Return to Proposal Finder FY 1999 Proposal 9154

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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

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Title Type File Size File Date

Section 1. General Administrative Information

Title of Project Proposal Wind River Ecosystem Restoration
BPA Project Proposal Number 9154
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Underwood Conservation District
Business acronym (if appropriate) UCD

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Steve Stampfli
Mailing Address P.O. Box 96
City, State, Zip White Salmon, WA 98672
Phone 5094931936
Fax 5094938557
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 1999
Province Lower Mid-Columbia
Subbasin Wind
Short Description Restore the ecosystem health of the Wind River subbassin with an immediate focus on recovery of steelhead production.
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: 2.2A, 2.2H, 3.2A, 4.3C, 5.9A, 7.1, 7.1C, 7.6C, 7.7, 7.8B
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: NA
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

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Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. (Coordination) Expand membership of the Wind River Action Committee (AC) to form a watershed council with broad representation from stakeholder groups. a. Facilitate meetings of the AC in order to develop group by-laws and draft a watershed management plan to outline the group’s long term objectives. (FY 99-03)
2. (Coordination) Develop a technical working group to guide watershed council efforts by uniting existing membership of the Wind River Restoration Team (WRRT) and the Wind River Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). a. Facilitate meetings of the technical working group to advise on technical aspects of the proposed project and to establish a liaison to the watershed council. (FY 99-03)
3. (Monitoring and Evaluation) Determine productivity and life history of juvenile steelhead in the Wind River subbasin. a. Conduct sampling to derive a population estimate for steelhead parr and other salmonids. Surveys will focus on index reaches of Dry, Trapper, and Paradise creeks in the upper Wind River subbasin and the entire Trout Creek watershed. (FY 99-03)
4. (Monitoring and Evaluation) Determine smolt production and adult escapement in the Wind River subbasin. a. Conduct sampling to derive annual estimates of production of steelhead smolts in the subbasin. (FY 99-03)
. b. Conduct sampling to derive annual estimates of adult returns of steelhead to the subbasin. (FY 99-03)
5. (Monitoring and Evaluation) Evaluate physical habitat conditions in the entire Wind River subbasin through surveying streams on private lands to augment on-going and already-funded surveys on USFS lands. a. Conduct stream habitat and riparian surveys on 30 miles of stream within private lands in a manner compatible with existing USFS surveys. (FY 99-03)
. b. Evaluate spawning composition annually on four index spawning reaches. (FY 99-03)
. c. Monitor water quality (including temperature and nutrients) at 10 new and established sites to evaluate current conditions and change through time. (FY 99-03)
6. (Assessment) Assess watershed health using an ecosystem-based diagnostic model that will provide the technical basis to prioritize out-year restoration projects. a. Identify goals and objectives for watershed assessment. (FY 99)
. b. Perform analysis and diagnosis to formulate restoration strategies with action alternatives. (FY 99-00)
7. (Restoration) Reduce road related sediment sources by reducing road densities to <2mi/sq.mi. a. Decommission and restore 23 miles of road within sub-watersheds indentified in the Wind River Watershed Analysis: Upper Wind R. (5 miles in FY 99), Panther Creek (14 miles in FY 00-01), and Dry Creek (4 miles in FY 02-03) sub-watersheds.
8. (Restoration) Rehabilitate riparian corridors, flood plains & channel morphology on 5 stream miles to reduce maximum water temperatures (< 61 degrees F), to increase bank stability (> 90%) and to reduce bankfull width to depth ratios (< 30) a. Install log complexes to reduce bankfull width-to-depth ratios to < 30. [5 river miles (rm) in FY 99, 4 rm in FY 00, 2 rm in FY 01, 1 rm in FY 02 and 1 rm in FY 03]
. b. Place key pieces of LWD to promote recuitment of natural inputs of LWD and achieve the range of natural variability for the Wind River watershed (75-120 pieces/mile), 2 rm in FY 01, 3 rm in FY 02 and 2 rm in FY03.
. c. Plant and thin stands to to achieve stream shade to > 75% while establishing riparian conifers to > 15 trees over 31" in diameter per acre within the next 100 years. (10 acres in FY 99, 35 acres in FY 00, 10 acres in FY 01, 02 &03)
9. (Restoration) Maintain and evaluate passage for adult and juvenile steelhead at artificial barriers. a. Maintain and evaluate passage over Hemlock Dam for adult and juvenile steelhead. (FY 99-01)
. b. Evaluate the removal or modification of Hemlock Dam. (FY 99-01)
. c. Evaluate culverts on the lower Wind River for potential fish migration barriers. (FY 99-03)
10. (Education) Promote watershed stewardship among youth by involving at least 80 students per year in environmental education programs in local schools. a. Develop an EPA-based StreamWalk program in conjunction with Stevenson High School. (FY 99-00)
. b. Supply StreamWalk and Wind River Middle School’s Junior Environmental Trouble Shooters (JETS) students with water quality monitoring tools and equipment, technical assistance, transportation to field sites, and review of curriculum results. (FY 99-03)
11. (Education) Raise community awareness of watershed issues by appending and implementation of the Wind River Watershed Interpretive Plan. a. Design and install at least 10 signs to inform residents about watershed boundaries, protection of resources, opportunities for involvement, and current restoration efforts. (FY 99-03)
. b. Design brochures to be included with Skamania County PUD mailings describing the watershed restoration effort and opportunities for involvement. (FY 99-03)
. c. Organize two community volunteer events per year (e.g., tree planting, fish viewing, fish education days, river clean-ups) to inform the public about watershed impacts and restoration strategies. (FY 99-03)
12. (Education) Provide technical assistance to promote watershed stewardship to at least 75 landowners in the watershed. a. Host stewardship technical workshops for landowners in cooperation with the Cooperative Extension of Washington State University. (FY 99-03)
. b. Develop stewardship plans with landowners using WDNR and NRCS format. (FY 99-03)

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 10/01/98 09/01/03 2.0%
2 10/01/98 09/01/03 2.0%
3 10/01/98 09/01/03 24.0%
4 10/01/98 09/01/03 20.0%
5 10/01/98 09/01/03 9.0%
6 02/01/99 09/01/00 5.0%
7 10/01/98 09/01/03 7.0%
8 10/01/98 09/01/03 16.0%
9 10/01/98 09/01/03 8.0%
10 10/01/98 09/01/03 3.0%
11 10/01/98 09/01/03 3.0%
12 10/01/98 09/01/03 1.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 1999 Cost
Personnel FY 99 in-kind contributions = $87,679 $242,083
Fringe FY 99 in-kind contributions = $21,904 $ 80,694
Supplies FY 99 in-kind contributions = $17,390 $ 41,460
Operating In addition, 7% of the above personnel costs are for O&M $ 10,400
Capital FY 99 in-kind contributions = $34,000 $ 37,000
Travel FY 99 in-kind contributions = $13,403 $ 8,570
Indirect $120,567
Subcontractor USDA Forest Service (USFS); Yakama Indian Nation-(In-kind funds contribution only) (YIN); USGS, Columbia River Research Laboratory (USGS); USDI Fish and Wildlife Service, Fishery Program Office (USFWS); Washington Dept. of Natural Resources (WDNR); Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) $128,375
Total Itemized Budget $669,149

Total estimated budget

Total FY 1999 project cost $669,149
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 1999 budget request $669,149
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 $620,130 $652,224 $684,772 $717,847
Total Outyear Budgets $620,130 $652,224 $684,772 $717,847

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Potential constraints include: 1) obtaining sampling permits, and 2) obtaining permission to access private lands.

Section 6. References

n/a or no information

Section 7. Abstract


The quality and quantity of salmonid habitat in the Wind River subbasin has been reduced by Bonneville Dam’s inundation of the lower two miles of river along with timber harvest, road building, and other land use activities within the watershed. In 1992, the American Fisheries Society rated summer and winter steelhead as a moderate and high risk of extinction, respectively, and they listed the Wind River sea-run cutthroat trout as extinct. In 1997 WDFW rated the Wind River summer run steelhead as critical. Due to the status of this stock, the Wind River summer steelhead have the highest priority for restoration in the State of Washington’s Lower Columbia Steelhead Conservation Initiative. The proposed projects are a joint product of public and private stakeholders. The goal of these projects is to preserve, protect, and restore the Wind River steelhead and its habitat. This goal will be achieved by utilizing a holistic, community-based watershed restoration approach. Proposed restoration efforts will address known degraded streams, riparian, and up-land areas. An adaptive management strategy will build upon past successes in restoring degraded water quality and habitat within the Wind River subbasin. The collection of biological, physical habitat, and water quality data will fill critical gaps on private and public lands necessary to assess the overall condition of the watershed and prioritize future restoration efforts. Coordination and education of land owners, the community, and other stakeholders will be an important part of achieving our goal.

Reviews and Recommendations

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