BPA Fish and Wildlife FY 1998 Proposal

Section 1. Summary
Section 2. Goals
Section 3. Background
Section 4. Purpose and methods
Section 5. Planned activities
Section 6. Outcomes, monitoring and evaluation
Section 7. Relationships
Section 8. Costs and FTE

see CBFWA and BPA funding recommendations

Section 1. Summary

Title of project
Billy Shaw Res Development

BPA project number   9501500

Short description
Analyze feasibility of the Billy Shaw Reservoir and develop an additional lake fishery at this site.

Business name of agency, institution or organization requesting funding
Shoshone-Paiute Tribes

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

 NameHerman Atkins, Tribal Administrator
 Mailing addressP.O. Box 219
Owyee, NV 89832-0219

Bureau of Reclamation
Engineering firm (yet to be decided)

Section 2. Goals

Increases run sizes or populations; provides needed habitat protection

Target stockLife stageMgmt code (see below)
Redband trout, rainbow trout, wildlife RSH, RSL
Wildlife RSH, RSL
Rainbow trout RSH, RSL

Affected stockBenefit or detriment
Mule deer, antelope, eagles, otters, trumpeter swans, sage grouse, migratory/nesting game birdsBeneficial

Section 3. Background

Stream area affected

Stream name   Billy Shaw
Stream miles affected   0
Hydro project   Bonneville, The Dalles, John Day, McNary, Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose, Lower Granite, Hells Canyon, Oxbow, Brownlee, Owyhee.
Subbasin   Owyee
Land ownership   Federal (Tribes) Trust Status
Acres affected   550

1) Pursuant to Amendment Section 10.8C.4 Resident Fish Substitution Project.
2) A preliminary feasibility study was conducted by B.O.R. in 1987 (Two sites were studied and were both positive, further studies were suggested).
3) In 1995 a in-depth Feasibility Study was conducted by Kleinfelders, Inc. which was completed in April of 1996 - A biological assessment will be completed in May by B.P.A.
4) The project was deemed feasible, has been recommended by CBFWAs Resident Fish Manager, and has been approved by the NWPPC.
5) Final engineering design and construction specifications will begin as soon as possible.
6) The actual construction phase may possibly begin in the fall of 1997.

Project reports and papers
1. Preliminary Feasibility Study - Bureau of Reclamation - 1987
2. Lake Billy Shaw Feasibility Study - Kleinfelders - April 1996
3. Environmentai Assessment - BPA - May 1996.
4. Fisheries Management Plan(s) USFW 1990, 1991, 1992 / Sho-Pai Tribes Fishery Management Plans 1996.
5. Natural Resource Management Plar December, 1991
6. DRAFT final Ethnographic Report: Duck Valley - D. Walker.
7. Economic Development Plan (in process).

Section 4. Purpose and methods

Specific measureable objectives
Specific measurable objectives include but may not be limited to the following: Create a trophy trout fishery that increases opportunities for sustainable consumptive and non-consumptive resident fisheries that are compatible with the continued existence of native resident fish species.
Provide wetland, riparian, and open water habitats for migratory waterfowl, colonial waterbirds, raptors (including bald eagles), migratory birds, upland game birds (in particular sage grouse), local big game species (deer, antelope, and elk), and non-game species (red fox, coyote, bobcat, mountain lion, badger, raccoons, muskrat, etc.).

Critical uncertainties

Biological need
Biological Need: The reservoir will decrease pressure on local native fish species by increasing local fishing opportunities by 33%.
The newly created fishery will also complement resident wildlife restoration efforts in the upper Columbia River drainage through enhancement of native wildlife populations by increasing the area of riparian habitat; enlarging areas for migratory waterfowl nesting, feeding, and resting; increase feeding areas for raptors; and provide additional habitat for migratory birds, and resident and upland game birds.

Hypothesis to be tested
Creating a pristine high desert plateau lake will support a viable population of rainbow trout. The completed project would produce an ecologically sound environment for all wildlife that inhabit the Southern Upper Columbia Basin.

Alternative approaches

Justification for planning

The Feasibility Study - April, 1996 (Kleinfelders) is based on the best available science and demonstrates all reasonable precautions have been taken.

Section 5. Planned activities

Phase planningStart 1996 End 1997Subcontractor Not out for bid yet
Major project tasks prior to 1997 would include the final engineering design and specification to be completed in Spring of 1997. The actual construction phase would begin in the Fall of 1997 and the completion date would be the Winter of 1997 or Spring of 1998. Changes in the project activities would occur in the Spring of 1998 with the initial filling of the Reservoir . Introduction of rainbow trout would begin in the Fall of 1998. Catch and release fishing regulations will be enforced to ensure trout numbers are not adversely affectd until the size/number of brood stock are sufficient. Adaptive management practices, including monitoring and evaluation of all scientific and management techniques will be utilized to ensure project success.
Phase implementationStart Fall 97 End Spring 98Subcontractor
Construction of Lake Billy Shaw
Phase O&MStart 1998 End continualSubcontractor Tribes
Operation and maintenance of fisheries stock, screens, dams, inlet canals and spillway
Project completion date   Ongoing

Section 6. Outcomes, monitoring and evaluation


Expected performance of target population or quality change in land area affected
Increase of nesting/habitat for game/non-game species of birds, raptors, migratory waterfowl, game and non-game animals.
Enhance local economics, increase wetland area, provide extended water catchment for big game animals and/or all living species.
Convert 550 acres of uplands to a reservoir having 430 surface acres of water.

Present utilization and convservation potential of target population or area
Currently, the area is rangeland with a flashy stream. Creating a reservoir will stabilize the water level and create riparian habitat.

Assumed historic status of utilization and conservation potential

Long term expected utilization and conservation potential for target population or habitat
Create a viable rainbow trout trophy fishery.

Contribution toward long-term goal
Increase opportunities for sustainable consumptive and non-consumptive resident fisheries that are compatible with the continued persistence of native resident fish species and their restoration to near historic abundance (including incentive fisheries within closed to isolated systems).

Indirect biological or environmental changes
Creating a stable reservoir improves riparian habitat and contributes to species diversity.

Physical products
After construction, Lake Billy Shaw will have a volume of 3,330 acre feet at normal water, surface area of 430 acres, and approximately 18 miles of shoreline.

Environmental attributes affected by the project
The environment will be enhanced by re-vegetation of native trees, shrubs, and habitat. The project converts an intermittent stream to a year-round reservoir.

Changes assumed or expected for affected environmental attributes
Creation of an additional source of riparian and aquatic habitat for all migratory and resident fish and wildlife.

Measure of attribute changes

Assessment of effects on project outcomes of critical uncertainty

Information products
Annual Report and creel census.

Coordination outcomes

The Feasibility Study (April, 1996 Kleinfelders) is based on the best available science and demonstrates all reasonable precautions have been taken.

Provisions to monitor population status or habitat quality
The provisions are currently in place, but the tribe plans to survey the size of the trout population in the reservoir and annually conduct creel surveys to document angler success/effort. Trout will be sampled annually to determine growth rates.

Data analysis and evaluation
See above.

Information feed back to management decisions
An adaptive management strategy, including reviewing monitoring data annually, will be used to prepare the operating plan for each coming year.

Critical uncertainties affecting project's outcomes
The Sho-Pai Tribes have previously consturcted two similar reservoirs, therefore, critical uncertainties do not exhist with the construction and operation of the reservoir.

1. Size of trout population in the reservoir;
2. Catch rates, number of angler hours expended (to assess the success of the trophy fishery), growth rates and survival of stocked trout, number of trout reaching brood stock age/size annually.

Incorporating new information regarding uncertainties

Increasing public awareness of F&W activities
The Tribes will highlight BPAs role in th is project through the Tribal Fishing Guide and Regulations.

Section 7. Relationships

Related BPA projectRelationship
9500600 SBT/SPT JOINT CULTURE FACILITY Sho-Ban - Sho-Pai Joint Culture Facility provides redband trout for Billy Chinook, and will implement, monitor and evaluate habitat improvement measures.
8815600 Duck Valley fish stocking program to stock rainbow trout in Mountain View and Sheep Creek reservoirs
5505600 Habitat Enhancement Project to implement, monitor and evaluate habitat improvement measures.
Related non-BPA projectRelationship
Shoshone-Paiute Natural Resources Project
Technical Assistance, MOU, Bureau of Land ManagementGenetic testing on redband and bull trout; technical assistance for habitat enhancement.

Opportunities for cooperation
A joint trout production facility with the Sho-Ban Tribes. Partnership with private organization in the State of Idaho, IDFG, BPA, Idaho Power Company, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Nevada State Fish and Game, Owyhee County Cattle and Land Use Association, and private organizations.

Section 8. Costs and FTE

1997 Planned  $3,360,340
1996 Unobligated  $435,675

Future funding needs   Past obligations (incl. 1997 if done)
FY$ Need% Plan % Implement% O and M
1998200,000 11%89% 0%
carried forward from 1997
1999200,000  0% 100%
2000200,000  0% 100%
2001200,000  0% 100%
2002200,000  0% 100%

Other non-financial supporters
The Southwest Idaho business community supports this project.

Longer term costs   $200,000 / year

For Operations and Maintenance.

FY97 overhead percent   $26.64 (FY96)

How does percentage apply to direct costs
Negotiated amount varies from year to year, dependent on the Inspector of the Department of the Interior. Total direct costs.

Contractor FTE   Varies according to project stage.
Subcontractor FTE   2