BPA Fish and Wildlife FY 1997 Proposal
Section 1. Administrative
Section 2. Narrative
Section 3. Budget
see CBFWA and BPA funding recommendations
Title of project
Wenas Creek Flow Augmentation and Riparian Restoration
BPA project number 5511200
Business name of agency, institution or organization requesting funding
Yakama Indian Nation
Sponsor type WA-Tribe
Proposal contact person or principal investigator
|Mailing address||P.O. Box 151
Toppenish, WA 98948
BPA technical contact ,
Biological opinion ID
NWPPC Program number
This project would promote voluntary restoration of riparian habitat on private agricultural and residential land. In stream flows would improve through implementation of a water conservation plan. To initiate these, a public education/involvement program would introduce and encourage the involvement of landowners and volunteers in restoration, water quality monitoring and long-term monitoring. An engineering study would be conducted to determine the most effective means for meeting existing water rights while maximizing benefits to In stream flows. After identifying willing landowners, water delivery improvements would be made to improve efficiency.
Project start year 1997 End year 2000
Start of operation and/or maintenance 0
Project development phase Implementation
Biological results achieved
Annual reports and technical papers
Specific measureable objectives
In stream flow monitoring will occur pre- and post-project to determine impacts of irrigation efficiency improvement. Changes in riparian canopy closure will also be measured.
Restoring riparian habitat and increasing In stream flows will improve potential for use by juvenile salmonids.
Underlying assumptions or critical constraints
The hydrograph will be similar to historic; acute discharge of toxic substances to the stream will not occur; a minimum of twenty percent of the landowners in the project area will participate
In stream flows will be measured with a discharge meter. Changes in riparian canopy will be determined with a densiometer.
Brief schedule of activities
The project would be initiated with the mailing of fliers to landowners. Public meetings would be held to discuss stream functions, irrigation alternatives, and the goals of the project. Past habitat restoration/protection successes that the Yakama Indian Nation has undertaken would be displayed. Landowners would be solicited to voluntarily initiate riparian restoration/protection and irrigation efficiency improvement on their land. After restoration projects have been implemented in years one and two, monitoring would occur in years three and four. Ultimately, field trips would be scheduled to display individual restoration projects.
Managers believe rearing habitat for juvenile fish is severely limited in the Yakima River Basin. This project would improve rearing habitat function through increasing riparian canopy closure, improving In stream flows, reducing sedimentation and decreasing substrate embeddedness.
Rearing habitat for juvenile fish is severely limited in the Yakima Basin, so much so that fish managers believe rearing habitat restoration is one of most important actions to restore stock health.
Summary of expected outcome
In stream flows will improve. Native riparian vegetation density will increase. In turn, water quality will improve, in-channel habitat complexity will increase and stream banks will become more stable. Landowners will become more aware of anadromous fish needs and other reasons for managing irrigation water and preserving/restoring riparian vegetation. Ultimately, the project will be used as a local demonstration area to encourage additional landowners to protect and restore streams.
Dependencies/opportunities for cooperation
Individual restoration projects will be developed in consultation with the USDA - NRCS and the WDOE. Cost-share applications will be presented to the USDA - CFSA, the WDNR, the USFWS, and other agencies that administer funding programs.
Invasive weedy species may out-compete native plantings
Monitoring of revegetation success will be done for two years. Weed control and replanting will be done as necessary.
|Historic costs||FY 1996 budget data*||Current and future funding needs|
|(none)||New project - no FY96 data available||1997: 168,000|
* 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.
CBFWA funding review group Bonneville Dam - Priest Rapids Dam
Recommendation Tier 2 - fund when funds available
Recommended funding level $168,000