Return to Proposal Finder FY 2000 Proposal 20035

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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
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Section 1. General Administrative Information

Title of Project Proposal Water Right Acquisition Program (Multi-Year Fy 2000-2002)
BPA Project Proposal Number 20035
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Oregon Water Trust
Business acronym (if appropriate) OWT
 

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Leslie Bach
Mailing Address OWT, 111 SW Naito Parkway., Ste. 404
City, State, Zip Portland, OR 97204
Phone 5032269055
Fax 5032263480
E-mail info@owt.org
 
Manager of program authorizing this project
 
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Columbia Plateau
Subbasin John Day
 
Short Description Acquire existing consumptive water rights from willing sellers and transfer to legally protected instream water rights to increase streamflows and restore salmonid habitat and water quality. Work with agencies to monitor and protect instream rights.
Target Species Wild spring chinook, summer and winter steelhead, redband trout, bull trout.


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: 7.6D (Habitat Objectives); 7.8G.1 and 7.8G.2 (Instream Flow Protection for Salmon and Steelhead); 7.8H (Water Conservation).
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: None.
Other Planning Document References Wy-KAN-USH-MI WA-KISH-WIT, The Columbia River Anadromous Fish Restoration Plan of the Nez-Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Yakama Tribes,1995; Return to the River, 1996; John Day River Subbasin Salmon and Steelhead Production Plan, 1990; Deschutes River Subbasin Salmon and Steelhead Production Plan, 1990; Draft Lower Deschutes River Subbasin Fish Management Plan, 1996; Buck Hollow Watershed Plan and Environmental Assessment, 1994; Upper Deschutes River Subbasin Fish Management Plan, 1990; Squaw (Why-chus) Creek Watershed Assessment, 1994; Fifteenmile Creek Subbasin Salmon and Steelhead Production Plan, 1990; Fifteenmile Watershed Enhancement Action Plan, 1997; Fifteenmile Basin Fish Habitat Improvement Implementation Plan, 1987; Umatilla River Subbasin Salmon and Steelhead Production Plan, 1990; Walla Walla River Subbasin Salmon and Steelhead Production Plan, 1990; Watershed Assessment Upper Walla Walla River Subbasin, 1997; Walla Walla Basin Council Brochure, 1998.


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
1994 4 water right acquisitions (statewide); total flow acquired 1.84 cfs; protected 3.8 river miles. [1 acquisition in Project subbasins.]
1995 10 water right acquisitions (statewide) total flow acquired 8.25-10.81 cfs protected 29.6 river miles. [3 acquisitions in Project subbasins.]
1996 25 water right acquisitions (statewide); total flow acquired 20.33-22.72 cfs; protected 254 river miles. [12 acquisitions in Project subbasins.]
1997 27 water right acquisitions (statewide); total flow acquired 19.70-21.30 cfs; protected 271 river miles. [11 acquisitions in Project subbasins.]
1998 31 water right acquisitions (statewide); total flow acquired 21.42-23.03 cfs; protected 288 river miles. [11 acquisitions in Project subbasins.]


Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

n/a or no information


Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. John Day Subbasin: Tributaries of the Middle Fork John Day, including Big, Camp, Vincent, Davis, Vinegar, Bridge Creeks: Acquire 2 cfs total from 2-3 landowners ($100,000). a. Identifying and Prioritizing (meets Objectives 1-4 for John Day Subbasin): Assess opportunities on existing priority streams and identify and prioritize new streams based on fish use, habitat and flow conditions and type and location of water rights.
2. John Day Subbasin: Muddy Creek; Acquire at least 1.5 of the 3.1 cfs total water right ($75,000) b. Evaluating Acquisition Opportunities (Objectives 1-4): Evaluate ecological benefits and economic value of acquisition opportunities based on priority date, flow rate, location, current irrigation activities and property values.
3. John Day Subbasin: Service Creek; Acquire one of two active rights 0.2 cfs ($10,000) c. Negotiating and Transferring Water Rights (Objectives 1-4): Negotiate private agreement with landowners; transfer water rights through state process.
4. John Day Subbasin: Fields/Fox Creeks; Cultivate acquisition opportunities (see methods). d. Public Education and Outreach (Objectives 1-4): Ongoing contact with water rights holders; work with N.F. John Day Watershed Council, Wheeler, Grant and Monument SWCDs, and local, state, federal and tribal agencies and groups to disseminate information.
4. e. Instream Water Right Monitoring and Protection (Objectives 1-4): Develop monitoring plan for each instream water right; coordinate protection efforts with watermaster; conduct site visits.
4. f. Monitoring and Evaluating Success (Objectives 1-4): Gather and evaluate flow, habitat and water quality data and summarize results. Work with state, federal and tribal agency staff to identify cooperative monitoring projects.
5. Deschutes Subbasin: Buck Hollow Creek; Permanently acquire entire 1.0 cfs ($50,000) a. Identifying and Prioritizing (meets Objectives 5-8 Deschutes Subbasin): Assess opportunities on existing priority streams and identify and prioritize new streams based on fish use, habitat and flow conditions and type and location of water rights.
6. Deschutes Subbasin: Trout Creek; Acquire 1.5 cfs from 2-3 landowners ($75,000) b. Evaluating Acquisition Opportunities (Objectives 5-8): Evaluate ecological benefits and economic value of acquisition opportunities based on priority date, flow rate, location, current irrigation activities and property values.
7. Deschutes Subbasin: Tygh/Badger Creeks; Permanently acquire 0.5 cfs from 1 or 2 landowners ($25,000) c. Negotiating and Transferring Water Rights (Objectives 5-8): Negotiate private agreement with landowners; transfer water rights through state process.
8. Deschutes Subbasin: Squaw Creek; Permanently acquire an additional 2.5 cfs from 5 landowners ($125,000) d. Public Education and Outreach (Objectives 5-8): Ongoing contact with water right holders; coordinate with Trout Creek and Deschutes County Watershed Councils, Wasco, Jefferson and Deschutes SWCDs and agencies and organizations to disseminate information.
8. e. Instream Water Right Monitoring and Protection (Objectives 5-8): Develop monitoring plan for each instream water right; coordinate protection efforts with watermaster; conduct site visits.
8. f. Monitoring and Evaluating success (Objectives 5-8): Gather and evaluate flow, habitat and water quality data and summarize results. Work with state, federal and tribal agency staff to identify cooperative monitoring projects.
9. Fifteenmile Subbasin: Fifteenmile and Eightmile Creeks; Permanently acquire an additional 2 cfs from 3 landowners ($100,000) a. Identifying and Prioritizing (Objective 9): Assess acquisition opportunities on existing priority streams and identify and prioritize new streams based on fish use, habitat and flow conditions and type and location of water rights.
9. b. Evaluating Acquisition Opportunities (Objective 9): Evaluate ecological benefits and economic value of acquisition opportunities based on priority date, flow rate, location, current irrigation activities and property values.
9. c. Negotiating and Transferring Water Rights (Objective 9): Negotiate private agreement with landowners; transfer water rights through state process.
9. d. Public Education and Outreach (Objective 9): Ongoing contact with individual water right holders; coordinate with Fifteenmile Watershed Council, Wasco SWCD and local, state, federal and tribal agencies and organizations to disseminate information.
9. e. Instream Water Right Monitoring and Protection (Objective 9): Develop monitoring plan for each instream water right; coordinate protection efforts with watermaster; conduct site visits.
9. f. Monitoring and Evaluating Success (Objective 9): Gather and evaluate flow, habitat and water quality data and summarize results. Work with state, federal and tribal agency staff to identify cooperative monitoring projects.
10. Umatilla Subbasin: East and West Birch Creeks; Acquire 1 cfs from 2 landowners ($50,000) a. Identifying and Prioritizing (Objective 10): Assess acquisition opportunities on existing priority streams.
10. b. Evaluating Acquisition Opportunities (Objective 10): Evaluate ecological benefits and economic value of acquisition opportunities based on priority date, flow rate, location, current irrigation activities and property values.
10. c. Negotiating and Transferring Water Rights (Objective 10): Negotiate private agreement with landowners; transfer water rights through state process.
10. d. Public Education and Outreach (Objective 10): Ongoing contact with individual water right holders; coordinate with Umatilla Basin Watershed Council, Umatilla and Morrow SWCDs, and agencies and organizations to disseminate information.
10. e. Instream Water Right Monitoring and Protection (Objective 10): Develop monitoring plan for each instream water right; coordinate protection efforts with watermaster; conduct site visits.
10. f. Monitoring and Evaluating Success (Objective 10): Gather and evaluate flow, habitat and water quality data and summarize results. Work with state, federal and tribal agency staff to identify cooperative monitoring projects.
11. Walla Walla Subbasin: North Fork Walla Walla: Acquire 0.5 cfs from 1 landowner ($25,000) a. Identifying and Prioritizing (Objective 11): Assess acquisition opportunities on existing priority stream.
11. b. Evaluating Acquisition Opportunities (Objective 11): Evaluate ecological benefits and economic value of acquisition opportunities based on priority date, flow rate, location, current irrigation activities and property values.
11. c. Negotiating and Transferring Water Rights (Objective 11): Negotiate private agreement with landowner; transfer water right through state process.
11. d. Public Education and Outreach (Objective 11): Ongoing contact with individual water right holders. Work with Walla Walla Watershed Council, Umatilla SWCD and local, state, federal and tribal agencies and organizations to disseminate information.
11. e. Instream Water Right Monitoring and Protection (Objective 11): Develop monitoring plan for instream water right; coordinate protection efforts with watermaster; conduct site visits.
11. f. Monitoring and Evaluating Success: Gather and evaluate flow, habitat and water quality data and summarize results. Work with state, federal and tribal agency staff to identify cooperative monitoring projects.
12. Throughout Oregon portion of Columbia Basin: New priority streams: Acquire a total of 1 cfs from new priority streams ($50,000) a. Identifying and Prioritizing (meets Objective 12): Work with ODFW, OWRD and Tribal Governments to identify and prioritize new streams based on fish use, habitat and flow conditions and type and location of water right.
13. Throughout Oregon portion of Columbia Basin: Other streams with flow limitations: Acquire a total of 1 cfs from non-target streams ($50,000) b. Evaluating Acquisition Opportunities (Objectives 12 & 13): Evaluate ecological benefits and economic value of acquisition opportunities based on priority date, flow rate, location, current irrigation activities and property values.
13. c. Negotiating and Transferring Water Rights (Objectives 12 & 13): Negotiate private agreement with landowner(s); transfer water right(s) through state process.
13. d. Public Education and Outreach (Objectives 12 & 13): Contact statewide landowner organizations, visit watershed councils, send literature to agencies and utilize media such as newspapers, radio.
13. e. Instream Water Right Monitoring and Protection (Objectives 12 & 13): Develop monitoring plan for instream water right(s); coordinate protection efforts with watermaster; conduct site visits.
13. f. Monitoring and Evaluating Success (Objectives 12 & 13): Gather and evaluate flow, habitat and water quality data and summarize results. Work with state, federal and tribal agency staff to identify cooperative monitoring projects.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 10/01/99 09/01/02 John Day - Tribs of Middle Fork: wild spring chinook, summer steelhead, and bull trout 2.0 cfs 14.0%
2 10/01/99 09/01/02 John Day - Muddy Creek: wild summer steelhead 1.5 cfs 10.0%
3 10/01/99 09/01/02 John Day - Service Creek: wild summer steelhead 0.2 cfs 1.0%
4 10/01/99 09/01/02 John Day - Fields/Fox Creek: wild summer steelhead 0.0%
5 10/01/99 09/01/02 Deschutes - Buck Hollow Creek: wild summer steelhead 1.0 cfs 7.0%
6 10/01/99 09/01/02 Deschutes - Trout Creek: wild summer steelhead 1.5 cfs 10.0%
7 10/01/99 09/01/02 Deschutes - Tygh/Badger Creeks: redband trout 0.5 cfs 3.0%
8 10/01/99 09/01/02 Deschutes - Squaw Creek: redband and bull trout, potentially chinook and steelhead 2.5 cfs 17.0%
9 10/01/99 09/01/02 Fifteenmile - Fifteenmile and Eightmile Creeks: wild winter steelhead 2.0 cfs 14.0%
10 10/01/99 09/01/02 Umatilla - East and West Birch Creeks: wild summer steelhead 1.0 cfs 7.0%
11 10/01/99 09/01/02 Walla Walla - North Fork Walla Walla: wild summer steelhead 0.5 cfs 3.0%
12 10/01/99 09/01/02 New Priority Streams: chinook and steelhead 1.0 cfs 7.0%
13 10/01/99 09/01/02 Other Streams with flow limitations: chinook and steelhead 1.0 cfs 7.0%


Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel $ 20,500
Fringe Estimated at %3.9 of Personnel Costs $ 800
Supplies $ 580
Operating $ 960
Capital Two-thirds of projected funds needed to complete acquisitions in FY 2000 $100,000
Travel Travel throughout subbasins related to acquiring and monitoring instream water rights $ 2,000
Indirect Overhead at 10% of $41,840 in Operational Costs $ 4,160
Subcontractor Certified Water Rights Examiners $ 1,000
Total Itemized Budget $130,000


Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $130,000
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $130,000
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
Oregon Water Resources Department Project identification, evaluation and monitoring by Watermasters and WRD staff $ 2,000 unknown
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Project idenitification, evaluation and monitoring by district fish biologists $ 2,000 unknown
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Bullitt Foundation and Compton Foundation Operation Funding $ 16,000 unknown
Governor's Watershed Enhancement Board Acquisition Funding $ 27,000 unknown
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Acquisition Funding $ 10,000 unknown
Local Governments Acquisition Funding $ 7,000 unknown
Portland General Electric Acquisition Funding $ 5,000 unknown
Private Donations Acquisition Funding $ 1,000 unknown

 

Outyear Budget Totals

2001 2002
All Phases $255,000 $310,000
Total Outyear Budgets $255,000 $310,000
 

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: The water right acquisition process depends on: 1) negotiating with the water right holder, and 2) obtaining approval from the Oregon Water Resources Department for transfer to instream use. Time required varies with each acquisition.


Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Williams, R.N., L.D. Calvin, C.C. Coutant and others. 1996. Return to the River, Restoration of Salmonid Fishes in the Columbia River Ecosystem. Independent Science Group. No
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. 1996. WY-KAN-USH-MI WA-KISH-WIT, Spirit of the Salmon, The Columbia River Anadromous Fish Restoration Plan of the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Yakama Tribes. CRITFC, Portland, OR. No
Nehlsen, W., J.E. Williams and J.A. Lichatowich. 1991. Pacific Salmon at the Crossroads: Stocks at Risk from California, Oregon, Idaho and Washington. Fisheries 16:4-21. No
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, CTUIR and CTWSRO. 1990. John Day River Subbasin Salmon and Steelhead Production Plan. Northwest Power Planning Council, Portland, OR. No
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon. 1990. Deschutes River Subbasin Salmon and Steelhead Production Plan. Northwest Power Planning Council, Portland, OR. No
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. 1996. Draft Lower Deschutes River Subbasin Fish Management Plan. Mid Columbia Fish District, The Dalles, OR. No
USDA-SCS. 1994. Buck Hollow Watershed Plan and Environmental Assessment Sherman and Wasco Counties. USDA, Washington, D.C. Yes
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. 1996. Upper Deschutes River Subbasin Fish Management Plan. Upper Dischutes River Fish District, Bend, OR. No
Curtis, Jan. 1994. Squaw (Why-chus) Creek Watershed Assessment. Deschutes Soil and Water Conservation District, Bend, Oregon. Yes
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon. 1990. Fifteenmile Creek Subbasin Salmon and Steelhead Production Plan. Northwest Power Planning Council, Portland, OR. No
Smith, R., J. Newton, R. Boyce and others. 1987. Fifteenmile Basin Fish Habitat Improvement Plan. ODFW and USDA-FS, The Dalles, Oregon. Yes
Fifteenmile Creek Watershed Council. 1997. Fifteenmile Watershed Enhancement Action Plan. Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District, The Dalles, Oregon. Yes
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. 1990. Umatilla River Subbasin Salmon and Steelhead Production Plan. Northwest Power Planning Council, Portland, OR. No
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. 1990. Walla Walla River Subbasin Salmon and Steelhead Production Plan. Northwest Power Planning Council, Portland, OR. No
Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council. 1997. Watershed Assessment Upper Walla Walla River Subbasin, Umatilla County Oregon, U.S. Bureau of Reclaimation, Yakima, Washington, and Boise, Idaho. Yes
Landry, C. 1995. Giving Color to Oregon's Gray Water Market: An Analysis of Price Determinants for Water Rights. Master's Thesis, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. No
Washington Forest Practice Board. 1992. Standard Methodology for Conducting Watershed Analysis. Vol 1.10. No
Bovee, K.D. 1982. A Guide to Stream Habitat Analysis Using the Instream Flow Incremental Methodology. Instream Flow Information Paper 12. FWS/OBS-82/26. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington D.C. No


Section 7. Abstract

Abstract

The Oregon Water Trust is requesting $500,000 in multi-year funding (FY 2000-2002) for its Water Right Acquisition Program in select subbasins. The funding will help pay for water right acquisitions on targeted streams and help support the staff work needed to acquire and protect senior instream water rights. The objectives of the project are to improve the quantity and quality of habitat for anadromous and resident fish by acquiring consumptive water rights for conversion to instream use. The project addresses The Northwest Power Planning Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program habitat objective 7.6D by implementing program measures 7.8G1 and 7.8G2. The project targets important spawning and rearing tributaries where streamflow is a limiting factor, and where irrigation withdrawals have impacted fish production and survival. OWT and its partners have identified specific streams in the John Day, Deschutes, Fifteenmile, Umatilla and Walla Walla Subbasins, and OWT has set goals for instream water right acquisitions during the project timeframe. The project will create senior instream water rights which can be protected from removal by junior water right holders through a designated stream reach. OWT uses a science-based methodology to evaluate each acquisition opportunity for potential ecological benefit and economic value. OWT and its partners conduct an ongoing measuring and monitoring program to protect these instream rights and evaluate ecological benefits. The outcome of this project, represented by successfully negotiated acquisitions, will be "wet water" that will directly benefit fish species in targeted Oregon tributaries to the Columbia River.


Reviews and Recommendations

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