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Proposal 198402500: ODFW Blue Mountain Oregon Fish Habitat Improvement

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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 9, 2006 Finalized Bruce Eddy

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 198402500
Proposal Name: ODFW Blue Mountain Oregon Fish Habitat Improvement
BPA Project Manager: Joe Deherrera
Agency, Institution or Organization: Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW)
Short Description: This project works with landowners, and other government and quasi-governmental agencies to protect and enhance habitat for federal ESA listed fish in the Blue Mountain Province of Oregon.
Information Transfer: PISCES and annual reports are distributed to ODFW District Biologists project parners and BPA. Other outreach efforts include placing informational signs at projects, assisting in the preparation of news articles, preparation of displays for county fair booths, carreer days and school outings.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Bruce Eddy Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife 107 20th St.
LaGrande OR 97850
Ph: 541.963.2138
Fax: 541.963.6670
Email: bruce.r.eddy@state.or.us
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Bruce Eddy Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife 107 20th St.
LaGrande OR 97850
Ph: 541.963.2138
Fax: 541.963.6670
Email: bruce.r.eddy@state.or.us
Supervisor
Vance McGowan Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife 107 20th Street
La Grande, OR 97850
Ph: 541 963 2138
Fax: 541 963 6670
Email: vance.r.mcgowan@state.or.us
Project Lead

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Blue Mountain ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Grande Ronde ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
Various Various Imnaha River Grand Ronde Model Watershed Projects in the Imnaha basin Wallowa River, Oregon Imnaha Yes
Various Various Joseph Creek Approximately 15 projects in the Joseph Creek subbasin Wallowa, Oregon Grande Ronde Yes
Various Various Upper Grande Ronde and Tributaries Approximately 30 projects in the Upper Grande Ronde subbasin Union, Oregon Grande Ronde Yes
Various Various Wallowa Approximately 15 projects in the Wallowa River subbasin Wallowa, Oregon Grande Ronde Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Chinook Snake River Fall ESU
Chinook Snake River Spring/Summer ESU
Steelhead Snake River ESU
Bull Trout
Interior Redband Trout
Mountain Whitefish
Pacific Lamprey
Rainbow Trout
River Lamprey
Wildlife using riparian corridors

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Installed 2 miles of riparian fence; 14100 trees and shrubs; 1 log/rock weir; and, 150 LWD/boulders on 12 projects protecting and enhancing 1.5 miles of stream and 650 acres of riparian habitat
2004 Installed 0.8 miles of riparian fence; 1 off-channel watering sites; 1990 trees and shrubs; 4 log/rock weirs; 80 LWD/boulders; and, reconstructed 0.5 mile of stream on 8 projects protecting and enhancing 2 miles of stream and 400 acres of riparian habita
2003 Installed 2.2 miles of riparian fence; 2 off-channel watering sites; 21700 trees and shrubs; 4 log/rock weirs; 160 LWD/boulders; and, reconstructed 1 mile of stream on 8 projects protecting and enhancing 2 miles of stream and 123 acres of riparian habitat
2002 Installed 2 miles of riparian fence; 2 off-channel watering sites; 31700 trees and shrubs; 4 log/rock weirs; 160 LWD/boulders; and, reconstructed 4.6 miles of stream on 10 projects protecting and enhancing 6 mile of stream and 48 acres of riparian habitat
2001 Installed 1 mile of riparian fence; 8200 trees and shrubs; 2 rock weirs; and, 1800 LWD/boulders on 15 projects protecting and enhancing 1 mile of stream and 23 acres of riparian habitat
2000 Installed 7100 trees and shrubs; 3 rock weirs; and, 900 LWD/boulders and reconstructed 1.6 miles of stream on 14 projects protecting and enhancing 2.9 miles of stream and 298 acres of riparian habitat
1999 Installed 2.9 miles of riparian fence; 4 off-channel watering sites; 14200 trees and shrubs; 2 rock weirs; and, 1800 LWD/boulders on 15 projects protecting and enhancing 1.63 miles of stream and 174 acres of riparian habitat
1998 Installed 5.1 miles of riparian fence; 1 off-channel watering sites; 9600 trees and shrubs; and, 1670 LWD/boulders on 26 projects protecting and enhancing 3.7 miles of stream and 174 acres of riparian habitat
1997 Installed 7.3 miles of riparian fence; 4 off-channel watering sites; 8600 trees and shrubs; weirs; and,1300 LWD/boulders on 18 projects protecting and enhancing 7.4 miles of stream and 282 acres of riparian habitat
1996 Installed 0.1 miles of riparian fence; 9900 trees and shrubs; and, 100 LWD; on 10 projects protecting and enhancing 3 acres of riparian habitat
1995 Installed 4.4 miles of riparian fence; 5600 trees and shrubs; and, 121 LWD on 11 projects protecting and enhancing 2.3 miles of stream and 27.3 acres of riparian habitat
1994 Installed 6.1 miles of riparian fence; 6935 trees and shrubs; 1 weir; 80 LWD/boulders; and, 4 jetties on 9 projects protecting and enhancing 3.3 miles of stream and 157 acres of riparian habitat
1993 Installed 6.1 miles of riparian fence; 6313 trees and shrubs; 5 weirs; 850 LWD/boulders; and, 63 jetties on 13 projects protecting and enhancing 2.7 miles of stream and 126 acres of riparian habitat
1992 Installed 12.3 miles of riparian fence; 5 off-channel watering sites; and 13000 trees and shrubs; on 14 projects
1991 Installed 14.7 miles of riparian fence; 2 off-channel watering sites; 1500 trees and shrubs; 5 weirs; 850 LWD/boulders; and, 63 jetties on 13 projects protecting and enhancing 7.7 miles of stream and 216 acres of riparian habitat
1990 Installed 6.1 miles of riparian fence; 700 trees and shrubs; 10 weirs; 55 LWD; 455 boulders; and, 27 jetties on 9 projects protecting and enhancing 7.7 miles of stream and 134 acres of riparian habitat
1989 Installed 4.8 miles of riparian fence; 2,270 trees and shrubs; 5 off-channel watering sites; 62 boulders; and,10 jetties on 6 projects protecting and enhancing 1.5 miles of stream and 14.4 acres of riparian habitat
1988 Installed 16.8 miles of riparian fence, 3,700 trees and shrubs; 5 off-channel watering sites; 62 boulders; and, 7 wiers on 7 projects protecting and enhancing 1.2 miles of stream and 53.4 acres of riparian habitat
1987 Installed 12.8 miles of riparian fence, 3,100 trees and shrubs; 9 off-channel watering sited; 4 LWD; and, 27 wiers on 8 projects protecting and enhancing 14.3 miles of stream and 184.1 acres of riparian habitat
1986 Installed 1.9 miles of riparian fence, planted 1,230 trees and shrubs; placed 514 boulders; installed 37 wiers and barb jetties on 2 projects protecting and enhancing 3 miles of stream and 41.8 acres of riparian habitat
1985 Initiated program. Installed 4.4 miles of riparian fence, 3800 trees and shrub; and, 30 log wiers on 2 projects protecting and enhancing 3 miles of stream and 23.9 acres of riparian habitat

Section 5: Relationships to Other Projects
Other Current Projects Related to this Project (any funding source)
Funding Source Related ID Related Project Title Relationship
Other: NMFS-Mitchell Act [no entry] Enterprise Fish Screens and Passage This program installs and maintains fish screens and fishways protecting salmon and steelhead using habitat created by project 198402500
Other: ODFW-License Fees [no entry] Grande Ronde Watershed Administration and Fish Management ODFW Grande Ronde Watershed District Manager and District Fisheries and Wildlife staff provided administrative and technical support to project 198402500 and 199202601
PCSRF - CRITFC [no entry] CTUIR Grande Ronde Subbasin Restoration Project PCSRF-CRITFC grant administered through CTUIR Grande Ronde Subbasin Restoration Project. Funds matched with OWEB/BPA funds for revegetation activities along restoration channels associated with 198402500 and 199202601
Other: UPRR [no entry] Blue Mountain Restoration Council This fund mitigates for habitat loss as a result of railroad development. Funds used for projects built by this project.
Other: USFWS [no entry] Private Lands Stewardship Program Purpose to assist lanowners in developing habitat for Fish and Wildlife. Funds used under Grande Ronde Model Watershed for habitat projects
BPA 199202601 Grand Ronde Model Watershed Project 198402500 surves as technical and construction management for Grande Ronde Model Watershed stream restoration projects. This project also conducts ongoing maintenance required for a number of projects
BPA 199202604 Life Studies of Spring Chinook Project 199202604 helps identify habitats important to federal ESA listed fish that need restoration under 198402500
BPA 199608300 Grand Ronde Watershed Restor Project 198402500 works with staff from this project in planning and implementing Grande Ronde Model Watershed Projects
BPA 200002100 Ladd Marsh Project 198402500 surves as technical and construction management for stream restoration on Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area. This project assists 198402500 and others on wetlands restoration.
OWEB - State 204-049 Grande Ronde Model WS Program Project 198402500 surves as technical and construction management for Grande Ronde Model Watershed stream restoration projects. This project also conducts ongoing maintenance required for a number of projects
PCSRF - OWEB 204-049A Grande Ronde Model WS Program Project 198402500 surves as technical and construction management for Grande Ronde Model Watershed stream restoration projects. This project also conducts ongoing maintenance required for a number of projects
OWEB - State 204-434 End Cr/Rice Fish Habitat & Wet Project 198402500 surves as technical and construction management
OWEB - State 205-095 Wallowa River/McDaniel Habitat Project 198402500 surves as technical and construction management

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Develop plans for FY 2010-2013 Develop plans to restore 15 miles of salmon, steelhead and bull trout habitat in the Grande Ronde and Imnaha subbasins in the 2010 to 2013 period for approval by GRMWP to resolve habitat limiting factors Grande Ronde Improve riparian function; Re-establish historic wet meadow complexes; Improve hydrologic function of forested watersheds; Close, obliterate or relocate sediment producing roads; Manage grazing in riparian areas; Promote education and technical training GR Supp. 39-45
Increase production potential of Blue Mt. habit Increase production potential of 15 miles of the Grande Ronde and its tributaries by resolving limiting factors through passive and active restoration techniques. Grande Ronde Improve riparian function; Re-establish historic wet meadow complexes; Improve hydrologic function of forested watersheds; Close, obliterate or relocate sediment producing roads; Manage grazing in riparian areas; Promote education and technical training GR Supp. 39-45
Maintain habitat improvements Maintain 50 projects restoring and protecting 70 miles of stream and riparian habitat are operated as intended for the life of their respective landowner agreement. Grande Ronde Improve riparian function; Re-establish historic wet meadow complexes; Improve hydrologic function of forested watersheds; Close, obliterate or relocate sediment producing roads; Manage grazing in riparian areas; Promote education and technical training GR Supp. 39-45

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
01: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Conduct survey of project areas Using standard surveying techniques, GPS and surveying software create project designs. 3/1/2007 2/28/2010 $82,586
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase production potential of Blue Mt. habit
Focal Area: 15 miles

02: Produce Design and/or Specifications Using information collected in WE 157 produce designs for restoration Use Rosgen techniques to create designs for review by landowner(s) and partners. 3/1/2007 2/28/2010 $82,586
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase production potential of Blue Mt. habit
No Metrics for this Work Element

03: Provide Technical Review Through GRMWP review the designs and plans of cooperators. Monthly GRMWP Technical Committee and Board meetings, Union County Coordinating Committee, Wallowa County Resources Advisory Committee, OWEB Technical Committee and other venues. 3/1/2007 2/28/2010 $11,798
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase production potential of Blue Mt. habit
No Metrics for this Work Element

04: Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation Develop materials for receiving ESA and Fill and Removal permits Using design, knowledge of area and the assistance of other partners develop the materials necessary to receive required local, state (e.g. Fill and Removal, etc.) and federal permits (e.g. ESA consultation, etc.) 3/1/2007 2/28/2010 $58,990
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase production potential of Blue Mt. habit
No Metrics for this Work Element

05: Manage and Administer Projects Serve as the on the ground contract administrator for the Ladd Creek and Wallowa River projects. Provide administrative support to cooperators on other projects as needed Meet with potential contractors, review proposals, select contractor. Using surveying techniques and equipment stake project onsite. Direct the contractor’s activities during construction. 3/1/2007 2/28/2010 $58,990
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase production potential of Blue Mt. habit
No Metrics for this Work Element

06: Increase Instream Habitat Complexity Increase habitat complexity Develop channel reconstruction designs that will increase complexity of approximately 15 mile aquatic habitat. Projects planned include End Creek (4.5 miles) Ladd Creek (5.0 Miles), and Wallowa River (0.5). Additional restoration 4-5 miles of tributaries adjacent to these reaches will be done as well. 3/1/2007 2/28/2010 $23,596
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase production potential of Blue Mt. habit
* # of stream miles treated: 15 miles

07: Realign, Connect, and/or Create Channel Implement channel realignment projects Provide technical, engineering and construction management for the Meadow Creek, End Creek, Ladd Marsh, and Wallowa River channel realignments done in cooperations with Grande Ronde Model Watershed 3/1/2007 2/28/2010 $47,192
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase production potential of Blue Mt. habit
* # of stream miles treated, including off-channels, after realignment: 15 miles

08: Develop Alternative Water Source Develop alternative water sources for livestock to eliminate watergaps Alternative watersources will be included in plans for the meadow Creek, End Creek, and Wallwa River restorations. Potential to elimate watergaps in existing projects will be reviewed. Off channel watering sources will be impliented where landowner and resource need suggest appropraite 3/1/2007 2/28/2010 $23,596
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase production potential of Blue Mt. habit
No Metrics for this Work Element

09: Install Fence Install fence Install fencing in association with the Meadow Creek, End Creek, Ladd Creek Wallowa River and Grande Ronde projects 3/1/2007 2/28/2010 $106,182
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase production potential of Blue Mt. habit
* # of miles of fence: 30

10: Plant Vegetation Plant Vegetation. Level of planting will be depended on final design but will include shrubs/trees, sedge mats, sedge/rush plugs and seeding. Preliminary plans suggest between 10,000 and 25,000 shrubs/trees per project. 3/1/2007 2/28/2010 $58,990
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase production potential of Blue Mt. habit
* # of acres of planted: 1000 acres

11: Create, Restore, and/or Enhance Wetland Create/improve wetlands Wetlands will be restored as stream channels are moved to a more natural form and the associated groundwater responds. As designs are developed potential wetland areas will be incorporated depending on local conditions. 3/1/2007 2/28/2010 $11,798
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase production potential of Blue Mt. habit
* # of acres treated: 1000 acres

12: Produce Inventory or Assessment GRMWP Assistance Work with GRMWP, CTUIR, NRCS and others to develop inventories and assessments necessary for identification and prioritization of future projects. 3/1/2007 2/28/2010 $11,798
Biological Objectives Metrics
Develop plans for FY 2010-2013
No Metrics for this Work Element

13: Identify and Select Projects Identify and select future projects Work with Grande Ronde Model watershed, CTUIR, NRCS, and others to identify and prioritize new projects 3/1/2007 2/28/2010 $35,394
Biological Objectives Metrics
Develop plans for FY 2010-2013
No Metrics for this Work Element

14: Coordination Blue Mountian Coordination Work with Grande Ronde Model Watershed, CTUIR, NRCS, DU, OWEB and others to coordinate activities and 3/1/2007 2/28/2010 $58,990
Biological Objectives Metrics
Develop plans for FY 2010-2013
No Metrics for this Work Element

15: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Monitor restoration projects Monitor progress of restoration project to eveluate if they are functioning as intended. 3/1/2007 2/28/2010 $35,394
Biological Objectives Metrics
Maintain habitat improvements
Primary R, M, and E Type: Photo points, channel cross section, temperature

16: Maintain Vegetation Manage riparian enclosures Improve plant survival by watering, applying fertilizer and/or protective cages and controlling noxious weeds. 3/1/2007 2/28/2010 $58,990
Biological Objectives Metrics
Maintain habitat improvements
No Metrics for this Work Element

17: Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage Manage riparian enclosures and channel realignments Biannually inspect and maintain projects 3/1/2007 2/28/2010 $294,950
Biological Objectives Metrics
Maintain habitat improvements
No Metrics for this Work Element

18: Outreach and Education Blue Mountain Outreach In association with ODFW, CTUIR and Grande Ronde Model Watershed programs outreach to landowners and schools on the value of good habitat and the contributions of BPA, landowners, hunters, and anglers in recovery efforts. 3/1/2007 2/28/2010 $11,798
Biological Objectives Metrics
Maintain habitat improvements
* # of general public reached: 1000's
* # of teachers reached: 10's
* # of students reached: 100's

19: Produce Annual Report Produce annual report Prepare annual report presenting activities and progress over past year. 3/1/2007 2/28/2010 $23,596
Biological Objectives Metrics
Maintain habitat improvements
No Metrics for this Work Element

20: Produce Pisces Status Report Pisces Reporting Update project status in PISCES 3/1/2007 2/28/2010 $23,596
Biological Objectives Metrics
Maintain habitat improvements
No Metrics for this Work Element

21: Manage and Administer Projects Follow Oregon, ODFW and BPA administrative policies Conduct administrative tasks (i.e. performance appraisals, budget tracking, etc.) as required by policy and contract. Develop Statements of Work and proposals in a timely manner. Refer to directives, policies and contract. 3/1/2007 2/28/2010 $58,990
Biological Objectives Metrics
Maintain habitat improvements
No Metrics for this Work Element


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel 4.5 FTE $157,700 $162,400 $170,600
Fringe Benefits DAS OPE Calculator used $86,800 $91,200 $95,700
Supplies [blank] $31,000 $31,900 $32,900
Travel [blank] $2,600 $2,700 $2,800
Capital Equipment [blank] $ 0 $ 0 $ 0
Overhead [blank] $99,800 $103,400 $108,300
Totals $377,900 $391,600 $410,300

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$1,179,800
Total Work Element budget$1,179,800

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
BPA (GRMWP) Funding $80,000 $80,000 $80,000 Cash Under Review
NRCS Easment $ 0 $16,000 $ 0 Cash Under Review
Oregon Departent of Fish and Wildlife Watershed and District support $45,000 $47,000 $49,000 In-Kind Confirmed
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Rootwads and rock $ 0 $15,000 $15,000 Cash Under Review
Oregon Department of Transportation Culvert reconstruction $ 0 $100,000 $ 0 Cash Under Review
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board Project funding $70,000 $100,000 $ 0 Cash Under Development
Wallowa Resources Planning $ 0 $15,000 $15,000 In-Kind Under Development
Totals $195,000 $373,000 $159,000

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$422,400 $434,987 [Outyear comment field left blank]
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
Operations and Maintenance is ongoing and represents approximately 50% of costs
 
Termination Date Comments
Ongoing This project has been well recieved by landowners, tribes, agencies and other cooperators. As outlined in the Subbasin Plan there is plenty of work to do for some time
 
Final Deliverables
N/A

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
$365,000
FY 2008 Budget
$365,000
FY 2009 Budget
$365,000
Total NPCC Rec
$1,095,000
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
Comments: Sponsor should complete accomplishments report as called for in ISRP recommendation. Funding in FY08 and 09 contingent upon favorable review by ISRP and Council. See also programmatic recommendation on habitat m&e.


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

FY 2007 Budget
$365,000
FY 2008 Budget
$365,000
FY 2009 Budget
$365,000
Total NPCC Rec
$1,095,000
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 complete report by March 07 as called for in ISRP recommendation. Funding in 08 and 09 contingent upon favorable review by ISRP and Council.

Local or MSRT Comments: OSPIT recommends holding the budget to the FY06 level and flatlining for FY08 and 09.


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

Recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)
NPCC Comments: This project has treated 70 miles of stream in the past 20 years. The sponsors expressed frustration with what they perceive as a mixed message on the scale of monitoring and evaluation required of this type of habitat improvement project. They note that instructions from BPA and Council propose that this type of project should conduct only implementation and compliance monitoring and it should not exceed 5% of the budget. They cite dialog between Jim Geiselman from BPA and Lyman McDonald (formerly of the ISAB and ISRP) at a habitat-monitoring workshop several years ago as an example of the different expectations of the ISRP and BPA.

The ISRP acknowledges and appreciates the sponsor's frustration regarding the extent of monitoring and evaluation expected of them. To clarify for sponsors, the ISRP examines the sufficiency of data collections and evaluation to measure progress toward achieving biological objectives identified in a proposal, and benefits for focal species.

Concern # 1 raised by the sponsors: "This project should implement effectiveness monitoring" is a misinterpretation of the ISRP's preliminary review. In that review the ISRP states: "The effectiveness monitoring conducted by the sponsors, or other projects should be identified." Later in the review the ISRP states: "M&E could be accomplished by other projects, but needs to be detailed and address which project and entities will be doing it."

The ISRP does not suggest that individual projects need to conduct their own M&E. Other projects can accomplish that task. However, sponsors should be able to describe the M&E and summarize the status of the data collections, evaluations, and management implications.

The sponsors reply to the request for more detail on monitoring methods with a list of metrics and methods that they, or others, use for monitoring and evaluation. This is a reasonable beginning, but not a sufficient presentation of the monitoring for this project. For example, under the topic "Habitat Monitoring Transects," the sponsors state that these transects collect data in selected study areas. They go on to state that there are 140 habitat monitoring transects on four streams, and that data have been collected on three to five year intervals. This appears to be an impressive and important data set. For the ISRP to complete its evaluation of this project, it needs to know what streams were monitored, what kinds of treatment each stream received, what was the desired biological outcome (physical habitat or biological condition), how many years of data have been collected, how the analysis is being conducted, and what is the interpretation from the data set.

The sponsors provide a short but acceptable reply to the ISRP query about the management implications of the past 20 years of habitat restoration treatments.

Finally, the sponsors explain the 30 miles of spawning ground surveys conducted by project staff. They state that they did not include this data in the project history because they do not feel they can make any direct correlation between spawning adult fish and habitat modifications. The ISRP concludes that this is important data and an important conclusion. All of that information should be in the project history section.

Fundable (qualified), with the qualification that the ISRP should review a special report, or annual report, that presents an analysis of the data from this project together with a summary of the conclusions about benefits to the focal species and management recommendations for further habitat treatments. This should be reviewed by the ISRP in FY07.


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

Recommendation: Response requested
NPCC Comments: The proposal seeks to continue restoration activities in the Grande Ronde basin where the need for these activities is well documented. The project has a long history of success at implementing habitat actions. A particularly positive aspect of the work is the cooperative relationships that have been established with landowners. The central drawback is the lack of a clear monitoring protocol for projects.

Numerous and diverse projects have been implemented since the project’s inception. The actual benefits to focal species, however, can only be inferred because the sponsors provided no direct evidence of how fish utilization had increased in project areas or how it will be assessed in the future. Past projects may have resulted in positive habitat changes, and these changes are likely to benefit fish.

A response is requested to address the effectiveness monitoring. There does not seem to be a standard protocol, and the sponsors presented no solid, quantitative evidence that the projects actually benefit fish. The effectiveness monitoring conducted by the sponsors, or other projects should be identified. The sponsors have adequately documented implementation. Additionally, evidence of management implications is sparse. The earlier ISRP review emphasized the need to assess and evaluate the stockpile of data collected by the project, and this advice does not seem to have been translated into action. It would be appropriate for the sponsors to indicate how their nearly 20 years of experience has transformed their approach to habitat restoration. Are there activities that they did years ago that have been abandoned because they do not believe it is beneficial, or other activities that they have expanded because their impression is that these treatments are useful? More rigorous, quantitative documentation of improvements in riparian function, channel characteristics and flow, and fish use would be beneficial to clearly demonstrate the benefits to fish of the projects. This project is integral to the Grande Ronde Model Watershed Program, where the Council has identified the need to coordinate an effort within a subbasin. The Council should use all avenues available to try to get adequate data collected on these projects and an evaluation of the efficacy of the efforts.

A response should describe provisions for biological monitoring and evaluation (measurable, objective, and hypothesis driven). M&E could be accomplished by other projects, but needs to be detailed and address which project and entities will be doing it ... hypotheses, etc. for each site or suite of habitat actions. The sponsor is undoubtedly accomplishing habitat modification. Effects on the target species need to be measured in order to justify this and similar projects. Work element 3.1.1 WE 175 - Collect/Generate/Validate field and lab data: 30 miles of spawning ground surveys are identified in this work element. Is this new? If not, why is none of this data included in the project history. If it is not new, some methods should be provided and a framework for the analysis and interpretation of the data. The implementation monitoring using wells, temperature recorders, and photopoints is fine. Some analysis of this data is needed. It may be in the annual reports, but that is not clear from the proposal.

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