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Proposal 200203600: Restore Walla Walla River Flow

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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 Brian Wolcott

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 200203600
Proposal Name: Restore Walla Walla River Flow
BPA Project Manager: Benjamin Zelinsky
Agency, Institution or Organization: Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council
Short Description: Irrigation efficiency and shallow aquifer recharge will improve Walla Walla River flows on flow -impaired priority restoration reaches at times of the year that are critical for steelhead, spring Chinook, and bull trout passage and habitat use.
Information Transfer: Information on the success of this collaborative project will be shared with other subbasins seeking solutions for fisheries restoration where agricultural irrigation withdrawals from streams create limiting factor for fish production. This project will also demonstrate the utility of shallow aquifer recharge to mitigate for irrigation efficiency and as a tool to restore spring branch flows and, over time, base flows.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Brian Wolcott Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council P.O. Box 68
MiltonFreewater OR 97862
Ph: 541.983.2170
Fax: 541.938.2170
Email: brian.wolcott@wwbwc.org
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Gina Massoni Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council PO Box 68
Milton-Freewater, OR 97862
Ph: 541-938-2170
Fax: call first
Email: gina.massoni@wwbwc.org
Administrative Contact
Brian Wolcott Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council P.O. Box 68
MiltonFreewater OR 97862
Ph: 541.983.2170
Fax: 541.938.2170
Email: brian.wolcott@wwbwc.org
Form Submitter

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Columbia Plateau ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Walla Walla ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
45.9354 -118.3905 West Little Walla Walla River Little Walla Walla Diversion on the Walla Walla River. Umatilla, Oregon Walla Walla Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Steelhead Middle Columbia River ESU
Bull Trout
Chinook Mid-Columbia River Spring ESU
Interior Redband Trout
Mountain Whitefish
Pacific Lamprey

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Final on farm irrigation efficency project installed. Initial water conservation water rights confirmation completed, initial mapping completed. Conserved water rights materials submitted to Oregon Water Resources Department for initial review.
2004 On farm irrigation efficiency upgrades installed. 11 flowmeters installed. Smaller ditch piping projects completed. Water conservation planning continued.
2003 On farm irrigation efficiency upgrades installed (6 of the 10). Smaller ditch pipeline projects installed. Water Conservation planning work initiated on water conserved to date, include water rights confirmation, mapping, transfer paperwork.
2002 Eastside Ditch piping Flow meter and inlet structure purchased and installed, including radio telemetry equipment. Eastside ditch pipe (15,625 feet) installed.

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 199601200 Anad Fish Passage Walla Walla Provides additional flows during low flow periods to assist with attraction and passage at mainstem Walla Walla River Fish Passage Projects
BPA 199601201 Nursery Bridge Local Cost Shar Provides additional river flow during low flow periods to assist with fish attraction and pasage at Nursery Bridge Fishway
BPA 199604601 Walla Walla River Basin Fish H Provides additional flows along habtiat project sites and to assist fish in migrating through low flow reach to uper river habtiat sites.
BPA 200003300 Walla Walla River Fish Passage Provides additional flow for fish passage at passage sites
BPA 200003800 Walla Walla River Hatchery Provides flows to move smolts out and attract adult salmonids
BPA 200107500 Enhance Walla Walla Basin Flow Will provide additional flows to epand upon the results of this lower Walla Walla River flow enhancement project.
OWEB - State 204-244 Hudson Bay Aquifer-Spring Rest Will provide cost sahare funding for construction, monitoring, and reporting.
OWEB - State 206-128 Powell/Pleasantview Piping Will assist with cost share funding for piping the ditch.
OWEB - State 206-148 HY-LINE Canal Piping - Walla W Will provide cost share funding for Piping the canal.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Objective MC7.1- Increase summer flows by 10-15%(o This project will restore adequate streamflow to the Walla Walla River for steelhead, bull trout, and spring chinook passage and habitat needs for a severely flow reduced section of river. SPCK and STS life histories affected are: the following impacted life stages for Steelhead and Spring Chinook in this reach as: incubation, fry, sub-yearling, pre-spawning(SPCK only), overwintering (STS only). Walla Walla 1)Strategy MC7.1.13-Identify and implement various opportunities (e.g. CTUIR/USACE feasibility study, Conservation District programs, WWBWC programs, BPA National Fish & Wildlife Program, etc.) to augment instream flows through water storage, conservation 160,161,162

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
Other Shallow Aquifer Recharge Use existing shallow aquifer recharge spreading basins to actively recharge shallow aquifer to improve spring branch flows and base river flow, and monitor chages to water table, and surface flow volumes. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $174,944
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Install Pipeline Powell-Pleasantview, Lydell, Hyline, and White Canal Piping Four ditches totalling 13,710 feet of pipe and associated turnouts and fittings. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $1,066,486
Biological Objectives Metrics
* Amount of unprotected water flow returned to the stream by conservation in cfs: approximately 11 cfs

Install Sprinkler On- Farm irrigation efficiency 140 acres upgraded to more efficient water application on 15 farms 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $114,618
Biological Objectives Metrics
* Amount of unprotected water flow returned to the stream by conservation in cfs: approximately 1-1.5 cfs

Develop and Negotiate Water Right Transaction Transfer Conserved Water to Instream Water Rights Conserved Water from Irrigation ditch piping and on farm sprinkler upgrades will use the Oregon Conserved Water Program to enroll saved water into instream rights with original priority dates plus one minute. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $52,327
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 fringe benefits included $45,167 $45,167 $45,167
Capital Equipment Irrigation pipelines/fittings/turnouts $346,424 $346,424 $346,424
Supplies [blank] $33,667 $33,667 $33,667
Travel mileage $1,523 $1,523 $1,523
Overhead [blank] $42,678 $42,678 $42,678
Totals $469,458 $469,458 $469,458

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$1,408,375
Total Work Element budget$1,408,375

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
Hudson Bay District Improvement Company pipe installation $228,804 $ 0 $ 0 In-Kind Confirmed
landowners on farm installation $140,000 $ 0 $ 0 In-Kind Under Development
NRCS/alliance pipe/install and recharge construction $299,135 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Confirmed
OWEB pipe/install/recharge construction/monitoring $179,224 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Confirmed
OWEB Recharge site expansion $226,171 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Under Review
US Fish and Wildlife Service Pipe and installation $243,991 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Confirmed
Walla Walla River Irrigation District design, permitting $29,111 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Confirmed
Totals $1,346,436 $ 0 $ 0

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$ 0 $ 0
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
 
Termination Date Comments
none
 
Final Deliverables

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

Part 2 of 2. Reviews of Proposal
Administrative Review Group (ARG) Results
Account Type:
Expense
No changes were made to this proposal


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

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$1,152,000
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$ 0
Total NPCC Rec
$1,152,000
Budget Type:Capital
Budget Category:ProvinceCapital
Recommendation:Fund
NPCC Comments: Combine the Walla Walla Juvenile and Adult passage Improvement project (199601100) with Gardena Irrigation Project and Walla Walla Flow. Capital component.


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

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$30,000
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$30,000
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$30,000
Total NPCC Rec
$90,000
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
NPCC Comments: Combine the Walla Walla Juvenile and Adult passage Improvement project (199601100) with Gardena Irrigation Project and Walla Walla Flow. This is the expense portion of the project. See capital budget for capital component.


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

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$469,333
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$469,333
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$469,333
Total NPCC Rec
$1,407,999
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: WA recommendation is to fund as much as possible from capital, and any saved expense funds stays within the Walla Walla subbasin. Combine the Walla Walla Juvenile and Adult passage Improvement project (199601100) with Gardena Irrigation Project and Walla Walla Flow.


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

Recommendation: Fundable
Comments: The sponsors adequately addressed the ISRP’s comments. The details provided by the sponsors are helpful in evaluating this proposal and are much appreciated. The project, however, requires more data to show that the expanded habitat is producing fishery benefits.


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

Recommendation: Response requested
Comments: This project is part of a major thrust by governmental and non-governmental entities to restore habitat and fish in the Walla Walla basin. The project addresses the very important problem of restoring flows to the streams in this basin. To date, the project appears to have been highly successful in enlisting private landowners in water conservation efforts. The approach used in this project should be widely adopted in the Columbia Basin. The sponsors need to discuss whether an effectiveness monitoring plan is in place that will evaluate quantitatively improvements in habitat attributes and fish use in the project reach following restoration actions. Such a plan would demonstrate the value of the fine effort to conserve water undertaken so far by the sponsors.

Technical and scientific background: The problem is well defined and technically justified. The project would ensure increased flow through a normally dewatered reach preventing stranding and improving migratory and juvenile rearing habitat and replenishing subsurface water storage. The technical analysis has led to innovative approaches that have proven to be effective in restoring flows to the Walla Walla River. This should serve as a model for action throughout the Basin.

The sponsors need to provide information on run sizes in the river in which the project is located. They also need to explain why the EDT analysis did not rank the targeted springbrooks as high priority.

Rationale and significance to subbasin plans and regional programs: This project would be a part of an apparently successful restoration program for the Walla Walla basin with good cooperation from landowners. The project area is identified as a priority in the Walla Walla Subbasin Plan and the proposal addresses priority strategies. The project could benefit anadromous as well as resident ESA listed species. It also addresses objectives in the Fish and Wildlife Program.

Relationships to other projects: The project is related to several BPA funded project as well as to numerous other state, federal, and privately funded projects. A major strength of the proposal is the collaboration with private landowners who have worked closely with the sponsors to provide increased flow to benefit fish.

Project history: The project history documents the success of the approach used by this project but provides no data documenting improved instream flows relative to pre-project conditions.

Objectives: The project has one objective, which is to increase summer flows by 10-15%. Does this flow increase pertain to the three-mile reach north of Milton-Freewater? Is the percent increase over and above the 25 cfs already provided? Quantitatively (as well as possible), how much habitat improvement can be expected from such a small increase in flow? Should there be an objective for aquifer recharge?

This proposal should be linked to the Columbia Basin Water Transaction Program (proposal 200201301) and address the criteria for water transactions under that program that are relevant to the proposed actions.

Tasks (work elements) and methods: Strategies for accomplishing the objectives rather than specific methods are given. This is understandable given the nature of the project. The sponsors should explain the methods by which aquifer recharge will be accomplished.

Monitoring and evaluation: The major drawback of this proposal is the lack of a consolidated monitoring program to assess the effectiveness of the water conservation strategies in improving flows, aquifer recharge and springbrook flows, fish habitat characteristics (e.g. pool depth, stream temperature) and fish use. Some monitoring activities are discussed at various points in the proposal but the total program (design, methods, metrics, etc.) is not presented.

Facilities, equipment, and personnel: Facilities are adequate, and personnel are well qualified. Have the sponsors been receiving advice from a fisheries biologist?

Information transfer is not discussed.

Benefits to focal species: The benefits of increasing instream flow could be significant for a number of focal species, but the sponsors provide no estimate of how flow improvements will affect habitat attributes (other than flow and temperature) and fish use. Effectiveness monitoring would help to address these questions.

Benefits to non-focal species: The project could benefit non-focal species by improving habitat. The sponsors have already demonstrated an increase in macroinvertebrates, an important food resource for juvenile salmon.

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