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
WDFW - Washington Wildlife Mitigation Agreement

BPA project number   9305800

Business name of agency, institution or organization requesting funding

Sponsor type   WA-State/Local Agency

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

 NameJenene Ratassepp
 Mailing addressWashington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way N
Olympia, Washington 98501-1091

BPA technical contact   , EWP

Biological opinion ID   

NWPPC Program number   11.3F.1

Short description
Planning and implementation of WDFW's share of the Washington Wildlife Mitigation Agreement

Project start year   1993    End year   2000

Start of operation and/or maintenance   1998

Project development phase   Planning/Implementation

Section 2. Narrative

Related projects

Project history
FY93 $3,620,000 FY94 $1,956,000 FY95 $2,640,000 FY96 $2,082,000
Rather than using land acquisition exclusively, a portion of this project will be used to enhance existing WDFW lands: Scotch Creek 12,627 acres, Columbia Basin Wetland Projects 981 acres, Gloyd Seeps 361 acres, Sunnyside I-82 9,470 acres, Wenas 64,435 acres, Vancouver Lowlands 1,549 acres, Swanson Lakes 5,242 acres, Douglas County Pygmy Rabbit 240 acres (specific acreage for Desert, Gloyd Seeps and Quincy Lakes is unknown at this time.) Additionally, WDFW pays in-lieu property tax and will continue to do so for these properties and those which will be deeded to it from BPA as a result of the Washington Agreement. Currently BPA does not allow such payments to come out of this mitigation funding.

Biological results achieved
Swanson Laes Wildlife Area - acquisition of 13,000 acres with an estimated 2,532 baseline Habitat Units.

Annual reports and technical papers
Each specific project is required to provide monthly reports to BPA.
-Final HEP Report for the Vancouver Lowlands Project, January 1995
-Vanc. Lowlands Prelim. Environ. Assess. and Mgmt. Plan, March 1995
-Tracy Rock sharp-tailed Grouse and Douglas County Pygmy Rabbit site Specific Management Plan, October 1992
-Recommendations for Graining Land Management Changes in the Swanson Lakes Management Area to Benefit Sharp-Tailed Grouse and Sage Grouse in Lincoln County, Washington, October 1994
-Swanson Lakes Enhancement Plan, revised July 1995
-Washington Wildlife Mitigation Trust Projects - Programmatic Environmental Assessment - Preliminary Drart, December 1995

Management implications
WDFW has a specific list of mitigation projects that it intends to implement with the BPA funding. Some of these projects involve management and enhancement of specific types of wildlife habitat within existing wildlife areas already under WDFW administration. Other projects involve the acquisition of additional property on which to conduct habitat enhancement and wildlife management activities. The focus of these projects is enhancing key pieces of habitat for species which were impacted by hydropower construction and avoid the invocation of the Endangered Species Act. Adaptive management is a principle that will be used for project monitoring and evaluation to ensure appropriate habitat and species response.

Specific measureable objectives
BPA will receive credit for approximately 40,000 Habitat Units as a result of full implementation of WDFW's share of the Washington Wildlife Mitigation Agreement.

Testable hypothesis

Underlying assumptions or critical constraints
Finding willing sellers for land acquisition elements of the project. Securing adequate funding for enhancement, operation, maintenance, monitoring and evaluation.

For applicable information pertaining planning and implementation of this wildlife mitigation project PLEASE SEE: Washington Wildlife Mitigation Trust Projects - Programmatic Environmental Assessment - Preliminary Draft, December 1995

Brief schedule of activities
FY 1997 Continue planning and implementation on: Vancouver Lowlands, Swanson Lakes, Scotch Creek and begin: Pygmy Rabbit Coordinated Resource Managemen Plan, Wenas, Sunnyside I-82, Gloyd Seeps, and shrub-steppe acquisitions and complete: Peregrine Reintroduction project, Douglas County Pygmy Rabbit and CRMP.

FY 1998 Continue FY97 project implementation and begin acquisitions for Sage Grouse, Complete: Gloyd Seeps and obtain: operation and maintenance funding for FY97 completed projects,

FY1999 Continue FY98 project implementation, begin: Desert, complete: Scotch Creek, Desert and Sage Grouse acquisitions, obtain: operation and maintenance funding for FY97 and FY98 completed projects.

FY 2000 Complete: all implementation aspects of WDFW's portion of the Washington Wildlife Mitigation Program and obtain: operation and maintenance funding for projects completed during FY97-99.

FY 2001 Obtain: operation and maintenance funding for all projects.

Biological need
The Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act includes provisions for the protection, mitigation, and enhancement of fish and wildlife affected by the development and operation of hydroelectric facilities of the Columbia River Basin. This Act authorizes the Administrator of the BPA to use the BPA fund to carry out the provisions of the Act. The development and operation of hydropower system in the Columbia River Basin has affected many species of wildlife. Some floodplain and riparian habitats important to wildlife were inunated when reservoirs were filled. Fluctuating water levels caused by dam operations have created barren vegetation zones, which expose wildlife to increased predation. Activities associated with hydroelectric development have altered land and stream areas in ways that adversely affect wildlife. The impacts of dam construction and reservoir inundation have been documented and the wildlife losses are included in the NPPC's program.

Critical uncertainties
Evaluate funding for wildlife mitigation in the Columbia River Basin.

Summary of expected outcome
BPA will receive credit for approximately 40,000 Habitat Units when full implementatin of WDFW's portion is achieved. This assumes BPA provides adequate funding for operation, maintenance, monitoring and project evaluation to sustain these Habitat Units. With the current loss assessments, WDFW would have approximately 46,000 Habitat Units still requiring mitigation.

Dependencies/opportunities for cooperation
Willing sellers will have to be found for the land acquisition portions of this project. A Programmatic Environmental Assessment is currently in draft for (completion scheduled during FY96) for all project elements with the exception of the Vancouver Lowlands which BPA requiring an Environmental Impact Statement because it is located within a Historic District. The Vancouver Lowlands project does have a draft Environmental Assessment, since much of the work has already been done, the development of an EIS should not impact project implementation. WDFW does not anticipate any adverse impacts to cultural or historic resources within the project boundary.

None known.

Monitoring activity
Long-term monitoring and evaluation of management activities will occur 1) to determine if the objectives of a given proposed action are met, 2) to evalluate the success of the management plan for each wildlife or project area, 3) to ensure the principles of adaptive management are undertaken for any corrective action needed. Included in the monitoring and evaluation program will be:
1. Monitoring and evaluation of habitat through the use of a quantifiable method to analyze change in Habitat Units (as determined by Habitat Evaluation Procedure (HEP) studies for each area in response to habitat maintenance and enhancement activities.
2. Monitoring of species presence and occurrence before, during, and after project implementation in response to habitat maintenance and enhancement activities.
3. Cost effectivemess of comparativer methodologies during the development of project proposals and implementation.

BPA will monitor and evaluate the proposed projects through periodic reports submitted by WDFW.

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
1993: 3,138,330
1994: 4,423,084
Obligation: 0
Authorized: 7,545,000
Planned: 5,710,723
1997: 7,600,000
1998: 5,323,365
1999: 3,235,900
2000: 2,599,135
2001: 2,300,200

* 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   $7,600,000

BPA 1997 authorized budget (approved start-of-year budget)   $8,086,670