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Proposal 200202501: Yakima Tributary Access & Habitat Program

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Table of Contents
Part 1. Administration and Budgeting
Section 1: General Administrative
Section 2: Project Location
Section 3: Project Species
Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Section 5: Relationship to Other Projects
Section 6: Biological Objectives
Section 7: Work Elements
Section 8: Budget
Section 9: Project Future
Section 10: Documents
Part 2. Reviews
Part 1 of 2. Administration and Budgeting
Section 1: General Administrative Information
Process Information:
Date Proposal Submitted & Finalized Status Form Generator
July 14, 2006 Finalized Ed Harrell

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 200202501
Proposal Name: Yakima Tributary Access & Habitat Program
BPA Project Manager: Jay Marcotte
Agency, Institution or Organization: South Central Washington Resource Conservation and Development
Short Description: The Yakima Tributary Access and Habitat Program intends to: a) screen diversion structures; b) provide for fish passage at man-made barriers; c) assist landowners improve stream habitat; and, d) coordinate the acquisition of riparian buffer easements.
Information Transfer: The Kittitas County Conservation District maintains a YTAHP website for the public and for YTAHP Core Team members. Presentations are also made to various audiences; including natural resource managers, irrigators, elected officials, and the public. In addition annual reports are made to BPA.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Ed Harrell South Central Washington Resource Conservation and Development Council 1606 Perry St. Suite E
Yakima, WA 98902
Ph: (509) 454-5736 ext. 128
Fax: (509) 454-5739
Email: ytahp@nwinfo.net
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Ed Harrell South Central Washington Resource Conservation and Development Council 1606 Perry St. Suite E
Yakima, WA 98902
Ph: (509) 454-5736 ext. 128
Fax: (509) 454-5739
Email: ytahp@nwinfo.net
Form Submitter
Jay Marcotte
Ph:
Fax:
Email: jgmarcotte@bpa.gov
BPA Project Manager
Dave Myra S. Cent. Wa. RC&D 1606 Perry St. Suite E
Yakima, WA 98902
Ph: (509) 454-5736 ext. 104
Fax: (509) 454-5739
Email: kiyak@nwinfo.net
Supervisor

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Columbia Plateau ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Yakima ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
46.74 _120.46 Tributaries of the Yakima River Tributaries to the Yakima River in Yakima and Kittitas Counties. Yakima, Washington Yakima No
47.0400 -120.46 Tributaries of the Yakima River Tributaries of the Yakima River in Kittitas and Yakima counties. Kittitas, Washington Yakima No

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Steelhead Middle Columbia River ESU
Bull Trout
Chinook Mid-Columbia River Spring ESU
Coho Unspecified Population

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Four barriers removed, irrigation canal and stream separated by a siphon, six pump screens installed, riparian and instream enhancement(corral removed, livestock bridge, vegetation planted, LWD, instream structures), 34 miles of stream surveyed.
2004 Five projects completed, involving: five barriers removed, diversion screened and fish bypass constructed, eight pump screens installed, and instream habitat improvements. Ninety-one additional miles of stream surveyed for a total of 206 miles.
2003 Engineering and permits were completed for six projects. Pump screens installed at five locations. Cooke Creek siphon and screen installed. Rosbach piping. Two fish barriers removed. Two miles of livestock fencing. Stream surveys (115 mi. completed).
2002 Organization of the Core Team (WDFW, KCCD, KCWP ,AID, NYCD, RC&D). Data collection, project prioritization, engineering design and some permitting on 10 Early Action projects. Completion of the Strategic Plan.

Section 5: Relationships to Other Projects
Other Current Projects Related to this Project (any funding source)
Funding Source Related ID Related Project Title Relationship
PCSRF - WSRFB 01-1238 Ahtanum Creek Fish Screens YTAHP has provided the engineering, permitting, archaeological surveys, and some administration/technical input for the first two screens and has the remaining four screens scheduled in the next 18 months.
PCSRF - WSRFB 01-1256 Cowiche Creek Barrier Removal Removal of two high priority barriers identified in the YTAHP stream assessment. YTAHP has provided; permitting, ESA consultation, archaeological surveys, technical input and coordination for this project. This has led to potential inclusion of water saved into the trust program for instream flow in this limited flow reach of Cowiche Creek.
PCSRF - WSRFB 02-1614 Snow Mtn Ranch Acq & Barrier R YTAHP has provided engineering, permitting, ESA consultation, archaeological survey, and construction funds to implement this project. This project also improves habitat and provides instream flow through acquisition and placement of irrigation water into the states water trust program.
PCSRF - WSRFB 02-1656 Dry/Cabin Crk Fish Passage & S YTAHP through KCCD did project planning and submittal of successful funding proposal.
PCSRF - WSRFB 04-1675 YTAHP Lower Reecer Creek Fish YTAHP sponsored project for removal of the first barrier on Reecer Creek.
PCSRF - WSRFB 04-1676 YTAHP Wilson Creek Riparian Re YTAHP sponsored project for riparian habitat enhancements along Wilson Creek.
BPA 199107501 Yakima Screens Const-Fogarty Working in cooperation with BOR to install associated small pump screens, revegetation work and landowner outreach.
BPA 199701325 Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Pro Barrier removal, fish screening, and habitat improvement/protection projects by YTAHP are correcting what might be the immediate threat to fish produced and released from the Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Program.
BPA 199901300 Ahtanum Creek Watershed Assess YTAHP is identified in the assessment as part of the implementation mechanism that will address the fish and portions of the wildlife needs of the Ahtanum Creek watershed. YTAHP activities within the Ahtanum watershed are complimentary to the implementation plan that came out of the assessment.
Other: WSDOT/City of Yakima/Yakima County none Lower Naches River Coordination A cooperative project between WSDOT, City of Yakima and Yakima County to deal with erosion, floodplain and irrigation system problems along the lower Naches river. YTAHP provides technical assistance related to fish access and habitat. YTAHP will implement fish passage and habitat elements of the coordinated plan.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Allow passage and prevent entrainment Yakima Subbasin Plan Supplement: Replace/redesign diversion dams in tributaries to allow passage and prevent entrainment. Screen all unscreened diversions and upgrade inadequate screening. Yakima Continue long term restoration and removal of obstructions to spawning habitat, side channels, and lower ends of tributaries. Supp. pg. 27
Bring all diversions into compliance Bring all diversions into compliance over the next 10 years, especially those in Lower tribs with good rearing access. Yakima Move diversion off channel, Provide screens, Consolidate diversions. pg. 4-60
Convert Wilson system to more natural system Manage/convert the Wilson system to have more attributes similar to the natural system - riparian zone/bank stability, gravel bed and banks, hydrology. Yakima Convert irrigation systems to pipes or separate conveyance, Replant riparian zones, Improve sediment transport through the system. pg. 4-62
Improve habitat diversity Yakima Subbasin Plan Supplement: Improve habitat diversity by restoring flow to stream channels and side channels. Restore channel form and process by removal, relocation or alteration of levees, bridges, diversion dams. LWD installation to improve complexity. Yakima Work with cooperating landowners to protect intact floodplain habitats. Levee removal/ reconfiguration. Improve irrigation efficiencies, especially in tributaries to restore flow. Purchase easements to allow restoration. Riparian restoration. Supp. pg. 29
Improve habitat quality Yakima Subbasin Plan Supplement: Improve, through protection and restoration, the wetted area of the stream channel and riparian zone. Yakima Work with cooperating landowners, tribes, and public agencies through purchase, easement, and land-use agreements to protect intact floodplain habitats and to secure lands for restoration. Installation of in-channel LWD. Improve irrigation efficiency. Supp. pg. 28
Improve passage and design of irrigation diversion Improve passage and design of irrigation diversions to allow fish and sediments to pass through diversion points. Yakima Replace/rebuild existing diversion dams based on prioritization from WDFW/YTAHP. Relocate or consolidate existing structures pg. 4-59
Improve passage of fish and sediments Improve passage and design of irrigation diversions to allow fish and sediments to pass through diversion points. Improve passage on forest roads. Repair and replace all blocked culverts over the next 20 years. Yakima Replace/rebuild existing diversion dams based on prioritization from WDFW/YTAHP. Culvert replacement. pg. 4-63
Provide screening Provide screening at all locations where it does not exist, upgrade existing screens to meet new criteria, consolidate diversions, move diversions off stream. Yakima Continue with screening and passage improvements. pg. 4-71
Reduce grazing impacts Reduce potential for grazing operations to impact bull trout spawning or redds. Yakima Fence off stream, off channel watering structures, Crossing structures for cattle. pg. 4-73
Screen diversions Screen all diversions over the next 10 years, especially those in Lower tribs with good rearing access. Yakima Move diversion off channel, Provide screens, Consolidate diversions. pg. 4-64

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation Obtain Permits (Various projects) Cost of a dedicated staff person with WDFW to prepare permit applications and administer processing of YTAHP project permits. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $189,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Create, Restore, and/or Enhance Wetland Restore and/or enhance wetland functions May include water control structures, re-contouring and excavation. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $20,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve habitat quality
* # of acres treated: 5 acres

Develop Alternative Water Source Cowiche Water Users Group shift to Yakima/Tieton Irrigation System Substitute use of Yakima/Tieton water for water now diverted from Cowiche Creek. 10/1/2006 9/30/2007 $40,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Allow passage and prevent entrainment
Bring all diversions into compliance
Improve passage of fish and sediments
No Metrics for this Work Element

Enhance Floodplain Enhance Reecer Creek Floodplain Breach and relocate dike along Reecer Creek in west Ellensburg. 2/1/2007 6/30/2007 $35,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve habitat quality
* # of acres treated: 112 acres

Increase Instream Habitat Complexity Instream Habitat Complexity Work to add natural materials instream to create habitat features or to improve channel morphology. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $135,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve habitat diversity
Improve habitat quality
* # of stream miles treated: 2.25 miles

Install Fence Install Fencing Work to install various types of fences and gate to keep livestock out of riparian habitat. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $55,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve habitat quality
* # of miles of fence: .35

Plant Vegetation Plant Vegetation Plant vegetation for purposes such as erosion control, shading, restoring native habitat. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $169,400
Biological Objectives Metrics
Convert Wilson system to more natural system
Improve habitat quality
* # of riparian miles treated: 4.7

Realign, Connect, and/or Create Channel Realign, connect and/or creat channel Attempts to add sinuosity, meanders, side channels, and/or off channel habitats. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $56,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve habitat diversity
Improve habitat quality
* # of stream miles treated, including off-channels, after realignment: 0.17 miles

Maintain Vegetation Maintain Vegetation Ongoing care of vegetation planted for habitat projects or as restoration of areas disturbed by construction for other YTAHP projects. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $69,600
Biological Objectives Metrics
Convert Wilson system to more natural system
Improve habitat quality
No Metrics for this Work Element

Install Fish Passage Structure Install fish passage structures Install, replace or modify structures to improve fish passage and/or flow. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $82,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Allow passage and prevent entrainment
Improve passage and design of irrigation diversion
Improve passage of fish and sediments
* Does the structure remove or replace a fish passage barrier?: Yes
* # of miles of habitat accessed: 10 miles accessed

Install Fish Screen Install new or replacement gravity screens on diversions Install a fish screen, meeting NOAA/WDFW, specifications at a gravity diversion. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $120,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Allow passage and prevent entrainment
Bring all diversions into compliance
Provide screening
Screen diversions
* Quantity of water protected by screening, as determined by what is stated in the water right or calculated based on flow rate: 160 cfs screened
* Does the screen meet NOAA/FSOC specs?: Yes

Install Fish Screen Install or replace pump screens Install pump screens meeting NOAA/WDFW specifications on irrigation diversion pumps. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $78,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Allow passage and prevent entrainment
Bring all diversions into compliance
Provide screening
Screen diversions
* Does the screen meet NOAA/FSOC specs?: Yes
* Flow rate at the screen diversion allowed by the water right: 98 cfs

Install Siphon Install siphons Install siphons on Currier Creek, Cascade canal, and Cowiche Creek. 10/15/2007 12/5/2007 $88,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Allow passage and prevent entrainment
Improve passage of fish and sediments
No Metrics for this Work Element

Remove/Install Diversion Remove/Install irrigation diversions Work that removes and/or replaces fish passage barriers associated with stream diversions. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $132,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Allow passage and prevent entrainment
Bring all diversions into compliance
Improve passage and design of irrigation diversion
Improve passage of fish and sediments
* # of miles of habitat accessed: 17 miles accessed

Conduct Pre-Acquisition Activities Van Wyke development rights Work with WDFW to acquire the development rights to 4,500 acres on Van Wyke property. 1/1/2007 12/31/2007 $10,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve habitat quality
No Metrics for this Work Element

Coordination Project coordination Coordination of project development and implementation between various agencies and landowners. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $260,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Identify and Select Projects Identify, prioritize and select potential projects [Work Element Description Not Entered] 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $97,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Manage YTAHP Program [Work Element Description Not Entered] 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $736,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Outreach and Education Outreach and Education Outreach and education to landowners, local elected officials and community organizations. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $227,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
* # of general public reached: 2400 people reached

Produce Design and/or Specifications Engineering Contracted engineering and design services, for YTAHP projects, from certified engineering firms. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $409,300
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Inventory or Assessment Inventory and Assessment of various streams Complete variouse sections of stream inventories and inventory reports. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $38,800
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Create/Manage/Maintain Database Produce pertinent project maps Produce GIS maps and data for use in project engineering, design, technical review, and funding applications. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $55,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Install Pipeline Install pipeline Install pipeline in conjunction with diversion relocation or consolidation. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $49,700
Biological Objectives Metrics
Allow passage and prevent entrainment
Bring all diversions into compliance
* Amount of unprotected water flow returned to the stream by conservation in cfs: 16 cfs

Install Well Install Ring Well Install ring wells to replace instream diversions. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $14,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Allow passage and prevent entrainment
Bring all diversions into compliance
Improve passage and design of irrigation diversion
* Amount of unprotected water flow returned to the stream by conservation in cfs: 1.5 cfs


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel Includes: Program administration, education and outreach, project development and coordination, in-house engineering, technical review, and permitting. $350,000 $360,000 $375,000
Fringe Benefits Approximately 30% of salaries $98,000 $100,800 $105,000
Supplies Includes: Office supplies, small tools. $8,000 $8,000 $8,000
Travel Includes: mileage and travel expenses $8,000 $8,500 $9,000
Overhead Includes: Indirect costs $75,500 $79,000 $81,000
Other Engineering and Design $65,000 $70,000 $75,000
Other Contracted Construction $180,000 $190,000 $200,000
Other Professional Services - Includes: Cultural Surveys, Attorney's fess, Computer Tech. Assistance, Fish Biologists. $27,000 $28,000 $29,000
Other Contract for Habitat restoration crew $55,000 $58,000 $61,000
Other Construction materials, plants for revegetation, fish/pump screens $142,000 $152,000 $162,000
Totals $1,008,500 $1,054,300 $1,105,000

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$3,167,800
Total Work Element budget$3,167,800

Cost sharing
Funding Source or Organization Item or Service Provided FY 2007 Est Value ($) FY 2008 Est Value ($) FY 2009 Est Value ($) Cash or in-kind? Status
Community Salmon Funds Funding for construction $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 Cash Under Development
Conservation Commission Engineering Program Project Engineering $40,000 $40,000 $40,000 Cash Confirmed
Department of Fish and Wildlife Program Assistance / Construction $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 Cash Under Development
Irrigation Efficiencies Program Funding for water savings / construction $200,000 $200,000 $200,000 Cash Under Development
Landowners Project implementation $35,000 $40,000 $45,000 Cash Under Development
Open Rivers Initiative Funding for construction $45,000 $45,000 $45,000 Cash Under Development
Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group Funding for construction $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 Cash Under Development
Salmon Recovery Funding Board Funding for construction $200,000 $200,000 $200,000 Cash Under Development
USDA/EQIP Funding for water savings $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 Cash Under Development
USFW Cooperative Partnership Program Funding for construction $40,000 $40,000 $40,000 Cash Under Development
Water Infrastructure Grants Funding for construction $200,000 $200,000 $200,000 Cash Under Development
Totals $855,000 $860,000 $865,000

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$1,150,000 $1,175,000 Stream surveys completed to date indicate enough potential barrier removal, screening, and habitat improvement projects to require funding beyond 2011.
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
 
Termination Date Comments
 
Final Deliverables

Section 10: Narrative
Document Type Size Date
Fix-it Loop Documents
Documents Originally Submitted with this Proposal

Part 2 of 2. Reviews of Proposal
Administrative Review Group (ARG) Results
Account Type:
Both Capital and Expense
Location:
Province: No Change
Subbasin: No Change
Primary Focal Species
No Change
ARG Comments:


BPA Capital/Expense Review Results (March 14, 2006) [Download full document]

Initial BPA Capital/Expense Determination (Subject to final review):
Expense - small independent projects not capital
Primary Uncertainty for Capitalization: ---


NPCC Final Funding Recommendations (October 23, 2006) [Full NPCC Council Recs]

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$600,000
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$600,000
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$600,000
Total NPCC Rec
$1,800,000
Budget Type:Capital
Budget Category:ProvinceCapital
Recommendation:Fund
NPCC Comments: ISRP fundable (qualified): habitat m&e programmatic issue. See decision memo discussion. On BPA's list of possible capital project. Need to determine capital elements.


NPCC Final Funding Recommendations (October 23, 2006) [Full NPCC Council Recs]

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$466,666
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$466,666
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$466,666
Total NPCC Rec
$1,399,998
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
NPCC Comments: ISRP fundable (qualified): Programmatic Issue: habitat m&e. See decision memo discussion. On BPA's list of possible capital project. This is the expense portion of the project. See capital budget for capital components. Request restoration of expense funds through the within-year request process to implement projects.


NPCC Draft Funding Recommendations (September 15, 2006) [Full NPCC Council Recs]

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$466,666
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$466,666
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$466,666
Total NPCC Rec
$1,399,998
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$ 0
Total MSRT Rec
$ 0
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
NPCC Comments:
NPCC Staff Comments: ISRP fundable (qualified): habitat m&e programmatic issue. See decision memo discussion. On BPA's list of possible capital project. Need to determine capital elements.

Local or MSRT Comments: See Washington guidance


Independent Scientific Review Panel Final Review (August 31, 2006) [Download full document]

Recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)
Comments: This project is in its early years and has the potential to produce some valuable information to guide further projects. The sponsors provided a good summary of passage work. However, there was no effort made in the proposal to translate the structural changes being made in these tributaries into biological changes and the project proposal did not contain an adequate description of benefits to fish populations. The response was very thin in terms of realized or potential benefits to fish. The sponsors are referred to Marmorek et al (2004) (see below) for specific information and methods to assess effectiveness of screening in the Yakima River basin. Reporting of past results was diffused throughout the narrative.

The sponsors concurred with the ISRP that M&E is needed and a newly created Monitoring Plan (submitted to BPA last year) was included in the response. In the response they state that in the near future empirical data will be available to show actual benefits to steelhead and other fish species. However, the commitment to monitoring for benefits to fish still appears tentative. Statements in the response such as, "As long as project sites provide a fish friendly environment, habitat improvements are maintained, and the structures are functioning as intended and meeting the needs of water users/landowners/operators, projects will be considered successful." Another statement, "It is generally assumed that removal of fish passage barriers and correctly designed fish passage structures leads to reestablished access for salmonids" indicates that the sponsors need to be encouraged to include biologically oriented monitoring in addition to engineering indicators of success. One part of the monitoring plan will focus on selected tributaries, which harks to an index stream approach rather than the highly regarded probabilistic approach. Guidance may be required to make sure the proponents use appropriate monitoring methods. Perhaps there is scope to use the Yakima Tributary Access and Habitat Program as a demonstration project to develop and use realistic and cost-effective monitoring protocols that could be used elsewhere in the Columbia River Basin.

This Fundable recommendation is Qualified to indicate that a better monitoring protocol should be developed so project staff can report on fish results. In developing the monitoring design they should consider a probabilistic design, rather than an index stream approach. The ISRP will look for better reporting in the next review. This monitoring can be done through another agency/entity, but the sponsors should describe those efforts and report the results.

Reference: Marmorek et al 2004. A Multiple Watershed Approach to Assessing the Effects of Habitat Restoration Actions on Anadromous and Resident Fish Populations. 420 p. (www.efw.bpa.gov/publications/H00012481-1.pdf).


Independent Scientific Review Panel Preliminary Review (June 2, 2006) [Download full document]

Recommendation: Response requested
Comments: This project is in its early years and has the potential to produce some valuable information to guide further projects. The sponsors provide a good summary of passage work. However, there is no effort made in the proposal to translate the structural changes being made in these tributaries into biologic changes. The sponsors should provide the ISRP with biologically meaningful monitoring protocols of at least a subsample of the restoration program. This information might come from other projects such as the Yakama Nation's monitoring program, but this needs to be spelled out.

The project proposal does not contain an adequate description of benefits to fish populations; those should be summarized in the response.

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