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Proposal 199405900: Yakima Basin Environmental Education Program

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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 Robert Tuck

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199405900
Proposal Name: Yakima Basin Environmental Education Program
BPA Project Manager: Jan Brady
Agency, Institution or Organization: Eco-Northwest
Short Description: Educate teachers, students, and public about local watershed natural resources and involve them in positive action projects.
Information Transfer: Through public presentations, website updates at www.ybeep.org,
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Robert Tuck Eco Northwest 270 Westridge Rd
Selah, WA 98942
Ph: 509-945-7250
Fax: 509-9317
Email: salmon@elltel.net
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Robert Tuck Eco Northwest 270 Westridge Rd
Selah, WA 98942
Ph: 509-945-7250
Fax: 509-9317
Email: salmon@elltel.net
Form Submitter

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Columbia Plateau ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Yakima ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
47 30 00/46 00 00N 121 22 30/119 22 30 Yakima Basin from Cascade Crest to confluence of the Columbia River. Kitittas/Yakima/Benton, Washington Yakima Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Chinook Mid-Columbia River Spring ESU
Coho Unspecified Population
Steelhead Middle Columbia River ESU
Bull Trout
Rainbow Trout
Western Brook Lamprey
raptors bats swallows waterfowl

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Program receives ALEA Grant to construct ADA salmon viewing trail with USFS, Bureau of Reclamation and Suncadia; 55 classrooms participate in Salmon in the Classroom; salmon dissections increase to 60 pair plus Benton County.
2004 Program aquires Spanish/English capability; Program aquires first AmeriCorps volunteer; Program assists Benton County's Salmon in the Classroom Program; Program receives ALEA Grant to construct ADA salmon viewing trail with USFS and Suncadia.
2003 Program initiates salmon dissection in the classroom-50 pair provided by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, reception by teachers and students enthusiastic.
2002 Selah Middle conducts vegetation surveys on Wenas Creek and produce video on natural resources along the creek.
2001 700 studnets participates in Oak Creek oak survey with YBEEP, Department of Fish and WIldlife and Woodland Park Zoo; program continues to provide teacher training and field experiences for students.
2000 Program partners with Bureau of Reclamation, which provides office space and other in-kind services annually; Julie Bradley retires, Julie Larson becomes Program Coordinator.
1999 Program continues to provide teacher training sessions and student field experiences; grants from Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Forest Service provide additional aquarium sets for Salmon in the Classroom.
1998 Program continues to expand water quality testing equipment and other materials available to teachers.
1997 Governor Locke inlcudes Program in State of the State address; student delegation invited to attend Address in Olympia.
1996 Governor Locke visits Program, participates in student water quality field activities in Wide Hollow Creek;
1995 Program continues with four teacher training sessions and field experiences for students.
1994 Program continues to provide four teacher training sessions and field experiences for students.
1993 Approximately 20 new teachers begin two-year training cycle. Program continues to build inventory of water qaulity testing equipment and curriculum materials.
1992 Approximatley 40 teachers complete first two-year training cycle; Program continues to develope partnerships with natural resource agencies. Additional student field trips.
1991 Initial year of operation; 50 teachers enrolled in four teacher training sessions; students participate in spawning salmon and wetland field trips; Education Program of the Year Award from Washington State Wildlife Commission

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 198811514 Yakima Hatchery Acclimation The Yakima Environmental Education Program (YBEEP) is complimentary and mutually supportive to all fish, wildlife, and habitat restoration projects in the Yakima Basin in that the goal of YBEEP is to increase the understanding of natural ecosystems in the Yakima Basin, their functions and roles, and the benefits of healthy ecosystems. Citizins who understand the importance of healthy ecosystems will be more supportive of fish and wildife restoration efforts. In general, this inlcudes major restoration efforts by Bonneville Power Administration, Bureau of Reclamation, Washington Department of Fish anad Wildlife, Yakama Nation, Washington Department of Ecology, local governments, conservation and irrigation districts, and private parties. In additional to BPA Fish and Wildlife Program projects, YBEEP draws upon other major habitat restoration efforts currently underway in the Yakima Basin, including the Bureau of Reclamations's Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project and the Department of Ecology's implementation of the Clean Water Act.
BPA 198811514 Yakima Hatchery Acclimation Complimentary and mutually supportive.
BPA 198811516 Yakima Hatchery Acclimation Si Complimentary and mutually supportive.
BPA 198811525 YKFP - Design & Construction Complimentary and mutually supportive. The Cle Elum Research and Supplementation Facility is one of the most important fish facilities in the Yakima Basin. Teachers, students and parents that visit this facility learn about spring chinook life cycle, various research projects and methods, and how this facility differs from a conventional hatchery. Visits during the spawning season are particularly impressive. In addition, the increased number of spring chinook due to this facility are observed by students on the spawning areas in the Cle Elum River and as juveniles at the Prosser Juvenile Facility.
BPA 199105700 Yakima Bas Screen Fab Ph 2 Complimentary and mutually supportive.
BPA 199107500 Yakima Fish Screens Cons Bor Complimentary and mutually supportive. Fish passage facilities throughout the Yakima Basin protect salmon and steelhead that are observed by teachers, students, and parents on the spawning areas, at the Prosser Juvenile Facility, or at the Cle Elum Supplementation Hatchery. In addition, teachers, students, and parents visit screen facilities each spring where they learn about salmon life history, the importance of fish passage facilities, and releated subjects.
BPA 199503300 O&M Yakima Basin Fish Screens Complimentary and mutaully supportive.
BPA 199506301 YKFP/YIN Chandler Juv Facility Complimentary and mutually supportive. The Chandler Juvenile Facility is one of the most important fish facilities in the Yakima Basin with respect to YBEEP activities. Each spring, the facility offers teachers and students an opportunity to observe juvenile salmonids, tagging medthods, and talk to scientists and technicians actively participating in field research. Approximately 1,000 students, teachers, and parents participate in this field experience each spring.
BPA 199603501 Satus Creek Watershed Restorat Complimentary and mutually supportive.
BPA 199701325 Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Pro Complimentary and mutually supportive.
BPA 199704900 Teanaway R Flow Restore Bor Complimentary and mutually supportive.
BPA 199704901 Teanaway R Instream Rest Nrcs Complimentary and mutually supportive
BPA 199704902 Teanaway R Instream Rest Kccd Complimentary and mutually supportive.
BPA 199705000 Little Naches Riparian Channel Complimentary and mutually supportive.
BPA 199705100 Yakima Basin Side Channels Complimentary and mutually supportive.
BPA 199705200 Yakima R Rearing Habitat Enhan Complimentary and mutually supportive.
BPA 199705300 Toppenish/Simcoe Instream Flow Complimentary and mutually supportive.
BPA 199803300 Upper Toppenish Creek Watershe Complimentary and mutually supportive.
BPA 199901200 Watershed Planning & Implement Complimentary and mutually supportive.
BPA 199901300 Ahtanum Creek Watershed Assess Complimentary and mutually supportive.
BPA 200001700 Recondition Wild Steelhead Kel Complimentary and mutually supportive. This innovative project, located adjacent to the Prosser Juvenile Facility, is visited at the same time that teachers, students, and parents visit that facility. Students learn about steelhead life history and the reconditioning project from biologists and technicians that staff the project.
BPA 200106400 Simcoe Cr Streamflow Enhanceme Complimentary and mutually supportive.
BPA 200107100 Wapatox Water Rights Purchase Complimentary and mutually supportive.
BPA 200201400 Sunnyside Wildlife Mitigation Complimentary and mutally supportive. YBEEP is participating, along with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, in a Citizen's Science project at the Sunnyside Widlife Area. This project involves the entire 5th grade student population from Chief Kamiakin Elementary School (100+) in Sunnyside. In addition, pheasants raised by Mabton High School students were released on this wildlife area.
BPA 200202200 Big Creek Passage & Screening Complimentary and mutually supportive.
BPA 200202501 Yakima Tributary Access & Habi Complimentary and mutually supportive.
BPA 200202501 Yakima Tributary Access & Habi Complimentary and mutually supportive.
BPA 200203800 Acquire Yakima Basin Habitat Complimentary and mutually supportive.
BPA 200205200 Naches R Water Treatment Intak Complimentary and mutually supportive.
BPA 200205201 Naches R Intake Screen (Nwppc) Complimentary and mutually supportive.
BPA 200300100 Manastash Cr Fish Passage/Scre Complimentary and mutually supportive.
BPA 200600400 Wemas Wildlife Area O&M Complimentary and mutually supportive.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
[BO Title left blank] The Yakima Basin Environmental Eduation Program is not, strictly speaking, a biological program. Rather, it is an educaitonal program that seeks to broaden the understanding of fish and wildlife restoration and basic ecological processes. More complete narrative is presented in Sections 10B and 10C. None [Strategy left blank] [Pg no blank]

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
01: Manage and Administer Projects Manage and administer ongoing needs of program Manage and administer the day-to-day needs of the program including inventory and equipment checkout. 8/1/2007 7/31/2010 $54,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

02: Outreach and Education Teacher Training & Support Teacher training is organized in a two-year cycle which includes eight field trip training sessions for participating teachers, covering such topics as water needs and uses, stream hydrology, salmon life-cycle and spawning requirements, etc. Teachers are provided with relevant materials and equipment to use in their classroom to replicate their hands-on, natural science activities with their students; as well as, individual mentoring; classroom presentations; & student field trips. 8/1/2007 7/31/2010 $294,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
* # of teachers reached: # of teachers, students, & public

03: Coordination Community Partnerships to Improve Education and Environment Coordinate with various community agencies to link them with students and teachers for involvement in the classrooms and field trips, for cooperative projects, and for in-kind donations. 8/1/2007 7/31/2010 $75,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

04: Outreach and Education Public Education Participate in public events to educate the public about the local environment and about possible involvement in the program. 8/1/2007 7/31/2010 $15,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
* # of general public reached: # of general public reached

05: Create/Manage/Maintain Database Administrative Tasks Develop and maintain teacher communication tools, equipment inventories, activity & resource databases, and accounting records. 8/1/2007 7/31/2010 $69,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

06: Produce Annual Report Produce Annual Report Annual Report 5/1/2007 9/30/2010 $24,000
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 Program Coordinator; Program Assistant $98,810 $98,810 $98,810
Travel Mileage, Motel, Per Diem, Teacher Transportation $10,000 $10,000 $10,000
Supplies Curriculum materials, supplemental materials, water quality testing supplies, aquarium supplies, equipment reparirs, misc. $7,690 $7,690 $7,690
Overhead Administrative Overhead $8,500 $8,500 $8,500
Other Sub Reimbursement, conference and workshops, AmeriCorps and Internships $52,000 $52,000 $52,000
Totals $177,000 $177,000 $177,000

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$531,000
Total Work Element budget$531,000

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
Alaska Fish and Game Supplemental materials $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 In-Kind Confirmed
Bonneville Power Administration Supplemental materials $500 $500 $500 In-Kind Confirmed
Bureau of Reclamation Design and construction of education facility at Prosser $100,000 $100,000 $ 0 In-Kind Confirmed
Bureau of Reclamation Watershed Trailer $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 In-Kind Confirmed
Bureau of Reclamation Office space, office supplies, utilities, computer services and support, office furnature $13,000 $14,000 $15,000 In-Kind Confirmed
Bureau of Reclamation Staff-classroom and field presentations $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 In-Kind Confirmed
Fisheries and Oceans Canada Supplemental materials $500 $500 $500 In-Kind Confirmed
Nortrhwest Academy AmeriCorps Volunteer $56,000 $57,000 $58,000 In-Kind Confirmed
Suncadia Portable toilets $500 $500 $500 In-Kind Confirmed
Troutlodge, Inc. Trout eggs $500 $500 $500 In-Kind Confirmed
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Supplemental materials $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 In-Kind Confirmed
U.S. Forest Service Staff-classroom and field presentations $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 In-Kind Confirmed
Various businesses Funds for school bus transportation $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 Cash Confirmed
Various individuals Classroom and field presentations $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 In-Kind Confirmed
Various irrigation districts Classroom and field presentations $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 In-Kind Confirmed
Various School Districts Bus transportation for field trips $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 In-Kind Confirmed
Washington Department of Ecology Supplemental materials $500 $500 $500 In-Kind Confirmed
Washington Department of Ecology Staff-classroom and field presentations $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 In-Kind Confirmed
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Supplemental materials $3,500 $3,500 $3,500 In-Kind Confirmed
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Citizen Science Program-staff and materials $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 In-Kind Confirmed
Yakama Nation Salmon eggs, freezer space, fish food, staff time $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 In-Kind Confirmed
Totals $226,000 $228,000 $130,000

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$190,000 $190,000 FY10-11 budgets would allow for 7% increase over FY07-09 level.
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
Project does not incur any on-going operations and maintenance obligations. Project operates on self-contained annual funding.
 
Termination Date Comments
None
 
Final Deliverables

Section 10: Narrative
Document Type Size Date

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


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

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


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

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


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: This is a popular long-standing project with apparently good community buy-in. In-kind confirmed cost-share exceeds the BPA requested budget. There is a definite need for salmon-focused environmental education such as this in the Columbia Basin and other places in the Pacific Northwest that effect the Basin. The narrative states the biological objective "to help educate the public concerning fish and wildlife restoration, the importance of fish and wildlife to various segments of society, basic ecological process, and related subjects." The proposal would be improved by including more clearly defined measures of "helping educate" and provision of a perspective on how other educational processes in other places are contributing (e.g., a class in Seattle that learns about pollutants carried across the Cascades into the Yakima system). The project's website was well done and an asset to the program.

The surveys of teacher satisfaction provide one measure of effectiveness. Other evidence of project effectiveness should be developed and reported. It appears from previous ISRP reviews that the question of measuring effectiveness was raised earlier. The current proposal does not show a resolution of the problem and does not advance alternative approaches to performance measures. According to the proponent's narrative, the net result (of this project) is improved understanding of fish and wildlife restoration and management in the Yakima Basin. Measures to assess if this statement is correct or not need to be incorporated in the proposal. Numbers of teachers trained, student visitations, etc. alone are not sufficient.

Future proposals would be improved if they include a more systematic approach and documentation of what works and what doesn't. This was also an earlier ISRP comment.


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: This is a popular long-standing project with apparently good community buy-in. In-kind confirmed cost-share exceeds the BPA requested budget. There is a definite need for salmon-focused environmental education such as this in the Columbia Basin and other places in the Pacific Northwest that effect the Basin. The narrative states the biological objective "to help educate the public concerning fish and wildlife restoration, the importance of fish and wildlife to various segments of society, basic ecological process, and related subjects." The proposal would be improved by including more clearly defined measures of "helping educate" and provision of a perspective on how other educational processes in other places are contributing (e.g., a class in Seattle that learns about pollutants carried across the Cascades into the Yakima system). The project's website was well done and an asset to the program.

The surveys of teacher satisfaction provides one measure of effectiveness. Other evidence of project effectiveness should be developed and reported. It appears from previous ISRP reviews that the question of measuring effectiveness was raised earlier. The current proposal does not show a resolution of the problem and does not advance alternative approaches to performance measures. According to the proponent's narrative, the net result (of this project) is improved understanding of fish and wildlife restoration and management in the Yakima Basin. Measures to assess if this statement is correct or not need to be incorporated in the proposal. Numbers of teachers trained, student visitations, etc. alone are not sufficient.

Future proposals would be improved if they include a more systematic approach and documentation of what works and what doesn't. This was also an earlier ISRP comment.

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