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Contract 54768: 1993-040-00 EXP FIFTEENMILE CREEK HABITAT IMPROVEMENT
Project Number:
Title:
Fifteenmile Creek Habitat Improvement
BPA PM:
Stage:
Implementation
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia Gorge Fifteenmile 100.00%
Contract Number:
54768
Contract Title:
1993-040-00 EXP FIFTEENMILE CREEK HABITAT IMPROVEMENT
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Contract Status:
Closed
Contract Description:
Project Title:  Fifteenmile Creek Habitat Restoration and Monitoring Project
Statement of Work and Budget FY2012, October 1, 2011 -September 30, 2012

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.  Smolt trapping operations have also identified the possibility of a self sustaining population of spring Chinook and anadromous cutthroat trout.  Additional data will be gathered on these species during this contract.

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, 2010 through September 30, 2011.  ODFW is working additional habitat restoration projects in the basin in area with willing private landowners.  These projects are looking to increase instream habitat complexity and continue the positive vegetative recovery that past project work has accomplished.  This habitat work could include channel re-meandering and berm removal work, to increase floodplain connectivity.  ODFW will also work to leverage current BPA funds with other funding sources to assist in the completion of this habitat restoration work.  ODFW will continue with the operation and maintenance of completed riparian habitat treatment measures on Fifteenmile Subbasin. The ODFW will also continue with physical habitat monitoring throughout the subbasin.

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 just below the The Dalles dam.  The mainstem of Fifteenmile Creek drops approximately 6,405 feet in 54.5 miles from the headwaters on Lookout Mountain to the confluence with the Columbia River.  The upper stream reaches are moderate to steep in gradient, while the lower 43.6 miles are relatively low with an average gradient of 0.6 %.  Principle tributaries to Fifteenmile Creek include Ramsey, Pine, Dry, Fivemile and Eightmile creeks.

The flora of the Fifteenmile Creek subbasin ranges from 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 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
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.  In addition, some objectives and tasks will collect information and monitor and evaluate results of past restoration efforts as well as fish population trends.
Account Type(s):
Expense
Contract Start Date:
10/01/2011
Contract End Date:
09/30/2012
Current Contract Value:
$310,811
Expenditures:
$310,811

* 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
Israel Duran Bonneville Power Administration Yes Env. Compliance Lead induran@bpa.gov (503) 230-3967
Richard Golden Jr Bonneville Power Administration Yes COTR rlgolden@bpa.gov (503) 230-5119
Brenda Heister Bonneville Power Administration No Contracting Officer bsheister@bpa.gov (503) 230-3531
Tom Nelson Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Yes Supervisor tom.nelson@state.or.us (541) 923-7470
David Roberts Bonneville Power Administration Yes F&W Approver daroberts@bpa.gov (503) 230-4511
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
Environmental Clearance Received from BPA B: 165. Environmental Compliance 09/30/2012 09/28/2012
Fence & Off-channel Water Inspection & Repair Completed C: 186. Inspect and Maintain Fencing, Off-Channel Water and Associated Structures 09/30/2012 09/28/2012
Investigate livestock trespass into riparian exclosures D: 26. Investigate livestock trespass into riparian exclosures 09/30/2012 09/28/2012
Inspection & Maintenance of Instream Structures Completed E: 186. Inspect and Maintain Bank Stabilization and Instream Habitat Structures 09/30/2012 09/28/2012
Two Alternative Water Developments Installed F: 34. Develop Two Alternative Water Sources 09/30/2012 09/21/2012
Native vegetation maintained G: 197. Maintain native vegetation 09/30/2012 09/28/2012
Riparian exclosure fence installed H: 40. Install riparian exclosure fencing 09/30/2012 09/28/2012
Riparian exclosure fence installed I: 40. Install riparian exclosure fencing 09/30/2012 09/28/2012
Monitor stream temperature responses and long term temperature changes within habitat improvement wo J: 157. Monitor the Success of Restoration Efforts in the Fifteenmile Creek Basin 09/30/2012 09/28/2012
Monitor progression of habitat improvement work. K: 157. Monitor the Success of Restoration Efforts in the Fifteenmile Creek Basin 09/30/2012 09/28/2012
ODFW Administration/ Management Complete L: 119. Manage and Administer Projects- ODFW Required 09/30/2012 09/28/2012
BPA Administration/ Management Complete M: 119. Manage and Administer Projects- BPA Required 09/30/2012 09/28/2012
Outreach/ Education Activities Completed N: 99. Outreach and Education 09/30/2012 09/28/2012
Technical Review Complete O: 122. Provide Technical Review 09/30/2012 09/28/2012
Annual Report Complete for work completed 10/1/10 - 9/30/11 P: 132. Produce 2010-11 Annual Report 09/30/2012 09/28/2012
Work with private landowners and other agencies to develop fish habitat improvement projects. Q: 114. Work with private landowners and other agencies to develop fish habitat improvement projects. 09/30/2012 09/28/2012
Develop project design and specifications necessary for landowner approval and grant applicati R: 175. Develop project design and specifications necessary for landowner approval and grant applicati 09/30/2012 09/28/2012

Viewing of Implementation Metrics
Viewing of Environmental Metrics

Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Steelhead (O. mykiss) - Middle Columbia River DPS (Threatened)
  • 1 instance of WE 197 Maintain/Remove Vegetation
  • 1 instance of WE 26 Investigate Trespass
  • 2 instances of WE 186 Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage/Structure
  • 1 instance of WE 34 Develop Alternative Water Source
  • 2 instances of WE 40 Install Fence
  • 1 instance of WE 114 Identify and Select Projects
  • 1 instance of WE 122 Provide Technical Review and Recommendation
  • 1 instance of WE 175 Produce Design
  • 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 185 Periodic Status Reports for BPA 10/01/2011
B 165 Environmental Compliance 10/01/2011
C 186 Inspect and Maintain Fencing, Off-Channel Water and Associated Structures 10/01/2011
D 26 Investigate livestock trespass into riparian exclosures 10/01/2011
E 186 Inspect and Maintain Bank Stabilization and Instream Habitat Structures 10/01/2011
F 34 Develop Two Alternative Water Sources 08/02/2012
G 197 Maintain native vegetation 10/01/2011
H 40 Install riparian exclosure fencing 08/02/2012
I 40 Install riparian exclosure fencing 08/02/2012
J 157 Monitor the Success of Restoration Efforts in the Fifteenmile Creek Basin 10/01/2011
K 157 Monitor the Success of Restoration Efforts in the Fifteenmile Creek Basin 10/01/2011
L 119 Manage and Administer Projects- ODFW Required 10/01/2011
M 119 Manage and Administer Projects- BPA Required 10/01/2011
N 99 Outreach and Education 10/01/2011
O 122 Provide Technical Review 10/01/2011
P 132 Produce 2010-11 Annual Report 10/01/2011
Q 114 Work with private landowners and other agencies to develop fish habitat improvement projects. 10/01/2011
R 175 Develop project design and specifications necessary for landowner approval and grant applicati 10/01/2011