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Proposal 200201301: Water Entity (RPA 151) NWPPC

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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
January 9, 2006 Finalized Andrew Purkey

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 200201301
Proposal Name: Water Entity (RPA 151) NWPPC
BPA Project Manager: Christopher Furey
Agency, Institution or Organization: National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
Short Description: Fund water right transactions that restore streamflows and focused riparian easements on criticial fish-bearing Columbia Basin tributaries. Implemented as the Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program (CBWTP) in a partnership between BPA and NFWF
Information Transfer: CBWTP maintains a dynamic transaction database at www.cbwtp.org. Site visitors can query the database for specific information about any or all water transactions funded by the CBWTP. Data is also provided to StreamNet. A power point presentation is maintained for use in public presentations. A program brochure has been produced. An annual report is produced each year summarizing program accomplishments and highlights.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Andrew Purkey National Fish and Wildlife Foundation 806 S.W. Broadway, Suite 750
Portland, OR 97205
Ph: (503) 417-8700, ext. 24
Fax: (503) 417-8787
Email: andrew.purkey@nfwf.org
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Chris Furey BPA - KEW-4 905 NE 11th Avenue
Portland, OR
Ph: 503-230-3371
Fax: [left blank]
Email: chfurey@bpa.gov
Form Submitter
Andrew Purkey National Fish and Wildlife Foundation 806 S.W. Broadway, Suite 750
Portland, OR 97205
Ph: (503) 417-8700, ext. 24
Fax: (503) 417-8787
Email: andrew.purkey@nfwf.org
Project Lead

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Mainstem/Systemwide ARG Province: Mainstem on the ground/Multiprovince
Sponsor Subbasin: Systemwide ARG Subbasin: Mainstem on the ground/Multiprovince
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
stream Water transactions are expected in mutliple streams in the subbasins in this section. , Idaho Clearwater No
stream , Idaho Salmon No
stream , Montana Bitterroot No
stream , Montana Blackfoot No
stream , Montana Clark Fork No
stream , Montana Flathead No
stream , Oregon Burnt No
stream , Oregon Deschutes No
stream , Oregon Fifteenmile No
stream , Oregon Grande Ronde No
stream , Oregon Hood No
stream , Oregon Imnaha No
stream , Oregon John Day No
stream , Oregon Powder No
stream , Oregon Umatilla No
stream , Oregon Walla Walla No
stream , Oregon Willamette No
stream , Washington Entiat No
stream , Washington Methow No
stream , Washington Okanogan No
stream , Washington Walla Walla No
stream , Washington Wenatchee No
stream , Washington Yakima No
CBWTP office is located in Portland, OR. Implementation is systemwide, focused on 15 to 20 subbasins Multnomah County, Oregon None Selected Yes

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

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 In FY 2005, the QLEs completed 45 transactions that restored 307 cubic feet per second instream. This resulted in an additional 55,000 acre-feet instream during 2005. 1.75 miles of Methow River riparian land was protected through a conservation easement.
2004 In FY 2004, the QLEs completed 24 transactions that restored 319 cubic feet per second instream. This resulted in an additional 32,201 acre-feet instream in 2004. A third of the transactions were long-term or permanent. The rest were short-term.
2003 The first set of transactions were completed and funded in FY 2003. The local entities (QLEs) completed 33 transactions that restored 133 cubic feet per second instream. This resulted in an additional 30,641 acre-feet instream in 2003.
2002 The CBWTP was established in FY 2002 when BPA partnered with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation as the regional entity to administer the program. BPA also selected 10 qualifed local entities to participate in the program and complete water deals.

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 198402100 John Day Habitat Enhancement Oregon Water Trust has completed several transactions, restoring flow that complements habitat restoration efforts.
BPA 198710001 Umatilla Anad Fish Hab - CTUIR Oregon Water Trust has completed transaction, restoring flow that complements habitat restoration efforts.
BPA 198710002 Umatilla Anad. Fish Hab - ODFW Oregon Water Trust has completed transaction, restoring flow that complements habitat restoration efforts.
BPA 199202601 Grand Ronde Model Watershed Oregon Water Trust coordinates with Grande Ronde Model Watershed Board in restoring flows.
BPA 199202603 Model Watershed Studies - Lemh Idaho Department of Water Resources coordinates with Upper Salmon Basin Watershed Project in Lemhi flow restoration efforts.
BPA 199303800 N Fork John Day R Enhancement Oregon Water Trust has completed several transactions, restoring flow that complements habitat restoration efforts.
BPA 199304000 Fifteenmile Creek Habitat Impr Oregon Water Trust has completed several transactions, restoring flow that complements habitat restoration efforts.
BPA 199304001 15 Mile Creek Steelhead Smolt Oregon Water Trust has completed several transactions, restoring flow that complements smolt efforts.
BPA 199401700 Idaho Model Watershed Habitat Idaho Department of Water Resources coordinates with Upper Salmon Basin Watershed Project in flow restoration efforts.
BPA 199402700 Grande Ronde Model Ws Habitat Oregon Water Trust has completed transaction, restoring flow that complements habitat restoration efforts.
BPA 199403900 Wallowa Basin Project Planning Oregon Water Trust has completed transaction, restoring flow that complements habitat restoration efforts.
BPA 199601200 Anad Fish Passage Walla Walla Oregon Water Trust has completed several transactions, restoring flow that complements habitat restoration efforts.
BPA 199603401 Methow River Valley Irr Dist Methow Conservancy has completed riparian conservation easement, permanently protecting 1.75 of prime anadromous fish habitat.
BPA 199604601 Walla Walla River Basin Fish H Oregon Water Trust has completed several transactions, restoring flow that complements habitat restoration efforts.
BPA 199607702 Lolo Creek Watershed Montana Water Trust has completed water transaction on Lolo Creek.
BPA 199608300 Grand Ronde Watershed Restor Oregon Water Trust has completed transaction, restoring flow that complements habitat restoration efforts.
BPA 199702500 Wallowa County/Nez Perce Salmo Oregon Water Trust has completed transaction, consistent with the goals of the Salmon Recovery Plan
BPA 199704900 Teanaway R Flow Restore Bor Washington Water Trust has completed multiple water transactions, restoring flows in the Teanaway River and tributaries.
BPA 199704902 Teanaway R Instream Rest Kccd Washington Water Trust has completed multiple water transactions, restoring flows in the Teanaway River and tributaries.
BPA 200202100 Reduce Teanaway Water Temps Washington Water Trust has completed multiple water transactions, restoring flows in the Teanaway River and tributaries.
BPA 200203300 John Day Recovery Monitoring Oregon Water Trust reviews Tribal monitoring data when implementing and monitoring its transactions efforts.
BPA 200203600 Restore Walla Walla River Flow Oregon Water Trust and Walla Walla Watershed Alliance cooperate with Walla Walla Watershed Council to implement flow restoration efforts there.
BPA 200207300 Wallowa Culvert Inventory Oregon Water Trust has completed several transactions, restoring flow that complements culvert removal efforts.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Walla Walla 5.1.8: Minimize surface water withdrawals through quantification of legal withdrawals, identification and elimination of illegal withdrawals, lease of water rights and purchase of water rights, where applicable. 158
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Walla Walla 5.1.18: facilitate and coordinate instream transfers, conserved water applications and leases in the subbasin. 159
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Walla Walla 7.1.9: Evaluate and implement shallow aquifer recharge programs, where appropriate. 160
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Walla Walla 7.1.12: Continue to refine understanding of and/or determine location and timing of dewatered and flow-limited stream reaches and prioritize them for restoration and enhancement activities. 160
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Walla Walla 7.1.13: Identify and implement various opportunities to augment instream flows through water storage, conservation, irrigation efficiencies, water right purchase, shallow aquifer storage and recovery, and source exchange. 160
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Walla Walla 7.1.15: Pursue opportunities to allow water users to more easily transfer water for instream use and to provide adequate protection downstream and across state borders, which may require law changes or interstate agreements. 160
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Walla Walla 7.1.16: Pursue opportunities to convert water users from surface water to deep well supplies, including evaluation of the applicability of this approach on a site-specific basis. (Plan has a duplication for this Strategy number) 161
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Clearwater Fish and wildlife populations rely on a network of connected habitats during different life stages and times of year. Good connectivity allows them to weather changes in habitat quality and move between favorable habitats. S-13
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Clearwater Reduce extreme streamflow fluctuations caused by artificial water withdrawals, storage and releases. S-13
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Grande Ronde Identify flow deficient stream reaches caused by irrigation withdrawals. 263
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Grande Ronde Improve riparian function and water storage where feasible by reconnecting floodplains through removal of confinement structures (roads, dikes), enhancing riparian vegetation, reestablishing beaver populations. 263
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Grande Ronde Explore feasibility of water storage facilities (above or below ground) to enhance late season stream flow. 263
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Grande Ronde Reduce irrigation withdrawals through an integrated program of irrigation efficiency improvements, diversion point consolidations, water right leasing and water right purchase, where applicable with willing landowners. 263
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Grande Ronde Promote education and technical training in the efficient use of irrigation water. 263
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Grande Ronde Reduce water withdrawals through measurement to valid water rights quantities 263
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Clearwater Restore adequate flows where hydrographs have been altered, continue and expand efforts to increase base flows and restore natural flow timing, definition and establishment of adequate flow levels, and implementation of forest and agricultural BMPs. 31
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program.] Clearwater Secure water rights--coordinate efforts with the Idaho Department of Water Resources to secure water rights designated to meet flows where necessary by 2017. 31
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Salmon 9A1: Improve water conveyance systems. 48
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Salmon 9A2: Lease or acquire water rights. 48
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Salmon 9A3: Improve the irrigation efficiency. 48
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Salmon 9A7: Develop irrigation management plans with irrigators to create more efficient programs based on crop needs, soil types, and economics of operation, considering the entire water budget for the drainage of interest. 48
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Salmon 9A10: Work with irrigation districts to ensure that diverted water is returned to the natural channel at the end of the irrigation season. 49
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Salmon 9A11: Monitor and evaluate all mitigation activities. Integrate results with appropriate implementation strategies. 49
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Salmon 9A13: Create public awareness over the importance of maintaining an active floodplain, diverse riparian areas, and instream large woody debris, as well as when to consult local agencies for flood mitigation needs. 49
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Salmon 10A6: Mimic the shape and timing of the natural hydrograph so as to ensure the proper transport and deposition of sediment. 50
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Salmon 12A1: Reconnect waterways, remove or modify structural barriers. 53
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Salmon 13A2: Hydrologic modeling: Develop and implement tools, such as MIKE BASIN to aid in the definition of the historic hydrograph 58
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Salmon 14B3: On flow impaired stream reaches, permanently secure water through water transactions – conservation agreements, leases, or purchases – that put flows into water banks 59
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Salmon 29A1: Develop water conservation agreements to reduce levels of stream diversion 64
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Salmon 35A: Rehabilitate natural hydrographs in key anadromous and resident tributaries to ensure adequate base flows are available in lower, mainstem reaches 66
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Methow Restore and reconnect wetlands, floodplains, side-channels, and other off-channel habitat. 303
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Methow Establish flows in priority rivers and streams through a comprehensive instream flow study. 307
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Methow Administer groundwater and surface water right permits and changes consistent with the established instream flow. 307
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Methow Increase and require spring flow augmentation. 358
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Methow Conserve and protect riparian areas and buffer zones. 313
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Okanogan 1-2C: Create side-channel habitats, islands, spawning channels, and reconnect back channels to increase channel complexity. 25
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Okanogan 3-2C: Restore and conserve historic riparian corridor. 26
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Okanogan 2-1I: Provide incentives and compensation to landowners to retain buffers. 33
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Okanogan 1-1E: Pursue methods to acquire permanent water rights for in-stream use (i.e. water banking, increasing storage capacity, easement purchase and trust water donations). 37
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Okanogan 1-1A: Provide water for adult fish passage, over-winter rearing, and juvenile out-migration (below OID). 40
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Okanogan 1-2A: Reconnect reaches to the floodplain. 40
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Okanogan 1-1F: Develop programs that assist water users and promotes the efficient use of water. 52
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Entiat Investigate and implement programs designed to increase efficiency of water withdrawal. 182
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Entiat Explore the potential for water storage for late season use. 183
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Wenatchee Achieve permanent protection of riparian wetlands through acquisition, conservation easement, cooperative agreements, etc 230
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Wenatchee Implement habitat stewardship projects with private landowners 231
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Wenatchee Reduce late summer mainstem temperatures by improving low flow conditions. 261
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Wenatchee Enhance mainstem flows 262
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Wenatchee Where approprioate restore natural channel form, including reconnection to floodplain 263
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Wenatchee Maintain flows and hydrograph to current condition 267
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Wenatchee Utilize federal, state, tribal and local government programs, to conserve riparian wetland habitat 230
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Tucannon 1.1.8: Increase stream flows through the lease and/or purchase of water rights 140
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Tucannon 1.1.19: Increase landowner participation in federal, state, tribal, and local programs that enhance watershed conditions 141
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Yakima Reduce net water use. Examine the possibility of "deconsolidation" of major diversion points. 4-38
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Yakima Restoration of natural flow regime 4-34
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Yakima Reestablish a normal hydrograph by: Reduce net water use, develop out of basin sources for new water. Manage the system differently in good/excellent water years by purchase/lease of water rights. 4-38
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Yakima Create new side channels where hyporheic conditions allow. 4-40
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Yakima Work toward cooperative water resource management over the long term with an emphasis on restoration of flows in the mainstem that support the life history needs of the Subbasins fish and wildlife populations 4-68
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Yakima Maximize natural retention of flow in basin by restore hydrologic/hyporheic connectivity upstream. 4-43
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Yakima Work with cooperating landowners, tribes, and public agencies through purchase, easement, and land-use agreements to protect intact floodplain habitats and to secure lands for restoration. 4-15
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. John Day Enhance base flows, moderate peak flows where appropriate, restore natural conditions. 242
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. John Day In-stream water right leases and acquisitions, and Irrigation efficiency projects 257
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Umatilla Purchase water rights from willing sellers 5-8
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Umatilla Increase water conservation and irrigation efficiency 5-8
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Umatilla Restore upstream or headwater attributes to improve downstream conditions. 5-9
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Umatilla Increase passage efficiency of in-stream obstructions including culverts, bridges, diversion structures, and unscreened diversions. 5-9
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Imnaha 8A2: Reduce withdrawals through diversion improvements. Identify opportunities where an increased efficiency of water transfer and delivery would result in a reduction in volume from natural channels. 30
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Imnaha Secure water rights. Coordinate efforts with the ODEQ to secure water rights designated to meet flows where necessary and possible. 31
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Imnaha Restore hydrographs: Restore adequate flows where hydrographs have been altered and are limiting production. 31
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Willamette Increase low season flows through water conservation and instream water rights acquisition and leasing, and reducing impervious surfaces to increase subsurface storage. 5-18
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Willamette Move toward more natural pattern and duration of peak flows 5-19
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Hood Improve streamflows where opportunities exist to do so, while also protecting existing water rights. Meet instream water rights on streams where these are established. 178
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Hood Minimize alteration of natural hydrology. Where feasible, protect and restore the hydrologic functioning of upland, wetland, and riparian areas. 178
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Fifteenmile Reestablish a hydrologic regime that has been disrupted by human activities, including functions such as water depth, seasonal fluctuations, flooding periodicity, and connectivity 15
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Fifteenmile Restoration of low flows and mitigation of peak flows 19
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Malheur Irrigation water management to enhance low flow conditions such that they mimic the natural hydrograph to the extent possible 72
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Malheur Evaluate the potential to enhance base summer flows by diverting part of the spring runoff into created wetlands. Providing additional storage in the soil and aquifer would benefit both water users and fish/wildlife habitat. 73
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Malheur Where possible, acquire management rights to priority properties that can be protected, restored or enhanced to support native ecosystem/watershed function through title acquisition, conservation easements, and/or long-term leases in perpetuity. 80
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Malheur Where management rights are acquired, identify the current condition and biological potential of the habitat, and then protect or restore and enhance those properties to the extent that their condition is consistent with Biological Objectives 80
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Burnt Addresses the limiting factors of riparian condition, channel stability, habitat diversity, low flow, fine sediment and high temperature by preventing further degradation. 4
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Burnt Allow stream flow processes to maintain channels through restoration of natural flow regimes and floodplain connection. 5
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Burnt Improve irrigation and water management to increase flow (may include purchase or lease of water where necessary and available). Addresses the limiting factor of low flow and all associated water quality attributes. 6
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Flathead Maintain flows that sustain and promote ecological processes through the purchasing and leasing of water rights and water conservation agreements. 26
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Flathead Protect riparian habitats. When possible (i.e. with willing landowners) provide long-term habitat protection through purchase, conservation easements, landowner incentives, management plans, and other means. 26
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Kootenai Restore and maintain hydrologic conditions (flow, timing, duration) to mimic natural processes. 36
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Kootenai Improve instream flows. Restore connectivity and opportunities for migration by securing or improving instream flows and acquiring water rights from willing sellers. 37
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Deschutes Increase minimum stream flows and channel habitat complexity. MP-12
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Deschutes Restore water tables under tributary stream floodplains to provide natural sub-irrigation and stream flow and stream temperature moderation. MP-12
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Deschutes Maintain or increase minimum stream flow in the Deschutes River to correspond to instream water rights. MP-12
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Deschutes Monitor water quality of irrigation return flow to the assessment unit streams. MP-14
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Deschutes Reduce stream temperature to meet water quality criteria for salmonid rearing. MP-15
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Deschutes Increase minimum stream flow. MP-15
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Deschutes Identify areas and management actions to increase natural water storage to improve stream flow and stream temperature moderation. MP-20
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Deschutes Monitor stream water quality and quantity to document changes from restoration projects. MP-20
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Deschutes Work with irrigators to increase the efficiency of water delivery and use to reduce the quantity of water withdrawn from streams. MP-61
Flow restoration on ecologically-significant river Inadequate streamflow is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program restores flow on ecologically-significant rivers and streams through funding of water right transactions between landowners and qualified local entities participating in the program. Deschutes Work with irrigation districts and individual water users to enhance instream flows by seeking opportunities such as water leases, water purchases, water transfers, or other conservation measures. MP-74
Riparian habitat protection on significant waters Degraded riparian habitat is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program protects key riparian habitat through funding of riparian conservation easements between landowners and land qualified local entities participating in the program. Methow Conserve and protect riparian areas and buffer zones. 302
Riparian habitat protection on significant waters Degraded riparian habitat is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program protects key riparian habitat through funding of riparian conservation easements between landowners and land qualified local entities participating in the program. Methow Replant degraded riparian zones by reestablishing native vegetation and natural wood recruitment processes. 303
Riparian habitat protection on significant waters Degraded riparian habitat is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program protects key riparian habitat through funding of riparian conservation easements between landowners and land qualified local entities participating in the program. Methow Install and maintain fencing or fish-friendly stream crossing structures to prevent livestock access to riparian zones and streams. 303
Riparian habitat protection on significant waters Degraded riparian habitat is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program protects key riparian habitat through funding of riparian conservation easements between landowners and land qualified local entities participating in the program. Methow Implement best management practices (BMPs) for development, road construction, logging, and intensive farming in riparian and upland areas that have a high likelihood of occurrence of mass wasting (unstable slopes) and/or erosion. 303
Riparian habitat protection on significant waters Degraded riparian habitat is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program protects key riparian habitat through funding of riparian conservation easements between landowners and land qualified local entities participating in the program. Methow Reestablish natural riparian vegetation to restore a more natural delivery and routing of sediment. 307
Riparian habitat protection on significant waters Degraded riparian habitat is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program protects key riparian habitat through funding of riparian conservation easements between landowners and land qualified local entities participating in the program. Entiat Utilize federal, state, tribal, and local government programs, to conserve riparian wetlands habitat. 217
Riparian habitat protection on significant waters Degraded riparian habitat is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program protects key riparian habitat through funding of riparian conservation easements between landowners and land qualified local entities participating in the program. Entiat Achieve permanent protection of riparian wetlands through acquisition, conservation easement, cooperative agreements, etc. 218
Riparian habitat protection on significant waters Degraded riparian habitat is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program protects key riparian habitat through funding of riparian conservation easements between landowners and land qualified local entities participating in the program. Wenatchee Utilize federal, state, tribal, and local government programs, to conserve riparian wetlands habitat 230
Riparian habitat protection on significant waters Degraded riparian habitat is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program protects key riparian habitat through funding of riparian conservation easements between landowners and land qualified local entities participating in the program. Okanogan Establish and protect riparian buffers using regulatory and incentive mechanisms provided in Critical Area Ordinances, shoreline master programs, forest practices regulations, farm conservation plans and other programs to protect spawning habitat 33
Riparian habitat protection on significant waters Degraded riparian habitat is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program protects key riparian habitat through funding of riparian conservation easements between landowners and land qualified local entities participating in the program. Okanogan Acquire priority riparian areas through purchase; conservation easements; and transfer of timber, farm, grazing or land development rights 33
Riparian habitat protection on significant waters Degraded riparian habitat is identified as a key limiting factor in a number of subbasin plans. The Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program protects key riparian habitat through funding of riparian conservation easements between landowners and land qualified local entities participating in the program. Okanogan Improve riparian habitats with the potential to contribute to future LWD recruitment. 25

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
BPA Environmental Compliance Environmental Compliance - Supplemental Analysis for Conservation Easements NEPA and environmental compliance for conservation easements. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $ 0
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Land Purchase NFWF- BPA Acquire Riparian Conservation Easement BPA funding for Land Qualified Local Entities to acquire riparian conservation easements that protect key anadromous fish habitat in perpetuity. Includes costs for escrow and real property transactions. Focus on ripian conservation easements in the Columbia Cascade Province. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $3,000,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Riparian habitat protection on significant waters
# of HU's protected by land purchase or easement: Habitat Units
* # of acres of new purchase/easement: Acres
* # of riparian miles protected: Riparian Miles
* End date of easement: End Date
* Start date of easement: Start Date

TBL Work BPA Real Property Services Covers work by BPA Real Property Services for Land Qualified Local Entities acquisitions of riparian conservation easements. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $ 0
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation QLEs - Environmental Compliance for Transactions and Collecting Field Monitoring Data Work by QLEs to obtain environmental compliance/NEPA clearance from BPA for activities such as transaction implementation, instream monitoring of transactions, collection of field data, or installation of stream gauges. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $27,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Coordination NFWF and QLEs - Coordination for Water Transactions NFWF develops resources for improving water transactions implemented by QLEs and others. QLEs work to coordinate with other parties involved in fish and wildlife water transactions before specific water transactions are identified for development through the CBWTP 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $543,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Identify and Select Projects QLEs Identify and Select Water Transactions for Development QLEs work to identify, prioritize, assess, and ultimately select water transactions for potential development through the CBWTP process. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $708,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Covers NFWF administration and management tasks for CBWTP. QLEs administration and management of their contracts. NFWF works in partnership with BPA to implement CBWTP through cooperative agreement. Management of CBWTP transaction proposal and review process, and contracting with QLEs and consultants. QLEs management and administrative work associated with the project. Invoicing of BPA for CBWTP costs. Complete and implement statement of work in Pisces database. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $816,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Provide Technical Review CBWTP Technical Review of Proposed Conservation Easements and Water Transactions NFWF has technical advisory committees to assist in review and recommendation of conservation easements and water transactions. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $213,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Provide Technical Review NFWF - Technical and Transaction Review NFWF and its Technical Advisory Committee uses the ISRP and BPA approved criteria in the evaluation of water transaction proposals submitted by QLEs. NFWF provides rationale for its decision whether or not to recommend funding for each transaction proposal. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $213,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Annual Report NFWF and QLEs Produce Annual Report NFWF and QLEs report annual accomplishments and water transaction monitoring information, as well as transaction-related reports. Coordinate with BPA. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $54,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Status Report QLEs - Provide work element milestone status updates. NFWF update PISCES. QLEs will provide monthly updates to NFWF on status of work elements/milestones. NFWF will update work elements/milestones in Pisces for NFWF and QLEs on a quarterly basis. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $54,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data QLEs - Transaction Monitoring Work to collect, create, generate, or capture source data for monitoring water transactions. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $520,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Create/Manage/Maintain Database NFWF - Website and Water Transaction Database Maintenance NFWF will maintain www.cbwtp.org and the associated water transaction database 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $20,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Install Flow Measuring Device QLEs - Install flow measuring device Activities for installing and/or moving electrical flow gauges or other complex flow measuring devices, such as flow gauges using telemetry to transmit data. Actual measurement would occur under WE #157: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $270,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
* Is the measuring device portable or fixed?: Type of device.

Acquire Water Instream Covers water right transactions funded through the CBWTP. Transactions have been completed and funded through the CBWTP since FY 2003. The objective for FY 2007-2009 is to fund more long-term and permanent transactions through the CBWTP. This may result in fewer deals implemented but a greater volume of water converted instream on key Columbia Basin tributaries. The total volume of water and BPA funds expended on this work element are both expected to increase above levels seen during the period FY 2003-2005 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $6,600,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Develop and Negotiate Water Right Transaction QLEs - Prepare and Develop water transactions for implementation Work consists various aspects of completing water right transactions from preliminary evaluation of the viability of a specific transactions opportunity to preparing water transactions for implementation, including negotiating, proposing and review of water deals through the CBWTP process. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $1,962,000
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 Personnel for NFWF, LQLEs and QLEs $858,000 $792,000 $726,000
Other Conservation Easements $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $1,000,000
Other Water Transactions $2,050,000 $2,200,000 $2,350,000
Fringe Benefits Fringe Benefits for NFWF and QLEs $185,250 $171,000 $156,750
Supplies Supplies for NFWF and QLEs $19,500 $18,000 $16,500
Travel Travel for NFWF, LQLEs and QLEs $78,000 $72,000 $66,000
Overhead Indirect for NFWF and QLEs $292,500 $270,000 $247,500
Other Consultants to NFWF and QLEs $448,500 $414,000 $379,500
Other Transaction Fees and Expenses $58,500 $54,000 $49,500
Other Program expenses for NFWF $9,750 $9,000 $8,250
Totals $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $5,000,000

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$15,000,000
Total Work Element budget$15,000,000

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
Brainerd Foundation MWT Water Transactions $30,000 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Under Development
Bureau of Reclamation OWT Water Transactions $40,000 $30,000 $30,000 Cash Under Development
Bureau of Reclamation DRC Water Transactions $250,000 $250,000 $250,000 Cash Under Development
Cinnabar MWT Water Transactions $10,000 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Under Development
City of Prosser WWT Water Transactions $75,000 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Confirmed
City of Walla Walla WWT Water Transactions $35,000 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Confirmed
Idaho Department of Water Resources IDWR Programmatic Support $70,000 $70,000 $70,000 Cash Under Development
Jubitz Family Foundation MWT Water Transactions $15,000 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Under Development
Major Donors MWT Water Transactions $50,000 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Under Development
MT DEQ MWT Water Transactions $50,000 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Under Development
National Forest Foundation MWT Water Transactions $40,000 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Under Development
Natural Resources Damage Program MWT Water Transactions $100,000 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Under Development
OR Water Right Holders OWT Water Transactions $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 In-Kind Under Development
OWEB DRC Water Transactions $250,000 $250,000 $250,000 Cash Under Development
Pacific Coast Salmon Recovery Fund IDWR Water Transactions $500,000 $500,000 $500,000 Cash Under Development
Patagonia MWT Water Transactions $15,000 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Under Development
Portalnd General Electric DRC Water Transactions $250,000 $250,000 $250,000 Cash Under Development
R.D. Offut OWT Water Transactions $60,000 $50,000 $50,000 Cash Confirmed
Washington Department of Ecology WRC and WWT Water Transactions $250,000 $350,000 $450,000 Cash Under Development
Totals $2,115,000 $1,775,000 $1,875,000

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$6,000,000 $7,000,000 NFWF will consult with BPA and the Council regarding the appropriate out year budget for the CBWTP.
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
 
Termination Date Comments
Unknown Water transactions are anticipated to be a tool for flow restoration for many years to come.
 
Final Deliverables

Section 10: Narrative
Document Type Size Date

Part 2 of 2. Reviews of Proposal
Administrative Review Group (ARG) Results
Account Type:
Expense
Location:
Province: Mainstem on the ground/Multiprovince
Subbasin: Mainstem on the ground/Multiprovince
Primary Focal Species
No Change
ARG Comments: [none]


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

FY 2007 Budget
$5,000,000
FY 2008 Budget
$5,000,000
FY 2009 Budget
$5,000,000
Total NPCC Rec
$15,000,000
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:Multi-province
Recommendation:Fund
Comments: Sponsor should work to reduce overhead costs.


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

FY 2007 Budget
$5,000,000
FY 2008 Budget
$5,000,000
FY 2009 Budget
$5,000,000
Total NPCC Rec
$15,000,000
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$ 0
Total MSRT Rec
$ 0
Budget Category:Multi-province
Comments:
NPCC Staff Comments: Alt 1 for additional budget reduction: Reduce water brokerage (200201300) amount $300,000, from 5m to 4.7.m. Main justification for this is that the project has not spent near its allocation for water transactions in the past, so reducing the water portion this much should have no effect. MSRT recommends $3,500,000.

Local or MSRT Comments: The adminstration costs for this project appear very high. It requires approximately $2M in admistration to achieve $3M in on-the-ground actions ($1M in conservation easements and $2M in water transactions). In the limited funding environment, the MSRT recommends reducing this project in order to support other Core Program activities in this funding category. The pilot project portion of conservation easements should be concluded. The MSRT believes that this project should be able to continue to acquire $2M in water transactions at this funding level.

MSRT General Comments: Called for in 2004 FCRPS Biological Opinion and UPA. The project has recently been expanded to include land rights acquisition. All acquisitions are certified for their biological benefit. Could this project be modified to provide reporting of all water and land rights acquisition for the Program? Does BPA track and report such acquisitions?


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

Recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)
NPCC Comments: This project will likely result in long-term benefits to focal species. Water withdrawals have been identified as one of the primary sources of habitat loss in the Columbia River Basin, and this project attempts to address the problem directly. Before this review, the ISRP had not reviewed the results of the Water Transactions Program, but had favorably reviewed NFWF's transaction/project selection criteria. In the ISRP's review of the criteria and in the Retrospective Report, the ISRP recommended a review of the transaction program's results. The FY07 review process allowed us to consider some of the questions below:

1. How has CBWTP investments increased the capacity of Qualified Local Entities (QLEs) to engage in water transactions?

2. How have the investments in water transactions affected the quantity of flow and amount and quality of habitat for salmonids?

3. How have the investments in water transactions changed the responses of salmonids?

4. How well has CBWPT offered an effective means for coordinating federal, state and local organizational efforts for increasing instream flows?

5. How have federal partners changed in meeting specific federal mandates for protecting key species of salmonids?

6. How has CBWPT programmatic activities affected the agricultural uses in achieving targeted water flows?

The proposal did a reasonable job of defining the problem and describing the project's history, but the background section did not go into much detail about how the water transaction program's efforts to increase instream flows will actually result in improved survival and productivity. Some references to the beneficial effects of increasing flows on spawning, juvenile rearing, and migration (both smolt and adult) phases of the life cycle would have been helpful in setting the stage.

The ISRP is not requesting a response, but the proposal and continuing project would be improved by addressing the following comments:

The detailed project history section of the proposal begins with a statement of the underlying assumption that water transactions provide a mechanism to increase tributary flows for the benefit of fish and wildlife. A transaction is a voluntary agreement in which water that has previously been diverted is left or released to instream flows. The process by which proposed transactions are reviewed is described. An extensive and very thorough discussion describes the history of the program. For each year from FY 2003 to present, the number of transactions, tools used, and particular issues are described for the overall program and for the individual states. The proposal includes a good interpretive discussion, with interesting and innovative transactions highlighted. However, while the proposal goes into a lot of detail about the agreements that have been reached, it does not always show how much streamflows increased as the result of these agreements. The project history section describes the efforts to establish a flow and biological monitoring program for instream transactions, and summarizes the monitoring work done by eight QLEs. These efforts may help address the ISRP’s comments about the biological benefits of this project.

The proposal would also have benefited from including a brief section describing the problem of low tributary flows in the Columbia Basin, recent changes in water law that re-define instream flow as a beneficial use, the existence of programmatic mechanisms to change the purpose of use of existing water rights, and the identification of inadequate stream flow as a key limiting factor for fish in a number of subbasin plans.

It would help to know more about prioritization of projects. The ISRP previously reviewed criteria for review of water acquisition projects. How do QLEs prioritize their submissions for review? The sponsors should provide information about the priorities and review criteria for riparian easement proposals, so QLEs will be fully informed. The project sponsors also leave monitoring to the QLEs. In many cases QLEs do not possess flow gages or the telemetry equipment to send data to a remote server, so real changes resulting from water transactions may be undocumented. This proposal contains an element that would facilitate the installation of stream gages, which is needed.

A primary concern is that the scale of the projects still seems fairly modest in relation to the overall problem. For example, the following statement identifies numerical goals for part of the Columbia Cascade province: "The updated proposed action for the Biological Opinion seeks to secure 12 cfs of flow through water transactions by the end of the 2007 fiscal year and a total 40 cfs by the end of the 2010 fiscal year. For riparian protection, the target is four miles by the end of 2007 and a total of 12 miles by end of 2010. These targets are applicable to the Entiat, Methow, and Wenatchee subbasins, with implementation of conservation measures also focused in the Okanogan subbasin." The targets seem low in relations to the total flow in these subbasins or the total miles of riparian zones.

One additional comment relates to the history of water right acquisition since the project’s inception. The graph in the proposal showing water protection over time declines sharply for the first three years of the project and then levels out. Does this mean that new agreements will be increasingly difficult to come by, resulting in diminishing returns per dollar invested in the program? What strategies will be adopted to ensure that new water protection agreements can be sustained over the life of the project? Are some projects in the queue waiting to be finalized?

Also to note, in FY 2005, the CBWTP worked with BPA to establish the Columbia Basin Riparian Conservation Easement Program. It set up Land Qualified Local Entities (LQLEs) to propose easement projects. A technical advisory committee was established to review the projects. Two have been funded and are described.


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

Recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)
NPCC Comments: This project will likely result in long-term benefits to focal species. Water withdrawals have been identified as one of the primary sources of habitat loss in the Columbia River Basin, and this project attempts to address the problem directly. Before this review, the ISRP had not reviewed the results of the Water Transactions Program, but had favorably reviewed NFWF's transaction/project selection criteria. In the ISRP's review of the criteria and in the Retrospective Report, the ISRP recommended a review of the transaction program's results. The FY07 review process allowed us to consider some of the questions below:

1. How has CBWTP investments increased the capacity of Qualified Local Entities (QLEs) to engage in water transactions?

2. How have the investments in water transactions affected the quantity of flow and amount and quality of habitat for salmonids?

3. How have the investments in water transactions changed the responses of salmonids?

4. How well has CBWPT offered an effective means for coordinating federal, state and local organizational efforts for increasing instream flows?

5. How have federal partners changed in meeting specific federal mandates for protecting key species of salmonids?

6. How has CBWPT programmatic activities affected the agricultural uses in achieving targeted water flows?

The proposal did a reasonable job of defining the problem and describing the project's history, but the background section did not go into much detail about how the water transaction program's efforts to increase instream flows will actually result in improved survival and productivity. Some references to the beneficial effects of increasing flows on spawning, juvenile rearing, and migration (both smolt and adult) phases of the life cycle would have been helpful in setting the stage.

The ISRP is not requesting a response, but the proposal and continuing project would be improved by addressing the following comments:

The detailed project history section of the proposal begins with a statement of the underlying assumption that water transactions provide a mechanism to increase tributary flows for the benefit of fish and wildlife. A transaction is a voluntary agreement in which water that has previously been diverted is left or released to instream flows. The process by which proposed transactions are reviewed is described. An extensive and very thorough discussion describes the history of the program. For each year from FY 2003 to present, the number of transactions, tools used, and particular issues are described for the overall program and for the individual states. The proposal includes a good interpretive discussion, with interesting and innovative transactions highlighted. However, while the proposal goes into a lot of detail about the agreements that have been reached, it does not always show how much streamflows increased as the result of these agreements. The project history section describes the efforts to establish a flow and biological monitoring program for instream transactions, and summarizes the monitoring work done by eight QLEs. These efforts may help address the ISRP’s comments about the biological benefits of this project.

The proposal would also have benefited from including a brief section describing the problem of low tributary flows in the Columbia Basin, recent changes in water law that re-define instream flow as a beneficial use, the existence of programmatic mechanisms to change the purpose of use of existing water rights, and the identification of inadequate stream flow as a key limiting factor for fish in a number of subbasin plans.

It would help to know more about prioritization of projects. The ISRP previously reviewed criteria for review of water acquisition projects. How do QLEs prioritize their submissions for review? The sponsors should provide information about the priorities and review criteria for riparian easement proposals, so QLEs will be fully informed. The project sponsors also leave monitoring to the QLEs. In many cases QLEs do not possess flow gages or the telemetry equipment to send data to a remote server, so real changes resulting from water transactions may be undocumented. This proposal contains an element that would facilitate the installation of stream gages, which is needed.

A primary concern is that the scale of the projects still seems fairly modest in relation to the overall problem. For example, the following statement identifies numerical goals for part of the Columbia Cascade province: "The updated proposed action for the Biological Opinion seeks to secure 12 cfs of flow through water transactions by the end of the 2007 fiscal year and a total 40 cfs by the end of the 2010 fiscal year. For riparian protection, the target is four miles by the end of 2007 and a total of 12 miles by end of 2010. These targets are applicable to the Entiat, Methow, and Wenatchee subbasins, with implementation of conservation measures also focused in the Okanogan subbasin." The targets seem low in relations to the total flow in these subbasins or the total miles of riparian zones.

One additional comment relates to the history of water right acquisition since the project’s inception. The graph in the proposal showing water protection over time declines sharply for the first three years of the project and then levels out. Does this mean that new agreements will be increasingly difficult to come by, resulting in diminishing returns per dollar invested in the program? What strategies will be adopted to ensure that new water protection agreements can be sustained over the life of the project? Are some projects in the queue waiting to be finalized?

Also to note, in FY 2005, the CBWTP worked with BPA to establish the Columbia Basin Riparian Conservation Easement Program. It set up Land Qualified Local Entities (LQLEs) to propose easement projects. A technical advisory committee was established to review the projects. Two have been funded and are described.

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