Return to Proposal Finder FY 2000 Proposal 199608720

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 Focus Watershed Coordination-Kootenai River Watershed
BPA Project Proposal Number 199608720
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
Business acronym (if appropriate) MFWP/CSKT

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Brian Marotz, Scott Snelson
Mailing Address 490 N. Meridian Rd.
City, State, Zip Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone 4067514546
Fax 4062570349
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Mountain Columbia
Subbasin Kootenai
Short Description Fosters “grass roots” public involvement and interagency cooperation for habitat restoration to offset impacts to the fishery resources in the Kootenai River watershed. Establishes cost-share arrangements with government agencies and private groups.
Target Species Bull trout, Kootenai River White Sturgeon, Inland Redband Trout, Westslope Cutthroat Trout, Burbot, Mountain Whitefish

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: This project began as a result of language in the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program, Document 94-55 section 7.7 A and B, page 7-40 through 7-43. Measures 10.1B,10.2A.2, 10.2B, 10.3B, 10.3B.12, 10.4B, 10.6C.1
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. 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; Montana Bull Trout Restoration Team 1998, 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
1998 Formed or revitalized 5 citizen-based watershed planning organizations for five key sub-drainages in the basin completing one implementable watershed plan for Grave Creek and made important progress on four other plans
1998 Secured FEMA funding ($400,000) for an effort by County, City, homeowners, USFS, NRCS, MFWP, USFWS, Montana DOT, local schools and several private organizations, to reconstruct a major portion of Parmenter Creek to a stable form
1998 Coordinated a FEMA remapping of Libby, Big Cherry, Granite, Parmenter, Flower Creeks with the Libby Area Conservancy District, North Cabinet Conservancy District USACOE and USFS
1998 Coordinated a Rosgen level III and IV geomorphic survey of Libby Creek and collection of cross sectional data needed to run HEC II modeling necessary to develop a channel design which will return much of Libby Creek to its proper functioning condition
1998 Coordinated the development and design of implementable plans to screen bull trout from the Glen Lake Irrigation Ditch on Grave Creek, the most important bull trout spawning trib. in the U.S. portion of the Upper Kootenai.
1998 Instituted and coordinated an international effort with BC Environment to monitor bull trout populations in the Wigwam River /Lake Koocanusa complex
1998 Directed a morphological survey of the unstable lowest three miles of Grave Creek necessary to design a naturally functioning channel. The survey and design will give the local watershed group a critical tool to garner funding to implement the design.
1998 Participated in intial planning for the rehabilitation of the tributaries to the Pleasant Valley Fisher River on the Lost Trail and Monk properties by the USFWS and NRSC
1998 Directed surveys of upper Bobtail Creek necessary to design stream reconstruction to reduce bank erosion and improve habitat in cooperation with the Bobtail Creek Watershed group
1998 Participated in developing a basin wide water quality monitoring strategy and "metadatabase" development as part of the Kootenai River Network (a private, non-profit forum supported by FWC includes state, provincial and private interests from basin)
1998 Negotiated a 1.25 mile riparian corridor and channel reconstruction of Therriault Creek where the creek is currently deeply incised, and unstable (part of Tobacco River Drainage which also includes the important Grave and Sinclair Creeks)
1998 Negotiated for the fencing and riparian planting of several miles of overgrazed westslope cutthroat trout habitat on Young Creek (important recovery tributary to reservoir) and won approval to reconstruct a one mile segment of channelized stream.
1998 Initiated the halt of tributary stocking of fingerling westslope cutthroat trout into Young Creek and replaced this with remote site incubator (RSI) seeding of the creek.

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
9101903 Hungry Horse Reservoir Mitigation Sister mitigation project on Flathead System- exchange information and techniques and occasionally share personnel. No
9401002 Flathead River Native Species Project Sister mitigation project on Flathead System- exchange information and techniques and occasionally share personel. No
3874700 Streamnet Geographic Information Services Unit Providing data layer updating and development for managers and mitigation efforts and provides mapping services for local watershed planning and research No
9401001 MFWP- Libby Reservoir Excessive Drawdown Mitigation Excessive Drawdown Mitigation is the mechanism by which local watershed plans developed by the FWC (project # 9608720) are funded and implemented. EDDM also provides GIS support for developing and prioritizing watershed plans No
8346500 Libby and Hungry Horse Modeling Technical Analysis Provides predictions of impacts of various river and reservoir operations necessary for watershed planning and native species recovery No
8346700 Mitigation For The Construction And Operation Of Libby Dam (LDM) EDDM LDM in planning mitigation activities and provides personnel when larger crews are necessary. EDDM provides GIS and microimaging otolith, vertibrae and scale reading support to LDM. No
Purchase Conservation Easement from Plum Creek Timber Company in the Fisher Collect and summarize the geomorphic and fisheries data required for determination of the bandwidth necessary to protect fisheries resources in intact stream/riparian corridors in the Fisher River Drainage. No

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Compile information on limiting factors to native fish and wildlife production in the watershed area. a. Utilize existing aquatic habitat surveys, riparian habitat surveys, aquatic population surveys, and other relevant biological and land use surveys. Use analytical techniques to identify and address limiting factors.
1. b. Identify gaps in knowledge that hamper sound management decisions. Coordinate and direct mitigation projects and other agencies, to design and adaptively implement monitoring strategies to fill the gaps.
1. c. Determine influences of federal, state, tribal, and private land management on identified limiting factors.
2. Coordinate cooperative implementation and funding of activities directed to watershed improvement by different interest groups and agencies in focus watershed area. a. Determine the ownership and the influence of federal, state, tribal and private interests (i.e. water rights etc.) on the lands that are identified as core recovery areas for native species and where limiting factors might best be effected.
2. b. Facilitate the forming of local citizen watershed groups in sub-drainages that have been identified as core native species recovery areas giving priority to core areas identified in Montana draft Bull Trout Recovery Plan.
2. c. Empower these groups with professional expertise and resources necessary to develop implementable watershed plans that address the limiting factors for native species and meet the needs of local communities.
2. d. Once local subbasin plans are formed by working groups, identify potential financial and physical resources available to implement plans. Solicit the resources necessary and direct mitigation actions toward implementing the local watershed plans.
2. e. Compile a list of human and fiscal resources that are potentially available for protection and recovery of habitat for the model watershed. Include potential federal, tribal, state local government and private resources.
2. f. Direct the implementation of watershed plans and stream habitat improvements on Grave, Libby, Therriault, Young, Parmenter, Flower, and Bobtail Creeks
2. g. Provide for the involvement of volunteers, landowners and educational institutions in the implementation of projects.
2. h. Provide coordination and leadership to integrate watershed-based fish and wildlife habitat improvement projects, research and monitoring activities in the Kootenai River basin.
2. i. Maintain a technical advisory committee of the best qualified fluvial geomorphology and fish and fish/wildlife professionals from state, tribal and federal agencies and consultants to advise watershed groups and others performing stream alterations
2. j. Assist agencies, tribes and groups to find cooperative funding for habitat improvement projects.
2. k. Promote the formation of a network of professionals and citizens in each subbasin to help integrate landscape watershed planning.
2. l. Prepare NEPA documentation and permits necessary for watershed plan implementation
3. Maintain a communication network among private and public groups, including planning and fund raising agencies, interested in fish and wildlife issues in the focus watershed area. a. Provide quarterly reports and/ or newsletter/webpage to inform concerned parties of activities and progress of watershed activities.
3. b. Prepare annual progress report
4. Establish an effective watershed Monitoring and Evaluation process a. Provide technical and grant writing assistance to the Kootenai River Network in their efforts to design a drainage-wide water quality inventory.
4. b. Provide leadership in identifying and soliciting funding for implementation of the water quality design
5. Transfer successful watershed planning and implementation processes to other watersheds in Montana and the northwest a. Update the document that will be used by districits or committees in the future as guide for watershed resource management. The document will include funding sources, criteria for rating proposals and list of expert advice sources.
6. Coordinate with local regional and national planning and funding agencies e.g. NWPPC, BPA, NRCS, USDA and others to assure cooperative planning and implemention of model watershed planning a. Contact the BPA and NWPPC Planning staffs as often as needed, but no less than once per quarter to keep them informed of the progress in planning for implementation process.
7. Negotiate and implement permanent easements and long-term management agreements in riparian corridors of key subbasins to protect investments in stream habitat improvements a. Identify landholders and agencies that may be willing to create permanent and long-term riparian corridors for fish and wildlife adjacent to core recovery areas identified in the Montana Bull Trout Recovery Plan (MBTRT 1998).
7. b. Negotiate and coordinate agreements with state, federal, tribal and private organizations to place these riparian corridors under permanent and long -term protection from threats to their natural function i.e. subdivision, channelization.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 05/01/97 10/01/03 Are gaps in knowledge being identified and filled by coordination efforts? 20.0%
2 05/01/97 10/01/03 Are native species core habitats and populations being protected, reconnected, and rehabilitated as a result of watershed plan implementation and are they stemming declines in native species populations 51.0%
3 05/01/97 10/01/03 Are coordination efforts extending the benefits of BPA funding to protect enhance and connect additional habitats with leveraged resources 10.0%
4 05/01/97 10/01/01 Has basinwide watershed water quality monitoring been improved and does this meaningfully aid native species recovery and has this information been made centrally available 3.0%
5 05/01/97 10/01/03 1.0%
6 05/01/97 10/01/03 5.0%
7 05/01/97 10/01/03 10.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel 0.8 FTE Watershed Coordinator (0.2 FTE Project 9404900) 0.2 FTE Lakes Coordinator $ 31,091
Fringe $ 7,980
Supplies Office supplies, copies, computer software, etc. $ 2,950
Operating Telephone and internet fees $ 1,560
Capital Purchase of Conservation Easements and Long-term management agreements for riparian corridor protect $ 24,000
NEPA Publishing documents, meeting room rental, mailing etc. $ 5,000
Travel Mileage (5400 miles @ .31/mile) $ 1,674
Indirect 17.2 percent $ 14,664
Subcontractor Stream design: 120 hours @ $50, Land appraisals: 2 @ $5000 $ 11,000
Total Itemized Budget $ 99,919

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $ 99,919
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $ 99,919
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
US Army Corps of Engineers Program costshare 75/25 to reduce flooding impact and rehabilitate riparian/wetland habitat. FWC negotiating with ACOE on projects on Parmenter, Flower and Libby Creeks (please also see project budget for 9401000) $ 0 unknown
FEMA As Second phase of "Project Impact" flood hazard reduction in Lincoln County ($400,000 committed in 1998 see below) to extend the Parmenter Creek Rehab. project to Flower and Libby Creeks $ 0 unknown
Montana Dept. of Transportation Cost-share as part of wetland banking credits program. Program partially or wholey funds rehab projects. FWC is in process of negotiating credit/funding for Libby , Grave, Flower, Parmenter $ 0 unknown
USFWS Cost-share with Partners for Wildlife program 75/25 cost-share. FWC negotiating for funding for stream corridor easements and stream rehab and reconstruction on Sinclair, Therriault, Grave Creeks and the Tobacco River $ 0 unknown
Ministry of Environment-British Columbia FWC has negotited a multi-year study of bull trout migration pattern and metapopulation dynamics in which BC Environment purchases radio transmitters ($11,000) and MFWP project # 9401000 does the telemetry $ 0 unknown
Ministry of Environment-British Columbia FWC has negotited a multi-year study of bull trout migration and metapopulation dynamics in which BC Environment provide supervisory and logistical support for operation of the Wigwam River migration trap and BPA covers contract costs for operation $ 0 unknown


Outyear Budget Totals

2001 2002 2003
All Phases $100,000 $100,000 $100,000
Total Outyear Budgets $100,000 $100,000 $100,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Achievement of objective associated with willingness of local governments, public support and permitting processes. Also CBFWA prioritization and NPPC approval.

Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Bartlett, H. , B. Jateff, G. West, D. Dinsmore. 1995. Remote Site Incubation of Wells Stock Summer Steelhead Eggs In Methow River. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Progress Report, Hatchery Division No
Dalbey, S.R., J. DeShazer, L. Garrow, G. Hoffman, and T. Ostrowski. 1997. Quantification of Libby Reservoir levels needed to enhance reservoir fisheries. Methods and data summary, 1988-1996. Draft Report. Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks Yes
Dimmett K. and H. Fuss. 1994. Evaluation of Remote Site Incubators as an Enhancement Tool. Progress Report for 1994. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. No
Greenback, J. 1941. Selective poisoning of fish. Transactions of American Fisheries Society. 70:80-86 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. Yes
Idaho Soil Conservation Commission. 1995. Model Watershed Plan for the Lemhi, Pahsimeroi and East Fork of the Salmon River. BPA Public Information Center- CKPS-1, Portland OR, DOE/BP-2772. 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. Yes
Reiman, B. E. and J.D. McIntyre. 1993. Demographic and habitat requirements for conservation of bull trout. General Technical Report INT-302, United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station, Ogden, Utah. 37pp. Yes
Snelson, S., C. Muhlfeld and B. Marotz. 1997. Draft Report. Excessive Drawdown Mitigation. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Filed with Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, Oregon. Yes
Wampler, P.L. and J.L. Manuel. 1992. A Test of Remote Site Incubators Using Green, Untreated Fall Chinook Salmon Eggs. US Fish and Wildlife Service, Western Washington Fisheries Resource Office, Olympia, WA. Yes

Section 7. Abstract


Reviews and Recommendations

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

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