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Proposal 199501500: Duck Valley Fisheries Project – Operations, Maintenance, Monitoring and Evaluation

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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: 199501500
Proposal Name: Duck Valley Fisheries Project – Operations, Maintenance, Monitoring and Evaluation
BPA Project Manager: Dorothy Welch
Agency, Institution or Organization: Shoshone Paiute Tribes
Short Description: The Shoshone-Paiute Tribes propose to continue with the operations, maintenance, monitoring, and evaluation of three closed reservoir systems on the DVIR as partial mitigation for the loss of anadromous fishes.
Information Transfer: All data from this work will be included in 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?
42.0482 -116.1633 [none] This is the approximate location of Mountain View Reservoir on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation. Owyhee, Idaho Owyhee Yes
41.9816 -116.2389 Billy Shaw Slough This is the approximate location of Lake Billy Shaw on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation. [none], Nevada Owyhee Yes
41.8615 -116.2662 Sheep Creek Reservoir This is the location of Sheep Creek Reservoir on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation. [none], Nevada Owyhee Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Rainbow Trout
Interior Redband Trout
Resident Fish
All wildlife

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Intensive Monitoring and Evaluation Plan implemented on Lake Billy Shaw, with thorough creel and water quality sampling. O&M plan adhered to and triploid fish stocked succesfully. Outreach and education conducted. Data were uploaded to StreamNet.
2004 All three reservoirs combined under Duck Valley Fisheries. Intensive Monitoring and Evaluation Plan implemented on Lake Billy Shaw, with thorough creel and water quality sampling. O&M plan adhered to and triploid fish stocked succesfully.
2003 First fishing season occurred at Lake Billy Shaw. Creel surveys were conducted, the O&M plan was implemented and triploid fish were stocked succesfully and Outreach/education was conducted.
2002 Initial fish stocking occurred in Lake Billy Shaw and perimeter stock fence was completed. Native vegation (i.e. willow, cattails, and bullrushes) were transplanted around the lake.
2001 Contracts for fish stocking established, native vegetation established around portions of reservoir, off-site water opportunities provided, continued piezometer and water quality monitoring and developmet of the M&E plan.
2000 Monitoring of piezometers and water quality continued. Native willow plantings initiated along shoreline. Invertebrates sampled and transplanted into lake. Limited exclosure fence established around parts of the reservoir.
1999 Lake Billy Shaw filling began in spring. Water quality and piezometer monitoring initiated. Fish screen maintenance and reseeding of key areas accomplished in the fall.
1998 Construction of the Lake Billy Shaw dam and associated structures completed.
1997 Lake Billy Shaw construction started

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 [no entry] Wildlife Inventory and Habitat Evaluation of Duck Valley Indian Reservation If this project is finally funded, it will enable a scientifically-sound survey of wildlife species their associated habitats on the DVIR. The study would provide insight on how to manage the reservoirs in a way that maximizes the benefits to native wildlife populations.
BPA 199505703 S Idaho Wildlife Mitigation While this project is not focused directly on improving the local fishery, it 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.
BPA 199701100 Shoshone-Paiute Habitat Enhanc Fish stocking should be conducted with water quality and limnological conditions suitable for optimum growth and survival. This ongoing study of existing habitat conditions (springs, streams, and reservoirs) provides data needed to evaluate suitability of waters for trout stocking. In addition, this project also protects riparian areas upstream of the reservoirs, resulting in a benefit to water quality.
Other: NWPCC NWPCC Resident Fish Substitution The NWPCC recognizes that Resident Fish Substitution is an appropriate means to partially mitigate for anadromous fish losses.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Disseminate information to public. Disseminate information to public that will highlight the quality of fishing and environmental stewardship occurring on the DVIR Owyhee Education & public outreach – monthly newspaper articles/quarterly to city paper; update & maintain signs to alert public to new fishing facility; have students aid in planting trees/willows/grasses. 42
Protect shoreline and inlet streams Protect shoreline and inlet streams from degradation to maintain high Owyhee a. Habitat restoration – plant native trees/willows and grasses along shoreline and tributaries to DVIR reservoirs. b. Control grazing impacts – install water troughs/stock ponds to keep stock away from reservoirs/fences. 42
Provide subsistence trout fisheries Subsistence fisheries have been established on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation to partially mitigate for lost anadromous fishes. Owyhee a. manage put-and-take fisheries on the DVIR to maximize the benefits and minimize the impacts b. monitor water quality c. optimize growth rates, catch rates, and harvest rates of hatchery trout d. monitor native redband trout populations 43
Stock DVIR reservoirs with Sterile rainbow trout Stock DVIR reservoirs (Lake Billy Shaw, Mountain View and Sheep Creek) with Sterile rainbow trout Owyhee d. Fishery Management – stock fish in DVIR reservoirs during spring and fall as temperatures and conditions warrant. e. Monitor & evaluate – collect and summarize data on biological and economic aspects of DVIR reservoir fishery. 42
Update and review O&M and M&E Plans Update and review Operations and Maintenance and Monitoring and Evaluation Plan Owyhee d. Fishery Management – stock fish in DVIR reservoirs during spring and fall as temperatures and conditions warrant. e. Monitor & evaluate – collect and summarize data on biological and economic aspects of DVIR reservoir fishery. 42
Work with Owyhee Schools on volunteer projects. Work with Owyhee Schools on volunteer projects that benefit the aquatic resources on the DVIR Owyhee Education & public outreach – monthly newspaper articles/quarterly to city paper; update & maintain signs to alert public to new fishing facility; have students aid in planting trees/willows/grasses. 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 Ensure that all environmental compliance requirements are met for each fiscal year and obtain clearance from BPA. 4/1/2007 9/30/2009 $12,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Provide subsistence trout fisheries
No Metrics for this Work Element

Improve/Relocate Road Maintain roads around reservoirs Maintain roads around the three reservoirs. Includes leasing heavy equipment, maintaining culverts, laying gravel, laying rip rap, and working with local road crew. 4/1/2007 9/30/2009 $54,750
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect shoreline and inlet streams
Provide subsistence trout fisheries
* # of road miles improved, upgraded, or restored: 60

Plant Vegetation Plant native species along the shore of the reservoirs Collect and transplant native willows, bulrushes, and tules along the shores of the three reservoirs. 4/1/2007 6/30/2009 $35,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect shoreline and inlet streams
* # of riparian miles treated: 3

Remove vegetation Remove vegetation Removal of exotic invasive species of plants along the three reservoirs, particularly Tamarisk spp. 4/1/2007 9/30/2009 $30,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect shoreline and inlet streams
* # of acres treated: 40 miles of shoreline patrolled & treated

Maintain Vegetation Maintain vegetation Maintain vegetation planted in prior seasons to increase likelihood of plant survival. 4/1/2007 9/30/2009 $60,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Protect shoreline and inlet streams
No Metrics for this Work Element

Maintain Hatchery Maintain and operate fishery at Lake Billy Shaw This is the main O&M work element for Lake Billy Shaw. It includes maintain dam structure, fish screens, stocking fish, portable restrooms, boat ramps, and camp areas. 4/1/2007 9/30/2009 $257,442
Biological Objectives Metrics
Provide subsistence trout fisheries
Stock DVIR reservoirs with Sterile rainbow trout
No Metrics for this Work Element

Maintain Hatchery Maintain and operate fishery at Mountain View Reservoir The work element encompasses the main O&M work for this reservoir. It includes maintaining dam structures, stocking fish, camp areas, boat ramps, and restrooms. 4/1/2007 9/30/2009 $234,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
Provide subsistence trout fisheries
Stock DVIR reservoirs with Sterile rainbow trout
No Metrics for this Work Element

Maintain Hatchery Maintain and operate fishery at Sheep Creek Reservoir The work element encompasses the main O&M work for this reservoir. It includes maintaining dam structures, controlling aquatic vegetation, stocking fish, camp areas, boat ramps, and restrooms. 4/1/2007 9/30/2009 $234,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
Provide subsistence trout fisheries
Stock DVIR reservoirs with Sterile rainbow trout
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Manage and administer project This is the administrative portion of the project. It includes general administrative work, budgetary tracking, working with fish suppliers, invoice submission, equipment maintenance, accrual estimates, and statement of work submission. 4/1/2007 9/30/2009 $88,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Provide subsistence trout fisheries
Update and review O&M and M&E Plans
No Metrics for this Work Element

Outreach and Education Outreach and education This work element is designed to promote knowledge on the fisheries through websites, fishing pamphlets, community gatherings, and in person. It will also promote environmental awareness in local children through field trips, hosting summer workers, and working with Boy Scouts. 4/1/2007 9/30/2009 $91,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Disseminate information to public.
Work with Owyhee Schools on volunteer projects.
* # of general public reached: 10,000 fishing pamphlets distributed
* # of students reached: 400 students learn environmental issues
* # of teachers reached: 6
* # of students reached: 6 student youth workers

Produce Inventory or Assessment Produce inventory of aquatic plants and algae colonizing Lake Billy Shaw Determine types of aquatic plants and algae blooms that seasonally affect the three reservoirs. Develop management protocols for these aspects. 8/1/2007 9/30/2009 $18,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Update and review O&M and M&E Plans
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Plan Update O&M and M&E plans for Lake Billy Shaw The O&M and M&E facets are updated annually in the statement of work and their results are shown in the annual report. 4/1/2007 9/30/2009 $24,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Update and review O&M and M&E Plans
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Annual Report Submit annual report Finalize annual reports at the end of each fiscal year and submit. The format will be consistent with the terms and conditions of the contract. 9/1/2007 9/30/2009 $48,150
Biological Objectives Metrics
Update and review O&M and M&E Plans
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Collect and analyze data This is a main portion of M&E for this project. It includes recording annual photopoints, plant mapping, dam structural integrity, water quality, wildlife surveys, and creel and gill net sampling. 4/1/2007 9/30/2009 $355,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Disseminate information to public.
Update and review O&M and M&E Plans
Primary R, M, and E Type: Water Quality Monitored
Primary R, M, and E Type: Creel Surveys and Gill Net Sampling Completed
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Demographic data taken via creel surveys
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Wildlife Surveys conducted monthly
Primary R, M, and E Type: Piezometers and toe-drains recorded monthly

Submit/Acquire Data Submit data Data derived from sampling will be provided to a regional database such as StreamNet or Storet. 4/1/2007 9/30/2009 $12,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Disseminate information to public.
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] $163,800 $167,076 $170,418
Fringe Benefits [blank] $47,491 $48,440 $49,410
Travel [blank] $1,530 $1,560 $1,590
Supplies [blank] $17,340 $17,687 $18,040
Capital Equipment [blank] $6,120 $6,242 $6,368
Other Vehicle Lease, Insurance, and Maintenance $31,824 $32,460 $33,110
Overhead Indirect $69,710 $71,105 $72,527
Other Fish Stocking $155,000 $157,500 $160,000
Other Professional Services $15,682 $15,996 $16,316
Totals $508,497 $518,066 $527,779

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$1,554,342
Total Work Element budget$1,554,342

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
$523,491 $533,961 [Outyear comment field left blank]
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
This costs associated with this project will continue to be necessary until anadromous fishes are restored to historic levels and range throughout the Middle Snake Province including the Owyhee and Bruneau Subbasins.
 
Termination Date Comments
Indefinite This project should continue until anadromous fishes are restored to historic levels and range throughout the Middle Snake Province including the Owyhee and Bruneau Subbasins.
 
Final Deliverables
Excellent and ongoing fishing opportunities on the DVIR.

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
$508,497
FY 2008 Budget
$518,066
FY 2009 Budget
$527,779
Total NPCC Rec
$1,554,342
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
Comments:


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

FY 2007 Budget
$508,497
FY 2008 Budget
$518,066
FY 2009 Budget
$527,779
Total NPCC Rec
$1,554,342
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
NPCC Comments: Reviewers were pleased to note a proposal that is substantially improved by the inclusion of synthesized results, providing important evidence that the project is meeting its goals. About 188,000 trout are annually stocked in three impoundments and about 32,000 caught (4,000 killed, reflecting lots of catch and release). Relatively comprehensive, up-to-date data from creel census are presented, as they should be but seldom are for similar projects. Staff should be commended. Data from limnological surveys are also included. Such information yields a proposal that is of higher quality than in the past.

Sterile non-native rainbows are being stocked and that is commendable. Based on information in the proposal it appears that growth, especially of medium and larger fish, is slower than might be expected. Either the temperature-dissolved oxygen "crunch" is more severe than believed (the apparent poor survival of larger fish supports that), and/or forage for larger fish might be limited. If a forage base of prey fish does not currently exist, consideration might be given to developing one.

More specific performance goals should now be developed for each fishery (for fish growth, survival and harvest) so success/failure can be monitored and biological bottlenecks identified that may need management attention. The reliance on annual gillnet CPUE data will probably prove to be of limited value. Extra care is necessary because of their size selectivity. Trapnets might be useful.

Data are transferred to Streamnet.


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: Reviewers were pleased to note a proposal that is substantially improved by the inclusion of synthesized results, providing important evidence that the project is meeting its goals. About 188,000 trout are annually stocked in three impoundments and about 32,000 caught (4,000 killed, reflecting lots of catch and release). Relatively comprehensive, up-to-date data from creel census are presented, as they should be but seldom are for similar projects. Staff should be commended. Data from limnological surveys are also included. Such information yields a proposal that is of higher quality than in the past.

Sterile non-native rainbows are being stocked and that is commendable. Based on information in the proposal it appears that growth, especially of medium and larger fish, is slower than might be expected. Either the temperature-dissolved oxygen "crunch" is more severe than believed (the apparent poor survival of larger fish supports that), and/or forage for larger fish might be limited. If a forage base of prey fish does not currently exist, consideration might be given to developing one.

More specific performance goals should now be developed for each fishery (for fish growth, survival and harvest) so success/failure can be monitored and biological bottlenecks identified that may need management attention. The reliance on annual gillnet CPUE data will probably prove to be of limited value. Extra care is necessary because of their size selectivity. Trapnets might be useful.

Data are transferred to Streamnet.

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