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Proposal 199608600: Clearwater Focus Program, Idaho SCC

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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 Janet Hohle

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199608600
Proposal Name: Clearwater Focus Program, Idaho SCC
BPA Project Manager: Sabrina Keen
Agency, Institution or Organization: Idaho Soil Conservation Commission
Short Description: Idaho State co-coordinator of the Clearwater Focus Program to provide technical and management assistance to habitat restoration groups, performs staff functions for Clearwater PAC, and interagency liaison for program development.
Information Transfer: Information on program status is reported quarterly to the Bonneville Power Administration, Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Idaho Office of Species Conservation, bi-monthly to the Idaho Soil Conservation Commission, and montly to the ISCC administrator.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Janet Hohle Idaho Soil Conservation Commission 220 East 5th St, Rm 212
Moscow, ID 83843
Ph: 208.883.4960, ext 111
Fax: 208.883.4239
Email: jhohle@idahoag.us
Form Submitter Clearwater Focus Program co-coordinator
All Assigned Contacts
Linda Georgiev Idaho Department of Agriculture PO Box 790
Boise, ID 83701
Ph: 208.332.8681
Fax: [fax left blank]
Email: lgeorgiev@idahoag.us
Administrative Contact
Linda is the accountant for the ISCC Clearwater Focus Program contract
Janet Hohle Idaho Soil Conservation Commission 220 East 5th St, Rm 212
Moscow, ID 83843
Ph: 208.883.4960, ext 111
Fax: 208.883.4239
Email: jhohle@idahoag.us
Project Lead
Clearwater Focus Program co-coordinator
Jerry Nicolescu Idaho Soil Conservation Commission PO Box 790
Boise, ID 83701-0790
Ph: 208.332.8646
Fax: 208.334.2386
Email: jerry.nicolescu@idahoag.us
Contract Manager
Agency head, signatory to Bonneville contract.

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Mountain Snake ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Clearwater ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
Project area includes the entire Clearwater River subbasin Clearwater, Idaho, Lewis, Latah, Nez Perce, Idaho Clearwater Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
All Anadromous Fish
All Wildlife
All focal terrestrial species, Clearwater Subbasin Assessment 2003, Sections 5 & 6

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 SWCD management planning, designed protocol & participated in SWCD program review; prepared MOU for SCC and Idaho OSC; project implementation support role; 4 of 5 PCSRF proposals funded (SWCD, city, county) coordinated legal contract development
2004 Prepared subbasin plan adoption supplement; resubmitted plan; presented workshops on plan documents; continued project implementaiton support role; prepared 4 PCSRF proposals- 2 funded.
2003 Coordinated subbasin plan review and response to ISRP comments; contributing author; resubmitted subbasin plan; continued project implementation support role.
2002 Completed subbasin assessment; inititated subbasin planning implemented public process, contributing author to plan documents; submitted draft subbasin plan to council; continued project implementation support role.
2001 Coordinated subbasin summary review, coordinated provincial review in Clearwater; developed new project proposals for Potlatch River
2000 convened PAC terrestrial and aquatic subcommittees for subbasin assessment, continued project support role; began monitoring in Potlatch; facilitated subbasin summary process
1999 Continued implementation assistance; convened Clearwater Policy Advisory Committee; began subbasin assessment process; prepared SOWs for SWCD projects.
1998 Coordinated subbasin review; compiled information on the Potlatch River, Big Canyon Creek, and Little Canyon Creek for project design; prepared proposals and secured funding for Big Canyon and Little Canyon creeks, assisted SWCDs with implementation.
1997 Compiled existing plans, program, policies, laws; developed resource bibliography of projects and databases; compiled list of funding sources;

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 199706000 Clearwater Focus Watershed Np Clearwater Focus Program co-coordiantion w/ Idaho SCC
BPA 199901400 Little Canyon Creek Habitat SWCD Focus project
BPA 199901500 Big Canyon Fish Habitat SWCD Focus project
BPA 199901600 Protect/Restore Big Canyon Cr. NPT Focus project
BPA 199901700 Rehabilitate Lapwai Creek NPT Focus project
BPA 200206100 Restore Potlatch R Watershed SWCD Focus project
BPA 200207000 Lapwai Cr Anadromous Habitat SWCD Focus project

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Enhance Enhancement and Restoration Opportunities Coordinate and integrate regional expertise and funding for implementation opportunities to maximize ecosystem benefits Clearwater LL1: Integrate local community needs and resources in program development and implementation. LL2: Coordinate agency implementation goals and efforts to aviod duplication. 52
Protect Functioning Wetlands Complete wetland delineations on private lands in lower Clearwater watersheds by finalizing portions of the National Wetlands Inventory maps. Investigate opportunities for conservation easements, land acquisitions, land exchanges, etc. Clearwater Z1: finalize national wetlands inventory map; Z2: protect wetlandhabitats through land acquistion, conservation easements, land exchanges 41
Protect, Enhance, and Restore Ecological Diversity Implement the categorical priorities - protect, enhance, and restore, by facilitating organized watershed based implementation. Clearwater Clearwater Subbasin Adoption Supplement, Section J. General Summary of Management Approach-Protection/Restoration 11-12

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
0a: Coordination Support SWCDs, county commissions, watershed groups Provide assistance and consultation with project development, management, implementation, and contracting; includes grant writing and proposal development. 7/1/2007 6/30/2009 $74,760
Biological Objectives Metrics
Enhance Enhancement and Restoration Opportunities
No Metrics for this Work Element

0b: Coordination Coordinate and administer Clearwater PAC and other subbasin agency partners Interagency coordination in subbasin; PAC convenes quarterly unless special project circumstances arise which may include implementation of the Snake River Basin Adjudication restoration work. May include components of WE #114-project identificaiton & selection 7/1/2007 6/30/2009 $59,964
Biological Objectives Metrics
Enhance Enhancement and Restoration Opportunities
No Metrics for this Work Element

0c: Provide Technical Review Assist SWCDs and other groups with technical review of plans, designs, reports. Participate on technical advisory teams; 7/1/2007 6/30/2009 $14,796
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect, Enhance, and Restore Ecological Diversity
No Metrics for this Work Element

0d: Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation Assist Bonneville project sponsors with environmental compliance Assist Bonneville project sponsors to develop biological assessemnts, NEPA checklists, supplemental anaysis, cultural resource reviews, and permit applications. 7/1/2007 6/30/2009 $29,592
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect, Enhance, and Restore Ecological Diversity
No Metrics for this Work Element

0e: Other Wetland Delineation Retain specialists to complete delineations for wetlands in critical areas: field verify for final determination wetlands preliminarily identified on the National Wetlands Inventory. Select areas to enhance implemetation projects. 7/1/2007 6/30/2009 $15,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect Functioning Wetlands
No Metrics for this Work Element

0f: Other Contract services for engineering or legal consultation Provide service to SWCDs for legal review in the development of construction contracts and other legal agreements. 7/1/2007 6/30/2009 $10,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect, Enhance, and Restore Ecological Diversity
No Metrics for this Work Element

0g: Other Assist subbasin restoration partners with funding proposal development Prepare proposal documents for funding from other organizations: Idaho Soil Conservation Commisison, Idaho PCSRF; NOAA Fisheries; Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Bonneville funding can be used for cost share required by Idaho PCSRF program and all state programs. 7/1/2007 6/30/2009 $59,964
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect, Enhance, and Restore Ecological Diversity
No Metrics for this Work Element

0h: Produce Inventory or Assessment Restoration project and monitoring inventory Maintain subbasin project inventory database. Investigate alternative methods for compiling and organizing database. 7/1/2007 6/30/2009 $45,169
Biological Objectives Metrics
Enhance Enhancement and Restoration Opportunities
No Metrics for this Work Element

0i: Manage and Administer Projects General administration of project Draft SOW, budgets, property inventory, management assistance to other Bonneville project sponsors as requested. 7/1/2007 6/30/2009 $9,663
Biological Objectives Metrics
Enhance Enhancement and Restoration Opportunities
No Metrics for this Work Element

0j: Produce Status Report Pisces Quarterly Status Report [Work Element Description Not Entered] 9/30/2007 6/30/2009 $1,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Enhance Enhancement and Restoration Opportunities
No Metrics for this Work Element

0k: Produce Annual Report Annual Report Produce annual summary report on contract year activities, accomplishments, and issues encountered. 6/30/2007 6/30/2009 $1,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Enhance Enhancement and Restoration Opportunities
No Metrics for this Work Element


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel 26.50*2080 hrs $55,120 $55,120 $55,120
Fringe Benefits @33% $18,300 $18,300 $18,300
Supplies printing, publishing, office space, mtgs, misc. office & computer supplies, mileage or car rental $11,425 $11,425 $11,425
Travel BOI, GEG, PDX $3,880 $3,880 $3,880
Overhead @11.17% $9,911 $9,911 $9,911
Other Subcontracts: legal, engineering, wetlands $8,500 $8,500 $8,500
Totals $107,136 $107,136 $107,136

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$321,408
Total Work Element budget$321,408

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
ISCC GIS support $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 In-Kind Confirmed
Totals $5,000 $5,000 $5,000

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$107,000 $1,070,000 This project has very stable funding projections that vary little.
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
n/a
 
Termination Date Comments
 
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
$98,000
FY 2008 Budget
$98,000
FY 2009 Budget
$98,000
Total NPCC Rec
$294,000
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
Comments:


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

FY 2007 Budget
$98,000
FY 2008 Budget
$98,000
FY 2009 Budget
$98,000
Total NPCC Rec
$294,000
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: Reduced funding levels are based upon the following: a) overall reduced funding to the province, b) reduction in the need for for capital equipment, c) cooperative efforts to maintain other ongoing priority state projects in the Clearwater and Upper Salmo


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

Recommendation: Admin (see comments)
NPCC Comments: This proposal is to provide a coordinator to integrate activities by Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Nez Perce Tribe, and others with the priorities in the Clearwater subbasin plan. The funding request is for a single FTE. Although the ISRP placed this proposal in the administrative category, the proposal is not justified as presented. This position may be an essential element of stewardship for the subbasin. But based on the proposal, it is not clear that this project is showing results in the basin for restoration and evaluation. This project is supposed to provide vital services, but it is not clear what essential functions this individual provides, and what would happen regarding subbasin integration and facilitation of other Council Fish and Wildlife Program proposals if this coordinator was not available.

The list of tasks for the Focus Coordinator are extensive, leading reviewers to be skeptical of whether this position covers these tasks, for example, "Maintain subbasin inventory database and maps" (page 10 #3) and "Provide contract engineering or legal assistance to Bonneville project sponsors" (page 11 #3). These are disparate tasks for a single person, thus it is not clear what the coordinator actually does. The focus of this proposal seems to be facilitating meetings.

The ISRP’s province review recommendation included the statement: “This project should demonstrate performance by the next review cycle otherwise it should be terminated.” The coordinator clearly played a role in completion of the subbasin plan, but the continued value of the coordination is not persuasively presented. Past ISRP reviews indicated a need to increase activity in coordinating M&E in the subbasin. From this proposal it is clear that there is no intent to do that. The project began in 1996, but there is an inadequate summary of the assignments actually performed by the Focus Coordinator. There is a list of the meetings that the coordinator facilitated, but it is not clear that this facilitation improved the coordination of activities in the subbasin.

Four projects are identified as Clearwater focus projects, and there is connection to two other through the NPT Focus coordinator. This seems to be minimal rationale to justify a coordinator to link these projects. Moreover, the proposals from the focus projects need significant improvement, so there is no evidence that this position is critical to the SWCDs being able to connect with each other, BPA, and Idaho PCSRF. In other words, the results of the ongoing efforts and how this project improved those efforts through coordination and support are not evident, and based on the other proposals submitted are not promising. In sum, there is not a clear demonstration that this coordinator is essential to execute proposals to BPA and PCSRF.

As with other watershed coordinator proposals, the proposed effort would be better integrated into a proposal that is directed toward management based on science including on-the-ground work and monitoring.


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

Recommendation: Admin (see comments)
NPCC Comments: This proposal is to provide a coordinator to integrate activities by Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Nez Perce Tribe, and others with the priorities in the Clearwater subbasin plan. The funding request is for a single FTE. Although the ISRP placed this proposal in the administrative category, the proposal is not justified as presented. This position may be an essential element of stewardship for the subbasin. But based on the proposal, it is not clear that this project is showing results in the basin for restoration and evaluation. This project is supposed to provide vital services, but it is not clear what essential functions this individual provides, and what would happen regarding subbasin integration and facilitation of other Council Fish and Wildlife Program proposals if this coordinator was not available.

The list of tasks for the Focus Coordinator are extensive, leading reviewers to be skeptical of whether this position covers these tasks, for example, "Maintain subbasin inventory database and maps" (page 10 #3) and "Provide contract engineering or legal assistance to Bonneville project sponsors" (page 11 #3). These are disparate tasks for a single person, thus it is not clear what the coordinator actually does. The focus of this proposal seems to be facilitating meetings.

The ISRP’s province review recommendation included the statement: “This project should demonstrate performance by the next review cycle otherwise it should be terminated.” The coordinator clearly played a role in completion of the subbasin plan, but the continued value of the coordination is not persuasively presented. Past ISRP reviews indicated a need to increase activity in coordinating M&E in the subbasin. From this proposal it is clear that there is no intent to do that. The project began in 1996, but there is an inadequate summary of the assignments actually performed by the Focus Coordinator. There is a list of the meetings that the coordinator facilitated, but it is not clear that this facilitation improved the coordination of activities in the subbasin.

Four projects are identified as Clearwater focus projects, and there is connection to two other through the NPT Focus coordinator. This seems to be minimal rationale to justify a coordinator to link these projects. Moreover, the proposals from the focus projects need significant improvement, so there is no evidence that this position is critical to the SWCDs being able to connect with each other, BPA, and Idaho PCSRF. In other words, the results of the ongoing efforts and how this project improved those efforts through coordination and support are not evident, and based on the other proposals submitted are not promising. In sum, there is not a clear demonstration that this coordinator is essential to execute proposals to BPA and PCSRF.

As with other watershed coordinator proposals, the proposed effort would be better integrated into a proposal that is directed toward management based on science including on-the-ground work and monitoring.

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