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Proposal 199800401: Columbia Basin Bulletin

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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 9, 2006 Finalized Bill Crampton

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199800401
Proposal Name: Columbia Basin Bulletin
BPA Project Manager: Molly Moreland
Agency, Institution or Organization: Intermountain Communications
Short Description: Delivers by e-mail (and posted on the web) to policymakers, Basin stakeholders, and general public a weekly electronic newsletter containing objective, timely, summary information about Columbia Basin fish and wildlife mitigation and ESA recovery issues.
Information Transfer: Intermountain Communications encourages the widest distribution possible of information in The Columbia Basin Bulletin. The information is primarily used by Basin stakeholders and local, state, tribal and national policymakers seeking to keep abreast of key Basin fish and wildlife mitigation and recovery issues. It provides to those throughout the Basin information and issues arising from meetings and other forums in which they are unable to attend. Over the years, information from the Columbia Basin Bulletin has been cited in journal articles and books.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Bill Crampton Intermountain Communications 19464 Summerwalk Place
Bend, OR 97702
Ph: 5413128860
Fax: 5413880126
Email: billcrampton@bendcable.com
Form Submitter Crampton is Manager/Editor/Writer
All Assigned Contacts
Bill Crampton Intermountain Communications 19464 Summerwalk Place
Bend, OR 97702
Ph: 5413128860
Fax: 5413880126
Email: billcrampton@bendcable.com
Project Lead
Crampton is Manager/Editor/Writer

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Mainstem/Systemwide ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Systemwide ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
No Locations Entered

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
All
All Anadromous Fish
All Resident Fish
All Wildlife

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 E-mail subscription base approaches 5,000 subscribers, indicating use and value to stakeholders. Continued to deliver high-quality public information product for Basin stakeholders.
2004 Continued to deliver high-quality public information product for Basin stakeholders, continued to increase subscription base. Leading source of information for subbasin planning, 2004 BiOp, mainstem amendments and other key issues.
2003 Continued to deliver high-quality public information product for Basin stakeholders, continued to increase subscription base. Adjusted to budget reductions without harming the integrity of the product for stakeholders. Revised and updated website.
2002 Continued to deliver high-quality public information product for Basin stakeholders, continued to increase subscription base.
2001 Firmly established as best source of information for complete, timely, objective news and information about Columbia Basin natural resource issues. Subscriber numbers surpassed the 3,000 mark, with Website getting heavy use.
2000 Continued to deliver high-quality public information product, continued to increase subscription base, built and launched website and improved delivery of e-mail product.
1999 Delivered same service and established reputation as key information source fair to all interests. Increased subscriber circulation from about 300 in 1998 to about 2,000 subscribers with actual readership much higher.
1998 Provided weekly, objective information related to fish and wildlife policymaking in the Columbia Basin using e-mail delivery system. The coordination of information assisted policymakers and public in creating and understanding restoration efforts

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 There are no biological objectives associated with this proposal.

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
Outreach and Education Produce weekly on-line newsletter Columbia Basin Bulletin in FY2007 that informs policymakers, managers, and diverse stakeholders about key Columbia Basin fish and wildlife mitigation and ESA recovery issues, decisions, and developments. Delivered by e-mail to 5,000+ subscribers and posted on website, the production of a weekly electronic newsletter to provide information about fish and wildlife issues important to Columbia River Basin fish and wildlife policy development. The newsletter assists Northwest policy makers and others in keeping up with the range of meetings and materials related to fish and wildlife issues. Coverage provides: an understanding of the scope of technical information used in policy decisions; an understanding of the multiple perspectives included in decision making; a presentation of various positions addressed in the decision process; a presentation of the political and technical constraints incorporated in decisions. Information is gathered through attendance at meetings, telephone interviews, face-to-face interviews, research and specific reports, studies and other documents. The newsletter provides objective information directly related to meetings, documents, issues and events pertinent to Basin fish and wildlife mitigation, ESA recovery, collaboration and unified planning. Due to the sometimes controversial nature of fish and wildlife policymaking and the fact that the newsletter is supported with public funds, every effort is made to avoid bias and the perception of bias, thereby enhancing its value as an information tool for public sector, private sector and NGO Basin stakeholders with a diversity of views and interests. 10/1/2006 9/30/2007 $150,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
* # of general public reached: 5,000+ readers each week

Outreach and Education Produce weekly on-line newsletter Columbia Basin Bulletin in FY2008 that informs policymakers, managers, and diverse stakeholders about key Columbia Basin fish and wildlife mitigation and ESA recovery issues, decisions, and developments. Delivered by e-mail to 5,000+ subscribers and posted on website, the production of a weekly electronic newsletter to provide information about fish and wildlife issues important to Columbia River Basin fish and wildlife policy development. The newsletter assists Northwest policy makers and others in keeping up with the range of meetings and materials related to fish and wildlife issues. Coverage provides: an understanding of the scope of technical information used in policy decisions; an understanding of the multiple perspectives included in decision making; a presentation of various positions addressed in the decision process; a presentation of the political and technical constraints incorporated in decisions. Information is gathered through attendance at meetings, telephone interviews, face-to-face interviews, research and specific reports, studies and other documents. The newsletter provides objective information directly related to meetings, documents, issues and events pertinent to Basin fish and wildlife mitigation, ESA recovery, collaboration and unified planning. Due to the sometimes controversial nature of fish and wildlife policymaking and the fact that the newsletter is supported with public funds, every effort is made to avoid bias and the perception of bias, thereby enhancing its value as an information tool for public sector, private sector and NGO Basin stakeholders with a diversity of views and interests. 10/1/2007 9/30/2008 $150,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
* # of general public reached: 5,000+ readers weekly

Outreach and Education Produce weekly on-line newsletter Columbia Basin Bulletin in FY2009 that informs policymakers, managers, and diverse stakeholders about key Columbia Basin fish and wildlife mitigation and ESA recovery issues, decisions, and developments. Delivered by e-mail to 5,000+ subscribers and posted on website, the production of a weekly electronic newsletter to provide information about fish and wildlife issues important to Columbia River Basin fish and wildlife policy development. The newsletter assists Northwest policy makers and others in keeping up with the range of meetings and materials related to fish and wildlife issues. Coverage provides: an understanding of the scope of technical information used in policy decisions; an understanding of the multiple perspectives included in decision making; a presentation of various positions addressed in the decision process; a presentation of the political and technical constraints incorporated in decisions. Information is gathered through attendance at meetings, telephone interviews, face-to-face interviews, research and specific reports, studies and other documents. The newsletter provides objective information directly related to meetings, documents, issues and events pertinent to Basin fish and wildlife mitigation, ESA recovery, collaboration and unified planning. Due to the sometimes controversial nature of fish and wildlife policymaking and the fact that the newsletter is supported with public funds, every effort is made to avoid bias and the perception of bias, thereby enhancing its value as an information tool for public sector, private sector and NGO Basin stakeholders with a diversity of views and interests. 10/1/2008 9/30/2009 $150,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
* # of general public reached: 5,000+readers weekly


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel 3 FTE (Editor, writer/subcontractors) $130,786 $130,786 $130,786
Travel meetings, conferences $12,011 $12,011 $12,011
Supplies Shared supplies with Intermmountain Communications $1,300 $1,300 $1,300
Overhead Shared office overhead w/Intermountain Communications $1,560 $1,560 $1,560
Other Shared w/Intermountain Communications telephone, internet, e-mail delivery, website operations, subscriber management, customer service $4,343 $4,343 $4,343
Totals $150,000 $150,000 $150,000

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$450,000
Total Work Element budget$450,000

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
Intermountain Communications Shared office, telephone, website costs, internet, supplies, equipment $6,000 $6,000 $6,000 In-Kind Confirmed
Totals $6,000 $6,000 $6,000

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$150,000 $150,000 Intermountain Communications is committed to delivering a quality stakeholder information product with costs not exceeding $150,000.
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
 
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
No changes were made to this proposal


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

FY 2007 Budget
$150,000
FY 2008 Budget
$150,000
FY 2009 Budget
$150,000
Total NPCC Rec
$450,000
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:Basinwide
Recommendation:Fund
Comments: ISRP fundable (qualified). Supplement this need from other sources- sponsorships, advertising.


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

FY 2007 Budget
$150,000
FY 2008 Budget
$150,000
FY 2009 Budget
$150,000
Total NPCC Rec
$450,000
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$ 0
Total MSRT Rec
$ 0
Budget Category:Basinwide
Comments: ISRP fundable (qualified). Supplement this need from other sources- sponsorships, advertising.


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

Recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)
NPCC Comments: This proposal is to continue support for the Columbia Basin Bulletin (CBB). The proposal clearly and concisely describes the need for trusted, neutral, and timely information on Columbia Basin fish and wildlife issues and references earlier Council support for its work. In the eight years of its operation, the CBB has become a widely used and proven source of timely and reliable information. Dissemination of information to stakeholders and agencies in the Columbia River Basin is critical. The CBB seems to be a cost-effective mechanism for disseminating technical and policy information about fish and wildlife in the Columbia Basin.

The proposal stresses the CBB’s role as a coordinator of information in the Columbia Basin. It makes the point that trustworthy information is the basis for collaboration on the complex and contentious issues of the Columbia Basin. The proposal makes a convincing argument for the CBB’s communication value beyond the fish and wildlife interests to the broader group of river interests and for the benefit of having a neutral provider of information.

The proposal has a single objective to provide summary information related to fish and wildlife to the Basin in order to assist policymaking and help achieve restoration goals. Methods are briefly but adequately described as the routine tasks of information gathering and newsletter production. It is not clear how the CBB staff decide which scientific papers they will profile. One suggestion, if they are not already doing this, would be for staff to scan the American Fishery Society publication website which cites "most downloaded (or read)" papers. If particular papers deal with Columbia River Basin issues, they might be worth mentioning in the CBB.

The proposal history is a short summary of the evolution of the CBB from a web-based product in 1998 to the current email delivery product with a subscriber list of 5000. Summary usage information is provided. Thorough monitoring of outreach and information provision would require a specific analysis to see if the CBB is increasing stakeholder/agency knowledge about Columbia Basin fish and wildlife issues relative to other web sites, and print/visual media. However the increasing number of hits and story reads indicates the CBB is increasing its popularity as an information source. Earlier ISRP review comments had requested that information regarding quality control mechanisms be included in the proposal, and this information should continue to be provided.


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

Recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)
NPCC Comments: This proposal is to continue support for the Columbia Basin Bulletin (CBB). The proposal clearly and concisely describes the need for trusted, neutral, and timely information on Columbia Basin fish and wildlife issues and references earlier Council support for its work. In the eight years of its operation, the CBB has become a widely used and proven source of timely and reliable information. Dissemination of information to stakeholders and agencies in the Columbia River Basin is critical. The CBB seems to be a cost-effective mechanism for disseminating technical and policy information about fish and wildlife in the Columbia Basin.

The proposal stresses the CBB’s role as a coordinator of information in the Columbia Basin. It makes the point that trustworthy information is the basis for collaboration on the complex and contentious issues of the Columbia Basin. The proposal makes a convincing argument for the CBB’s communication value beyond the fish and wildlife interests to the broader group of river interests and for the benefit of having a neutral provider of information.

The proposal has a single objective to provide summary information related to fish and wildlife to the Basin in order to assist policymaking and help achieve restoration goals. Methods are briefly but adequately described as the routine tasks of information gathering and newsletter production. It is not clear how the CBB staff decide which scientific papers they will profile. One suggestion, if they are not already doing this, would be for staff to scan the American Fishery Society publication website which cites "most downloaded (or read)" papers. If particular papers deal with Columbia River Basin issues, they might be worth mentioning in the CBB.

The proposal history is a short summary of the evolution of the CBB from a web-based product in 1998 to the current email delivery product with a subscriber list of 5000. Summary usage information is provided. Thorough monitoring of outreach and information provision would require a specific analysis to see if the CBB is increasing stakeholder/agency knowledge about Columbia Basin fish and wildlife issues relative to other web sites, and print/visual media. However the increasing number of hits and story reads indicates the CBB is increasing its popularity as an information source. Earlier ISRP review comments had requested that information regarding quality control mechanisms be included in the proposal, and this information should continue to be provided.

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