Not fundable? A revised proposal was not submitted for this solicitation, although the proposers provided a response to the ISRP's concerns in the High Priority review. The resubmitted High Priority B ranked proposal is loosely linked to the Action Plan criteria, because protection of the habitat through acquisition offers long-term benefits to species targeted under this solicitation. However, the proposal does not offer immediate passage improvement, flow increases or diversion screening. Addition and legal protection of water for instream use are not described in the proposal.
This proposal deals with acquisition of floodplain land in the Methow Basin, and is coordinated with efforts of other entities in the Methow, such as the Nature Conservancy, WDFW and others. Spawner surveys and monitoring of juvenile salmonid abundance are being conducted in the area as part of other projects of the Yakama Indian Nation. The proposal includes good justification for the importance of the habitat. Some of the properties will require rehabilitation, dikes, etc., however, budgets for this work are not included in the proposal but sponsor plans to work with the NRCS on habitat rehabilitation. The proposal is recommended by state and the urgency is the availability of the parcels now.