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Proposal 199705100: Yakima Basin Side Channels

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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 Kelly Clark

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199705100
Proposal Name: Yakima Basin Side Channels
BPA Project Manager: David Byrnes
Agency, Institution or Organization: Yakama Nation -YKFP
Short Description: The Yakima Side Channels project strives to protect the most productive alluvial floodplains through acquisition. The upper watershed is experiencing unprecedented residential growth which threatens to seriously degrade watershed productivity.
Information Transfer: The project is coordinated with resource agencies, land trusts and other interested parties. Successful projects, planning objectives, strengths and weaknesses of the project approach will be discussed with these groups, whcih include the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Kittitas Conservation Trust, Cascade Land Conservancy, NMFS, USFWS, USFS, BOR and others.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Kelly Clark Yakama Nation -YKFP 201 North Pearl Street
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Ph: 509-933-1210
Fax: 509-925-4702
Email: kelly.ykfp@elltel.net
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Kelly Clark Yakama Nation -YKFP 201 North Pearl Street
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Ph: 509-933-1210
Fax: 509-925-4702
Email: kelly.ykfp@elltel.net
Technical Contact
Scott Nicolai Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation P.O. Box 151
Toppenish WA 98948
Ph: 509.865.6262
Fax: 509.865.6293
Email: ykfphabitat@elltel.net
Technical Contact
melvin sampson yakama nation p.o. box 151
toppenish, wa 98948
Ph: 509-865-5121
Fax: 509-865-6293
Email: mel@yakama.com
Project Lead

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?
46.5475804435025 -120.44436247454754 Yakima River Union Gap Reach Yakima, Washington Yakima No
47.03519789163838 -120.61885066990028 Yakima River Kittitas Reach Kittitas, Washington Yakima No
46.712514242697566 -120.69474108363194 Naches River Lower Naches River Yakima, Washington Yakima Yes
47.18339334522594 -120.9176318263268 Yakima River Cle Elum Reach Kittitas, Washington Yakima Yes
47.19773484073441 -121.06582727991434 Yakima River; Easton Reach Kittitas, 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
Freshwater Mussels
Mountain Whitefish
Rainbow Trout
River Lamprey
Sockeye All Populations
Western Brook Lamprey
Westslope Cutthroat

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 YSC acquires Holmes property (50 acres) using non-BPA funds; A 6 acre inholding is purchased by BPA. YSC is awarded $527,500 SRFB cost-share for Easton Protection Phase II. NFWF grant secured for restoration. Appraisals completed for fuY 2005 acquisition.
2004 67 acres protected in lower Naches with non-BPA funding, adjacent to previous acquisitions. YSC secures $127,000 cost share from SRFB. Within Year Request processed for pending projects. BOG recommends and BPA awards $100k for preacquisition work.
2003 BPA places hold on habitat acquistions. YSC seeks match funds from SRFB, RFEG, CRITFC-managed PCSRF and other sources.The Hanson Ponds project is finalized, providing over 1 mile of side channel habitat, LWD, and road abandonment in the Cle Elum Reach.
2002 Major protection effort completed: 96 acres in the Easton Reach adjacent to BPA Easton Acclimation Facility, 417 acres in the Cle Elum Reach adjacent to the Cle Elum Hatchery, 105 acres in the Naches Reach adjacent to protected property.
2001 Preacquisition activities on several properties (totalling 623 acres) including appraisals, surveys, pursuance of grant- match sources, landowner negotiations, and county conservation zoning applications.
2000 Union Gap Reach: 139 acres protected. Cle Elum Reach: 1/2 mile long side channel protected; 31 acres. Total habitat protected: ~171 acres.
1999 Wapato Reach: restoration activities on a 1/2 mile long shoreline. Planning initiated on the Hanson Ponds side channel reconnection project.
1998 Landowner outreach continues, project appraisals on targeted properties were conducted. Naches Reach: 60 acre parcel containing riverine wetlands and side channels acquired; strategically located adjacent to WDFW and other protected properties.
1997 The Yakima Side Channels project was created to purchase/protect prime floodplain and side channel habitat for salmon spawning and rearing. A landowner outreach campaign was launched to soliciat willing sellers of targeted properties, post 1996 flood.

Section 5: Relationships to Other Projects
Other Current Projects Related to this Project (any funding source)
Funding Source Related ID Related Project Title Relationship
PCSRF - WSRFB [no entry] Lower Naches Critical Habitat Protection Cost-Share for the subject YKFP Habitat protection project (completed fall, 2004). Note: this project is #02-1617, and is not listed under the drop down menu
PCSRF - WSRFB [no entry] Yakima Corrections Riparian Enhancment Team This project provides low-cost labor and some materials for restoration at protected parcels in the lower Naches and Union Gap Reaches (Yakima County). Note: this project is #00-1714, and is not listed under the drop down menu.
PCSRF - WSRFB [no entry] Yakima and Naches Tributaries Rootwad This provides cost-share for rearing habitat restoration in priority reaches.
Other: YRBWEP [no entry] Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Program This program, managed by the USDI Bureau of Reclamation, restores normative riverine processes through water and land acquisition and irrigation improvements. Several protection projects have adjoined YSC projects. BOR staff report that it is unlikely that YRBWEP will fund additional habitat protection.
PCSRF - WSRFB 01-1256 Cowiche Creek Barrier Removal This provides cost-share for BPA project #200202501
PCSRF - WSRFB 02-1614 Snow Mtn Ranch Acq & Barrier R Habitat protection and restoration in the middle reaches of Cowiche Creek, approximately 12 miles upstream of the confluence with the lower Naches River. This address habitat protection in a tributary reach not covered through the subject proposal.
PCSRF - WSRFB 04-1672 NF Teanaway River Floodplain - Protects riparian and instream flow through securing a conservation easement. This addresses habitat protection in an area not covered through the subject proposal.
PCSRF - WSRFB 04-1675 YTAHP Lower Reecer Creek Fish This provides cost-share for BPA project #200202501
PCSRF - WSRFB 04-1676 YTAHP Wilson Creek Riparian Re This provides cost-share for BPA project #200202501
PCSRF - WSRFB 04-1679 Upper Yakima River Easton Reac Cost-Share for YKFP Habitat protection project that would be implemnted via the subject proposal (proposed - contingent upon this request).
PCSRF - WSRFB 04-1680 Holmes Floodplain Property Pro Cost-Share for the subject YKFP Habitat protection project (completed fall, 2005).
BPA 198811525 YKFP - Design & Construction This proposal supports YKFP Design and Construction activities in the Yakima Subbasin
BPA 198812025 YKFP Management, Data, Habitat This project provides salaries and O&M for protected habitats.
BPA 199506325 YKFP - Monitoring And Evaluati Umbrella proposal for monitoring and evaluation of natural production, harvest, ecological and genetic impacts for spring chinook, fall chinook, and coho fisheries enhancement projects in the Yakima Basin. M&E results guide adaptive management decisions.
BPA 199701325 Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Pro This proposal supports O & M of YKFP fish production facilities in the Yakima Subbasin.
BPA 200001700 Recondition Wild Steelhead Kel Continue to test and evaluate methods to recondition steelhead kelts and/or transport them around hydo system, generate science-based management recommendations, and assist in their implementation to rebuild wild steelhead populations throughout the Columbia Basin. A large part of this work is conducted in the Yakima Subbasin.
BPA 200107100 Wapatox Water Rights Purchase This project restored instream flow in the lower Naches (one of the YSC target reaches) by purchasing an instantaneous water right totaling approximately 350 cfs.
Other: PCSRF - CRITFC 2001-4-02 Hanson Ponds Floodplain Restoration Project This project restored side channel, wetland riparian and floodplain habitat in a priority reach.
BPA 200202200 Big Creek Passage & Screening This project improved passage and screening into Big Creek at the primary irrigation diversion.
BPA 200202501 Yakima Tributary Access & Habi This project provides additional rearing and spawning habitat by restoring migratory passage into productive tributaries that were historically blocked by irrigation diversions. These areas are beyond the geographic limits of the subject proposal.
BPA 200306200 Eval Repro Success Kelt Steel This evaluation program is designed to investigate the reproductive success of hatchery-reared, natural-origin, and reconditioned kelt steelhead Oncorhynchus mykiss in three different evolutionary significant units (Upper Columbia, Mid Columbia, and Snake River) under natural conditions. The two major goals are 1) directly examine reproductive success in several streams; and, 2) replicate and evaluate kelt reconditioning procedures and protocols at a variety of locations. A large part of this work is conducted in the Yakima Subbasin.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Protect priority floodplain habitat Protect functional side channel/floodplain habitat within the priority reaches. Yakima Fee simple acquisition. 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. 24,28,29 Suple

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
Land Purchase WE #5 Yakima Side Channel Project: Phase 1 The Yakima Side Channels Project has protected 976 acres of intact, functional floodplain and side channel habitat in five priority reaches including the Easton, Cle Elum, Kittitas, lower Naches, and Unin Gap floodplain reaches. The goal of Phase 1 is to protect a total of 2,000 acres. This request will help YSC meet it's Phase 1 goal. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $3,000,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect priority floodplain habitat
* # of acres of new purchase/easement: 1024

Conduct Pre-Acquisition Activities WE #6 Conduct pre-acquisition activities Conduct appraisals, reviews, help in development of an MOA, real estate negotiations, survey/photogrammetry, GIS work, and relocation costs. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $150,000
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
Other Work Elements #5, #6 and associated TBL activities $1,050,000 $1,050,000 $1,050,000
Totals $1,050,000 $1,050,000 $1,050,000

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$3,150,000
Total Work Element budget$3,150,000

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
Cascade Land Conservancy pre acq work/cash match $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 Cash Under Development
Kittitas Conservation Trust pre acq work/cash match $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 Cash Under Development
MCRFEG acqusition cash match $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 Cash Under Development
PCSRF acquisition cash match $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 Cash Under Development
SRFB acquisition cash match $556,000 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Confirmed
SRFB acquisition cash match $ 0 $250,000 $250,000 Cash Under Development
Trust for Public Lands Appraisal, Negotiations $50,000 $ 0 $ 0 In-Kind Confirmed
Totals $726,000 $370,000 $370,000

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$1,000,000 $1,000,000 O&M provided by BPA project #198812025
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
Future operations and maintenance costs will minimal, as the properties are enrolled in open space taxation programs once secured (no property taxes); restoration is miminal (the habitat is typically in excellent condition, or requires little restoration); and the habitats are monitored and enforced by YN YKFP and WDFW as a co-manager.
 
Termination Date Comments
Unknown Kittitas County is less than two hours from the Puget Sound metropolis, and was recently reported to be the second fastest growing area in Washington State. The project objective is to protect functional or easily restored floodplain habitat within five priority reaches, that collectively comprise 18% of the mainstem Yakima and Naches Rivers. Given inherent uncertainties (landowner willingness, shifting growth patterns), it is impossible to predict when this objective will be achieved.
 
Final Deliverables
Permanent protection of the most productive floodplain reaches, to the extent possible given private landowner willingness to participate.

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
$46,666
FY 2008 Budget
$46,666
FY 2009 Budget
$46,666
Total NPCC Rec
$139,998
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
Comments: Funding for work element #6. Acquisitions should go through within-year request process.


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

FY 2007 Budget
$46,666
FY 2008 Budget
$46,666
FY 2009 Budget
$46,666
Total NPCC Rec
$139,998
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: Funding for work element #6. Acquisitions should go through within-year request process.


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: This project focuses on how the Yakima Side Channels project will complete protection of approximately 1,024 acres of high quality salmonid habitat using conservation easements and acquisition as the conservation tools. The sponsors have a history of success in this important effort.

The project history is well described. Principles that have guided project direction are clearly listed. The potential benefits to fish are clearly identified. Monitoring programs are in place by other agencies. It is not clear from this proposal where the data and metadata are stored. The responsibility for conveying results pertaining to fish seems to reside with others, but this is not well explained.

The protocol for land acquisition is described and seems reasonable, but no effort to tie the acquisition directly to fish/wildlife populations is provided. Evidence that upstream effects have been considered in prioritizing purchases should be more clearly provided in the future. The proposal would be strengthened if measurable objectives were presented in more detail rather than in general statements about recovery from impacts and land acquisition metrics.

Proposed information transfer is limited to communication with resource agencies, land trusts and other interested parties. It would be beneficial if successes and lessons learned concerning effective acquisition strategies could be shared with others in the region involved with protection of salmonid habitat.


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: This project focuses on how the Yakima Side Channels project will complete protection of approximately 1,024 acres of high quality salmonid habitat using conservation easements and acquisition as the conservation tools. The sponsors have a history of success in this important effort.

The project history is well described. Principles that have guided project direction are clearly listed. The potential benefits to fish are clearly identified. Monitoring programs are in place by other agencies. It is not clear from this proposal where the data and meta data are stored. The responsibility for conveying results pertaining to fish seems to reside with others, but this is not well explained.

The protocol for land acquisition is described and seems reasonable, but no effort to tie the acquisition directly to fish/wildlife populations is provided. Evidence that upstream effects have been considered in prioritizing purchases should be more clearly provided in the future. The proposal would be strengthened if measurable objectives were presented in more detail rather than in general statements about recovery from impacts and land acquisition metrics.

Proposed information transfer is limited to communication with resource agencies, land trusts and other interested parties. It would be beneficial if successes and lessons learned concerning effective acquisition strategies could be shared with others in the region involved with protection of salmonid habitat.

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