Within-Year Modification Request Form for FY 2008

 
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Table of Contents
Part 1. Administration and Budgeting
Section 1: General Administrative Information
Section 2: Description
Section 3: Related Projects
Section 4: Planning and Design
Section 5: Construction/Implementation
Section 6: Operations and Maintenance
Section 7: Monitoring and Evaluation
Section 8: Total Budget
Section 9: Project Documents
Part 2. Current Status of Modification Request
Part 3. Comments on this Modification Request


Part 1 of 3. Administration and Budgeting
Section 1: General Administrative Information
Process Information:
Date Proposal Submitted & Finalized Status BOG Meeting Date
July 30, 2008 Finalized August 6, 2008

Modification Type: FY 2008 Within-Year Ongoing
BPA Project Number: 200711200
BPA Project Name: Teanaway Watershed - Protect critical habitat and restore habitat forming processes
COTR/BPA Project Manager: David Byrnes
Agency, Institution or Organization Requesting Rescheduling: Kittitas Conservation Trust
Funding Type: expense
Project Leader: David Gerth
Province: Columbia Plateau
Subbasin: Yakima
 
Contact Person
First Name: David
Last Name Gerth
Address: P.O. Box 428
City, State Zip: Roslyn, WA 98941-0428
Phone: 509-649-2951
Fax: 509-649-2867
Email: kct@inlandnet.com

Administrative Contacts
Primary Administrative Contact Secondary Administrative Contact:
Name David Gerth Name
Address: P.O. Box 428 Address:
City, State Zip: Roslyn, WA 98941-0428 City, State Zip:
Phone: 509-649-2951 Phone:
Fax: 509-649-2867 Fax:
Email: kct@inlandnet.com Email:
Note: Note:

Section 2a: Description (Species Information)
Target Species fish
neotropical migrant birds
resident fish
Oncorhynchus mykiss (rainbow trout)
Oncorhynchus mykiss (steelhead)
Oncorhynchus tshawytscha (chinook)
Salvelinus confluentus (bull trout)

Provide explanations as to why the following alternative funding solutions are not feasible and will jeopardize the project:
Reduction in existing scope of project: The scope of the project is designed to address watershed scale aquatic and riparian habitat functions. Project objectives relate to habitat protection, restoration and access. Ecosystem scale improvements including habitat restoration, fish passage barrier removal, water quality and quantity enhancements, and riparian revegetation continue to be necessary. Reducing the scope of the project will result in lost opportunities to effect positive changes in the watershed's condition.
Deferral of existing work elements to later date: The project is designed to address salmon production goals in the Upper Yakima River and its tributaries. The proposed actions and work elements function synergetically to achieve the Salmon recovery goals and objectives in the Yakima River basin. Deferral of work elements would diminish the project's overall effectiveness.

Section 2b: Description (Location Information)
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Location Description
47.2521 -120.8764 Teanaway River Watershed
47 19 27 -120 51 9 Jack Creek @ North Fork Teanaway River
47 18 0 -120 51 16 Indian Creek @ North Fork Teanaway River
47.19697 -121.05205 Upper Yakima River- Easton Reach
Yakima River Basin

Is this/Are these the same study location(s) that was/were identified in the original proposal? No

Condition/situation creating the need for the modification:
Is the situation the result of a catastrophic event that occurred within the existing location? No
Has a habitat/population/mechanical/structural dilemma developed in the proposed study location since the contract was signed with BPA? No

Section 2c: Description (Work Element Information)
What work elements in the existing proposal does the proposed modification address?
Work Element Work Element Title
Install Fish Passage Structure Jack Creek Culvert Replacement
Install Fish Passage Structure Indian Creek Culvert Replacement
Land Purchase Upper Yakima Riparian Protection

Proposed action to achieve the objective(s) -Jack Creek and Indian Creek Culvert Replacement-
The original project scope will be modified to include fish passage barrier removal at two worksites, in order to meet the project's biological objectives. The project Abstract states "Barriers to fish passage into tributary habitat will be cured with site-specific solutions". Jack and Indian Creeks are left bank tributaries to the North Fork Teanaway River. At their confluence they pass through perched and undersized culverts that prevent passage into superlative tributary habitat. Kittitas County Conservation District is managing a construction project that will replace both culverts- creatng access to nearly 9 miles of habitat for salmonids including Steelhead, Spring Chinook, Coho, and Bull Trout. The culverts project is partially supported by Yakima Tributary Access and Habitat Project (2002-025-01) and has been vetted through the YTAHP technical Review process (project narrative in Section 9).
Jack & Indian culvert replacement partners include WA Salmon Recovery Funding Board, Western Federal Lands Highway Division, USFWS, and Kittitas Conservation Trust (KCT). However the construction project has a funding shortfall. KCT proposes a scope modification of the Teanaway Watershed project so that the culvert replacement construction budget can be augmented by $275,000. With suffiecient funding the project can be re-bid and construction accomplished in FY 2009. The Within Year Modification will create efficiencies and cost savings for on-the-ground habitat improvements by expanding the range and distribution of salmon.

- Upper Yakima Riparian Protection -
Increased opportunities for habitat protection actions involving conservation easement or fee simple acquisitions have been identified at locations in the Yakima River Basin apart from the Teanaway River Watershed. Two examples of these emerging opportunities are:
Oak Flats Acquisition and Habitat Enhancement (2007-194-00)
Upper Yakima Rirpaian Protection (Hundley)
The Within Year Modification would change the geographical scope of the Teanaway River Watershed Project to facilitate collaboration with other land protection projects. The Oak Flats habitat acquistion is proposed for funding by a partnership of tribes, agencies, and non-profit conservation groups:
Yakima Side Channels 1997-051-00 (Yakama Nation- YKFP)
Oak Flats Land Acquisition 2007-194-00 (WDFW)
Cowiche Restore & Protect 2007-113-00 (So. Cent. WA RC&D)
Teanaway River Watershed Project 2007-112-00 (Kittitas Conservation Trust)
Another example of habitat acquisition opportunity based on landowner willingness is the Upper Yaklima Riparian Protection Project on the Hundley property in the Easton reach. The ~400 acre property consists of forested open space that is bisected by the mainstem Yakima River, and contains connected rearing ponds and two small streams (narrative in Section 9). This Within Year Modification will allow for acquisition project collaboration with the Yakima Side Channels, WDFW, and other partners to secure the Hundley conservation easement.


Does not implementing this modification jeopardize the ability to achieve existing biological objectives of this project, as well as other projects? Yes

Explain: The Project's biological objectives relate to habitat protection, access, and restoration. Modifying the scope of the project by strategically adding and refining work elements will facilitate responding to opportunities that offer unrealized habitat value. The Within Year Modifications will empower implementation of on-the-ground actions in the Yakima Basin that have been vetted through existing processes.

Section 2d: Description (BiOp Information)
NMFS and/or FWS Biological Opinion that this funding request addresses Strategy
NMFS &/or USFWS
How proposed actions will address the BiOp
(i.e., substrategy / limiting factor / metric to be achieved)

Section 2e: Description (Objectives)
Objectives of this proposed project
Objective
(abbreviation)
Full Description
Connect isolated habitats Expand the range and distribution of salmon in the Teanaway River watershed by increasing access to areas blocked by human-caused impediments. Create salmonid access to high priority tributary habitats by replacing two culverts that are complete barriers to upstream migration.
Protect key floodplain habitat Secure conservation easement protections with willing landowners on high priority spawning and rearing habitat in the Upper Yakim River Easton Reach. Relocate fiscal resources to available floodplain properties in the Yakima River Basin in order to leverage cost share opportunities.
Protect critical habitat links The target properties for protection in the Upper Yakima are adjacent to hundreds of acres controlled by WDFW, DNR, State Parks, BPA, and KCT conservation easements on-site Suncadia Resort. These protected lands comprise critical F&W habitat and migration routes in the Yakima River ecosystem.
Maximize project cost share Within Year Modification will promote participation by cost share partners to achieve protection, restoration, and access objectives. On-the-ground projects can be planned and implemented efficiently and cost effectively.

Section 3: Is This Funding Request Related to Other Projects in the Basin?

Other projects that are related to this request
Project # Project Title/Description Nature of Relationship
200202501 Yakima Tributary Access and Habitat Program - provide fish passage at man-made barriers Proposed cost share partner for Jack and Indian Creek Culvert Project- North Fork Teanaway river
07-1517 (SRFB) Indian & Jack Creek Culvert Replacements- connect isolated habitats Proposed cost share partner with Kittitas County Conservation District- fish passage barriers removal- N. Fk. Teanaway River
199705100 Yakima Basin Side Channels- protect productive floodplains by acquisition Cost share partner in acquisition projects that protect prioity habitat- Upper Yakima River Protection
200719400 Oak Flats Acquisition & Habitat Enhancement- acquire riparian property on Naches River to protect from development Kittitas Conservation Trust is acquisition cost share partner.
200711300 Cowiche Restoration and Protection- protect floodplain habitat Oak Flats cost share partner
04-1672 (SRFB) N. Fork Teanaway River Floodplain Protection Ph-1- protect priority habitat from development Funding is proposed for relocation to Upper Yakima acquisition opportunity
05-1572 (SRFB) N. Fork Teanaway River Floodplain Protection Ph-2 - protect priority habitat from development Funding is proposed for relocation to Upper Yakima acquisition opportunities
06-2143 (SRFB) Upper Yakima Protection- Hundley- protect 400 acre floodplain property with conservation easement KCT cost share partner in protection project on high priority floodplain property

Section 4: Estimated Budget for Planning & Design phase for this request (request amount only)

Work element-based estimated budget
Planning & Design
Objective Work Element Work Element Title Work Element Description Description of Metrics Task Duration
in FYs
Estimated Budget Subcontractor?

Outyear work element-based estimated 2009 - 2012 budget for this proposal
Planning & Design
Work Element Work Element Outyear Description Starting FY
numbers only
Ending FY
numbers only
Estimated cost

Outyear totals
Planning & Design

Section 5: Estimated Budget for Contruction/Implementation phase for this request (request amount only)

Work element-based estimated budget
Contruction/Implementation
Objective Work Element Work Element Title Work Element Description Description of Metrics Task Duration
in FYs
Estimated Budget Subcontractor?
Connect isolated habitats Install Fish Passage Structure Replace Jack & Indian Creek Culverts Replace two culverts that are complete barriers to upstream migration in the Teanaway River watershed. 8.78 miles of stream habitat will be opened for re-occupation 1 $ 0 Yes
Protect key floodplain habitat Land Purchase Upper Yakima Protection- Hundley Purchase perpetual conservation easement on 400 acres with 1.5 stream miles on both banks of the Upper Yakima River 400 acres 1 $ 0 Yes

Outyear work element-based estimated 2009 - 2012 budget for this proposal
Contruction/Implementation
Work Element Work Element Outyear Description Starting FY
numbers only
Ending FY
numbers only
Estimated cost
Land Purchase Hundley Property 2009 2009 $585,000
Install Fish Passage Structure Jack & Indian Culverts 2009 2009 $275,000

Outyear totals
Contruction/Implementation
FY 2009 FY 2010 FY 2011 FY 2012
$860,000 $ 0 $ 0 $ 0

Section 6: Estimated Budget for Operations & Maintenance phase for this request (request amount only)

Work element-based estimated budget
Operations & Maintenance
Objective Work Element Work Element Title Work Element Description Description of Metrics Task Duration
in FYs
Estimated Budget Subcontractor?

Outyear work element-based estimated 2009 - 2012 budget for this proposal
Operations & Maintenance
Work Element Work Element Outyear Description Starting FY
numbers only
Ending FY
numbers only
Estimated cost

Outyear totals
Operations & Maintenance

Section 7: Estimated Budget for Monitoring & Evaluation phase for this request (request amount only)

Work element-based estimated budget
Monitoring & Evaluation
Objective Work Element Work Element Title Work Element Description Description of Metrics Task Duration
in FYs
Estimated Budget Subcontractor?

Outyear work element-based estimated 2009 - 2012 budget for this proposal
Monitoring & Evaluation
Work Element Work Element Outyear Description Starting FY
numbers only
Ending FY
numbers only
Estimated cost

Outyear totals
Monitoring & Evaluation

Section 8: Total Budget Modification Request

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2008 Cost

Total Estimated Budget Modification
Total FY 2008 budget modification $ 0
Total FY 2008 budget for this project, including modification request $ 0

Outyear Budget Totals
  2009 2010 2011 2012
Construction & Implementation $860,000 $ 0 $ 0 $ 0
Total Outyear Budgets $860,000 $ 0 $ 0 $ 0

Cost sharing associated with this modification
Organization Item or Service Provided Amount ($) Cash or in-kind?
WA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Hundley match funds- WWRP $980,500 Cash
Kittitas Conservation Trust Hundley match funds- SRFB $300,000 Cash
Suncadia Resort Hundley match funds- private $100,000 Cash
Yakama Nation - YKFP Hundley match funds- proposed $525,000 Cash
Kittitas County Conservation Dist. Jack & Indian Culverts- multiple sources $770,461 Cash

Section 9: Narrative, Maps and Project Documents
Document Type Size Date

Part 2 of 3. Current Status of Modification Request
Meeting Date Status Record Entry Date Decision Group Adjustment Category Urgency Status Budget Impact Reconsider Date
8/6/2008  7/30/2008  NA      Submitted  $ 0   
Decision Comments Next Steps
   
8/6/2008  8/6/2008  BOG      Withdrawn  $ 0   
Decision Comments Next Steps
This request was withdrawn by the sponsor. Culvert replacement is not being proposed on this project, only riparian enhancement and land acquisition which was part of the original proposal.   

Part 3 of 3. Comments on this Modification Request
There are no comments on this proposed modification.