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Proposal 199500400: Libby Mitigation Program

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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 Brian Marotz

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199500400
Proposal Name: Libby Mitigation Program
BPA Project Manager: Joe Deherrera
Agency, Institution or Organization: Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Short Description: Fisheries mitigation for the construction and operation of Libby Dam. Implements habitat restoration, improves fish passage, protects and recovers native fish populations and reestablishes fish harvest opportunities.
Information Transfer: The expected outcomes of this project will be quantitative and qualitative. Fisheries and environmental data are archived in electronic format on project computers and backed up on CD. Stream specific fisheries abundance and genetic data are available on MFWP's web page in an interactive file called MFISH. Hatchery outplants are appended annually to a statewide database called FINS. Project results (data, photopoints etc.) are reported in annual agency reports and reports to BPA or published in peer review journals. Model results for Hungry Horse Reservoir and Flathead River are shared with operating agencies or published.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Brian Marotz Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks 490 N Meridian Rd.
Kalispell MT 59901
Ph: 406.751.4546
Fax: 406.257.0349
Email: bmarotz@mt.gov
Form Submitter I am project manager for all MFWP contracts including Libby and Hungry Horse Mitigation, NPCC Mainstem Amendment monitoring and upcoming joint proposal with CSKT for capital funds for land acquisitions and conservation easements
All Assigned Contacts
Jim Dunnigan Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Libby Area Office - 475 Fish Hatchery Road
Libby, MT 59923
Ph: 406.293.4161
Fax: 406.293.2235
Email: jdunnigan@mt.gov
Technical Contact
Brian Marotz Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks 490 N Meridian Rd.
Kalispell MT 59901
Ph: 406.751.4546
Fax: 406.257.0349
Email: bmarotz@mt.gov
Contract Manager
I am project manager for all MFWP contracts including Libby and Hungry Horse Mitigation, NPCC Mainstem Amendment monitoring and upcoming joint proposal with CSKT for capital funds for land acquisitions and conservation easements

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Mountain Columbia ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Kootenai ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
Kootenai Kootenai Watershed in Montana Lincoln, Montana Kootenai Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Bull Trout
Interior Redband Trout
Westslope Cutthroat
Brook Trout
Burbot
Interior Redband Trout
Kokanee
Mountain Whitefish
Rainbow Trout

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 In 2005, Montana FWP coordinated and completed the Therriault Creek Restoration Project with facilitation through the Kootenai River Network. We also completed the first phase of the Libby Creek lower Cleveland Restoration Project.
2004 The Libby Mitigation Project completed the Grave Phase II Restoration Project and began construction of the Therriault Creek restoration projects. These projects were facilitated through the Kootenai River Network (KRN).
2003 The Libby Mitigation Project completed the Young Creek State Lands Restoration Project.
2002 The Libby Mitigation Project completed three mitigation projects in 2002 including the Grave Creek Phase I and Libby Creek Upper Cleveland’s restoration projects and the Lincoln County Fair Ground Community Fishing Pond.
2001 Implemented six mitigation projects, including the Sinclair Creek, Libby Creek Demonstration, Grave Creek Demonstration, restoration project, the Banana Lake Chemical Rehabilitation Project, GLID Diiversion and Fish Screen on Grave Creek.
2000 Implemented: Parmenter Creek Re-channelization/Rehabilitation Project (Project Impact), the O’Brien Creek Delta Project, the O’Brien Creek Troy Water Works Project, and the Libby Field Station Spring Creek Restoration Project and Fish Screen.

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 198806400 Kootenai R White Sturgeon The project manager is on the Kootenai white sturgeon recovery team and works closely with project sponsors from IDFG and KTOI. Results and implementation of recommendations derived from the IRCs, sturgeon tiered flow strategy and IFIM models affect white sturgeon recovery activities.
BPA 198806500 Kootenai R White Sturgeon Inve The project manager is on the Kootenai white sturgeon recovery team and works closely with project sponsors from IDFG and KTOI. Results and implementation of recommendations derived from the IRCs, sturgeon tiered flow strategy and IFIM models affect white sturgeon recovery activities.
BPA 199101903 Hungry Horse Mitigation/Habita This Libby Mitigation Project works effectively with the Hungry Horse Mitigation Project to transfer habitat restoration information, technical strategies and methodologies and species specific life history information that is non-basin specific.
BPA 199404900 Kootenai River Resident Fish A This project is completing monitoring activities on the lower Kootenai River in Montana that will gather data to serve as baseline, control information for Kootenai River Ecosystem Improvement Study. The intent of the study is to determine if fertilization of the Kootenai River is a viable alternative for increasing primary productivity in the Idaho portion of the river.
BPA 199608702 Focus Watershed Coordination I The Focus Watershed Coordinator position was originally contracted with Montana FWP, but has since been contracted with the Kootenai River Network (KRN). MT FWP maintains an effective working relationship with this position, with the the Project Biologist serving on the Board of Directors for the KRN. MT FWP plays an active roll in providing funding for several restoration project facilitated by the KRN, and cooperating and assisting many of the education and outreach programs sponsored by the KRN.
BPA 200000400 Protect Wigwam R Bull Trout-Ko This project has been cooperating with the efforts of the bull trout recovery project in Canada for several years to monitor the status of bull trout in the upper Kootenai River, it’s tributaries, and Koocanusa Reservoir. Our cooperative activities have included radio-tagging and tracking of adult bull trout, redd counts, sediment and temperature monitoring, and migrant fish trip operations.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Improve stream habitat diversity. Improve stream habitat diversity to a level equivalent to the QHA-generated habitat diversity scores of reference streams. Kootenai A) Increase instream habitat by restoring recruitment of LWD, pool development, etc. B) Place large rocks and LWD instream to restore channel morphometry using Rosgen-type techniques. C) Restore spawning habitat, D) Restore habitat to favor native spp. 35, 46, 50, 55
Improve tributary channel stability. Improve channel stability to a level equivalent to the QHA-generated channel stability scores of reference and Class 1 streams. Kootenai A) Identify losses in biological functions and performance. B) Restore stream channels. C) Improve instream habitat. D) Minimize potential stream channel degredation, E) Restore habitat to favor native species. 32, 33, 46, 50
Maintain or increase native populations Complete assessments of resident fish losses throughout the basin resulting from the hydrosystem, expressed in terms of the various critical population characteristics of key resident fish species. Kootenai A) Monitor fish community dynamics annually at index sites, B) Research mechanisms that limit recruitment, C) Research micro-elemental signatures in scales and otoliths, D) Evaluate existing bull trout fishery, E) Monitor burbot status (p. 68) 16, 31, 42, 45
Maintain/increase redband trout populations. Maintain or increase the total number of genetically pure local populations of redband trout in the Kootenai Subbasin. A prerequisite is to be able to non-lethally identify pure populations. Kootenai A) Characterize, conserve, and monitor genetic diversity in isolate populations, B) Protect remaining redband populations. 48,
Maintain/increase westslope cutthroat trt. pop'ns Maintain or increase the total number of genetically pure local populations of westslope cutthroat trout, and maintain a broad distribution of local population in existing metapopulations. Kootenai A) Establish wild populations where native stocks have been extripated. 52, 53
Manage the Libby Mitigation Project Necessary activities for the management and administration of this project are included under this objective. Kootenai Without effective project managment, none of the work activities in the project proposal would be accomplished. Therefore, all strategies listed in the previous objectives are relevant to this objective. all previous
Restore and provide passage to migratory fish. Restore and provide passage to migratory fish by removing potential man caused barriers, i.e. impassable culverts, hydraulic headcuts, water diversion blockages, landslides, and impassable deltas. Kootenai A) Improve instream flows, B) Identify barriers, and use to prevent expansion of exotics, C) Implement passage projects to establish passage or prevent entrainment, D) Eliminate entrainmetn in diversions, E) Provide passage around diversions. 37
Restore productivity of Koot. R. below Libby Dam Restore primary, secondary, and tertiary productivity rates and nutrient values downstream from Libby Dam to pre-dam condition (equal to those of inflows into Koocanusa Reservoir, corrected for downstream lateral input). Kootenai A) Model and evaluate experimental river-scale fertilization in Kootenai River, B) Determine the effect of nutrients on sport fish pop'ns., C) Monitor and evaluate primary, secondary, and tertiary trophic levels, D) Restore native fish community. 47, 56, 60, 65
Suppress and prevent expansions of exotic species. Suppress and prevent expansions of populations of non-native fish species beyond current levels in the Kootenai Subbasin. Kootenai A) Evaluate opportunites to remove non-native species. B) Erradicate non-native species where ecological interactions occur. C) Restore habitat to favor native fish communities. 46, 50, 55

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
1a: Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation Produce BPA Environmental Compliance and obtain required permits for stream restorations projects. Produce BPA Environmental Compliance and obtain required permits for the following projects: Libby Creek Lower Cleveland Phase 3, Pipe Creek Phase 2, Grave Creek Phases 4 and 5, Libby Creek Highway 2, Dunn Creek, and Young Creek. 10/1/2006 6/30/2009 $42,840
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve stream habitat diversity.
No Metrics for this Work Element

1b: Increase Instream Habitat Complexity Increase instream habitat complexity Libby Creek lower Cleveland Phase 3 Increase instream habitat complexity Libby Creek lower Cleveland Phase 3. Project length will be approximately 3,000 feet of stream channel. 10/1/2006 9/30/2007 $89,250
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve stream habitat diversity.
* # of stream miles treated: 0.57

1c: Realign, Connect, and/or Create Channel Realign, connect and create channel Libby Creek lower Cleveland Phase 3. Realign, connect and create channel Libby Creek lower Cleveland Phase 3. This restoration project will create approximately 3,000 feet of stream channel. 10/1/2006 9/30/2007 $101,150
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve tributary channel stability.
* # of stream miles treated, including off-channels, after realignment: 0.57

1d: Plant Vegetation Plant riparian vegetation Libby Creek lower Clevelend Phase 3 Project Plant riparian vegetation Libby Creek lower Clevelend Phase 3 Project. This project will revegetate approximately 3,000 feet of stream banks (both sides = 6,000 feet). 10/1/2006 9/30/2007 $17,850
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve tributary channel stability.
* # of riparian miles treated: 1.14

1e: Increase Instream Habitat Complexity Increase instream habitat complexity Pipe Creek Phase 2. Increase instream habitat complexity Pipe Creek Phase 2, to restore and increase diversity of habitat in approximately 1,400 feet of stream channel. 10/1/2006 9/30/2007 $35,700
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve stream habitat diversity.
* # of stream miles treated: 0.27

1f: Realign, Connect, and/or Create Channel Realign, connect and create channel Pipe Creek Phase 2. Realign, connect and create channel Pipe Creek Phase 2. This project will construct approximately 1,400 feet of stream channel. 10/1/2006 9/30/2007 $17,850
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve tributary channel stability.
* # of stream miles treated, including off-channels, after realignment: 0.27

1g: Plant Vegetation Plant riparian vegetation Pipe Creek Phase 2. Plant riparian vegetation Pipe Creek Phase 2. This project will plant native plant species to stabilize and promote long term riparian function. The project will plant approximately 2800 feet of riparian area (both banks). 10/1/2006 9/30/2007 $5,950
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve tributary channel stability.
No Metrics for this Work Element

1h: Increase Instream Habitat Complexity Increase instream habitat complexity Grave Creek Phase 4. Increase instream habitat complexity Grave Creek Phase 4. This restoration project will increase habitat complexity on approximately 4,000 feet of stream channel. 10/1/2007 9/30/2008 $59,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve stream habitat diversity.
* # of stream miles treated: 0.76

1i: Realign, Connect, and/or Create Channel Realign, connect and create channel Grave Creek Phase 4. Realign, connect and create channel Grave Creek Phase 4. This project will use Rosgen based restoration techniques to stabilize stream banks and promote properly functioning geomorphological processes and improved salmonid habitat within the treated reach. The project will reconstruct approximately 4000 feet of stream channel to accomplish the objectives. 10/1/2007 9/30/2008 $41,650
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve tributary channel stability.
* # of stream miles treated, including off-channels, after realignment: 0.76

1j: Plant Vegetation Plant riparian vegetation Grave Creek Phase 4. Plant riparian vegetation Grave Creek Phase 4. This project will plant native plant species to stabilize and promote long term riparian function. The project will plant approximately 8000 feet of riparian area (both banks). 10/1/2007 9/30/2008 $17,850
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve tributary channel stability.
No Metrics for this Work Element

1k: Increase Instream Habitat Complexity Increase instream habitat complexity Libby Creek Highway 2 Reach. Increase instream habitat complexity Libby Creek Highway 2 Reach. This reach of stream is approximately 4,300 feet in length. 10/1/2008 9/30/2009 $107,100
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve stream habitat diversity.
* # of stream miles treated: 0.81

1l: Realign, Connect, and/or Create Channel Realign, connect and create channel Libby Creek Highway 2 Reach. This project will use Rosgen based restoration techniques to stabilize stream banks and promote properly functioning geomorphological processes and improved salmonid habitat within the treated reach. The project will reconstruct approximately 4300 feet of stream channel to accomplish the objectives. 10/1/2008 9/30/2009 $89,250
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve tributary channel stability.
* # of stream miles treated, including off-channels, after realignment: 0.81

1m: Plant Vegetation Plant riparian vegetation Libby Creek Highway 2 Reach. Plant riparian vegetation on Libby Creek Highway 2 Reach. This project will plant native plant species to stabilize and promote long term riparian function. The project will plant approximately 8600 feet of riparian area (both banks). 10/1/2008 9/30/2009 $23,800
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve tributary channel stability.
* # of riparian miles treated: 1.62

1n: Increase Instream Habitat Complexity Increase instream habitat complexity Grave Creek Phase 5. Increase instream habitat complexity Grave Creek Phase 5. This restoration project will increase diversity on approximately 4,000 feet of stream channel. 10/1/2008 9/30/2009 $59,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve stream habitat diversity.
* # of stream miles treated: 0.76

1o: Realign, Connect, and/or Create Channel Realign, connect and create channel Grave Creek Phase 5. Realign, connect and create channel Grave Creek Phase 5. This project will use Rosgen based restoration techniques to stabilize stream banks and promote properly functioning geomorphological processes and improved salmonid habitat within the treated reach. The project will reconstruct approximately 4000 feet of stream channel to accomplish the objectives. 10/1/2008 9/30/2009 $41,650
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve tributary channel stability.
* # of stream miles treated, including off-channels, after realignment: 0.76

1p: Plant Vegetation Plant riparian vegetation Grave Creek Phase 5. Plant riparian vegetation Grave Creek Phase 5. This project will plant native plant species to stabilize and promote long term riparian function. The project will plant approximately 8000 feet of riparian area (both banks). 10/1/2008 9/30/2009 $17,850
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve tributary channel stability.
* # of riparian miles treated: 1.52

1q: Increase Instream Habitat Complexity Increase instream habitat complexity Dunn Creek. Increase instream habitat complexity Dunn Creek. This restoration project will increase habitat complexity on approximately 4,200 feet of Dunn Creek. 10/1/2007 9/30/2008 $95,200
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve stream habitat diversity.
* # of stream miles treated: 0.80

1r: Realign, Connect, and/or Create Channel Realign, connect and create channel Dunn Creek. Realign, connect and create channel Dunn Creek. This project will use Rosgen based restoration techniques to stabilize stream banks and promote properly functioning geomorphological processes and improved salmonid habitat within the treated reach. The project will reconstruct approximately 4200 feet of stream channel to accomplish the objectives. 10/1/2007 9/30/2008 $71,400
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve tributary channel stability.
* # of stream miles treated, including off-channels, after realignment: 0.80

1s: Install Fish Passage Structure Remove fish barrier Dunn Creek. Remove fish barrier Dunn Creek. This project will remove several culverts that barriers to upstream migration. The target species for this action will be fluvial rainbow trout in the Kootenai River. 10/1/2007 9/30/2008 $11,900
Biological Objectives Metrics
Restore and provide passage to migratory fish.
* Does the structure remove or replace a fish passage barrier?: Yes it will provide passage
* Does the structure remove or replace a fish passage barrier?: Yes it will provide passage at 3 barriers

1t: Install Fish Screen Install fish screen Young Creek. Install fish screen Young Creek. This project will screen an irrigation diversion that diverts approximately 750 gallons per minute at peak use. The target species is westslope cutthroat trout. 10/1/2006 9/30/2007 $47,600
Biological Objectives Metrics
Restore and provide passage to migratory fish.
* Quantity of water protected by screening, as determined by what is stated in the water right or calculated based on flow rate: 750 gallons per minute

1u: Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage Replace or maintain existing stream restoration structures on Libby, Grave, Therriault, Pipe, and Young creeks restoration projects. Replace or maintain existing stream restoration structures on Libby, Grave, Therriault, Pipe, and Young creeks restoration projects. Periodic maintenance is required to ensure function and protect initial investment. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $28,560
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve stream habitat diversity.
No Metrics for this Work Element

1v: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Monitor and evaluate for effectiveness previously completed stream restoration projects. Monitor and evaluate for effectiveness previously completed stream restoration projects, including biological and physical responses to implementation of projects. In most cases, pre and post-construction monitoring will be included to evaluate responses of the fish, macroinvertebrate and stream channel pattern, profile and dimensions. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $276,675
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve stream habitat diversity.
Primary R, M, and E Type: See narrative

2a: Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation Produce BPA Environmental Compliance and obtain required permits for the Boulder and Loon Lakes Chemical Rehabilitation Projects. Produce BPA Environmental Compliance and obtain required permits for the Boulder and Loon Lakes Chemical Rehabilitation Projects. This includes producing NEPA and MT State MEPA, and all state, federal and local permits. 10/1/2006 9/30/2007 $14,280
Biological Objectives Metrics
Suppress and prevent expansions of exotic species.
No Metrics for this Work Element

2b: Remove or Relocate Non-predaceous Animals Remove non-predacious exotic fish from Boulder Lake and Boulder Creek. Remove non-native Yellowstone cutthroat trout fish from Boulder Lake and Boulder Creek. The target species for this restoration activity is westslope cutthroat trout. 10/1/2007 9/30/2008 $89,250
Biological Objectives Metrics
Suppress and prevent expansions of exotic species.
No Metrics for this Work Element

2c: Produce Hatchery Fish Produce and stock fish in Boulder Lake and Boulder Creek. This project does not produce hatchery fish. The hatchery division of Montana FWP accomplishes this task. However, in order to roduce and stock fish in Boulder Lake and Boulder Creek, we will need to assist the hatchery staff. 10/1/2007 9/30/2008 $1,190
Biological Objectives Metrics
Suppress and prevent expansions of exotic species.
* Production: # juveniles (presmolt) released from program: numbers to be determined

2d: Remove or Relocate Non-predaceous Animals Remove non-predacious exotic fish from Loon Lake. This project will remove non-predacious brook trout from Loon Lake. This lake serves as a chronic source of brook trout that hybridize with bull trout in Pipe Creek. The lake will be restocked with westslope cutthroat trout. 10/1/2008 9/30/2009 $89,250
Biological Objectives Metrics
Suppress and prevent expansions of exotic species.
No Metrics for this Work Element

2e: Produce Hatchery Fish Produce and stock fish in Loon Lake. This project does not produce hatchery fish. The hatchery division of Montana FWP accomplishes this task. However, this project will coordinate and assist the hatchery division accomplish the work. The lake will be restocked with westslope cutthroat trout. 10/1/2008 9/30/2009 $1,190
Biological Objectives Metrics
Suppress and prevent expansions of exotic species.
* Production: # juveniles (presmolt) released from program: Numbers to be determined later

2f: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Monitor and evaluate for effectiveness. Monitor and evaluate for effectiveness. The monitoring will include fish species composition in the lakes to ensure that non-native fish have not re-invaded the lakes, zooplankton monitoring to track the species composition, and abundance pre- and post-restoration. 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $5,355
Biological Objectives Metrics
Suppress and prevent expansions of exotic species.
Focal Area: Bull trout and Westslope cutthroat trout core area

3a: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Restore primary, secondary, and tertiary productivity rates and nutrient values downstream from Libby Dam to pre-dam condition. Restore primary, secondary, and tertiary productivity rates and nutrient values downstream from Libby Dam to pre-dam condition. This portion of the project will collect field data from the Montana portion of the Kootenai River to serve as a control for the Kootenai River Ecosystem Project (see narrative section). 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $14,280
Biological Objectives Metrics
Restore productivity of Koot. R. below Libby Dam
Focal Area: Length at age, CPUE, spp. composition, K, Wr.

4a: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Conduct Bull Trout Redd Counts Conduct bull trout redd counts in Wigwam River, Quartz, Grave, West Fork Quartz, Pipe, Keeler, and O'Brien creeks in the US and Canada. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $42,840
Biological Objectives Metrics
Maintain or increase native populations
Focal Area: Bull trout redd counts

4b: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Conduct Mcneil Sediment Core Samples in Bull Trout Streams Conduct Mcneil sediment core samples in bull trout streams including the Wigwam River, Quartz, O'Brien, Pipe, Bear, Keeler and Grave Creeks. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $76,755
Biological Objectives Metrics
Maintain or increase native populations
Focal Area: Percent fines

4c: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Conduct Adult Bull Trout Population in Kootenai River Conduct abundance estimates of adult bull trout in the Kootenai River directly below Libby Dam. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $85,680
Biological Objectives Metrics
Maintain or increase native populations
Primary R, M, and E Type: Adult bull trout abundance estimates

4d: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Bull Trout Natal Tributary Origin Research Project Investigate the efficacy of using rare earth element concentrations in bull trout scales and otoliths and/or genetic techniques in order to identify natal tributary origin of adult bull trout in the Kootenai Basin. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $71,400
Biological Objectives Metrics
Maintain or increase native populations
Primary R, M, and E Type: See narrative

4e: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Monitor Burbot Population Trend and Status Directly Below Libby Dam Monitor the burbot population trend and status in the Kootenai River directly downstream of Libby Dam. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $85,680
Biological Objectives Metrics
Maintain or increase native populations
No Metrics for this Work Element

4f: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Monitor relative abundance and spawning distribution of burbot in Koocanusa Reservoir Monitor relative abundance and status of burbot in Koocanusa Reservoir using hoop traps to capture burbot, and trends in CPUE for comparision. 10/1/2006 9/30/2008 $95,200
Biological Objectives Metrics
Maintain or increase native populations
Primary R, M, and E Type: Relative abundance estimates (CPUE)

4g: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Monitor zooplankton and fish populations in Koocanusa Reservoir. Monitor zooplankton and fish populations in Koocanusa Reservoir using Wisconsin tows and gill netting, respectively. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $301,665
Biological Objectives Metrics
Maintain or increase native populations
No Metrics for this Work Element

5a: Develop RM&E Methods and Designs Develop non-lethal genetic markers capable of discriminating between coastal rainbow trout, westslope cutthroat trout and redband trout. Develop non-lethal genetic markers capable of discriminating between coastal rainbow trout, westslope cutthroat trout and redband trout. This work will be accomplished by a Master's of Science position at the University of Montana. 10/1/2006 9/30/2007 $47,600
Biological Objectives Metrics
Maintain/increase redband trout populations.
No Metrics for this Work Element

6a: Identify and Select Projects Identify and select and prioritize mitigation projects for the Libby Mitigation Project. Identify and select and prioritize mitigation projects for the Libby Mitigation Project. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $37,485
Biological Objectives Metrics
Manage the Libby Mitigation Project
No Metrics for this Work Element

6b: Manage and Administer Projects Manage and administer projects for the Libby Mitigation Program. Manage and administer projects for the Libby Mitigation Program. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $23,205
Biological Objectives Metrics
Manage the Libby Mitigation Project
No Metrics for this Work Element

6c: Other Prepare Project Proposal and annual Statement of Work and associated budget for Libby Mitigation Project. Prepare Project Proposal and annual Statement of Work and associated budget for Libby Mitigation Project. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $20,230
Biological Objectives Metrics
Manage the Libby Mitigation Project
No Metrics for this Work Element

6d: Produce Annual Report Prepare and produce quarterly, annual and peer reviewed reports that summarize the results of this project. Prepare and produce quarterly, annual and peer reviewed reports that summarize the results of this project. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $99,960
Biological Objectives Metrics
Manage the Libby Mitigation Project
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] $214,427 $214,427 $214,427
Fringe Benefits [blank] $73,231 $73,231 $73,231
Supplies Includes construction materials and heavy equipment for restoration projects and operating supplies. $341,842 $357,842 $354,342
Travel [blank] $34,000 $34,000 $34,000
Capital Equipment Includes electrofishing replacment gear and jetboat purchase $10,000 $15,000 $20,000
Overhead Overhead rate 19% $130,435 $134,425 $134,710
Other Includes maintenance and repair @ $6,000, utilities @ $2,500, and communications @ $4,500 $13,000 $13,000 $13,000
Totals $816,935 $841,925 $843,710

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$2,502,570
Total Work Element budget$2,502,570

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
Land owner Construction materials $59,000 $30,000 $35,000 In-Kind Under Review
MT DEQ cash $ 0 $150,000 $100,000 Cash Under Development
NRCS technical service $5,000 $ 0 $ 0 In-Kind Under Development
US ACOE Technical services $ 0 $5,000 $ 0 In-Kind Under Development
USFS Technical services $ 0 $5,000 $ 0 In-Kind Under Review
USFWS cash $ 0 $21,000 $25,000 Cash Under Development
Totals $64,000 $211,000 $160,000

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$850,000 $850,000 [Outyear comment field left blank]
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
Stream restoration activities require periodic maintenance in order to ensure proper function, especially during the first 3-5 years after construction. This work includes the rebuilding of stream restoration structures, and typcially ranges from 5-10% of the original construction cost. The Libby Mitigation Project typically spends approximately $10,000-15,000 per year performing such work. The project will also continue to mitigate for the impacts due to the construction and continual operation of Libby Dam. We expect to continue to expend approximately 30-40% of the annual budget toward on the ground mitigation projects to benefit fisheries resources and their habitats in the Montana portion of the Kootenai Subbasin.
 
Termination Date Comments
Indefinite Fisheries losses caused by the construction and operation of Libby Dam, site-specific mitigation actions and monitoring strategies were documented in the Libby Dam Fisheries Mitigation and Implementation Plan (MFWP et al. 1998). Mitigation for losses attributable to the construction of Libby Dam may eventually be accomplished, however losses attributed to the operation of Libby Dam are also substantial, and occur annually.
 
Final Deliverables
The overall goal of the Libby Mitigation Project is to correct effects caused by the Federal hydropower operations and mitigate for fisheries losses attributed to the construction and operation of Libby Dam using watershed-based, habitat enhancement, fish passage improvements, and offsite fisheries habitat improvement measures. Although fisheries losses attributable to the construction of Libby Dam may be offset in the future, annual operational impacts to the fishery will require mitigation for the life of Libby Dam.

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
$816,935
FY 2008 Budget
$841,925
FY 2009 Budget
$843,710
Total NPCC Rec
$2,502,570
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
Comments:


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

FY 2007 Budget
$816,935
FY 2008 Budget
$841,925
FY 2009 Budget
$843,710
Total NPCC Rec
$2,502,570
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$ 0
Total MSRT Rec
$ 0
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Comments:


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: This is a reasonably thorough proposal for continued mitigation of Libby Dam environmental impacts via stream habitat enhancement. The current and previous ISRP reviewers were concerned that the stream restoration efforts seemed to be following too much of a "hard-engineering" path. That concern was heightened by the proposal’s reporting of the lower Cleveland results. These results call into question the "hard" fixes/active restoration, but the proposal continues to emphasize heavy equipment, logs, and rocks. The cutthroat trout seem to be responding to the restoration activities as a disturbance and avoiding the area. The responses adequately clarified the ISRP's questions. The rationale for assisting natural, passive restoration with "hard" construction techniques as well as riparian plantings seems reasonable. Physical data and narrative results were presented that indicated the success of creating stream habitat desired by salmonids (according to literature cited). It is reasonable to expect some time to elapse before biological responses are evident. There is a commitment to monitoring biological features (proposal) that will test for the expected biological responses in the long run. Knowing how labile (apt to change) some other physical stream improvement projects have been and the vagaries of biological expansion, the ISRP strongly supports the continued M&E as well as further stream rehabilitation.

The proposal provides generally good background, from general Libby Dam effects to specific project streams. The work is largely related to the Council's Fish and Wildlife Program and Libby Mitigation Plan, although justification might have gone broader. There is a rather good narrative of interrelationships with other projects. The objectives for the proposed work include continued stream restoration, removal of non-native salmonids with toxicants, and burbot stock assessment. The proposal provides a good history that emphasizes actual results not just tasks undertaken. Results of the recent phase of the Libby Creek Lower Cleveland restoration are given in good detail for physical and biological attributes.

The soundness of the techniques depends on the results produced. Results of the enhancement actions presented in the proposal did not provide convincing evidence that the methods are generating fish benefits, but the response helped place these in perspective. The sponsors are confident that this project will provide significant and lasting fishery benefits. They completed a project in Upper Cleveland Creek in 2002 and they are accumulating fish productivity data beginning in 2003 to test their hypothesis concerning what was necessary to increase productivity for the fish populations. Given that it is a test, it would be best if it were completed before the assumption is made that it was successful and similar methods applied elsewhere. The ISRP suggests that the test include comparison of the recruitment to adult stages from production in the treated area and in a similar but untreated area.


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

Recommendation: Response requested
NPCC Comments: This is a reasonably thorough proposal for mitigation via habitat enhancement that nonetheless needs better justification through monitoring results for continuing its “hard” stream restoration approaches.

The proposal provides generally good background, from general Libby Dam effects to specific project streams. The work is largely related to the Council's Fish and Wildlife Program and Libby Mitigation Plan, although justification might have gone broader. There is a rather good narrative of interrelationships with other projects. The objectives for the proposed work include continued stream restoration, removal of non-native salmonids with toxicants, and burbot stock assessment. Soundness of the techniques depends on the results produced. Results of the enhancement actions presented here do not provide convincing evidence that the methods are generating benefits.

The proposal provides a good history that emphasizes actual results not just tasks undertaken. Results of the recent phase of the Libby Creek lower Cleveland restoration are given in good detail for physical and biological attributes. Results of this one restoration effort were presented and reviewers were asked to seek results of other projects in reference material. Detailed results of the one project were useful, but it would have been helpful had some statements been included to summarize results of other projects.

The previous ISRP reviewers were concerned that stream restoration efforts seemed to be following too much of a "hard-engineering" path. That concern is heightened by the proposal’s reporting of the lower Cleveland results. These results call into question the "hard" fixes/active restoration, but the proposal continues to emphasize heavy equipment, logs, and rocks. The cutthroat trout seem to be responding to the restoration activities as a disturbance and avoiding the area.

Response is needed to address: a) the extent to which passive rehab has been considered, and why the approach was discounted, and b) reasons why proposed stream work (nearly 1/2 of funding requested is for heavy equipment and structural materials) is expected to produce better results than shown so far. The proposal needs to judge whether the sponsors see the lower Cleveland project as "successful" with reasons why or why not. Monitoring should be enhanced until the present projects show the strategy described is beneficial.

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