FY 2003 Middle Snake proposal 199701100

Section 1. Administrative

Proposal titleEnhance and Protect Habitat and Riparian Areas on the DVIR
Proposal ID199701100
OrganizationShoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation (SPT - DVIR)
Proposal contact person or principal investigator
NameGuy Dodson Sr.
Mailing addressBox 219 Owyhee, NV 89832
Phone / email2087593246 / DVIRFG98@aol.com
Manager authorizing this projectGuy Dodson Sr
Review cycleMiddle Snake
Province / SubbasinMiddle Snake / Owyhee
Short descriptionThis project increases critical riparian areas of the Owyhee River and its tributaries as well as preserves the numerous natural springs located on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation. Provides a clean pure source of water for the fish and wildlife.
Target speciesRedband trout, Bull trout other wild resident trout species comprising the native community; anadromous salmonids reintroduction/off site mitigation; all wildlife species.
Project location
NW corner DVIR
SW corner DVIR
NE corner DVIR
SE corner DVIR
41.79 -115.95 Owyhee River
Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives (RPAs)



Relevant RPAs based on NMFS/BPA review:

Reviewing agencyAction #BiOp AgencyDescription

Section 2. Past accomplishments

1997 Began habitat assessments on DVIR
1997 Began planting trees around lakes (1000 4-5' trees)
1997 Initiated erosion control of lakes
1997 Purchase equipment to begin habitat work
1997 Quarterly & Annual report
1998 Began habitat protection of natural springs (i.e. Exclosure fencing, water troughs for stock)
1998 Protected two headwater areas (one fork of the Three Forks, Willis meadows, protecting 2 miles of stream)
1998 Initial data on population location, age structure, size, and habitat condition on 6 streams and East Fork Owyhee River
1998 Began monitoring tree survival at lakes (Sheep Creek 35% survival, Mt. View 90%)
1998 Began monitoring of exclosures
1998 Began maintenance of exclosures, and springs
1998 Used fishery information to begin work on genetic assessment proposal
1998 Protected six springs (see map in narrative), located and prioritized future work
1999 Continued spring protection
1999 Began stream habitat rehabilitation (planted 50 willow shoots on 3 streams each)
1999 Continued maintenance and monitoring (repair exclosure fence, plumbing of troughs, photos of exclosure for future monitoring)
1999 Began stream habitat protection
1999 Protected 2 headwater areas 1 mile of stream protected (Boyle Creek, Watchabob)
1999 Protected 8 springs
1999 Collected water quality data and began monitoring biological parameters of streams (D.O, Ph, Temp)
2000 Continued Protective measures
2000 Protected 2 headwaters (protecting 1.5 miles of stream Boyle Creek, Willis Meadows)
2000 Protected 7 springs
2000 Continued monitoring of water quality
2000 Continued monitoring and maintenance of exclosures and springs
2000 Began to work with Tribal Environmental Department in monitoring
2000 Began to develop descriptions of streams, length, elevations, etc.
2001 Continued protective measures
2001 Protected 5 springs
2001 Protected 1 headwater area of suspected redband trout stream (Miller Creek, 1.5 miles of stream)
2001 Continued stream surveys, habitat and biological monitoring
2001 Worked with Project # 2000-079 in sharing data and information on trout streams, habitat conditions, biological information
2001 Continued with monitoring maintenance of springs and exclosures
2001 Fixed for road crossings (Skull Creek, Jones Creek 2, Little Sheep Creek) putting the stream back in channel and off road.

Section 3. Relationships to other projects

Project IDTitleDescription
8815600 Implement Fishery Stocking Program Consistent With Native Fish Conservation Project 97011 provides habitat and clean cold water to the reservoirs to help maintain the fishery
9501500 Lake Billy Shaw Fishery O&M A new BPA- funded reservoir was completed in 1998 on the DVIR -- the development of its fisheries is an integral part of the habitat project. Same benefits as above.
2000079 Assess Resident Fish, E. Fork Owyhee Subasin The habitat project will focus its efforts on where pure native trout populations are located once preliminary results are received.

Section 4. Budget for Planning and Design phase

Task-based budget
ObjectiveTaskDuration in FYsEstimated 2003 costSubcontractor
1. NEPA work required under contract - Cultural Resource survey a. In coordination with Tribal Cultural Resource Dept. Survey areas before any ground disturbing activities ongoing $9,000
Outyear objectives-based budget
ObjectiveStarting FYEnding FYEstimated cost
1. NEPA work required under contract - Cultural Resource survey 4 7 $40,000
Outyear budgets for Planning and Design phase
FY 2004FY 2005FY 2006FY 2007

Section 5. Budget for Construction and Implementation phase

Task-based budget
ObjectiveTaskDuration in FYsEstimated 2003 costSubcontractor
1. As per list of springs (narative section), begin spring protection a. Meet with Shoshone-Paiute Livestock Association for prioritization of Springs to be protected/enhanced ongoing $10,000
b. Utilizing Tribal, Natural Resources Dept, NRCS, and Tribal Envirinmental Department locate springs ongoing $5,000
c. Implement protective measures of springs (minimum of 6/year) ongoing $28,000
2. In coordination with Project 2000-079 and field observations/fishery work, implement stream protection a. Locate and prioritize streams/stream reaches in need of protection ongoing $12,000
b. Implement protective measures (fencing riparian areas/fixing road crossings) on streams and/or headwaters priority to suspected redband trout streams (appr. 6-10 miles of fence, troughs, culverts, etc) ongoing $25,000
3. Conduct Fishery and habitat surveys a. Implement PFC assessment ongoing $20,000
b. Conduct population estimates, size structure, condition, locations (GPS) in coordination with project 2000-079 ongoing $35,000
Outyear objectives-based budget
ObjectiveStarting FYEnding FYEstimated cost
1. As per list of springs, begin spring protection 4 7 $190,000
2. In coordination with Project 2000-079 and field observations/fishery work, implement stream protection 4 7 $165,000
3. Conduct Fishery and habitat surveys 4 7 $235,000
Outyear budgets for Construction and Implementation phase
FY 2004FY 2005FY 2006FY 2007

Section 6. Budget for Operations and Maintenance phase

Task-based budget
ObjectiveTaskDuration in FYsEstimated 2003 costSubcontractor
1. Maintain exclosures and fences a. repair fence as needed every spring ongoing $30,000
b. repair troughs, braces, or piping as needed ongoing $30,000
2. Equipment & Vehicle maintenance and rental a. make needed repairs and maintenance on vehicle and ORV ongoing $20,000
b. maintain fishery equipment and sampling gear ongoing $6,000
c. Vehicle lease/Rental $10,000
Outyear objectives-based budget
ObjectiveStarting FYEnding FYEstimated cost
1. Maintain exclosures and troughs 4 7 $240,000
2. Maintain vehicles and equipment 4 7 $144,000
Outyear budgets for Operations and Maintenance phase
FY 2004FY 2005FY 2006FY 2007

Section 7. Budget for Monitoring and Evaluation phase

Task-based budget
ObjectiveTaskDuration in FYsEstimated 2003 costSubcontractor
1. Collect Water quality data a. Collect biological parameters (D.O. Temp, Ph, etc) ongoing $25,000
b. Once a year to metals testing in Owyhee River w/ assistence of Tribal Environmental Program ongoing $10,000
2. Monitor and Evaluate habitat conditions a. Monitor habitat conditions in exclosure areas via photo points, species diversity, airial photos (investigate habitat models and other monitoring and assessment protocols) ongoing $10,000
b. Monitor and evaluate habitat conditions on streams and River using PFC assessment ongoing $25,000
3. Monitor springs and exclosures for improvement and flow a. Monitor flows from springs protected for comparisons and evaluation of protection ongoing $14,000
b. Monitor plant species composition inside and outside exclosure ongoing $11,000
c. Investigate other monitoring methods (HEP, Suitability Index Models) through USFWS, or other agencies having similar projects ongoing $9,696
Outyear objectives-based budget
ObjectiveStarting FYEnding FYEstimated cost
1. Collect Water quality data 4 7 $140,000
2. Monitor and Evaluate habitat conditions 4 7 $140,000
3. Monitor springs and exclosures for improvement and flow 4 7 $138,784
Outyear budgets for Monitoring and Evaluation phase
FY 2004FY 2005FY 2006FY 2007

Section 8. Estimated budget summary

Itemized budget
ItemNoteFY 2003 cost
Personnel FTE: Director, Biologist, Technician 2 laborors $122,000
Fringe @ 20% of salaries $24,400
Supplies water troughs, fencing, pipe, fittings, tools,Also supplies for maintenance $65,000
Travel for local travel and BPA related travel $5,000
Indirect @24% of budget $68,016
NEPA For Cultural Resource Surveys NEPA cost $9,000
Other Equipment lease/rent, vehicle lease, $51,280
Total estimated budget
Total FY 2003 cost$344,696
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA funds$0
Total FY 2003 budget request$344,696
FY 2003 forecast from 2002$325,000
% change from forecast6.1%
Reason for change in estimated budget

No real change in projection

Reason for change in scope


Cost sharing
OrganizationItem or service providedAmountCash or in-kind
Southwest Idaho Resource Conservation and Development Council Technical Assistance $0 in-kind
National Riparian Service Team PFC assessment training $0 in-kind
Shoshone-Paiute Tribes Natural Resources Department Technical Assistance $0 in-kind
United States Fish and Wildlife Service Technical Assistance/ Equipment loan, personnel loan $0 in-kind
United States Forest Service Technical Assistance $0 in-kind
Bureau of Reclamation Technical Assistance $0 in-kind
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality Technical Assistance $0 in-kind
Shoshone-Paiute Tribes Cultural Resources Department Technical Assistance NEPA Documentation $0 in-kind
Shoshone-Paiute Tribes Environmental Protection Program Technical Assistance Monitoring Assistance $0 in-kind
Southwest Idaho Native Fish Watershed Advisory Group/Basin Advisory Group Technical Assistance $0 in-kind

Reviews and recommendations

This information was not provided on the original proposals, but was generated during the review process.

Fundable only if response is adequate
Mar 1, 2002


Response needed. Based on the proposal and presentation, the reviewers saw no evidence the project warrants continued funding and a strong response would be needed to modify that position. The ISRP FY00 comments recommended "fund for one year to allow the project sponsors to better refine their project. Future long-term funding contingent on addressing deficiencies. The authors need to develop quantifiable biologically measurable objectives, without which one cannot evaluate whether the work achieves its goals. More detail is needed on how sites will be evaluated and the standards for success." The current proposal and recent presentation show no indication that these and other items previously identified by the ISRP have been addressed or adopted. Apparently this project did not complete a watershed assessment as proposed in FY00. The tasks completed to date (springhead fencing) do not appear to be providing significant, cost-effective benefits to fish and wildlife.
High Priority
May 17, 2002


A M&E Plan needs to be completed for this project.
Do Not Fund
Jun 7, 2002


Not fundable. The response provided no new information to suggest the project activities significantly protect or enhance fish and wildlife resources. The ISRP noted in its preliminary review the lack of necessary detail on quantifiable biologically measurable objectives, methods, and M&E; however, the response did not provide any additional substantive detail on these deficiencies. The ISRP remains concerned that the project has too limited a focus. Fencing of the springheads only, without also fencing adjacent stream riparian areas, will not lead to significant habitat protection and fisheries benefits.

Earlier ISRP reviews (FY 2000) recommended funding to the DVIR in order to support development of refined sampling protocols, project designs, and project descriptions. Detailed plans for M&E should be developed and reviewed by the ISRP before funding would be recommended. The ISRP believes that it is not appropriate to recommend unconditional funding for projects when one of ISRP's four primary review criteria from the 1996 Power Act amendment directs the ISRP to review and recommend only projects that "have provisions for monitoring and evaluation of results."

A w/conditions
Jul 23, 2002


Do not recommend funding new on ground implementation. To protect past investment, fund on-going O&M and review the need for continuing M&E. May not be an FCRPS responsibility to mitigate above Hells Canyon dam if not affected by the construction or operation of Black Canyon, Anderson Ranch, Boise Diversion, Minidoka, or Palisades reservoirs.
Oct 30, 2002


Project Issue 4: Shoshone Paiute Tribe project 199701100 Enhance and Protect Habitat and Riparian Areas on the DVIR

The ISRP rated as "Not Fundable" because of M&E element concerns. The province group and Council support continuing O&M to maintain past investment. The Council has advised the sponsor that the planning and design and construction and implementation funds requested cannot be provided unless and until needs until an M&E plan is reviewed and found acceptable by the ISRP. Council staff and the project sponsor are discussing a timeline for development and review of a reworked M&E plan for the proposal.

Apr 30, 2003


Fund as recommended to continue O&M phase and to develop a revised M&E plan for ISRP review. No new construction implementation at this time. The Council recommended a budget of $292,696. Bonneville will review the total budget needs of the project based upon the initial proposal O&M estimate of $96,000 plus a negotiated amount for M&E plan development. The final budget may be less than the Council recommended budget of $292,696.
Sep 20, 2003


On track. Once M&E plan complete, contract will be modified (04). 04 & 05 rec amount ok.
Sep 20, 2003


NW Power and Conservation Council's FY 2006 Project Funding Review
Funding category:
May 2005
FY05 NPCC start of year:FY06 NPCC staff preliminary:FY06 NPCC July draft start of year:
$302,648 $302,648 $302,648

Sponsor comments: See comment at Council's website