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Proposal 200205400: Protect & Restore the Asotin Creek Watershed

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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 Paul Kraynak

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 200205400
Proposal Name: Protect & Restore the Asotin Creek Watershed
BPA Project Manager: Sarah Branum
Agency, Institution or Organization: Nez Perce Tribe DFRM Watershed Division
Short Description: Continuation and enhancement of cooperative project to protect and restore critical riparian/stream habitat in the Asotin Creek Subbasin thru road decommissioning, streambank stablization and fish passage restoration.
Information Transfer: Road and fish passage inventory, assessment and implementation as well as compliance/implementation M&E efforts will be completed and compiled by our program. This information will be housed and available at the NPT DFRM Watershed Division. Data will be forwarded to StreamNet. The infomation will be provided to the Umatilla National Forest (UNF), Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW), Asotin County Conservation District (ACCD) and the Snake River Salmon Recovery Board in both printed and electronic format. In addition, information from this project will utilized to update the Asotin Subbasin Plan and SE Washington Recovery Plan.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Paul Kraynak Nez Perce Tribe 28764 Salmon Lane, PO Box 365
Lapwai, ID 83540
Ph: 208.843.7144 ext 3546
Fax: 208-843-9192
Email: pkraynak@nezperce.org
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Paul Kraynak Nez Perce Tribe 28764 Salmon Lane, PO Box 365
Lapwai, ID 83540
Ph: 208.843.7144 ext 3546
Fax: 208-843-9192
Email: pkraynak@nezperce.org
Project Lead
Mark D. Reaney, Jr., P.E. Nez Perce Tribe DFRM/Watershed Div. P.O. Box 365
Lapwai, Idaho 83540
Ph: 208-843-7144,ext. 3558
Fax: 208-843-9192
Email: markr@nezperce.org
Form Submitter
Lapwai Creek and Big Canyon Creek Watershed projects
Emmit Taylor, Jr. Nez Perce Tribe DFRM/Watershed Div. P.O. Box 365
Lapwai ID 83540
Ph: 208.843.7144, ext.3544
Fax: 208.843.9192
Email: emmitt@nezperce.org
Contract Manager
Lapwai Creek & Big Canyon Creek & SE Washington Watershed Projects

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Blue Mountain ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Asotin ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
46.2831 -117.4043 Charley Creek WDFW roads. Stream channel for fish passage Asotin, Washington Asotin No
46.1612 -117.2932 George Creek USFS roads. Stream channel for fish passage. Asotin, Washington Asotin No
46.2815 -117.1488 George Creek USFS and WDFW roads. Stream channel for fish passage. Asotin, Washington Asotin No
46.2344 -117.3614 North Fork Asotin River WDFW roads. Stream channel for fish passage Asotin, Washington Asotin No
46.1941 -117.3142 South Fork Asotin Creek WDFW roads. Stream channel for fish passage Asotin, Washington Asotin No
46.1601 -117.3821 South Fork Asotin Creek USFS and WDFW roads. Stream channel for fish passage. Asotin, Washington Asotin Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Chinook Snake River Spring/Summer ESU
Steelhead Snake River ESU
Bull Trout

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Surveyed >35 miles road S. Fork Asotin Creek uplands. Charley Creek: recontoured 10.16 miles; subsoiled 4.98 miles; blocked 1.59 for natural regeneration. Planted 28 acres with native seed . Restored 160 feet streambank. Installed 36 pieces LWD >8" dia.
2004 Surveyed 10.7 miles of roads in Charley Creek drainage. Planned to decommission 17.86 miles (includes 7.16 remainder Lick Creek) but contract overbid & fire danger prevented machine work. Effectivness monitor began in Lick Creek.
2003 Surveyed 28.45 miles of forest road in the Lick Creek. Recontoured 9.69 miles; subsoiled 2.49 miles; blocked off 9.11 miles for natural regeneration. Planted 24 acres native seed. Leveraged BPA & RAC grant to install 1.3 miles of fence to exclude cattle.
2002 Project started November of 2002. Began primary contacts and planning.

Section 5: Relationships to Other Projects
Other Current Projects Related to this Project (any funding source)
Funding Source Related ID Related Project Title Relationship
Other: SRFB -WA 00-1696n Brief Assessment of Salmonids and Stream Habitat The Brief Assessment of Salmonids and Stream Habitat Conditions in the Snake River Tributaries of Asotin, Whitman and Garfield Counties in Washington sampled streams for salmonid presence, absence and abundance in streams that are part of this proposal. The report gave insight into possible fish barriers and was the basis for the statement that "we need a complete inventory and assessment of the barriers" in the Asotin Subbasin that we plan to complete.
BPA 199401805 Asotin Enhancement/Restoration Our project proposal completments this effort by addressing upland sediment sources due to forest roads and addressing fish passage barriers.
BPA 200205300 Assess Salmonids Asotin Cr Ws This project evaluates productivity and survival rates on anadromous and resident fish. Our proposal will reduce sedimentation from forest roads and address fish passage barriers, therefore protecting and restoring fish habitat.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Objective LG6.1: Reduce Bedscour depths to less... Reduce Bedscour depths to less than or equal to 10cm. Road decommissioning in the Lower George Creek, Lower North Fork and Charley Creek areas within WDFW lands would help improve watershed conditions and facilitate greater floodplain accessability thereby helping to reduce Bedscour in the areas toward reaching the goal of depths less than or equal to 10cm. The current estimate of Bedscour in the Lower George area is 16.4cm, 12.1cm in the Lower North Fork, 12.8 in Charley Creek while it is historically estimated that each was around 6cm. Asotin LG6.1.6, LG6.1.7 139
Objective LG7.1: Increase stream discharge........ Increase stream discharge through the area to maintain continuous surface folws in 90% of years. Road decommissioning in the Lower George Creek area within WDFW lands would help improve watershed conditions and the resultant increase in water infiltration to help maintain continuous surface stream flow with the goal being continuous surface stream flow in 90% of the years. Currently the stream drys up in sections throughout summer. Asotin LG7.1.5 140
Objective UA1.1: Reduce embeddedness to <10% Help reduce sediment entering the stream which will in turn help reduce embeddedness from current estimated 18% towards the historical estimate of less than 10% in upper Asotin creeks, a goal of 20% in lower George Creek and 10% in the lower North Fork, lower South Fork and Charley Creek.This will also stimulate a corresponding decrease in percent fines and turbidity. Asotin UA1.1.5, UA1.1.6 132
Objective UA3.1: Reach or exceed 1 piece of LWD... Reach or exceed 1 piece of LWD per channel width. Road removal or realignment will help enhance floodplain connectivity, natural stream meanders and long-term recruitment of LWD in the Upper Asotin on WDFW lands towards the goal of one piece LWD per channell width. It is currently estimated at 0.7 pieces now with a historical estimate of 4.75 LWD/CW. Removal/realignment in the Lower George, Lower North Fork and Lower South Fork areas within WDFW property boundaries would help reach the same goal. Estimates for the Lower George area are currently 0.33 pieces LWD/CW; In the Lower North Fork 0.6 pieces LWD/CW; in the Lower South Fork0.67 pieces LWD/CW. Asotin UA2.1.8 133
Objective UA4.2: Decrease manmade confinement Decrease manmade confinement to no greater than 25% of stream bank length. Removal or realignment of roads will help decrease manmade confinement in the Upper Asotin on WDFW lands from the current estimate of 42% towards the goal of no greater that 25% of stream bank length, in turn, facilitating greater floodplain accessibility. Removal/realignment of roads on Charley Creek, Lower North Fork and Lower South Fork within WDFW lands will help decrease manmade confinement from the current estimate of 25% toward meeting the goal of only 10% streambank length. Asotin UA4.2.1, NF4.3.1 135, 142
Objective UA5.1: Decrease stream temperature to no Decrease summer daily maximum stream temperatures to no more than 4 days greater than 75 degrees F from the current estimate of more than 4 days above 75F and show progress toward meeting Washington State temperature standards and TMDL goals. Reducing sediment influx by decommissioning roads on Forest Service and WDFW lands in this subbasin will help towards meeting this goal in the Upper Asotin and Lower George creeks. In the Lower South Fork the goal is to decrease the summer daily max temperatures to no more than 12 days greater than 61 degrees F and head towards meeting TMDL goals there. Asotin UA5.1.5, UA5.1.9 136
Remove Fish Passage Barriers A comprehensive inventory will be completed of all road crossings to determine barriers to adult and juvenile fish within the entire Asotin Creek watershed. Barriers will be prioritized for replacement based on habitat returned and priority restoration areas, with design and implementation of remediation measures to follow. This project works towards returning blocked stream habitat to ESU-listed fish species. Asotin The Asotin Subbasin plan states this is a high priority due to its status as an imminent threat. 129, 130

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
1a: Manage and Administer Projects Management, Coordination, and Communication Project management includes coordinating project activities, attending meetings, seeking additional funding, preparing statements of work, managing budgets, completing reports, and responding to BPA requests. 11/1/2006 10/30/2009 $110,881
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

1b: Develop RM&E Methods and Designs Involvement and Development of Watershed Level Monitoring and Evaluation Plan No watershed level status and trend M&E was proposed per NWPCC direction due to current efforts through PNAMP, CSMEP, Snake River Salmon Recovery Board and state efforts. Project manager or designated personnel will engage in these forums and coordinate with federal, state and local groups in the development of a M&E strategy for the Asotin Creek Watershed. 11/1/2006 10/30/2009 $67,773
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

1c: Produce Status Report Complete Quarterly Status Reports Complete quartely status reports to BPA on milestones progress in Pisces. 11/1/2006 10/15/2009 $24,730
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

1d: Produce Annual Report Produce Annual Report Annual report describes all yearly activities, successes and problems encountered including photos and summary of all data collected and analysis completed. 9/30/2007 11/30/2009 $24,730
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

2a: Coordination Partnering Agreement: Nez Perce Tribe, Umatilla National Forest, WDFW and ACCD Update and finalize Partnering Agreement between the Umatilla National Forest and the Nez Perce Tribe. Create new Partnering Agreement between the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife and the Nez Perce Tribe. The agreements will cover project scope, cost-sharing and responsibilities of each agency regarding road survey, assessment, transportation planning and decommissioning. Agreements will be updated yearly in 2007, 2008 and 2009. 11/1/2006 10/30/2009 $26,251
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

2b: Create/Manage/Maintain Database Develop and Maintain Database for Road Data Collection Develop and Maintain a road database for data housing and analysis. Database is needed to dissiminate information about the project to UNF and WDFW as well StreamNet and BPA reporting. 11/1/2006 10/30/2009 $30,645
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

2c: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Survey Roads Using WEPP Methodology Survey roads on Umatilla National Forest and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Lands within the South Fork Asotin, George Creek, and North Fork Asotin Creek subwatersheds. Survey will be completed using the Water Erosion Prediction Potential (WEPP) methology. Target is to survey 100 miles of road per year in 2007, 2008 and 2009. 5/1/2007 10/30/2009 $154,899
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

2d: Analyze/Interpret Data Analyze and Interpret WEPP Road Data Collected Run WEPP model to determine road sediment production and interpret data. Create GIS layers and maps to present and dissiminate anaylsis. 9/1/2007 10/30/2009 $52,173
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

2e: Produce Plan Produce Transportation/Restoration Plan Based on WEPP analyzed data and transportation infrustructure needs, coordinate with the Umatilla NF and WDFW on transportation/restoration planning to determine roads for decommissioning, long-term intermittent use and road upgrades or maintenance. Target road densities are less than 1 mile of road per square mile (high habitat quality) per "Matrix of Pathways and Indicators of Watershed Condition" analysis completed by NOAA Fisheries. 11/1/2007 10/30/2009 $39,901
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

2f: Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation NEPA, ESA and Cultural Resource Compliance The Umatilla National Forest and the WDFW will take the lead in completing NEPA, ESA and Cultural Resource compliance for road decommissioning projects. Tribal staff will assist in this effort. 11/1/2006 6/30/2009 $35,251
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

2g: Produce Design and/or Specifications Contract Development for Decommissioning of Roads The UNF and the WDFW will take the lead in bidding and contract development. The Tribe will assist in this effort. 11/1/2006 6/30/2009 $19,335
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective LG6.1: Reduce Bedscour depths to less...
Objective LG7.1: Increase stream discharge........
Objective UA1.1: Reduce embeddedness to <10%
Objective UA3.1: Reach or exceed 1 piece of LWD...
Objective UA4.2: Decrease manmade confinement
Objective UA5.1: Decrease stream temperature to no
* # of road miles decommissioned : Minimum 10.0 mi/year

2h: Decommission Road Implement Road Decommissioning Decommision roads within the South Fork Asotin, George Creek and North Fork Asotin sub-watersheds. Implementation will occur with a contractor and a project inspector will be onsite to guide and ensure proper techniques are followed. Target is to decommission 15 miles of road per year in 2007, 2008 and 2009 on UNF and WDFW lands. 5/1/2007 10/30/2009 $213,911
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective LG6.1: Reduce Bedscour depths to less...
Objective LG7.1: Increase stream discharge........
Objective UA1.1: Reduce embeddedness to <10%
Objective UA3.1: Reach or exceed 1 piece of LWD...
Objective UA4.2: Decrease manmade confinement
Objective UA5.1: Decrease stream temperature to no
* # of road miles decommissioned : Target is to decommission 15 miles of road per yr.

2i: Plant Vegetation Road Decommissioning: Planting/Revegetation In cooperation with the Umatilla National Forest and Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, all decommissioned roads will be revegetated with native grass seed. Target is to revegetate 20 acres of decommissioned road per year in 2007, 2008 and 2009. 6/1/2007 10/30/2009 $22,377
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective LG7.1: Increase stream discharge........
Objective UA1.1: Reduce embeddedness to <10%
* # of acres of planted: Target is to revegetate 20 acres per year.

2j: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Road Decommissioning: Monitoring & Evaluation Review and finalize road decommissioning monitoring sites. Collect field data using an already established and approved protocol. Target is to monitor 5% of all decommissioned roads. 7/1/2007 10/30/2009 $19,335
Biological Objectives Metrics
Primary R, M, and E Type: Monitor 5% of total miles road decommissioned

2k: Analyze/Interpret Data Analyze and Interpret Data From Decommissioning M&E Coordinate with UNF and WDFW to analyze and interpret road decommissioning M&E data collected. Analysis will determine effectiveness and any adjustments needed to on-the-ground methodology to maximize restoration success. 10/1/2007 10/30/2009 $19,335
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

3a: Coordination Road Crosing Surveys: Coordination, Maps and Permission Coordinate with UNF, WDFW and ACCD on project logistics, scope of work, methodologies and time lines. Collect existing data and map layers from UNF, WDFW and ACCD and get into a single standard format. Secure permission from private landowners, and Asotin County Road Department and others to perform road crossing surveys. 11/1/2006 10/30/2009 $29,293
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

3b: Outreach and Education Outreach to Community on Passage Project Outreach to educate the Community and agencies on the importance and process of the fish passage assessment project. Outreach will occur through mailings, and presentations to the public, county commissioners, UNF, ACCD, WDFW and the Asotin County road department. 11/1/2006 10/30/2009 $37,977
Biological Objectives Metrics
* # of general public reached: 1000

3c: Create/Manage/Maintain Database Develop and Maintain Database for Passage Data Collection Develop and maintain a database for data housing and analysis. Database will be used to dissiminate information about the project to UNF, WDFW, ACCD, Asotin County Road Department and the public as well as StreamNet and for BPA reporting. 11/1/2006 10/30/2009 $31,971
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

3d: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Survey Road Crossings and Other Potential Anthropogenic and Natural Barriers Survey road crossings (culverts, bridges, fords) and other potential anthopogenic (diversions, push up dams, etc.) and natural (waterfalls, etc) barriers to fish passage. Survey methodology will follow a national protocol developed by the US Forest Service to determine barriers to adult and juvenile fish species. Protocol and methodology will be coordinated and finalized with UNF and the WDFW. Target is to survey all protential barriers on the mainstem and all tributaries. Depending on number of crossing, surveys may be limited to 2 order streams and greater. 3/1/2007 11/1/2008 $115,873
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

3e: Analyze/Interpret Data Analyze Road Crossing Data for Fish Passage Analyze data collected to determine fish passage barriers for adult and juvenile fish species using flow charts in approved protocol and Fish Xing model. Create GIS layers and maps to present analysis. 11/1/2007 10/30/2009 $34,909
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

3f: Produce Plan Produce Fish Passage Restoration Plan In coordination with the UNF, WDFW and ACCD, produce a fish passage restoration plan. The plan will be based on the barrier data analysis, restoration priority areas determined by Subbasin Planing, amount of habitat returned to juvenile and adult fish, and a cost benefit analysis. 11/1/2008 10/30/2009 $32,101
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

3g: Produce Design and/or Specifications Produce Design, Specification and Cost-Estimate for Top 3 Barriers Based on the Fish Passage Plan, complete a full survey, design, specifications and cost estimates for the top 3 barriers identified. Search for alternative funding for project implementation. 3/1/2008 10/30/2009 $25,419
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 & Wages $161,600 $180,780 $167,180
Fringe Benefits Employee Benefits $48,480 $54,234 $50,154
Travel Travel & Per Diem $5,518 $5,518 $5,518
Other Training Expense $2,238 $2,238 $2,238
Overhead Telecommunications $2,920 $2,920 $2,920
Supplies Office Supplies $1,800 $1,800 $1,800
Supplies Field Supplies/Hardware/Materials $5,429 $1,000 $1,000
Overhead GSA Vehicles $16,490 $16,490 $16,490
Capital Equipment @-Trimble GPS Units, ATV w/ramps $12,000 $ 0 $ 0
Overhead Office Rent $683 $683 $683
Other Construction Contracts $55,500 $55,500 $55,500
Personnel Indirect Administrative Cost (29.64%) $74,167 $78,540 $73,300
Other Desk Top & Laptop PC's, External Hard Drive, Virus Protection, 1 MB USB Storage $5,750 $ 0 $ 0
Totals $392,575 $399,703 $376,783

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$1,169,061
Total Work Element budget$1,169,061

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
Asotin County Culvert Surveys: landowner permission, maps, logisitic, planning $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 In-Kind Confirmed
Umatialla NF Road maps, survey, analysis, transporation planning $5,000 $5,500 $6,250 In-Kind Confirmed
Umatialla NF Road decom. project: contract development; bidding; logistics; site inspection; M&E complinace/imple $18,750 $19,500 $20,500 In-Kind Confirmed
Umatialla NF Road decommissioning funding $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 Cash Under Development
Umatialla NF Rd. Decomm: NEPA/ESA/Cultural Resouce Compliance $5,000 $5,500 $6,000 In-Kind Confirmed
Umatialla NF Culvert Suvey and Analysis: logisitics, maps, tech support, planning $4,750 $5,500 $6,250 In-Kind Confirmed
WDFW Culvert Suvey and Analysis: logisitics, maps, tech support, planning $5,750 $5,500 $6,000 In-Kind Confirmed
WDFW Road maps, survey, analysis, transporation planning $5,000 $5,500 $6,000 In-Kind Confirmed
WDFW Rd. Decomm: NEPA/ESA/Cultural Resouce Compliance $5,000 $5,500 $6,250 In-Kind Confirmed
WDFW Road decom. project: contract development; bidding; logistics; site inspection; M&E complinace/imple $ 0 $9,500 $10,500 In-Kind Confirmed
Totals $76,750 $90,000 $96,250

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$400,000 $425,000 Project will continue tranportation planning and decommissioning on Umatiall National Forest and WDFW lands. Project will begin passage barrier work based on survey, analysis and planning.
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
None
 
Termination Date Comments
On-going This project will be on-going until tribal and regional habitat monitoring parameters are achieved that are currently under development, and tribal and recovery fish numbers are met for specific species (Spring Chinook, Steelhead, Coho, Lamprey, Bull Trout) that are also under development.
 
Final Deliverables
Asotin Creek and tributaries watersheds will be intact, healthy, and properly functioning so that it is able to support all native anadromous and resident fish species at historical or near-historical levels. Streams within the watershed will meet Watershed/Stream standards.

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
Location:
Province: No Change
Subbasin: No Change
Primary Focal Species
No Change
ARG Comments:


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

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$ 0
Total NPCC Rec
$ 0
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Do Not Fund
NPCC Comments:


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

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$ 0
Total NPCC Rec
$ 0
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$ 0
Total MSRT Rec
$ 0
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
NPCC Comments:

Local or MSRT Comments: See Washington guidance


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

Recommendation: Fundable in part (Qualified)
Comments: The ISRP recommends the project as fundable with the qualifications that sponsors complete the geomorphic assessment and "classify" the stream (e.g., Montgomery and Buffington) on where it is now and where they want to be.

The proposed works of decommissioning roads are probably needed to reduce sediment delivery to the stream system. However, reducing “bedscour” by which it's assumed is meant restoring historical bed levels (?) is unlikely to be assisted by stabilizing streambanks. The creek widens in order to entrain more gravel to its carrying capacity, and restricting this process is likely to increase bed lowering or “incision.”

A proper geomorphic assessment seems to be needed to clarify what is needed. It is of concern, but of no great surprise, that the word geomorph... cannot be found by word-searching the Asotin Subbasin Plan.

Given these concerns, we recommend that, until a geomorphic assessment is made, streambank stabilization is limited to those areas where the creek is not yet actively eroding its banks. The concern is that this action may exacerbate the problem by causing down-cutting of the streambed (which will undermine any streambank bioengineered works).

ISRP comments on proposal 199401805 (and 20020500) apply to this proposal.


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

Recommendation: Response requested
Comments: This project, a spin-off of the Asotin Creek Implementation Project, added partnerships with new landowners and built on the trust and credibility gained by funding sources and local agencies for complex ESA habitat issues. The Asotin Subbasin Plan includes Couse and Tenmile Creeks and other streams within Asotin County that have salmonids and implementation of the actions on private property is the main goal of this ongoing project. Momentum is building and projects are being completed with new ones identified for protection of prioritized habitat. Specific results of watershed analysis need were not included in the proposal and need to be described in the sponsor’s response.

Reviewers are concerned that achieving an embeddedness of 10% is unlikely to be achieved using the proposed methods. Alternative methods, such as those proposed in Montgomery and Buffington (1997: GSA Bulletin May 1997 - Channel-reach morphology in mountain drainage basins) should be considered. Connectivity with the floodplain and sinuosity should be maintained or restored in order to achieve the desired objectives.

Technical and scientific background: A watershed analysis is not presented as part of this section. Therefore, the problem analyses may be deficient, despite the probable ability of project personnel to identify various obvious ones.

None of the strategies described are likely to "Reduce [embeddedness] within the area to 10%." If the existing imbrication is to be removed, the stream's width:depth ratio, sinuosity and connectivity with the floodplain need to be restored in order to enable the stream to re-work its gravels and sort them, leaving the fines on the downstream end of point bars.

Rationale and significance to subbasin plans and regional programs: The portion of the proposal for developing buffers and implement CRP / CREP riparian buffer plans directly supports many of the goals, objectives and strategies identified in the Asotin Subbasin Plan.

Relationships to other projects: This project proposal is to continue ongoing restoration activities and will coordinate and integrate the Asotin Subbasin Plan, Strategy and Continue Coordination and Implementation of Asotin Creek Watershed funding. These work together to protect fish habitat in the Asotin County. This proposal will continue to help bridge the gap between landowners and agency representatives on sensitive resource issues on Asotin County streams. The Asotin Subbasin Plan provides the framework for such recovery efforts.

Project history: This project has not existed long, so detailed results can't be expected. There is a good general recounting of progress to date. Some of the material in this section should have been in the technical and scientific section. Riparian Projects completed for water and grazing.

Comprehensive objectives are provided that are tied to Asotin Subbasin Plan. The facilities, equipment, personnel, and information transfer are adequate.

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