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Proposal 199604200: Restore and Enhance Anadromous Fish Populations and Habitat in Salmon Creek

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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 Chris Fisher

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199604200
Proposal Name: Restore and Enhance Anadromous Fish Populations and Habitat in Salmon Creek
BPA Project Manager: Linda Hermeston
Agency, Institution or Organization: Colville Confederated Tribes
Short Description: This project is directed at reconnecting a productive tributary of the Okanogan River, Salmon Creek. This project involves a 12-year water lease with the Okanogan Irrigation District and construction of a low flow channel within the lower reach.
Information Transfer: Electronic
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Chris Fisher Colville Tribes 23 Brooks Tracts
Omak, WA 98841
Ph: (509) 422-7427
Fax: (509) 422-7428
Email: chris.fisher@colvilletribes.com
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Chris Fisher Colville Tribes 23 Brooks Tracts
Omak, WA 98841
Ph: (509) 422-7427
Fax: (509) 422-7428
Email: chris.fisher@colvilletribes.com
Form Submitter
Donald Rose
Ph:
Fax:
Email: dlrose@bpa.gov
BPA Env. Compliance Lead

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?
48 41 70 119 62 77 stream Salmon Creek a tributary of the Okanogan River, with a primary emphasis on the lowermost 4.3 miles. , Washington Okanogan Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Steelhead Upper Columbia River ESU

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Collect nearly 400 naturally-produced steelhead smolts from downstream of irrigation diversion as a result of water lease during 2003. Release smolts into Okanogan River.
2004 Juvenile steelhead survival is verified, downstream of diversion dam where sufficient groundwater percolates through streambed.
2003 Draft EIS is completed. Water release allows for adult steelhead passage and successful natural reproduction is documented.
2002 [Accomplishment field left blank]
2001 Environmental consultant provides preliminary design for channel restoration in the lower 4.3 miles. BPA purchase 56 acres at Ruby Townsite, (7,600’ streambank). The Independent Economic Advisory Board (IEAB) to review the Salmon Creek.
2000 Water leasing, was initially identified as an interim measure. A voluntary water leasing program was initiated with irrigators within the OID. During 2000 322 acres at $135 per acre totaling 900 acre-ft. of water was leased (three acre feet per acre).
1999 In 1999 the Bureau of Reclamation constructed a fish ladder at the OID diversion dam. The ladder is designed to pass fish with minimum instream flows. Also in 1999 the Bureau upgraded the fish screen to NMFS’ present screening criteria.
1998 [Accomplishment field left blank]
1997 Partnerhsip formed with Okanogan Irrigation District to evaluate restoring Salmon Creek to support anadrmous salmonids while maintaining agriculture production.
1996 [Accomplishment field left blank]

Section 5: Relationships to Other Projects
Other Current Projects Related to this Project (any funding source) There are no projects related to this proposal.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Conduct risk assessment Evaluate dump site for hazardous materials Okanogan Strategy 1-1C. Stabilize landfill areas below Watercress. 40
Conserve water for instream flow Minimal continuous flow (0.5 cfs) may be available by providing city of Okanogan an alternative source of water Okanogan Strategy 1-1A. Provide water for adult fish passage, over-winter rearing, and juvenile out-migration (below OID).Strategy 1-2E. Reestablish and/or improve existing riparian areas. 40
Increase streambank stability Install instream structures to minimize streambank erosion, lateral channel migration and reduce the risk of contamination by inundating adjacent landfill. Okanogan Strategy 1-1C. Stabilize landfill areas below Watercress. 40
Provide access to habitat Design and construct a stable, low flow channel where appropriate, through the lower 4.3 miles of Salmon Creek. This will include the removal of an aluvial deposition at the confluence. Okanogan Strategy 1-2C. Design for unimpeded passage at mouth. 40
Provide access to habitat Provide access to Salmon Creek by releasing water downstream of diversion dam. Okanogan Strategy 1-1A. Provide water for adult fish passage, over-winter rearing, and juvenile out-migration (below OID). 40
Provide access to habitat Design and construct a stable, low flow channel, where appropriate, through the lower 4.3 miles of Salmon Creek. Okanogan Strategy 1-1B. Channel rehabilitation from Watercress to mouth. 40
Provide access to habitat Develop and implement a long-term water lease program in collaboration with the Okanogan Irrigation District to provide a migration corridor for steelhead adults and smolts downstream of the irrigation diversion (RM 4.3). Okanogan Strategy 3-1B. Create full-scale coordinated resource management plans (irrigation needs, fish needs, human population needs, recovery needs under ESA and other management plans). 40
Provide long-term bank stability Where possible and appropriate, reestablish riparian vegetation to provide long-term bank stability in the lower reach of Salmon Creek. Limited continuous flow (0.5 cfs) may be provided by funding a well for Okanogan City and utilizing the current surface water from Watercress Springs. Okanogan Strategy 1-2E. Reestablish and/or improve existing riparian areas. 40
Trend monitoring for adult and smolt production Baseline and status/trend monitoring for adult escapement and juvenile production once long-term water lease program in Salmon Creek is implemented. Okanogan M & E need 41

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 Develop Biological Assessments for USFWS and NMFS Develop and submit a biological assessment for proposed actions (low flow channel construction, water lease program, etc.). 4/1/2007 9/1/2007 $20,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation Develop traditional cultural properties contract Develop traditional cultural properties contract with Colville Tribe 4/1/2007 9/30/2007 $8,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation Obtain federal, state, county, city permits to construct Prior to construction of the low flow channel, permits will be obtained from appropriate federal, state, county and city offices 11/1/2006 8/1/2008 $50,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation Respond to DEIS comments Respond to Draft EIS comments and identify issues/concerns if any. 12/1/2006 4/1/2007 $10,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Realign, Connect, and/or Create Channel Design and construct a low flow channel in the lower 4.3 miles of Salmon Creek Reconnect the lowermost 4.3 miles of Salmon Creek by incorporating a long-term water lease program 6/1/2007 10/31/2009 $2,000,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Provide access to habitat
* # of stream miles before treatment: Salmon Creek inaccessible results in 0 miles
* # of stream miles treated, including off-channels, after realignment: Reconnection of Salmon Creek results in 15 miles

Conduct Pre-Acquisition Activities Conduct pre-acquisition activities with city of Okanogan to access confluence area of Salmon Creek Condudt pre-acquisition activities with city of Okanogan to acquire to parcels adjacent to the confluence of Salmon Creek. This will facilitate the removal of the alluvial deposition at the mouth. The City of Okanogan would develop a park at these parcels while protecting riparian habitat. 3/1/2007 3/1/2008 $50,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Coordination Coordinate with local stakeholders of the breadth of contructing a low flow channel in the lower reach of Salmon Creek Coordinate meetings between local stakeholders, city and county governments and consultants. Meetings will inform and discuss particulars to proposed low-flow channel construction and increased bank stability. 6/1/2007 6/1/2008 $20,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Coordination Coordination with Okanogan Irrigation District (OID) to manage the water lease program Coordination with OID manager and board members to implement the water lease program and manage water releases in the lower reach of Salmon Creek for steelhead migration 1/15/2007 6/15/2010 $30,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects BPA project and contract management Project and contract management for actions funded by BPA 10/1/2007 9/30/2010 $40,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Inventory or Assessment Conduct cultural resource survey and report Conduct cultural resource survey within proposed project area (construction of low flow channel, removal of alluvial deposition, water release) and develop a report on findings. 4/1/2007 9/30/2007 $30,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Inventory or Assessment Conduct Hazardous Site Assessment Conduct hazardous site assessment, specifically at domestic dump that may be disturbed during channel construction or leach hazardous material due to water release. 7/1/2007 9/30/2007 $10,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Conduct risk assessment
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Conduct field surveys for ESA wildlife species Conduct field surveys for ESA wildlife species at the proposed action site. 4/1/2007 9/1/2007 $1,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Conduct risk assessment
Focal Area: Tributaries
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Compliance monitoring

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Enumerate adult steelhead Collect biological data (length, weight, age, sex, origin) of returning adult steelhead to Salmon Creek 3/15/2010 5/15/2010 $3,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Trend monitoring for adult and smolt production
Focal Area: Tributaries
Primary R, M, and E Type: Project Implementation/Compliance Monitoring
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring

Install Fish Monitoring Equipment Install a temporary picket-weir Install a temporary picket-weir trap to enumerate adult returns to Salmon Creek. 3/15/2010 5/15/2010 $500
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Install Well Install Well for city of Okanogan Install well for city of Okanogan and utilize watercress springs to agument instream flow in lower Salmon Creek 8/1/2008 8/1/2009 $100,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Conserve water for instream flow
No Metrics for this Work Element

Acquire Water Instream Develop and implement long term water lease program Develop and implement a long-term water lease program that will provide a migration cooridor for steelhead (adults, smolts) in the lower reach of Salmon Creek. The annual cost is $128,500 for 1,700 acre feet. This cost included O & M for pumping ($25,000 annually), 700 ac-ft. ($45/ac-ft.) and 1,000 ac-ft for leased water ($72/ac-ft.). 3/15/2007 5/15/2009 $385,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
Provide access to habitat
No Metrics for this Work Element

Develop and Negotiate Water Right Transaction Develop a water right transaction with Okanogan City/Watercress Springs Develop a water right transaction with the City of Okanogan from watercress springs (released to instream flow in Salmon Creek) to a well (groundwater) 8/1/2007 8/1/2009 $50,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Conserve water for instream flow
No Metrics for this Work Element


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel Bio III (0.5), Staff Assistant (0.25), Bio I (0.5) $55,260 $58,023 $60,925
Fringe Benefits 25% $13,815 $14,506 $15,232
Other subcontract - channel design/construction oversight $100,000 $250,000 $100,000
Other subcontract - construction $ 0 $ 0 $1,632,008
Other Water lease with OID $128,500 $128,500 $128,500
Other subcontract - Coordination with OID $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
Overhead Indirect (37.73%) $20,850 $21,893 $22,988
Other subcontract- conduct cultural resource, ESA wildife and hazardous material surveys $41,000 $ 0 $ 0
Other subcontract - complete responses to DEIS $10,000 $ 0 $ 0
Totals $371,425 $474,922 $1,961,653

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$2,808,000
Total Work Element budget$2,808,000

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
$300,000 $300,000 Continuation of a long-term water lease program
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
Continue a long-term (12-year) water lease program with the Okanogan Irrigation District and monitor adult steelhead returns and smolt production
 
Termination Date Comments
Ongoing This project is proposed to continue, at least through the extent of the MOA (12 years) between the Colville Tribes and Okanogan Irrigation District.
 
Final Deliverables
This water lease program will adult and juvenile steelhead to access approximately 11 miles of spawning and rearing habitat in Salmon Creek. It is anticipated this access to habitat will increase natural production of summer steelhead at a considerable level in the Okanogan River sub-basin and will augment recovery of this stock within the Upper Columbia River ESU.

Section 10: Narrative
Document Type Size Date

Part 2 of 2. Reviews of Proposal
Administrative Review Group (ARG) Results
Account Type:
Both Capital and Expense
Location:
Province: No Change
Subbasin: No Change
Primary Focal Species
No Change
ARG Comments: [none]


BPA Capital/Expense Review Results (March 14, 2006) [Download full document]

Initial BPA Capital/Expense Determination (Subject to final review):
Expense - not greater than 15 year life
Primary Uncertainty for Capitalization: ---


NPCC Final Funding Recommendations (October 23, 2006) [Full NPCC Council Recs]

FY 2007 Budget
$ 0
FY 2008 Budget
$ 0
FY 2009 Budget
$ 0
Total NPCC Rec
$ 0
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund Pending Available Funds
Comments: Tier 2. Fund at a level consistent with ISRP comments, as funds become available. Sponsors should fund the water leasing portion of the project through the water entity project.


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

FY 2007 Budget
$ 0
FY 2008 Budget
$ 0
FY 2009 Budget
$ 0
Total NPCC Rec
$ 0
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 (Qualified)
NPCC Comments: Reconnecting Salmon Creek to the Okanogan River is a worthwhile project that will benefit fish and wildlife. This is an excellent, well thought-out proposal. The proposal provides good information on habitat surveys and is well associated with the subbasin plan. Successful implementation will provide an estimated 11 miles of spawning habitat. This is likely to provide long-term benefits that will persist.

The ISRP was somewhat critical of this restoration plan early on, because of the lack of water in the confluence area coupled with the obvious need to restore access for anadromous fish through the grossly damaged lower reaches of the river, which were clearly impassable to fish. This proposal, which springs from efforts undertaken since our first reviews, has considered those problems and addressed them in a logical and comprehensive manner.

The previous ISRP review raised concerns about the potential benefit compared with the extensive restoration effort needed (and associated extremely high costs), which made this a not fundable proposal. (Insufficient benefit to fish.) In our previous review, the project sponsors estimated that about a potential of 280 steelhead and chinook could benefit from this project. This present proposal describes a reduced effort and addresses some of the concerns with availability of water in the stream and treatment of the alluvial deposit blocking passage at the mouth. This project might warrant a Three-Step review.

We rate this Fundable (Qualified) because of the non-technical question whether the funding of one staff member would be sufficient to supervise this rather complex construction contract. The proposal states that no facilities and equipment are needed. Apparently, this arises from the fact that the construction work will be arranged by contract with experienced contractors.

A more detailed description of the study design for the sponsors 10-year plan to monitor adult returns would improve the proposal. It is possible that M&E activities (e.g., weir construction) might affect non-focal species. The proposal would have been improved by discussion of potential problems.

The proposal would also be improved by a better description of information transfer. The administrative form lists "electronic" transfer, but there is no discussion in the narrative. We found no discussion of long-term storage of data.


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

Recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)
NPCC Comments: Reconnecting Salmon Creek to the Okanogan River is a worthwhile project that will benefit fish and wildlife. This is an excellent, well thought-out proposal. The proposal provides good information on habitat surveys and is well associated with the subbasin plan. Successful implementation will provide an estimated 11 miles of spawning habitat. This is likely to provide long-term benefits that will persist.

The ISRP was somewhat critical of this restoration plan early on, because of the lack of water in the confluence area coupled with the obvious need to restore access for anadromous fish through the grossly damaged lower reaches of the river, which were clearly impassable to fish. This proposal, which springs from efforts undertaken since our first reviews, has considered those problems and addressed them in a logical and comprehensive manner.

The previous ISRP review raised concerns about the potential benefit compared with the extensive restoration effort needed (and associated extremely high costs), which made this a not fundable proposal. (Insufficient benefit to fish.) In our previous review, the project sponsors estimated that about a potential of 280 steelhead and chinook could benefit from this project. This present proposal describes a reduced effort and addresses some of the concerns with availability of water in the stream and treatment of the alluvial deposit blocking passage at the mouth. This project might warrant a Three-Step review.

We rate this Fundable (Qualified) because of the non-technical question whether the funding of one staff member would be sufficient to supervise this rather complex construction contract. The proposal states that no facilities and equipment are needed. Apparently, this arises from the fact that the construction work will be arranged by contract with experienced contractors.

A more detailed description of the study design for the sponsors 10-year plan to monitor adult returns would improve the proposal. It is possible that M&E activities (e.g., weir construction) might affect non-focal species. The proposal would have been improved by discussion of potential problems.

The proposal would also be improved by a better description of information transfer. The administrative form lists "electronic" transfer, but there is no discussion in the narrative. We found no discussion of long-term storage of data.

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