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Proposal 199802100: Hood River Fish Habitat

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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 Alexis Vaivoda

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199802100
Proposal Name: Hood River Fish Habitat
BPA Project Manager: Sarah Branum
Agency, Institution or Organization: Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon
Short Description: Implement habitat improvement actions in the Hood River subbasin that will support wild fish and supplementation efforts of the Hood River Production Program (HRPP).
Information Transfer: Information from project planning, implementation, and monitoring will be summarized and and reported to BPA in the form of monthly, status, and annual reports. Project information will be shared and presented to HRPP co-managers (ODFW), NPCC, CBFWA, BPA, the Hood River Watershed Group, and the public through written and verbal means.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Alexis Vaivoda Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs 6030 Dee Highway
Parkdale, Oregon 97041
Ph: 541-352-9326
Fax: 541-352-9365
Email: vaivoda@gorge.net
Form Submitter Hood River Production Program Manager
All Assigned Contacts
Sarah Branum
Ph:
Fax:
Email: stbranum@bpa.gov
BPA COTR
Brad Houslet Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs PO Box C
Warm Springs, Oregon 97761
Ph: (541) 553-2039
Fax: (541) 553-1994
Email: bhouslet@wstribes.org
Supervisor
CTWS Fisheries Program Manager
Joe McCanna Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs 6030 Dee Highway
Parkdale, Oregon 97041
Ph: (541) 352-9326
Fax: (541) 352-9365
Email: jmccanna@gorge.net
Technical Contact
Hood River Production Program Technical Contact
Alexis Vaivoda Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs 6030 Dee Highway
Parkdale, Oregon 97041
Ph: 541-352-9326
Fax: 541-352-9365
Email: vaivoda@gorge.net
Form Submitter
Project Lead
Hood River Production Program Manager

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Columbia Gorge ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Hood ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
Hood River and its tributaries Specific actions encompassed by 1998-021-00 are locacted throughout the Hood River subbasin. Hood River, Oregon Hood Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Chinook Lower Columbia River ESU
Coho Lower Columbia River ESU
Steelhead Lower Columbia River ESU
Bull Trout
Coastal Cutthroat
Cutthroat Trout
Mountain Whitefish
Rainbow Trout
River Lamprey

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Completed Phase 2a of Central Canal Project. Completed engineering and design for West Fork Hood River Large Wood Placement Project. Completed 1.2 km of riparian fence on West Fork Neal Creek, cattle excluded.
2004 Completed the Dee Irrigation evaluation and feasibility study. Replaced a passage barrier on Baldwin Creek to provide access for steelhead. Completed Phase 1 of Central Canal Project. Completed 0.7 km of riparian fence on Emil Creek, cattle excluded.
2003 Replaced a passage barrier on Evans Creek to provide access for steelhead. Eliminated an irrigation diversion and completed a piping project on Evans Creek which provided access for steelhead while eliminating interbasin transfer of water.
2002 Farmers Irrigation fish screen on manistem Hood River completed. Completed Hood River Watershed Action Plan. Completed 0.4 km of riparian fence on Shelly Creek, cattle excluded. Completed 1.0 km of riparian fence on Baldwin Creek, horses excluded.
2001 Initiated engineering and design of pipeline and invert siphon for irrigation on East Fork Hood River.
2000 Completed the Hood River Fish Habitat Protection, Restoration, and Monitoring Plan. Completed 1.1 km of riparian fence exclosure on Baldwin Creek, cattle excluded.
1999 Eliminated an irrigation diversion on Evans Creek and provided access for steelhead and resident fish. Completed Hood River Watershed Assessment. Completed 0.8 km of riparian fence and bank stabilization on Lenz Creek, cattle excluded.
1998 Removed a passage barrier on Tony Creek to provide access for chinook, steelhead, bull trout, and resident fish. Completed a feasibility evaluation for a pipe bypass on Neal Creek. Vegetative plantings on Neal Creek.
1997 Completed 1.9 km of riparian fence exclosure on Neal Creek, cattle excluded. Completed 22 m of bioengineered rip rap on Neal Creek, which included vegetative plantings. Early actions for project 1998-021-00.
1996 Completed 0.8 km of riparian fence exclosure on Neal Creek, cattle excluded. Completed 23 m of bioengineered rip rap on Neal Creek, which included vegetative plantings. Early actions for project 1998-021-00.

Section 5: Relationships to Other Projects
Other Current Projects Related to this Project (any funding source)
Funding Source Related ID Related Project Title Relationship
BPA 198805303 Hood River Production M&E - Ws Monitoring and evaluation of HRPP activities within the Hood River subbasin: acclimation, life history, distribution, water quality, chinook run predictions, tribal creel, and PIT tagging hatchery production.
BPA 198805304 Hood River Production M&E-ODFW Monitoring and evaluation of HRPP activities within the Hood River subbasin: juvenile screw traps, adult trap summaries, steelhead run predictions, sport creel, and PIT tagging natural production.
BPA 198805306 Hood R Prod O&M - PGE Pelton Ladder operation, maintenance, chinook rearing, and marking.
BPA 198805307 Hood R Prod O&M - WS/ODFW Parkdale Fish Facility operation, maintenance, adult broodstock holding and spawning.
BPA 198805308 Hood R Powerdale/Oak Springs Powerdale Fish Trap operation, maintenance, adult broodstock collection, and upstream adult data collection. Oak Springs Hatchery operation, maintenance, steelhead incubation, rearing, and marking.
BPA 200305400 Repro of Steelhead In Hood Riv Genetic analysis and pedigree of anadromous and resident fish in the Hood River subbasin.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Increase connectivity above Clear Branch Dam Objective 7. (Clear Branch Dam fish trap improvements: FY 2009) This project will design and engineer a solution to the inadequate passage facilities at Clear Branch Dam. This will improve access and safe passage and will provide expanded areas for distribution in the Middle Fork Hood River subbasin. This will also address water quality issues associated with erosion from the dam's spill. Hood Priority 1: Habitat Restoration Strategies- Habitat Connectivity (improve passage at Clear Branch Dam). Bull trout strategies: reestablish connectivity at Clear Branch Dam. Winter steelhead strategies: remove artificial barriers. 179, 186, 193-4
Increase fish habitat in E.Fk HR and W.Fk Neal Cr Objective 3. (East Fork Hood and West Fork Neal Habitat Projects: FY 2007 and 2008) These projects will provide habitat restoration for winter steelhead to improve carrying capacity. Improving habitat complexity to provide juvenile steelhead with refuge areas from debris flows and flood events may increase natural production and carrying capacity. Hood Priority 1: Habitat Restoration Strategies- Large Woody Debris Restoration (Large wood addition to increase complexity for natural production). Winter steelhead strategies: Increase rearing capacity by improving habitat structure and complexity. 186-7, 191, 194
Increase fish habitat quality assoc. w/ ag. prac. Objective 4. (Fencing Projects: FY 2007, 2008, and 2009) These fencing projects will be designed to restore and protect riparian areas of anadromous streams. They will improve riparian function, habitat complexity, and water quality conditions in East Fork Hood River tributaries to provide juvenile steelhead with refuge areas. Winter steelhead overlap the most with water quality degradation. Hood Priority 1: Habitat Restoration Strategies- Flow Restoration (restore healthy watershed hydrologic conditions). Priority 1: Habitat Protection Strategies- Protection and Improvement of Water Quality (implement projects to control agricultural pollution). 186-7, 190-2
Increase fish production in East Fork Hood River Objective 6. (EFID diversion improvements: FY 2009) This project will upgrade East Fork Irrigation District's head gate diversion and will address flow restoration, water quality, and fish loss in the East Fork Hood River. Hood Priority 1: Habitat Restoration Strategies- Flow Restoration (improve metering, measurement, and monitoring capabilities and correct excessive irrigation pressures). Priority 1: Habitat Protection Strategies- (increase rearing capacity in East Fork Hood) 187, 190, 194
Increase natural production in Evans Creek Objective 2. (Evans Creek barrier removals: FY 2007 and 2008) Removing all the barriers on Evans Creek will provide up to 5.0 miles of steelhead habitat. Removing artifical passage barriers is important for passage remediation and improved habitat connectivity. Fish passage barrier removal will provide improved access to areas for holding, spawning, and rearing and will provide more refuge areas for juveniles. Hood Priority 1: Habitat Restoration Strategies- Habitat Connectivity (provide adequate fish passage at current barriers). Steelhead strategies: remove artificial barriers and provide access to tributaries where artificially impeded. 180-6, 191-4
Increase steelhead and bull trout prod. in Coe Br. Objective 5. (Coe Branch diversion and fish screen replacement: FY 2008) This project will provide adequate fish passage and screening for the Coe Branch diversion. This will achieve successful juvenile and adult fish passage connectivity. Hood Priority 1: Habitat Restoration Strategies- Habitat Connectivity (install fish screens on remaining unscreened diversions). Priority 1: Habitat Protection Strategies- Provide passage at Coe Branch Diversion. 178-80, 191-4
Increase wild steelhead production in Neal Creek Objective 1. (EFID Central Canal Phase 3: FY 2007) This project will return 2.5 cfs as instream flow to the East Fork Hood River, remove an inadequate fish screen, remove a fish passage barrier, and eliminate interbasin transfer of glacial water to Neal Creek. Flow restoration, habitat improvements, and water quality conditions are listed in the subbasin plan as environmental conditions needed to achieve increased steelhead production. Hood Priority 1: Habitat Restoration Strategies- Flow Restoration (piping open irrigation ditches). Priority 1: Habitat Protection Strategies- Protection and Improvement of Water Quality (completion of the Central Canal Pipeline). 186-7, 190-2

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 Work with BPA on environmental compliance requirements Environmental compliance for projects is obtained with the aid of BPA environmental specialists. Some of this work will include funds for BPA work. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $60,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase connectivity above Clear Branch Dam
Increase fish habitat in E.Fk HR and W.Fk Neal Cr
Increase fish habitat quality assoc. w/ ag. prac.
Increase fish production in East Fork Hood River
Increase natural production in Evans Creek
Increase steelhead and bull trout prod. in Coe Br.
Increase wild steelhead production in Neal Creek
No Metrics for this Work Element

Increase Instream Habitat Complexity Monitor project construction and insure design compliance (FY 2007 and 2008) CTWS staff will provide support to the subcontractor and monitor project implementation to insure that project design is followed. 6/30/2007 9/1/2008 $70,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase fish habitat in E.Fk HR and W.Fk Neal Cr
* # of stream miles treated: 2.00

Install Fence Install fences annually (FY 2007-2009) Install approximately 1.0 mile of riparian fence annually (FY 2007-2009) on tributaries shown to be water quality limited. 6/1/2007 9/30/2009 $45,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase fish habitat quality assoc. w/ ag. prac.
* # of miles of fence: 1.00 miles of fence annually

Plant Vegetation Plant and seed riparian buffers in fenced areas (FY 2007-2009) Following completion of fence installation, plant and seed appropriate areas with native vegetation. 6/1/2007 9/30/2009 $12,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase fish habitat quality assoc. w/ ag. prac.
* # of acres of planted: 5.0 acres annually
* # of riparian miles treated: 1.0 miles annually

Install Fish Passage Structure Modify the current Clear Branch Dam fish trap (FY 2009) The current fish trap at Clear Branch Dam does not function adequately. Modifications will provide connectivity above and below the dam, and solve a water quality issue associated with high flows. 1/1/2009 9/30/2009 $43,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase connectivity above Clear Branch Dam
* Does the structure remove or replace a fish passage barrier?: No
* Was barrier Full or Partial?: Partial
* # of miles of habitat accessed: connectivity of 8.0 miles

Install Fish Passage Structure Remove and/or replace culverts that act as fish passage barriers on Evans Creek (FY 2007 and 2008) Several culverts have been identified as fish passage barriers on Evans Creek. Removing/replacing these fish passage barriers will increase the amount of available anadroumous habitat. 6/30/2007 9/30/2008 $50,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase natural production in Evans Creek
* Does the structure remove or replace a fish passage barrier?: yes
* Was barrier Full or Partial?: depends on the barrier, both
* # of miles of habitat accessed: up to 4.5 miles

Install Fish Screen Install approved fish screen at the Coe Branch diversion (FY 2008) This will include removing the existing diversion and installing an approved fish screen that will provide adequate fish passage. 6/30/2008 8/30/2008 $480,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase steelhead and bull trout prod. in Coe Br.
* Does the screen meet NOAA/FSOC specs?: yes
* Is the screen New or a Replacement?: replacement
* Flow rate at the screen diversion allowed by the water right: 40.0 cfs
* Quantity of water protected by screening, as determined by what is stated in the water right or calculated based on flow rate: 28,562 acre-feet/year

Remove/Modify Dam Upgrade the EFID head gate diversion (FY 2009) Install a solution to the current EFID head gate diversion so that annual construction and maintenance of a push up dam is not required. 7/1/2009 8/15/2009 $495,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase fish production in East Fork Hood River
* # of miles of habitat accessed: improved access to 13.0 miles

Coordination Coordinate and design fencing projects with partners and land owners (FY 2007-2009) Work with partners and land owners to coordinate and design fencing plans and implementation annually. 2/1/2007 9/30/2009 $9,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase fish habitat quality assoc. w/ ag. prac.
No Metrics for this Work Element

Coordination Coordinate and participate in designing adequate fish passage and fish screening on Coe Branch (FY 2008) There will be many partners in this project: MFID, ODFW, USFS, FID, contracted engineers, NOAA, USFW, and CTWS. There will be substantial project coordination and environmental compliance necessary. 10/1/2006 9/30/2008 $5,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase steelhead and bull trout prod. in Coe Br.
No Metrics for this Work Element

Coordination Coordinate and participate in designing fish passage barrier removals on Evans Creek (FY 2007-2008) Work with partners to coordinate and design passage barrier removals or replacements. 10/1/2006 6/30/2008 $8,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase natural production in Evans Creek
No Metrics for this Work Element

Coordination Coordinate and participate is designing an adequate solution to upgrading the East Fork Irrigation District's head gate diversion (FY 2009) Work with EFID, ODFW, NOAA, USFW, contracted engineers, and others to find an adequate solution to the current diversion. 10/1/2008 9/30/2009 $5,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase fish production in East Fork Hood River
No Metrics for this Work Element

Coordination Finalize restoration and LWD plan with landowners and project cooperators (FY 2007 and 2008) Coordinate with project partners and possible landowners to insure completion of project. 10/1/2006 9/30/2008 $10,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase fish habitat in E.Fk HR and W.Fk Neal Cr
No Metrics for this Work Element

Coordination Participate in corrdination and design of a solution for adequate fish passage at Clear Branch Dam (FY 2009) Work with MFID, ODFW, NOAA, USFW, contracted engineers, and others to find a solution to provide adequate upstream and downstream passage at Clear Branch Dam on the Middle Fork Hood River. 10/1/2008 9/30/2009 $5,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase connectivity above Clear Branch Dam
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Manage Project Manage the Hood River Fish Habitat Project and continue active cooperation, cost-sharing opportunities, and future planning (FY 2007-2009) 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $42,476
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Design and/or Specifications Select a contractor to complete the design of habitat projects (FY 2007 and 2008) Habitat projects will be designed considering fish habitat, geomorphology, and hydrologic needs. One project is planned for FY 2007, and one for FY 2008. 10/1/2006 6/30/2008 $14,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase fish habitat in E.Fk HR and W.Fk Neal Cr
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Plan Provide implementation support Produce necessary plans and seek cost-sharing opprotunities for the associated Hood River Habitat actions listed in this proposal and in the future. This is a cooperative effort with the Hood River Watershed Council Coordinator position (FY 2007-2009) 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $70,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Provide Technical Review Participate with EFID and engineers to develop a satisfactory fish restoration project for the East Fork Central Canal Project (FY 2007) Planning and design for an effective solution to fish passage issues, water quality, and water conservation. 10/1/2006 6/30/2007 $6,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase wild steelhead production in Neal Creek
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Annual Report Prepare an annual report Prepare and distribute an annual report describing actions, activities, and pertinent monitoring to BPA and appropriate avenues (FY 2007-2009) 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $21,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Status Report Provide status reports to BPA COTR Provide BPA COTR with monthly updates and use the Pisces system to provide BPA with quarterly reports on-line (FY 2007-2009) 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $3,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Analyze fish trap data to demonstrate connectivity (FY 2009) Utilize fish trap data and other means to determine the project effectiveness. 1/1/2009 9/30/2009 $4,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase connectivity above Clear Branch Dam
Primary R, M, and E Type: effectiveness, trend and implementation monitoring

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Collect data for current and past fence projects (FY 2007-2009) Data collected includes photopoints, riparian surveys, and channel configurations. 6/1/2007 9/30/2009 $12,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase fish habitat quality assoc. w/ ag. prac.
Primary R, M, and E Type: effectiveness, implementation and trend monitoring

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Collect implementation and effectiveness data for upgrading the EFID head gate diversion (FY 2009) Use photopoints and maintenance logs to show the effectiveness of installing an adequate diversion that removes the need for in-channel dam construction and maintenance. 2/1/2009 9/30/2009 $4,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase fish production in East Fork Hood River
Primary R, M, and E Type: effectiveness, trend and implementation monitoring

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Monitor changes to fish passage and fish habitat on Evans Creek (FY 2007 and 2008) Monitor changes to fish passage and physical habitat on Evans Creek as a result of removing/replacing fish passage barriers. 10/1/2006 9/30/2008 $8,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase natural production in Evans Creek
Primary R, M, and E Type: effectiveness, trend and implementation monitoring

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Monitor changes to fish passage and fish habitat on Neal Creek and the EFID Eastside Lateral as part of the EFID Central Canal Project (FY 2007 and 2008) Monitor changes to fish passage, physical habitat, and water quality on Neal Creek as a result of the East Fork Irrigation District Central Canal project 10/1/2006 9/30/2008 $14,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase wild steelhead production in Neal Creek
Primary R, M, and E Type: effectiveness, trend and implementation monitoring

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Monitor changes to fish passage on Coe Branch (FY 2007-2009) In conjunction with past and future work planned by the USFS, monitor the populations of steelhead and bull trout in Coe Branch and the tributaries upstream of the Coe Branch diversion. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $6,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase steelhead and bull trout prod. in Coe Br.
Primary R, M, and E Type: action effectiveness and trend monitoring

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Monitor the project area before and after habitat restoration project completion (FY 2007-2009) Pre- and post-project monitoring will be implemeted by CTWS for effectiveness. This will include photopoints, channel configurations, habitat surveys, and substrate analyses. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $21,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase fish habitat in E.Fk HR and W.Fk Neal Cr
Primary R, M, and E Type: effectiveness, trend and implementation monitoring

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Pre- and Post project pesticide monitoring in Neal Creek for the EFID Central Canal Project (FY 2007-2009) This work will monitor the East Fork Irrigation District Central Canal project (both pre- and post project conditions) and work towards revising agricultural BMPs in the Hood River subbasin. 2/1/2007 9/30/2009 $90,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase wild steelhead production in Neal Creek
Primary R, M, and E Type: effectiveness research and trend monitoring

Install Pipeline Pipeline construction of the EFID Central Canal project: Phase 3 (FY 2007) Phase 3 of the Central Canal project will consist of approximately 2.0 miles of HDPE pipe, numerous vaults, an invert siphon to bypass Neal Creek, and removal of an inadequate fish screen and fish ladder. 10/1/2006 6/30/2007 $487,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase wild steelhead production in Neal Creek
* Amount of unprotected water flow returned to the stream by conservation in cfs: Approximately 2.5 cfs will be conserved
* Estimated # of miles of primary stream reach improvement: Approx. 10.0 miles of Neal Creek will be improved


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel [blank] $42,200 $43,300 $44,400
Fringe Benefits benefits @ 30% FTE $12,660 $12,990 $13,320
Supplies tools, equipment, fencing supplies $10,250 $10,250 $10,250
Overhead overhead @ 38% $24,742 $25,285 $25,829
Other subcontracts $600,000 $593,000 $591,000
Other NEPA costs $10,000 $15,000 $15,000
Totals $699,852 $699,825 $699,799

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$2,099,476
Total Work Element budget$2,099,476

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
Bureau of Reclamation Phase 3 contribution $300,000 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Under Development
East Fork Irrigation District Phase 3 contribution $1,000,000 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Under Review
East Fork Irrigation District HRSWCD contirbution $5,500 $5,500 $5,500 Cash Confirmed
Farmers Irrigation District HRSWCD contirbution $7,000 $7,000 $7,000 Cash Confirmed
Middle Fork Irrigation District HRSWCD contirbution $5,500 $5,500 $5,500 Cash Confirmed
Middle Fork Irrigation District Coe Branch diversion construction $ 0 $100,000 $ 0 In-Kind Under Development
Middle Fork Irrigation District Coe Branch diversion construction $ 0 $100,000 $ 0 Cash Under Development
Natural Resource Conservation Service East Fork Head Gate design $10,000 $20,000 $ 0 In-Kind Under Development
ODEQ 319 Phase 3 contribution $300,000 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Under Development
ODFW Coe Branch diversion engineering $150,000 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Under Review
OWEB HRSWCD $44,300 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Confirmed
OWEB HRSWCD $ 0 $44,300 $44,300 Cash Under Development
OWEB Phase 3 contribution $1,000,000 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Under Development
OWEB Phase 3 contribution $500,000 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Under Development
Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund Habitat Restoration contribution $60,000 $60,000 $ 0 Cash Under Development
Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund Clear Branch Dam improvements $ 0 $ 0 $60,000 Cash Under Development
USFS/USDA Phase 3 contribution $250,000 $200,000 $ 0 Cash Under Development
USFS/USDA Coe Branch diversion prelim design $50,000 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Confirmed
Totals $3,682,300 $542,300 $122,300

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$700,000 $700,000 This amount provides an adequate amount for habitat restoration projects given the current staffing level.
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
No operation and/or maintenance costs are expected in out years.
 
Termination Date Comments
2020 There will most likely always be fish habitat projects that will increase ecosystem function, however if this project remains funded through 2020 many of the key projects currently identified in the Hood River Watershed Action Plan will be completed.
 
Final Deliverables
Annual reports will be provided to BPA. Publications regarding restoration activities and effectiveness will be included.

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
$487,000
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$530,000
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$538,000
Total NPCC Rec
$1,555,000
Budget Type:Capital
Budget Category:ProvinceCapital
Recommendation:Fund
NPCC Comments: Address the ISRP concerns in the annual reporting of results to Bonneville, in terms of benefits to fish. Capital component.


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

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$212,852
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$169,825
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$161,799
Total NPCC Rec
$544,476
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
NPCC Comments: Address the ISRP concerns in the annual reporting of results to Bonneville, in terms of benefits to fish. Expense portion. See capital budget for capital component.


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

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$212,852
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$169,825
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$161,799
Total NPCC Rec
$544,476
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: Address the ISRP concerns in the annual reporting of results to Bonneville, in terms of benefits to fish. Expense portion. See capital budget for capital recomendation.

Local or MSRT Comments: OSPIT notes the potential to leverage 200K from other funding sources (OWEB) and recommends reducing the budget by 200K each year from proposed levels. Reduced funds will cut one of the passage barrier removal projects each year, and will reduce the BPA c


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

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$487,000
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$530,000
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$538,000
Total NPCC Rec
$1,555,000
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$ 0
Total MSRT Rec
$ 0
Budget Category:ProvinceCapital
NPCC Comments: Address the ISRP concerns in the annual reporting of results to Bonneville, in terms of benefits to fish. Capital portion.

Local or MSRT Comments: OSPIT notes the potential to leverage 200K from other funding sources (OWEB) and recommends reducing the budget by 200K each year from proposed levels. Reduced funds will cut one of the passage barrier removal projects each year, and will reduce the BPA c


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

Recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)
Comments: A history of watershed assessment and prescription within the Hood River indicates good planning, based on previous Provincial reviews, and has served as an example for other studies. Lacking to date, however, is an understanding of results in terms of benefits to fish. There is an ongoing fish M&E effort in the subbasin that this project might have drawn from, but benefits to fish and wildlife were not indicated in the proposal or response. The lack of fish data and results within the proposal or the response is viewed by the ISRP as a serious concern. In addition, the reporting of activities towards achieving project goals was lacking, and only a short list of activities exists for the time since commencement (1998).

The response leads to the ISRP recommendation of "Fundable (Qualified)" with the qualification that sponsors: (a) develop and implement monitoring and evaluation of the fish response to their habitat-related actions and (b) assess the extent to which the residualism of hatchery steelhead is resulting in the displacement of wild fish from Hood River habitat. It is expected that much of both tasks will be done in close conjunction with projects 198805303 and 198805304.

There is a need to evaluate the biological benefits of the work because some of the work might be confounded by residualized steelhead. It is important to ensure that the benefits to wild salmon and steelhead are fully realized. Effective investigation is required to document the assumed benefits, at least from some representative sites. Furthermore, a more comprehensive demonstration of the scale of work needed in the subbasin relative to the ability to reach their objectives is required, and some indication of where they are on achieving their goals. No solid evidence of an increase in fish production (smolt yield or wild parr densities) is presented.

More detail on the project sponsor’s response is provided here below with questions from the ISRP original review followed by ISRP comment on how well the sponsors responded.

1) “There is no discussion of how fish populations have changed as a result of project activities.” The response was brief and inadequate. A limited amount of data on steelhead (only) smolt trends was presented in three figures, which indicated that there has been no detectable response that could be attributed to habitat improvements. The typical response was "not determined at this time" or "project not completed."

2) “It is recommended that the proponents submit an addendum that states clearly what benefits have accrued from the expenditures to date, before further funding is agreed. What is the in-stream juvenile response?” In the response, benefits were briefly discussed, largely based on assumptions about the fish response to habitat work. No data on the instream juvenile response was indicated.

3) “What is the impact of residual males? What is the interaction with the habitat improvement work and its evaluation?” A description of the smolt release and monitoring process was briefly described. There was no indication that an adequate search and evaluation of residualized steelhead occurs – the assumption is that fish that fail to leave the acclimatization site (released elsewhere) represent the residuals, but there may be many residuals that leave the acclimatization site with smolts but then remain in the river, with the consequences previously described in our review. There remains a need to explore this and its interaction with habitat work.

The information provided in the response disagrees with information provided by Underwood et al. (2003), to which the response refers. Under “Hatchery Residuals,” Underwood et al. (2003) report:

“An uncertain number of released hatchery steelhead residualized and did not contribute to the adult steelhead fishery or spawning population. Little data were available to estimate this proportion. However, Blouin (2003) found that up to 30% of parents of F1 generation steelhead returning to the Hood Basin had not in previous years passed Powerdale Dam. This indicated that a potentially substantial amount of steelhead returns to the Hood Basin were strays, or a large amount of steelhead production was being derived from resident rainbow trout or residual hatchery steelhead. Steelhead straying in the Hood Basin was thought to be low, and the degree of residualism versus anadromous production from resident rainbow was unknown, so we conservatively assumed that 5% of the released hatchery steelhead residualized.” They go on to estimate that a hatchery residual had the potential to displace approximately 10 wild parr. An estimated 5% rate of residualization among releases of very large numbers of hatchery steelhead smolts equates to a potential for several thousand residual parr, thus a substantial impact to wild parr and to utilization of wild parr habitat and the improved habitat from this project. Many of these residual parr likely die or contribute little to wild production after displacing wild parr.


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

Recommendation: Response requested
Comments: The proposal is to continue to implement habitat improvement actions in the Hood River subbasin that will support wild fish and supplementation efforts of the Hood River Production Program (HRPP). The ISRP believes the project is potentially fundable, but requests a response to the following points before a final recommendation can be made.

Selection of specific actions included in this project was conducted utilizing the Hood River Watershed Action Plan (Coccoli, 2002) and the Hood River Subbasin Plan (Coccoli, 2004). Limiting factors derived from the EDT model and further addressed in the subbasin plan were used to outline the actions for FY 2007-2009." This was precisely the correct approach called for in proposals and the sponsors deserve praise for getting this right. Over the past seven years fish habitat restoration projects have been completed within the Hood River subbasin; however, many opportunities for improvement still exist. The Hood River Fish Habitat Protection, Restoration, and Monitoring Plan (CTWS, 2000) lists fish habitat restoration opportunities within the Hood River subbasin, and the Hood River Action Plan (Coccoli, 2002) further describes many of these actions and prioritizes them. The 2004 Hood River Subbasin Plan provides substantial support for the actions selected in this proposal based upon results from the EDT model and other assessment information used to develop working hypotheses in the plan. The proposed actions are expected to help restore the environmental conditions necessary to meet the biological objectives identified in the Subbasin Plan. Proposed actions are prioritized from EDT modeling – it’s great to see an organized, active process of prioritization.

The HRPP is composed of seven separate contracts (Project # 1998-021-00, 1988-053-06, 1988-053-07, 1988-053-08, 1988-053-03, 1988-053-04, and 2003-054-00) that could impact the program if one or more contracts are not funded. The seven contracts primarily provide funding for three broad categories of activities. These include habitat; operation, maintenance and implementation; and monitoring and evaluation studies. The habitat funding in this proposal is used for restoring degraded habitat and increasing habitat quantity to increase carrying capacity. Funding for the operation, maintenance and implementation component of the HRPP provides for all project activities at the HRPP facilities, including broodstock collection, holding and spawning, rearing, marking, tagging, and some acclimation. Funding for monitoring and evaluation studies provides evaluation of the HRPP, monitors what effects the hatchery program may be having on wild populations of fish, and also provides funds for acclimation.

The activities in this ongoing program extend back to 1996, and are described fully, except for the results of the work and any adaptive management needed. Another project is responsible for the monitoring (198805304: Hood River Production M&E-ODFW), but that is no reason why the results should not be discussed in this proposal. There is no discussion of how fish populations have changed as a result of project activities. This was a criticism of the most recent ISRP review and does not seem to have been taken seriously.

Past ISRP comments apply to this proposal:

"Many of the ISRP's FY2000 review comments remain pertinent to our present review of this project. This is a complex project involving substantial funding from a large number of sources. It is linked to a number of other projects within the subbasin. The cost share looks attractive; the rationale looks appropriate. The proposal would have benefited from more presentation of biological gains, even at this relatively early juncture in the project's proposed tenure. We recognize that the project is relatively new and that benefits to fish and wildlife from habitat improvement projects take time to accrue and measure. Nevertheless, the project sponsors generally tended to describe past accomplishments in terms of actions completed without discussing the biological benefits gained from the action (some of which could have been measured even at this early stage)."

The proposal still lacks discussion of the biological benefits from past actions, even though a monitoring program is mentioned: "Through long-term monitoring of biological parameters, habitat restoration is monitored. This work, in cooperation with planning efforts, aids in developing priorities for habitat restoration that uses a watershed approach to ecosystem recovery."

It is recommended that the proponents submit an addendum that states clearly what benefits have accrued from the expenditure to date, before further funding is agreed. What is the in-stream juvenile response?

Residualism of hatchery steelhead may impact habitat work because residualized fish prey on fry and juveniles, and compete, displacing wild parr, etc. What is the impact of residual males? What is the interaction with the habitat improvement work and its evaluation?

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