Return to Proposal Finder FY 2001 Ongoing Proposal 199500400

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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 Mitigation For The Construction And Operation Of Libby Dam
BPA Project Proposal Number 199500400
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Business acronym (if appropriate) MFWP
 

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Brian Marotz / Greg Hoffman
Mailing Address 490 North Meridian
City, State, Zip Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone 4067514546
Fax 4062570349
E-mail marotz@digisys.net
 
Manager of program authorizing this project Brian Marotz
 
Review Cycle FY 2001 Ongoing
Province Mountain Columbia
Subbasin Kootenai
 
Short Description Implementation of watershed based habitat enhancement and fish recovery actions to mitigate the losses caused by hydropower in the Kootenai Subbasin. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks collaborates with the Tribes of Montana and Idaho, IDFG and B. C. Canada.
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

NMFS and BPA did not associate any reasonable and prudent alternatives with this project proposal


Biological Outcomes of this project: Recovery of native resident species to naturally sustainable levels. Target species include the endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon, threatened bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout, interior redband trout, petitioned burbot and mountain whitefish. Where appropriate, fisheries and habitat losses will be mitigated on site and in kind. In disturbed areas, biological productivity will be restored for human uses using available techniques. This will be accomplished through habitat enhancement, population restoration techniques and changes in operational strategies of Libby Dam.
Biological Data: Data are long term trends in reservoir trophic levels: primary productivity, zooplankton, macroinvertebrates and fish. Fish population data exist for all targeted species in the reservoir, river and selected tributaries. Spawning redds are surveyed annually in index streams. Site specific spawning surveys (redds/migrant traps) and population estimates are used to document the strength of spawning runs before and after habitat restoration and /or fish passage improvements. Mark/recapture and depletion method population estimates and annual or seasonal gill net surveys are used to document population trends and community structure. Quantitative habitat surveys and photo points are used to document the effectiveness of habitat improvements. Total riverine habitat availability was correlated with dam discharge. Trends in fish population structure exist for off-site, closed-basin lakes. Measures of fish growth, fecundity and condition factor can be related to environmental factors.


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
1989 The LRMOD and preliminary IRC's (called Biological Rule Curves) were first published in 1989 (Fraley et al. 1989), then refined in 1996 (Marotz et al. 1996 and 1999).
1995 Developed a tiered (variable volume) approach for white sturgeon spawning flows balanced with reservoir IRC's and Snake River salmon biological opinion.
1996 A model was calibrated to estimate the entrainment of fish and zooplankton through Libby Dam as related to hydropower operations and use of the selective withdrawal structure.
1997 The effects of dam operation on benthic macroinvertebrates were assessed (Hauer et al. 1997) for comparison with conditions measured in the past (Perry and Huston 1983).
1997 Chemically rehabilitated Bootjack, Topless and Cibid Lakes in eastern Lincoln County to remove illegally introduced pumpkinseeds and yellow perch and reestablish rainbow trout and westslope cutthroat trout. Closed basin lakes.
1998 Rehabilitated 200' of Pipe Creek frontage to prevent further loss of habitat for bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout. Pipe Creek is a primary spawning tributary to the Kootenai River.
1998 Developed an isolation facility for the conservation of redband rainbow trout at the Libby Field Station. Existing ponds were restored and the inlet stream was enhanced for natural outdoor rearing (1998 through 1999). Natural reproduction may be possible.
1999 Chemically rehabilitated Carpenter Lake to remove illegally introduced pike, largemouth bass and bluegills and reestablish westslope cutthroat trout and rainbow trout. Natural reproduction is not expected in this closed basin lake.
1999 Rehabilitated ~400' of Sinclair Creek to reduce erosion, stabilize highway crossing, and install fisheries habitat for westslope cutthroat trout. Sinclair Creek is a tributary to Libby Reservoir.
2000 Completed fish screening (bull trout) project on Grave Creek diversion channel in cooperation with USFS, USFWS and MFWP's Future Fisheries Program. Grave Creek is a primary native trout spawning tributary to Libby Reservoir.
2000 Stabilized ~1,000' of Libby Creek (100' tall cut bank) to eliminate a major sediment point source and to improve migration corridor for bull trout and instream habitat for westslope cutthroat trout and juvenile bull trout. A tributary to Kootenai River.
2000 Completed additional work on Sinclair Creek to stabilize a bank slough for westslope cutthroat habitat improvement. Sinclair Creek is now accessible to adfluvial spawners from Libby Reservoir.
2000 Major contributor towards completion of Parmenter Creek re-channelization/rehabilitation work in Libby (Project Impact). . Parmenter has the potential to provide additional spawning and rearing habitat for Kootenai River fish.
2000 Major contributor towards completion of new ditch diversion / fish screen / channel stabilization project on Porcupine Creek. Project will benefit redband in this Yaak River tributary.
2000 Constructed "Kids Fishing Pond" in cooperation with Lincoln County Fair Board in Eureka to increase fishing opportunities for youngsters lost due to construction and operation of Libby Dam. The new fishing hole is in a closed basin.
2000 Completed Instream Flow Incremental Methodology report and model for use in guiding operational strategies for Libby Dam to better suit fisheries habitat needs. Provided evidence and recommendations for improved river operations.


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. Use the completed Libby Mitigation Plan document (MFWP, CSKT and KTOI 1998) to design watershed-based habitat protection and enhancement projects in identified bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout and inland redband trout streams. a. Contact landowners to describe goals and encourage cooperation in renovation efforts. Work cooperatively with Focus Watershed Coordination program, local watershed councils, related resource groups and government entities. ongoing for duration of project $ 15,000  
b. Conduct stream inventories and evaluate feasibility of restoring priority streams to quality native trout habitat. ongoing for duration of project $ 15,000  
c. Select and prioritize project sites for habitat restoration, livestock fencing and watering stations, migrant passage improvement, point source sediment abatement, streambank stabilization revegetation of riparian areas. ongoing for duration of project $ 10,000  
d. Formalize landowner and agency agreements to protect investments. Develop cost-share programs with USFS, NRCS, Montana Department of Natural Resource Conservation, Libby Area Conservation District, ACOE and other agencies and organizations. ongoing for duration of project $ 15,000  
e. Develop site-specific project designs, maps, materials lists and contracts, budgets and timelines, obtain 124, 3A, 404 and chemical treatment permits for completion of projects listed in the plan. . ongoing for duration of project $120,000 x
f. Initiate purchasing, contracts and implement plans at highest priority sites. Document remaining projects for inclusion in the Libby Mitigation Project. ongoing for duration of project $ 10,000  
a. Complete pre-project monitoring and NEPA/MEPA documentation processes prior to any habitat manipulation. ongoing for duration of project $ 3,338  


Outyear Objective-Based Budget

n/a or no information


Outyear Budgets for Planning and Design Phase

FY 2003 FY 2004 FY 2005 FY 2002
$192,500 $195,000 $197,500 $190,000


Section 5. Budget for Construction and Implementation Phase

Task-based Budget

Objective Task Duration in FYs Estimated 2001 cost Subcontractor
1. Develop a stockpile of native streambank stabilization material (rootwads, boulders, revegetation material) for use by private landowners, MDOT, and MFWP in streambank conservation projects. a Locate sources of useful dimensioned rootwads, logs, and rocks; negotiate purchase. Collect and transport materials ongoing for duration of project $ 50,000  
2. Develop a genetic conservation reserve of native interior redband trout to be used as the initial source of eggs for the established state hatchery program. a. After appropriate disease and genetic testing, capture interior redband trout from Basin Creek, Porcupine Creek and Callahan Creek and transport to the Libby Field Station isolation habitat. 1-2 $ 4,800  
3. Establish permanent protection of stream corridors where habitat protection and enhancement investments have been made by acquiring easements and purchasing riparian zones in target recovery areas. a. In cooperation with the Kootenai Focus Watershed Coordination program and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service "Partners for Wildlife" program, identify and develop easements and land purchase opportunities for riparian zones in the Kootenai River. ongoing for duration of project $ 6,837 x
4. Use the completed Libby Mitigation Plan document (MFWP, CSKT and KTOI 1998) to complete habitat rehabilitation projects to enhance native species the Kootenai Basin. a. Complete mitigation projects in the Kootenai Watershed to compensate for fisheries losses caused by the construction and operation of Libby Dam. ongoing for duration of project $141,000 x
To be completed during FY2001: Libby Creek, Pleasant Valley Fisher River, Young Creek, Granite / Big Cherry Creek, Loon Lake and Banana Lake. 1-2 $ 0  
See "FISHERIES MITIGATION AND IMPLEMENTATION PLAN FOR LOSSES ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF LIBBY DAM" for complete listing of proposed projects. $ 0  


Outyear Objective-Based Budget

n/a or no information


Outyear Budgets for Construction and Implementation Phase

FY 2003 FY 2004 FY 2005 FY 2002
$202,500 $205,000 $207,500 $200,000


Section 6. Budget for Operations and Maintenance Phase

Task-based Budget

Objective Task Duration in FYs Estimated 2001 cost Subcontractor
1. Maintain Libby Field Station redband experimental isolation habitat and associated laboraory equipment. a. Purchase equipment needed to operate Libby Field Station. ongoing for duration of project. $ 40,000  
b. Provide for repair of existing equipment. ongoing for duration of project. $ 20,000  
c. Provide for construction and maintenance of redband isolation habitat and laboratory. ongoing for duration of project. $ 40,000 x
2. Purchase equipment and materials needed for justifying, designing, implementing and monitoring mitigation projects and research. a. Purchase equipment as needed. Varying $ 41,981  
3. Provide for maintenace and repair of instream structures and associated rehabilitated property. a. Repair bank and structure failures. ongoing for duration of project. $ 40,000  


Outyear Objective-Based Budget

n/a or no information


Outyear Budgets for Operations and Maintenance Phase

FY 2003 FY 2004 FY 2005 FY 2002
$182,500 $185,000 $187,500 $180,000


Section 7. Budget for Monitoring and Evaluation Phase

Task-based Budget

Objective Task Duration in FYs Estimated 2001 cost Subcontractor
1. Assess the metapopulation strength of transboundary (British Columbia and Montana) populations of native bull trout in the Kootenai River above Libby Dam. a. Ground truth major redd concentrations found by aerial surveys and identify possible index streams for long-term population monitoring. ongoing for duration of project $ 1,900  
b. Conduct redd surveys in the Grave and Weasel Creek drainages in Montana. ongoing for duration of project $ 900  
c. Track movements of radio-tagged bull trout through the staging and spawning seasons to identify likely spawning areas. 10 $ 3,200  
2. Monitor permanent stream form and sediment monitoring stations in the Wigwam River (BC) and in Grave Creek (MT). a. Cooperate with BCMOE to identify spawning areas, complete McNeil core sampling, estimate juvenile survival, identify juvenile rearing areas, and complete Rosgen-type habitat inventories. ongoing for duration of project $ 6,200 x
3. Increase knowledge of native westslope cutthroat trout populations and other trout species in Libby Reservoir and its tributaries. a. Determine strength of adfluvial spawning runs in Young, Big, Five Mile, Ten Mile, Pinkham, Sinclair, Therriault, Swamp, Lake and Fortine Creeks and the Tobacco River using migrant traps and redd counts. ongoing for duration of project $ 12,500  
4. Continue to monitor the effectiveness of using remote site incubators (RSI) and artificial redd construction as a means of increasing recruitment of age-2 or greater westslope cutthroat trout into tributary populations. a. Operate the permanent weir on Young Creek to capture upstream migrant adult trout and downstream migrant juvenile trout to monitor the spawning population and strength of emigration. 5 $ 5,000  
b. Conduct electrofishing population estimates in historically sampled reaches to monitor the effects of RSI's and artificial redds. ongoing for duration of project $ 6,500  
c. Deploy RSI's in Barron Creek in each of the next 5 years as part of a study to determine effectiveness of westslope cutthroat trout at displacing non-native eastern brook trout. 7 $ 5,000  
5. Evaluate thermal otolith marking methods for marking westslope cutthroat fry delivered from hatcheries to enable more effective evaluation of RSI program. a. Prepare and interpret otolith collected from migrating WCT of known origin bearing differing cold-marked otolith. 7 $ 4,500  
6. Assess the seasonal movement and habitat use of native burbot and westslope cutthroat trout in the Kootenai River above Libby Dam. a. Monitor movements of radio-tagged fish to identify seasonal movements, habitat use and preferences and likely spawning concentrations (using benthic samplers, temperature probes, turbidity samplers, and SCUBA transects and snorkeling). 3-6 $ 5,500  
7. Use IFIM to aid in establishing biologically sound river operations. Link IFIM and LRMOD to help evaluate operational tradeoffs between the reservoir and the river. Use VARQ/IRC models to assess dam operations and effects on the river environment. a. Calibrate completed PHABSIM (RHABSIM) model; develop interface between existing reservoir model (LRMOD) and completed riverine model (RHABSIM). 1 $ 13,500 x
b. Quantify amount of available habitat for target species in Kootenai River from Libby Dam to Kootenay Lake under various operational strategies. 1 $ 8,500 x
c. Determine microhabitat selection of Kootenai River bull trout and juvenile white sturgeon and incorporate HSI data into IFIM model. 2 $ 15,000 x
8. Define river operations required to mitigate for losses of Kootenai River macrozoobenthos attributed to river regulation. a. Determine varial zone area of the Kootenai River affected by ramping operations. 2 $ 7,500 x
b. Quantify seasonal losses of macrozoobenthos in the Kootenai River during ramping periods. 2 $ 12,500  
c. Establish seasonal operational guidelines to minimize effects. ongoing for duration of project $ 8,000  
9. Continue to monitor biological and hydrological effects of stream and lake rehabilitation. a. Monitor zooplankton recolonization and fisheries growth in chemically treated lakes. Monitor hydrological function and aquatic biota in rehabilitated streams. ongoing for duration of project $ 18,100  
10. Quantify and document life cycle requirements and devise recovery actions for burbot in the Kootenai basin. a. Enumerate burbot in SCUBA transects year around in the Libby Dam stilling basin. ongoing for duration of project $ 8,000  
b. Determine distribution, timing of spawning, and habitat use of all life stages of burbot in the Kootenai River from Libby Dam to the Idaho border. ongoing for duration of project $ 2,500  
11. Quantify white sturgeon populations in the Montana portions of the Kootenai River. Investigate habitat requirements of juvenile hatchery and wild sturgeon and determine availability of habitat in Montana. a. Assist IDFG in conducting beam trawling efforts for egg and larval fish collection in the Montana, Idaho and British Columbia portions of the Kootenai River ongoing for duration of project / white sturgeon recovery $ 1,500  
b. Continue participation in the white sturgeon recovery team ongoing for duration of project / white sturgeon recovery $ 994  
12. Continue efforts investigating limiting factors and primarily recruitment of salmonid populations in the lower Kootenai River (Kootenai Falls to Idaho border). Address and implement actions that will enhance this fishery. a. Conduct electrofishing population estimates in the mainstem Kootenai River below Kootenai Falls and in principal tributaries. Determine recruitment to Kootenai River. 5-9 $ 4,500  
b. Work with Kootenai River Ecosystem Assessment Committee (IDFG, KTOI, BCMOE and others) to assess productivity status and needs in the Kootenai River. 3-6 $ 3,000  
13. Monitor spawning and rearing of fluvial burbot and cutthroat and bull trout in the mainstem Kootenai River and principal tributaries. a. Continue hoopnetting operations during December and February to monitor burbot spawning activity in the stilling basin below Libby Dam. ongoing for duration of project / burbot recovery $ 6,000  
b. Monitor tributary use of fluvial bull trout in the Montana portion of the Kootenai River. Conduct bull trout redd counts in core areas tributaries in the U.S. and Canada. Redd counts have been the principal bull trout monitoring tool since 1983. ongoing for duration of project / bull trout recovery $ 11,500  
c. Continue counting rainbow redds below Libby Dam from 4-20 through 5-31 between Alexander Creek and the Fisher River. ongoing for duration of project $ 750  
14. Monitor bull trout movement and habitat use of main stem Kootenai River and tributaries. a. Collect adult bull trout in the Kootenai River via electrofishing and from Bear Creek via migrant trapping; Surgically implant radio tags. ongoing for duration of project / bull trout recovery $ 15,000  
b. Track fish from boats and planes on a bi-weekly basis annually, and weekly during spawning season. ongoing for duration of project / bull trout recovery $ 18,000  
15. Document entrainment of fish through Libby Dam during flow events greater than 20,000 cfs. a. Monitor entrainment of fish through Libby Dam; measure draft tube velocities and determine relationships to discharge and reservoir elevation; incorporate >20 kcfs entrainment data into the existing entrainment model (Skaar et al. 1996).. 3 $ 2,000  
b. Estimate forebay kokanee densities using hydroacoustic technology and equipment. ongoing for duration of project $ 1,500  
16. Monitor zooplankton and gamefish populations in Koocanusa Reservoir. Monitor zooplankton and gamefish populations in Libby Reservoir. a. Monitor seasonal and annual changes in fish abundance in near shore zones with seasonal gillnetting. ongoing for duration of project $ 3,000  
b. Conduct annual estimates of population numbers of each age class of kokanee (hydroacoustics) with FWP Regional Fisheries Program. ongoing for duration of project $ 3,000  
c. Monitor zooplankton populations in the reservoir. ongoing for duration of project $ 6,500  


Outyear Objective-Based Budget

n/a or no information


Outyear Budgets for Monitoring and Evaluation Phase

FY 2003 FY 2004 FY 2005 FY 2002
$227,500 $230,000 $232,500 $225,000


Section 8. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2001 Cost
Personnel FTE: 2.535 $ 70,180
Fringe Insurance and benefits $ 18,200
NEPA No contracted NEPA; all work done in house. $ 0
Subcontractor Westwater Consultants, Hamilton, MT $ 99,958
Personnel FTE: 2.7975 $ 66,689
Fringe Insurance and benefits $ 18,078
Supplies $ 35,907
NEPA No contracted NEPA; all work done in house. $ 0
Subcontractor Grants through Kootenai River Network, Libby, MT. $ 81,963
Personnel FTE: 2.3075 $ 50,330
Fringe Insurance and benefits $ 13,390
Supplies $ 29,272
Travel $ 32,005
NEPA No contracted NEPA; all work done in house. $ 0
Subcontractor $ 13,270
Other Communications, Utilities, Maintenance (~11.2%). $ 43,714
Personnel FTE: 2.31 $ 57,584
Fringe Insurance and benefits $ 15,250
Supplies $ 81,984
Indirect $ 16,526
NEPA No contracted NEPA; all work done in house. $ 0
Subcontractor $ 50,700
Total Itemized Budget $795,000


Total estimated budget

Total FY 2001 project cost $795,000
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $100,000
Total FY 2001 budget request $695,000
FY 2001 forecast from 2000 $800,000
% change from forecast -13.1%


Reason for change in estimated budget

Refined cost estimates.


Reason for change in scope

British Columbia Ministry of Environment has been awarded BPA funding to monitor transboundary bull trout populations in the Kootenai River system, and some of the objectives formerly in this workplan have been transferred to BCMOE.


Cost Sharing

Not applicable
 

Outyear Budget Totals

2002 2003 2004 2005
Planning and design $190,000 $192,500 $195,000 $197,500
Construction/implementation $200,000 $202,500 $205,000 $207,500
Operations and maintenance $180,000 $182,500 $185,000 $187,500
Monitoring and evaluation $225,000 $227,500 $230,000 $232,500
Total Outyear Budgets $795,000 $805,000 $815,000 $825,000
 

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:
Date:
Jul 14, 2000
2001
$795,000
Comment:

NWPPC Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
Fund
Date:
Sep 13, 2000
2001
$795,000
Comment:

NW Power and Conservation Council's FY 2006 Project Funding Review Funding category:
expense
Date:
May 2005
FY05 NPCC Start of Year:
$840,000
FY06 NPCC Staff Preliminary:
$840,000
FY06 NPCC July Draft Start of Year:
$840,000
Sponsor (MFWP) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

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