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Proposal 199701100: Shoshone-Paiute Habitat Enhanc

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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 Tim Dykstra

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199701100
Proposal Name: Shoshone-Paiute Habitat Enhanc
BPA Project Manager: Dorothy Welch
Agency, Institution or Organization: Shoshone Paiute Tribes
Short Description: The Shoshone-Paiute Tribes propose to continue O&M and implementation of spring and stream enhancement projects that protect wild fish stocks and improve the function of key watershed processes.
Information Transfer: All data from this work will be included in the annual reports to BPA, uploaded to StreamNet or other regional databases as needed.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Tim Dykstra Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of Duck Valley Reservation Highway 51 Stateline P.O. Box 219
Owyee NV 89832-0219
Ph: 208.759.3246
Fax: 208.759.3248
Email: dykstra_tim@yahoo.com
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Tim Dykstra Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of Duck Valley Reservation Highway 51 Stateline P.O. Box 219
Owyee NV 89832-0219
Ph: 208.759.3246
Fax: 208.759.3248
Email: dykstra_tim@yahoo.com
Form Submitter

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Middle Snake ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Owyhee ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
41.9969 -116.1484 Owyhee River The Habitat Enhancement Project monitors and protects habitat throughout the Duck Valley Indian Reservation Owyhee, Idaho Owyhee No

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Interior Redband Trout
Mountain Whitefish
Resident Fish
elk, mule deer, Sage Grouse, Golden Eagle, pronghorn, Columbia spotted frog, beaver, Yellow Warbler, Bald Eagle, White-faced Ibis

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Implemented M&E Plan; won FWS Landowner Incentive Grant which will complement wetland projects for Habitat Enhancement program; maintained past investments of fencing, off-site watering, road improvements, etc
2004 Developed and began implementing ISRP and BPA-approved M&E Plan; won FWS Tribal Wildlife Grant to study sage grouse populations and habitat; past investments, vehicles and equipment maintained and repaired; quarterly and annual reports submitted to BPA.
2003 Surveyed and delineated wetlands; identified and prioritized Redband trout streams; improved 4 road crossings, relocated stream meander, transplanted vegetation, and installed 12 cross-drain/drainage dips in Skull Creek roads, protected 10 stream/springs.
2002 20 springs/streams evaluated and classified; protected 3 miles of headwaters on 2 suspected Redband trout streams and 10 springs; 3 small reservoirs enhanced; 10,000 willows transplanted; solar pump project completed; culverts installed and replaced; etc.
2001 17 springs and streams evaluated and classified; protected 2 miles of headwaters on 1 suspected Redband trout streams and 8 springheads with cold water; 7,000 willows transplanted; culverts installed and replaced; snorkel surveys conducted; etc.
2000 7 springs and 2 headwater areas protected; past habitat enhancements were maintained and repaired; water quality monitoring continued, quarterly and annual reports submitted to BPA
1999 8 springs and 2 headwater areas protected, collected water quality data in DVIR streams, maintained existing habitat enhancements, reports submitted to BPA
1998 3 springs and 2 headwater areas protected, fish population data collected on 6 streams, monitored health of transplanted native vegetation, reports submitted to BPA
1997 Efforts to assess habitat, plant native vegetation, and control erosion were initiated. Quarterly and Annual reports were completed.

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 199501500 Lake Billy Shaw O&M And M&E “Lake Billy Shaw Fishery O&M”, which is now entitled “ Duck Valley Fisheries”, exists to enhance fisheries on the DVIR resulting in the stocking of three reservoirs (closed systems) with rainbow trout. This project will support a sustainable (put-and-take) harvest by Shoshone-Paiute tribal members and non-Indian anglers without impacting native trout Habitat work on streams entering the reservoirs is esential in adding clean cool water for the fishery. Also, we will protect streams where fish are observed spawning from these reservoirs.
BPA 199505703 S Idaho Wildlife Mitigation While this project is related, because it provides a benefit to fish and wildlife throughout the southern Idaho region. This project could also result in riparian protection, which would lead to improved water quality within the local watershed. Many of the same field methods for improving riparian health could be used for both projects.
Other: NRCS EQUIP EQUIP Grant Program Compensation for ranchers at 75%/25% for water developments and riparian fencing on their property.
Other: EPA-Tribal Environmental Program Non-Pt Source Non-Point Source Pollution Grant To locate non-point source popllution problems (ie. Road crossings, riparian area damage) and implement restoration activities.
Other: USFWS TLIP Blue Creek Wetlands Project FWS Landowner Incentive Grant will complement wetland projects for the Habitat Enhancement program by providing data collection used to improve/inform the Tribes Wetland Management
Other: USFWS TWG Sage Grouse on the DVIR FWS Tribal Wildlife Grant to study sage grouse populations and habitat will provide important information to the Tribes for the protection of Sage Grouse.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Conduct fishery and habitat surveys Conduct fishery and habitat surveys on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation Owyhee Implement the Monitoring & Evaluation Strategy for the Duck Valley Indian Reservation 42
Protect springs from impacts Protect specific springs from human/livestock impacts – based on revision of list of springs in proposal Owyhee a. Identify and prioritize springs in need of protection (priority to redband trout streams) b. protect streams and springs by installing: riparian fences, troughs, culverts or fixing road crossings c. Implement Research, Monitoring & Evaluation Plans 42
Protect streams from impacts Protect specific streams from human/livestock impacts Owyhee a. Identify and prioritize springs in need of protection (priority to redband trout streams) b. protect streams and springs by installing: riparian fences, troughs, culverts or fixing road crossings c. Implement Research, Monitoring & Evaluation Plans 42

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation Produce environmental compliance documentation Appropriate environmental compliance documentation will be produced. 1/10/2007 7/15/2009 $4,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect springs from impacts
Protect streams from impacts
No Metrics for this Work Element

Develop Alternative Water Source Develop Alternative Water Source Alternative water sources will be developed to protect streams and springs from negative impacts. 4/15/2007 9/30/2009 $135,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect springs from impacts
Protect streams from impacts
No Metrics for this Work Element

Improve/Relocate Road Maintain road improvements Road improvements will be maintained resulting in ecosystem protection. 4/1/2007 10/30/2009 $95,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect springs from impacts
Protect streams from impacts
* # of road miles improved, upgraded, or restored: miles (120)

Install Fence Install Protective Fence Fences will be installed to protect important creeks and springs from negative impacts. 4/15/2007 9/30/2009 $165,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect springs from impacts
Protect streams from impacts
* # of miles of fence: miles (10)

Plant Vegetation Native Vegetation Planting Native vegetation will be planted to improve the overall ecosystem health of impacted areas. 4/1/2007 10/30/2009 $55,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
* # of riparian miles treated: miles (5)

Other Maintain existing habitat enhancements O&M will ensure that existing habitat enhancement features remain functional. 4/1/2007 10/30/2009 $140,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect springs from impacts
Protect streams from impacts
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Manage and Administer Projects Project will be managed and administered in a productive manner, in concert with BPA representatives. 11/1/2007 10/30/2009 $74,662
Biological Objectives Metrics
Conduct fishery and habitat surveys
Protect springs from impacts
Protect streams from impacts
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Annual Report Submit annual report Annual report will be submitted. 9/1/2007 11/30/2009 $60,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Conduct fishery and habitat surveys
Protect springs from impacts
Protect streams from impacts
No Metrics for this Work Element

Analyze/Interpret Data Analyze/interpret data Data will be analyzed/interpretted so that data are used to improve the Tribes Land Managment Practices. 7/1/2007 10/31/2009 $60,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Conduct fishery and habitat surveys
Protect springs from impacts
Protect streams from impacts
Primary R, M, and E Type: Effectiveness Research and Status/Trend Monitoring

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Effectiveness monitoring The Duck Valley Monitoring Strategy will be implemented as Effectiveness monitoring sites are visited. 4/1/2007 10/30/2009 $60,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Conduct fishery and habitat surveys
Primary R, M, and E Type: Action Effectiveness Research at 40 riparian sites

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Status/trend monitoring The Duck Valley Monitoring Strategy will be implemented as Status/Trend sites are visited. 4/1/2007 10/30/2009 $60,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Conduct fishery and habitat surveys
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status/Trend Monitoring at 45 sites

Submit/Acquire Data Submit data Appropriate data will be submitted to BPA and other relevant agencies. 4/1/2007 10/20/2009 $40,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Conduct fishery and habitat surveys
Protect springs from impacts
Protect streams from impacts
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] $125,400 $127,908 $130,466
Fringe Benefits [blank] $34,792 $35,488 $36,922
Travel [blank] $1,450 $1,480 $1,511
Other Professional Services $17,850 $18,200 $18,570
Overhead Indirect $60,150 $61,350 $62,580
Other Vehicle Lease, Insurance, and Maintenance $31,825 $32,460 $33,110
Supplies [blank] $32,000 $32,600 $33,220
Capital Equipment [blank] $6,120 $6,440 $6,770
Totals $309,587 $315,926 $323,149

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$948,662
Total Work Element budget$948,662

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
$360,000 $368,000 This funding will allow the Tribes habitat to be protected into the future as well as allowing for past investments to be maintained.]
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
This funding will allow the Tribes habitat to be protected into the future as well as allowing for past investments to be maintained.
 
Termination Date Comments
None No termination date was listed because the Tribes habitat needs to be protected into the future. In addition, ongoing funding will provide the necessary funds for repair and maintenance of past investments.
 
Final Deliverables
Ongoing habitat enhancements, past investment repair and maintainence, status and annual reports to BPA.

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
$309,587
FY 2008 Budget
$315,926
FY 2009 Budget
$323,149
Total NPCC Rec
$948,662
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
Comments:


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

FY 2007 Budget
$309,587
FY 2008 Budget
$315,926
FY 2009 Budget
$323,149
Total NPCC Rec
$948,662
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$ 0
Total MSRT Rec
$ 0
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Comments:

Local or MSRT Comments: No change to proposed budget


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

Recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)
NPCC Comments: The proposal flows from outputs of the rather thorough, detailed, and interesting Owyhee Subbasin Plan. The proposal contains a (rather vague) description of the project by the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes to continue operation and maintenance (O&M) and implementation of spring and stream enhancement projects that protect wild fish stocks and improve the function of key watershed processes. Accomplishments since 1997 were largely related to protection of headwater areas, some stream habitat improvements recently, and development of the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan, at a cost of approximately $300,000 per year, with no end in sight, according to the sponsor’s statement on future costs.

The proposal is reasonable and has a good M&E plan that the ISRP reviewed following the province reviews in response to the ISRP recommendation that the project was not fundable. This M&E plan is the strongest part of the project. The project also includes some good education/outreach activities. Overall, the general quality of the proposal has improved over the years of review. However, the ISRP’s “fundable” recommendation is qualified because the sponsors have not provided evidence of many concrete accomplishments during the nine-year project funding duration, and most of the proposed effort is for O&M on what seem to be marginal activities.

The proposal does a reasonable job of listing the task-oriented accomplishments of the past nine years. However, a summary of biological results is not provided. Past accomplishments refer to extensive monitoring and data collections, so one would hope that some habitat trend responses could have been reported on. The proposal, however, indicates the data and statistical analysis to support effectiveness monitoring and evaluation is forthcoming as the M&E Plan is executed. Despite this forthcoming report, a narrative or at least a summary of the results is needed. Even the listing of project accomplishments could have been presented in a manner more helpful to reviewers in understanding the project’s timeline toward overall DVIR objectives. For example, it could have listed the number of springs on DVIR, followed by the number that need protection, and then a listing of those that have been protected (by calendar year), then a projected listing of the number of springs to be protected out into the future by year. The same goes for riparian exclosures, cattle crossings, stream crossings, etc.

Other biological accomplishments are presented without explanation or reference documents, such as the statement that genetic analysis identified three pure redband populations (how was this determined, what lab determined it, and what documents are available for review that describe these results and analysis).

Biological objectives listed are actually work elements, and consist of fishery and habitat surveys, and protection of springs and streams from impacts. The latter refers mainly to work on culverts, fencing, and road crossings. Additional work involves ensuring previous works remain functional. Section F of the narrative (proposal biological objectives, work elements, and methods) was incomplete, and the weakest of the proposal, and requires more detailed description, including measurable outcomes.

Only one person is listed in Section I (Key Personnel). This section and sections on objectives and project history are incomplete.

Overall the proposal has merit but is deficient in reporting of past results and couching future plans in a larger overall context for DVIR goals.


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

Recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)
NPCC Comments: The proposal flows from outputs of the rather thorough, detailed, and interesting Owyhee Subbasin Plan. The proposal contains a (rather vague) description of the project by the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes to continue operation and maintenance (O&M) and implementation of spring and stream enhancement projects that protect wild fish stocks and improve the function of key watershed processes. Accomplishments since 1997 were largely related to protection of headwater areas, some stream habitat improvements recently, and development of the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan, at a cost of approximately $300,000 per year, with no end in sight, according to the sponsor’s statement on future costs.

The proposal is reasonable and has a good M&E plan that the ISRP reviewed following the province reviews in response to the ISRP recommendation that the project was not fundable. This M&E plan is the strongest part of the project. The project also includes some good education/outreach activities. Overall, the general quality of the proposal has improved over the years of review. However, the ISRP’s “fundable” recommendation is qualified because the sponsors have not provided evidence of many concrete accomplishments during the nine-year project funding duration, and most of the proposed effort is for O&M on what seem to be marginal activities.

The proposal does a reasonable job of listing the task-oriented accomplishments of the past nine years. However, a summary of biological results is not provided. Past accomplishments refer to extensive monitoring and data collections, so one would hope that some habitat trend responses could have been reported on. The proposal, however, indicates the data and statistical analysis to support effectiveness monitoring and evaluation is forthcoming as the M&E Plan is executed. Despite this forthcoming report, a narrative or at least a summary of the results is needed. Even the listing of project accomplishments could have been presented in a manner more helpful to reviewers in understanding the project’s timeline toward overall DVIR objectives. For example, it could have listed the number of springs on DVIR, followed by the number that need protection, and then a listing of those that have been protected (by calendar year), then a projected listing of the number of springs to be protected out into the future by year. The same goes for riparian exclosures, cattle crossings, stream crossings, etc.

Other biological accomplishments are presented without explanation or reference documents, such as the statement that genetic analysis identified three pure redband populations (how was this determined, what lab determined it, and what documents are available for review that describe these results and analysis).

Biological objectives listed are actually work elements, and consist of fishery and habitat surveys, and protection of springs and streams from impacts. The latter refers mainly to work on culverts, fencing, and road crossings. Additional work involves ensuring previous works remain functional. Section F of the narrative (proposal biological objectives, work elements, and methods) was incomplete, and the weakest of the proposal, and requires more detailed description, including measurable outcomes.

Only one person is listed in Section I (Key Personnel). This section and sections on objectives and project history are incomplete.

Overall the proposal has merit but is deficient in reporting of past results and couching future plans in a larger overall context for DVIR goals.

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