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Proposal 200000100: Anadromous Fish Habitat & Pass

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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 Rhonda Dasher

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 200000100
Proposal Name: Anadromous Fish Habitat & Pass
BPA Project Manager: Sarah Branum
Agency, Institution or Organization: Colville Confederated Tribes
Short Description: The Tribe proposes continuing habitat rehabilitation efforts to decrease sediment loads and improve passage for anadromous steelhead and salmon. In addition, monitoring and evaluation efforts will assess effectiveness of ongoing activities.
Information Transfer: Information gathered by the Omak Creek Project will be used to develop a database highlighting developing trends in regards to anadromous fish production and survival. The database will be utilized in conjunction with other ongoing projects (locally adapted broodstock, smolt monitoring, Okanogan M&E, and kelt reconditioning) to determine increases in successful reproduction and rearing within the Omak Creek Watershed.Information in the database will include water temperatures, canopy closure, amount of accessible habitat for anadromous fish, and sediment movement within the watershed. Data will be made available through a website sponsored by the M&E program for downloading by the public and other agencies. In addition, cooperative technical papers will be published with results of separate data sets (temperature, sediment, production).
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Rhonda Dasher Colville Confederated Tribes 23 Brook's Tracts Rd.
Omak, WA 98841
Ph: 509-422-7439
Fax: 509-422-7428
Email: rhonda.dasher@colvilletribes.com
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Rhonda Dasher Colville Confederated Tribes 23 Brook's Tracts Rd.
Omak, WA 98841
Ph: 509-422-7439
Fax: 509-422-7428
Email: rhonda.dasher@colvilletribes.com
Project Lead
Chris Fisher Colville Tribes 23 Brooks Tracts
Omak, WA 98841
Ph: (509) 422-7427
Fax: (509) 422-7428
Email: chris.fisher@colvilletribes.com
Supervisor

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Columbia Cascade ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Okanogan ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
Omak Cr. Omak Creek Watershed Omak, Washington Okanogan Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Chinook Snake River Spring/Summer ESU
Steelhead Upper Columbia River ESU

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 1. Installed 8-foot diameter culvert on E. Staploop Cr. 2. Constructed hardened rock crossing, installed .5 mile of exclusionary fence within watershed. 3. Conducted V-star measurements. 4. Conducted photo monitoring (riparian)
2004 1. Stabilized historic railroad crossing at Swimptkin creek. 2. Continued M&E of habitat and fish production within watershed 3. Replanted riparian vegetation at reconfiguration site. 4. Completed preliminary permit applications for Mission Falls Proj.
2003 1. Installed bottomless arch culvert at RM 9.0 2. Recontstructed .5 mile channel on lower Omak Cr. 3.Planted native vegetation along reconstruction area. 4. Continued M&E of habitat and fish production within the watershed.
2002 1. Constructed rock crossing, rock watering points, spring develpments to divert livestock from riparian areas in the watershed. 2. Decommissioned 5 miles of road in the Omak Cr. watershed. 3. Conducted M&E regarding habitat and fish production.
2001 1. Conducted M&E of fish passage at Mission Falls. 2. Constructed 5 spring developments & installed livestock exclusionary fence along Stapaloop Creek. 3. Completed bank stability work at RM 2(Omak Cr.). 4. Completed design for channel realignment.
2000 1.Decomissioned 38 miles of road within the Omak Creek Watershed. 2. Removed 28,000 cubic yards of rubble from Misson Falls to provide fish passage above the falls. 3. Conducted baseline V-star measurements to determine sediment levels in Omak Creek.

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 01-1420 Omak Creek Road Decommission The road decomissioning project is designed to help decrease sediment load within the Omak Creek Watershed, thus, improving the quality of habitat for spawning and rearing anadromous fish.
BPA 199604200 Restore Salmon Cr Anad Fish The Omak Creek and Salmon Creek projects are directed at increasing available habitat for spawning and rearing of anadromous salmonids.
BPA 200001700 Recondition Wild Steelhead Kel Kelts for this project are collected at a semi-permanent weir on Lower Omak Creek. The number of kelts collected is proportional to the number of returning adults spawning in the upper portions of the creek.
BPA 200302200 Monitor/Eval Okanogan Basin Pr The monitoring and evaluation program is collecting data on returning adults and outmigrating steelhead and salmon. The efforts of monitoring fish populations within the Omak Creek Watershed is complimented by monitoring efforts within the Okanogan Sub-basin.
PCSRF - Colville CCT 05-2 Locally Adapted Broodstock Cas Locally adapted broodstock is collected at the semi-permanent weir located on Lower Omak Creek. The number and quality of fish collected is dependent upon continuing a healthy, productive population within the Omak Creek Watershed.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Continue research, monitoring, and evaluation Collect and analyze data from adult enumeration, redd surveys, juvenile trapping, PIT tag monitoring, sediment evaluation, canopy closure, water temperatures, and land management practices. Okanogan 1-1C, 2-1F, 3-1A, 3-1M, 3-2A-3-2K,4-1C,4-1D, 4-1E 46,47, 48
Develop an adaptive management strategy Through assessment efforts and knowledge gained from completed activities, restoration efforts can be modified to best serve the long range recovery goals for endangered anadromous fish in the Okanogan Subbasin and Omak Creek. Okanogan 1-1A through 4-1F 45, 46, 47
Reduce water temperature using natural processes Reduce water temperatures by improving riparian habitat through limiting erosion and identifying/protecting natural springs, seeps, and coldwater inputs. Okanogan 1-1A, 1-1B, 1-1D, 1-1F, 1-1G, 1-1H, 1-2A, 1-2B, 1-2C, 1-2D, 1-2F, 1-2G 45, 46
Remove barriers for anadromous fish Remove barriers that represent a threat to upstream migration of anadromous fish within the Omak Creek Watershed. Okanogan 1-2C, 2-1, 2-1A, 2-1B, 2-1C, 2-1D, 2-1E, 2-1F, 45, 46
Restore riparian and wetland areas Improve riparian areas by identifying problems, improving land management practices, acquiring riparian area through purchase of land. Okanogan 1-1A, 1-1B, 1-1C, 1-1D, 1-1E, 1-1F, 1-1G, 1-1H, 1-2A, 1-2B, 1-2C, 3-2G, 3-2J, 3-2K 45, 46, 47

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
1a: Identify and Select Projects Identify areas of poor land management practices and develop implementation strategy conduct surveys within the watershed to determine target areas for rehabilitation. Develop strategies to correct to identified problem area. 3/15/2007 6/30/2010 $8,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
Develop an adaptive management strategy
No Metrics for this Work Element

1b: Manage and Administer Projects Manage project: produce invoices, accrual estimates, etc. supervise implementation of projects within the Omak Creek basin. Monitor construction, costs, and deliverables. 3/15/2007 6/30/2010 $76,257
Biological Objectives Metrics
Develop an adaptive management strategy
No Metrics for this Work Element

1c: Produce Annual Report Produce annual report Compile data and compose a comprehensive document detailing project accomplishments for the current fiscal year, including maps, pictures, and diagrams. 12/31/2006 12/31/2009 $8,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
Develop an adaptive management strategy
No Metrics for this Work Element

1d: Produce Status Report Produce quarterly reports based on tasks identified within this proposal. Produce quarterly status reports in Pisces and submit to COTR, detailing projects and activities conducted and completed. 3/1/2007 6/30/2010 $10,100
Biological Objectives Metrics
Develop an adaptive management strategy
No Metrics for this Work Element

1e: Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation Develop and submit BAs and HPAs for instream work identified in this proposal develop and submit for approval all relevant permits and assessments necessary to ensure that all projects conducted conform to all applicable tribal and government guidelines. 12/31/2006 12/31/2009 $4,200
Biological Objectives Metrics
Develop an adaptive management strategy
No Metrics for this Work Element

2a: Install Fish Passage Structure Replace undersized culverts in Omak Creek watershed Replace an undersized culvert with a bottomless arch culvert and upgrade additional undersized culverts to improve fish passage and reduce risk of over-topping and introduction of excessive sediment into the stream channel. 7/15/2007 10/15/2007 $225,615
Biological Objectives Metrics
Remove barriers for anadromous fish
* Does the structure remove or replace a fish passage barrier?: yes, removes passage barrier due to velocity

3a: Remove or Relocate Non-predaceous Animals Construct hardened rock crossings to reduce livestock impacts to stream bank and streambed in Omak Creek Watershed Installation of hardened rock crossings, helps stabilize stream banks and reduce sediment introduced into the stream channel caused by hoof shear and constant livestock traffic. 7/15/2007 9/30/2010 $64,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Reduce water temperature using natural processes
No Metrics for this Work Element

3b: Install Fence Construct exclusionary fencing in eroded riparian areas to redirect cattle to hardened rock crossings Install exclusionary fencing along areas of Omak Creek identified as high priority riparian areas. The fencing will direct livestock away from riparian vegetation to an armored stream crossing that will reduce erosion and sediment introduction into the stream channel. 7/15/2007 10/15/2009 $57,400
Biological Objectives Metrics
Reduce water temperature using natural processes
* # of miles of fence: 1.5 -3.0 miles of exclusionary fencing per year

4a: Develop Alternative Water Source Construct spring developments away from Omak Creek as an alternative watering source for Livestock Construct spring developments at various areas within the Omak Creek Watershed to divert livestock watering from riparian areas and reduce sediment deposited within the stream channel. 7/15/2007 9/15/2010 $69,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Restore riparian and wetland areas
No Metrics for this Work Element

4b: Other Improve and restore riparian areas through land acquisition Assess areas within the Omak Creek Watershed that are priority habitat locations and obtain multiple source funding to purchase. 3/15/2007 6/30/2010 $ 0
Biological Objectives Metrics
Restore riparian and wetland areas
No Metrics for this Work Element

5a: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Conduct adult enumeration in Stapaloop Creek (RM 12.0) Install and monitor a picket weir in Stapaloop Creek to assess the extent of fish passage above Mission Falls. 3/15/2007 6/30/2010 $3,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Continue research, monitoring, and evaluation
Focal Area: Stapaloop Creek enumeration

5b: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Conduct redd surveys on Stapaloop Creek (RM 12.0) Field crews will conduct ground surveys to record the number of redds conctructed in Stapaloop creek. Data gathered will be used to analyze the passage success at Mission Falls. 3/10/2007 6/10/2010 $3,350
Biological Objectives Metrics
Continue research, monitoring, and evaluation
No Metrics for this Work Element

5c: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Conduct V-Star measurements, input data and analyze conduct V-star measurements to determine sediment movement throughout the Omak watershed. The measurements are conducted every five years to determine degree and distance of sediment movement. The data will be entered into a database and evaluated for trends. 7/1/2010 9/30/2010 $8,300
Biological Objectives Metrics
Continue research, monitoring, and evaluation
Focal Area: tributaries- sediment transport

5d: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Conduct photo monitoring and canopy closure measurements from RM 2.9 to 5.1 on Omak Creek Photo points will be taken and compared to previous years. Increases in in riparian vegetation will be measured to determine the extent of recovery over time. 6/15/2007 6/30/2010 $2,150
Biological Objectives Metrics
Continue research, monitoring, and evaluation
No Metrics for this Work Element

5e: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Identify areas of thermal refugia Conduct a FLIR assessment of the Omak Creek Watershed to identify areas of refugia and target areas for rehabilitation. 10/15/2007 11/30/2007 $20,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Continue research, monitoring, and evaluation
Focal Area: emerging issues regarding thermal refugia

5f: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Monitor PIT tag antenna on Omak Creek to detect PIT tagged steelhead entering the stream Monitor semi-permanent PIT tag antenna located at the mouth of Omak Creek to detect upstream and downstream migration of anadromous salmonids. Download PIT tag numbers from antenna and upload into tag database. 3/1/2007 6/30/2010 $3,900
Biological Objectives Metrics
Continue research, monitoring, and evaluation
Focal Area: tributaries- monitor PIT tagged steelhead


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel total salaries $27,800 $29,100 $30,400
Fringe Benefits total fringe $6,925 $7,246 $7,570
Supplies nets, packs, field notebooks, data storage, misc $2,600 $3,000 $3,500
Travel vehicle and fuel costs $5,000 $6,000 $6,000
Capital Equipment computer equipment $3,000 $1,000 $3,500
Overhead indirect costs $10,490 $10,979 $11,470
Other sub-contracts $130,515 $130,177 $128,000
Totals $186,330 $187,502 $190,440

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$564,272
Total Work Element budget$564,272

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
BIA cost share $25,000 $25,000 $15,000 Cash Under Development
NRCS cost share $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 Cash Under Development
SRFB grant $40,000 $40,000 $40,000 Cash Under Development
Totals $85,000 $85,000 $75,000

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$100,000 $100,000 Our project load should decrease in 2010, with monitoring efforts being conducted by OBMEP and major projects completed between 2007-09.
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
 
Termination Date Comments
Unknown Currently, efforts within the Omak Creek Watershed are directed to developing a healthy, sustainable, locally adapted stock. Though improvements have been seen in production, the life history of summer steelhead and spring chinook is such that results of any improvement efforts take a relatively long period of time to be recognized. It is because of this delay that a termination date of recovery efforts within the Omak Watershed is an unknown. Within the 2007-2910 funding cycle,results of current efforts will become more apparent and after analysis, perhaps, will help determine the timeline for stepping back efforts. We will be transitioning the monitoring efforts within the Omak Creek Watershed to the OBMEP.
 
Final Deliverables
The final goal for this project is to ensure that anadromous fish returning to the Omak watershed will have unimpeded access to available spawning habitat and that progeny will have favorable conditions to ensure a high rate of survival from egg to smolt. Since there are a number of variables affecting smolt to adult survival (dams, net fishing, ocean conditions), it is beneficial to the longterm success of a reproducing population to have a high degree of genetic diversity and a high rate of egg to smolt survival. Keys to producing these important components are dependent upon having a healthy, well functioning watershed that can provide the necessary parameters essential to the life histories of summer steelhead and spring chinook. The sub-basin plan has outlined key objectives and strategies deemed necessary for a healthy, well-functioning system. Objectives outlined for Omak creek include: 1. Achieving properly functioning riparian conditions. 2. Reaching or exceeding 20 pieces/mile (12" diameter, 35' long) LWD, w/potential for recruitment. 3. Ensure that usable or restoreable habitat is accessible to resident and anadromous fishes. 4. Reduce embededness 10% to evaluate sub-basin wide, fine sediment reduction. 5. Re-establish normative width to depth ratios of 10:1. 6. Improve population 50% above current levels. The objectives listed in the sub-basin plan are the minimum objectives to direct efforts towards. As mentioned previously, some of these objectives are time dependent and will not be realized in the short term. Adaptive management strategies will enable us to modify efforts to best achieve the listed objectives (deliverables) associated with the project.

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
$116,666
FY 2008 Budget
$116,666
FY 2009 Budget
$116,667
Total NPCC Rec
$349,999
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
Comments: ISRP fundable qualified: Consider ISRP comments during contracting. Budget reductions not specific. Project to be implemented with reduced scope.


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

FY 2007 Budget
$116,666
FY 2008 Budget
$116,666
FY 2009 Budget
$116,667
Total NPCC Rec
$349,999
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: Consider ISRP comments during contracting.


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

Recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)
NPCC Comments: This is a well-prepared proposal for a project that has been successful. Although fundable, the ISRP raised some questions that the sponsors should consider.

The proposal provides good background on Omak Creek, including the project's history of habitat improvements. Sponsors could have given more info on the status of the stocks to be helped, however. It relates well to the subbasin plan, Council's Fish and Wildlife Program measures, BiOp, and the general rehabilitation of the threatened upper Columbia summer steelhead. The proposal describes relationships to other projects rather than just listing them. It would have been informative to see a more complete description of the relationships between this proposal and #199604200 “Restore and enhance fish populations and habitat in Salmon Creek” which is a similar project on a nearby stream.

There are good objectives. However, the ISRP questions whether the development of springs for livestock watering is possibly removing sources of clean, cold water for the creek. The sponsors may need to rethink and justify this approach. Elsewhere, other water sources have been developed to protect natural waters, such as solar powered pumps to fill watering troughs away from the creeks.

Monitoring and evaluation are described, including PIT-tag weir, photo monitoring, picket weir, infrared imaging, etc., but more detail on experimental design and methods would be useful. The administrative form describes an online database and technical reports for communicating results. The idea of providing a web site is good. Plans for long-term storage of data and meta-data are not included.

There are likely benefits to fish, but they may be slow to be realized. These are best described in the "Work Elements" Section of the Administrative portion of the proposal. The project will need adaptive management as they get the biological returns. Benefits are likely to persist over the long term.


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

Recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)
NPCC Comments: This is a well-prepared proposal for a project that has been successful. Although fundable, the ISRP raised some questions that the sponsors should consider.

The proposal provides good background on Omak Creek, including the project's history of habitat improvements. Sponsors could have given more info on the status of the stocks to be helped, however. It relates well to the subbasin plan, Council's Fish and Wildlife Program measures, BiOp, and the general rehabilitation of the threatened upper Columbia summer steelhead. The proposal describes relationships to other projects rather than just listing them. It would have been informative to see a more complete description of the relationships between this proposal and #199604200 “Restore and enhance fish populations and habitat in Salmon Creek” which is a similar project on a nearby stream.

There are good objectives. However, the ISRP questions whether the development of springs for livestock watering is possibly removing sources of clean, cold water for the creek. The sponsors may need to rethink and justify this approach. Elsewhere, other water sources have been developed to protect natural waters, such as solar powered pumps to fill watering troughs away from the creeks.

Monitoring and evaluation are described, including PIT-tag weir, photo monitoring, picket weir, infrared imaging, etc., but more detail on experimental design and methods would be useful. The administrative form describes an online database and technical reports for communicating results. The idea of providing a web site is good. Plans for long-term storage of data and meta-data are not included.

There are likely benefits to fish, but they may be slow to be realized. These are best described in the "Work Elements" Section of the Administrative portion of the proposal. The project will need adaptive management as they get the biological returns. Benefits are likely to persist over the long term.

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