Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program
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Tucannon River Programmatic Habitat Project
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Columbia Plateau Tucannon 100.00%
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Background: The Snake River Salmon Recovery Board is conducting a series of large scale restoration projects in the Tucannon River in southeast Washington as part of the Biological Opinion requirements to recover threatened spring Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). The primary restoration action goals are to restore physical and biological processes to address the primary habitat limiting factors for spring Chinook salmon and other salmonids in the Tucannon River.

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The purpose of the projects supported by and coordinated through this contract is to restore habitat function and channel processes in the priority reaches of the Tucannon River to improve spring Chinook productivity.  With long-term and sufficient funding levels, restoring channel processes and habitat function across large reaches will improve spring Chinook productivity in the Tucannon River. Habitat work under this project has been or will go through a proposal process similar to the SRSRB process for Salmon Recovery Funding Board funding, with selection criteria that prioritize projects that will address the limiting factors outlined for the Tucannon River in the 2008 Federal Columbia River Power System Biological Opinion.

Work to be funded under this project will be identified by the SRSRB RTT in advance of the solicitation process to ensure that proposals are aligned with the priority projects. The RTT will select projects based on their ability to achieve measurable progress towards one or more of the objectives listed below in as short a time as possible. Solicitation of proposals will include publication through newsletters, web site, and newspapers on an annual basis, two months before the pre-application is due. Project proposals to be evaluated by the RTT and the Snake River Salmon Recovery Board will be required to be in standard form with a signed landowner acknowledgment and agreement. The form will include sponsor name and related information, project name, project type, applicant information, vicinity and site maps, description of project, scope of work, project history/context, funding request/budget spreadsheet, and supporting technical documentation including limiting factors and species to be addressed, available maps, site photos, design documentation, as well as permits required and their status.

1. Increase riparian function to 75% of maximum
2. Increase large woody debris to 2 or more pieces per channel width
3. Increase pool frequency to 15% of stream area
4. Reduce channel confinement/increase floodplain connectivity to at least 25% of river length
5. Reduce maximum daily water temperature so that it does not exceed 72F at confluence of Pataha Creek (RM 11.8 of the Tucannon)
6. Decrease substrate embeddedness to 20% in all reaches above confluence of Pataha Creek (RM 11.8).

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(1)  It is expected that this contract with the SRSRB will provide administrative oversight and support for contractors that will have separate project implementation contracts with BPA.  WDFW will partner with SRSRB to implement this project, and will be a subcontractor under this contract to help perform project selection, monitoring planning, data collection, outreach, and other tasks where they can provide expertise.  Financial and accounting services for managing SRSRB's finances are provided by the Walla Walla Community College (WWCC), and SRSRB's staff are employees of WWCC.  Although the contract is technically with WWCC, the staff of the SRSRB will do all of the work other than invoicing and other minor administrative items.  

(2)  Implementation of on-the-ground habitat actions will be conducted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Columbia Conservation District, Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group (legislative program that supports non-profit groups of volunteers who cooperate with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to improve salmon resources throughout the state), the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Pomeroy Conservation District, and/or other qualified groups, tribes, or agencies that submit proposals that are approved by the SRSRB.  

(3)  [CCR-28668]  The Columbia Basin Habitat Monitoring Protocol (CHaMP) was implemented in the Tucannon River in 2011; in addition, LiDaR datasets were collected and developed to characterize existing habitat conditions across the subbasin.  The SRSRB is to develop and implement a methodology to use LiDaR and CHaMP monitoring data to determine the effectiveness of the restoration actions at achieving BiOp mandated stream restoration targets. The focus of this monitoring effort will be on using LiDaR and CHaMP survey data to perform geomorphic change detection using post restoration repeat LiDaR and aerial photography surveys and data collected at treatment and control CHaMP monitoring sites. Pre-restoration data will be collated from available sources, such as USGS DEM’s and aerial photography.
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Full Name Organization Write Permission Contact Role Email Work Phone
Kris Buelow Snake River Salmon Recovery Board Yes Contract Manager (509) 392-3858
Anne Chapman Snake River Salmon Recovery Board No Administrative Contact (509) 382-4115
Daniel Gambetta Bonneville Power Administration Yes Env. Compliance Lead (503) 230-3493
Brenda Heister Bonneville Power Administration No Contracting Officer (503) 230-3531
David Karl Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) No Supervisor (509) 527-4138
Andre L'Heureux Bonneville Power Administration Yes COTR (503) 230-4482
Peter Lofy Bonneville Power Administration Yes F&W Approver (503) 230-4193
Steve Martin Snake River Salmon Recovery Board Yes Supervisor (509) 382-4115
Janet Snell Walla Walla Community College Yes Administrative Contact (509) 527-4664
Sean Welch Bonneville Power Administration Yes Technical Contact (503) 230-7691

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Deliverable Title WSE Sort Letter, Number, Title Start End Complete
Attach progress report in Pisces for calendar year 2012 B: 132. Submit Progress Report for Jan 2012 to Dec 2012 01/31/2013 01/31/2013
Project Management C: 119. Program Implementation 01/31/2013 01/31/2013
Restoration Project List D: 114. Program Guidance and Create Project List 12/28/2012 12/03/2012
Final Effectiveness Monitoring Plan submitted to BPA E: 156. Update & Finalize Effectiveness Monitoring Plan 01/31/2013 01/31/2013
Action Effectiveness and Change Detection Data Collection F: 157. [CCR-28668] Habitat Action Effectiveness Monitoring 01/31/2013 12/21/2012
Meetings, tours, and presentations G: 99. Community Involvement & Education 12/21/2012 12/17/2012
Environmental Compliance for contract activities completed H: 165. Conduct Environmental Compliance 08/31/2012 08/31/2012
LWD transported and stored for future project needs in the Tucannon I: 29. Transport & store LWD for future project needs 12/21/2012 07/13/2012

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Chinook (O. tshawytscha) - Snake River Spring/Summer ESU (Threatened)
  • 1 instance of WE 29 Increase Aquatic and/or Floodplain Complexity
  • 1 instance of WE 114 Identify and Select Projects
  • 1 instance 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 02/01/2012
B 132 Submit Progress Report for Jan 2012 to Dec 2012 02/01/2012
C 119 Program Implementation 02/01/2012
D 114 Program Guidance and Create Project List 02/01/2012
E 156 Update & Finalize Effectiveness Monitoring Plan 02/01/2012
F 157 [CCR-28668] Habitat Action Effectiveness Monitoring 02/01/2012
G 99 Community Involvement & Education 02/01/2012
H 165 Conduct Environmental Compliance 02/01/2012
I 29 Transport & store LWD for future project needs 02/01/2012