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Contract 58178: 2002-002-00 EXP ENHANCE WHITE STURGEON HABITAT
Project Number:
Title:
Restore Natural Recruitment of Kootenai River White Sturgeon
Stage:
Implementation
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Mountain Columbia Kootenai 100.00%
Contract Number:
58178
Contract Title:
2002-002-00 EXP ENHANCE WHITE STURGEON HABITAT
Contract Continuation:
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Contract Status:
Closed
Contract Description:
Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program - Project 200200200

Through this project, the Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program (KRHRP), the Kootenai Tribe, in coordination with committed agency partners and stakeholders, is proposing to design and implement a series of ecosystem-based habitat restoration projects within a 55-mile reach of the Kootenai River extending from the confluence of the Moyie and Kootenai rivers in Idaho, downstream to the international U.S. and Canadian border. The purposes of the KRHRP are to (1) restore and maintain Kootenai River habitat conditions that support all life stages of endangered Kootenai sturgeon and other aquatic focal species, and (2) restore the Kootenai River landscape in a way that sustains the Tribal and local culture and economy and that contributes to the health of the Kootenai subbasin as both an ecological and socio-economic region. The desired result is a more resilient ecosystem, capable of sustaining diverse native plant and animal populations, and tolerant of natural disturbances.

The problem addressed by this project is the decline, and in some cases potential extinction of historically abundant populations of Kootenai River white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) and other native fish in the Kootenai subbasin, which has been precipitated by over a century of anthropogenic impacts to the Kootenai River ecosystem.

Over the course of the last century the Kootenai subbasin has been modified by agriculture, logging, mining, and flood control. The Kootenai River was confined by the construction of Libby Dam in Montana, which created Koocanusa Reservoir, and Corra Linn Dam downstream in British Columbia, which impounds Kootenay Lake. Constructed levees were built on top of natural sand levees for flood control, limiting the hydrologic connection between the Kootenai River and its floodplain. Over 50,000 acres of historically highly productive floodplain were converted to agricultural fields, resulting in the loss of riparian and wetland plant and animal species, and the related functions that normally support a healthy ecosystem.

Libby Dam became operational in 1972 effectively reducing annual peak flows by half and disrupting the hydrograph, which historically featured a single spring freshet that provided energy to drive ecosystem processes. These modifications resulted in unnatural flow fluctuations and changes to the temperature regime in the Kootenai River and its floodplain, and exacerbated the effects of previous anthropogenic impacts. These changes further diminished the availability of habitat suitable to support the complete life cycles of many aquatic species.

Following levee construction and completion of Libby Dam, native fish stocks including endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon, burbot (Lota lota), kokanee (Oncorhynchus nerka), redband trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss gairdnerii), westslope cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii lewisi), and bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus) began to decline.

Much has been lost in the Kootenai subbasin and there are significant constraints in place that will alter ecosystem conditions into the foreseeable future; however, in spite of these changes, the Kootenai River subbasin presents unique and relatively achievable opportunities for ecosystem-based restoration within the constraints of existing infrastructure and Libby Dam operations.

Building on previous work accomplished under this project from 2002 to the present, the Tribe is proposing to move from the data-collection and planning stages of this project, into a design and implementation stage. Previous year’s work focused on collecting information necessary to better understand the ecosystem and the influence of existing conditions on Kootenai sturgeon recruitment failure (2002-2004); refined data collection, analysis and planning, and development and implementation of a pilot project (2005-2006); this was followed by development of a comprehensive Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Project Master Plan (2007-2009). The Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Project Master Plan presented a framework for ecosystem restoration in a 55-mile reach of the Kootenai River including restoration strategies to address factors limiting Kootenai sturgeon and other native fish populations in each reach of the project area, a suite of restoration treatments, conceptual implementation scenarios, and a monitoring and adaptive management framework.

Using the Master Plan as a starting point, the Tribe in collaboration with co-managers and agency partners, has developed a suite of restoration design concepts for implementation over the course of the next six to ten years. Activities proposed under this project from 2013 to 2017 include development, design, environmental compliance and permitting, and implementation of approximately 10-14 habitat restoration projects in the braided, straight and meander reaches of the Kootenai River. Project actions also include monitoring and evaluation of each project, adaptive management of the KRHRP program and its individual projects, targeted crucial uncertainties research necessary to address specific design questions, operations and maintenance, and outreach and education.  

Restoration treatments implemented through these projects will address a suite of limiting factors including: bank erosion and fine sediment inputs to downstream reaches, lack of cover for juvenile fish, lack of off-channel habitat for rearing, insufficient depth for Kootenai sturgeon migration, lack of mainstem hydraulic complexity in the form of variable depth and velocity, insufficient pool frequency, simplified food web, lack of surfaces that support riparian recruitment, loss of floodplain connection, lack of coarse substrate for Kootenai sturgeon egg attachment and larval hiding, lack of bank vegetation, lack of off-channel habitat, lack of fish passage into tributaries, and grazing and floodplain land use. Restoration treatments will include: mainstem bank restoration (approx. 26,100 linear feet), side-channel restoration (approx. 31,700 linear feet), mainstem pool establishment or enhancement (approx. 16 pools), large wood placement (approx. 82 structures), floodplain and wetlands construction and restoration (approx. 96 acres), spawning substrate enhancement (approx. 14,000 square feet), revegetation (approx. 52,000 plants), tributary restoration (approx. 11,700 linear feet), fish passage barrier removal (approx. 4 culverts), and riparian buffer fencing (approx. 11.7 miles).

The KRHRP complements and enhances work accomplished under the Tribe’s other BPA funded projects (198806400, 199404900, 200200800, 20020110) and is also intended to complement and enhance the habitat restoration, conservation aquaculture, mitigation, monitoring and evaluation, and research projects being implemented by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG), Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks (MFWP), British Columbia Ministry of Forests Land Natural Resource Operations (BC MFLNRO), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and other entities in the Kootenai River subbasin.

The KRHRP is part of the Kootenai Tribe’s ongoing long-term efforts to achieve the vision of the Kootenai River and its floodplain as a healthy ecosystem with clean, connected terrestrial and aquatic habitats, which fully support traditional Tribal uses as well as other important societal uses.
Account Type(s):
Expense
Contract Start Date:
05/01/2012
Contract End Date:
01/31/2014
Current Contract Value:
$11,634,536
Expenditures:
$11,634,536

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 31-May-2022.

BPA COR:
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
John Barco III Bonneville Power Administration No Interested Party jwbarco@bpa.gov (503) 230-3223
Edward Gresh Bonneville Power Administration Yes Env. Compliance Lead esgresh@bpa.gov (503) 230-5756
Sue Ireland Kootenai Tribe Yes Supervisor ireland@kootenai.org (208) 267-3620
Paul Krueger Bonneville Power Administration Yes F&W Approver pqkrueger@bpa.gov (503) 230-5723
Rachel Kutschera D J Warren and Associates, Inc. No Interested Party rachel.kutschera@djwassociates.com (541) 929-4639
Edna Runyan Kootenai Tribe Yes Contract Manager edna@kootenai.org (208) 267-3620
Alison Squier Kootenai Tribe Yes Interested Party alisonsquier@cableone.net (208) 367-9366
Kristi Van Leuven Bonneville Power Administration No Contracting Officer kjvleuven@bpa.gov (503) 230-3605
Dan Warren D J Warren and Associates, Inc. Yes Technical Contact dan.warren@djwassociates.com (541) 929-4639
Virgil Watts III Bonneville Power Administration Yes COTR vlwatts@bpa.gov (503) 230-4625


Viewing of Work Statement Elements

Deliverable Title WSE Sort Letter, Number, Title Start End Complete
KTOI Project Coordination and Oversight B: 119. Project Management (KTOI) - FY12 01/31/2013 01/31/2013
KTOI Project Coordination and Oversight C: 119. Project Management (KTOI) - FY13 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Attach 2 yr. Project Report in Pisces D: 132. Submit Annual Report (KTOI) 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Provide coordination, support, review & integration for KRHRP E: 122. Provide Technical Review & Integration for Project Planning & Implementation (CFS) - FY12 & FY13 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Stage and temperature data; substrate videography F: 157. Data Collection for Habitat Enhancement Feasibility Studies (BPA Element 157) (USGS-ID) - FY12 01/31/2013 01/31/2013
USGS modeling, independent review and technical support G: 162. Modeling & Data Analysis (BPA Element 162) (USGS-ID) - FY12 01/31/2013 01/31/2013
Reports and Data H: 157. Data Collection for Habitat Enhancement Feasibility Studies (BPA Element 157) (USGS-ID) - FY13 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Reports and data I: 162. Modeling & Data Analysis (BPA Element 162) (USGS-ID) FY13 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Validate data & information on wintering & foraging behavior for 2012 season J: 157. Collect, Generate & Validate Data on Behavior of Juvenile KRW Sturgeon (BK-Riverfish) - FY12 01/31/2013 01/31/2013
Analysis and reporting of wintering & foraging behavior of KRW Sturgeon K: 162. Analyze & Interpret Data on Behavior of Juvenile KRW Sturgeon (BK-Riverfish) - FY12 01/31/2013 01/31/2013
Validate data & information on wintering & foraging behavior for 2013 season L: 157. Collect, Generate & Validate Data on Behavior of Juvenile KRW Sturgeon (BK-Riverfish) - FY13 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Analysis and reporting of wintering & foraging behavior of KRW Sturgeon for 2013 season M: 162. Analyze & Interpret Data on Behavior of Juvenile KRW Sturgeon (BK-Riverfish) - FY13 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Presentation of technical deliverables, project coordination and technical integration N: 175. Project Management & Coordination of Technical Design Work (RDG) - FY12 01/31/2013 01/31/2013
On-site implementation support and as-built drawings O: 100. Construction Management Support for Phase 2 Project Implementation (RDG) - FY12 01/31/2013 01/31/2013
Provide final designs and specifications for Phase 2 projects P: 175. Develop Final Design for Phase 2 Projects (RDG) - FY12 01/31/2013 01/31/2013
Feasibility Analysis of Phase 3 projects Q: 175. Conduct Feasibility Analysis and Design for Phase 3 Projects (RDG) - FY12 01/31/2013 01/31/2013
Presentation of technical deliverables, project coordination and technical integration R: 175. Project Management & Coordination of Technical Design Work (RDG) - FY13 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
On-site implementation support and as-built drawings S: 100. Construction Management Support for Phase 2 Project Implementation (RDG) - FY13 12/31/2013 12/31/2013
Final Phase 2 Design Report and Implementation Package T: 175. Develop Final Design for Phase 2 Projects (RDG) - FY13 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Phase 3 Projects feasibility analysis U: 175. Conduct Feasibility Analysis and Design for Phase 3 Projects (RDG) - FY13 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Adaptive management plan, information management and sharing system, and Phase 1 monitoring results. V: 174. Coordinate, Develop & Produce Adaptive Management Program (Geum) - FY12 & FY13 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Data summary reports, feasibility analyses and preliminary design components W: 157. Phase 2 Feasibility Analysis, Preliminary Design and Final Design (Geum) - FY12 01/31/2013 01/31/2013
Implementation monitoring reports and field logs of oversight activities X: 100. Project Construction Management (Geum) - FY12 12/31/2012 12/31/2012
Completed feasibility analyses, design reports and bid packages for Phase 2 Y: 175. Feasibility Analysis, Preliminary Design and Final Design (Geum) - FY13 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Implementation monitoring reports & field logs of oversight activities specific to vegetation issues Z: 100. Phase 2 Project Construction Management (Geum) - FY13 12/31/2013 12/31/2013
Support products and documents for outreach and education for project stakeholders AA: 99. Provide Services & Products to Support Outreach & Education (Open Book Odyssey) - FY12 & FY13 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Facilitation, communication, and information management AB: 119. Project Management, Facilitation, Communciations, Information Management (DJW, Ziji, MEI) - FY12 01/31/2013 01/31/2013
Coordinate & prepare information for internal team meetings & workshops. AC: 119. Provide Services (attendance and/or management of) Project Meetings (DJW, Ziji, MEI) - FY12 01/31/2013 01/31/2013
Delivery of a final FY12 progress report to KTOI (for NPCC, BPA) & final Draft FY13 budget AD: 119. Progress Reporting, Budget Development & Tracking (DJW, Ziji) - FY12 01/31/2013 01/31/2013
Facilitation, communication, and information management AE: 119. Project Management, Facilitation, Communciations, Information Management (DJW, Ziji, MEI) - FY13 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Coordinate & prepare information for internal team meetings & workshops. AF: 119. Provide Services (attendance and/or management of) Project Meetings (DJW, Ziji, MEI) - FY13 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Documentation and Progress on FY 13 and FY 14 SOW and budget AG: 119. Progress Reporting, Budget Development & Tracking (DJW, Ziji) - FY13 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Permit applications for Phase 2. Initiate Phase 3 permitting. AH: 165. Environmental Compliance (Braided Reach) (MEI) - FY12 01/31/2013 01/31/2013
Fisheries, wildlife & other environmental expertise provided - Phase 2 & 3 AI: 175. Phase 2 and Phase 3 Design Support (MEI) 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Provide fisheries and regulatory support during Phase 2 construction. AJ: 165. Phase 2 Biological and Environmental Compliance Implementation Support (MEI) - FY12 01/31/2013 01/31/2013
Permit applications for Phase 2 - 2013 projects AK: 165. Environmental Compliance (Braided Reach) (MEI) - FY13 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Provide fisheries and regulatory support during Phase 2 -2103 construction. AL: 165. Phase 2- 2013 Biological and Environmental Compliance Implementation Support (MEI) - FY13 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Expert Technical Review per KTOI request AM: 122. Provide Expert Technical Review for Phase 2 Projects (Technical Reviewers) - FY12 & FY13 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
1135 Meander Reach/Shorty's Island Feasibility Report AN: 141. Feasibility Report for Corps 1135 project 08/31/2012 08/31/2012
Pre-construction Services AO: 122. Provide Pre-Construction Services for Final Design Phase 2 (GFB) - FY12 & FY13 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Material Acquisition for Habitat Restoration Project AP: 98. Material Acquisition (Flory) - FY12 01/31/2013 12/31/2012
Material Acquisition for Habitat Restoration Project AQ: 98. Material Acquisition (Flory) - FY13 01/31/2014 12/31/2013
Sample Side Channels AR: 157. Collect Data on Effects--Habitat Restoration/Fish Assemblage/Side Channel Structure (Quist)-FY12/13 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Evaluation Fish Assemblage, Habitat Relations, Sampling Designs for Monitoring AS: 162. Analyze Data on Effects--Habitat Restoration/Fish Assemblage/Side Channel Structure (Quist)-FY12/13 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Implement Construction for Phase 2 Upper Meander and North Side Channels AT: 29. Provide Construction for Upper Meander and North Side Channel Projects (KTOI Contractor) - FY12 01/31/2013 12/31/2012
Implement Construction for Phase 2 - 2013 AU: 29. Provide Construction for Shortys I. Meander Phase 1a & 1b Ext. Projects (KTOI Contractor) - FY13 01/31/2014 01/31/2014

Viewing of Implementation Metrics
Viewing of Environmental Metrics Customize

Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Sturgeon, White (A. transmontanus) - Kootenai River DPS (Endangered)
  • 2 instances of WE 29 Increase Aquatic and/or Floodplain Complexity
  • 2 instances of WE 98 Other
  • 1 instance of WE 174 Produce Plan
  • 8 instances of WE 175 Produce Design
  • 6 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 5 instances of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data
  • 4 instances of WE 100 Construction Management

Sort WE ID WE Title NEPA NOAA USFWS NHPA Has Provisions Inadvertent Discovery Completed
A 185 Status Reports for BPA - FY12 & FY13 02/01/2012
B 119 Project Management (KTOI) - FY12 02/01/2012
C 119 Project Management (KTOI) - FY13 02/01/2012
D 132 Submit Annual Report (KTOI) 02/01/2012
E 122 Provide Technical Review & Integration for Project Planning & Implementation (CFS) - FY12 & FY13 02/01/2012
F 157 Data Collection for Habitat Enhancement Feasibility Studies (BPA Element 157) (USGS-ID) - FY12 06/04/2012
G 162 Modeling & Data Analysis (BPA Element 162) (USGS-ID) - FY12 02/01/2012
H 157 Data Collection for Habitat Enhancement Feasibility Studies (BPA Element 157) (USGS-ID) - FY13 06/04/2012
I 162 Modeling & Data Analysis (BPA Element 162) (USGS-ID) FY13 02/01/2012
J 157 Collect, Generate & Validate Data on Behavior of Juvenile KRW Sturgeon (BK-Riverfish) - FY12 06/04/2012
K 162 Analyze & Interpret Data on Behavior of Juvenile KRW Sturgeon (BK-Riverfish) - FY12 02/01/2012
L 157 Collect, Generate & Validate Data on Behavior of Juvenile KRW Sturgeon (BK-Riverfish) - FY13 06/04/2012
M 162 Analyze & Interpret Data on Behavior of Juvenile KRW Sturgeon (BK-Riverfish) - FY13 02/01/2012
N 175 Project Management & Coordination of Technical Design Work (RDG) - FY12 02/01/2012
O 100 Construction Management Support for Phase 2 Project Implementation (RDG) - FY12 02/01/2012
P 175 Develop Final Design for Phase 2 Projects (RDG) - FY12 02/01/2012
Q 175 Conduct Feasibility Analysis and Design for Phase 3 Projects (RDG) - FY12 02/01/2012
R 175 Project Management & Coordination of Technical Design Work (RDG) - FY13 02/01/2012
S 100 Construction Management Support for Phase 2 Project Implementation (RDG) - FY13 02/01/2012
T 175 Develop Final Design for Phase 2 Projects (RDG) - FY13 02/01/2012
U 175 Conduct Feasibility Analysis and Design for Phase 3 Projects (RDG) - FY13 02/01/2012
V 174 Coordinate, Develop & Produce Adaptive Management Program (Geum) - FY12 & FY13 02/01/2012
W 157 Phase 2 Feasibility Analysis, Preliminary Design and Final Design (Geum) - FY12 02/01/2012
X 100 Project Construction Management (Geum) - FY12 02/01/2012
Y 175 Feasibility Analysis, Preliminary Design and Final Design (Geum) - FY13 02/01/2012
Z 100 Phase 2 Project Construction Management (Geum) - FY13 02/01/2012
AA 99 Provide Services & Products to Support Outreach & Education (Open Book Odyssey) - FY12 & FY13 02/01/2012
AB 119 Project Management, Facilitation, Communciations, Information Management (DJW, Ziji, MEI) - FY12 02/01/2012
AC 119 Provide Services (attendance and/or management of) Project Meetings (DJW, Ziji, MEI) - FY12 02/01/2012
AD 119 Progress Reporting, Budget Development & Tracking (DJW, Ziji) - FY12 02/01/2012
AE 119 Project Management, Facilitation, Communciations, Information Management (DJW, Ziji, MEI) - FY13 02/01/2012
AF 119 Provide Services (attendance and/or management of) Project Meetings (DJW, Ziji, MEI) - FY13 02/01/2012
AG 119 Progress Reporting, Budget Development & Tracking (DJW, Ziji) - FY13 02/01/2012
AH 165 Environmental Compliance (Braided Reach) (MEI) - FY12 02/01/2012
AI 175 Phase 2 and Phase 3 Design Support (MEI) 02/01/2012
AJ 165 Phase 2 Biological and Environmental Compliance Implementation Support (MEI) - FY12 02/01/2012
AK 165 Environmental Compliance (Braided Reach) (MEI) - FY13 02/01/2012
AL 165 Phase 2- 2013 Biological and Environmental Compliance Implementation Support (MEI) - FY13 02/01/2012
AM 122 Provide Expert Technical Review for Phase 2 Projects (Technical Reviewers) - FY12 & FY13 02/01/2012
AN 141 Feasibility Report for Corps 1135 project 05/01/2012
AO 122 Provide Pre-Construction Services for Final Design Phase 2 (GFB) - FY12 & FY13 02/01/2012
AP 98 Material Acquisition (Flory) - FY12 06/04/2012
AQ 98 Material Acquisition (Flory) - FY13 07/30/2013
AR 157 Collect Data on Effects--Habitat Restoration/Fish Assemblage/Side Channel Structure (Quist)-FY12/13 06/04/2012
AS 162 Analyze Data on Effects--Habitat Restoration/Fish Assemblage/Side Channel Structure (Quist)-FY12/13 02/01/2012
AT 29 Provide Construction for Upper Meander and North Side Channel Projects (KTOI Contractor) - FY12 07/30/2013
AU 29 Provide Construction for Shortys I. Meander Phase 1a & 1b Ext. Projects (KTOI Contractor) - FY13 01/03/2014