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Contract 48307: 1992-010-00 EXP FORT HALL HABITAT RESTORATION
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Fort Hall Habitat Restoration
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Upper Snake Snake Upper 100.00%
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This Statement of Work addresses the objectives and tasks of the fifteenth year of Project Number 92-10, Fort Hall Reservation Stream Restoration.
The Fort Hall Indian Reservation is located in southeastern Idaho, near Pocatello, and covers roughly 544,000 acres.  Reservation surface-water resources are two large, mountainous watersheds drained by the Blackfoot and Portneuf rivers which eventually flow through the Snake River plain and enter its channel at river miles 750 and 726.  Ferry Butte, at the confluence of the Blackfoot and Snake, is the northern boundary of an undeveloped 29,000 acre prairie draining numerous springs known as the Fort Hall Bottoms.  These spring streams flow southwesterly into the lower channel of the Portneuf River, where 27,000 acres of the Bottoms have been flooded by American Falls Reservoir.  The primary goal of the project is to restore fluvial salmonid habitat that has been degraded by past anthropogenic uses, primarily agriculture, irrigation, livestock grazing, and impounded and regulated river flows.

Activities in FY09 focused on continued monitoring of the Spring Creek sites and implementation.  Restoration/ enhancement efforts will be focused on other sites on the streams Big Jimmy, Diggie, and Jimmy Drinks, all Bottoms streams bank erosion attributes. The primary objectives will be the same as in previous years, protect and enhance utilizing rock log deflectors, bank sloping and revegetation and fencing of the project site.  Therefore, restoring the stream bank will decrease channel width thus increasing depth and velocities of stream currents aggrading sediments thus cleaner gravels for spawning habitat and deeper habitat for refuge for larger trout.  These further results in a more dynamic environment as opposed to a habitat that has limited cover and slower water velocities.  Although benthic invertebrates appear to be abundant “trout movement to deeper and faster water may not be related to food alone, such movement could also be explained as cover related.”(Hunter, 1991)  These areas could be described as having large boulders, rubble, depth >1.0 feet, and high velocities. This project will be complete by August of 2010 with a comprehensive report to BPA.  Other projects to be completed by fall of 2010 is the Big Jimmy Project which will include log weirs and rock deflector placement to aggrade sediments.  New Projects will also include assessments of Diggie Creek and Jimmy Drinks on the lower Portnuef on the Bottoms for baseline data and implementation of bank stabalization projects on these areas.  Also needed is a comprehensive needs analysis of the Bottoms in regards to priority areas for rationale for project implementation throughout funding commitments in the life of the Accords.

In other studies instream structures have increased pools, usable spawning gravel, and undercut banks in an Oregon stream (House and Boehne 1986) and salmonid biomass in two Arizona streams (Rinne 1981).  Numerous examples with beneficial results have been shown using structures in Danish watercourses to restore meanders, banks, riffles, spawning gravels, deep pools, water quality, and fish passage (Madsen 1995).  Stream bank revegetation combined with fencing to exclude livestock has had widespread success in improving riparian vegetation, bank stability, water quality, stream morphology (Madsen 1995; Clary and Webster 1989; Duff 1977) and avifaunal diversity (Dobkin 1998); and although more difficult to prove, well designed studies have shown an associated increase in trout biomass (Madsen 1995; Platts 1981; Platts and Rinne 1985).  Well designed instream structures are expensive and must be considered as part of an overall plan which considers factors which initially produced poor habitat  (Cederholm et al. 1997).
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* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 31-Jan-2020.

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Full Name Organization Write Permission Contact Type Email Work Phone
Chad Colter Shoshone-Bannock Tribes No Supervisor (208) 239-4553
Joe Deherrera Bonneville Power Administration Yes COTR (503) 230-3442
Israel Duran Bonneville Power Administration Yes Env. Compliance Lead (503) 230-3967
Paul Krueger Bonneville Power Administration Yes F&W Approver (503) 230-5723
Hunter Osborne Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Yes Technical Contact (208) 239-4564
Kristi Van Leuven Bonneville Power Administration No Contracting Officer (503) 230-3605
Shannelll Ward Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Yes Contract Manager (208) 478-3821
Pam Waterhouse Shoshone-Bannock Tribes No Administrative Contact (208) 478-3819

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Deliverable Title WSE Sort Letter, Number, Title Start End Complete
Obtain all EC from BPA A: 165. Clearance from BPA 07/16/2010 07/16/2010
Coordination B: 99. coordination 05/27/2011 06/27/2011
Photos and numbers planted, % survival. C: 47. Protect and Restore Riparian Habitats of the Reservation Streams 04/01/2011 06/30/2011
Fence installed, photo points. D: 40. Install Fence to protect riparian areas and projects 04/29/2011 06/30/2011
Inventory spp. with digital photo and file on desk top computer. E: 190. remove non-native/exotic fish 02/02/2011 08/31/2011
Field data sheets and logged on excel spreadsheets. F: 157. Treatment and control strata in Spring Creek 12/31/2010 08/31/2011
Field data sheets, and entered on computer. G: 157. Treatment and control comparison in Diggie and Big Jimmy Cr. 02/01/2011 08/31/2011
Before/after photos of instream improvements. H: 29. Install Habitat Improvement Structures 04/04/2011 08/31/2011
Funding Package - Submit draft to COTR I: 119. routine administration of contract 07/01/2010 07/01/2010
Attach Progress Report in Pisces J: 132. Submit Progress Report for the period 5.1.07 thru 4.30.08 (FY07) 03/03/2011 08/31/2011
Attach Progress Report in Pisces K: 132. Submit Progress Report for the period 6.1.08 thru 4.31.09 (FY08) 02/27/2011 08/31/2011

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Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Cutthroat Trout, Yellowstone (O. c. bouvieri)
  • 1 instance of WE 190 Remove, Exclude and/or Relocate Animals
  • 1 instance of WE 29 Increase Aquatic and/or Floodplain Complexity
  • 1 instance of WE 40 Install Fence
  • 1 instance of WE 47 Plant Vegetation
  • 2 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data

Sort WE ID WE Title NEPA NOAA USFWS NHPA Has Provisions Inadvertent Discovery Completed
A 165 Clearance from BPA 06/01/2010
B 99 coordination 06/01/2010
C 47 Protect and Restore Riparian Habitats of the Reservation Streams 06/01/2010
D 40 Install Fence to protect riparian areas and projects 06/01/2010
E 190 remove non-native/exotic fish 06/01/2010
F 157 Treatment and control strata in Spring Creek 06/01/2010
G 157 Treatment and control comparison in Diggie and Big Jimmy Cr. 06/01/2010
H 29 Install Habitat Improvement Structures 06/01/2010
I 119 routine administration of contract 06/01/2010
J 132 Submit Progress Report for the period 5.1.07 thru 4.30.08 (FY07) 06/01/2010
K 132 Submit Progress Report for the period 6.1.08 thru 4.31.09 (FY08) 06/01/2010
L 185 Periodic Status Reports for BPA 06/01/2010