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Proposal 200205900: Yankee Fork Salmon River Dredge Tailings Restoration Project

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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 Andrew Ray

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 200205900
Proposal Name: Yankee Fork Salmon River Dredge Tailings Restoration Project
BPA Project Manager: Jan Brady
Agency, Institution or Organization: Shoshone Bannock Tribes
Short Description: Reconnect the Yankee Fork River to its floodplain and restore natural channel characteristics and processes in a segment impacted by dredge-mining. Integrate biological and physical data with project experiences to develop future restoration alternatives.
Information Transfer: Data will be transfered to STREAMNET for public availaiblity, and findings disseminated through formal reporting, scientific publications, and prestentations at scientific meetings.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Andrew Ray Fish & Wildlife Department, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes PO Box 306, Pima Drive
Ft Hall, Idaho, 83203
Ph: 208 239-4561
Fax: 208 478-3986
Email: aray@shoshonebannocktribes.com
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Andrew Ray Fish & Wildlife Department, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes PO Box 306, Pima Drive
Ft Hall, Idaho, 83203
Ph: 208 239-4561
Fax: 208 478-3986
Email: aray@shoshonebannocktribes.com
Form Submitter

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Mountain Snake ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Salmon ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
44.3635 -114.7300 Yankee Fork Yankee Fork Salmon River Dredge Tailings Restoration Project Custer, Idaho Salmon Yes

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

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Reviewed existing biological, chemical, and physical data, developed cooperations with other agencies, drafted a plan for the restoration of a pilot project on the YFSR, and initiated research on key riverine processes.

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 199201000 Habitat Imprvmnt/Enhnmnt - For Technical assistance, field assistance, assistance with nursery and greenhouse plant propogation
BPA 199405000 Salmon River Habitat Enhance Data sharing, technical assistance, equipment sharing, field assistance, and office support
BPA 199605300 North Fork John Day Dredge-Tai Data and information sharing, project guidance

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Eliminate data gaps Eliminate existing data gaps in the YFSR watershed through the ongoing monitoring of key riverine processes and exchanges of energy and nutrients between river and floodplain using within watershed comparisons (upstream-downstream comparisons) and paired watershed comparisons with reference ecosystems Salmon 3B1, 2A4 114, 24
Integrate adaptive RM&E plan Integrate a monitoring and evaluation plan to examine physical, chemical, and biological response from the resulting reestablishment of connectivity. Salmon 18B3 61
Monitor water quality conditions in the YFSR brack Monitoring water quality in the YFSR using continuous monitoring equipment and conventional water sampling techniques. Particular attention will be paid to monitoring the the diffuser and also the project site before, during, and following restoration Salmon 18A1 61
Produce restoration plan for YFSR Produce a restoration design for the 10-km segment of the YFSR impacted by dredge-mining activities by adopting successful strategies from the 1-km pilot project and adaptively evaluating and incorporating the newest information. Salmon 18B2 61
Protect and restore freshwater habitat in the YFSR Protect and restore freshwater habitat for all life history stages of federally listed Chinook salmon, steelhead, bull trout in the YFSR by increasing ecological connectivity between the YFSR, riparian zones, floodplains, and uplands. Salmon FWP 2000 Appendix D [Pg no blank]
Reconstruct the YFSR floodplain and channel Reconstruct the YFSR floodplain and channel to mimic historic conditions Salmon 18B2 61
Restore patterns of surface and subsurface water f Restore patterns of surface and subsurface water flow in the YFSR by reconnecting a reach of stream with its historic floodplain through the removal or redistribution of mining tailing piles from the floodplain. Our objective seeks to restore a reach of the impacted segment towards that of natural hydrographic pattern by allowing flows exceeding bankfull discharge to access the historic floodplain. Salmon FWP 2000 Appendix D [Pg no blank]
Riparian planting for PFC Improve bank and floodplain stability to properly functioning through riparian plantings. Salmon 8C1,2,3 62
Use remote sensing technologies Use remote sensing technologies to characterize the existing stream-floodplain complex and support design and modeling future restoration alternatives. Salmon 18B1 61

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 Obtain Permits, NEPA and cultural resources Obtain necessary environmental and biological compliance, cultural resources, construction, and other necessary permits. This work will be administered by the project sponsor but a contractor will be used to assist with necessary permits (e.g. local and regional construction permits) and to consult with the appropriate agencies on behalf of the project sponsor 4/1/2007 3/31/2008 $92,366
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Plant Vegetation Vegetation plantings This element addresses the planting of riparian and upland vegetation in the areas exposed during the pilot project. The SBT will support this effort, but contractors will be used to provide materials and assist in planting. 9/1/2008 11/1/2009 $581,728
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Remove Mine Tailings Tailings Removal This element includes the removal of tailings, but also floodplain work and instream habitat improvements (see narrative). 6/1/2008 10/30/2009 $1,931,810
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Conduct Pre-Acquisition Activities Conservation Easement Activites The proposed activity will occur, in part, on private lands and will require a conservation easement or similar action. Tribal attorneys and a contractor will facilitate with the easement negotations 4/1/2007 3/31/2008 $74,859
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Other 185 - Produce Pices Status Report Produce quarterly Pices status report 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $3,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Manage and Administer Yankee Fork Project Manage and adminster project components, mentor biologist and technician, mentor graduate students, work with subcontractors, cooperate and coordinate work with agencies, interact with COTR and funding agency, interact with interal administrative staff 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $200,174
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Design and/or Specifications Produce restoration designs and Specifications A contractor will be used to develop engineering designs and provide the appropriate specifications. All materials will be stamped by a liscensed engeer. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $435,024
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Plan Produce plan for pilot project and for 3 alternatives for the 10-km restoration Production of design and engineering drawings for the 1-km pilot project and the 3 designs for the 10-km segment impacted by historic mining. This plan will also include the planting design and other associated design elements. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $351,490
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Annual Report Produce Annual Report Write annual report for BPA 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $30,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Analyze/Interpret Data Data management, analysis, and interpretation This will be a major component of the work carried out and required to interpret and report findings from data collection activites and for the dissemination of project information. The project sponsor will participate in these activities but contracts from ISU and DRI and other key investigators will be participate in this element. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $195,249
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Field and laboratory data collection Collection of data for water quality monitoring, eliminating data gaps, remote sensing needs, post restoration monitoring, vegetative planting monitoring. The project sponsor will administer all data collection, but data collection activites will occur by subcontractors (e.g. ISU graduate student). 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $341,989
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Create/Manage/Maintain Database Database Management Collected data (e.g. water quality monitoring data) will be managed in spreadsheets/databases requiring management by the project sponsor. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $27,945
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Develop RM&E Methods and Designs Research monitoring and evaluation This element describes RM&E associated with all proposed monitoring activities (i.e. water quality, remote sensing, and post construciton RM&E). All key investigators will assist the project sponsor in the development of specific RM&E methods and designs 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $80,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Disseminate Raw/Summary Data and Results Data dissemination Data will be dissmeniated using various means include public meeings, presentations, and publication of reports and manuscripts. This work will be initiated by the project sponsor, but contractors like ISU will be especially helpful with data dissemination. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $67,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Submit/Acquire Data Submission and Acquistion of Data Data collected from various monitoring efforts will be submitted to StreamNet or equivalent data management outlets. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $18,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel Coordinator $11,324 $11,891 $12,486
Personnel Project Manager $49,818 $52,308 $54,924
Personnel Biologist $40,950 $42,998 $45,147
Personnel Technician $8,339 $8,756 $9,194
Personnel Assistant/Contracts $1,092 $1,147 $1,204
Personnel Clerk $7,817 $8,208 $8,618
Fringe Benefits Fringe (31%) $36,809 $38,650 $40,582
Supplies Office Supplies/Equipment $5,100 $5,202 $5,306
Supplies Field Supplies $7,400 $4,968 $5,037
Travel per diem (100 days) $13,545 $14,222 $14,933
Travel Lodging (12 nights) $693 $728 $764
Travel BPA training $1,000 $1,000 $1,000
Travel Professional Meetings (2/year) $4,000 $4,000 $4,000
Travel Vehicles $14,688 $14,982 $15,281
Capital Equipment Water Quality Insturments $19,783 $9,490 $9,490
Other Subcontractors - ISU Stream Ecology Center $40,111 $40,811 $41,627
Other Subcontractor/Remote Sensing $53,000 $ 0 $ 0
Other Subcontractor - Water Quality DRI $10,000 $10,000 $10,000
Other Subcontractor - Hydraulic/Engineering Consultation $12,000 $12,000 $12,000
Other Water Quality Analysis $8,224 $8,635 $9,067
Overhead Overhead (28%) $43,722 $45,908 $48,204
Other Subcontractor/restoration design/engineering/permitting $792,913 $25,000 $25,000
Other subcontractor/construction and dredge removal $ 0 $1,300,410 $631,400
Other subcontractor/planting $ 0 $281,700 $300,028
Totals $1,182,328 $1,943,014 $1,305,292

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$4,430,634
Total Work Element budget$4,430,634

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
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality calibration standards $1,028 $1,028 $1,028 In-Kind Confirmed
Shoshone Bannock Tribes plant material/greenhouse space/labor $ 0 $45,556 $45,556 In-Kind Confirmed
USFS laboratory space $1,200 $1,200 $1,200 In-Kind Confirmed
Totals $2,228 $47,784 $47,784

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$5,000,000 $6,000,000 Although many of the tasks outlined in this proposal will also be used for implementation of a full-scale restoration of the YFSR 10-km impacted segment it is impossible to predict the cost of implementation until the work outlined here is completed.
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
Cost associatied with ongoing monitoring and assessment of the implementation of the restoration, continued plantings in the pilot area, continued coordination with all stakeholders, planning and coordination with future conservation easements, implementation of full scale restoration.
 
Termination Date Comments
 
Final Deliverables

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
$160,373
FY 2008 Budget
$160,373
FY 2009 Budget
$160,373
Total NPCC Rec
$481,119
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
Comments: Fundable in part (qualified). Fund completion of planning work for step submittal to address ISRP concerns. Funding for implementation contingent upon favorable ISRP and Council review.


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

FY 2007 Budget
$160,373
FY 2008 Budget
$160,373
FY 2009 Budget
$160,373
Total NPCC Rec
$481,119
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: Fundable in part (qualified). Fund completion of planning work for step submittal to address ISRP concerns. Funding for implementation contingent upon favorable ISRP and Council review.

Local or MSRT Comments: Reduced budget as outlined in correspondance to BPA. Will forward to you if reqested.


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

Recommendation: Fundable in part (Qualified)
NPCC Comments: The sponsors provided a quality response that is further evidence of the strength of their team. Some progress in negotiating with Simplot is evident. However, significant issues of concern to the ISRP remain. Reviewers continue to agree there can be little doubt that the dredge impacted reach of Yankee Fork could be better habitat for native salmonids. Even with their careful analysis of responses provided by the sponsor, reviewers remain skeptical that significant gains in smolt production from the area and adult production in the upper Salmon River basin will result even if the project sponsors are successful in increasing productivity of the reach. And, because of the profound alteration of the system, reviewers remain unconvinced that the desired rehabilitation is even possible. The ISRP strongly recommends that this project needs a benefits analysis by the Council with comparison to other alternative protection and restoration activities in the area.

The ISRP recommends Fundable in Part (Qualified) for this project. The qualification includes two requirements. First, a thorough analysis of the likely benefits for Chinook salmon and other focal species in the area is required. Second, the sponsors need to obtain pre-implementation reviews of project plans that describe the scientific basis of the methods to be applied and for what purpose. A report of these findings should be submitted to the Council and reviewed by the ISRP before any Fish and Wildlife Program funds are committed to project activities. The ISRP understands that the Council's Three-Step Review Process can be used for complex and high cost restoration projects; this project would benefit from such a review. In sum, this project is scientifically justified to complete this planning phase but is not justified to begin implementation.


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

Recommendation: Not fundable
NPCC Comments: The proposal itself is well put together and easy to read, but the scientific rationale for benefits to fish and wildlife is not convincing. A stated goal is to increase chinook smolt production by an order of magnitude. This is certainly a gross exaggeration of the project's potential. The ISRP previously concluded that fishery benefits on this project are likely to be low. The impacted area is a relatively short stretch of moderately high gradient. The primary chinook salmon rearing area is upstream, and passage doesn't seem to be impeded.

Some objectives do not seem reasonable, and methods for the actual stream engineering are not given. Previous ISRP concern over the need for a conservation easement that would limit future development of lands associated with the stream channel restoration was not addressed.

It is interesting that a similar project funded in the past by BPA (Crooked River on South Fork Clearwater) and now perhaps in need of re-doing was not mentioned in the proposal.

If resources were unlimited and the availability of effective methods were assured, this might be the right thing to do at this profoundly altered site. Cost estimates are $15 million through 2011 and that certainly is an underestimate. No cost-share is identified.

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