Return to Proposal Finder FY 2001 Ongoing Proposal 199901900

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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 Restore Salmon River (Challis ,Id) Area
BPA Project Proposal Number 199901900
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Custer Soil and Water Conservation District through Custer County Watershed Group
Business acronym (if appropriate) Custer SWCD
 

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Mark Olson, NRCS/Mike Larkin, IDFG
Mailing Address P.O. Box 305
City, State, Zip Challis, ID 83226
Phone 2088794428
Fax 2088795903
E-mail mark.olson@id.usda.gov
 
Manager of program authorizing this project Mark Olson, NRCS/Mike Larkin, IDFG
 
Review Cycle FY 2001 Ongoing
Province Mountain Snake
Subbasin Salmon
 
Short Description Restore the channelized river corridor to a natural meandering form in balance with watershed processes that will restore geomorphic diversity, reduce bank erosion, lower summer temperatures and improve fish habitat, with local watershed group.
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: The goal of the project is to improve anadromous and resident fish habitat by reducing sediment in the spawning gravels, increase the amount of riparian vegetation and provide adequate instream flows for migration, spawning and rearing in the upper Salmon River basin. This project will also (a) establish effectiveness assessment methodology to evaluate whether the predicted biological and physical outcomes are achieved, (b) increasing trend in number, quality and diversity of fish habitat types (including pools, riffles, runs and glides), (c) increasing riparian vegetation particularly along channel banks and floodplain wetlands, (d) increasing trend in the number, density and percent composition of salmonid fish species - specifically chinook salmon, steelhead trout, bull trout, (e) increasing use of the project reach by indigenous resident fish, waterfowl, upland wildlife and other aquatic, wetland or riparian dependent species and (f) restore/enhance key physical processes.
Biological Data: Several sources of biological data exist. In Challis, on the Salmon River, the Fish and Game has been monitoring chinook spawning by counting redds since the 1950's and monitoring juvenile anadromous and resident fish densities by snorkel surveys since 1991. Similar data exists in the adjoining basins. Physical characteristics of fish habitat are available from several sources. Channel cross-section have been surveyed in 1999 and 2000 and can be compared to 1970 surveys. Geomorphic characteristics and evolution of the study reach (including cottonwoods) has been traced back to 1893. Flow records have been generated or measured for a 70 year period. Temperature has been monitored annually since 19 . Photopoints have also been established throughout the study reach, including at recently monumented cross-sections. On a larger watershed scale, several data sources exist for tracking and comparing project performance including the NWPPC EDT and research efforts by the USFS.


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
2000 Riparian Enhancement and fencing and bank stabilization on 0.75 miles, to maintain river meanders.
2000 Completed survey of cross-sections of the river, and adjacent wetlands and floodplain
2000 Developed a hydrodynamic model of the study reach to study flood risks, hydroperiod of floodplain and wetland areas, and velocities and depths for fish habitat
2000 Completed a geomorphic study of historic conditions, characterization of existing conditions throughout the study reach


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. Evaluate subbasin linkages to activities to be undertaken in study reach b. Generate information that can be supplied back to subbasin assessments such as EDT 1 $ 85,495 x
2. Prepare conceptual restoration design Objectives include increased river-floodplain interaction, increased bank stability, increased geomorphic diversity and enhanced fisheries and wildlife habitat. a. Obtain additional survey data. b. Apply detailed model to evaluate flood risks and habitat c. Use model to simulate floodplain inundation, velocities and expected effects of restoration $ 58,000 x
3. Quantify benefits at the watershed scale - particularly related to temperature and fine sediments a. Identify major causes and locations of thermal gains (adjust monitoring as necessary). b. Extend hydrodynamic model to include temperature c. Estimate local and watershed temperature benefits for different restoration strategies $ 0 x
4. Obtain permits and agency approvals a. Submit stream alteration permit to US Army Corps of Engineers and Idaho Department of Water Resources b. Consult as necessary for ESA species $ 0 x


Outyear Objective-Based Budget

n/a or no information


Outyear Budgets for Planning and Design Phase

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


Section 5. Budget for Construction and Implementation Phase

Task-based Budget

Objective Task Duration in FYs Estimated 2001 cost Subcontractor
1. Implementation and restoration and bank stabilization work on 3 mile section of Salmon River a. Develop alternative management practices which include fencing riparian areas. b. Complete final engineering documents for major biostabilization sections of channel c. Construct biostabilization elements. d. Reduce/remove selected dikes and levees 2 $ 78,405 x
e. remove riprap/concrete blocks/construction debris in selected locations to promote natural meandering tendencies and allow vegetated banks $ 94,500 x
2. Restore meadow and riparian plant communities a. collect and/or grow plant material. b. plant seedlings and willow poles c. install erosion control fabric and/or seed $ 20,600 x
3. Allocate critical conservation/access easements a. Work with landowners to develop easements - to allow river to naturally recapture its meandering planform $ 21,500  


Outyear Objective-Based Budget

n/a or no information


Outyear Budgets for Construction and Implementation Phase

FY 2005 FY 2003 FY 2004 FY 2002
$150,000 $150,000 $150,000 $150,000


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. Management and/or replant vegetation as necessary b. Maintain access roads as necessary c. Repair wildlife/stock exclusion areas d. Perform any adaptive management actions identified by monitoring program and approved by Watershed Advisory Group 15 $ 0 x


Outyear Objective-Based Budget

n/a or no information


Outyear Budgets for Operations and Maintenance Phase

FY 2005 FY 2003 FY 2004 FY 2002
$ 50,000 $ 50,000 $ 50,000 $ 50,000


Section 7. Budget for Monitoring and Evaluation Phase

Task-based Budget

Objective Task Duration in FYs Estimated 2001 cost Subcontractor
1. Implementation Monitoring. Ensure biostabilization and other activities are constructed as intended by Watershed Group and permit conditions are met a. Collect short-term monitoring data including as-built surveys, construction related turbidity and Watershed Group field reviews. b. Document and analyze implementation (short-term) monitoring data. 15 $ 5,000 x
2. Effectiveness Monitoring. Evaluate the performance of features to restore stream channel and floodplain function, enhance fish and wildlife habitat and reestablish indigenous native riparian plant communities a. Refine long-term monitoring program for completeness and cost-effectiveness b. Collect longterm monitoring data to measure sediment balance, bank erosion, substrate, temperature, vegetative canopy, other fish habitat metrics, floodplain $ 25,000 x
and wetland function. c. Compile, analyze and report longterm monitoring data. d. Feedback to future design phases through adaptive management e. Summary of information and experiences to provide guidelines for other projects in the Upper Salmon Basin. $ 0  
3. Review and recommendations a. A pre-construction field tour and review of the monitoring program will be organized in March. b. A post flood and post-construction field tour will be conducted in October. Field tours are open to the Watershed group and all interested parties. $ 0  


Outyear Objective-Based Budget

n/a or no information


Outyear Budgets for Monitoring and Evaluation Phase

FY 2005 FY 2003 FY 2004 FY 2002
$ 50,000 $ 50,000 $ 50,000 $ 50,000


Section 8. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2001 Cost
Subcontractor University of Idaho Student/Survey Work $143,495
Supplies Construction/Materials/Plant Materials $ 95,100
Indirect 5% CSWCD Overhead $ 9,905
Subcontractor Contract labor/equipment $110,000
Subcontractor Survey Work $ 30,000
Total Itemized Budget $388,500


Total estimated budget

Total FY 2001 project cost $388,500
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 63,000
Total FY 2001 budget request $325,500
FY 2001 forecast from 2000 $ 50,000
% change from forecast 551.0%


Reason for change in estimated budget

Custer County Watershed Group is undertaking a comprehensive analysis of the entire reach and watershed linkages (based on recommendations of ISRP, BPA and NWPPC). A 35% cost share for work being undertaken by the Corp of Engineers is also required.


Reason for change in scope

A detailed conceptual design based on ISRP, BPA and NWPPC evaluations was required. The purpose of this plan is to fully understand the consequences and benefits of a holistic restoration plan for the entire 20+ miles of river channel at Challis where extensive floodplain and wetland habitat exist and the river is unconfined by canyon walls. Specifically, the largest part of the change in scope are the detailed channel and floodplain surveys. This information is used to understand the current river morphology, what is forcing the current braiding, instability and degraded state of the channel and predict future conditions under different management scenarios. Project also needs to be integrated with watershed assessment data as boundary conditions for analysis of this ecologically significant reach. Data will also be generated for feedback to the longterm larger scale watershed and sub-basin assessments such as EDT.


Cost Sharing

Not applicable
 

Outyear Budget Totals

2002 2003 2004 2005
Planning and design $ 25,000 $ 25,000 $ 25,000 $ 25,000
Construction/implementation $150,000 $150,000 $150,000 $150,000
Operations and maintenance $ 50,000 $ 50,000 $ 50,000 $ 50,000
Monitoring and evaluation $ 50,000 $ 50,000 $ 50,000 $ 50,000
Total Outyear Budgets $275,000 $275,000 $275,000 $275,000
 

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: no; New Funding: yes
Date:
Jul 14, 2000
2001
$325,500
Comment:
This proposal is for new work. Planning has been completed and implementation is ready to proceed. By not funding this project this year, a significant cost share by the COE will be lost. Some carry forward is anticipated.

The Custer County Watershed Group is undertaking a comprehensive analysis of the entire reach and watershed linkages (based on recommendations of ISRP, BPA and NWPPC). A 35% cost share for work being undertaken by the Corp of Engineers is also required. In order to access the $604,000 cost share by the COE, BPA needs to provide $325,000 (35%) through this project; however, this project is for implementation of a planning process that has not been through CBFWA and ISRP review to prioritize work within this subbasin.

A detailed conceptual design based on ISRP, BPA and NWPPC evaluations was required. The purpose of this plan is to fully understand the consequences and benefits of a holistic restoration plan for the entire 20+ miles of river channel at Challis where extensive floodplain and wetland habitat exist and the river is unconfined by canyon walls. Specifically, the largest parts of the change in scope are the detailed channel and floodplain surveys. This information is used to understand the current river morphology, what is forcing the current braiding, instability and degraded state of the channel, and predict future conditions under different management scenarios. The project also needs to be integrated with watershed assessment data as boundary conditions for analysis of this ecologically significant reach. Data will also be generated for feedback to the long-term larger scale watershed and sub-basin assessments such as EDT.

Proposed $63,000 in FY 2000 carry forward.


NWPPC Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
Fund
Date:
Sep 13, 2000
2001
$ 50,000
Comment:
Project has opportunity for cost share with Corps. Consider for early action?

NW Power and Conservation Council's FY 2006 Project Funding Review Funding category:
expense
Date:
May 2005
FY05 NPCC Start of Year:
$359,290
FY06 NPCC Staff Preliminary:
$170,000
FY06 NPCC July Draft Start of Year:
$170,000
Sponsor (Custer Soil & Water Conservation District) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

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