Return to Proposal Finder FY 1999 Proposal 198402500

Proposal Table of Contents

Additional Documents

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 Protect and Enhance Fish Habitat in Grande Ronde Basin Streams
BPA Project Proposal Number 198402500
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Business acronym (if appropriate) ODFW

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Vance R. Mcgowan
Mailing Address 107 20th St.
City, State, Zip La Grande, OR 97850
Phone 5419632138
Fax 5419636670
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 1999
Province Lower Snake
Subbasin Grande Ronde
Short Description Protect and enhance fish habitat in selected streams on private lands in the Grande Ronde Basin to improve instream and riparian habitat diversity, and increase natural production of wild salmonids.
Target Species Snake River Spring/Summer Chinook and Summer Steelhead

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: 7.6, 7.7, 7.8, 7.10
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

Project ID Title Description Umbrella
8402100 Mainstem, Middle Fork & North Fork John Day River--ODFW Shares funding and personnel to implement and maintain projects in the Camas Creek subbasin. No
9608300 Grande Ronde Subbasin Watershed Restoration--CTUIR Shares funding & personnel to implement and maintain the McCoy Meadows Restoration Project. No
9402700 Grande Ronde Model Watershed Projects --GRMWP Partially funded the ODFW Grande Ronde River, Beaver & Hurricane Ck. projects, reviews new projects. No

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Implementation--Prework: Analyze existing information and prioritize potential projects; procure long term lease agreements on private lands; and develop plans and obtain permits to implement new fish habitat projects. a. Analyze existing information available from: watershed assessments listed in Section 1; from local district fisheries biologists; the Grande Ronde Model Watershed and others. Prioritize potential new projects.
1. b. Work cooperatively with private landowners to procure long term riparian lease agreements in high priorty areas.
1. c. Conduct planning activities (surveying, staking, mapping), prepare contracts, and obtain permits needed to complete work.
2. Implementation--Onsite: Contribute to improving watershed conditions by improving the quality and quantity of riparian and instream habitat on selected streams. a. Construct livestock exclosure fences on streams impacted by grazing, and remove any barriers to fish migration.
2. b. Construct off-site spring developments to encourage livestock utilization of uplands and divert grazing pressure away from streams.
2. c. Construct site-specific instream structures if needed, using native materials and bioengineering or other “soft” techniques.
3. Insure maximum program benefits within leased areas by providing maintenance on all existing riparian exclosure fences, plantings and instream structures. a. Inspect and maintain 96.1 miles of riparian fence which currently protects 54.7 miles of stream and 1260 acres of riparian habitat. This includes 134 livestock watering gaps and 24 off-site spring developments.
3. b. Inspect all leased areas for revegetation success. Plant native trees and shrubs (such as willow & cottonwood cuttings, conifers) where needed to reduce bank erosion, and to restore degraded overstory & understory components of riparian plant communities.
3. c. Inspect all leased areas for noxious weeds and work with county weed agencies to control listed species.
3. d. Inspect streambank stability and instream structures in 54.7 miles of stream and perform necessary maintenance on a case by case basis. Cost share these activities at 3:1 using FEMA funds when available or applicable.
3. e. Coordinate O&M activites with landowners to insure project goals and landowner needs are both met, and with minimal disturbance to landowner operations.
4. Monitor and evaluate Grande Ronde Basin fish habitat enhancement projects and report the results of these activities. a. Annually retake 206 photopoint pictures established on 27 individual projects.
4. b. Continue year around monitoring of hourly stream temperatures at ten project monitoring sites on 5 streams. Annually summarize and analyze the results of data collected from ten permanent thermographs.
4. c. Retake 70 riparian habitat transects on McCoy and Elk creeks to assess stream channel responses to habitat restoration.
4. d. Conduct biological surveys (spawning ground counts, fish population estimates, bird nesting, etc.) on selected streams.
4. e. Report the results of all project M&E activities in quarterly, annual and special reports. Distribute to ODFW fish districts, BPA, & other interested parties.
5. Insure maximum communication, education and coordination of habitat enhancement activities by actively pursuing opportunities to work with, educate and learn from personnel involved with other agencies, organizations, and programs. a. Work cooperatively with the Grande Ronde Model Watershed Program and other local watershed councils to identify and prioritize projects and activities beneficial to the protection and restoration of riparian areas and watersheds on private lands.
5. b. Coordinate field activities with other agencies, organizations, and programs to insure maximum technology tranfer, program consistency and coordination of habitat enhancement efforts.
5. c. Answer correspondence, respond to information needs, and make presentations to other agencies, private organizations, school/youth groups and the news media.
5. d. Work cooperatively with private landowners to promote management activities that protect and restore instream and riparian habitat and watersheds on private lands. Update individual landowners on the progress of these projects.
6. Conduct administrative activities necessary to insure maximum program benefits in a cost effective manner. a. Coordinate project activities with ODFW fiscal, realty, regional and district staff; with the BPA contracting officer and NPPC staff to insure that program operations are consistent with ODFW and BPA policies.
6. b. Maintain habitat program databases, records and files.
6. c. Hire, train and supervise activites of project technicians.
6. d. Prepare annual work statements and budgets; write quarterly, annual and other reports; write and administer contracts; and purchase necessary equipment, materials and supplies.
6. e. Pursue cost share opportunities with other programs and agencies (model watershed, GWEB, ODFW Fish Restoration & Enhancement, FEMA, etc.) and private landowners. Track and administer additional funding.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 03/01/99 03/01/00 5.0%
2 03/01/99 03/01/00 10.0%
3 03/01/99 03/01/00 60.0%
4 03/01/99 03/01/00 10.0%
5 03/01/99 03/01/00 5.0%
6 03/01/99 03/01/00 10.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 1999 Cost
Personnel FY1999 budget; 2- FTE’s, 2-3 Temps; approx. 10%= planning/coord., 13% =new implem. & 77% =O&M . $109,771
Fringe OPE @ 38%, allocated as above $ 41,713
Supplies For new implementation only $ 7,500
Operating Materials, vehicles, mileage, office supplies, tools & equipment $ 28,760
Capital replace post driver, upgrade computer and programs $ 5,000
Travel Frequent overnight trips from La Grande to Enterprise $ 5,600
Indirect Admin. overhead @ 22.9%, excluding capitol items >$5,000 & contractual. $ 45,420
Subcontractor Various equipment & fence contractors; Union & Wallowa County Weed Control Agencies $ 19,500
Other $ 17,000
Other $ 17,000
Total Itemized Budget $297,264

Total estimated budget

Total FY 1999 project cost $297,264
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 1999 budget request $297,264
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 $295,000 $310,000 $325,000 $340,000
Total Outyear Budgets $295,000 $310,000 $325,000 $340,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: 1) Catastrophic natural events (floods, wind storms, etc); 2) Change of landownership or land use laws; 3) Compliance with state & federal environmental laws (COE, ODEQ, ODSL); 4) Timeliness of procurring funds.

Section 6. References

n/a or no information

Section 7. Abstract


The primary goal of the "Grande Ronde Basin Fish Habitat Enhancement Project” is to protect, enhance, and restore riparian and instream habitat for anadromous salmonids, thereby maximizing opportunities for natural fish production. This project provides for implementation of Program Measures 7.6, 7.7, 7.8 and 7.10 of the Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. These measures call for coordinated efforts to protect and improve spawning and rearing habitat, improve fish passage, and provide offsite mitigation for mainstem fishery losses caused by the Columbia River hydroelectric system. Accomplishing this goal will partially mitigate these losses. Initiated by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in 1984, this project protects habitat on private lands in selected tributaries, through long term lease agreements. This project calls for passive regeneration of habitat, using riparian exclosure fencing as the primary method to restore streams to a normative condition. Active remediation using plantings, off-site water developments, and site-specific instream structures are also utilized where applicable. Individual projects contribute to ecosystem and basin-wide watershed restoration efforts that are underway by state, federal and tribal agencies, the Grande Ronde Model Watershed Program and local watershed groups. While the focus of this project is on endangered Snake River spring/summer chinook and threatened summer steelhead, resident fishes and many species of wildlife also benefit. Long term maintenance is an ongoing and vital element of this program, and a monitoring program has been in place that includes: stream temperatures, habitat transects, physical and biological surveys, and photopoints.

Reviews and Recommendations

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

CBFWA: Watershed Technical Group Comments Recommendation:
Return to Sponsor for Revision
May 13, 1998
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Technical Issue: Specifically describe the streams in the subbasin where the projects are located.

Technical Issue: Explain why the tasks and objectives from FY98 are the same - resubmit the proposal with 99 work based on approved 98 funding.

Technical Issue: Explain why the budget is not excessive for O&M.

Technical Issue: Explain why photo points and transects are needed every year.

CBFWA Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
May 13, 1998
1999 2000 2001
$260,000 $295,000 $310,000
Slight reduction due to budget constraints

ISRP Review , ISRP 1998-1 Recommendation:
Adequate after revision
Jun 18, 1998
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
This proposal does not do a good job of presenting technical justification for the proposed work, though the goals are of value. The method section is vague and lacks description of how data will be analyzed and used. Monitoring and evaluation need to be better developed, and results-to-date of this long-term project should be presented for evaluation. For instance, the proposal lists the use of transect sampling and photo points as monitoring techniques, but does not describe how resulting data will be analyzed and interpreted. The biggest weakness with this proposal is that it has been implemented for fourteen years yet few results are described or reported; this brings success and accountability of the project into question. Many relevant studies on the Grande Ronde are not referenced or noted in the proposal. The proposal should give criteria for choosing areas for restoration.

NW Power and Conservation Council's FY 2006 Project Funding Review Funding category:
May 2005
FY05 NPCC Start of Year:
FY06 NPCC Staff Preliminary:
FY06 NPCC July Draft Start of Year:
Sponsor (ODFW) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

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