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Proposal 199706000: Focus Watershed Coordinator - Nez Perce Tribe

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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 Heidi McRoberts

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199706000
Proposal Name: Focus Watershed Coordinator - Nez Perce Tribe
BPA Project Manager: David Kaplowe
Agency, Institution or Organization: Nez Perce Tribe
Short Description: Manage and implement a comprehensive system to coordinate multiple jurisdictions, agencies, and private landwoners within the Nez Perce Tribe's Treaty Territory. These efforts work toward protecting, restoring, and enhancing watersheds.
Information Transfer: Information will be available upon request and through the submittal of quarterly and annual reports.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Heidi McRoberts Nez Perce Tribe P.O. Box 365
Lapwai ID 83540
Ph: 208.843.7144
Fax: 208.843.9192
Email: heidim@nezperce.org
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Arleen Henry Nez Perce Tribe PO Box 365
Lapwai, ID 83540
Ph: 208-843-7317
Fax: 208-843-7319
Email: arleenh@nezperce.org
Administrative Contact
NPT Finance Department accountant
Ira Jones Nez Perce Tribe P.O. Box 365
Lapwai ID 83540
Ph: 208.843.7144
Fax: 208.843.9192
Email: iraj@nezperce.org
Project Lead
Watershed Division Program Manager
Heidi McRoberts Nez Perce Tribe P.O. Box 365
Lapwai ID 83540
Ph: 208.843.7144
Fax: 208.843.9192
Email: heidim@nezperce.org
Form Submitter

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Mainstem/Systemwide ARG Province: Mainstem on the ground/Multiprovince
Sponsor Subbasin: Systemwide ARG Subbasin: Mainstem on the ground/Multiprovince
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
River Clearwater River Subbasin Idaho/Clearwater, Idaho Clearwater No
River Salmon River Subbasin Idaho, Idaho Salmon No
River Grande Ronde River , Oregon Grande Ronde No
River Imnaha River Subbasin , Oregon Imnaha No
River Snake Hells Canyon , Idaho Snake Hells Canyon No
River Lower Snake River , Washington Snake Lower No
Stream Tucannon River Watershed , Washington Tucannon No
Stream Asotin Creek watershed Asotin, Washington Asotin No

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Chinook Snake River Fall ESU
Steelhead Snake River ESU
Cutthroat Trout
Pacific Lamprey
Rainbow Trout
Westslope Cutthroat
Bull Trout

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Completed Master Participating Agreement on the Wallowa Whitman National Forest.
2004 Finialized Subbasin Plans in the Imnaha River, Lower Snake River, Tucannon River, Asotin Creek, Salmon River, Snake Hells Canyon Complex.
2003 Finalized the Clearwater River Subbasin Assessment and Management Plan. Completed Master Participating Agreement with Nez Perce National Forest.
2002 Took the role of co-lead on the following Subbasin Assessments and Management Plans: Asotin Creek, Tucannon River and Lower Snake River. The Nez Perce Tribe was the lead agency on the Snake Hells Canyon, Imnaha River, & Salmon River Subbasin Plans.
2001 Completed final draft of Clearwater Subbasin Summary, and added terrestrial component to the assessment. Developed and finalized the Master Challenge Cost Share Agreement with the Clearwater and Nez Perce National Forests.
2000 Implemented a contract for the development of the Clearwater River Subbasin Assessment and received the Chief of the Forest Service Rise to the Future Award for Colaborative Aquatic Restoration.
1999 Coordinated the organization of the Clearwater River Policy Advisory Committee and provided administrative structure.
1998 Coordinated multiple agency Challenge Cost Share Agreement between the CNF, Potlatch Corp., Idaho Dept of Lands, and private grazing permittees for the construction of riparian protection fence across multiple land jurisdictions.
1997 Coordinated and developed cost share projects with the Clearwater and Nez Perce National Forests to implement road decommissionning in Lolo Creek and the Upper Lochsa River. In addition, design and construction of riparian protection fences on CNF & NPNF
1996 Coordinated Salmon Corps to remove six miles of dilapidated fence and to stabilize the Glory Hole landslide.

Section 5: Relationships to Other Projects
Other Current Projects Related to this Project (any funding source)
Funding Source Related ID Related Project Title Relationship
PCSRF - Idaho 031 04 CW Lolo Creek Passage Restoration Culvert replacements within the Lolo Creek watershed.
PCSRF - Idaho 032 04 CW Crooked Brushy Road Decommisio Road decommissionning within the Upper Lochsa River.
PCSRF - Idaho 033 04 CW Lochsa River Fish Passage Impr Culvert replacements within the upper Lochsa River.
PCSRF - Idaho 035 04 CW Nez Perce Aquatic Restoration Watershed restoration within the Nez Perce National Forest.
BPA 198335000 Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery O&M Hatchery supplementation to restore and recover Snake River Basin salmon stocks
BPA 198335003 Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery M&E M&E of hatuchery supplementation within Tribal Treaty Territory.
BPA 199607702 Lolo Creek Watershed Watershed restoration activities within Lolo Creek drainage
BPA 199607703 Restore Fishing to Bear Creek Watershed restoration activities within the Fishing to Bear Creek Analysis Area.
BPA 199607705 Restore Mccomas Meadows Watershed restoration activities within the Meadow Creek watershed.
BPA 199608600 Clearwater Focus Program-IDSCC Co-coordination of watershed activities within the Clearwater River Subbasin.
BPA 199901600 Protect/Restore Big Canyon Cr. Watershed restoration activities within Big Canyon Creek watershed.
BPA 199901700 Rehabilitate Lapwai Creek Watershed restoration activities within Lapwai Creek watershed.
BPA 200003500 Rehabilitate Newsome Creek - S Watershed restoration activities within Newsome Creek watershed.
BPA 200003600 Protect And Restore Mill Creek Watershed restoration activities within Mill Creek watershed.
PCSRF - CRITFC 2000-1-01 Restore Habitat Access within Lolo Creek Culvert replacement projects within Lolo Creek Drainage.
PCSRF - CRITFC 2001-1-02 Wallowa County Culvert Invento Analysis of fish passage through culverts in Wallowa County, Oregon.
BPA 200207300 Wallowa Culvert Inventory Culvert Inventory and assessment within Wallowa County, Oregon.
PCSRF - CRITFC 2002-1-01 Little Salmon Falls Adjustment Evaluation of feasability of Little Salmon Falls Adjustment.
PCSRF - CRITFC 2003-1-02 Little Salmon River Passage An Analysis of passage of Little Salmon River.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Continue riparian recovery Continue riparian recovery to achieve at least 75 % riparian function Tucannon Increase landowner participation in federal, state, tribal, and local programs that enhance watershed health. Seek additional funding sources consistent with CRP and CrEP guidelines to increase individual landowner enrollment in programs. 144
Continue riparian recovery Continue riparian recovery to achieve at least 75 % riparian function Asotin Increase landowner participation in federal, state, tribal, and local programs that enhance watershed health. Seek additional funding sources consistent with CRP and CrEP guidelines to increase individual landowner enrollment in programs. 135
Coord. Implementation of Habitat Strategies Coordinate implementation of habitat strategies to maximize efficiencies in implementation; develop coordinated activiities in the lower subbasin Salmon 66A1 - 66A9: Specifically 66A5: Coordinate plan implementation with federal, tribal, state, local, and other interest and avoid program and project duplication & 66A6: form a group in the lower Salmon focused on fish and wildlife planning & implementation 106
Coordinate with groups and the public Coordinate with groups and the public when developing and implementing fish and wildlife activities in the subbasin. Imnaha 3. Organize project goals and implementation strategies and coordinate plan implementation with agencies. 4. Prioritize and make funding recommendations. 7. Implement information and education. 8. Implement public meetings and newsletters 55
Coordination and Implementation Coordinate efforts to implement the Pacific Northwest Electric Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, tribal treaties, and other local, state, federal, and tribal programs, obligations, and authorities. Imnaha Provide ridge top-to-ridge top stewardship of natural resouces, recognizing all components of the ecosystem, including the human component. 88
Coordination and Implementation Coordinate efforts to implement the Pacific Northwest Electric Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, tribal treaties, and other local, state, federal, and tribal programs, obligations, and authorities. Grande Ronde Provide ridge top-to-ridge top stewardship of natural resouces, recognizing all components of the ecosystem, including the human component. 289
Develop programs and project proposals Develop programs and project proposals compatible with existing community needs and that integrate with local watershed protection, restoration, and management objectives and activities. Clearwater 1. Involve communities in program and project planning. 2. Coordinate plan implementation with all agencies. 3. Seek local support for programs and project proposals. 52
Evaluate needs and opportunities of resident popln Evaluate needs and opportunities to increase native resident populations throughout the subbasin. Snake Hells Canyon Coordinate efforts to implement the existing bull trout recovery plan to address needs of bull trout and other resident fish. 21
Facilitate riparian recovery Facilitate riparian recovery in heavily degraded areas to achieve > 82% riparian function. Lower Snake Increase landowner participation in federal, state, tribal, and local programs that enhance watershed health. Seek additional funding sources consistent with CRP and CrEP guidelines to increase individual landowner enrollment in programs. 116
Identify igh priority habitat areas Identify high priority habitat area requiring protection or restoration. Clearwater 1. Develop prioritization process to achieve multiple objectives, values, & benefits. 2. Integrate prioritzation process for projects in the subbasin. 3. The PAC will invlve fed, tribal, state, and local policy makers. 52-53
Improve coordination of activities Improve coordination of activities in the subbasin to promote steardship of natural resouces and increase long-term implementation success Snake Hells Canyon 1. Form a group focused on fish and wildlife planning and implementation to prioritize and coordinate activities in the subbasin. 2. Involve local stakeholders. 3. Organize project goals and strategies. 4. Information and education. 5. Public Involvement. 45
Increase resource information and education Increase resouce information and education delivery in the subbasin Clearwater 1. Promote ridgetop to ridgetop stewardship of natural resources. 2. Implement information and education actions identified in plan. 3. Provie information and assistance to SWCS, WAG, and other parties. 4. Provide opportunites for subbasin information. 59.
Maximize social and economic benefits Maximize social and economic benefits as much as possible while implementing the Clearwater Subbasin Plan Clearwater 1. Maximize economic benefits of plan for land purchases or easements. 2. Effot should be made to utilize local labor forces, contractors, and suppliers when implementing habitat improvement projects. 3. Monitor and evaluate the effort local areas. 59
Participate in technical advisory groups Participate in existing and contribute to the further development of local watershed and technical advisory groups. Clearwater 1. Assist Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Watershed Advisory Groups, and other existing groups to organize project goals and implementation strategies. 2. Assist interested groups with watershed programs. 3. Facilitate networking of these groups. 58
Prioritize and coordinate efforts to address data Prioritize and coordinate efforts to address data gaps. Clearwater 1. Develop process to prioritze efforts to fill data gaps. 2. Prioritize data gaps to use limited data resources. 3. The PAC will involve federal, state, triba, and local policy makers in the process. 53
Protect existing wetlands and restablish wetland Protect existing wetlands and reestablish wetland and wet meadow compleses where feasible Grande Ronde Coordinate weed control efforts on both public and private lands. Work with soil and water conservation districts, NRCS, FSA, landowners et al to implement best management practices in wetland and riparian areas. 268
Protect habitat and habitat function Protect habitats through education and outreach. Protect habitat based on outcomes of habitat conditons. Lower Snake Provide inforation, outreach, and coordination with public and private land managers. Enter into cooperative projects and management agreements with Federal, State, and Tribal, and private landowners to restore and conserve habitat function. 147
Protect habitat and habitat function Protect habitats through education and outreach. Protect habitat based on outcomes of habitat conditons. Lower Snake Work with county, state, and federal agencies and private landowners to develop livestock grazing programs on publc and private lands. Use easements, leases, cooperative agreements and acquisitions to protect habitats. 149-150.
Reduce embeddedness to < 50% Reduce embeddedness to < 50% , which will stimulate a corresponding decrease in percent fines and turbidity. Tucannon Increase landowner participation in federal, state, tribal, and local programs that enhance watershed conditions. 141
Reduce embeddedness to < 50% Reduce embeddedness to < 50% , which will stimulate a corresponding decrease in percent fines and turbidity. Lower Snake Increase landowner participation in federal, state, tribal, and local programs that enhance watershed health. 115
Restore areas where grasslands degraded Maintain coordination between the Wallowa county Natural Resource Advisory Committee (NRAC), Wallowa County Soil and Water Conservation District and NRCS, the US Forest Service and other interested landowner agencies and organizations. Imnaha Cost effective and biologically beneficial restoration for the resouces. 90

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
1a: Identify and Select Projects Identify and select highest priority watershed restoration projects Identify and select highest priority watershed restoration projects within the treaty territory. 6/1/2007 5/31/2010 $100,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Continue riparian recovery
Continue riparian recovery
Coord. Implementation of Habitat Strategies
Coordinate with groups and the public
Coordination and Implementation
Coordination and Implementation
Develop programs and project proposals
Evaluate needs and opportunities of resident popln
Facilitate riparian recovery
Identify igh priority habitat areas
Improve coordination of activities
Increase resource information and education
Maximize social and economic benefits
Participate in technical advisory groups
Prioritize and coordinate efforts to address data
Protect existing wetlands and restablish wetland
Protect habitat and habitat function
Protect habitat and habitat function
Reduce embeddedness to < 50%
Reduce embeddedness to < 50%
Restore areas where grasslands degraded
No Metrics for this Work Element

1b: Coordination Coordinate watershed project development within the 1855 treaty territory of the Nez Perce Tribe Coordinate watershed restoration and protection project development within the treaty territory of the Nez Perce Tribe, including prioritizing projects for submittal to additonal funding sources. 6/1/2007 5/31/2010 $562,294
Biological Objectives Metrics
Continue riparian recovery
Continue riparian recovery
Coord. Implementation of Habitat Strategies
Coordinate with groups and the public
Coordination and Implementation
Coordination and Implementation
Develop programs and project proposals
Evaluate needs and opportunities of resident popln
Facilitate riparian recovery
Identify igh priority habitat areas
Improve coordination of activities
Increase resource information and education
Maximize social and economic benefits
Participate in technical advisory groups
Prioritize and coordinate efforts to address data
Protect existing wetlands and restablish wetland
Protect habitat and habitat function
Protect habitat and habitat function
Reduce embeddedness to < 50%
Reduce embeddedness to < 50%
Restore areas where grasslands degraded
No Metrics for this Work Element

1c: Manage and Administer Projects Management, Coordination and Communication Manage and coordinate watershed restoration projects within all subbasins within the treaty territory of the Nez Perce Tribe. 6/1/2007 5/31/2010 $500,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Continue riparian recovery
Continue riparian recovery
Coord. Implementation of Habitat Strategies
Coordinate with groups and the public
Coordination and Implementation
Coordination and Implementation
Develop programs and project proposals
Evaluate needs and opportunities of resident popln
Facilitate riparian recovery
Identify igh priority habitat areas
Improve coordination of activities
Increase resource information and education
Maximize social and economic benefits
Participate in technical advisory groups
Prioritize and coordinate efforts to address data
Protect existing wetlands and restablish wetland
Protect habitat and habitat function
Protect habitat and habitat function
Reduce embeddedness to < 50%
Reduce embeddedness to < 50%
Restore areas where grasslands degraded
No Metrics for this Work Element

1d: Outreach and Education Coordinate outreach opportunities related to watershed restoration and cultural history Coordinate and plan outreach opporunities related to watershed restoration, treaty responsiblities, and cultural resouces throughout the treaty territory. 6/1/2007 5/31/2010 $80,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Continue riparian recovery
Continue riparian recovery
Coord. Implementation of Habitat Strategies
Coordinate with groups and the public
Coordination and Implementation
Coordination and Implementation
Develop programs and project proposals
Evaluate needs and opportunities of resident popln
Facilitate riparian recovery
Identify igh priority habitat areas
Improve coordination of activities
Increase resource information and education
Maximize social and economic benefits
Participate in technical advisory groups
Prioritize and coordinate efforts to address data
Protect existing wetlands and restablish wetland
Protect habitat and habitat function
Protect habitat and habitat function
Reduce embeddedness to < 50%
Reduce embeddedness to < 50%
Restore areas where grasslands degraded
No Metrics for this Work Element

1e: Produce Status Report Produce Status Report Produce status reports in PISCES on a quarterly basis for BPA to summarize activies completed during the specified timeframe. 6/1/2007 5/31/2010 $20,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Continue riparian recovery
Continue riparian recovery
Coord. Implementation of Habitat Strategies
Coordinate with groups and the public
Coordination and Implementation
Coordination and Implementation
Develop programs and project proposals
Evaluate needs and opportunities of resident popln
Facilitate riparian recovery
Identify igh priority habitat areas
Improve coordination of activities
Increase resource information and education
Maximize social and economic benefits
Participate in technical advisory groups
Prioritize and coordinate efforts to address data
Protect existing wetlands and restablish wetland
Protect habitat and habitat function
Protect habitat and habitat function
Reduce embeddedness to < 50%
Reduce embeddedness to < 50%
Restore areas where grasslands degraded
No Metrics for this Work Element

1f: Produce Annual Report Annual Report Write annual report summarizing activities within the specified contract year. 6/1/2007 5/31/2010 $40,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Continue riparian recovery
Continue riparian recovery
Coord. Implementation of Habitat Strategies
Coordinate with groups and the public
Coordination and Implementation
Coordination and Implementation
Develop programs and project proposals
Evaluate needs and opportunities of resident popln
Facilitate riparian recovery
Identify igh priority habitat areas
Improve coordination of activities
Increase resource information and education
Maximize social and economic benefits
Participate in technical advisory groups
Prioritize and coordinate efforts to address data
Protect existing wetlands and restablish wetland
Protect habitat and habitat function
Protect habitat and habitat function
Reduce embeddedness to < 50%
Reduce embeddedness to < 50%
Restore areas where grasslands degraded
No Metrics for this Work Element


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel 3.3 FTE $231,365 $245,247 $259,962
Fringe Benefits 30% $69,410 $73,574 $77,989
Supplies Office supplies & computer $4,500 $2,000 $4,500
Travel Mileage and Travel Expenses $12,000 $12,000 $12,000
Overhead 29.64% $94,040 $98,648 $105,059
Totals $411,315 $431,469 $459,510

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$1,302,294
Total Work Element budget$1,302,294

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
$460,000 $470,000 Coordination of watershed activities within the Nez Perce Tribe Treaty Territory
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
 
Termination Date Comments
2100 Continued effort until all treaty resources within the Nez Perce Tribe's Treaty Territory fully support the culture of the Nez Perce.
 
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: Mainstem on the ground/Multiprovince
Subbasin: Mainstem on the ground/Multiprovince
Primary Focal Species
Anadromous
ARG Comments: [none]


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

FY 2007 Budget
$147,000
FY 2008 Budget
$147,000
FY 2009 Budget
$147,000
Total NPCC Rec
$441,000
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:Multi-province
Recommendation:Fund
Comments: Scope expansion not accepted. Budget at the FY 2006 level.


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:

Local or MSRT Comments: This project would be more appropriately reviewed in subbasin processes. The criteria that the MSRT developed for reviewing proposals does not support an adequate review of this proposal. This project should be reviewed with other multi-province projects


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

FY 2007 Budget
$147,000
FY 2008 Budget
$147,000
FY 2009 Budget
$147,000
Total NPCC Rec
$441,000
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$ 0
Total MSRT Rec
$ 0
Budget Category:Multi-province
Comments: Scope expansion not accepted. Budget at the FY 2006 level.
NPCC Staff Comments: proposed scope expansion not accepted; started w/ ’06 budget for on-going scope, then bumped up a bit (approx. 5%) to illustrate possible budget situation in ’07 on existing scope; if took this path, would need to get ’07 budget based on work elements. MSRT recommends $140,000.

Local or MSRT Comments: This funding supports coordination. The level of funding, held at the FY06 level, will determine the amount of coordination that can be achieved.

MSRT General Comments: This project would be more appropriately reviewed in subbasin processes. The criteria that the MSRT developed for reviewing proposals does not support an adequate review of this proposal. This project should be reviewed with other multi-province projects with criteria established for that review.


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

Recommendation: Admin (see comments)
NPCC Comments: Although the ISRP places this proposal in the administrative category, this proposal is not justified as presented. This proposal provides similar functions as the Soil and Water Conservation Districts’ coordinator, proposal 199608600, and the ISRP comments for both projects apply to each. This project may be an essential element of stewardship for the subbasin. But based on the proposal, it is not clear that this project is showing results in the basin for restoration and evaluation.

This project is supposed to provide vital services, but it is not clear what essential functions this individual provides, and what would happen regarding Clearwater subbasin integration and facilitation of other Council Fish and Wildlife Program proposals if this coordination was not available. Almost all the proposals covered under this focus coordination project also request FTE and funding to perform the same tasks. It does not appear that critical monitoring and evaluation or watershed assessment coordination is being performed under this project. The projects under the NPT Focus watershed auspices from the Clearwater and Grand Ronde subbasins need substantial improvement. So it is unclear how the supervision provided by this project is informing those efforts. Further evidence of essential functions being provided by this coordination is needed. The ISRP’s province review recommendation included the statement: “This project should demonstrate performance by the next review cycle otherwise it should be terminated.”

As with other watershed coordinator proposals, the proposed effort would be better integrated into a proposal that is directed toward management based on science including on-the-ground work and monitoring.

Technical and scientific background: The details of the essential functions this project provides to the various subbasins in the Nez Perce ceded lands in not clear from the technical and scientific background. Coordination across the subbasins in developing standards for conducting habitat and fish inventories, watershed assessments, decision matrices for picking projects, and evaluating the efficacy of habitat restoration is not sufficiently described.

Rationale and significance to subbasin plans and regional programs: There is identification throughout this section that the Fish and Wildlife Program and NOAA recovery programs call for integration and coordination. What is not clear is that the tasks executed through this project actually accomplish that integration and coordination.

Relationships to other projects: There are a number of important projects listed. What is missing is the actual tasks this project performed for these other projects. Each of these other projects request time and funds for their own coordination and integration and BPA and NEPA permitting. It is not clear what functions this project adds to those.

Project history: A short history of the origin of the Focus Watershed Coordinator for the Nez Perce tribe is given. The history does not provide evidence of implications for management, i.e., that management actions have been influenced by the outcome of the coordination.

Objectives: The objectives are laudable. Note, however, that the project history does not contain results in terms of the stated objectives. There are some measurable objectives identified, for example, "Continue riparian recovery to achieve at least 75% riparian function (Tucannon River).” For other objectives, like "Coordinate with groups and the public when developing and implementing fish and wildlife activities in the subbasin" (Imnaha), it is more difficult to define measurable objectives. The coordination objectives are quite vague in almost all cases.

Tasks (work elements) and methods: The exact work elements are vague. For example, page 19: Identify and select highest priority watershed restoration projects with the treaty territory based on the respective subbasin management plans. This does not tell reviewers what decision and analytical framework is employed in establishing the priority list.

Monitoring and evaluation: Coordinating monitoring and evaluation is not formally discussed.

Facilities, equipment, and personnel: 3.3 FTEs are requested. The specific tasks these individuals perform and the time allocated is not adequately described.

Information transfer: Information will be provided upon request and in quarterly and annual BPA reports. The documentation is not likely to provide easy evaluation of the need for the coordination.


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

Recommendation: Admin (see comments)
NPCC Comments: Although the ISRP places this proposal in the administrative category, this proposal is not justified as presented. This proposal provides similar functions as the Soil and Water Conservation Districts’ coordinator, proposal 199608600, and the ISRP comments for both projects apply to each. This project may be an essential element of stewardship for the subbasin. But based on the proposal, it is not clear that this project is showing results in the basin for restoration and evaluation.

This project is supposed to provide vital services, but it is not clear what essential functions this individual provides, and what would happen regarding Clearwater subbasin integration and facilitation of other Council Fish and Wildlife Program proposals if this coordination was not available. Almost all the proposals covered under this focus coordination project also request FTE and funding to perform the same tasks. It does not appear that critical monitoring and evaluation or watershed assessment coordination is being performed under this project. The projects under the NPT Focus watershed auspices from the Clearwater and Grand Ronde subbasins need substantial improvement. So it is unclear how the supervision provided by this project is informing those efforts. Further evidence of essential functions being provided by this coordination is needed. The ISRP’s province review recommendation included the statement: “This project should demonstrate performance by the next review cycle otherwise it should be terminated.”

As with other watershed coordinator proposals, the proposed effort would be better integrated into a proposal that is directed toward management based on science including on-the-ground work and monitoring.

Technical and scientific background: The details of the essential functions this project provides to the various subbasins in the Nez Perce ceded lands in not clear from the technical and scientific background. Coordination across the subbasins in developing standards for conducting habitat and fish inventories, watershed assessments, decision matrices for picking projects, and evaluating the efficacy of habitat restoration is not sufficiently described.

Rationale and significance to subbasin plans and regional programs: There is identification throughout this section that the Fish and Wildlife Program and NOAA recovery programs call for integration and coordination. What is not clear is that the tasks executed through this project actually accomplish that integration and coordination.

Relationships to other projects: There are a number of important projects listed. What is missing is the actual tasks this project performed for these other projects. Each of these other projects request time and funds for their own coordination and integration and BPA and NEPA permitting. It is not clear what functions this project adds to those.

Project history: A short history of the origin of the Focus Watershed Coordinator for the Nez Perce tribe is given. The history does not provide evidence of implications for management, i.e., that management actions have been influenced by the outcome of the coordination.

Objectives: The objectives are laudable. Note, however, that the project history does not contain results in terms of the stated objectives. There are some measurable objectives identified, for example, "Continue riparian recovery to achieve at least 75% riparian function (Tucannon River).” For other objectives, like "Coordinate with groups and the public when developing and implementing fish and wildlife activities in the subbasin" (Imnaha), it is more difficult to define measurable objectives. The coordination objectives are quite vague in almost all cases.

Tasks (work elements) and methods: The exact work elements are vague. For example, page 19: Identify and select highest priority watershed restoration projects with the treaty territory based on the respective subbasin management plans. This does not tell reviewers what decision and analytical framework is employed in establishing the priority list.

Monitoring and evaluation: Coordinating monitoring and evaluation is not formally discussed.

Facilities, equipment, and personnel: 3.3 FTEs are requested. The specific tasks these individuals perform and the time allocated is not adequately described.

Information transfer: Information will be provided upon request and in quarterly and annual BPA reports. The documentation is not likely to provide easy evaluation of the need for the coordination.

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