Recommendation: Not fundable under this solicitation
Date: Jun 21, 2001
Not fundable under this solicitation. This is a proposal to purchase and install the hardware (on-site and telemetry site) needed to monitor flow and temperature in four reaches of the Okanogan River. This proposal assumes that installing stream gages and thus, having the ability to monitor in-basin stream flows in real time, will translate into management actions that will keep more water instream for anadromous fish than would occur without the gages and associated telemetry stations. While this is a tempting argument and may in fact be true, the proposal does not provide examples of how this might occur or reference any documentation that provides the reviewers confidence that such linkages are in place and would be utilized. It is not clear how data will be provided to managers on a real-time basis, or how and by what arrangement, the data will be used by managers to improve survival and productivity of ESA species. No map is provided showing the subbasin and the proposed gauging stations. No specific personnel are listed for the proposed work. No specific description or flow chart is provided that shows how data would be routed and how decisions on water management would be affected. There is no funding to operate and maintain the monitoring program once the hardware is in place. The sponsors insist that the project has benefit for the affected broods, but until operating funds are found and committed for the long-term, no data will be available.
This is one of 2 or 3 such proposals. A comprehensive program to monitor flow and temperature might be developed and submitted for study by the Council and BPA. The proposal should be developed with input from all entities to ensure that an efficient program is in place, it can be maintained into the future, and management entities are satisfied with the need for such a system and the suitability of the data management system. Projects 26016, 26017, and 26029 could be included in such a plan. The Entiat subbasin is in the upcoming Columbia Cascade Province; a solicitation for that province is scheduled for fall of 2001.
The Council also considered three Action Plan proposals which were not recommended
in the first round of proposal consideration. Although the proposal sponsors did not respond to
the initial ISRP comments in time for this review process, they have since done so. The Council
agreed to seek the ISRP's review of these responses for an additional consideration for funding
under the Action Plan solicitation. The proposals are:
26016 Entiat Subbasin - Stream Gaging Installation and Operations
26017 Okanogan Subbasin - Stream Gaging Installation and Operations
26029 Wenatchee Subbasin - Stream Gaging Installation and Operations
These proposals address water quantity measures in important water quantity-limited
tributaries. New proposals in these tributaries will not be considered until the completion of the
Columbia Cascade provincial review next summer, which means that their benefits could not be
realized until 2003. For that reason, the Council agreed to accept the sponsor's responses and to
seek additional ISRP review. We will forward to you further recommendations for these
proposals once the ISRP review is completed.