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
North Fork John Day Habitat Improvement
BPA project number 8400800
Business name of agency, institution or organization requesting funding
Sponsor type OR-Federal Agency
Proposal contact person or principal investigator
|Mailing address||Umatilla National Forest
2517 SW Hailey Avenue
Pendleton, OR 97801
BPA technical contact Andy Thoms, EWP 503/230-5827
Biological opinion ID None
NWPPC Program number 3.1D.1, 7.6B.5
Restore summer steelhead and spring chinook salmon habitat in the North Fork John Day River watershed.
Project start year 1984 End year 1995
Start of operation and/or maintenance 1997
Project development phase Maintenance
Funds from this project were transferred to project 9303800 in 1993.
Originally, the contract focused on restoring Granite and Clear Creeks from past dredge mining operations which severely reduced salmon and steelhead populations. Dredging operations began in the 1920ís and continued intermittently until 1954. Restoration efforts began on a 4 mile stretch of Clear Creek where spawning areas were increased by the addition of 7100 cubic yards of gravel. Instream structures, log and boulder weirs, were constructed and stream banks were stabilized. Blackjack mine was plugged and its acid water seepage was diverted into a bog to reduce wastes leaking into the stream. Instream structures have been constructed throughout the watershed to improve summer survival habitat for salmon and steelhead. Riparian exclosures and water gaps have been constructed with barb wire fence to promote riparian recovery while still allowing traditional livestock grazing. Monitoring has included riparian exclosure projects, vegetation measurement, structure durability monitoring, and physical and biological stream measurements.
Biological results achieved
The North Fork John Day River is home to the one remaining totally wild run of summer steelhead and spring chinook salmon within the Columbia basin. The project focus was on instream work that provided summer survival habitat for anadromous fish. The riparian exclosure fencing portion of the contract promoted stream adjacent vegetation protection and recovery to provide stream surface shade which results in cooler summer water temperatures.
Annual reports and technical papers
Annual reports were completed from 1988 to 1992. Bi-monthly progress reports were submitted on the active project. Opac billings are due quarterly on the active project.
This project pioneered the use of track mounted excavators and the super hoe (spider) for instream habitat restoration developing pool forming structures using native materials. Hilti epoxy glue and cable was adapted to secure instream structures increasing the life of project during high flows to protect the investment.
Specific measureable objectives
N/A - This project is in the O/M phase
N/A - Project was not a study
Underlying assumptions or critical constraints
Brief schedule of activities
This project will be in the Operations & Maintenance phase from 1997 to 2001 and beyond. Project activities will include an annual inspection of existing investments to determine maintenance needs. Maintenance of existing inchannel fish habitat restoration structures may be necessary to maintain their effectiveness. Annual maintenance of existing barb wire fence exclosures will be necessary to protect this investment and insure project effectiveness.
The underlying need for the O/M phase of this project is to maintain project effectiveness in providing summer survival habitat and cooler water temperatures for summer steelhead trout and spring chinook salmon.
N/A - This project is in the O/M Phase
Summary of expected outcome
The expected outcome of operation and maintenance of this project is the continued effectiveness of the fish habitat restoration improvements resulting in aquatic habitat recovery for summer steelhead and spring chinook salmon.
Dependencies/opportunities for cooperation
There are no anticipated actions or events that may effect this projectís timing or budget.
There are no known risks associated with the O/M phase of this project.
A modified Hankin and Reeves (1988) US Forest Service Region 6 stream inventory protocol was used to gather baseline data and assess instream characteristics. Data obtained includes stream surface shading, habitat types, width/depth ratio, bank cover, and erosion. The stream inventory is repeated at 2 to 5 year intervals to document habitat changes. Photo points, often associated with riparian exclosures, are re-photographed at regular intervals to document vegetation change over time
|Historic costs||FY 1996 budget data*||Current and future funding needs|
|New project - no FY96 data available||1997: 30,000|
* 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 1 - fund
Recommended funding level $30,000
BPA 1997 authorized budget (approved start-of-year budget) $30,000