Return to Proposal Finder FY 2000 Proposal 199401700

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 Idaho Model Watershed Habitat Projects
BPA Project Proposal Number 199401700
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Lemhi and Custer Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Business acronym (if appropriate) Lemhi SWCD/Custer SWCD

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Glenn Seaberg, Project Coordinator
Mailing Address 206 Van Dreff Ste A
City, State, Zip Salmon, ID 83467
Phone 2087566322
Fax 2087566376
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Mountain Snake
Subbasin Salmon
Short Description To protect, enhance and restore anadromous and resident fish habitat and achieve and maintain a balance between resource protection and resource use on a holistic watershed management basis.
Target Species Snake River Spring Chinook salmon, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha Snake River Summer Steelhead trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss Salmon River Basin Bull trout, Salvelinus confluentus Salmon River Basin Cutthroat trout, Oncorhynchus lewisi

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: 7.7B.3, 7.6A.1, 7.6A.2, 7.6B.3, 7.6C.5, 7.8A.2, 7.8D.1
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: NMFS Recovery Plan for Snake River Salmon, task numbers 1.4b, 1.4c, 1.4d, 1.6b Endangered Species Act consultation done on a site specific project by project basis
Other Planning Document References Idaho Soil Conservation Commission and Bonneville Power Administration. 1995. Model Watershed Plan for the Lemhi Pahsimeroi and East Fork of the Salmon Rivers, Idaho. DOE/BP-2772, Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, Oregon.

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
1993 Stabilized 200 yards of streambank on East Fork of the Salmon River.
1993 Improved 29 irrigation diversion structures on the Lemhi River.
1994 experimental “fish flush” conducted by irrigators to allow chinook adults passage to spawning areas on Lemhi River.
1994 Big Flat Ditch siphon completed to reconnect Carmen Creek to the mainstem Salmon River.
1995 Riparian enhancement fence completed on 4.5 miles of streambank on two ranches in the Pahsimeroi and three ranches on the Lemhi River.
1995 Point of diversion transferred from the Pahsimeroi River to the Salmon River.
1995 Two diversions eliminated on Lemhi River with a combined net savings of 1,600 acre feet of water.
1995 Seven irrigation diversions consolidated into three irrigation diversions on Lemhi River.
1996 Three ranches near Leadore construct fencing and implement grazing/pasture management systems along 5.75 miles of critical stream habitat along Lemhi.
1996 Two canals eliminated from the Salmon River through consolidation into Challis Irrigation Canal.
1996 Two ranches on East Fork constructed riparian enhancement fences along 1.75 miles of river.
1996 Diversions EF-7 and EF-8 consolidated on East Fork.
1997 Completed L-3A diversion structure and bypass system.
1997 Reset pipe on old L-5 diversion to provide off-channel rearing habitat.
1997 Constructed 0.75 miles of fence and developed a grazing system for a ranch along the Lemhi River.
1997 Constructed 15 miles of fence on 8.5 miles of the upper Lemhi River along critical chinook spawning and rearing habitat.
1997 Streambank stabilization and off-channel rearing site along lower Lemhi River.
1997 Construction of 0.85 miles of fence on the lower Lemhi stream reach.
1997 Construction of 0.75 miles of fence along Pattee Creek.
1997 Riparian pasture management fencing was constructed on three ranches along 3 miles of the Pahsimeroi River.
1997 Phase I of a riparian management project on the East Fork installed a series of instream bank stabilization structures.
1998 At L-8a diversion a headgate, wasteway, and vortex weir were installed to facilitate fish passage and eliminate gravel push up dam.
1998 Riparian fence along 0.90 miles of the upper Lemhi River and Texas Creek.
1998 Riparian fence along 1.2 miles of Hayden Creek.
1998 Riparian fence along 1.0 mile of Eighteenmile Creek a headwater tributary of the Lemhi River.
1998 Riparian fence and grazing management system along 1.0 mile of Pahsimeroi River/Patterson Creek.
1998 Riparian fence have been started with 3 landowners along 2.8 miles of the East Fork.

Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

Project ID Title Description Umbrella
9202603 Model Watershed Coordination and Administration/Implementation Support Directly supports the Model Watershed project coordinator, office coordinator, office space, and equipment. No
9306200 Salmon River Anadromous Fish Passage Enhancement A co-project for the Model Watershed project area which specifically addresses physical barriers to anadromous fish passage. No
9401500 Idaho Fish Screening Improvement-O&M A related project to reduce fish mortality in irrigation diversions. No
8909800 Idaho Supplementation Studies Information Collection This project is part of ISS research which is used for monitoring and evaluating anadromous and resident stocks within the Model Watershed project area. No
9009 Restore the Salmon River, in Challis, Idaho This projects area is outside the current MWP area, however it compliments the current habitat and passage projects in the upper Salmon River basin. No

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Provide barrier free passage for adult and juvenile fishes A. Continue efforts to consolidate and improve irrigation diversions. Continue inventory and mapping fish barriers and monitoring expansion of fish distribution into enhanced areas
2. Develop new resting and rearing pools in areas previously altered A. Install instream habitat improvement projects i.e. drop structures, boulder placement in areas (Bitterroot Ranch, Big Springs Creek) lacking adequate channel morphology. Continue providing technical recommendations to groups involved with mitigation proje
3. Enhance and stabilize riparian vegetation communities in critical anadromous spawning and rearing locations. A. Develop alternative management practices or fence riparian areas and develop grazing plans or conservation easements with private landowners. Reestablish riparian communities with willow plantings.
4. Expand and restore available anadromous and resident fish spawning and rearing areas A. Pursue reconnecting tributary streams to mainstem systems (Canyon Creek, Little Morgan Creek, Agency Creek, Pattee Creek) working within framework of Idaho water law and landowner management constraints. Work with water users to allow natural tributary fl
5. Reduce sediment levels within spawning gravels. A. Control access by livestock to steams by fencing and use vegetative plantings.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 01/01/00 12/01/00 Increased smolt out-migration 5.0%
2 01/01/00 12/01/00 Increase number of rearing pools as identified in stream inventory 10.0%
3 01/01/00 12/01/00 Achieve proper-function and condition in riparian areas. 40.0%
4 01/01/00 12/01/00 Expand available anadromous spawning & rearing areas 20.0%
5 01/01/00 12/01/00 stabilize heavily impacted streambanks 25.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel Project Planner (2088 hrs x $16/hr) $ 33,408
Fringe Planner Health Benefits (7.7% of Salary) $ 2,572
Supplies Construction materials for fences, bank barbs, plantings, and irrigation improvements $309,954
Operating Landowner responsibility $ 0
NEPA 20 projects @ $300 $ 6,000
Travel Planner Travel 1,550 miles x $0.31/mile Boise, ID $95/day x 3 days Challis, ID $90/day x 8 tri $ 1,486
Indirect 5% SWCD Overhead $ 20,000
Other Monitoring and evaluation / GIS $ 10,000
Subcontractor Technical Support 640 hours x $11/hr x 2 people Archeological Clearances $ 16,580
Total Itemized Budget $400,000

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $400,000
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $400,000
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
Landowner Labor, Contracting, O&M $160,000 unknown
ID Fish & Game Project Funding $ 40,000 unknown
Bureau of Reclamation Project Funding $100,000 unknown
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Project Funding $ 20,000 unknown


Outyear Budget Totals

2001 2002 2003 2004
All Phases $400,000 $400,000 $400,000 $400,000
Total Outyear Budgets $400,000 $400,000 $400,000 $400,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Participation from landowners to install Best management Practices to benefit the streamside vegetative cover and ultimately the fishery is always uncertain. The current perception of the local Soil and Water Conservation Districts is that if it can be designed to have benefits for the landowner as well as the fish habitat, the landowner will participate. Due to the cooperative nature of the Model Watershed Project, project evaluation can be a complicated and lengthy process. Project scope often changes with the development of consensus, perception of needs, and state and federal permit requirements. Unavailability of technical support can slow down planning needs such as biological assessments and cultural resource clearances. This evolving process makes annual budgeting a difficult task as planners and cooperators become aware of project needs. Also, with annual variation in chinook spawn timing and fish distribution, streamside projects may need to be delayed or expedited accordingly to minimize possible negative impacts to listed species. Further delays may occur to accommodate the management needs of the landowner (i.e. irrigation diversion can’t be shut down during critical irrigation periods). Other limiting factors including weather, flooding, and availability of materials can constrain the implementation of projects.

Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
A guide to establishing points and taking photographs to monitor watershed management projects. 1993. The Govenors Watershed Enhancement Board. Salem, OR No
Dorratcaque, D. E., 1986. Lemhi River Habitat Improvement Study. BPA contract number DE-AC79-84BP17447, project number 84-28, Portland, OR.. No
Feldhausen, S. et. al.1998. Lemhi River Sub-basin Assessment Draft Document. No
Idaho Soil Conservation Commission and Bonneville Power Administration. 1995. Model Watershed Plan for the Lemhi Pahsimeroi and East Fork of the Salmon Rivers, Idaho. DOE/BP-2772, Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, Oregon. No
Northwest Power Planning Council. 1994. Columbia River Basin fish and Wildlife Program. Northwest Power Planning Council, Portland, Oregon. No
U.S. Government, Federal Register. (57 FR 14653) Listing of Snake River fall chinook and Salmon River spring/summer chinook as threatened. April 22, 1992. Washington D. C., 57:14653. No
U.S. Government, Federal Register. (59 FR 42529) Reclassification of Snake River fall chinook and Salmon River spring/summer chinook as endangered. August 18, 1994. Washington D. C., 59:42529. No
U.S. Department of Commerce (USDC). National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). In Review. Final Recovery Plan for Snake River Salmon. No

Section 7. Abstract


Reviews and Recommendations

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

ISRP Preliminary Review , ISRP 99-2 Recommendation:
Fund for one year
Jun 15, 1999
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Recommendation: Fund for one year. Subsequent funding contingent on a performance audit of these three proposal, 9202603, 9401700, and 9306200, to determine if the results are benefiting fish and wildlife in a cost effective manner. The proposals should be consolidated into one proposal with better described methods for selecting and prioritizing restoration efforts and for monitoring and evaluation. They also need a timeline for termination.

Comments: This project supports anadromous and resident fish habitat protection and restoration. There is evidence of good collaboration with agencies and landowners.

This proposal, along with 9401700 and 9306200, list exactly the same accomplishments, since 1993! Most of the narrative portions of all three proposals are also identical. Because of this, the three proposals either need to be combined into a single proposal, or two of the three should be discontinued. There appears to be virtually no performance accountability in any of the proposals. The project is more implementation than "watershed." The Project's history is mixed into the technical background section. Instead, they that section should present the scientific basis for the project. The proposal pays mentions "holistic" watershed management, but doesn't detail describe in detail how the concept plays enters into its objectives or tasks. The "watershed plan update" ($10,000) is undefined. The proposal's literature references are inadequate. Qualifications of project personnel are inadequately described. The proposal fails to describe US Forest Service and other federal management in the watershed. The methods listed are generic only, and give no indication of the activities planned for FY2000.

While the model watershed program is a good one, and is doing important work that is gaining momentum in the community, a performance audit might result in some tightening of the program and its budget. For example, one individual (Glen Seaborg) is shown as "full time" on this project and on project 9401700 and on project 9306200.

CBFWA Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
Aug 20, 1999

CBFWA: Subregional Team Comments Recommendation:
Aug 20, 1999
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
BPA contracting splits the Id. Model WS effort (9202603, 9306200, 9401700)

CBFWA: Watershed Technical Group Comments Recommendation:
Technically Sound? Yes
Aug 20, 1999
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Section 3 should include links to the umbrella plan for Salmon River subbasin.

Project has been in operation since 1994 and should more fully demonstrate that it is meeting its biological objectives. Section 4 provides a good history but what are tangible measures of success? Fishery improvements? Milestones? How much mitigation has been achieved?

Continue improving the program-level monitoring of accomplishments and results.

Coordination proposals should include a clearly developed performance plan (i.e. external and internal review of progress.)

The proposal is better written this year than last year and provides more justification.

Isn't the coordinator's salary funded by another agency?

Good cost share percentage.

NWPPC Funding Recommendation , NWPPC 2000-6 Recommendation:
Mar 1, 2000
[Decision made in 9-22-99 Council Meeting]

NW Power and Conservation Council's FY 2006 Project Funding Review Funding category:
May 2005
FY05 NPCC Start of Year:
FY06 NPCC Staff Preliminary:
FY06 NPCC July Draft Start of Year:
Sponsor (Lemhi/Custer Soil & Water/IOSC) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

Sponsor (Lemhi/Custer Soil & Water/IOSC) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

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