Request for New Funding 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
October 28, 2009 Finalized November 4, 2009

Modification Type: FY 2008 Within-Year New
BPA Project Number: 199901500
BPA Project Name: Restore Anadromous Fish Habitat in the Big Canyon Creek Watershed
COTR/BPA Project Manager: David Byrnes
Agency, Institution or Organization Requesting Rescheduling: Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District
Funding Type: expense
Project Leader: Lynn Rasmussen
Short Description:
Province: Mountain Snake
Subbasin: Clearwater
 
Contact Person
First Name: Lynn
Last Name Rasmussen
Address: PO Box 131
City, State Zip: Culdesac, Idaho 83524
Phone: 208-843-2931
Fax: 208-843-2234
Email: LynnRasmussen@co.nezperce.id.us

Administrative Contacts
Primary Administrative Contact Secondary Administrative Contact:
Name Lynn Rasmussen Name Brenda Boyer
Address: PO Box 131 Address: PO Box 131
City, State Zip: Culdesac, Idaho 83524 City, State Zip: Culdesac, Idaho 83524
Phone: 208-843-2931 Phone: 208-843-2931
Fax: 208-843-2234 Fax: 208-843-2234
Email: LynnRasmussen@co.nezperce.id.us Email: BrendaBoyer@co.nezperce.id.us
Note: Note:

Section 2a: Description (Species Information)
Target Species Oncorhynchus mykiss (steelhead)

Section 2b: Description (Location Information)
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Location Description
46°13'56.50"N 116°32'47.56"W Upper Big Canyon Creek
46°11'19.22"N 116°32'55.84"W Upper Big Canyon Creek - site 2

Section 2c: Information Transfer
In what ways will information from this project be transferred or used? Information will be transferred to landowners within the watershed through the District's existing newsletter and website. In addition, the District holds annual tours and watershed meetings where projects and technology are highlighted.

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
Improve Steelhead Habitat Protect and restore summer steelhead spawning and rearing habitat in previously degraded/altered reaches of Big Canyon Creek. Habitat limiting factors of sediment, temperature, nutrients, and low summer flows are addressed.

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
1999-016-00 Big Canyon Creek watershed restoration This project works on tribal properties within the watershed while 1999-015-00 works on private lands.
199608600 Clearwater Focus Program-IDSCC This project implements the goals and objectives of this program.
199706000 Clearwater Focus Watershed Np This project implements the goals and objectives o this program.
1999-015-00 Restore Andromous Fish Habitat in the Big Canyon Creek Watershed. Project focuses on habitat restoration and protection implementation on private properties and compliments project 1999-01600 which implements BMPs on Tribal lands. Project reduces sediment, nutrients, stream temperatures, and improves low summer flows.

Section 4: Estimated Budget for Planning & Design phase

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?
Improve Steelhead Habitat Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation Complete Environmental Compliance Work with the BPA Environmental Lead to determine the type and level of coverage for each work element. Submit all necessary information to BPA and complete all documentation to ensure adequate NEPA, ESA and cultural resources coverage. Obtain any state and local permits needed for environmental compliance. Deliverable Specification: Complete all applicable environmental compliance documentation, including NEPA, ESA, and cultural resources consultation, and submit it to the BPA Environmental Lead for review and approval. N/A FY 10 $2,000 Yes
Improve Steelhead Habitat Produce Design and/or Specifications Produce engineering and technical designs. Prepare 4 designs for future projects. Work will be completed using District staff and subcontracted resources. Complete surveys to obtain site specific data for the completion of engineering and technical designs. This work includes, but is not limited to, cross sections, benchmark elevation determination, topographic and photometric surveys. Work is completed through a combination of subcontractors and District staff. Deliverable Specification: Prepare engineering and technical designs for projects that will be implemented in the contract in 2011/2012. Design packages includes surveys, engineering or technical drawings, site maps, construction or installation specifications and material specifications, and cost estimates. Produce 4 designs FY10 $11,000 Yes
Improve Steelhead Habitat Identify and Select Projects Select, Prioritize, and Obtain Permission for 2011 Projects Description: This work element involves project prioritization, project selection, and obtaining landowner consent and approval for implementation in 2011. Deliverable Specification: An interdisciplinary team consisting of the NPSWCD, NPT DFRM Watershed Division, and NPT Water Resources Division will prioritize and determine a final selection of habitat/watershed restoration projects based on recommendations in the 2009 "Big Canyon Creek Ecological Restoration Strategy" document. All prioritized projects such as habitat enhancement, agricultural BMPs, riparian/wetland restoration, and livestock exclusion fencing, will be approved by the landowners and scheduled for implementation in 2011. N/A FY10 $8,000 No
Improve Steelhead Habitat Outreach and Education Implement Big Canyon Creek Marketing Plan Description: Emphasis will be placed on outreach to landowners, the general public, and fellow professionals on important watershed issues including water quality, best management practices, fish passage, road impacts, and invasive weeds. Education and outreach materials will encourage the public to participate in and/or support restoration efforts. Deliverable Specification: Using the marketing plan developed in the FY 09 contract, NPSWCD staff will conduct at least on field day, distribute at least two newsletters and two fact sheets to potential participants and watershed landowners. Field day: Landowners and fellow professionals will be invited to attend the tour to observe habitat that has been rated as poor, fair, and good condition. The goal is to increase awareness of the habitat and its condition in order to promote the watershed/habitat restoration goals. Newsletters: The newsletters will be distributed to the landowners and fellow professionals who live and /or work in the Big Canyon Creek Watershed. The topics will focus on the educational needs indentified through landowners surveys conducted in previous contract periods. Many of these landowner education need include basic fish biology, fish habitat requirements, habitat limitations associated with land use practices, problem identification, and feasible solutions. The newsletter is also used to inform landowners of watershed projects and monitoring results, and to obtain their input on processes. Fact sheets: These will be distributed to landowners as well as the general public. The topics for these fact sheets were identified through landowner surveys conducted in previous contract periods, and usually include information regarding solar powered water system installation, water diversion improvement, basic fish biology, and macro invertebrate habitat and its relationship to land use practices. # of students reached: 300 * # of general public reached: 2200 * # of teachers reached: 15 FY10 $4,000 No
Improve Steelhead Habitat Manage and Administer Projects Management, Coordination, and Communication Regional partners include, but are not limited to: Lewis and Clearwater County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Nez Perce Tribe (NPT), USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG), Idaho Soil Conservation Commission (ISCC) Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) Idaho Department of Transportation (IDT), Nez Perce County (NPC). Information will be provided to BPA regarding project specific information on an “as needed” basis. Additional funding will be pursued through NOAA, USFWS, Pacific Coast Salmon Recovery funding, State of Idaho, and others as appropriate to increase restoration actions and cost share with BPA funding. FY 11 Pisces SOW, Excel budget (with sub-contractor budgets if applicable), Property Inventory, and FY 10 September Accruals (work performed but not invoiced by 9/30/2010), and coordinated project activities. FY10 $8,000 No
Improve Steelhead Habitat Produce Annual Report Produce Progress Report for Period 5/1/10 to 4/30/11 The progress (annual) report summarizes the project goals, objectives, hypotheses, completed and uncompleted deliverables, problems encountered, lessons learned, and long term planning for future improvement. The progress report is developed to capture a more detailed, narrative level of elaboration and discussion that is not expressed in the Pisces quarterly status reports. annual report FY10 $2,000 No
Improve Steelhead Habitat Produce PISCES Status Report Periodic Status Reports for BPA The Contractor shall report on the status of milestones and deliverables in Pisces. Reports shall be completed either monthly or quarterly as determined by the BPA COTR. Additionally, when indicating a deliverable milestone as COMPLETE, the contractor shall provide metrics and the final location (latitude and longitude) prior to submitting the report to the BPA COTR. quarterly reports FY10 $1,000 No

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Planning & Design
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Section 5: Estimated Budget for Contruction/Implementation phase

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?
Improve Steelhead Habitat Plant Vegetation Upper Big Canyon Creek - establish riparian overstory A combination of District staff and subcontractors will be used to plant vegetation along 4,000 LF of stream channel within the riparian and adjacent upland area in order to provide a buffer to filter nutrients and sediment from agricultural sources. All or some of the following types of vegetation may be planted at the restoration site: dormant hardwood cuttings, rooted trees, shrubs, and forb stock, and/or grass and forb seed. Planting may be done by hand with a shovel or hoedad, with a water-jet stinger, or with a small back hoe bucket. The plants will be installed in a pattern and spacing that mimics the natural vegetation in the vicinity. Woody vegetation will likely be planted on approximately 10 foot centers within the planting areas designated on the restoration plan map. A temporary irrigation system, if feasible, will be installed to improve plant survival. # of wetland acres treated: 1.8 # of riparian miles treated: 0.75 * # of riparian acres treated: 5.5 # of upland acres treated: 2.4 FY10 $7,811 No
Improve Steelhead Habitat Practice No-till and Conservation Tillage Systems Reduce sheet/rill erosion along upper Big Canyon Creek This project site is within one of the highest priority assessment units identified in the 2009 “Big Canyon Creek Ecological Restoration Strategy.” These 240 acres were selected because they are adjacent to Bigf Canyon Creek, and present a significant erosion and sediment delivery threat to the aquatic habitat. Direct seeding systems reduce erosion by 30 to 80% depending upon the field slope and soil type. In addition, USDA hydrology program modeling indicates an increase in the water infiltration rate from 20 to 40%. These systems are implemented by the agricultural producers with the guidance and supervision of the NPSWCD staff. Deliverable Specification: 240 acres of cropland near Big Canyon Creek areas in the prairie plateau regions of the watershed will be seeded with direct seeding systems. Using the NPSWCD Soil Quality Evaluation Protocol (modified from the USDA’s Soil Quality Test Kit Guide protocol in 2005), NPSWCD staff will inspect and evaluate the parcel to ensure they are achieving the maximum surface water infiltration rates, erosion reduction, and nutrient filtering. A cropland field properly converted to a direct seeding system will meet the following criteria: 3 year crop rotation with two years being a cereal grain crop, no burning of crop residue, no moldboard plowing or deep tillage exceeding a 4 inch depth, no full width surface field tillage, no twisted shanks on tillage equipment, and no consecutive wither wheat crops. A successful system will exhibit a soil bulk density of < 1.3 g/cm3, a slake class rating of 5 or 6, electrical conductivity < 0.98 decisiemens/meter at 25 degrees C, a surface water infiltration rate of 0.4 – 0.8 inches/hour and a pH between 5 and 8. This will result in a field surface that is rougher, has more surface residue, has increased infiltration rates, and decreased bulk densities which achieve the objective of reducing sediment and surface water runoff. # of upland acres treated: 200 * # of riparian acres treated: 40.0 FY10 $1,000 No
Improve Steelhead Habitat Upland Erosion and Sedimentation Control Reduce Gully Erosion Install gully erosion treatments including straw wattles, grass seeding and re-contouring to reduce sediment delivery to Big Canyon Creek. This project site is adjacent to Big Canyon Creek and along a highly visible section of the stream as Idaho State Highway 95 is near the site. The site is a component of a habitat plan developed in 2009, and is also within the highest priority assessment unit identified in the 2009 "Big Canyon Creek Ecological Restoration Strategy." District staff, the land owner and Idaho Department of Correctional Facility labor will be used to install the practice. The project site has a high amount of gully erosion with two draws producing 2,200 LF of gully measuring 1.2 feet wide and 0.4 feet deep. An estimated 46 tons of soil per year will be prevented from entering Big Canyon Creek through installation of this project. Deliverable Specification: Install a combination of straw wattles and grass strips within the gully area to prevent further downcutting and erosion. Project will be installed as per the design developed during the previous contract period and according to USDA and local highway technical specifications. The installation of these grade control structures will reduce erosion by as much as 80% per site. # of upland acres treated = 15.0 FY19 $3,000 No
Improve Steelhead Habitat Create, Restore, and/or Enhance Wetland Enhance and Restore Wetland The project sites are located along Big Canyon Creek in the highest priority geographic area identified in the 2009 "Big Canyon Creek Ecological Restoration Strategy." The wetlands have been severely impacted by grazing and crop production. District staff, the land owner and Idaho Department of Correctional Facility labor will be used to install the practice. The grazed area wetlands have been impacted by livestock trampling and soil compaction. This site has a good restoration potential as the hydric characteristics remain intact. The cropland areas have been partially drained through the installation of drainage ditches and annual plowing. The ditches will be removed through shaping and plowing will discontinue as a vegetated buffer will be placed between the wetlands and cropland. Deliverable Specification: Fencing will be used to protect the portions of wetlands in the grazing areas. A vegetated buffer will be installed around the wetlands in the cropland areas. The buffer will consist of native grasses. Wetland plants will be placed on an 18 inch spacing in cropped areas. Project will be installed as per the design developed during the previous contract period and according to the USDA – Plant Materials Center guidelines. # of acres of riparian wetland habitat treated = 1.8 FY10 $3,689 No
Improve Steelhead Habitat Plant Vegetation Establish Vegetative Buffer Establish vegetative buffer along the wetland, stream corridor in order to reduce sediment and nutrient delivery from adjacent croplands. Installation will be performed by the landowner. Buffer strip will be approximately 30 feet wide and consist of native grasses. The grass will be seeded along the riparian area using a grass seeding drill. # of riparian acres treated: 5.5 FY10 $4,000 No

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Section 6: Estimated Budget for Operations & Maintenance phase

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?
Improve Steelhead Habitat Maintain Vegetation Maintain Vegetation Ten different sites planted with native shrubs and trees from 2005 - 2009 will be maintained to ensure optimal growth, survival and effectiveness. Deliverable Specification: NPSWCD and Idaho Correctional Facility subcontractors will maintain the native trees and shrubs planted on approximately 30 acres at twelve different sites throughout the Big Canyon Creek watershed. Maintenance activities may include the installation of a temporary irrigation system, installation of weed control fabric, or weed control around individual plants. Plant growth and survival will be closely monitored throughout the contract period, and the maintenance actions will be adjusted and adapted accordingly 30 acres FY10 $6,000 Yes

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Section 7: Estimated Budget for Monitoring & Evaluation phase

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?
Improve Steelhead Habitat Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Monitor Stream Temperature at 10 locations within Big Canyon Creek Continue to monitor 6 sites established in previous contract years and install 2 thermographs (one upstream and one downstream) of the newly restored riparian and wetland areas. Stream temperature data collection has been ongoing since 2002, and the primary objective is to identify tributaries to Big Canyon Creek that contribute to high stream temperature which negatively affect fish habitat. This information is used to prioritize work and focus restoration efforts on stream reaches that are most limited by high temperatures. The data is also used as a landowner education tool, and assists the NPSWCD in obtaining landowner participation in projects. Using Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, NPSWCD, and the Nez Perce Tribe established protocols, stream temperature data will be collected at 8 sites within the Big Canyon Creek Watershed. Site selection is coordinated with the Nez Perce Tribe and BLM to avoid duplication. Deliverable Specification: Stream temperature data is collected using continuous monitoring devices (HOBO monitors) at 8 sites along Bear Creek, Six Mile Canyon, mainstem Big Canyon and Cold Springs. Monitors are deployed in May and collected in November. Deployment includes the placement of the HOBO monitor in a waterproof container, anchoring the container to a post or tree, and submerging the container at an identified stream location. Monitors remain in the stream until November, when they are collected and the data retrieved. Primary R, M, and E Focal Area : Tributary Habitat * Primary R, M, and E Type : Status and Trend Monitoring * Secondary R, M, and E Type : Project Implementation/ Compliance Monitoring * Secondary R, M, and E Focal Area : Tributary Habitat FY10 $2,500 No
Improve Steelhead Habitat Analyze/Interpret Data Stream Temperature Data Analysis Description: The stream temperature data collected in WE 157 will be analyzed and interpreted. Deliverable Specification: The continuous stream temperature data collected with HOBO monitors in WE 157 will be analyzed according to Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) protocols and summarized. * Primary R, M, and E Focal Area : Tributary Habitat * Primary R, M, and E Type : Status and Trend Monitoring FY10 $1,000 No

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Section 8: Total Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2008 Cost
Personnel Includes personnel for project coordination, planning, design, and installation of gully erosion treatments, tree planting, thermographs, and wetland. $17,218
Fringe Benefits [blank] $3,399
Supplies Supplies, telephone, thermographs, computer services, repairs and maintenance, $5,668
Travel Travel is used for BPA requested meetings if they should occur within the contract year. The meeting locations are a mix of Portland, Boise, . $855
Supplies Materials include grass seed, straw wattles, wood stakes, erosion control materials, wetland plants, trees, drip irrigation supplies, solar panel. $7,100
Supplies Field supplies to include rod, survey, weed eater, repairs and maintenance. $1,000
Other Vehicle costs to include lease, operating costs, insurance, POV mileage. $8,637
Other indirect costs - rate 11% $4,763
Other rent $3,900
Other Consultants and contracts for weed control, earthwork, engineering design and analysis, upland erosion practice installation. $12,460

Total Estimated Budget
Total FY 2008 budget for this project $65,000

Outyear Budget Totals
Not applicable

Cost sharing
Organization Item or Service Provided Amount ($) Cash or in-kind?
Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District Board member labor for site planning, fiscal management, and landowner agreements. $3,000 In-Kind
Nez Perce County GIS services, computer maintenance and technical assistance, server upgrades and maintenance. $1,200 In-Kind
Idaho Soil Conservation Commission NEPA compliance assistance, project design and planning assistance $2,400 In-Kind
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service Technical assistance for planning through the Continous CRP program. $1,200 In-Kind
USDA - Farm Service Agency Rental rate on portion of project sites through the Continous CRP Program - 15 yrs $5,363 Cash
Landowners Equipment, labor for grass seeding, weed control, no-till $2,700 Cash
Landowners Equipment, labor for grass seeding, weed control, no-till $2,700 In-Kind

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
11/4/2009  10/28/2009  NA      Submitted  $65,000   
Decision Comments Next Steps
   
11/4/2009  11/4/2009  BOG  Budget  CAT-4: Lost Opportunity  Under BOG Review  $65,000  2/13/2010 
Decision Comments Next Steps
The ISRP will review the updated analysis of the Big Canyon Creek Watershed Ecological Restoration Strategy (Spring 2009 edition).  This request will be pooled up for 1st Quarter and will be reviewed by the Council with a recommendation and decision in February. 

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