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
Clark County Fish Passage Enhancement Program

BPA project number   5505700

Business name of agency, institution or organization requesting funding
Clark County Department of Public Works

Sponsor type   WA-State/Local Agency

Proposal contact person or principal investigator
 NamePhil Gaddis
 Mailing addressP.O. Box 9810, Vancouver, WA 98666-9810
 Phone360/737-6118

BPA technical contact   , EWI

Biological opinion ID   

NWPPC Program number   

Short description
Construct fish ladders and upgrade culverts to allow fish passage through county roads.

Project start year   1997    End year   

Start of operation and/or maintenance   1999

Project development phase   Planning, Implementation

Section 2. Narrative

Related projects
Through this program, we have constructed 4 fish ladders in the last two years.

Project history

Biological results achieved

Annual reports and technical papers

Management implications

Specific measureable objectives
Projects (between 4 and 6) will be designed to correct fish passage problems due primarily to erosion at the downstream end of culverts under county roads. Project success can be measured by the presence of anadromous fishes upstream of the projects.

Testable hypothesis

Underlying assumptions or critical constraints
The project assumes l) that anadromous fish species can reach the project sites, and 2) that suitable spawning and/or rearing habitat occurs upstream of the project sites. Both assumptions require survey information from private lands for verification. We will rely on the Washington Dept. Fish & Wildlife to provide this information.

Methods
Project sites will be identified from inventories conducted by County staff, volunteer groups, and the Washington Dept Fish & Wildlife. Potential fish production benefits will be evaluated for each site by WDF&W. Candidate sites will then be prioritized according to potential fish production benefits and economic feasibility. Engineering will be provided by County staff under guidance by WDF&W. Construction will be provided by County. Landscape restoration planning and installation will also be provided by County staff.

Brief schedule of activities
Inventory and assessment underway
Site prioritization fall 1996
Engineering design begin fall 1996
Right-of-way acquisition begin fall 1996
Environmental permitting begin fall 1996
Project construction summer 1997, summer 1998
Riparian habitat restoration begin fall 1997
Monitoring, performance evaluation begin fall 1997

Biological need
Significant areas of spawning and rearing habitat in Clark County are not usable by anadromous fish species due to blockages by culverts under County roads. Correction of these problems would benefit coho, steelhead, searun cutthroat, and possibly chinook.

Critical uncertainties

Summary of expected outcome
Projects are expected to open up between one and five miles of spawning and/or rearing habitat for coho, steelhead, searun cutthroat, and possibly chinook.

Dependencies/opportunities for cooperation

Risks

Monitoring activity
Fish surveys upstream of project sites will be conducted by County staff, volunteer groups, and WDF&W.

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: 75,000
1998: 75,000

* 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   Below Bonneville Dam

Recommendation    Tier 2 - fund when funds available

Recommended funding level   $75,000