BPA Fish and Wildlife FY 1997 Proposal

Section 1. Administrative
Section 2. Narrative
Section 3. Budget

see CBFWA and BPA funding recommendations

Section 1. Administrative

Title of project
Kalispel - Pend Oreille Wetlands

BPA project number   9106000

Business name of agency, institution or organization requesting funding
Kalispel Tribe of Indians

Sponsor type   WA-Tribe

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

 NameRay Entz, Wildlife Biologist
 Mailing addressKalispel Tribe
PO Box 38
Usk, WA 99180

BPA technical contact   Phil Havens, EWP 503/230-3543

Biological opinion ID   None

NWPPC Program number   11.3F.1

Short description
Protect, mitigate, & enhance 440 acres of wetlands and riparian habitat along the Pend Oreille River to benefit H.U.ís and target species associated with Albeni Falls Dam losses.

Project start year   1991    End year   2002

Start of operation and/or maintenance   2003

Project development phase   Implementation and Maintenance

Section 2. Narrative

Related projects
Kalispel Resident Fish project No. 9500100. Sloughs & Homesite area will be used to house the bass rearing areas and production facilities, respectively.

Project history
Property was purchased by BPA in December, 1992; Interim management agreement and baseline data collected in 1993; Habitat restoration and enhancement efforts are ongoing; land transfer to BIA is expected to be completed in spring of 1996; cooperative efforts to date include: shreline shocase project with county, coounty CD, and NRCS.

Biological results achieved
360 habitat Units protected by property purchase; ~ 89cres of additional wetlands created through water control structures and management; ~ 10 acres of black cottonwood reforestation; ~ 10 acres of other hardwood stand improvements; and site clean-up and hazardous waste soils biofarming are completed.

Annual reports and technical papers
Merker, C.R. 1990. Kalispel Tribe of Indians Wildlife Mitigation and Restoration for Albeni Falls Dam: Flying Goose Ranch Phase I. Bpa Tchnical Report.
Monthly progress reports and related documents

Management implications
Implementation of restoration projects is in a step wise manner allowing adaptive management principles to be utilized to provide cost effective management of the project.

Specific measureable objectives
Habitat Units for each target species will be enumerated throughout the project. Crediting for BPA will be awarded at 360 H.Uís for protection and a minimum of 617 H.U.ís for enhancements.

Testable hypothesis

Underlying assumptions or critical constraints
The assumptions and constraints for project success and BPA crediting are available funds to complete enhancements and provisions for O&M money to secure crediting for the long term.

Weed Conrol - EPA approved chemicals applied by a licensed operator and mechanical removal.
Perch Tree - Thinning techniques in upland areas to improve stand heights. Reforestation in riparian areas.
Tree Density and Riparian - plantinging hardwoods in riparian areas to increase stems/acre from ~ 100 to ~ 900.
Shrub Swamp - Planting native species to increase acres of habitat type>.
Wetlands - Water control structures placed along existing dike will inundate ~ 89 additional surface acres.
Pasture - Hay and burn grasses in fall to manage pasture for waterfowl.

Brief schedule of activities
1997 - Nesting ilands will be completed, weed control, shrub swamp enhancements, riparian and tree density improvements, and forested buffer plantings.
1998-2002 - Continue to follow brown book management plan and complete implementation of project.

Biological need
To protect, mitigate, and enhance high priority habitats in the NPPC program, Section 11, Table 11-4, for Albeni Falls Dam.

Critical uncertainties
Funding availability and in-kind habitat for future mitigation opportunities.

Summary of expected outcome
Fully expect that at least 977 H.U.ís will be credited to BPA for Albeni Falls Dam.

Dependencies/opportunities for cooperation
Opportunities exist to continue cooperative projects within the project. Presently, the USFWS is providing technical assistance in the creation of nesting islands for waterfowl. Any other opportunites will be utilized to maximize benefits to the project and ultimately any H.U.ís credited toward Albeni losses.

No known risks exist for this project.

Monitoring activity
HEP will be used to measure the H.U.ís associated with the project. Mammalian and avian species distribution and abundance data will also be used to detrmine target species resopnse to habitat protection and enhancement.

Section 3. Budget

Data shown are the total of expense and capital obligations by fiscal year. Obligations for any given year may not equal actual expenditures or accruals within the year, due to carryover, pre-funding, capitalization and difference between operating year and BPA fiscal year.

Historic costsFY 1996 budget data*Current and future funding needs
1991: 18,395
1992: 0
1993: 81,533
1994: 618,873
1995: 146,471
1996: 121,689
Obligation: 121,689
Authorized: 123,000
Planned: 123,000
1997: 150,000
1998: 150,000
1999: 150,000
2000: 150,000
2001: 150,000

* For most projects, Authorized is the amount recommended by CBFWA and the Council. Planned is amount currently allocated. Contracted is the amount obligated to date of printout.

Funding recommendations

CBFWA funding review group   Wildlife

Recommendation    Tier 1 - fund

Recommended funding level   $150,000

BPA 1997 authorized budget (approved start-of-year budget)   $150,000