BPA Fish and Wildlife FY 1997 Proposal

Section 1. Administrative
Section 2. Narrative
Section 3. Budget

see CBFWA and BPA funding recommendations

Section 1. Administrative

Title of project
Habitat Enhancement & Protection - Shoshone-Paiute Reservation

BPA project number   5505600

Business name of agency, institution or organization requesting funding
Shoshone-Paiute Tribes

Sponsor type   NV-Tribe

Proposal contact person or principal investigator
 NameWalden Townsend
 Mailing addressP.O. Box 219
Owyhee, NV 89832
 Phone702/757-3211

BPA technical contact   , EWP

Biological opinion ID   

NWPPC Program number   10.8C.5, 2.5

Short description
Habitat improvement & protective measures for quality resident trout habitat on Reservation lakes and streams.

Project start year   1997    End year   2007

Start of operation and/or maintenance   0

Project development phase   Implementation

Section 2. Narrative

Related projects

Project history
Included in the NPPC's Fish & Wildlife program as amended in Phase IV, 9.4A, 2.a.5. Activities for this measure were partially accomplished through the Fisheries management. Plan subcontracted with the USFWS as part of Resident Fish Stocking Grant (BPA). This management plan and its annual update was discontinued in FY 94. The annual amount was $26,000. These measures (see methods) are necessary to achieve optimum results.for the lake and stream, stocking program and restoration of redband trout populations.

Biological results achieved
N/A

Annual reports and technical papers
Duck Valley Fisheries Management Plan years 1990, 91, 92, 92. U.S.F.W.S., Howard Burge, Fisheries B:

Management implications
1. Keep an adequate reservoir pool level to keep the fish live and healthy.

2. To keep out trash fish by adequate inlet and outlet screening,

3. To assess contaminants to protect fish and wildlife.

4. To restore stream priparianzone.

Specific measureable objectives
1. To obtain equipment for management of reservoir pools, i.e., temperature, depth, etc.
2. To achieve proper aquatic vegetation control,
3. To keep adequate inlet and outlet screening of reservoirs.
4. Streap riparian zone restoration.

Testable hypothesis
All reservoir fisheries would improve and this could be proven by increase revenue and the size of trout being caught.

Underlying assumptions or critical constraints
No new funding for habitat restoration and protection.

Methods
Implement, monitor and evaluate resident fish habitat improvement and protective measures. Include the following habitat protective measures and improvements: (I) management recommendations for reservoir pool levels, (ii) reservoir rehabilitation measures for non-game fish and aquatic vegetation control, (iii) reservoir inlet and outlet screening, (iv) improvement of recreational fishing sites, (v) stream riparian zone restoration by planting vegetation, fencing overgrazed areas, and stream bank stabilization, and (vi) baseline water quality survey to assess contaminants that may affect trout populations.

Brief schedule of activities
1997
* Institute an ongoing Habitat Evaluation Procedures on the reservoirs, streams and river to select areas of greatest concern and develop possible solutions.
* Develop an overall management plan to design and rehabilitate all reservoirs, streams and river for a 10-year period.
* Install Water Quality Analyzer to evaluate water quality four times a year in the reservoirs, streams and river.
* Inlets and outlets of all reservoirs will be screened.
* Put control structures, aerators and cover nets on fishery growout ponds.
* Perform O&M on reservoirs, streams and river as needed.
1998
* Continue following ongoing 10-year plan
* Perform O&M on reservoirs, streams and river as needed.

Biological need
Biological need: Fish are needed to help recover native populations of cutthroat on the Fort Hall Reservation and redband trout on the Duck Valley Reservation, and to provide catchable rainbow trout for economic development on the Duck Valley Reservation.

Critical uncertainties
Delay or lack of funding
Dependant upon Shoshone-Paiute/Shoshone Bannock hatchery,for fish needs.

Summary of expected outcome
1. Increase trout population for subsistence and sport fishing.

2.Train Tribal Staff in fishery management.

3.Control trash fish.

4.Riparian zone restoration.

5.Manage reservoir pool level.

6.Developed trophy fishery in Sheep Creek & Billy Shaw Reservoirs.
7.Aquatic vegetation control.

Dependencies/opportunities for cooperation
A joint trout production facility with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. Partnership with private organization in the State of Idaho, IDFG, ODFW, and BIA.

Risks
If this program is not implemented, the quality of the reservoirs and streams will deteriorate. This Operation and Maintenance Program is vital to the success of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes.

Monitoring activity
The Shoshone-Paiute Tribe will conduct monitoring and evaluation of the stocking program and habitat improvement and protective measures. In addition, the Tribe will assess the success of restoring and rebuilding the redband trout population in the East Fork Owyhee River. The program will include stream and lake trout population-estimates and carrying capacity, creel surveys, assessment of growth rates, and assessment of habitat quality and quantity and habitat utilization.

Section 3. Budget

Data shown are the total of expense and capital obligations by fiscal year. Obligations for any given year may not equal actual expenditures or accruals within the year, due to carryover, pre-funding, capitalization and difference between operating year and BPA fiscal year.

Historic costsFY 1996 budget data*Current and future funding needs
(none) New project - no FY96 data available 1997: 463,094
1998: 240,000
1999: 240,000
2000: 240,000
2001: 300,000

* For most projects, Authorized is the amount recommended by CBFWA and the Council. Planned is amount currently allocated. Contracted is the amount obligated to date of printout.

Funding recommendations

CBFWA funding review group   Resident Fish

Recommendation    Tier 1 - fund

Recommended funding level   $463,094