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Contract 56665: 1992-026-01 EXP BIOP BATTLE CREEK RESTORATION
Project Number:
Title:
Grande Ronde Model Watershed
BPA PM:
Stage:
Implementation
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Blue Mountain Grande Ronde 100.00%
Contract Number:
56665
Contract Title:
1992-026-01 EXP BIOP BATTLE CREEK RESTORATION
Contract Continuation:
Previous: Next:
n/a
Contract Status:
Closed
Contract Description:
Project Location:  

The Battle Creek Large Wood and Floodplain Restoration Project is located in Battle (5 miles) and Campbell Creeks (2 miles) and an unnamed tributary (.75 mile), primarily, within the Starkey Experimental Forest of the LaGrande Ranger District, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. The project is located within the Meadow Creek Watershed (1706010402); Middle Meadow Creek Subwatershed (170601040202); Union County: T 4S, R 34 & 35E, S 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 22, 23, 7,& 18.  

Project Objectives:  

The objective is to improve summer steelhead habitat and downstream chinook habitat, specifically through improving or increasing the following habitat elements.

•   Improve floodplain connectivity and function
•   Improve water capture, storage and safe release within the floodplain
•   Increase quantity and quality of pools, fish cover, and habitat complexity within Battle Creek
•   Improve riparian habitats
•   Decrease erosion caused by livestock use

Introduction

Within the project area, there are 2.5 miles of Snake River Basin summer steelhead and redband trout spawning and rearing habitat on Battle Creek.  The remainder of the streams within the project area (5.25 miles) contain sections of perennial and intermittent stream flow.  The project is located approximately .5 miles upstream of rearing spring/summer chinook habitat within Meadow Creek. Summer steelhead and spring/summer chinook are federally listed under ESA as threatened species.

Existing condition

The project area is primarily located within the Starkey Experimental Forest (85%).  The remaining 15% is located on other USFS managed lands.  Research and monitoring of livestock, deer and elk grazing occurs intensively within the Experimental Forest.  Approximately 4 of the stream miles within the project area have little or no deer or elk grazing.  Approximately 1.25 miles of streams do not have livestock grazing at this time.  Half of these stream miles will have livestock grazing by 2012.  There are two livestock allotments that currently operate on 6.5 miles of stream within the project area that alternate seasons of livestock use, yearly.

Brad Lovatt (USFS fish biologist) and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife surveyed for steelhead redds in Battle Creek (within the project area) and found no redds in 2005 and 2009, respectively.  Joe Platz (USFS biological technician) surveyed the stream in September of 2010 and found stealhead/redband trout juveniles  occupying all wetted stream habitat downstream of the Starkey Experimental Forest fence (refer to the attached map).  No fish were seen within the wetted stream upstream of the Starkey Experimental Forest fence.  Fish habitat on Battle Creek has been degraded by historic and present management practices within the Starkey Experimental Forest.  

The Battle and Campbell Creeks have had a persistent occurrence of overgrazing which has limited riparian growth and vigor. Stream channel function has been altered and instream sediment from bank instability/trampling has consistently occurred.  Railroad logging has limited floodplain development on Battle and Campbell Creek stream systems.  Instream woody debris has been altered by past timber harvest.    

Specific Actions

The Battle Creek Restoration Project will add large wood by machine to 5.52 miles of streams.  An old railroad grade will be removed from 1.75 miles of Battle Creek.  Exclosure fence will be constructed on 1.25 miles of stream (2.5 miles of fence).  Five culverts will be removed on Battle and Campbell Creeks.  Five old in channel pond dikes on Battle and Campbell Creeks will be removed.  Electric fencing will be added to an existing exclosure on .61 mile of Campbell Creek (1.25 mile of fence).  Three miles of Battle and Campbell Creeks will be planted with deciduous vegetation.  Wood will be hand placed into .5 mile of Battle Creek.  Three new ponds and 1 existing pond will be (re)constructed.  Two solar pump developments will be constructed.  One spring development will be constructed.
Account Type(s):
Expense
Contract Start Date:
05/01/2012
Contract End Date:
06/30/2014
Current Contract Value:
$211,040
Expenditures:
$207,040

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

BPA CO:
BPA COTR:
Env. Compliance Lead:
Contract Contractor:
Work Order Task(s):
Contract Type:
Contract (IGC)
Pricing Method:
Cost Reimbursement (CNF)
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Full Name Organization Write Permission Contact Role Email Work Phone
Daniel Gambetta Bonneville Power Administration No Env. Compliance Lead dagambetta@bpa.gov (503) 230-3493
Bill Gamble US Forest Service (USFS) No Administrative Contact bgamble@fs.fed.us (541) 962-8582
Tracy Hauser Bonneville Power Administration Yes COTR tlhauser@bpa.gov (503) 230-4296
Aric Johnson US Forest Service (USFS) No Supervisor ajjohnson@fs.fed.us (541) 962-8517
Khanida Mote Bonneville Power Administration No Contracting Officer kpmote@bpa.gov (503) 230-4599
Joseph Platz US Forest Service (USFS) Yes Contract Manager jplatz@fs.fed.us (541) 962-8571
John Skidmore Bonneville Power Administration Yes F&W Approver jtskidmore@bpa.gov (503) 230-5494
Jesse Steele Grande Ronde Model Watershed Foundation No Interested Party jesse@grmw.org (541) 663-0570
Connar Stone Grande Ronde Model Watershed Foundation No Interested Party connar@grmw.org (541) 663-0570


Viewing of Work Statement Elements

Deliverable Title WSE Sort Letter, Number, Title Start End Complete
Produce Environmental Compliance Documents A: 165. Produce Environmental Compliance documents 06/30/2014 06/30/2014
Wood Placement B: 29. Machine Wood Placement 11/30/2012 08/01/2012
Floodplain Enhancement C: 180. Floodplain Enhancement 11/30/2012 08/01/2012
Plant Seedlings and Cuttings D: 47. Plant seedlings 05/31/2013 05/31/2013
Small Exclosure construction to protect seedlings E: 40. Small Exclosure Construction (Pods) 06/28/2013 06/28/2013
Exclosure Fence on mainstem Battle Creek F: 40. Battle Creek Exclosures 11/29/2013 11/25/2013
Seed and mulch disturbed areas G: 47. Seed and mulch disturbed areas 11/30/2012 11/30/2012
Campbell Creek Exclosure H: 40. Campbell Creek Exclosure 11/29/2013 11/25/2013
Campbell Culvert #1 I: 84. Campbell Cuvlert #1 07/31/2012 07/31/2012
Battle Creek Culvert #1 J: 84. Upper Battle Creek Mainstem Culvert #1 11/15/2012 07/31/2012
Upper Battle Creek Mainstem Culvert #2 K: 84. Upper Battle Creek Mainstem Culvert # 2 11/15/2012 07/31/2012
Intermittent Culvert #1 L: 84. Intermittent Culvert #1 11/15/2012 07/31/2012
Intermittent Culvert #2 M: 84. Intermittent Culvert # 2 11/15/2012 07/31/2012
Campbell Creek old pond dike removal N: 84. Remove Old Pond Dike on Campbell Creek Headwaters 07/31/2012 07/31/2012
Remove Old Pond Dike on Upper Battle Creek #1 O: 84. Remove Old Pond Dike on Upper Battle Creek #1 07/31/2012 07/31/2012
Remove Old Pond Dike on Upper Battle Creek #2 P: 84. Remove Old Pond Dike on Upper Battle Creek #2 07/31/2012 07/31/2012
Construct Pond #1 S: 35. Construct Pond #1 06/30/2014 06/30/2014
Construct Pond #2 T: 35. Construct Pond #2 06/30/2014
Construct Pond #3 U: 35. Construct Pond #3 06/30/2014
Develop Spring Source V: 34. Develop Spring Source 11/29/2013 11/25/2013
Pond Reconstruction W: 35. Reconstruct pond 11/29/2013 11/30/2012
Construct Solar Pump #1 X: 34. Construct solar pump #1 11/29/2013 11/25/2013
Construct Solar Pump #2 Y: 34. Construct solar pump #2 11/29/2013 11/25/2013
Wood placement by hand Z: 29. Wood placement by hand 11/29/2013 08/01/2012
Monitoring AA: 157. Monitoring 06/30/2014
Project Administration AB: 119. Project Administration 06/30/2014 06/30/2014
Attach Completion Report in Pisces AD: 132. Submit Project Completion Report - May 2012 - February 2014 06/27/2014

Viewing of Implementation Metrics
Viewing of Environmental Metrics

Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Steelhead (O. mykiss) - Snake River DPS (Threatened)
  • 2 instances of WE 29 Increase Aquatic and/or Floodplain Complexity
  • 3 instances of WE 34 Develop Alternative Water Source
  • 4 instances of WE 35 Develop Pond
  • 3 instances of WE 40 Install Fence
  • 2 instances of WE 47 Plant Vegetation
  • 1 instance of WE 180 Enhance Floodplain/Remove, Modify, Breach Dike
  • 10 instances of WE 84 Remove/Install Diversion
  • 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 165 Produce Environmental Compliance documents 05/01/2012
B 29 Machine Wood Placement 05/01/2012
C 180 Floodplain Enhancement 05/01/2012
D 47 Plant seedlings 05/01/2012
E 40 Small Exclosure Construction (Pods) 05/01/2012
F 40 Battle Creek Exclosures 05/01/2012
G 47 Seed and mulch disturbed areas 05/01/2012
H 40 Campbell Creek Exclosure 05/01/2012
I 84 Campbell Cuvlert #1 05/01/2012
J 84 Upper Battle Creek Mainstem Culvert #1 05/01/2012
K 84 Upper Battle Creek Mainstem Culvert # 2 05/01/2012
L 84 Intermittent Culvert #1 05/01/2012
M 84 Intermittent Culvert # 2 05/01/2012
N 84 Remove Old Pond Dike on Campbell Creek Headwaters 05/01/2012
O 84 Remove Old Pond Dike on Upper Battle Creek #1 05/01/2012
P 84 Remove Old Pond Dike on Upper Battle Creek #2 05/01/2012
Q 84 Remove Old Pond Dike on Upper Battle Creek #3 05/01/2012
R 84 Remove Old Pond Dike on Upper Battle Creek #4 05/01/2012
S 35 Construct Pond #1 05/01/2012
T 35 Construct Pond #2 05/01/2012
U 35 Construct Pond #3 05/01/2012
V 34 Develop Spring Source 05/01/2012
W 35 Reconstruct pond 05/01/2012
X 34 Construct solar pump #1 05/01/2012
Y 34 Construct solar pump #2 05/01/2012
Z 29 Wood placement by hand 05/01/2012
AA 157 Monitoring 05/01/2012
AB 119 Project Administration 05/01/2012
AC 185 Periodic Status Reports for BPA 05/01/2012
AD 132 Submit Project Completion Report - May 2012 - February 2014 05/01/2012