Return to Proposal Finder FY 2000 Proposal 20003

Proposal Table of Contents

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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 Enhance Fish Habitat by Improving Water Quality
BPA Project Proposal Number 20003
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
South Yakima Conservation District
Business acronym (if appropriate) South Yakima CD

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Judith A. Vesper
Mailing Address 1116A Yakima Valley Highway
City, State, Zip Sunnyside, WA 98944
Phone 5098377911
Fax 5098378290
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Columbia Plateau
Subbasin Yakima
Short Description Eliminate sediment/nutrient loading of the Yakima River due to agricultural and dairy runoff and poor irrigation water management. Provide landowners within the watershed technical assistance and cost-share to achieve Best Management Practices.
Target Species Spring & Fall Chinook, Coho Salmon & 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:
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses:
Other Planning Document References Supporting Agencies: Yakima Indian Nation, Kittitas-Yakima Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D), Inter-Agency Council, TriCounty Water Resource Agency, Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District (SVID) Documentation: Washington Department of Ecology TMDL Report for the Yakima River, Needs Assessment for the Upper/Lower Yakima Water Quality Management Area, Surface-water Quality Assessment of the Yakima River Basin, Yakima River Basin Water Quality Plan, Yakima Valley Conference of Governments, Watershed Approach to Water Quality Management, Needs Assessment for the Upper/Lower Yakima Watershed, Environment Impact Statement (EIS)-Yakima Fisheries Project, Anadromous Fish Restoration Plan,Granger Drain Monitoring Project Report, Sulphur Creek Characterization Project, South Yakima Model Implementation Project (MIP)

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

Year Accomplishment
1992 Granger Drain Monitoring Project
Dairy Waste Cost-Share Program
1998 Gray's Landing Poplar Project
1995 Sulphur Creek Characterization Project

Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

n/a or no information

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. aquire and prioritize projects a. advertise to landowners by mail and telephone
1. b. have 1 month window for initial signup
1. c. calculate water savings
1. d. selection based on amount of soil removed from tailwater
2. implement project a. coordinate with NRCS to provide technical assistance in planning and construction
2. b. approve engineering plans
2. c. inspect completed project according to NRCS specifications
3. provide cost-share assistance a. provide 50% of total cost, up to a specified limit
3. b. project must pass NRCS inspection before funds are released
4. maintain projects a. projects must be maintained for a MINIMUM of 10 years
5. evaluate and report impact of the activities on water quality a. use visual media such as videos, photos and slides to demonstrate before and after conditions
5. b. use already existing water quality monitoring program to measure cleanup success
5. c. submit quarterly and final reports to Bonneville Power Administration

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 10/01/99 12/01/99 0.0%
2 0.0%
3 100.0%
4 0.0%
5 0.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel $ 0
Fringe $ 0
Supplies Solicitation of landowners and completing quarterly & final reports $ 1,000
Other Cost-share to landowners $199,000
Total Itemized Budget $200,000

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $200,000
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $200,000
FY 2000 forecast from 1999 $ 0
% change from forecast 0.0%

Reason for change in estimated budget

Not applicable

Reason for change in scope

Not applicable

Cost Sharing

Organization Item or service provided Amount Cash or In-Kind
SYCD project management $ 40,000 unknown
NRCS technical assistance $ 25,000 unknown
landowners materials and labor $199,000 unknown


Outyear Budget Totals

2001 2002
All Phases $100,000 $ 50,000
Total Outyear Budgets $100,000 $ 50,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Inclement weather, construction problems, timing of funds

Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Washington Department of Ecology. 1997. A Suspended Sediment and DDT Total Maximum Daily Load Report for the Yakima River. WDOE. Olympia, Washington. Yes
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. 1997. Final Joint WDFW/Tribal Wild Salmonid Policy. WDFW. Olympia, Washington. Yes
Washington Department of Ecology. 1996. Section 303(d) List of Impaired Water Bodies. WDOE. Olympia, Washington. Yes
South Yakima Conservation District. 1995. Sulphur Creek Characterization Report. SYCD. Sunnyside, Washington. Yes
South Yakima Conservation District. 1992. Granger Drain Monitoring Project. SYCD. Sunnyside, Washington. Yes
South Yakima Conservation District. 1982. South Yakima Model Implementation Project (MIP) Final Report. SYCD. Sunnyside, Washington. Yes
USDA Soil Conservation Service. 1977. Renewable Natural Resource Program. USDA. Washington, DC. Yes

Section 7. Abstract


Sediment and pollutants are detrimental to salmonids and resident fish. Silt smothers egg nests and small food organisms, while suspended sediment abrades gill membranes and impairs vision. South Yakima Conservation District (SYCD) has targeted three watersheds that are contributers to poor water quality in the Yakima River. Our goal is to improve fish habitat and water quality in the main stem and tributaries of the Lower Yakima River by reducing nutrient and sediment loading from agricultural runoff. Irrigation drains carry significant quantities of soil, nutrients and several agricultural chemicals to rivers and streams, resulting in poor fish habitat. This grant will help subsidize the removal of harmful sediments/nutrients from irrigation return flows before they enter the river. Permanent reduction in pollutants improves fish and wildlife habitat as well as the aesthetic quality of rivers and streams. SYCD believes that cost-sharing Best Management Practices (BMPs) is the most effective method of getting conservation practices on the ground. Priority BMPs such as conversion of surface irrigation to drip/sprinkler systems and dairy waste storage structures substantially reduce water quality problems, by reducing soil erosion and nutrient loading to the river. Quality control is accomplished by following Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) specifications, and conducting inspections with local NRCS staff. Upcoming Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) limits will also encourage landowners to upgrade to more efficient practices. We expect to lower our turbidity levels and Fecal coliform from agricultural sources. Evaluation of project impacts will be aided by visual media such as videos, photos or slides, along with technical field experience and observations.

Reviews and Recommendations

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