Return to Proposal Finder FY 2001 Ongoing Proposal 199202603

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Section 1. General Administrative information
Section 2. Past accomplishments
Section 3. Relationships to other projects
Section 4. Budgets for planning/design phase
Section 5. Budgets for construction/implementation phase
Section 6. Budgets for operations/maintenance phase
Section 7. Budgets for monitoring/evaluation phase
Section 8. Budget Summary

Reviews and Recommendations
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Section 1. General Administrative Information

Title of Project Proposal Idaho Model Watershed Administration/Implementation Support
BPA Project Proposal Number 199202603
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Idaho Soil Conservation Commission
Business acronym (if appropriate) ISCC
 

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Biff Burleigh
Mailing Address P.O. Box 790
City, State, Zip Boise, ID 83703-0790
Phone 2083328652
Fax 2083342386
E-mail bburleig@agri.state.id.us
 
Manager of program authorizing this project Jerry Nicolescu, Administrator
 
Review Cycle FY 2001 Ongoing
Province Mountain Snake
Subbasin Salmon
 
Short Description The Idaho Model Watershed has provided local direction to fish habitat improvement since 1992 through the leadership of the Custer and Lemhi Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Model Watershed Advisory Committee and interdisciplinary Technical Team
Target Species


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


Biological Outcomes of this project: The objective of the project is to maintain, enhance, and restore anadromous and resident fish habitat while achieving and maintaining a balance between resource protection and resource use on a holistic watershed management basis. This project, administration/support, serves as the coordinating entity for fish habitat maintenance and enhancement priorities established in the model watershed plan. The project is coordinated through the Idaho Soil Conservation Commission with the Custer and Lemhi Soil and Water Conservation Districts providing leadership for habitat actions on private lands. The program utilizes a local advisory committee representing private, state, and local land managers and other interests, with a technical advisory team assisting with prioritizing on-the-ground projects. The original model watershed plan (1995) focused on the main Salmon River tributaries of the Lemhi, Pahsimeroi, East Fork. The project for 2001 expands coordination efforts to include that area o
Biological Data: Several sources of biological data exist. Temperature and flow data have been taken for the Lemhi, Pahsimeroi, and East Fork of the Salmon River. In the Lemhi River, Idaho Fish and Game has been monitoring chinook spawning by counting redds since the 1950’s, monitoring escapement by operating a screwtrap since 1993, and monitoring juvenile anadromous and resident fish densities by snorkel surveys since 1991. Similar data exists in the Pahsimeroi River. The Shoshone Bannock Tribe collects the East Fork fish data. For all of the fencing and bank stabilization projects photos were taken with subsequent photos used for comparison.


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
1999 The following accomplishments are for the purpose of implementing habitat actions listed under Model Watershed Habitat Projects proposal 199401700
Work with Advisory Committee and Technical Team members to evaluate benefits to expand Model Watershed coordination to the Upper Salmon River Basin to coincide with NPPC subbasin physical designations
Gained local acceptance of expanded Model Watershed boundaries to include the Salmon subbasin from the mouth of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River to its headwaters in the Upper Stanley Basin
Initiated Salmon subbasin assessment
Provided input to Pahsimeroi watershed interagency review
Collaborated with Grande Ronde Model Watershed in developing a database to track Model Watershed projects
Made presentation of Model Watershed process to fisheries biologists and watershed groups in Jackson, Wyoming and locally to US Forest Service biologists, hydrologists, and scientists
Coordinated monthly with Custer and Lemhi SWCDs to transfer information and gain support for projects on private land
Provided fish habitat input at two meetings of Salmon Basin Advisory Group
Convened five meetings of Advisory Committee to review and prioritize projects for submittal to NPPC
Coordinated with Idaho Department of Fish and Game screening program
Developed and implemented long-term agreements with owners and operators of private lands for fish habitat improvement projects
Supported the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Trout Unlimited, and private cooperators with placement of 360,000 eggs through the hatchbox program
Proposed Model Watershed support and coordination to the East Fork (Salmon River) Watershed Group
Brought together NRCS, BoR, IDF&G, and multiple private landowners to consolidate four major irrigation diversions on the Salmon River
Developed historical GIS layer of Lemhi River Geomorphology from 1939 and 1992 data
Coordinated the Lower Lemhi River Geomorphology study with NRCS and Lemhi SWCD
Provided interpretative display and staffed booth at Lemhi County Fair
Participated in Statehouse display for legislature members of the public at Idaho Capitol Building
Presented poster display at the Federal Caucus meeting in Idaho Falls
Interviewed by Capitol Press, and featured in article in September 3 issue
Provided input to Lemhi River TMDL
1998 The following accomplishments are for the purpose of implementing habitat actions listed under Model Watershed Habitat Projects proposal 199401700
In conjunction with Custer SWCD, completed GINI Canal consolidation of three irrigation diversions
Conducted tour of proposed habitat projects for USFWS, NMFS, Idaho Department of Water Resources, and US Army Corps of Engineers
Provided on-site review of projects to BPA COTR
Inspected Model Watershed projects on East Fork, Pahsimeroi, and Lemhi rivers with CBFWA representative
Identified needs and coordinated sources of technical assistance for on-the-ground projects among NRCS, BLM, BoR, and IDF&G
Assisted in selection of TMDL Specialist for the Soil Conservation Commission to address Lemhi River TMDL
Worked with Lemhi SWCD and Lemhi Riparian Habitat Conservation Agreement Group in supplying habitat input to Lemhi River tMDL
Coordinated with state Division of Environmental Quality and Blackbird Mine to protect fish habitat on eight miles of Lemhi River
Met with Challis Twelve Mile Watershed Advisory group and Upper Salmon Watershed Advisory Group to offer Model Watershed support and technical assistance
Represented Model Watershed at Custer County Natural Resources Day for grade school students
Contacted Sawtooth National Recreational Area to explore Model Watershed expansion possibilities
Obtained riparian, rangeland, and ArcView terraining to SWCD habitat planner through NRCS and University of Idaho
Obtained agreement through BoR to cost share on L-31 and L-32 siphons by means of a grant to the Lemhi SWCD
Participated in bridge mitigation discussions with Idaho Department of Transportation, NMFS, and USFWS
Worked with Yankee Fork Watershed Group to solicit funds for dredge tailing restoration
Assisted with review of subregional (Salmon and Clearwater) projects for the NPPC Fish and Wildlife Program
Guided Lemhi county Riparian Habitat Conservation Agreement watershed group in streamlining 404 permitting process
Worked with landowners, Sawtooth National Recreation Area, IDF&G, Sawtooth Wildlife council, and Idaho conservation League to identify needs and opportunities to enhance fisheries in the upper Salmon subbasin
Coordinate monitoring efforts/activities among USFS, BLM, and IDF&G
With USFS and assistance from IDF&G and private landowners, placed twelve hatch boxes on private land. Hatchboxes contained 490,000 steelhead eggs and achieved a hatch out rate of 75 percent
Met with hatchbox committee to plan for future work and evaluation
Assisted SWCDs in pursuing funding opportunities for habitat improvement through BPA, BoR, IDF&G, USFWS, USFS, and NRCS
Completed NEPA documentation and biological assessments for all projects
Completed proposals to BPA for habitat and fish passage enhancement projects
Provided input on fish habitat status and enhancement projects to Salmon basin Advisory Group and Challis Watershed Advisory Group
Coordinated monthly with Custer and Lemhi SWCDs to transfer information and gain support to projects on private land
1997 The following accomplishments are for the purpose of implementing habitat actions listed under Model Watershed Habitat Projects proposal 199401700
Provided input and data review to NRCS Lemhi cooperative River Basin Study
Assisted Yankee Fork watershed group with stream restoration proposal
Assisted Custer and Lemhi SWCDs with hiring habitat planning and implementation specialist
In conjunction with BoR, completed Model Watershed canal diversion consolidation demo
Assisted NMFS, BLM, and Idaho Division of Environmental Quality with establishing key areas and techniques for riparian vegetation monitoring
Completed planning with Idaho Department of Transportation for fish habitat improvement on Lemhi River
Convened Custer and Lemhi SWCDs and Advisory Committee to explore Model Watershed expansion potential
Assisted BPA staff with Columbia Basin Watershed Projects Environmental Statement public scoping meeting, and participated in meetings and planning efforts with DEQ relevant to bull trout and 303(d) streams
Assisted Hannah Slough group with completion of streambank stabilization actions to protect spawning and rearing habitat
Pursued conservation easement for long term management on East Fork of the Salmon River with landowners, IDF&G, and the Nature Conservancy
Coordinated NRCS geomorphologist and engineer with East Fork landowners to identify bank stabilization and irrigation efficiency improvement opportunities. Implemented initial phase of plan.
Served as lead to project implementation for Lemhi County Riparian Habitat Conservation Agreement
Assisted with permitting process for streambank stabilization and project planning on Hannah Slough of the Salmon River
Participated in community building speaker series sponsored by the Sawtooth Wildlife Council
Assisted US Army Corps of Engineers with NMFS consultation for projects on the East Fork, Main Salmon, and Lemhi rivers, and developed streamlined prototype for future consultations
Coordinated hatchbox installation among eight landowners and four agencies on twenty sites. Placed one million eggs, obtaining a hatch out rate of 76%
Assisted SWCDs in pursuing funding opportunities for habitat improvement through BPA, BoR, IDF&G, USFWS, USFS, and NRCS
Completed NEPA documentation and biological assessments for all projects
Completed proposals to BPA for habitat and fish passage enhancement projects
Provided input on fish habitat status and enhancement projects to Salmon Basin Advisory Group and Challis Watershed Advisory Group
Coordinated monthly with Custer and Lemhi SWCDs to transfer information and gain support for projects on private land.
1996 1993 - 1996 SUMMARY
1993 The following accomplishments are for the purpose of implementing habitat actions listed under Model Watershed Habitat Projects proposal 199401700
Formed Model Watershed Advisory Committee and Technical Team.
Advisory Committee consists of representatives of the soil and water conservation districts, irrigation districts, private landowners and operators, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, local, state, and federal agencies, and environmental interests.
The function of the Advisory Committee is to provide coordination and facilitate cooperation between all project area entities in the maintenance, enhancement, and restoration of fish habitat.
The Technical Team consists of technical specialists from the tribes, public agencies, and private landowners and operators. The function of the Technical Team is to provide technical input to priority reaches and projects for habitat work
In cooperation with BoR, completed plan and developed MOU to implement a strategy dealing with dewatering of the Lemhi River
Recommended strategy for identification of procedures to develop a prioritized water conservation plan
Developed and implemented the BoR irrigation plan
Obtained recommendations from Advisory Committee and Technical team on actions for fisheries/watershed projects
Completed stream inventory for occupied spring chinook on Lemhi, Pahsimeroi, and East Fork of the Salmon rivers using interagency teams. Inventory included 110 river miles
Completed outline of Model Watershed plan and began compiling existing information on the three watersheds
Cooperated with IDF&G and Lemhi Irrigation District to improve Lemhi River summer instream flows, reduce fish passage problems, and juvenile loss at irrigation diversions.
Developed stable diversion design with positive flow controls to allow for better water management.
Implemented fish flow agreement with Lemhi river irrigators
Completed Model Watershed plan
Coordinated monthly with Custer and Lemhi SWCDs to transfer information and gain support for projects on private land
Played major role in "A Place to Come Home To", a video produced by NRCS and local SWCDs about efforts to improve fish habitat
Held two day Salmon Symposium at Salmon City center. Over 100 people attended to discuss Four H issues through presentations and panel discussions
Model Watershed featured in PBS production of "Incredible Idaho"
45 member interagency stream completed habitat survey of watersheds. Survey abstract was featured in local and regional newspapers
Published eleven newsletters
Hosted NMFS and BPA for tour of project watersheds
Soil Conservation Commission, Custer and Lemhi SWCDs sponsored meeting for irrigators to initiate Model Watershed effort


Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

n/a or no information


Section 4. Budget for Planning and Design Phase

Task-based Budget

Objective Task Duration in FYs Estimated 2001 cost Subcontractor
1.Conduct Subbasin Assessment on Upper Salmon River Basin in Conjunction with University of Idaho a.Provide link between U of I, Advisory Committee, Technical Team, and SWCDs 1 $ 26,804 x
1. b.Through Technical Team, provide local technical input and review to ensure good science 1 $ 10,137  
1. c.Perform on-site proofing 1 $ 10,137  
1. d.Coordinate Technical Team and U of I in presenting interim findings to Advisory Committee for their input and review 1 $ 26,804 x
2.Use EDT and IMPACT Models to Identify Priority Watersheds and Reaches for Fish Habitat Projects to Develop Subbasin Plan for the Salmon River Subbasin a.Through use of models, Technical Team will recommend priority watersheds for work to Advisory committee .25 $ 26,803 x
2. b.Advisory Committee evaluates recommendations and establishes watershed priorities .1 $ 10,137  
2. c.Using models, Technical Team identifies critical watershed reaches within priority watersheds and develops reach plans and recommendations for Advisory Committee .25 $ 10,137  
2. d.Advisory Committee reviews reach plans and provides recommendations to NPPC for BPA funding .1 $ 10,137  


Outyear Objective-Based Budget

n/a or no information


Outyear Budgets for Planning and Design Phase

FY 2004 FY 2005 FY 2002 FY 2003
$ 83,000 $ 83,000 $136,500 $ 81,500


Section 5. Budget for Construction and Implementation Phase

Task-based Budget

Objective Task Duration in FYs Estimated 2001 cost Subcontractor
1.Coordinate Activities for Fish Habitat Maintenance, Enhancement, and Restoration a.Convene Advisory Committee at least quarterly 1 $ 6,758  
1. b.Meet monthly with SWCDs and Technical Team to plan, approve, and implement projects 1 $ 6,758  
1. c.Meet twice with Salmon Basin Advisory Group to coordinate model watershed activities with state fish habitat and water quality priorities 0.2 $ 6,758  
1. d.Coordinate habitat project implementation among SWCDs and Technical team. Provide and/or obtain technical assistance for project installation 1 $ 6,758  
1. e.Conduct tour of priority watersheds and reaches for Advisory Committee and Technical Team 0.1 $ 6,758  
1. f.Lead landowner/operator tour of successful projects 0.1 $ 6,758  
1. g.Provide monitoring data and project information to state agencies involved in the TMDL process 0.1 $ 6,758  
1. h.Inititate contact with landowners in priority reaches for possible project action 1 $ 6,758  
1. i.Complete one annual and four quarterly reports 1 $ 6,758  
1. j.Provide support to project area watershed groups in evaluating habitat conditions, developing treatment plans, and soliciting funds 1 $ 6,758  
1. k.Conduct outreach program to disseminate information on Model Watershed project activities and gain public and landowner support 1 $ 6,758  
l.Coordinate funding from all sources to meet habitat goals (BPA, EPA 319, NRCS EQIP, Idaho WQPA, IDF&G, IDT, BoR). 1 $ 6,758  
1. m.Coordinate hatchbox program with Shoshone-Bannock Tribes hatchbox effort 1 $ 9,600 x


Outyear Objective-Based Budget

n/a or no information


Outyear Budgets for Construction and Implementation Phase

FY 2004 FY 2005 FY 2002 FY 2003
$ 95,000 $ 95,000 $ 92,000 $ 92,000


Section 6. Budget for Operations and Maintenance Phase

Task-based Budget

Objective Task Duration in FYs Estimated 2001 cost Subcontractor
1.Operation and Maintenance a.Work with landowners and operators to ensure implementation, operation, and maintenance of habitat improvement contracts according to design. Modify contracts as warranted 1 $ 20,274  
1. b.Obtain consultation to meet NEPA requirements for all projects 1 $ 4,100 x


Outyear Objective-Based Budget

n/a or no information


Outyear Budgets for Operations and Maintenance Phase

FY 2004 FY 2005 FY 2002 FY 2003
$ 27,500 $ 27,500 $ 25,000 $ 25,000


Section 7. Budget for Monitoring and Evaluation Phase

Task-based Budget

Objective Task Duration in FYs Estimated 2001 cost Subcontractor
1.Monitoring and Evaluation a.Conduct follow up evaluations of on-the-ground projects to evaluate effectiveness of projects in meeting habitat goals, confirm maintenance of projects, gage landowner acceptability of projects, and maintain continued involvement of local citizens 0.2 $ 8,758 x
1. b.Compile and analyze data collected from Model Watershed habitat projects 0.2 $ 8,758 x
1. c.Maintain and update progress with photos and narrative on a regular basis. Follow through with all aspects of project implementation to enhance fish habitat 1 $ 8,758 x


Outyear Objective-Based Budget

n/a or no information


Outyear Budgets for Monitoring and Evaluation Phase

FY 2004 FY 2005 FY 2002 FY 2003
$ 30,000 $ 30,000 $ 27,000 $ 27,000


Section 8. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2001 Cost
Personnel FTE: 1.15 $ 41,640
Fringe $ 16,084
Supplies $ 11,400
Travel $ 4,600
Indirect $ 7,372
Subcontractor University of Idaho $ 50,000
Personnel FTE: 1.15 $ 41,640
Fringe $ 16,084
Supplies $ 11,400
Travel $ 4,600
Indirect $ 7,372
Subcontractor Hatchbox program $ 9,600
Personnel FTE: 0.29 $ 10,410
Fringe $ 4,021
Supplies $ 2,850
Travel $ 1,150
Indirect $ 1,843
Subcontractor NEPA consultation $ 4,100
Personnel FTE: 0.29 $ 10,410
Fringe $ 4,021
Supplies $ 2,850
Travel $ 1,150
Indirect $ 1,843
Subcontractor Intern assistance $ 6,000
Total Itemized Budget $272,440


Total estimated budget

Total FY 2001 project cost $272,440
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2001 budget request $272,440
FY 2001 forecast from 2000 $200,000
% change from forecast 36.2%


Reason for change in estimated budget

Continuation of subbasin assessment on upper Salmon river basin in conjunction with University of Idaho, and addition of one FTE as biologist/habitat planner


Reason for change in scope

There are no new objectives in this proposal. There is an expansion initiated with the Model Watershed coordination in 1999 to include the geographical area of the Salmon subbasin from the mouth of the Middle fork of the Salmon river to its headwaters in the Upper Stanley basin. This expansion was to maintain consistency with NPPC subbasin physical designations.


Cost Sharing

Not applicable
 

Outyear Budget Totals

2002 2003 2004 2005
Planning and design $136,500 $ 81,500 $ 83,000 $ 83,000
Construction/implementation $ 92,000 $ 92,000 $ 95,000 $ 95,000
Operations and maintenance $ 25,000 $ 25,000 $ 27,500 $ 27,500
Monitoring and evaluation $ 27,000 $ 27,000 $ 30,000 $ 30,000
Total Outyear Budgets $280,500 $225,500 $235,500 $235,500
 

Other Budget Explanation

Not applicable


Reviews and Recommendations

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

CBFWA Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
Ongoing Funding: yes; New Funding: no
Date:
Jul 14, 2000
2001
$272,440
Comment:
Continuation of subbasin assessment on upper Salmon River Basin in conjunction with University of Idaho, and the addition of one FTE as biologist/habitat planner.

There are no new objectives in this proposal. There is an expansion initiated with the Model Watershed coordination in 1999 to include the geographical area of the Salmon Subbasin from the mouth of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River to its headwaters in the Upper Stanley Basin. This expansion was to maintain consistency with NWPPC subbasin physical designations and has been planned for several years.


NWPPC Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
Fund
Date:
Sep 13, 2000
2001
$181,744
Comment:
Rationale: Budget increase inappropriate in this review. Consider implementation needs on completion of pending assessment?

NW Power and Conservation Council's FY 2006 Project Funding Review Funding category:
expense
Date:
May 2005
FY05 NPCC Start of Year:
$356,458
FY06 NPCC Staff Preliminary:
$356,458
FY06 NPCC July Draft Start of Year:
$356,458
Sponsor (ISCC/IOSC) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

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