Return to Proposal Finder FY 2000 Proposal 199401805

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 Continued Implementation of Asotin Creek Watershed Projects
BPA Project Proposal Number 199401805
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Asotin County Conservation District
Business acronym (if appropriate) ACCD

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Bradley J. Johnson
Mailing Address 720 Sixth Street, Suite B
City, State, Zip Clarkston, WA 99403
Phone 5097588012
Fax 5097587533
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Blue Mountain
Subbasin Asotin
Short Description Improves on "grass roots" public and agency cooperation and collaboration for habitat restoration on private and public property. Continues to coordinate, assess, and monitor fish and wildlife cost-share programs throughout Asotin Creek watershed.
Target Species spring chinook salmon, summer steelhead, bull trout, and resident 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: 2.4A3, 6.1,6.5, 7.0A-C, 7.1A, 7.6A-D, 7.7A-B, 7.8B&D
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: n/a
Other Planning Document References Asotin Creek Model Watershed Plan (Plan), National Marine Fisheries Service's (NMFS) proposed Snake River Recovery Plan, WA Department of Fish & Wildlife's (WDFW) proposed Salmonid Recovery Plan, CRITFC's Wy Kan Ush Me Wa Kish Wit and the Northwest Power Planning Councils (Council's) Strategy for Salmon.

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
1991 Asotin Creek Water Quality Monitoring Project
1993 Initiated Collaboration with Citizens and Agency Representatives on Sensitive Fish and Wildlife Resource Issues
1994 Agricultural Conservation Program Funding from USDA ASCS was used for Demonstration Projects
1994 Continued Intensive Tree Planting Efforts on Asotin Creek and Tributaries
1994 Completed Watershed Analysis for Asotin Creek Watershed
1995 ISCO Water Sampling Units and HOBO Temperature Meters Deployed Throughout the Watershed
1995 Bonneville Early Action Projects Completed on Asotin Creek
1995 "Asotin Creek Model Watershed Plan" Completed and Printed.
1995 Continue Tree Planting Efforts with Local Schools, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, and Volunteers.
1995 WCC Grant Funding for Upland and Riparian Restoration Projects in Asotin Creek Watershed from the WA State Legislature
1996 Continue Water Quality and Temperature Monitoring throughout Watershed
1996 Continue Tree Planting Efforts with Local Schools and Volunteer Groups
1996 Initiated Bonneville Early Action In-Stream Habitat Restoration Projects
1996 Implemented Headgate Park Pre- and Post-Monitoring of Habitat Restoration Projects funded by WCC.
1997 Completed Technical Report for Headgate Park Pre- and Post-Habitat and Resulting Changes in Pool Habitat Availability and Abundance of Juvenile Steelhead.
1997 Continued Tree Planting Projects
1997 Bonneville Funding used for Upland and Riparian Habitat Restoration Projects
1997 WCC Funding for Upland Sediment Reduction Practices in Watershed
1997 Initiated Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and ACCD Meander Reconstruction Habitat Monitoring.
1998 Intensive Tree Planting Efforts using Mechanical Means to Plant Willow and Cottonwood trees. Students and volunteers planted rooted stock such as ponderosa pine and blue elderberry.
1998 Continue Headgate Park Post-Habitat Restoration Monitoring
1998 Continued Bonneville Funding for Upland Sediment Reduction, Riparian/Floodplain Management and In-Stream Restoration Projects.
1998 Initiated Water Quality and Storm Event Sampling on Asotin Creek with Washington State University (WSU).
1998 Initiated WDFW Pre- and Post-Habitat Restoration Monitoring
1998 Completed Reports for 1997 Bonneville Habitat Restoration Projects Including Photo Documentations, Expected Benefits, Descriptions and Costs.
1998 Completed Aerial Surveys of Upland and Riparian Habitat Restoration Projects and Photo Documentation.
1998 Initiated NRCS and ACCD Sediment Basin Monitoring Funded by WCC.
1998 Continued NRCS and ACCD Meander Reconstruction Monitoring.

Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

Project ID Title Description Umbrella
9401806 Implement Tucannon River Watershed Plan to Restore Salmonid Habitat Sister project on Tucannon River, Tucannon River Model Watershed No
9401807 Continue with Implementation of Pataha Creek Model Watershed Plan Sister Project on Pataha Creek, Pataha Creek Model Watershed No
WA State HB 2496 (HB 2496) Legislative Funding for Salmonid Restoration Projects No
WA State Cons. Commission (WCC) Legislative Funding for Upland Cost-Share within Asotin County No

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Reduce In-Stream Summer Water Temperatures to 18 C a. Riparian planting projects long-term LWD recruitment for shade and cover
1. (Lower Snake Co-Managers Obj. Reduce Pre-Spawner Mortality) b. Jump-start LWD component by incorporating into streambank and complex habitat restoration projects for complex cover
1. c. Increase # of pools and decrease width to depth ratio by installing geomorphic restoration projects in prioritized stream reaches
2. Increase Quantity and Quality of Pools w/LWD to Nine per Mile a. Install in-stream habitat restoration projects according to geomorphic stream classifications
2. (Lower Snake Co-Managers Obj. Increase Juvenile Survival) A. Continue increasing # of pools w/LWD to improve over-winter survival of juveniles
2. B. Decrease width and increase stream depth
2. C. Identify cool water refugia and protect and restore in-stream and riparian habitat (Passive).
2. D. Develop and/or restore spring-fed, off-channel rearing areas for juvenile salmonids, jump-start LWD component by incorporation into project design
2. b. Riparian planting for shade, cover and LWD recruitment
2. c. Passive riparian management plans for alternative water & fencing projects
3. Reduce Sediment Deposition in Spawning Gravels by Maintaining or Reducing Cropland Erosion a. Continue upland cost-share for sediment reduction projects (sediment basins, terraces, strip crops, grass waterways, pasture/hayland planting and direct seeding)
3. (Lower Snake Co-Managers Obj. Increase Incubation Success) b. In-stream structures geomorphically designed to scour and sort spawning gravels & re-establish floodplains for depositional features
3. c. Riparian planting for streambank stabilization and LWD recruitment
3. d. Riparian management plans for alternative water & fencing projects
4. Continue Coordinating Asotin Creek Model Watershed Project Prioritization and Planning a. Continue administering, coordinating, and communicating watershed activities
4. b. Coordinate citizen/agency task groups to prioritize projects
4. c. Develop project proposals and submittals
4. d. Submit B.A. to NMFS for concurrence
4. e. Produce and report M&E analysis and validation
5. Secure Additional Funding and Cooperative Partnerships a. Continue matching funds with local and state agencies
5. b. Intitiate cost-share programs in priority areas outside the Asotin Creek watershed
6. Provide Watershed I&E Programs to Local Schools, Citizens, and Agency Representatives a. Continue "Salmon in the Classroom" Envirothon Competion, workshops on assessing and monitoring stream health and hatchery tours.
6. b. Coordinate project tours, presentations, and fair display
6. c. Complete and report habitat restoration successes and failures
6. d. Continue quarterly "Model Watershed Newsletters" and local media coverage of projects
7. Continue Planning, Coordinating, and Implementing Project Assessments and Monitoring a. Coordinate Citizen/Technical Advisory meetings to prioritize monitoring projects
7. b. Fund priority monitoring projects
7. c. Continue WSU Water Quality and NRCS Sediment Basin Monitoring
7. d. Begin WDFW post-habitat and continue pre-habitat assessments on in-stream restoration projects
7. e. Continue 1997 & 1998 NRCS Meander Reconstruction M&E
7. f. Begin cold water refugia identification and assessment
7. g. Further define reference site conditions
7. h. Continue working with Nez Perce Tribe and Salmon Corps to identify restoration projects and alternative funding
7. i. Produce and submit reports describing assessments and monitoring results

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 10/01/99 09/01/00 Increase total feet of riparian restoration and riparian fencing projects to decrease summer stream temperatures to 18 C throughout watershed. 24,000 trees planted and 25,000 ft of riparian fence installed over three years 30.0%
2 10/01/99 09/01/00 Increase the number of pools to nine per mile with complex cover to increase salmonid survival at all livestages. 283 pools installed with LWD for cover over three years 15.0%
3 10/01/99 09/01/00 Increase the number of upland sediment reduction practices to reduce erosion and stabilize streambanks for increased spawning success. 36 sediment basins, 47,000 ft terraces, 6 off-stream watering areas and 25,000 ft riparian fence installed over three years 25.0%
4 10/01/99 09/01/00 Increase effectiveness of fish and wildlife habitat restoration by coordinating priority watershed restoration. Completed 3rd year of Model Watershed proj. installation & collaboration 10.0%
5 10/01/99 09/01/00 Increase presence and effectiveness of restoration efforts with current cost-share programs to off-set project costs to private landowners. Matching funds from WCC, HB 2496 & Bonneville for cost-share 5.0%
6 10/01/99 09/01/00 Increase citizen support and stewardship to benefit fish and wildlife restoration in the district through public outreach. "Salmon in Classroom", Newsletter productions, tours, etc 5.0%
7 10/01/99 09/01/00 Increase quality and quantity of fish & wildlife restoration projects by monitoring success and failures. On-going monitoring studies evaluating projects 10.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel Technical Lead @ 85% FTE Admin. Assistant @ 20% FTE $ 37,750
Fringe Payroll Expenses & Benefits $ 12,050
Supplies Office Supplies, Film & Develop, Copier Lease, & Newsletter Costs $ 11,000
Travel Mileage, Hotels, & per diem $ 4,200
Subcontractor Riparian Fencing & Alternative Water Developments $ 55,000
Subcontractor In-Stream Geomorphic Restoration $ 30,000
Subcontractor Continue On-Going Monitoring $ 15,000
Subcontractor Upland Sediment Reduction Practices $ 44,000
Subcontractor Riparian Tree & Shrub Planting $ 30,000
Total Itemized Budget $239,000

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $239,000
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $239,000
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
Bonneville FY 2000 Cash Match - Cost-Share $239,000 unknown
HB 2496 Cash Match - Lead Entity & Habitat Restoration Projects $100,000 unknown
WCC Cash Match - Basic Funding & Upland Grant Cost-Share $ 68,000 unknown
Private Landowners Cash Match - Cost-Share % $ 55,000 unknown
NMFS In-Stream Restoration & Tree Planting Projects $ 50,000 unknown
NRCS In-Kind - Office Space, Phone, & Vehicle Use $ 30,000 unknown
U.S. Forest Service Cash Match - Charley Creek $ 20,000 unknown


Outyear Budget Totals

2001 2002 2003 2004
All Phases $235,000 $230,000 $225,000 $220,000
Total Outyear Budgets $235,000 $230,000 $225,000 $220,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Inadequate funding of current cost-share programs. With low market prices landowners need current incentives to partcipate.

Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Asotin Creek Model Watershed Plan. 1995. Asotin County, Washington. Yes
Barrett, D. 1994. Fish Biologist with the cooperative Fisheries and Wildlife Unit of the University of Idaho. Personal communication. Yes
Beschta, R. L., R. E. Bilby, G. W. Brown, L. B. Holtby and T. D. Hofstra. 1987. Stream temperatures and aquatic habitat: Fisheries and Forestry Interactions. P. 191-232. Yes
Bjornn, T.C., D. W. Reiser. 1991. Habitat requirements of salmonids in streams. Pages 83-138 in W. R. Meehan, ed., Influences of forest and rangeland management on salmonid fisher and their habitats, American Fisheries Society Special Publication 19. Yes
Bjornn, T. C., M. A. Brunven, M. P. Molnau, J. H. Milligan, R. A. Klamt, E. Chancho, and C. Schaye. 1977. Transport of granitic sediment in streams and its effects on insects and fish. U of I, Forest, Wildlife and Range Experiment Station Bulletin 17. Yes
Espinosa, A. 1988. Clearwater National Forest Fish Habitat Relationships: Narrative and Methodologies. USDA Forest Service, Orofino, Idaho. Yes
Garrett, J. W. 1996. Installation of fish habitat improvement structures in the Headgate Park reach of Asotin Creek, Washington and resulting changes in pool habitat availability and abundance of juvenile steelhead. Northwest Management, Moscow, Idaho. Yes
Garrett, J. W. 1998. Installation of fish habitat improvement structures subsequent damage or loss by floods, and habitat use by juvenile salmonids in the Headgate Park reach of Asotin Creek, Washington. Northwest Management, Moscow, Idaho. Yes
Konopacky, R. C. 1984. Sedimentation and productivity in a salmonid stream. Doctoral Dissertation. University of Idaho, Moscow. Yes
Moore, Barry C. 1993. Asotin Creek Water Quality Monitoring: 1990 to 1993. Clearwater Company, Pullman, Washington. Yes
Mendel, G. 1998. Personal Communication. District Fisheries Biologist with WDFW. Yes
Omernik, Jim. Special Frameworks for Effective Characterizations of Ecosystems and Watersheds. USEPA, Corvallis, Oregon. Yes
Raleigh, R. F., T. J. Hickman, K. L. Nelson, O. E. Maughan. 1980. Riverine habitat evaluations procedures for rainbow trout stream improvement workshop; 1980. USFS and Trout Unlimited: 50-59. Yes
Snake River Recovery Plan. March 1995 (proposed) NMFS. Yes
Strategy for Salmon. Vol II. 1992. NWPPC, Portland, Oregon. Yes
Washington Water Research Center, Washington State University. 1996. Role and effectivenes of Washington State's local conservation districts. Yes
Wild Salmonid Policy. 1997. WDFW, Olympia, Washington. Yes

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; future funding contingent on comprehensive review of restoration programs within the basin, and demonstration of biological benefits.

Comments: This proposal is for continuation of the Asotin Creek habitat restoration project. It is not clear from the proposal when the project was initiated (1993?). The major project activities appear to be improving riparian shading via planting of phreatophytes to reduce summer stream temperature, and in-channel modifications to increase the number and size of pools. This plan to continue habitat restoration in the Asotin Creek watershed is enthusiastic but deficient in that no attempt is made to translate possible habitat improvement into gains in fish numbers. The proposal is difficult to evaluate, as the proposal is not written in a form that would allow comparison of the project's accomplishments with goals. Furthermore, the project was apparently initiated prior to completion of a watershed analysis. From the limited information included in the proposal, the project probably warrants continued funding. However, it appears that the project is scheduled to continue indefinitely; it needs a definite end date, and set of reviewable objectives and a time line. The panel was particularly concerned that despite continued monitoring, little information was presented to indicate what benefit (or harm!) had resulted from past restoration activities. Some of the instream work, in particular, has the potential to do serious damage. One panel member pointed out that these streams would seem to be ideal incubators of whirling disease. The project needs to produce an evaluation, in a subsequent proposal, of sediment fate, output and stability of structures that have been affected by past project activities, and an assessment of how the fish are responding. Has the project resulted in biologically measurable benefits to fish and wildlife?

CBFWA Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
Aug 20, 1999

CBFWA: Subregional Team Comments Recommendation:
Aug 20, 1999
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Reduce implementation. General reduction in the scope of the project.

CBFWA: Watershed Technical Group Comments Recommendation:
Technically Sound? Yes
Aug 20, 1999
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Projects addressing headwater areas and riparian recovery are necessary elements in watershed recovery.

Sponsor should ensure the project does not become a long- term "program".

Proposal is complete. A good example of appropriately identified objectives, tasks and milestones.

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 (Asotin County Conservation District) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

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