Return to Proposal Finder FY 2001 Ongoing Proposal 199401700

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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
Title Type File Size File Date

Section 1. General Administrative Information

Title of Project Proposal Idaho Model Watershed Habitat Project
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 Katie Slavin
Mailing Address 206 Van Dreff, Ste. A
City, State, Zip Salmon, ID 83467
Phone 2087566322
Fax 2087566376
Manager of program authorizing this project John Folsom
Review Cycle FY 2001 Ongoing
Province Mountain Snake
Subbasin Salmon
Short Description To protect, enhance and restore anadromous and resident fish habitat in a sustainable manner that balances resource protection and landuse practices. Emphasis is on holistic watershed assessment &implementation projects that maximize regional benefits.
Target Species

Project Location

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Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives (RPAs)

Sponsor-Reported Relevant RPAs

Sponsor listed no RPAs for this project proposal

Relevant RPAs based upon NMFS & BPA Review

This information comes from National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) reviews of this project proposal. The following table represents BPA & NMFS determinations as to this proposal's relevance to particular Biological Opinion Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives (RPAs).

Reviewing Agency Action Number BiOp Agency Description
NMFS/BPA Action 149 NMFS BOR shall initiate programs in three priority subbasins (identified in the Basinwide Recovery Strategy) per year over 5 years, in coordination with NMFS, FWS, the states and others, to address all flow, passage, and screening problems in each subbasin over 10 years. The Corps shall implement demonstration projects to improve habitat in subbasins where water-diversion-related problems could cause take of listed species. Under the NWPPC program, BPA addresses passage, screening, and flow problems, where they are not the responsibility of others. BPA expects to expand on these measures in coordination with the NWPPC process to complement BOR actions described in the action above.

Biological Outcomes of this project: The goal of the project is to improve anadromous fish habitat in both specific local reaches and the overall aquatic health of the subbasin by: (a) development of effectiveness assessment methodology, (b) reduction in fine sediments in the spawning gravel through BMP implementation and restoration of floodplain function, (c) reduction in the number of physical migration barriers,(d) restoration of natural physical processes that will enhance geomorphic struction of channels,(e) increase riparian vegetation adjacent to channels, and (e) provision of adequate instream flows for migration, spawning, and rearing in the upper Salmon River basin,(f) increase in number, density and percent composition of fish species, and (g) increased multi-species use of habitat. Factors (d) and (e) will combine to reduce temperatures in the entire system with emphasis on the elimination of thermal barriers and events such as 1994? when temperatures exceeded 80oF and extensive fish mortality occurred.
Biological Data: Several sources of biological data exist including the 1994 MWP Stream Habitat Inventory Report of 110+ miles of stream. Data collected for the former boundaries of the MWP include temperature, flows, redds, photopoints and sediment characteristics. Additional data held by the US Forest Service, BLM and other state and federal agencies is being assembled for the expanded MWP. The monitoring program will be used to measure the changes in the aquatic system, at individual sites and the overall health of the watershed. This data will be interpreted into performance criteria for the quality of the fish habitat and fish counts.Specific available data includes: 1. Fish Populations a. General parr monitoring/Idaho supplementation study databases, 1993-99 b. Redd Counts (since 1959 in some areas) c. Fish Snorkel Surveys (since 1991) 2. Fish Habitat a. 1994 Habitat Inventory of three tributaries, and surveys in selected reaches 3. Riparian Plant Communities 4. Wildlife Habitat

CBFWA-Generated Information

Database Administrator notes on the history of this proposal form: Contact info updated from Council, 11/10/03
Type of Project (assigned by CBFWA Analysts): anadromous

Section 2. Past Accomplishments

Year Accomplishment
1995 Riparian enhancement fence completed on 1.9 miles of streambank on two ranches in Pahsimeroi to establish riparian vegetative cover, reduce water temperatures and stabilize streambanks.
1996 Constructed fencing on 3 ranches near Leadore on Lemhi River and implemented grazing/pasture management systems along 5.5 miles of critical stream habitat.
1996 Constructed riparian enhancement fences on 2 ranches in East Fork along 1.75 miles of river.
1997 Constructed .75 miles of fence and developed a grazing system for on ranch along 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 A series of 8 rock barbs were used to stabilize 800 feet of streambank and preserve 200 feet of off-channel rearing habitat along lower Lemhi River.
1997 Construct .85 miles of fence on lower Lemhi stream reach.
1997 Construct .75 miles of fence along Pattee Creek, tributary to Lemhi River.
1997 Riparian pasture management fencing constructed on 3 ranches along 3 miles of Pahsimeroi River.
1997 Fence constructed on 2.7 miles along 1.2 miles of the East Fork River and 308 acres of pasture and hayland converted to center-pivot irrigation system.
1997 Constructed .75 miles of fence along Salmon River and constructed 8 bank barbs to stabilize 1,000 feet of streambank.
1997 Construction of 5 bank barbs to stabilize 500 feet of streambank on Lemhi River.
1997 Phase I of riparian management project on the East Fork installed with a series of 31 instream bank stabilization structures.
1998 Built riparian fence along .9 miles of upper Lemhi River and Texas Creek.
1998 Riparian fence along 1 mile of Eighteenmile Creek, a headwater tributary of the Lemhi River.
1998 Constructed riparian enhancement fences on East Fork River on 3 ranches along 2.5 miles of streambank.
1998 Riparian fence and grazing management system along 1 mile of Pahsimeroi River/Patterson Creek.
1999 Constructed riparian enhancement fences on 3 ranches along 2.5 miles of East Fork River.
1999 Phase II of streambank stabilization project on East Fork River. Installed a series of 32 instream bank stabilization structures.
1999 Pipeline and sprinkler systems installed to allow more efficient management of irrigation water on 540 acres and allows approximately 3 cfs of water to reconnect habitat on Canyon Creek, a tributary to the Lemhi River.
1999 2,000 feet of streambank on lower Lemhi River stabilized by construction of 4 rock barbs and 5 tree revetments to allow the river access to the floodplain.
1999 Constructed riparian enhancement fence along 1.2 miles of the upper Lemhi.
1999 Riparian enhancement fence in progress on 1 mile of Wimpy Creek, a tributary of the Lemhi.

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. Subbasin Assessment Interpretation a. Select proposed sites for detailed restoration/management plans 1 $ 5,000 x
2. Restoration Plan for Specific Sites. Objective include: restore floodplain function, restore geomorphic characteristics of channel, retore physical processes that will result in natural and minimum maintenance channel form. a. Obtain cross section surveys and floodplain topographic data. b. Understand hydrology & hydraulics c. Characterize existing geomorphic and sediment characteristics d. Project changes under different alternatives e. obtain permits and agency approval 1 $370,000 x
3. Assessment of Benefits at Watershed Scale a. Identify major causes and locations of thermal gains b. Identify major causes and sources of fine sediments or excess sediment delivery c. Quantify expected benefits of channel restoration or other management actions 1 $ 5,000  
4. Prepare detailed project designs and Periodic Review of Cumulative Effects and Performance of MWP Actions a. Prepare detailed report for TAC and agency review b. Quantify extent of similar restoration activities required to achieve habitat standards for temperature, substrate, and other habitat conditions. 1 $ 50,000 x

Outyear Objective-Based Budget

n/a or no information

Outyear Budgets for Planning and Design Phase

FY 2004 FY 2005 FY 2002 FY 2003
$435,000 $440,000 $430,000 $435,000

Section 5. Budget for Construction and Implementation Phase

Task-based Budget

Objective Task Duration in FYs Estimated 2001 cost Subcontractor
1. Restore physical processes to sustain natural river channel characteristics and floodplain function for fish habitat. a. secure conservation easements b. preparation of engineering documents c. implementation of biostabilization projects to reduce unnatural rates of bank erosion or channel scour. d. restoration of riparian vegetation 1 $ 50,000 x
2. Enhancement of anadromous and resident fish habitat a. enhance habitat features in locations where intervention can be sustained by natural processes or minimum maintenance intervention b. 1 $100,000 x
3. Implement BMPs on key slopes adjacent to river corridor. a. Develop alternative managemnet practices or fence riparian areas and develop grazing plans or conservation easements with private landowners b. Reestablish riparian communities with willow plantings. c. Control stream access by livestock with fencing. 1 $ 50,000 x
4 Stabilize Roads and maintain contiguous water in streams a. identify, stabilize and obliterate appropriate roads. b. Work with water users to allow natural tributary flows to connect with mainstem creeks and rivers to the maximum extent feasible (including education of the importance of this strategy) 1 $200,000 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
$800,000 $1,000,000 $500,000 $600,000

Section 6. Budget for Operations and Maintenance Phase

Task-based Budget

Objective Task Duration in FYs Estimated 2001 cost Subcontractor
1. Preserve investment in Project a. Continue to develop adaptive management tools. b. Modify and maintain existing projects as needed, such as fence repair, revegetation, repair stream channel restoration features if necessary. 1 $ 19,500 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
$ 20,000 $ 20,000 $ 15,000 $ 20,000

Section 7. Budget for Monitoring and Evaluation Phase

Task-based Budget

Objective Task Duration in FYs Estimated 2001 cost Subcontractor
1. Refine Performance Criteria a. Review and assess quantitative metrics of project performance for different management actions b. Coordinate with TAC and agencies on adequacy of frequency and spatial density of data 1 $ 3,000  
2. Collect monitoring data. Objective will include coordination an archiving of data from other agency monitoring programs. a. Current agency surveys of redds and fish counts will be supplemented as directed by the TAC. b. Fish habitat quality assessment will include available aerial imagery, substrate, temperature, flows and channel surveys. 1 $ 2,000  
3. Analysis and Interpretation of Data a. Data will be incorporated in MWP databases b. Standard protocols will be applied to assess trends in habitat quality and fish numbers at different life stages. Consistent measures of geomorphic, biologic and hydrologic conditions will be made. 1 $ 5,000  
4. Review and recommendations a. A pre-construction field tour and review of the monitoring report will be organized in March. b. A post flood season and post-construction field tour will be conducted for the TAC other interested parties in October. 1 $ 500  

Outyear Objective-Based Budget

n/a or no information

Outyear Budgets for Monitoring and Evaluation Phase

FY 2004 FY 2005 FY 2002 FY 2003
$ 20,000 $ 20,000 $ 15,000 $ 20,000

Section 8. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2001 Cost
Indirect 5% SWCD Overhead $ 20,480
NEPA $ 20,000
Subcontractor Geomorphology, GIS, Archeology $389,520
Personnel FTE: Planner 2088 hours x $16/hour 11% of salary witholdings x 2/3 of time $ 24,500
Fringe Benefits@ 2/3 $ 2,080
Supplies Construction materials $353,312
Travel Planner travel @ 2/3 $ 1,060
Indirect 5% SWCD Overhead $ 19,048
Personnel FTE: Planner 2088 hours x $16/hour 11% of salary witholdings x 1/3 of time $ 12,250
Fringe @ 1/3 $ 1,040
Supplies $ 2,300
Travel @ 1/3 $ 940
Indirect 5% SWCD Overhead $ 670
Subcontractor $ 2,300
Personnel FTE: Temporary Contract Biologist $ 5,000
Supplies $ 5,000
Indirect 5% SWCD Overhead $ 500
Total Itemized Budget $860,000

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2001 project cost $860,000
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2001 budget request $860,000
FY 2001 forecast from 2000 $400,000
% change from forecast 115.0%

Reason for change in estimated budget

Expansion of Model Watershed Project in response to NPPC and ISRP evaluation to address a holistic approach for expanding the MWP boundaries from 3 watersheds to the entire upper Salmon Sub-basin. In response to ISRP's comments, site specific restoration plans give the guidance in restoring physical process for fish habitat restoration.

Reason for change in scope

Expansion of Model Watershed boundaries.

Cost Sharing

Not applicable

Outyear Budget Totals

2002 2003 2004 2005
Planning and design $430,000 $435,000 $435,000 $440,000
Construction/implementation $500,000 $600,000 $800,000 $1,000,000
Operations and maintenance $ 15,000 $ 20,000 $ 20,000 $ 20,000
Monitoring and evaluation $ 15,000 $ 20,000 $ 20,000 $ 20,000
Total Outyear Budgets $960,000 $1,075,000 $1,275,000 $1,480,000

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: yes
Jul 14, 2000
In an effort to take a more holistic approach, the Model Watershed Project, in response to NWPPC and ISRP evaluation, plans to expand the MWP boundaries from three watersheds to the entire Upper Salmon Subbasin. In response to ISRP's comments, site specific restoration plans give the guidance in restoring physical processes for fish migration habitat restoration.

The increase in scope is because it's the Model Watershed boundaries have enlarged to include the Salmon Subbasin from headwaters to the mouth of the Middle Fork Salmon River. The increase in budget is due to the use of the most current technology, using aerial surveys with 2-ft contours, to achieve the objectives that were approved for FY 2000 (Section 3, Objective 2 for $370,000). This new work will significantly contribute to the subbasin assessment work being performed to support the subbasin planning efforts expected in the next several years.

This new work should be technically reviewed by CBFWA before funding.

NWPPC Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
Sep 13, 2000

NWPPC Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
Sep 20, 2003
2004 2005 2006
$1,135,632 $1,135,632 $1,135,632

Funding Category: Expense


Project Sponsor Request for FY04-05 Recommendation:
Sep 20, 2003
2004 2005
$1,010,957 $ 0

Funding Category: Expense


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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