Return to Proposal Finder FY 1999 Proposal 199608701

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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 Focus Watershed Coordination-Flathead River Watershed
BPA Project Proposal Number 199608701
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Business acronym (if appropriate) CSKT, MFWP

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Lynn S. Ducharme
Mailing Address P.O. Box 278
City, State, Zip Palbo, MT 59860
Phone 4066752700 264
Fax 4066752713
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 1999
Province Upper Columbia
Subbasin Flathead
Short Description This program fosters "grass roots" public involvement and interagency cooperation for habitat restoration to offset impacts to fishery resources in the Flathead watershed..
Target Species All species residing in the Flathead River drainage

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: 10.2B, 7.7A, 7.7B pages 7-40 through 7-43, measures 10.1B, 10.2A.2, 10.2B, 10.3B, 10.3B.12, 10.4B, 10.6C.1
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: This project is related to bull trout which are currently under a proposed rule to be listed under the Endangered Species Act (62 FR 32268) and to westslope cutthroat trout which have been petitioned for listing under the ESA.
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

Project ID Title Description Umbrella
9101903 Implements mitigation plan No
9101901 Hungry Horse Fisheries Mitigation-Salish and Kootenai Tribes Habitat restoration and monitoring; identify stream restoration projects No
9608720 Focus Watershed Coordinator - Kootenai River Watershed Sister project No

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Identify watershed entities a. Identify agencies, interest groups and individuals with an interest in watershed management. This will be ongoing throughout the project as new groups and programs arise.
1. Identify watershed entities b. Determine the extent to which these groups or individuals can be involved and how.
2. Enhance communication network a. Work with other agencies and individuals to coordinate efforts thereby avoiding duplication and increasing efficiency. This will also be ongoing throughout the project.
3. Establish watershed forums a. Facilitate the forming of local citizens working groups and provide professional expertise and resources necessary for the working group to create an implementable watershed plan.
3. Establish watershed forums b. Provide for the involvement of volunteers, landowners and educational institutions in the implementation of projects.
4. Evaluate the condition of the watershed and identify limiting factors a. Compile a watershed assessment bibliography consisting of existing aquatic habitat surveys, riparian habitat surveys, aquatic population surveys, and other relevant biological and land use surveys pertaining to the Flathead River watershed...
4. Evaluate the condition of the watershed and identify limiting factors b. Utilize analytical techniques as well as information within the bibliogrpahy to identify and address limiting factors.
4. Evaluate the condition of the watershed and identify limiting factors c. Identify gaps in knowledge which hamper management decisions and give rise to future research and data collection needs.
4. Evaluate the condition of the watershed and identify limiting factors d. Identify time frames to address limiting factors.
5. Coordinate cooperative implementation and funding a. Provide coordination to facilitate watershed-based fish and wildlife habitat improvement plans and projects.
5. Coordinate cooperative implementation and funding b. Identify potential federal, state, tribal and private funding sources for implementation of watershed based projects.
5. Coordinate cooperative implementation and funding c. Provide assistance to agencies, private groups and local citizens to find cooperative funding for habitat improvement projects.
5. Coordinate cooperative implementation and funding d. Establish a technical advisory committee from governmental and tribal agencies and private consultants. This group should consist of expertise from fields of hydrology, fisheries, wildlife.
6. Establish watershed monitoring and evaluation a. Coordinate between CSKT, MFWP, Flathead Basin Commission and Yellow Bay research station and other agencies to establish TMDLs and a drainage wide water quality inventory.
7. Transfer information a. Produce a model watershed plan that will be used by districts, communities and agencies in the future as a guide for watershed planning, funding and resource management.
8. Local and regional coordination a. Contact BPA and NPPC planning staffs as often as needed, but no less than once per quarter to keep them abreast of the progress in the planning and implementation process.
8. Local and regional coordination b. Coordinate with NRCS, USDA, MFWP, Conservation Districts and others to assure cooperative planning and implementation of watershed planning.
9. Implement temporary and permanent easements and long-term management agreements in key subbasins to protect investments in habitat improvements. a. Work with landowners and federal, state, tribal agencies to create easements and long-term management plans for long-term species and habitat protection.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 05/01/97 2.0%
2 05/01/97 5.0%
3 07/01/97 25.0%
4 05/01/97 25.0%
5 10/01/97 30.0%
6 09/01/98 3.0%
7 01/01/05 3.0%
8 05/01/97 5.0%
9 05/01/98 2.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 1999 Cost
Personnel 1.0 FTE watershed coordinator $ 32,000
Fringe $ 9,000
Supplies Office supplies, computer software, copies $ 2,000
Operating Phone and internet fees, office space, administrative support $ 11,000
Travel Vehicle and mileage $ 7,500
Indirect 13.2% $ 12,000
Subcontractor $ 0
Other $ 26,500
Total Itemized Budget $100,000

Total estimated budget

Total FY 1999 project cost $100,000
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 1999 budget request $100,000
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 $100,000 $100,000 $100,000 $100,000
Total Outyear Budgets $100,000 $100,000 $100,000 $100,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Permitting, public scoping, interagency coordination, and cost-share funding opportunities will introduce uncertainty into the timing of project implementation. Moving ahead with several projects simultaneously ensures a continues string of completed ...

Section 6. References

n/a or no information

Section 7. Abstract


This program specifically fulfills the watershed approach and watershed coordination specified in sections 7.7A and B pages 7-40 through 7-43 and 10.2B in the 1994 Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. This program also complements ongoing BPA programs (see Section 8). The Flathead Drainage in Montana has experienced a severe decline in the range and number of two native trout species (bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout). Bull trout are currently proposed for listing under the Endangered Species Act and westslope cutthroat have been petitioned for listing. A balanced system-wide watershed approach to achieve ecosystem equity is necessary to reverse the downward trends in native species and protect healthy populations within the Flathead River watershed. This program fosters “grass roots” public involvement and interagency cooperation to achieve this goal both efficiently and cost effectively. Since both bull and westslope cutthroat trout are international and interstate in nature, long term persistence will require interstate and international cooperation and coordination. It is therefore important to fully fund the Flathead Model Watershed Project for the remainder of FY98 through the completion of the project.

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: Based on the proposal's text "model watershed plan will result from this program," explain if the plan will be completed in 1998?

Technical Issue: Need to provide an explanation of new work in FY99 resulting from FY98 funding.

CBFWA: Resident Fish Review Comments Recommendation:
May 13, 1998
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Presentation: The objective of this coordination project is to promote grass roots participation in watershed restoration efforts. Currently the project focuses on two areas; 1) Dayton Creek which is an historic bull trout and cutthroat trout stream, and 2) Valley Creek which has a mixed species assemblage including bull, cutthroat, rainbow and brown trout. The WTWG asked two questions: 1) When will the watershed plan be completed? Answer: this is an ongoing project that will produce an umbrella document; 2) How does the proposed work in FY 99 build on FY 98? Answer: Habitat restoration is ongoing. This is a large basin and it will take more than one year to restore it. On-the ground activities are cost-shared and this project includes $20,000 for seed money. There are many cooperators.


Concern: the goals appear unrealistic, the coordinator has no authority. Answer: A lot of groups are involved and this is only one component of the overall Flathead system. There are three functional areas in the Flathead system: 1) the upper Flathead River; 2) Flathead Lake; and 3) the Lower Flathead River. The Flathead Basin Commission coordinates work in the upper Flathead (area 1), this projects coordinates with the Flathead Lake work (area 2) and conducts the work in the lower river (area 3) because it is on the Salish-Kootnenai Reservation.

Screening Criteria: Yes

Technical Criteria: Yes

Programmatic Criteria: Yes

CBFWA Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
May 13, 1998
1999 2000 2001
$100,000 $100,000 $100,000

ISRP Review , ISRP 1998-1 Recommendation:
Inadequate proposal, adequate purpose
Jun 18, 1998
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
The watershed coordination is important, but the methods in this proposal are vague and there is no monitoring or basis for adaptive management. It would be very difficult to identify limiting factors solely on a literature review.

NW Power and Conservation Council's FY 2006 Project Funding Review Funding category:
May 2005
FY05 NPCC Start of Year:
$ 75,912
FY06 NPCC Staff Preliminary:
$ 75,912
FY06 NPCC July Draft Start of Year:
$ 75,912
Sponsor (Salish & Kootenai Tribes) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

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