimate goal is to increase natural salmon and steelhead production by restoring floodplain ecological functions as discussed in Return to the River. c. This proposal supports the concept of restoring natural production through the protection/restoration of riverine habitats required by various stages of salmon during the life history. Specific F-W Program elements include 7.6C.5 and 7.6D, which deal with protection and re-establishment of natural ecological functions, and the entire range of habitat objectives. d. This proposal is based on the premise that restoration of salmon and steelhead requires a fully functioning ecosystem, including the riverine environment, riparian zone, and hyporheic zone (ISG, 1996). All three of these spatial dimensions have been severely degraded in the Yakima River, and they must be protected and restored in order that thriving natural populations of salmon and steelhead can be restored. The primary means to protect riparian and floodplain habitats and increase instream flows is the purchase of land/water, which will move the Yakima River towards the normative river (ISG, 1996). Such an approach offers permanent protection for the habitat and ultimately for the fisheries resources. e. This program will allow the purchase of land/water which will be permanently dedicated to natural fisheries production. Priority will be given to floodplain areas that offer diverse habitats such as side channels, spring creeks, sloughs, and other low-velocity rearing habitat, and process or offer the opportunity to protect or restore connectivity of floodplain areas with the main channel (ISG, 1996). The areas that constitute the “beads on a string” and historically provided the bulk of the rearing habitat for juvenile anadromous fish in the Yakima Basin. Ground and aerial surveys indicate that priorities areas will include floodplain areas along the lower 10 miles of the Naches River, along the Yakima River in the Kittitas Valley, along the Yakima River in the upper Yakima Valley between Selah and Union Gaps, and along the lower Yakima River between Union Gap and the confluence with Satus Creek. Other factors being equal, priority will given to suitable areas that are in the greatest danger of being lost to alternative land uses, such as housing developments. f. Initial results will be measured in terms of acres of habitat purchased and acre/feet of water purchased and transferred to instream flows. Ultimately, results will measured in terms of fish production as determined by on-going monitoring in the Yakima Basin.

Reviews and Recommendations

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