This proposal is for acquisition of 80 acres of land adjacent to the Yakima River in a reach accessible to spring chinook, steelhead and bull trout. The present owners are planning subdivision and development. Although the proposal meets the solicitation's basic criteria, the proposal is inadequate and fails to provide adequate information on fish passage concerns into the restored area, stock status, and expected benefits from the proposed work. The proposal did not justify the anadromous fish benefits, although it is on the Waldo list.
As described in our cover letter, several of these proposals have associated monitoring to determine the status of these properties before actions are implemented. This monitoring does not fall in the Tier 3 category but is extremely worthwhile and NMFS recommends that it be fully funded: 23039 - Upper Yakima River acquisition. Potential for restoration activities in the future, but none detailed in this proposal. No actions to monitor at this time.