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Proposal 199802800: Trout Creek Watershed Restoration Project

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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 11, 2006 Finalized Adam Haarberg

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199802800
Proposal Name: Trout Creek Watershed Restoration Project
BPA Project Manager: Jamie Swan
Agency, Institution or Organization: Jefferson County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD)
Short Description: Implementation of numerous riparian and upland habitat improvement projects on private lands in the Trout Creek watershed, Deshutes basin. Monitoring and evaluation of current and past projects.
Information Transfer: Informational documents/reports and presentations at basin tours and basin meetings.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Adam Haarberg Jefferson SWCD 625 SE Salmon Ave, Suite 6
Redmond, OR 97756
Ph: 541-923-4358 ext. 129
Fax: 541-923-4713
Email: adam.haarberg@oacd.org
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Adam Haarberg Jefferson SWCD 625 SE Salmon Ave, Suite 6
Redmond, OR 97756
Ph: 541-923-4358 ext. 129
Fax: 541-923-4713
Email: adam.haarberg@oacd.org
Technical Contact
Marie Horn Jefferson SWCD 625 SE Salmon Ave, Suite 6
Redmond, OR 97756
Ph: 541-923-8018
Fax: 541-923-4713
Email: marie.horn@oacd.org
Administrative Contact

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Columbia Plateau ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Deschutes ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
44.8150 -120.9318 Trout Creek Trout Creek Watershed Jefferson/Wasco, Oregon Deschutes Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Steelhead Middle Columbia River ESU
Interior Redband Trout
Numerous wildlife species

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Phase One & Two - Berm Removal/Channel Reconstruction Project - Constructed 2.9 miles of new channel and floodplain. Supervised contractors and performed construction duties, pre & post construction survey and data collection and CREP implementation.
2004 Phase One - Berm Removal/Channel Reconstruction Project - Constructed 2.34 miles of new channel and floodplain. Supervised contractors and performed construction duties, pre & post construction survey and data collection.
2003 Partnered with ODFW in surveying, design, permitting and grant writing for the Trout Creek Berm Removal/Channel Reconstruction Project. Assissted Trout Creek Watershed Council with Long Range Action Plan.
2002 Partnered with ODFW and other agencies, intalling 5720 ft of buried mainline, eliminating 1 gravel pushup dam and 6500 ft of open ditch. Installed 2 off-site watering facilities in upper Trout Creek. Developed 2 CREP plans, enrolling 49.2 acres.
2001 Partnered with other agencies to install 5 Infiltration Galleries, elimating 6 gravel pushup dams in Trout Creek. Installed buried mainline, elimating open ditch irrigation. Installed 1 off-site watering facility in the Antelope Creek Basin.
2000 Partnered with other agencies to install 2 Infiltration Galleries, elimating 3 gravel pushup dams in Trout Creek. Installed 600 feet of Juniper Riprap for streambank protection. Farm Planning with several landowners in the Trout Creek watershed.
1999 Partnered with other agencies to install 2 Infiltration Galleries, elimating 4 gravel pushup dams in Trout Creek. Farm planning with several landowners in the Trout Creek Watershed.
1998 Installed 2 Infiltration Galleries, eliminating 3 gravel pushup dams in Trout Creek. Farm planning with several landowners in the Trout Creek watershed.

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 199404200 Trout Creek O&M ODFW - Trout Creek co-partner in the Trout Creek Berm Removal/Channel Reconstruction project.
OWEB - State 204-044 Jefferson SWCD Support Funds Trout Creek and Willow Creek watershed Coordinator, employed by the Jefferson SWCD
OWEB - State 204-138 Trout Cr Berm Removal/Channel Cost Sharing funding partner of this and many other projects.
Other: Farm Services Agency CREP Trout Creek Berm Removal/Channel Reconstruction Project Funding partner of the Berm Removal/Channel Reconstruction Project by enrolling project area into CREP Program.
Other: Deschutes Resources Conservancy DRC Trout Creek Berm Removal/Channel Reconstruction Project Cost Sharing funding partner in many past, present and future projects.
Other: Portland General Electric PGE Trout Creek Habitat Restoration 2007-09 potential berm removal/channel reconstruction project partner.
Other: Natural Resources Conservation Service WHIP Trout Creek Berm Removal/Channel Reconstruction Project Cost Sharing Partner on the Trout Creek Berm Removal/Channel Reconstruction Project.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Improve fish passage Provide efficient fish passage to all historic fish habitat and provide connectivity between spawning and rearing habitats in the tributaries and mainstem Deschutes River. Deschutes Increase minimum stream flows and channel habitat complexity, and provide fish passage at all artificial barriers to support production of summer steelhead and/or redband trout populations during all life stages and provide connectivity to areas where MP-23, 30, 31
Improve spawning and rearing habitat Improve summer steelhead spawning and rearing habitat in previously degraded/altered reaches of Trout and Antelope Creeks. Deschutes Protect and restore fish and wildlife habitat, beginning in the headwater areas and progressing downstream to restore fish distribution and abundance to meet biological and habitat objectives. MP-23, 30, 31
Improve spawning and rearing habitat Improve summer steelhead spawning and rearing habitat in previously degraded/altered reaches of Trout and Antelope Creeks. Deschutes Prioritize and plan future habitat restoration to protect or restore habitat for core populations of summer steelhead and/or redbancd trout populations and expand their range. MP-23, 30, 31
Improve spawning and rearing habitat Improve summer steelhead spawning and rearing habitat in previously degraded/altered reaches of Trout and Antelope Creeks. Deschutes Restore and maintain healthy riparian and floodplain areas with good habitat complexity and species diversity to meet biological objectives. MP-23, 30, 31
Improve spawning and rearing habitat Improve summer steelhead spawning and rearing habitat in previously degraded/altered reaches of Trout and Antelope Creeks. Deschutes Restore water tables under former wet meadows and stream floodplains to provide natural sub-irrigation and stream flow and stream temperature moderation. MP-23, 30, 31
Improve spawning and rearing habitat Improve summer steelhead spawning and rearing habitat in previously degraded/altered reaches of Trout and Antelope Creeks. Deschutes Manage riparian ecosystems to encourage restoration of beaver populations through restoration of woody and herbaceous vegetation, oxbow sloughs, and backwaters. MP-24, 30, 31

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
01: Realign, Connect, and/or Create Channel Trout Creek Channel Habitat Improvement - Nye Property Phase 3 Trout Creek Channel Habitat Improvement Project, Nye Project site - Phase 3 is scheduled for completion in FY07 if current funding level is maintained or increased for this project and project #199404200 (ODFW). 10/1/2006 9/30/2007 $40,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve spawning and rearing habitat
* # of stream miles before treatment: 1.4
* # of stream miles treated, including off-channels, after realignment: 1.75

02: Enhance Floodplain Trout Creek Channel Habitat Improvement - Nye Property Phase 3 Trout Creek Channel Habitat Improvement Project, Nye Project site - Phase 3 is scheduled for completion in FY07 if current funding level is maintained or increased for this project and project #199404200 (ODFW). 10/1/2006 9/30/2007 $30,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve spawning and rearing habitat
* # of acres treated: 65

03: Plant Vegetation Trout Creek Riparian Vegetation - Nye & Priday Property Phase 3 Plant vegetation on Trout Creek Channel Habitat Improvement Project on both properties. This work element will be leverage by the CREP Program. 2/1/2007 4/15/2007 $10,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve spawning and rearing habitat
* # of acres of planted: 95
* # of riparian miles treated: 4

05: Produce Design and/or Specifications Channel Habitat Improvement Plans - PGE, Priday Property Collect design data and develope final stream channel/floodplain design on PGE and Priday properties. 3/1/2008 7/1/2009 $55,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve spawning and rearing habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

06: Realign, Connect, and/or Create Channel Channel Habitat Improvement - PGE, Priday Property Construct a channel with the proper dimension, pattern, and profile on Antelope and Trout Creeks. This will be cost shared by several different sources. 7/1/2007 10/31/2009 $267,185
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve spawning and rearing habitat
* # of stream miles before treatment: 4
* # of stream miles treated, including off-channels, after realignment: 4.6

07: Enhance Floodplain Channel Habitat Improvement - PGE, Priday Property Remove USACE berms and shape floodplain, reconnecting connectivity to the channel. This item will be cost shared with several sources. 7/1/2007 10/31/2009 $220,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve spawning and rearing habitat
* # of acres treated: 125

08: Plant Vegetation Trout Creek Riparian Vegetation - PGE, Priday Property Planting of riparian vegetation will occur in the spring following construction each year. Some of these costs will be leveraged by CREP and WHIP. 2/1/2008 4/15/2010 $25,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve spawning and rearing habitat
* # of acres of planted: 125
* # of riparian miles treated: 4.6

09: Remove/Install Diversion Install Infiltration Gallery/Push-up Dam Removal - Johnson Property Remove a push-up dam in lower Antelope Creek and install an infiltration gallery for irrigation withdrawal, removing a seasonal fish passage barrier. 10/1/2007 10/31/2007 $25,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve fish passage
* # of miles of habitat accessed: Seasonal barrier to juvenile

10: Install Pipeline Johnson Irrigation Improvement Project - Johnson Property Install pipeline from infiltration gallery to pump site/sprinker system, improving irrigation efficiencies. 10/1/2007 12/31/2007 $25,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve fish passage
* Amount of unprotected water flow returned to the stream by conservation in acre-feet: 69

11: Remove/Install Diversion Install Infiltration Gallery/Remove Push-up Dam - Priday Property Remove a push-up dam in lower Antelope Creek and install an infiltration gallery for irrigation withdrawal, removing a seasonal fish passage barrier. 10/1/2008 10/31/2008 $25,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve fish passage
* # of miles of habitat accessed: Seasonal barrier to juveniles

12: Install Pipeline Priday Irrigation Improvement Project - Priday Property Install an irrigaiton pipeline, connecting an infiltration gallery to sprinkler system, improving irrigation efficiencies. 10/1/2008 2/28/2009 $22,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve fish passage
* Amount of unprotected water flow returned to the stream by conservation in acre-feet: 27

13: Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation Obtain all necessary Enviromental Compliance for all projects. Obtain all necessary environmental compliance for Channel Habitat Imrprovement on PGE and Priday properties. PGE may assist in this effort. Also obtain compliance for any infilration gallery installed and pipeline project. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $5,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

14: Manage and Administer Projects Manage and Administer Projects Manage and administer projects from planning, design, project oversight, and handling funds from numerous sources. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $76,400
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

15: Produce Plan Produce CREP Plans and provide technical assistance to Landowners Assist landowners and other agencies in producing CREP plans and other farm planning or project planning. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $12,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve spawning and rearing habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

16: Produce Annual Report Annual Report Produce annual report after each fiscal year. 10/1/2006 2/28/2010 $3,000
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 Project Manager $45,760 $46,800 $47,840
Fringe Benefits Project Manager $20,592 $21,060 $21,528
Supplies Supplie/Materials $5,500 $3,600 $4,200
Travel Vehicle Maintenance/Travel $7,935 $8,810 $9,060
Capital Equipment ATV $7,500 $ 0 $ 0
Overhead Indirect Administration $24,000 $25,600 $26,800
Other Contracted Services/Projects $152,000 $176,000 $186,000
Totals $263,287 $281,870 $295,428

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$840,585
Total Work Element budget$840,585

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
DRC Project cost share $75,000 $75,000 $75,000 Cash Under Development
FSA (CREP) Project cost share $60,000 $40,000 $ 0 Cash Under Development
Landowner Project materials/equipment $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 In-Kind Confirmed
NRCS (WHIP) Project Cost Share $30,000 $30,000 $40,000 Cash Under Development
OWEB Project cost share $140,000 $140,000 $140,000 Cash Under Development
PGE Project cost share $250,000 $250,000 $250,000 Cash Under Review
Totals $565,000 $545,000 $515,000

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$310,000 $325,000 Major channel habitat work to be completed approximately in 2015.
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
None at this time.
 
Termination Date Comments
2030 After major channel restoration projects are complete in the watershed, the focus can be shifted to smaller projects. As long as the majority of land in the watershed is under private ownership, their will be a need for this project.
 
Final Deliverables
An average annual run of 1,000 - 1,200 adult steelhead in the Trout Creek watershed and perennial flow in all stream reaches. Stream and floodplain connectivity in all areas feasable. Established, diverse, and sustainable riparian, aquatic and upland habitats.

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
Anadromous
ARG Comments:


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

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$165,000
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$165,000
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$165,000
Total NPCC Rec
$495,000
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
NPCC Comments: Budget reductions not specific. Project to be implemented with reduced scope. Sponsor should address ISRP concerns during the next project review process.


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

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$236,958
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$236,958
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$236,958
Total NPCC Rec
$710,874
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. M&E comment pending. See M&E decision memo discussion.

Local or MSRT Comments: OSPIT recommends a 10% reduction in budget to match other Trout Creek project. Flatlined budget for FY08 and 09 to the FY07 level.


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

Recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)
Comments: Fundable; however, the qualification is that like its companion project from ODFW (199404200: Trout Creek Fish Habitat Restoration), this project needs to provide more reporting on the results of their work and the measured biological benefits to date. This response and proposal provides even less information than project 199404200. We recognize the project has a shorter history and consequently, sponsors are in less of a position to report than for project 199404200, but the sponsors might consider coordinating data analysis efforts between the two projects. Even if this project (199802800) isn't doing the monitoring, it should report the results of other monitoring in Trout Creek and the subbasin.

The ISRP will be expecting and looking for more thorough reporting of results in the next review cycle.


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

Recommendation: Response requested
Comments: The response needs to provide substantially more detail on past results in biological effectiveness terms. Also more detail is needed on objectives, methods and especially, monitoring and evaluation. The project has a record of successful restoration activities. To merit continued funding, the sponsors need to provide a summary analysis of changes in habitat and fish abundance that have occurred as a result of the past projects. They also need to revise the objectives to more accurately reflect the proposed work and develop a more comprehensive monitoring program.

Technical and scientific background: This is an ongoing project that works with private landowners and multiple funding agencies/sources to improve riparian, aquatic, and upland habitat in the Trout Creek Watershed. It is a companion project to the ODFW Project #199404200) and works to leverage BPA funds by writing grants to numerous funding sources, as sponsors move to finish Phase 3 of the Trout Creek Channel Habitat Improvement Project. This project has, and continues to, implement extensive instream and riparian habitat improvement projects on a basin wide scale to significantly improve habitat for Mid Columbia ESU summer steelhead with several planned projects.

The sponsors supply ample evidence of the habitat work that has been conducted in recent years, although actual data on many of the important long-term metrics were not supplied. The sponsors’ response will need to include additional biological data that address metrics of direct impact on fish survival (i.e., changes in temperature, habitat characteristics, numbers of redds, etc.,) so as to better understand if the habitat changes so readily observed in the proposal photos are in fact altering the stream in a manner that fish are responding to (or are likely to respond to) in a positive manner.

Rationale and significance to subbasin plans and regional programs: The Trout Creek habitat project was ranked as the #1 priority in the Deschutes Subbasin Plan. It also addresses elements of the Oregon Plan and the Fish and Wildlife Program.

Relationships to other projects: The sponsors have worked cooperatively with several agencies and groups on restoration projects and more cooperative work is planned. They have worked with local landowners to develop restoration projects.

In past years, the ISRP has been impressed with SWCD's abilities to leverage BPA dollars into additional dollars -- sometimes achieving quite high overall funding levels relative to BPA funding levels. Much of this work occurs through enrollment of local ranchers into stream habitat conservation programs such as CREP. This approach makes BPA dollars go much farther than anticipated. The Jefferson SWCD has been particularly good at this in years past (e.g., Table 1 on Page 5 of proposal).

The Jefferson SWCD has also been instrumental in signing up landowners into FSA’s CREP program in Trout Creek. To date, the SWCD has enrolled 9.92 miles of stream, totaling 145.6 acres into the program, with more planned in the near future.

Project history (for ongoing projects): The sponsors have focused the discussion on the activities that have been undertaken. They needed to provide a better discussion of how successful the restoration actions have been from an action effectiveness perspective, particularly as it relates to fish use (all life stages) and abundance. Quantitatively, if possible, they needed to summarize what changes have occurred in habitat conditions (e.g., has the number of deep pools increased, have summer temperatures been reduced, has the amount of large wood increased, has summer flow increased, has the amount of spawning area increased). Quantitatively, if possible, they should have explained how fish have responded to the habitat changes (fish use by all life stages, and abundance)?

Objectives: The objectives do not accurately reflect the work that will be conducted and do not provide measurable outcomes. Accomplishment of the first biological objective will not be achieved solely by the proposed work. The first objective, however, may serve as an overall goal. The Work Elements appear to be directed more toward a habitat restoration objective and an objective involving landowners participation. A map of the area and project sites is needed. The sponsors also need to explain how the sites were selected and what is the method for prioritizing sites for restoration? It is not clear why the second objective is separate from the first because both involve habitat restoration.

Tasks (work elements) and methods: The sponsors did not clearly explain how the proposed tasks will lead to the accomplishment of objective 2. The methods will not be sufficient to achieve the objective 1.

Monitoring and evaluation: M&E was not addressed.

Facilities, equipment, and personnel: Facilities are adequate, and the personnel appear to have limited experience in habitat restoration.

Information transfer is not addressed. It probably will occur via landowner participation.

Benefits to focal and non-focal species: The benefits to focal species cannot be adequately assessed because objectives and some methods are unclear, the site prioritization is not explained, and information on past project effectiveness is not given. The effect on non-focal species is unclear, but the project probably will not cause harm

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