Return to Proposal Finder FY 2000 Proposal 20517

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 Libby Fisheries Mitigation
BPA Project Proposal Number 20517
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Business acronym (if appropriate) MFWP
 

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Brian Marotz
Mailing Address 490 N. Meridian Rd.
City, State, Zip Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone 4067514546
Fax 4062570349
E-mail marotz@digisys.net
 
Manager of program authorizing this project
 
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Mountain Columbia
Subbasin Kootenai
 
Short Description Enhance and protect native fish communities in the Kootenai Basin through multi-species watershed assessments, off-site habitat protection and enhancement, improved river flow and temperature conditions, and river and reservoir operation strategies.
Target Species Westslope cutthroat trout, Kootenai River white sturgeon, bull trout, burbot, inland rainbow 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: Program Measures10.1B, 10.1C.1, 10.3B, 10.3B.2, 10.3B.3, 10.3B.5, 10.3B.6, 10.3B.7, 10.3B.10 and 10.3B.11.
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 Listing (62 FR 31647) Westslope Cutthroat Trout proposed listing (63 FR 31691)
Other Planning Document References Fisheries Mitigation and Implementation Plan for Losses Attributable to the Construction and Operation of Libby Dam (MFWP,CSKT and KTOI 1998). Kootenai Watershed Programmatic Habitat and Physical Parameter Review (Bibliography)Open File Report – MFWP-Libby, MT Bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout recovery plans and actions (Montana Bull Trout Restoration Team 1997; Montana Bull Trout Scientific Group 1995; MFWP and CSKT 1991, 1993; Montana Westslope Cutthroat Trout Recovery Team, in prep.) Fisheries Losses Attributable to Reservoir Drawdown In Excess of Limits Stated in the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program: Hungry Horse and Libby Dams 1987-1991 (Marotz and DosSantos 1993); Fisheries Losses Attributable to Reservoir Drawdown In Excess of Limits in the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program: Hungry Horse and Libby Dams 1991-1993 (MFWP and CSKT 1997).


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

Year Accomplishment
See Umbrella Sub-proposals


Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

Project ID Title Description Umbrella
8806500 IDFG-Kootenai River Fisheries Investigations White Sturgeon Recovery No
8806400 KTOI – White Sturgeon Experimental Aquaculture White Sturgeon Recovery No
9404900 Kootenai River Ecosystem Improvement Study Ecosystem Function No
9608702 MFWP - Focus Watershed Coordination-Kootenai Drainage The umbrella projects of Libby Fisheries Mitigation is the mechanism by which local watershed plans developed by the FWC are funded and implemented. FWC provides technical support and faciltiates public input into mitigation program No
8346500 Libby and Hungry Horse Modeling Technical Analysis - Libby Component Yes
8346700 Mitigation for the Construction and Operation of Libby Dam Yes
9401001 MFWP- Libby Reservoir Excessive Drawdown Yes
20517 Libby Fisheries Mitigation Program Yes
Purchase Conservation Easement from Plum Creek Timber Company Fisher River. Yes


Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Implement NPPC-approved Libby Mitigation and Implementation Plan a. Complete habitat restoration projects listed in the Plan (see subproposal 8346700)
1. b. Design and scope new mitigation projects following established project selection criteria (MFWP 1998).
1. c. Select, scope and implement off-site restoration projects
1. b. Conduct project-specific and watershed-level monitoring
2. Implement BPA-approved mitigation for excessive drawdowns at Koocanusa Reservoir. ( see project # 9401000) a. Scope, design and implement habitat restoration projects identified in local watershed plans (Project # 9608720) and mitgation planning with a focus on core recovery areas associated with impacts from drawdowns on native, ESA and proposed ESA species
2. b. Initiate and monitor inovative native species recovery and monitoring methods
2. c. Cooperatively monitor international (upper Kootenai) populations and habitat health for bull trout
3. Perform modeling and technical analysis to improve dam operations a. Link reservoir model LRMOD with IFIM model
3. b. Assess effects of ramping of Kootenai River macrozoobenthos

Objective Schedules and Costs

n/a or no information

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel PLEASE SEE SUBPROPOSALS $ 0
Fringe $ 0
Supplies $ 0
Total Itemized Budget $ 0


Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $ 0
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $ 0
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
USFS Financial and physical support for a proposed westslope cutthroat trout and inland rainbow trout conservation plan in the Yaak River drainage ($25K in FY99; anticipate field support in FY2000 (in kind)). $ 0 unknown
Kootenai River Network Completion of a watershed bibiography for the Kootenai River Basin (in kind). $ 0 unknown
US Army Corps of Engineers 75/25 cost share for channel stabilization Young Creek (being negotiated by project # 9608720 Focus Watershed Coordination- Kootenai River Watershed) $168,750 unknown
US Army Corps of Engineers (25%) and Libby Area Conservancy District (25%) 50/50 cost-share for channel stabilzation of Libby Creek (being negotiated by project # 9608720 Focus Watershed Coordination- Kootenai River Watershed) $ 76,500 unknown
BC Environment 40- coded,high frequency, 50 month transmitters $ 11,000 unknown
BC Environment Operating migrant trap on Wigwam River. BPA funds contract labor and BC Environment coodinates equipment, support and logistics $ 6,000 unknown

 

Outyear Budget Totals

Not applicable  

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: We must implement many mitigation actions simultaneously so that as some individual projects are delayed by permitting, contracting or public input, others continue through completion. Our goal is to finalize several site-specific projects annually.


Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Anders, P. J. 1993. Natural spawning of white sturgeon in the Kootenai River. Annual Hatchery Report FY1993, Report A. Kootenai Tribe of Idaho for Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, OR. No
Anders, P. J. 1994. Kootenai River tributary kokanee spawning ground survey. Annual Hatchery Report FY1994, Report C. Kootenai Tribe of Idaho for Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, OR. No
Bovee, K.D. 1978. Probability-of-use criteria for the family Salmonidae. Instream Flow Information Paper 4. United States Fish and Wildlife Service FWS/OBS-78/07. 79pp. No
Bovee, K.D. 1982. A guide to stream habitat analysis using the Instream Flow Incremental Methodology. Instream Flow Information Paper 12. United States Fish and Wildlife Service FWS/OBS- 82/26. 248pp. No
Bovee, K.D. 1986. Development and evaluation of habitat suitability criteria for use in the Instream Flow Incremental Methodology. In-stream Flow Information Paper 21. United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Biological Report 86(7). 235pp. No
Bovee, K.D., and R.T. Milhous. 1978. Hydraulic simulation in instream flow studies: theory and techniques. Instream Flow Information Paper 5. United States Fish and Wildlife Service FWS/OBS-78/33. 129pp. No
Chisholm, I.M. and J.J. Fraley. 1986. Quantification of Libby Reservoir levels needed to maintain or enhance reservoir fisheries. Annual report. Prepared for BPA by MFWP, Kalispell, MT. Project 83-467. No
Chisholm, I.M., M.E. Hensler, B. Hansen, D. Skaar. 1989. Quantification of Libby Reservoir levels needed to maintain or enhance reservoir fisheries. Methods and Data Summary 1983-1987. Prepared for BPA by MFWP, Kalispell, MT. Project 83-467. No
Cushman, R.M. 1985. Review of ecological effects of rapidly varying flows downstream from hydroelectric facilities. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 5:330-339. No
Dalbey, S.R., J. DeShazer, L. Garrow, G. Hoffman, and T. Ostrowski. 1998. Quantification of Libby Reservoir levels needed to enhance reservoir fisheries. Methods and data summary, 1988-1996. MFWP, for BPA. Project 83-467. No
Greenback, J. 1941. Selective poisoning of fish. Transactions of American Fisheries Society. 70:80-86. No
Hauer, R. and J.A. Stanford 1997. Kootenai river zoobenthos investigation. Kootenai River Fisheries Investigations - Montana. Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 1 (Open File Report). Annual Report to Bonneville Power Administration. No
Huston, J. E., P. Hamlin and B. May. 1984 Lake Koocanusa Investigations – Final Report 1972-1983. Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks – Region 1 in cooperation with Seattle District ACOE. No
ISAB. 1997. The Normative River. Independent Scientific Advisory Board report to the Northwest Power Planning Council and National Marine Fisheries Service. Portland, OR. No
ISAB. 1997b. Ecological impacts of the flow provisions of the Biological Opinion for endangered Snake River salmon on resident fishes in the Hungry Horse, and Libby systems in Montana, Idaho, and British Columbia. Report 97-3. No
ISG. 1996. Prepublication Copy. Return to the River: Restoration of salmonid fishes in the Columbia River ecosystem. Development of an alternative conceptual foundation and review and synthesis of science underlying the FWP. Document 96-6. No
Leathe, S.A. and P.J. Graham. 1982. Flathead Lake fish food habits study. Final Report. Prepared for the Environmental Protection Agency by Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Kalispell, Montana. No
Milhous, R.T., M.A. Updike, and D.M. Schneider. 1989. Reference manual for the Physical Habitat Simulation system (PHABSIM) - Version II. Instream Flow Information Paper 26. United States Fish and Wildlife Service Biological Report 89. No
Milhous, R.T., D.L. Wegner, and T. Waddle. 1984. User's guide to the Physical Habitat Simulation System (PHABSIM). Instream Flow Information Paper 11. United States Fish and Wildlife Service FWS/OBS-81/43. 320pp. No
Montana Bull Trout Scientific Group. 1996. Upper Kootenai River drainage bull trout status report. Prepared for the Montana Bull Trout Restoration Team. 30 pp. No
Montana Bull Trout Scientific Group. 1996. Middle Kootenai River drainage bull trout status report. Prepared for the Montana Bull Trout Restoration Team. 36 pp. No
Montana Westslope Cutthroat Trout Recovery Team. In preparation. Montana westslope cutthroat trout recovery plan. Prepared for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Helena, Montana. No
Paragamian, V. L. 1994. Kootenai River fisheries investigations: stock status of Burbot and Rainbow Trout, and fisheries inventory. 1994 annual work plan, draft. IDFG, Coeur d'Alene, ID. No
Partridge, F. 1983. Sub project IV: River and stream investigations, Study IV: Kootenai River fisheries investigations. Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Boise, Idaho. No
Payne, T.R. 1992. Stratified random selection process for the placement of Physical Habitat Simulation (PHABSIM) transects. Paper presented at AFS Western Division Meeting, July 13-16, 1992, Fort Collins, Colorado. No
Payne, T.R. 1988. A comparison of weighted usable area calculations using four variations of the IFG4 hydraulic model. Paper presented at AFS Bioengineering Symposium, October 24-27, 1988, Portland, Oregon. No
Perry, S.A. 1984. Comparative ecology of benthic communities in natural and regulated areas of the Flathead and Kootenai Rivers, Montana. North Texas State University. Denton, Texas. No
Perry S. and J. Huston. 1983. Kootenai River Investigations Final Report 1972-1982. Section A. Aquatic Insect Study. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 112p. No
Rosgen D.L. 1996. Aplied fluvial morphology. Wildland Hydrology. Pagosa Springs, CO. Printed Media Companies, Mpls, MN. No
Skaar, D., J. DeShazer, L. Garrow, T. Ostrowski, and B. Thornberg. 1996. Quantification of Libby Reservoir levels needed to maintain or enhance reservoir fisheries; investigations of fish entrainment through Libby Dam, 1990-1994. Prepared for … No
Snyder, E. B. and G. W. Minshal. 1996. Ecosystem metabolism and nutrient dynamics in the Kootenai River in relation to impoundment and flow enhancement for…Stream Ecology Center, Department of Biological Sciences, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID. No
Trihey, E.W., and D.L. Wegner. 1981. Field data collection for use with the physical habitat simulation system of the instream flow group. United States Fish and Wildlife Service Draft Report. 151pp. No
Wesche, T.A. and P.A. Rechard. 1980. A summary of instream flow methods for fisheries and related research needs. Eisenower Consortium Bulletin 9. No
Woods, P. F. and C. M. Falter. 1982. Limnological investigations: Lake Koocanusa, Montana Part 4: factors controlling primary productivity [special report 82-15]. Prepared for: USACE, Seattle, WA. No
Wright, A. 1996. Review of Columbia River operating criteria. Facilitators Report to National Marine Fisheries Service and Bonneville Power Administration. Al Wright Consulting, Portland, OR. 15 pp. (plus 17 pp. appendices) No


Section 7. Abstract

Abstract

The Libby Mitigation Program implements on-the-ground restoration actions, and research and monitoring to mitigate NPPC-approved fisheries losses caused by the construction and operation of Libby Dam in northwestern Montana. Previously separate but related projects were combined in this umbrella program at the request of BPA and ISRP. We are attempting to reduce proliferating bureaucratic process and increase efficiency in the implementation of measurable, cost-effective fisheries improvements.


Reviews and Recommendations

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