Return to Proposal Finder FY 1999 Proposal 199101903

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 Hungry Horse Dam Mitigation - Watershed Restoration and Monitoring
BPA Project Proposal Number 199101903
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Business acronym (if appropriate) MFWP
 

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Ladd Knotek
Mailing Address 490 N. Meridian Rd.
City, State, Zip Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone 4067525501
Fax 4062570349
E-mail LADD@DIGISYS.NET
 
Manager of program authorizing this project
 
Review Cycle FY 1999
Province Upper Columbia
Subbasin Flathead
 
Short Description Enhance and protect native fish communities in the Flathead Basin through watershed assessments, fish passage improvements, habitat enhancement, off-site fishery restoration, and project- and watershed-level monitoring.
Target Species bull trout (proposed ESA listing) Naturally spawning fish without targeted artificial enhancement, contributes to rebuilding weak but recoverable native population. westslope cutthroat trout Petitioned for ESA listing. Naturally spawning native fish with targeted artificial enhancement to initiate new wild runs, contributes to rebuilding weak but recoverable native population. mountain whitefish Contributes to rebuilding weak but recoverable native population, restoration through hatchery production or imprint planting to restore wild runs.


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): resident


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. Implement fish passage improvement projects in the Flathead Drainage a. Eliminate fish passage barrier at Paola Creek
1. Implement fish passage improvement projects in the Flathead Drainage b. Complete revegetation at 2 culvert replacements on Felix and Harris Creeks
1. Implement fish passage improvement projects in the Flathead Drainage c. Conduct subsurface dam test to restore fall surface flows at Lion Creek or Green Gulch (if feasible)
2. Implement habitat restoration projects in onsite and offsite areas a. Complete Phase 3 of Riparian and Channel Restoration at Taylor’s Outflow
2. Implement habitat restoration projects in onsite and offsite areas b. Implement habitat improvements concurrent with road obliteration at Emery Creek
2. Implement habitat restoration projects in onsite and offsite areas c. Place large woody debris in deficient (clear cut) upper reaches of North and South Fork tributaries: Big, Coal, Wheeler, Rock, and Branch Creeks
2. Implement habitat restoration projects in onsite and offsite areas d. Plan and complete wetlands creation on Hungry Horse Reservoir after assessment of Phase I
2. Implement habitat restoration projects in onsite and offsite areas e. Negotiate and begin riparian fencing on upper third of Dayton Creek drainage
2. Implement habitat restoration projects in onsite and offsite areas f. Complete livestock exclosure for upper 8 km of Griffin Cr.
2. Implement habitat restoration projects in onsite and offsite areas g. Plan and complete lake rehabilitation at Hubbart Reservoir or other lake with illegal, non-native introductions
3. Conduct project-specific monitoring and evaluation of ongoing and completed projects a. Monitor flow regimes, fish community composition, riparian recovery, and instream habitat at Hay Creek (completed habitat and passage project)
3. Conduct project-specific monitoring and evaluation of ongoing and completed projects b. Monitor fish species composition and instream habitat in Elliott Creek (completed habitat project)
3. Conduct project-specific monitoring and evaluation of ongoing and completed projects c. Monitor use of fish ladder, fish response to channel restoration, and riparian recovery at Taylor’s Outflow (ongoing watershed restoration and passage project)
3. Conduct project-specific monitoring and evaluation of ongoing and completed projects d. Monitor colonization rates of adult adfluvial cutthroat trout in 7 Hungry Horse Reservoir tributaries where passage was restored (completed passage projects)
3. Conduct project-specific monitoring and evaluation of ongoing and completed projects e. Monitor channel morphology, riparian recovery, bank stability, and fish abundance in response to cattle exclusion at Griffin Creek
3. Conduct project-specific monitoring and evaluation of ongoing and completed projects f. Monitor fish growth, species composition, and angler use at past lake rehabs on Lion, Rogers, Bootjack,, Murray, & Dollar lakes
4. Monitor watershed level fish and habitat parameters in cooperation with fish management staff and other BPA projects a. Monitor annual McNeil streambed coring and substrate scoring sites in 32 tributaries to assess trout spawning and rearing habitat quality
4. Monitor watershed level fish and habitat parameters in cooperation with fish management staff and other BPA projects b. Conduct annual adfluvial cutthroat and bull trout redd counts in 31 index tributary reaches to monitor adult runs
4. Monitor watershed level fish and habitat parameters in cooperation with fish management staff and other BPA projects c. Conduct annual cutthroat and bull trout juvenile estimates in 28 tributaries to monitor recruitment
4. Monitor watershed level fish and habitat parameters in cooperation with fish management staff and other BPA projects d. Conduct (5) river population estimates in main stem and forks of Flathead R. to assess fish abundance, species composition, and size structure
4. Monitor watershed level fish and habitat parameters in cooperation with fish management staff and other BPA projects e. Conduct annual gill net series on Flathead Lake and Hungry Horse Reservoir
4. Monitor watershed level fish and habitat parameters in cooperation with fish management staff and other BPA projects f. Collect samples for whirling disease and genetics testing on selected tributaries
5. Monitor effects of selective withdrawal at Hungry Horse Dam on Flathead River ecosystem a. Monitor river temperatures at 6 locations in Flathead River system
5. Monitor effects of selective withdrawal at Hungry Horse Dam on Flathead River ecosystem b. Complete study quantifying zooplankton entrainment through Hungry Horse Dam
5. Monitor effects of selective withdrawal at Hungry Horse Dam on Flathead River ecosystem c. Quantify differences in macrozoobenthos diversity and abundance; pre- and post-selective withdrawal
5. Monitor effects of selective withdrawal at Hungry Horse Dam on Flathead River ecosystem d. Quantify and compare fluvial trout and whitefish growth rates; pre- and post-selective withdrawal
6. Complete watershed assessments, site evaluations, and public scoping to identify and prioritize new projects a. Complete watershed assessment and water conservation plan for Dayton Creek drainage
6. Complete watershed assessments, site evaluations, and public scoping to identify and prioritize new projects b. Complete watershed assessments for Big, Coal, Wheeler, Rock, and Branch Creeks to identify riparian areas that have experienced extensive clear cutting
6. Complete watershed assessments, site evaluations, and public scoping to identify and prioritize new projects c. Evaluate and scope future candidates for lake rehabilitation
7. Coordinate species recovery planning and operational mitigation activities with other actions in the Columbia River Drainage (i.e. flood control, power, and species recovery actions) a. Track activities of bull trout and cutthroat trout restoration teams, scientific groups, and status under the Endangered Species Act; provide data, maps, text, etc. for Flathead Basin populations
. Coordinate species recovery planning and operational mitigation activities with other actions in the Columbia River Drainage (i.e. flood control, power, and species recovery actions) b. Attend technical workgroup meetings, provide modeling expertise, data analysis and report products

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 06/01/94 10/01/00 16.0%
2 06/01/93 11/01/01 30.0%
3 05/01/92 13.0%
4 10/01/88 17.0%
5 05/01/95 05/01/01 8.0%
6 06/01/92 11/01/99 13.0%
7 06/01/93 3.0%


Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 1999 Cost
Personnel $188,098
Fringe $ 56,929
Supplies $ 65,376
Operating $ 18,980
Travel $ 15,124
Indirect $ 69,255
Subcontractor $ 60,493
Total Itemized Budget $474,255


Total estimated budget

Total FY 1999 project cost $474,255
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 1999 budget request $474,255
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 $490,000 $500,000 $515,000 $515,000
Total Outyear Budgets $490,000 $500,000 $515,000 $515,000
 

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Schedule changes are the norm, not the exception in implementing habitat and fish passage projects. Factors such as weather, public scoping, contracting, and permitting make this an adaptive process. Some projects proceed more quickly than expected, others more slowly. We must, therefore, move on many projects simultaneously to assure that some are completed each year. Monitoring, watershed assessment, and research portions of this program are expected to proceed as scheduled.


Section 6. References

n/a or no information


Section 7. Abstract

Abstract

In 1993, the Council adopted the Hungry Horse Dam Fisheries Mitigation Implementation Plan. This plan contains approved losses for bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout and stream habitat and describes specific measures to protect and enhance resident fish and aquatic habitat. Knotek et al. (1997) updated and formalized a plan that guides our watershed restoration efforts in the Flathead Basin, primarily through implementation of habitat and fish passage improvement projects. Current fish passage projects reconnect access to blocked spawning and rearing habitat. Habitat projects in spring creek, stream, lake, and reservoir environments emphasize passive restoration with conventional ,biotechnical, and experimental approaches. Projects address riparian degradation, major sediment and nutrient sources, channel and bank instability, and non-native fish introductions. A specific monitoring strategy, including pre- and post-treatment sampling, is designed for each restoration project. These are combined with watershed level spawning substrate, redd count, electrofishing, and gill net monitoring series to assess direct and indirect effects of the program. Installation of selective withdrawal at Hungry Horse Dam has successfully restored normative temperatures to the Flathead River. We are assessing the effect of this change on zooplankton entrainment through the dam and on invertebrate and fish communities downstream. Offsite projects, particularly lake rehabilitations, have been successful in creating genetic reserves for native fish, drastically improving fisheries, and eliminating ?source’ populations for further illegal introductions. Completed and ongoing projects were identified primarily through past watershed assessments and research. These remain active components of the program to help ensure quality projects in the future.


Reviews and Recommendations

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

CBFWA: Resident Fish Review Comments Recommendation:
Fundable
Date:
May 13, 1998
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Comment:
Presentation: This project began in 1992 as a result of a 1991 NPPC amendment adopting the Hungry Horse Mitigation Plan. The Hungry Horse system supports the last intact native species assemblage and the strongest meta-population of bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout. The project is currently operating on FY 97 dollars and will begin using FY 98 funds ($380,000) in July 1998. The Watershed Technical Workgroup (WTWG) asked what new work would be conducted in FY99 as a result of the work completed in FY 98. Answer: The sponsor has many on-the-ground activities going forward at the same time but each is on a different schedule, some projects lag (in permitting etc.) while other progress quickly. Having many projects in the queue ensures that some are completed each year. This project meets the screening criteria in that it is based on an approved loss assessment and Mitigation Plan and focuses on native species. In terms of information transfer, a Libby and Hungry Horse web site will be the central repository for information . There will also be the Annual Reports, peer-reviewed Project Reports (based on monitoring data), model results, and presentations at professional meetings. The data should also be fed into StreamNet. In addition, this information will be used in the System Operation Request process. Cost-sharing includes contributions from the BOR, USFWS, MDFWP, MSU and U of M.

Questions/Answers:

Screening Criteria: Yes

Technical Criteria: Yes

Programmatic Criteria: Yes


CBFWA: Watershed Technical Group Comments Recommendation:
Return to Sponsor for Revision
Date:
May 13, 1998
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Comment:
Technical Issue: Need to provide an explanation of new work in FY99 resulting from FY98 funding.

CBFWA Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
Fund
Date:
May 13, 1998
1999 2000 2001
$474,255 $490,000 $500,000
Comment:

ISRP Review , ISRP 1998-1 Recommendation:
Adequate
Date:
Jun 18, 1998
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Comment:
This is an excellent proposal, among the best of the set. It is well connected to the Fish and Wildlife Program and other planning documents. It includes cooperation with related local projects. The work is based on an approved mitigation/implementation plan and seems productive at habitat restoration. The objectives, methods, and monitoring and evaluation look good, although the proposal seems heavy on the monitoring relative to the restoration work. It is difficult to determine which activities are most significant.

NW Power and Conservation Council's FY 2006 Project Funding Review Funding category:
expense
Date:
May 2005
FY05 NPCC Start of Year:
$1,715,000
FY06 NPCC Staff Preliminary:
$1,715,000
FY06 NPCC July Draft Start of Year:
$1,715,000
Sponsor (MFWP) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

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