Return to Proposal Finder FY 1999 Proposal 199608720

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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-Kootenai River Watershed
BPA Project Proposal Number 199608720
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
Business acronym (if appropriate) MFWP, CSKT

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Brian Marotz, Scott Snelson
Mailing Address 490 N. Meridian Rd.
City, State, Zip Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone 4067514546
Fax 4062570349
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 1999
Province Upper Columbia
Subbasin Kootenai
Short Description Fosters “grass roots” public involvement and interagency cooperation for habitat restoration to offset impacts to the fishery resources in the Kootenai River watershed. Establishes cost-share arrangements with government agencies and private groups.
Target Species bull trout (proposed ESA listing) westslope cutthroat (petitioned for ESA listing) Kootenai River burbot Naturally spawning fish without targeted artificial enhancement, contributes to rebuilding weak but recoverable native populations. Kootenai white sturgeon (ESA listed as endangered) Artificial production for fish population enhancement, naturally spawning fish without targeted artificial enhancement. interior redband trout mountain whitefish Contributes to rebuilding weak but recoverable native populations, restoration through hatchery production or imprint planting to restore wild runs. rainbow trout Contributes to rebuilding naturalized populations, naturally spawning fish without targeted artificial enhancement, some offsite supplementation.

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: This project began as a result of language in the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program, Document 94-55 section 7.7 A and B, page 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: Kootenai River White Sturgeon Biological Opinion (59 FR 45989) NMFS Hydrosystem Operations for salmon recovery (56 FR 58619; 57 FR 14653) Bull Trout Proposed Listing (62 FR 32268) Westslope cutthroat trout and Interior redband trout recovery actions
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
9404900 Kootenai River Ecosystem Improvements Study (KTOI)(IDFG) Sister projects help assess techniques for watershed improvement No
9401000 Excessive Drawdown Mitigation Program (EDDM)-Libby Reservoir Drawdown Mitigation funds personnel and operations for many on-the-ground habitat improvement projects identified by the Focus Watershed Coordinator (FWC) who supervises EDDM. 0.2 FTE of FWC of is funded under EDDM. No
8346700 Kootenai IFIM/Libby Mitigation FWC provides public involvement in the watershed to help guide mitigation. FWC identifies mitigation projects, facilitates permitting and interagency, interstate, international cooperation. FWC provides technical expertise in project design. No
9648701 Montana Focus Watershed-Flathead System (FWC-FR) Sister project- Share information and techniques for public involvement and restoration techniques No
9101903 Hungry Horse Resrvoir Mitigation Sister mitigation project on Flathead System- exchange information and techniques and occasionally share personel. No

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Compile information on limiting factors to native fish and wildlife production in the watershed area. a. Utilize existing aquatic habitat surveys, riparian habitat surveys, aquatic population surveys, and other relevant biological and land use surveys. Use analytical techniques to identify and address limiting factors.
1. b. Identify gaps in knowledge that hamper sound management decisions. Coordinate, with "sister" mitigation projects and other agencies, to design and adaptively implement monitoring strategies to fill the gaps.
1. c. Determine influences of federal, state, tribal, and private land management on identified limiting factors.
1. d. Identify future research and data collection needs.
2. Coordinate cooperative implementation and funding of activities directed to watershed improvement by different interest groups and agencies in focus watershed area. a. Determine the ownership and the influence of federal, state, tribal and private interests (i.e. water rights etc.) on the lands where limiting factors might best be effected
2. b. Facilitate the forming of local citizens working groups in the subbasins that contain the key limiting factors and provide professional expertise and resources necessary for the working group to create an implementable watershed plan
2. c. Once local subbasin plans are formed by working groups, identify potential fiscal and financial resources available and solicit the resources necessary to implement the local watershed plans.
2. d. Compile a list of human and fiscal resources that are potentially available for protection and recovery of habitat for the model watershed. Include potential federal, tribal state local government and other public resources as well as private sources.
2. e. Provide for the involvement of volunteers, landowners and educational institutions in the implementation of projects.
2. f. Provide coordination and leadership to integrate watershed-based fish and wildlife habitat improvement projects, research and monitoring activities in the Kootenai River basin.
2. g. Organize a technical advisory committee of the best qualified fluvial geomorphology and fish and fish/wildlife professionals from state, tribal and federal agencies and consultants to advise watershed groups and others performing stream alterations
2. h. Assist agencies, tribes and groups to find cooperative funding for habitat improvement projects.
2. i. Promote the formation of a network of professionals and citizens in each subbasin to help integrate landscape watershed planning. Opportunities exist in each of the three Montana Bull Trout Restoration Team’s subbasins
3. Maintain a communication network among private and public groups, including planning and fund raising agencies, interested in fish and wildlife issues in the focus watershed area. a. Provide quarterly reports and or newsletter/webpage to inform concerned parties of activities and progress of watershed activities.
3. b. Prepare annual progress report
4. Establish an effective watershed Monitoring and Evaluation process a. Provide technical and grant writing assistance to the Kootenai River Network in their efforts to design a drainage-wide water quality inventory.
4. b. Provide leadership in identifying and soliciting funding for implementation of the water quality design
5. Transfer successful watershed planning and implementation processes to other watersheds in Montana and the northwest a. Produce a document that will be used by districits or committees in the future as guide for watershed resource management. The document will include funding sources, criteria for rating proposals and list of expert advice sources.
6. Coordinate with local regional and national planning and funding agencies e.g. NWPPC, BPA, NRCS, USDA and others to assure cooperative planning and implemention of model watershed planning a. Contact the BPA and NWPPC Planning staffs as often as needed, but no less than once per quarter to keep them informed of the progress in planning for implementation process.
7. Negotiate and implement permanent easements and long-term management agreements in riparian corridors of key subbasins to protect investments in stream habitat improvements a. Identify landholders and agencies that may be willing to create permanent and long-term riparian corridors for fish and wildlife adjacent to key watercourses.
7. b. Negotiate and coordinate agreements with state, federal tribal and private organizations to place these riparian corridors under permanent and long -term protection from threats to their natural function i.e. subdivision, channelization.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 05/01/97 08/01/02 35.0%
2 05/01/97 08/01/02 20.0%
3 01/01/97 10/01/02 10.0%
4 02/01/97 05/01/99 3.0%
5 12/01/99 10/01/02 2.0%
6 01/01/97 10/01/02 5.0%
7 10/01/97 08/01/02 25.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 1999 Cost
Personnel 0.8 FTE Watershed Coordinator (0.2 FTE Project 9404900) 0.2 FTE Lakes Coordinator $ 30,481
Fringe $ 7,823
Supplies Office supplies, copies, computer software, $ 2,550
Operating Telephone and internet fees $ 1,560
Capital Purchase of Conservation Easements and Long-term management agreements for riparian corridor protect $ 20,000
Travel Mileage (5400 miles @ .31/mile) $ 1,674
Indirect 17.2 percent $ 14,609
Subcontractor We will be subcontracting stream reconstruction/design yet to be determined; WestWater Consultants Inc.; Watershed Consulting; Wildland Hydrology Consultants $ 20,850
Total Itemized Budget $ 99,547

Total estimated budget

Total FY 1999 project cost $ 99,547
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 1999 budget request $ 99,547
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: Acheivement of objective associated with willingness of local governments, public support and permitting processes. Also CBFWA prioritization and NPPC approval.

Section 6. References

n/a or no information

Section 7. Abstract


The Kootenai Drainage in Montana experienced a severe has decline in the range and number of four of five native trout species (bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout, mountain whitefish and inland redband trout). Endangered species (ESA) protection is currently afforded the native white sturgeon and bull trout in the drainage and the USFWS have been petitioned to list the inland redband trout. Petition for listing is expected for westslope cutthroat trout in the entire drainage and burbot are likely candidates below Libby Dam. Considering: 1) All major listed and potentially listed ESA fish species in the drainage exist in populations that are both international and interstate in nature and long term persistence of these stocks will rely heavily on interstate and international cooperation and coordination and; 2) The current rapid rate of subdivision and land management conversions in key subbasins taking place in the next 1 to 10 years and; 3) Local Focus Watershed plans have the best chance to be implemented successfully and are likely to be the most cost-effective long term alternatives for native species recovery, particularly in the light of current anti-government sentiments of the local populous and; 4) Opportunity exists to cost-effectively increase the chance of persistence of weak but recoverable stocks of westslope cutthroat trout, mountain whitefish and bull trout in the Kootenai through watershed based habitat improvement and channel reconstruction efforts. It is therefore important for the FWP to fully fund the Kootenai Focus Watershed Project for the remainder of FY98 through FY2002.

Reviews and Recommendations

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

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