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Proposal 198906201: Annual Work Plan CBFWA

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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 12, 2006 Finalized Brian Lipscomb

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 198906201
Proposal Name: Annual Work Plan CBFWA
BPA Project Manager: Molly Moreland
Agency, Institution or Organization: Columbia Basin Fish & Wildlife Authority (CBFWA)
Short Description: Coordinate fish and wildlife manager participation in regional mitigation activities for implementation of the NPCC's Program including RM&E, project and program review, subbasin plan implementation, program amendment recommendations, etc.
Information Transfer: CBFWA collects and disseminates information via our website (www.cbfwa.org), electronic mailings, annual and one time reports, and through advertised public meetings.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Brian Lipscomb Columbia Basin Fish & Wildlife Authority 851 SW Sixth Avenue, Suite 260
Portland OR 97204
Ph: 503.229.0191
Fax: 503.229.0443
Email: brian.lipscomb@cbfwa.org
Form Submitter This login will be used by CBFWA staff for developing and editing proposals
All Assigned Contacts
Brian Lipscomb Columbia Basin Fish & Wildlife Authority 851 SW Sixth Avenue, Suite 260
Portland OR 97204
Ph: 503.229.0191
Fax: 503.229.0443
Email: brian.lipscomb@cbfwa.org
Form Submitter
This login will be used by CBFWA staff for developing and editing proposals
Kathie Titzler Columbia Basin Fish & Wildlife Authority 851 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 260
Portland, OR 97204-1339
Ph: (503) 229-0191
Fax: (503) 229-0443
Email: kathie.titzler@cbfwa.org
Administrative Contact

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Mainstem/Systemwide ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Systemwide ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
Our office is located in Portland; however, our actions affect the entire Columbia River Basin. Multnomah, None Selected No

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
All
All Anadromous Fish
All Resident Fish
All Wildlife

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 FY 2001-2004 Fish and Wildlife Program Implementation Report; Coordinated meetings for Members, MAG, AFAC, RFAC, WAC, CSMEP, BRAT, BPA rate case, Decision Framework Workgroup, and 13 Tribes; Coordinated presentations to NPCC on special issues
2004 FY 2001-2003 F&W Program Implementation Report;Coordinated meetings for Members, MMG, AFC, RFC, WC, CSMEP, BRAT, MOU2, Spill Science Committee, BPA rate case, Decision Framework Workgroup, and 13 Tribes; Coordinated presentations to NPCC on special issue
2003 Coordinated meetings for Members, MMG, AFC, RFC, WC, BRAT, Spill Science Committee, Business Practices Workgroup, BPA financial crisis, and 13 Tribes; Coordinated presentations to NPCC on special issues
2002 Project recommendations - Main/Sys Work Plan, Innovative Projects WP, 5 province work plans; Coordinated meetings for Members, MMG, AFC, RFC, WC, Business Practices Workgroup, BPA financial crisis, and 13 Tribes; Coordinated presentations to NPCC
2001 Project recommendations - 4 province work plans, Innovative projects, Ongoing projects work plan; Coordinated meetings for Members, MMG, AFC, RFC, WC, APRE, subbasin planning/assessment templates, and 13 Tribes; Coordinated presentations to NPCC
2000 Project recommendations - DAIWP, 2 province work plans, Innovative project recomendations; Coordinated meetings for Members, MMG, AFC, RFC, WC, APRE, subbasin planning/assessment templates; Coordinated presentations to NPCC on special issues
1999 Draft Annual Implementation Work Plan (project review recommendations) with subbasin summaries and balanced budget; Coordinated meetings for Members, MMG, AFC, RFC, WC; Coordinated presentations to NPCC on special issues; Improve Your FY 2000 Proposal
1998 FY 99 Draft Annual Implementation Work Plan (project review recommendations) and 1997 Multi-Year Implementation Plan (10-yr Budget); Coordinated Members, MSG, AFC, RFC, WC; Coordinated presentations to NPCC on special issues
1997 FY 98 Draft Annual Implementation Work Plan (project review recommendations); Future Fish and Wildlife Costs; FY 1998 Watershed Project Technical Evaluation; Guidelines for Enhancement, Operation, and Maintenance Activities for Wildlife Mitigation Project
1996 FY 97 Draft Annual Implementation Work Plan (project review recommendations); Draft Multi-Year Implementation Plan For the Protection, Restoration, and Enhancement of Columbia River Basin F&W Resources; Impacts of Artificial Production Strategies
1995 Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program Work Plan for FY1996 (project review recommendations); DPEIS on Impacts of Artificial Salmon & Steelhead Production Strategies in the Columbia River Basin; Fish Screen Oversight Committee Annual Reports
1994 FY 1995 Annual Fish & Wildlife Plan; Coordinated Comments on Amendments to the Strategy for Salmon; An Independent Review of the Pacific Salmon Treaty of 1985 and the Pacific Salmon Treaty
1993 Proposed Annual Implementation Work Plan for Fiscal Year 1994; Integrated Hatchery Operations Team Policies; Detailed Fishery Operating Plan with 1994 Operating Criteria; Pikeminnow Quarterly and Annual Reports;
1992 Proposed Annual Implementation Work Plan for Fiscal Year 1993; Detailed Fishery Operations Plan; Hatchery Operations Manuals
1991 Integrated System Plan for Salmon and Steelhead Production in the Columbia River Basin; Proposed Main Stem Flows for Columbia Basin Anadromous and Resident Fish: Technical Addendum; Recommendations for Early Implementation of Projects
1990 Project Proposal Ranking Methodology; Proposed Mainstem Flows for Columbia Basin Anadromous Fish; Proposed Mainstem Flows for Columbia Basin Anadromous and Resident Fish: Technical Addendum – Resident Fish Requirements
1989 Review of the History, Development and Management of Anadromous Fish Production Facilities in the Columbia River Basin; coordinated meetings with Members, NPPC and BPA

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 199403300 Fish Passage Center Supervision
BPA 199602000 Pit Tagging Spring/Summer Chin Contract administration
BPA 200303600 CSMEP Coordination and facilitation for meetings
BPA 200304700 Northwest Environmental Database Contract adminstration
BPA 200400200 PNAMP Funding Contract administration and assistance
BPA 200600600 Habitat Evaluation Project Contract administration
Other: BPA all projects [Related Project Title left blank] Coordination, review, technical and logistical support through website and staff

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Improve fish and wildlife populations in CRB Provide coordination, facilitation, and technical/logistical services to fish and wildlife managers implementing the NPCC's Fish and Wildlife Program to improve the status of fish and wildlife populations and associated habitats in the Columbia River Basin None Coordination and information transfer [Pg no blank]

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
Coordination Coordinate with regional groups Coordinate and assist fish and wildlife managers in the Columbia River Basin in developing and advocating consensus positions on regional fish and wildlife issues relating to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's (NPCC) Fish and Wildlife Program. This effort includes the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority's (CBFWA) coordination of the Collaborative Systemwide Monitoring and Evaluation Program (CSMEP), Fish Screen Oversight Committee (FSOC), Resident Fish Advisory Committee (RFAC), Anadromous Fish Advisory Committee (AFAC), Wildlife Advisory Committee (WAC), Members Advisory Group (MAG), Regional Coordination Group (RCG), Members, 13 Tribes, Lamprey Technical Workgroup (LTWG), White Sturgeon Biological Risk Assessment Team (BRAT), Fish Passage Advisory Committee (FPAC), as well as other groups. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $452,181
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Coordination Coordinate with regional groups -- outside CBFWA groups The CBFWA staff participates, on behalf of the interests of the CBFWA membership, in relevant workgroups to inform them about the regional issues as they pertain to the fish and wildlife managers. Workgroups that the CBFWA staff participates in include the PNAMP, LTWG, BOG, NPCC, and BPA. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $265,989
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Coordination Facilitate regional groups -- inside CBFWA groups The CBFWA staff facilitates CSMEP, FSOC, RFAC, AFAC, WAC, MAG, RCG, Members, and meetings of the 13 Tribes by arranging meetings and respective facilities as well as developing and distributing agendas, facilitation of meetings, and distribution of meeting notes. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $1,063,954
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Coordination Members' participation in regional groups The CBFWA members participation in the CBFWA committees (i.e., RFAC, AFAC, WAC, MAG, and Members, and other ad-hoc workgroups that are formed when necessary) provides the fish and wildlife managers, representing their agencies and tribes interests, an opportunity to benefit from the collective expertise of a comprehensive group. Due to the collective-nature of the CBFWA committees, the managers are provide with an opportunity to be better informed, relative to the interests of others, which results in an improved decision-making process for the region. The CBFWA members also participate in other regional groups (e.g., RCG, LTWG, BOG, PNAMP, CSMEP, Implementation Team (IT), Technical Management Team (TMT), System Configuration Team (SCT), and other ad-hoc groups that are formed when necessary). 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $1,081,188
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Administration and oversight of contracts Provide staff administration and oversight of the CSMEP, Habitat Evaluation Procedures (HEP), Northwest Environmental Datatbase (NED) Data Coordinator, CBFWA Member, and CBFWA Workplan contracts. Administrative and oversight services include preparing respective proposals, contract Statements of Work (SOW), budgets, accrual estimates, and BPA billings. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $212,791
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Perform administrative duties Provide the staff administration for the CSMEP, HEP, CBFWA Members, CBFWA Workplan, and NED Coordinator contracts. Administrative duties include preparing respective proposals, contract SOWs, budgets, accrual estimates, and BPA billings. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $265,989
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Outreach and Education Host workshops Organize and convene workshops/symposiums at which project sponsors present project-specific results or provide site visits that provide managers in the Columbia River Basin an opportunity to evaluate the progress of projects, exchange ideas, and learn new techniques that will allow them to better implement their projects. Information gathered from these events assist in the development of the Status of the Resources and Project Implementation reports. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $53,199
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Outreach and Education Maintain CBFWA website The CBFWA website, which is accessible to the public, is database-driven and includes a fish and wildlife manager directory, event calendar for fish and wildlife meetings/events, fiish and wildlife job postings, CBFWA committee webpages, interactive conference webpages, topics/current events webpage, access to current and historic status and trends information for focal species and associated biological objectives, access to project histories (includes proposals, CBFWA, ISRP, NPCC, BPA reveiws/recommnedations, and funding history), and access to current and historic documents. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $53,199
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Outreach and Education Reports (Project Implementation Reports and Status of the Resource) Develop, produce, and distribute an annual resource status and trends report of focal species (fish and wildlife) relative to biological objectives in subbasin plans. In addition, develop (i.e., summarize existing data and analyses from existing reports and personal interviews), produce, and distribute a project implementation report that tracks and assess the implementation and success of fish and wildlife projects funded through Fish and Wildlife Program. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $53,199
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Provide Technical Review CBFWA technical and management recommendations Provide the NPCC, BPA, and regional forums with technical and management recommendations through the compilation of technical information pertaining to regional fish and wildlife populations and policies, analysis, and subsequently report preparation. Documents provided to the region represent a consensus approval by the CBFWA Members. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $265,989
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Provide Technical Review Members' participation in providing technical reviews The CBFWA members participation in CBFWA committees, Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Partnership (PNAMP), LTWG, CSMEP, RCG, Budget Oversight Group (BOG), NPCC, and BPA workgroups include technical reviews and analyses of fish and wildlife data/reports as well as policy-oriented recommendations. Reviews conclude in consensus approved final reports that are transmitted to the appropriate parties via written correspondence. If warranted, CBFWA members provide oral presentations coordinated by the CBFWA staff. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $360,396
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Provide Technical Review Produce white papers as requested by members and regional groups The CBFWA committees and MAG provide the CBFWA Members and regional forums with technical input/recommendations. Through the requests of the CBFWA Members, the CBFWA committees and MAG compile technical information pertaining to regional fish and wildlife populations and policies, performs analyses, and subsequently prepare white papers for CBFWA Member consideration and consent. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $132,994
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Provide Technical Review Staff technical reviews The CBFWA staff provides the CBFWA members and regional forums with technical input/ recommendations. Through the requests of the CBFWA members, the CBFWA staff compiles technical information pertaining to regional fish and wildlife populations and policies, performs analyses, and subsequently prepares draft summaries, reports, white papers, and policy recommendations. The CBFWA staff coordinates and facilitates the CBFWA members review and consensus approval of the documents. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $159,593
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Annual Report Project Implementation Reports Develop, produce, and distribute a project implementation report that tracks and assess the implementation and success of fish and wildlife projects funded through the Fish and Wildlife Program. The report will provide a comprehensive assessment of the status of projects and the associated resources. Past reports have been used by regional entities in developing coordinated project recommendations during project solicitations. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $132,994
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Annual Report Status of the Resource Report Develop, produce, and distribute an annual report that illustrates the status and trends of focal species (fish and wildlife) relative to biological objectives in subbasin plans. Information for the report will be gathered from existing reports as well as from interviews with fish and wildlife managers. The information that is collected will be summarized and compiled into a report that is organized by province, subbasin, and focal species. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $904,361
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Annual Report Submit Annual Report to BPA Provide an annual report summarizing the activities and products (e.g., reports, workshops, etc.) that were completed through the CBFWA contract. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $53,198
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Status Report Provide status reports to BPA in the Pisces program Submit monthly reports. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $26,599
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce/Submit Scientific Findings Report Produce white papers as requested by CBFWA members and regional groups The CBFWA committees (i.e., RFAC, AFAC, WAC, and MAG) provide the CBFWA Members and regional forums with technical input/recommendations. Through the requests of the CBFWA Members, the CBFWA committees and MAG compile technical information pertaining to regional fish and wildlife populations and policies, performs analyses, and subsequently prepare white papers for CBFWA Member consideration and consent. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $159,593
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce/Submit Scientific Findings Report Recommendations on regional issues Communicate recommendations on regional issues that affect fish and wildlife 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $265,989
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Create/Manage/Maintain Database CBFWA databases Perform daily maintenance of the website to ensure information (e.g., fish and wildlife status and trends data, Fish and Wildlife Program-related information, etc.) is posted to the appropriate web pages so that it is easily accessible to the public and facilitates information exchange. New web pages are created as needed to address the needs of the region. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $531,977
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Disseminate Raw/Summary Data and Results CBFWA data dissemination Provide data from various databases, including historical project proposal information, fish and wildlife calendar, fish and wildlife directory, fish and wildlife jobs, historical budget information, project modification proposals, project implementation reports, and focal species status and trends information to the region via email and through the CBFWA website. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $212,791
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Disseminate Raw/Summary Data and Results Maintain CBFWA website Perform daily maintenance of the website to ensure information (e.g., current and historic documents, project proposals/reviews/ recommendations, information pertaining to fish and wildlife meetings/conferences/ workshops, current issues, fish and wildlife status and trends data, etc.) is posted to the appropriate web pages so that it is easily accessible to the public and facilitates information exchange. New web pages are created as needed to address the needs of the region. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $53,198
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel salaries for staff $853,005 $853,005 $853,005
Fringe Benefits [blank] $387,179 $387,179 $387,179
Supplies office supplies and network $55,608 $55,608 $55,608
Travel staff travel and meeting costs $75,000 $75,000 $75,000
Overhead Indirect (general 29.36%, subcontracts 12.8%) $402,467 $402,467 $402,467
Other members and subcontractors $480,528 $480,528 $480,528
Totals $2,253,787 $2,253,787 $2,253,787

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$6,761,361
Total Work Element budget$6,761,361

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
All CBFWA Members Figures presented here represent approximately 2/3 the cost of participation in CBFWA $ 0 $ 0 $ 0 In-Kind Confirmed
BPT Staff participation $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 In-Kind Confirmed
CCT Staff participation $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 In-Kind Confirmed
CdAT Staff participation $100,000 $100,000 $100,000 In-Kind Confirmed
CRITFC Staff participation $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 In-Kind Confirmed
CSKT Staff participation $12,000 $12,000 $12,000 In-Kind Confirmed
CTUIR Staff participation $24,000 $24,000 $24,000 In-Kind Confirmed
CTWSR Staff participation $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 In-Kind Confirmed
IDFG Staff participation $24,000 $24,000 $24,000 In-Kind Confirmed
KTI Staff participation $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 In-Kind Confirmed
MDFWP Staff participation $16,000 $16,000 $16,000 In-Kind Confirmed
NOAA Fisheries Staff participation $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 In-Kind Confirmed
NPT Staff participation $80,000 $80,000 $80,000 In-Kind Confirmed
ODFW Staff participation $66,000 $66,000 $66,000 In-Kind Confirmed
SBT Staff participation $60,000 $60,000 $60,000 In-Kind Confirmed
SPT Staff participation $24,000 $24,000 $24,000 In-Kind Confirmed
UCUT Staff participation $12,000 $12,000 $12,000 In-Kind Confirmed
USFWS Staff participation $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 In-Kind Confirmed
WDFW Staff participation $100,000 $100,000 $100,000 In-Kind Confirmed
YN Staff participation $24,000 $24,000 $24,000 In-Kind Confirmed
Totals $762,000 $762,000 $762,000

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$2,343,936 $2,437,694 Continuation of FY 2009 cost plus 4% COLA each year
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
CBFWA maintains a staff that is flexible and responsive to an ever changing fish and wildlife management environment on the Columbia River. The future scope and cost will be determined by the needs of the fish and wildlife managers and the Program.
 
Termination Date Comments
Unknown CBFWA was set up to coordinate input and responses to, and implementation of, the PNW Electric Power Conservation and Planning Act (1981) that established the NW Power Planning Council. The need for CBFWA will continue with the continuation of the NW Power Council and the Fish and Wildlife Program.
 
Final Deliverables
Unknown

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:
Expense
No changes were made to this proposal


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

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$2,071,450
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$2,071,450
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$2,071,450
Total NPCC Rec
$ 0
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:Basinwide
Recommendation:Under Review
NPCC Comments: Final funding recommendation pending further review. See 'regional coordination placeholder' below and see discussion of regional coordination funding in the programmatic recommendations.


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

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$1,885,250
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$1,885,250
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$1,885,250
Total NPCC Rec
$5,655,750
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$2,071,450
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$2,071,450
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$2,071,450
Total MSRT Rec
$6,214,350
Budget Category:Basinwide
NPCC Comments: Interim funding pending further Council review of the appropriate coordination activities. Council draft recommendation is an interim budget level that represented the MSRT recommendation, minus the Kalispel and Spokane requests. Council requests a recommendation from staff in October 06 re tasks, deliverables.

Local or MSRT Comments: The CBFWA budget supports two types of coordination - staff support and manager reimbursement. The staff support portion of the project should be level funded from FY 2006, plus a slight increase (5%) to cover increased costs (FY2006 staff portion totaled $1,629,000). The manager reimbursement portion of the project should be funded at $361,000.


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

Recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)
Comments: The response includes a detailed description of the types of coordination and facilitation services that CBFWA is or could be providing. It adds information that was missing from the proposal regarding the operational meaning of general coordination terms. The response states that without CBFWA, the BPA, NPCC and the ISRP would find it difficult to staff activities such as holding meetings and providing website services. In addition, the response states that the "Columbia River Basin is dependent on the coordination, administration, and technical services that the CBFWA provides" for two monitoring and evaluation coordination partnerships (PNAMP and CSMEP). CBFWA activities in this regard include subcontracting services, participation in meetings, and website services. In 2005 CBFWA began to further expand its role to data inventory and reporting services. The response further states that the CBFWA role extends beyond coordination of its members to services for non-member entities.

Overall, a better demonstration is needed that CBFWA’s services are provided in the most cost-effective manner. The response provides a better description of the association of the $900k budget line to the "annual report", including good detail on the range of products associated with the report. However, questions remain as to whether the costs are reasonable, especially given that a template of the website is already up and running.

The response also provides a description of the withdrawal of the Kalispel and Spokane tribes from membership. It appears that the interests of these two entities were not being addressed at the policy level; however, little explanation is provided as to why this situation exists. Does CBFWA have mechanisms to cope with "under-represented" groups?

The description of performance metrics is useful. As the sponsors indicate, existing performance metrics measure output (e.g. number of meetings, number of participants) but not impact (changes in behavior, value to the members). The table of number of meetings is interesting, particularly the very low number of PNAMP meetings (n=1) relative to other kinds of meeting such as "member meetings." However, evaluating performance on the basis of the number of meetings held, average number of participants, and reports produced is not, as the sponsors acknowledge, sufficient to assess impacts.

As recommended by ISRP, the sponsors conducted a literature review of metrics to assess coordination effectiveness. Review results were not provided but apparently were not considered applicable: "Results from coordination-oriented literature searches provide a broad set of techniques and metrics that are not consistent for coordination efforts, a situation that is comparable to differences that exist among monitoring and evaluation efforts for physical and biological projects."

Regardless of the range of approaches, the ISRP maintains that coordination efforts such as these can be evaluated. The response provides a vigorous defense of the need for the CBFWA, asserting that more coordination will result in better survival and recovery of fish and wildlife populations. However, no quantitative measures are developed for determining the degree to which this is the case. The Status of the Resource Project should provide useful information on key variables such as escapements, but the response does not give much information on project status or data QA/QC. Will Columbia River Basin fish and wildlife agencies rely on the Project for data or will the project duplicate agency data?

The recommended qualification to funding is that the project should develop an approach to monitor its impact in terms of changes in behavior and value to the members. In addition to the PISCES metrics, it would be useful to have CBFWA develop member-feedback instruments to evaluate member assessment of effectiveness and impact. In addition, the new cluster of products included under the Status of the Resource report provides an opportunity for user evaluation of product utility.


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

Recommendation: Response requested
Comments: This proposal seeks funding to coordinate the region's fish and wildlife managers in implementing the Fish and Wildlife Program. The background section describes how the CBFWA was formed in 1987 as a coordinating mechanism after the 1980 passage of the Power Act. Nineteen tribes, state and federal organizations are members. Its purpose is to coordinate Fish and Wildlife efforts among members, provide a forum for information exchange, ensure effective implementation of the Fish and Wildlife Program, improve quality of decisionmaking and influence other regional decision makers. Member organizations are listed. A table describes the organizational structure and function of the sub-entities. The proposal does a good of explaining the complexity of the stakeholder groups and agencies and in demonstrating that there is a logical need for a coordinating body for fish and wildlife managers in the Columbia Basin. A response is requested on the issues identified below.

A brief rationale describes the coordination of the Fish and Wildlife Program funded work of the fish and wildlife managers, liaison with PNAMP, and the Fish Screening Oversight Committee. However, the sponsors should give greater emphasis to the CBFWA’s impact and effectiveness. What would happen if CBFWA weren't funded? What benefits would go away? How does the region depend or benefit from CBFWA's existence? Why have the Kalispel and Spokane Tribes left the CBFWA, and how is CBFWA effectiveness affected by a loss of some participation? None of this information is provided, but should be.

The history of the project is enumerated in a table that lists summary "core functions" for each year of CBFWA's existence. The proposal describes actions taken by CBFWA to monitor project implementation or policy development, but the proposal does not describe how CBFWA effectiveness is monitored. Apparently, CBFWA’s effectiveness has not been monitored. No metrics are presented to assess performance, but without them, how does CBFWA determine if it is being effective? For such an important function with a large budget, effectiveness monitoring should be ongoing. Performance metrics should be developed. Specifically, it is difficult to determine how effective the coordination process has been without feedback from the stakeholders and agencies. An analysis would be needed to determine aspects such as project overlaps and redundancy. The narrative suggests that there have been few of these types of problems.

The project has ten objectives that represent various coordination functions. Useful background information is provided for each. Tasks are listed under each objective and seem reasonable, but many are described generally as "assist", "collaborate", "support", "facilitate", “track and assess” etc. and are difficult to understand more specifically. Maybe, given the breadth of coordination across all entities and issues, this is the only way the coordination tasks can be described. However, without more specific descriptions it is unclear what budget lines actually represent. For example, over $900,000 is budgeted to do an annual report. What is the final product? And what are the steps along the way to produce the final product? More detail should be provided as to what specifically the tasks mean in practice and what the outcomes are.

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