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Contract 35402: 199304000 EXP FIFTEENMILE CREEK HABITAT IMPR
Project Number:
Title:
Fifteenmile Creek Habitat Improvement
BPA PM:
Stage:
Implementation
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia Gorge Fifteenmile 100.00%
Contract Number:
35402
Contract Title:
199304000 EXP FIFTEENMILE CREEK HABITAT IMPR
Contract Continuation:
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Contract Status:
Closed
Contract Description:
Project Title:  Fifteenmile Creek Habitat Restoration and Monitoring Project
Statement of Work and Budget FY08

BPA Project Number:  1993-040-00
BPA Project Title: Fifteenmile Creek Habitat Restoration and Monitoring Project
Contract Number: 29465
Contract Title: Fifteenmile Creek Habitat Impr
Performance/Budget Period: October 1, 2007 -September 30, 2008

Fifteenmile Creek supports the eastern-most stock of wild winter steelhead in the Columbia River Basin.  High quality spawning and rearing habitat in the subbasin is limited, and the winter steelhead population is believed to be below historic levels.  Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife has classified this steelhead population as a species of concern for management purposes.  The National Marine Fisheries Service included the Steelhead inhabiting Fifteenmile Creek in the Middle Columbia ESU group and listed them as a threatened species.

The Fifteenmile Basin Fish Habitat Improvement Implementation Plan was developed cooperatively by Bonneville Power Administration, ODFW, Mt. Hood National Forest, and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs.  The purpose of the plan is to guide habitat rehabilitation efforts in the subbasin, and to be consistent with Program Measure 703 (c)(1) - Action Item 4.2 of the Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program.  The goal of the implementation plan is to restore historic escapement levels of wild winter steelhead in the Fifteenmile Subbasin to mitigate for losses of fish production caused by the Federal Columbia River Power System.

This statement of work addresses the ongoing operation, maintenance, monitoring and evaluation of the Fifteenmile Creek winter steelhead habitat rehabilitation project. This corresponds to Phase IV, the operation and maintenance phase of the implementation plan.  This statement of work covers the period from October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008, where ODFW will continue with the operation and maintenance of completed riparian habitat treatment measures on Fifteenmile Subbasin. The ODFW will also continue with physical monitoring throughout the sub basin.

General Description of Project Area

The Fifteenmile Creek subbasin, drains 373 square miles of Wasco and Hood River counties. Originating on the east slope of Lookout Mountain about nine miles east of Mt. Hood, Fifteenmile Creek flows northeast out of the timbered higher elevations, swings north through the dry land wheat country, then west to empty into the Columbia River near The Dalles.  The stream flows into the Columbia River approximately one and a half miles east of The Dalles, Oregon at river mile 192.  Principle tributaries to Fifteenmile Creek include Ramsey, Pine, Dry, Fivemile and Eightmile Creeks.  Eightmile Creek, the largest tributary, drains 118 square miles and joins Fifteenmile Creek two miles above the confluence with the Columbia River.  The mainstem of Fifteenmile Creek drops approximately 6,405 feet in 54.5 miles from the headwaters on Lookout Mountain to the mouth. The upper stream reaches are moderate to steep in gradient, while the lower 43.6 miles are a relatively low with an average gradient of 0.6 %.  

The flora of the Fifteenmile Creek subbasin ranges from dominantly fir and pine coniferous forests in the headwaters to grasses, perennial forbs, oak and widely scattered pine woodlands bordering the agricultural lands at the middle and lower elevations. The lower half of the basin is predominantly open range and dry land agricultural land.  The geology of the area consists of numerous outpourings of Columbia River basalt. Basalt basal flows create an impermeable layer underlying the area. The area is characterized by a high spring runoff from winter snowmelt combined with spring rains, followed by low summer flows that are heavily influenced by agriculture irrigation withdrawals



Goals, Objectives and Tasks  Contract Amendment 6-08

The ODFW project activities include the operation and maintenance of completed habitat treatment measures, installation of off channel water developments, and approximately one mile of new riparian protection fence. These objectives and tasks are believed to be necessary to provide the continued operation and maintenance of completed habitat treatment measures.  In addition some objectives and tasks will collect information and monitor and evaluate results of past restoration efforts as well as fish population trends.

We needed to purchase 500 additional PIT due to a gross under estimation of the number of fish we would be tagging. The original pit tag order was based on the number of fish we had tagged in previous years but, due to some fish trap modifications we greatly improved our  fish capture rate therefore we have tagged more than double the number of fish than was originally thought.  In addition due to the departure of Brian Benjamin and the decision not to refill his position until after the end of the contract in September it was decided to move $ 18,200 from the personal service portion of the budget to purchase a new screw trap. There was originally a line item for this purchase but, due to budget restraints we were not able to purchase it. We are currently using a burrowed trap from the Oregon Department of Fish & wildlife and are not sure if it will be available next year.
Account Type(s):
Expense
Contract Start Date:
10/01/2007
Contract End Date:
09/30/2008
Current Contract Value:
$304,777
Expenditures:
$304,777

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 31-Jan-2020.

Env. Compliance Lead:
Work Order Task(s):
Contract Type:
Contract (IGC)
Pricing Method:
Cost Reimbursement (CNF)
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Full Name Organization Write Permission Contact Type Email Work Phone
John Baugher Bonneville Power Administration Yes COTR jrbaugher@bpa.gov (503) 230-4512
Brian Benjamin Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Yes Supervisor brian.d.benjamin@state.or.us (541) 296-8026x32
Brenda Heister Bonneville Power Administration No Contracting Officer bsheister@bpa.gov (503) 230-3531
Carl Keller Bonneville Power Administration No Env. Compliance Lead cjkeller@bpa.gov (503) 230-7692
Rosemary Mazaika Bonneville Power Administration Yes F&W Approver rxmazaika@bpa.gov (503) 230-5869
Steven Springston Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Yes Contract Manager steve.l.springston@state.or.us (541) 296-8026


Viewing of Work Statement Elements

Deliverable Title WSE Sort Letter, Number, Title Start End Complete
Complete Inspection and Repair A: 186. Inspect and Maintain Fencing, Off-Channel Water and Associated Structures 09/30/2008 09/30/2008
Complete Inspection & Maintenance B: 186. Inspect and Maintain Bank Stabilization and Instream Habitat Structures 09/30/2008 09/30/2008
Installed Two Sites C: 34. Develop Alternate Water Sources 08/15/2008 08/15/2008
No Deliverable D: 29. Increase Instream Habitat Complexity 02/28/2008 02/28/2008
Fence Installed E: 40. Install Riparian fencing on approximately 0.5 miles of stream 09/17/2008 09/04/2008
Fence Installed F: 40. Install Riparian fencing on approximately 0.5 miles of stream 09/30/2008 08/20/2008
Equipment Mobilized/De-Mobilized G: 70. Install and remove screw trap 06/30/2008 06/30/2008
Marking Complete H: 158. PIT tag downstream wild pre-smolt and smolt salmonids 06/30/2008 06/30/2008
Data Submitted I: 159. Submit PIT tag data to PSMFC 06/30/2008 06/30/2008
Monitoring Complete J: 157. Monitor the Success of Restoration Efforts in the Fifteenmile Creek Basin 09/30/2008 09/30/2008
No Deliverable K: 70. Design and Install Returning Adult Fish Monitoring Device 09/30/2008 09/30/2008
Administration/ Management Complete M: 119. Manage and Administer Projects- ODFW Required 09/30/2008 09/30/2008
Administration/ Management Complete N: 119. Manage and Administer Projects- BPA Required 09/30/2008 09/30/2008
Environmental Clearance Received O: 165. Environmental Compliance 04/01/2008 02/11/2008
Completed Outreach/ Education P: 99. Outreach and Education 08/31/2008 08/31/2008
Technical Review Complete Q: 122. Provide Technical Review 09/30/2008 09/30/2008
Report Complete R: 132. Produce 2006/2007 Annual Report 04/30/2008 02/21/2008

Viewing of Implementation Metrics
Viewing of Environmental Metrics

Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Steelhead (O. mykiss) - Middle Columbia River DPS (Threatened)
  • 2 instances of WE 186 Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage/Structure
  • 1 instance of WE 29 Increase Aquatic and/or Floodplain Complexity
  • 1 instance of WE 34 Develop Alternative Water Source
  • 2 instances of WE 40 Install Fence
  • 1 instance of WE 122 Provide Technical Review and Recommendation
  • 2 instances of WE 70 Install Fish Monitoring Equipment
  • 1 instance of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 1 instance of WE 158 Mark/Tag Animals
  • 1 instance of WE 159 Transfer/Consolidate Regionally Standardized Data

Sort WE ID WE Title NEPA NOAA USFWS NHPA Has Provisions Inadvertent Discovery Completed
A 186 Inspect and Maintain Fencing, Off-Channel Water and Associated Structures 02/09/2007
B 186 Inspect and Maintain Bank Stabilization and Instream Habitat Structures 02/09/2007
C 34 Develop Alternate Water Sources 11/13/2007
D 29 Increase Instream Habitat Complexity
E 40 Install Riparian fencing on approximately 0.5 miles of stream
F 40 Install Riparian fencing on approximately 0.5 miles of stream
G 70 Install and remove screw trap 02/09/2007
H 158 PIT tag downstream wild pre-smolt and smolt salmonids 01/01/2008
I 159 Submit PIT tag data to PSMFC 02/09/2007
J 157 Monitor the Success of Restoration Efforts in the Fifteenmile Creek Basin 02/09/2007
K 70 Design and Install Returning Adult Fish Monitoring Device 02/09/2007
L 185 Periodic Status Reports for BPA 02/09/2007
M 119 Manage and Administer Projects- ODFW Required 02/09/2007
N 119 Manage and Administer Projects- BPA Required 02/09/2007
O 165 Environmental Compliance 02/09/2007
P 99 Outreach and Education 02/09/2007
Q 122 Provide Technical Review 02/09/2007
R 132 Produce 2006/2007 Annual Report 02/09/2007