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Proposal 199001800: Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Tr Hab/Pass Impr Prog

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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 10, 2006 Finalized Sheri Sears

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199001800
Proposal Name: Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Tr Hab/Pass Impr Prog
BPA Project Manager: Jamie Swan
Agency, Institution or Organization: Colville Confederated Tribes
Short Description: The Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat/Passage Improvement Project is a resident fish substitution project to mitigate for anadromous fish losses above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams. The goal of the project is to increase natural production.
Information Transfer: Annual Report and data to BPA
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Sheri Sears Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation PO Box 150
Nespelem WA 99155
Ph: 509.634.2118
Fax: 509.634.2126
Email: sheri.sears@colvilletribes.com
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Mari Duran
Ph:
Fax:
Email: mari.duran@colvilletribes.com
Administrative Contact
Sheri Sears Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation PO Box 150
Nespelem WA 99155
Ph: 509.634.2118
Fax: 509.634.2126
Email: sheri.sears@colvilletribes.com
Form Submitter

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Intermountain ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Sanpoil ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
48 27" N 118 17" W Lake Roosevelt Upper Columbia Sub-basin within Colville Reservation and North Half Boundaries Ferry, Washington Columbia Upper Yes
48 26" N 118 45" W Lake Roosevelt and the San Poil River San Poil Sub-basin within Colville Reservation Ferry/Okanogan, Washington Sanpoil Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Rainbow Trout
Interior Redband Trout
Kokanee

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Riparian fencing of lower 1500 feet of Bridge Creek, Thirty Mile lower culvert replacement. Stabilzation on 300 feet of San Poil River. Repaired fencing on S. Nanamkin and upper Bridge Creek. Adult and juvenile trapping on seven streams. Gold Creek survey
2004 Created new channel lower 1500 feet Bridge Creek. 23-Mile habitat and horizontal survey. Adult and juvenile trapping and redd surveys in six streams. Deerhorn, King, and Roaring Creek culvert replacements.Stabilized erosion upper Thirty Mile Creek.
2003 Implemented stabilization, habitat improvements, and riparian fencing on 2500 ft of Bridge Creek. Road decommisioning and stabilization of washouts on five sites. Replaced 2 old culverts and stabilized erosion on Thirty Mile. Trapping and 30-Mile survey.
2002 Designed upper Bridge Creek improvements, NEPA, and legal survey. Adult, juvenile adfluvial rainbow trout trapping and redd surveys on four streams. Defined and mapped barriers and reaches for EDT test section on San Poil. Water diversion S. Nanamakin Ck
2001 Horizontal and habitat survey of Bridge Creek. Baseline adult adfluvial rainbow trout and juvenile outmigrant trapping in spring and kokanee trapping in fall. Electroshock/population estimates on Bridge Creek. Installed culvert at Old State Highway on BRC
2000 Post-implementation horizontal and habitat surveys on five project streams (Louie, Iron, Blue, North Nanamkin, and South Nanamkin. Population estimate of juvenile adfluvial rainbow trout. Adult spawning and juvenile outmigration surveys (trapping).
1999 Post-implementation horizontal and habitat surveys on five project streams (Louie, Iron, Blue, North Nanamkin, and South Nanamkin. Population estimate of juvenile adfluvial rainbow trout. Adult spawning and juvenile outmigration surveys (trapping).
1998 Post-implementation horizontal and habitat surveys on five project streams (Louie, Iron, Blue, North Nanamkin, and South Nanamkin. Population estimate of juvenile adfluvial rainbow trout. Adult spawning and juvenile outmigration surveys (trapping).
1997 Post-implementation horizontal and habitat surveys on five project streams (Louie, Iron, Blue, North Nanamkin, and South Nanamkin. Population estimate of juvenile adfluvial rainbow trout. Adult spawning and juvenile outmigration surveys (trapping).
1996 Post-implementation horizontal and habitat surveys on five project streams (Louie, Iron, Blue, North Nanamkin, and South Nanamkin. Population estimate of juvenile adfluvial rainbow trout. Adult spawning and juvenile outmigration surveys (trapping).
1995 Post-implementation horizontal and habitat surveys on five project streams (Louie, Iron, Blue, North Nanamkin, and South Nanamkin. Population estimate of juvenile adfluvial rainbow trout. Adult spawning and juvenile outmigration surveys (trapping).
1994 Implemented stream improvements and culvert replacements on Iron and Louie Creeks. Designed post-implementation monitoring plan.
1993 Implemented stream improvements on Blue Creek, northfork of North Nanamkin, and South Nanamkin at SR21. Developed plans for improvements on Iron and Louie Creeks.
1992 Developed plans for stream improvements on Blue Creek, northfork of North Nanamkin, channel restoration at SR21, and arch culvert upstream of South Nanamkin. Installed arch culvert on South Nanamkin
1991 Surveyed 17 additional streams in the San Poil and Upper Columbia Sub-basins to determine limiting factors. Surveys were completed in cooperation with the Colville Confederated Tribes, Spokane Tribe of Indians, and WDFW.
1990 Surveyed 5 streams in the San Poil and Upper Columbia Sub-basins to determine limiting factors. Cooperative effort with the Colville Confederated Tribes, Spokane Tribe of Indians, and the WDFW.

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 198503800 Colville Hatchery Redband broodstock collection and brook trout egg collection, fish planting, stream surveys
BPA 199404300 Lake Roosevelt Data Collection Lake Roosevelt temperature array monitoring. Cooperative data collection
BPA 199501100 Chief Joseph Kokanee Enhanceme Cooperative work on trapping of kokanee and habitat enhancement projects beneficial to both adfluvial rainbow trout and kokanee
BPA 199502700 Lake Roosevelt Sturgeon Cooperative data collection on juvenile and adult sturgeon in Lake Roosevelt.
BPA 199700400 Joint Stock Assessment Project Upload collected data to central database. Coordinatio of data collection and data gaps
Other: EPA 68-S7-04-01 Lake Roosevelt Risk Assessment/Feasibility Study Assess contamination within Lake Roosevelt from heavy metals, dioxins, and furans and affects on fisheries

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Address limiting factors Return marine derived nutrients to system (pilot study) Intermountain 1A2 a 1A3 c 34-6/7,42-6
Enhance, conserve, and protect riparian habitats Reduce fine sediment addition and temperatures. Increase flows with riparian habitat restoration increase canopy cover, with tree planting, increase channel complexity and sinuousity, limit livestock from riparian areas, implement weed control. Moniotor and maintain existing improvements. Road decommissioning. Intermountain 1B1 a,b,d 1B2 a,c,e,g,h,j 1B3 a, b, c, e, f, g 1B5 a, b, c, d, e 1B6 a, b, c, d, e, f 1B7 b,e,g 1B8 a,b,c 42-8/10, 34-10
Expand stable littoral zones along Lake Roosevelt Utilize vegetation enhancements and annual seeding along the San Poil arm of Lake Roosevelt and along the Lake Roosevelt shoreline adjacent to the Colville Reservation and North Half. Intermountain 1A1 a, b, c 1A2 a, b, c 42.6, 34-6
Long Term Monitoring Monitor status and trend using EMAP criteria the San Poil and Upper Columbia subbasins within the Colville Reservation Intermountain 1B1 a, b, e 2B 34-8, 34-14, 42
Monitor redband/adfluvial rainbow trout population Trap adult migratory fish and juvenile out-migtrants in the spring within the Intermountain areas of the Reservation and North Half. Intermountain 2A1 d 2A2 a, d, e, f 42-11 - 12
Protect and enhance redband trout Determine genetic distribution of resident redband trout, identify limiting factors and develop management strategies Intermountain 2A2 e, f 2A1 a 42.12, 34-13
Restore Connectivity of salmonid habitat Remove inventoried and prioritized fish passage barriers.Develop minimum in-stream flows that address low flow passage barriers. Intermountain 1B1 a, b, c, d, e, 34-8, 42-7
Watershed Management Protect and maintain flows adequate for all focal species. Enhance water retention with the use of beaver. Monitor flows in the San Poil. Determine minimum in-stream and target flows for all fish bearing streams. Intermountain 1B7 a, b 1B4 d, e, f, g 1B1 c, e 42-6 - 42-9

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
0: Install Fish Passage Structure Remove/Replace 4 fish passage barriers. Install 3 culverts on Iron Creek, Replace culvert at Highway 21 at Bear Creek 8/15/2007 9/30/2009 $180,692
Biological Objectives Metrics
Restore Connectivity of salmonid habitat
* Does the structure remove or replace a fish passage barrier?: yes

1: Install Fish Monitoring Equipment Monitor Fish Use Of Habitat Improvements Install adult fish migratory weirs in selected streams within the San Poil and Upper Columbia drainages. Trap construction and maintenance prio o installation. Installation of the weirs usedf to help in monitoring Adfluvial Rainbow tourt use in the San Poil River Drainage and tributaries to Lake Roosevelt in the Upper Columbia sub-basin 1/15/2007 9/30/2009 $10,621
Biological Objectives Metrics
Monitor redband/adfluvial rainbow trout population
No Metrics for this Work Element

1.1: Install Fish Monitoring Equipment Monitoring Fish Use In San Poil River and Upper Columbia sub-basin Install and Monitor Juvenile Out Migrant Traps and Screw Trap in selected streams in the San Poil River Drainage and Tributaries in the Upper Columbia Sub-basin That Flow into Lake Roosevelt. Collect and submit DNA samples for gentic testing. 3/1/2007 7/15/2009 $157,343
Biological Objectives Metrics
Monitor redband/adfluvial rainbow trout population
No Metrics for this Work Element

1.2: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Collect & Capture Field Fish Monitoring Data Enter data collected on adult and juvenile fish trappig in spring , redd surveys, and redd habitat assessments, temperatue data collection, stream survey data, GPS and digitize all information into GIS System and Colville Database and Joint Stock Assessment Database. Collect scales and genetic samples, sed samples in for genetic testing, capture data. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $32,722
Biological Objectives Metrics
Monitor redband/adfluvial rainbow trout population
No Metrics for this Work Element

1.3: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Assist In Monitoring Kokanee Use In San Poil River Assist in monitoring Kokanee use inthe San Poil River. Cooperative monitoring with BPA funded Chief Joseph Kokanee Enhancement Project (1995-011-00) 10/1/2007 12/15/2009 $79,555
Biological Objectives Metrics
Monitor redband/adfluvial rainbow trout population
No Metrics for this Work Element

2: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Electroshock Areas Of Isolated Habitat To Collect DNA Samples Electro-shock (one-half mile per stream) of habitat isolated from the rest of the stream by waterfalls or other natural barriers that have maintained genetic purity. Collect samples for redband trout DNA identification. Have samples tested at WADFW Genetics Lab in Olympia for comparison to redband samples collected by other agencies and identify sub-populations of redband rainbow trout. Sytematically testing all streams on the Reservation and mapping distribution of redband rainbow trout. Assess limiting factors and determine if inter-species competition from adfluvial and resident rainbow are affecting redband populations and develop managment strategies. 8/1/2007 9/30/2009 $36,083
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect and enhance redband trout
No Metrics for this Work Element

3: Increase Instream Habitat Complexity Install log veins, rock veins, habitat boulders and rootwads in Nine Mile and Hall Creeks Install log veins, rock veins, habitat boulders, LWD, and rootwads in sections of Nine Mile and Hall Creeks that lack instream habitat complexity for a total of 3 miles of stream treated. 8/15/2007 9/30/2009 $127,043
Biological Objectives Metrics
Enhance, conserve, and protect riparian habitats
* # of stream miles treated: 3 miles

3.1: Plant Vegetation Plant trees and native grasses along riparian areas of San Poil and it's tributaties and tributaries in the Upper Columbia sub-basin that flow into Lake Roosevelt. Plant trees along 5 miles of riparian areas per year in the San Poil and tributaries and tributaries in the Upper Columbia sub-basin that flow into Lake Roosevelt. 4/15/2007 6/15/2009 $37,518
Biological Objectives Metrics
Enhance, conserve, and protect riparian habitats
No Metrics for this Work Element

3.2: Install Fence Install riparian fencing to exclude cattle Install 6miles of riparian fencing to exclude cattle from riparian areas and streams. 8/15/2007 9/30/2009 $79,116
Biological Objectives Metrics
Enhance, conserve, and protect riparian habitats
* # of miles of fence: 6 miles

3.3: Decommission Road Decommission riparian and upland roads in San Poil Drainage and tributaries in Upper Columbia sub-basin within Reservation boundaries. Decommission 30 miles of road that is contributing sediment to streams in the San Poil Drainage and Colville Reservatio lands in the Upper Columbia sub-basin. 8/30/2007 9/30/2009 $152,107
Biological Objectives Metrics
Enhance, conserve, and protect riparian habitats
* # of road miles decommissioned : 30 miles

3.4: Upland Erosion and Sedimentation Control Stabilize 50 acres (2000-Feet) of Actively Eroding Bank on the San Poil River Place large and medium boulders to stabilize erosion along 2 1000-foot sections of the San Poil above North Nanamkin Creek and below Bridge Creek 8/1/2007 9/30/2007 $73,093
Biological Objectives Metrics
Enhance, conserve, and protect riparian habitats
* # of acres treated: 50 acres

3.5: Remove vegetation Upland and Riparian Weed Control Hand pull and/or apply herbicide to non-native invasive vegetation and noxious weeds on 3 acres in upland and riparian areas. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $43,775
Biological Objectives Metrics
Enhance, conserve, and protect riparian habitats
* # of acres treated: 3 acres

3.6: Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage Monitor and Maintain Existing Habitat and Passage Improvements Monitor existing habitat and passage improvements two times a years and perform maintainance as needed on existing habitat and passage improvements. 8/1/2007 9/30/2009 $24,334
Biological Objectives Metrics
Enhance, conserve, and protect riparian habitats
No Metrics for this Work Element

4: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Monitor Stream Temperatures, Flow Regimes, & Sediment Levels Monitor stream temperatures, flow regimes, sediment levels in areas below land currently suspected of being impacted by lands uses. Conduct low flow studies to spport the development of in-stream minimum flows for fish bearing streams in the San Poil and Upper Columbia Sub-basins to meet the biological requirements of salmonid fish. This would include location of pool refugia and looking a connectivity and habitat isolation from elevated temperatures associated with low flows as well as micro climatic effects of aquatic vegetation on temperatures. Connectivity and habitat isolation looks at where the pools are isolated fro eachother by temperature or physical barriers located within the riffles. 3/31/2007 11/30/2009 $33,385
Biological Objectives Metrics
Watershed Management
No Metrics for this Work Element

4.1: Install Flow Measuring Device Install 2 fixed USGS Flow Monitoring stations and Monitor Flows in San Poil River and West Fork Install and operated 2 real time fixed USGS flow monitoring stations on the San Poil and West Fork 8/15/2007 9/30/2009 $104,456
Biological Objectives Metrics
Watershed Management
* Is the measuring device portable or fixed?: 2 Fixed Stations

4.2: Remove or Relocate Non-predaceous Animals Relocated 15 beaver into middle and upper reaches of streams in the San Poil and Upper Columbia sub-basins. Enhance water retention in watersheds with use of relocated beaver. Trap and relocated 15 beaver in family groups of 2-4 per site in San Poil Drainage and tributaries on the Colville Reservation in the Upper Columbia sub-basin. 5/15/2007 9/30/2009 $36,002
Biological Objectives Metrics
Watershed Management
No Metrics for this Work Element

5: Produce Inventory or Assessment Baseline & Horizontal Survey Lost Creek, Hall Creek, Nine Mile Creek, Strawbery Creek, Upper Lynx Creek, and Stranger Creek Conduct baseline and horizontal surveys on 6 streams. A horizontal survey creates reaches of approximately 100 meters per reach, measureing continuous riffles and pools. A habitat survey starts at the mouth of the river and continues to the extent of useable habitat . Collecting data on riffle and pool width and length, canopy cover, large woody debris, pebble counts data, and bankfull widths and depths. 10/1/2007 11/30/2009 $274,827
Biological Objectives Metrics
Long Term Monitoring
No Metrics for this Work Element

5.1: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Primary monitoring of status and trend of the San Poil and Upper Columbia sub-basins using EMAP criteria Monitor status and trend in the San Poil and Upper Columbia sub-basins within the Colville Reservation utilizing EMAP criteria and monitoring 10 sites per year rotating with repeating cycles every 5 years 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $59,013
Biological Objectives Metrics
Long Term Monitoring
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring

5.2: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Monitor Stream Temperatures in Lake Roosevelt With Temperature Depth Install temperaure depth array into Lake Roosevelt about 10 miles above Grand Coulee Dam to assess stratification and impacts to habitat use from temperature elevations within Lake Roosevelt. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $19,917
Biological Objectives Metrics
Long Term Monitoring
No Metrics for this Work Element

6: Enhance Nutrients Instream Return marine derived nutrients to system (pilot study) Place marine derived fish cakes from BioOregon into 26 Tributaries in the San Poil Drainage that historically had a moderate to high probability of salmon presence and monitor affects on productivity. 4/1/2007 9/30/2009 $97,187
Biological Objectives Metrics
Address limiting factors
No Metrics for this Work Element

7: Plant Vegetation Stabilize 10 miles of littoral zones along San Poil Arm and Lake Roosevelt adjacent to the Colville Reservation Utilize tree planting and annual seeding along 1 mile of the San Poil Arm and the Lake Roosevelt shoreline adjacent to the Colville Reservation 4/30/2007 6/1/2009 $40,200
Biological Objectives Metrics
Expand stable littoral zones along Lake Roosevelt
* # of riparian miles treated: 10 miles

8.1: Disseminate Raw/Summary Data and Results GPS Or Digitize All Information Into Tribal GIS System Transform all current (collected furing contract performance period) raw data into shapefiles for use with Tribal GIS System. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $17,984
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

8.2: Coordination Coordinate With Tribe & Outside Agencies Coordinate with various agencies for culvert replacement , monitoring, and water quality issues. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $77,297
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

8.3: Create/Manage/Maintain Database Technical Assistance To Other F&W BPA Projects Provide internal GIS support to other Colville Tribal BPA Projects 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $28,002
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

8.4: Manage and Administer Projects Manage & Administer Project Manage and administer project by attend project related meetings, project related training, create SOW, budget, spending plan and inventory. Submit accruals and manage staff. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $64,464
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

8.5: Produce Pisces Status Report Produce Quarterly Pisces Status Report Quarterly status reports on Pisces - red/yellow/green. 10/1/2007 10/30/2009 $13,103
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

8.6: Produce Status Report FY Annual Report Prepare Annual Report and submit to BPA COTR. 10/1/2007 1/30/2010 $27,746
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 [blank] $229,433 $242,570 $242,570
Fringe Benefits [blank] $54,436 $57,159 $57,159
Supplies [blank] $14,100 $14,100 $14,100
Travel [blank] $5,000 $5,000 $5,000
Capital Equipment [blank] $ 0 $ 0 $ 0
Overhead [blank] $32,500 $32,500 $32,500
Other sub-contracts $219,852 $300,000 $100,000
Other Indirect $86,565 $91,522 $91,522
Totals $641,886 $742,850 $542,850

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$1,927,587
Total Work Element budget$1,927,587

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

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$600,000 $600,000 Estimate actual cost of $542,500, however $600000 would allow for on the ground improvements during those out years.
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
If the results of the nutrient enhancement project are positive we would like to expand the operations to include the Upper Columbia Sub-basin that would allow for increased productivity in Lake Roosevelt.
 
Termination Date Comments
none Nutirent enhancement and monitoring will be ongoing until salmon have been returned to the blocked areas in sufficient numbers to supply the nutrient base necessary for the ecosystem to function.
 
Final Deliverables
Annual reports will be submitted as deliverable each year. Additional deliverables may include but are not limited to trapping reports, genetic reports, and habitat data.

Section 10: Narrative
Document Type Size Date

Part 2 of 2. Reviews of Proposal
Administrative Review Group (ARG) Results
Account Type:
Expense
Location:
Province: No Change
Subbasin: No Change
Primary Focal Species
No Change
ARG Comments:


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

FY 2007 Budget
$679,385
FY 2008 Budget
$649,533
FY 2009 Budget
$499,533
Total NPCC Rec
$1,828,451
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
Comments: ISRP fundable (qualified): sponsor should consider ISRP comments. The Intermountain Province Oversight Committee adjusted the budget to reflect the withdrawal of LR temp array (FY '07-'09).


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

FY 2007 Budget
$679,385
FY 2008 Budget
$649,533
FY 2009 Budget
$499,533
Total NPCC Rec
$1,828,451
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$ 0
Total MSRT Rec
$ 0
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Comments:
NPCC Staff Comments: ISRP fundable (qualified): sponsor should consider ISRP comments.

Local or MSRT Comments: Moved some funds from FY09 to FY07 and reduced budget. Increased budget $37,499 in FY07, decreased budget $93,317 in FY08, decreased budget $43,317 in FY09. Reductions related to withdrawal of LR temp array.


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

Recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)
NPCC Comments: The response and revised proposal gave a more readable and detailed account of project results and anticipated activities. Reviewers continue to maintain a position (as detailed in ISRP preliminary comments) that past results are below a standard of adequacy in terms of quality and quantity of efforts to benefit fish when compared with similar projects throughout the basin. Substantial progress is needed during the 07-09 funding cycle. The addition of a subcontract for statistical advising is positive, but only if the (unidentified) subcontractor has appropriate qualifications and practical experience in problem solving. Input from a fluvial geomorphologist would significantly aid project design and implementation.

Reviewers share with project staff an appreciation of the challenges involved in assessing the abundance of adfluvial salmonids. It is important that a set of standardized metrics (for example, trapping during some specified portion of the hydrograph excluding peak flows, coupled with electrofishing or snorkeling at summer base flow) be developed that, taken together, satisfactorily assess changes in fish numbers from year to year. Those metrics can be further compared with fish data from EMAP trend monitoring from the set of reference stream reaches, and with hydrograph and temperature "real time" monitoring to help put physical conditions for that year in perspective, relative to habitat and fish population changes.

Reviewers also share with project staff the awareness that environmental conditions in interior streams are changing, with the heightened peaks in spring flow followed by drought seen in project streams likely continuing. This makes sampling more difficult and puts additional pressure on restoration activities because marginal-quality habitat actions that might have been somewhat beneficial to fish two decades ago now are useless.


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

Recommendation: Not fundable
NPCC Comments: All elements of the proposal are in need of such revision that a response is not warranted. The Panel repeats the comment from the previous review that "it is essential that project staff secure the services of a senior level scientist with expertise in data acquisition and interpretation." The reporting of results continues to be inadequate, and there is no evidence of benefits to fish populations. Fifteen years of results are briefly mentioned without supporting information or data synthesis. Some are positive (discovery of "extensive" redband distribution, stocking of only triploid rainbow trout, use of QHA in prioritization, but results of that effort are never identified). Some are inconclusive (results of monitoring years of instream habitat "improvement" efforts were "inconclusive"). And at least one will probably prove negative (creation of a new channel through braided section of Bridge Creek). Presentation of that data analysis (summary tables and graphs) is needed.

The "objectives" and methods provided are, word for word, identical to the Colville Confederated Tribe's Lake Rufus Woods proposal 200727000. For consistency, pertinent reviewers’ comments for 200727000 are appended:

"Superficially, the components of the project purport to benefit fish resources, but in reality this appears to be data gathering only justified by a desire to accumulate data, and there is little compelling evidence that fish would benefit. Most of the proposal is an extraction from the Subbasin Plan without developing it further. There are no objectives discussed, no critical needs or biological bottlenecks described, and little logic presented. The proposal gives inadequate justification that this data gathering activity would benefit fish resources.

The narrative is not properly organized. It is confusingly written in other respects, as well. Various required topics are not covered. This seems to be a project designed to carry out various procedures of fish population and habitat survey, but the underlying purposes (objectives) are not explained. Methods should follow from objectives. Statistical design of sampling and analysis procedures is largely missing."

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