Rescheduling Request for FY 2007, Project 200301100

 
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Section 1: General Administrative Information
BPA Project Number: 200301100
BPA Project Name: Columbia River Estuary Habitat Restoration
BPA Contract Number,
Release and Name
(if applicable):
No 1: 35012 Release: Contract Name: EXP IMPLEMENT HABITAT RESTORATION FOR COL. R/EST
COTR/BPA Project Manager: Tracey Yerxa
Agency, Institution or Organization Requesting Rescheduling: Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership
Funding Type: expense
Contact Person
First Name: Debrah
Last Name Marriott
Address: 811 SW Naito Parkway, Suite 410
City, State Zip: Portland, Oregon 97204
Phone: 503-226-1565
Fax: 503-226-1580
Email: marriott.debrah@lcrep.org

Section 2: Financial Information/Budget for Rescheduled Activities
Original Budget for Rescheduled Activities FY 2007: $132,000
Proposed Budget for Rescheduled Activities FY 2008: $56,208
Explanation or Additional Information: The City of Portland began work on the project and has expended part of their original award from the Estuary Partnership/BPA. However, the entire project was not able to be completed by the contract end date. Only the amount of the contract that has not been spent needs to be rescheduled. We are requesting this amount be rescheduled from FY2007 to FY2008.

Section 3: Financial Information/Budget for Rescheduled Activities
Activity Description Original Start Date Original End Date New Start Date New End Date Condition/Situation Creating the Need to Reschedule Cost What Will Enable the Work to be Achieved Now?
Oaks Bottom Restoration will reclaim hydrologic connection & fish passage between Willamette River & remnant floodplain, increasing quantity & quality of rearing & refuge habitat for federally listed Chinook, steelhead and coho.   9/15/2007  3/31/2009  4/15/2009  8/31/2009  The original project scope entailed excavating to the North of the main slough channel (North Wetlands) to enhance the connection of several open water bodies to the Willamette via a network of shallow channels. After considerable hydrologic analysis and feedback from the regulatory agencies, it was determined that a more desirable alternative is to allow fish into the existing South Reservoir instead of modifying the North Wetlands. This approach is lower in impact, requires less excavation, is likely to cost less to construct, and will provide significantly more habitat area for salmonid rearing and refuge than the original North Wetland plan. To allow fish into the South Reservoir, three issues must be resolved and are presently being worked on as part of design: 1) Water Quality in the Reservoir: Sampling is now complete, and analysis is underway. Results must be reviewed by NOAA and ODFW. 2) A bathymetric survey is required to inform design, especially in terms of meeting City Park's Desired Future Conditions. This survey is being conducted by David Evans and Associates, and will be complete by April 10th, 2009. 3) Sediment Quality Sampling will occur through the development, agency approval, and implementation of a Sampling Analysis Plan (SAP). Benthic LLC is currently expected to conduct this work, which will commence upon completion of the bathymetric survey. These three tasks must be completed as part of the design process, but were not envisioned as being needed when the original project scope was developed. The addition of these three tasks changed the scope and sequencing of the project’s tasks; this has resulted in the need to reschedule these funds. It is important to note that replacing a culvert and removal of a water control structure, part of the original scope, are still part of the project.  $56,208  The project sponsor is committed to completing the design phase of the project and beginning the implementation phase. The additional work that needs to be completed during the design phase can be completed by the end of August, 2009. Once this work is completed, the City can implement restoration activities at the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. 

Please explain why the following alternative funding solutions are not feasible and would jeopardize the project:
Reducing existing scope of project
(i.e., eliminating some activities planned for FY 2008 to accommodate the FY 2007 activities)
The scope for the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge Habitat Restoration Project has changed, but the goals of the project have not. These goals include: 1) Improving the hydrologic connection between Oaks Bottom Wetland and the Willamette River 2) Improving access for juvenile salmonids to valuable rearing and refuge habitat in Oaks Bottom and eliminating entrapment hazards 3) Improving habitat in Oaks Bottom Wetland for juvenile salmonids and other aquatic and terrestrial wildlife 4) Removal of invasive and non native plant species and re-vegetation to improve wetland, riparian and upland vegetative communities according to Portland Parks and Recreation's Desired Future Condition. 5) Education and outreach for students, stewardship groups, and the general public. Reducing the scope of the project may decrease the likelihood of the project sponsor’s ability to accomplish the project goals. Currently, work needed for the design phase of the project is underway at the project site. This work must be completed before the implementation of restoration activities. Reducing the project scope will decrease the likelihood of the restoration component of the project being implemented.
Shifting entire schedule
(i.e., deferring some FY 2008 activities to FY 2009 to avoid doubling up on activities this year)
Because the project has already begun, it would be difficult to shift the entire schedule. The City of Portland has started various data collection and design efforts for the site. For the construction phase of the project to be implemented, the ongoing activities need to be finished as soon as possible. Shifting the entire schedule may lead to more delays with the project.

Section 4: Documents Pertaining to this Reschedule
No documents are associated with this request