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Contract 66672: 1992-061-03 EXP ADMIN ALBENI FALLS WL IDF&G
Project Number:
Title:
Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation-Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG)
Stage:
Implementation
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Intermountain Pend Oreille 100.00%
Contract Number:
66672
Contract Title:
1992-061-03 EXP ADMIN ALBENI FALLS WL IDF&G
Contract Continuation:
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Contract Status:
Closed
Contract Description:
Background

The Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act (Act) of 1980 (Public Law 96-501) directed that measures be implemented by Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) to protect, mitigate, and enhance fish and wildlife to the extent affected by development and operation of hydropower projects on the Columbia River system (Martin et al. 1988).  The Act created the Northwest Power Planning and Conservation Council (Council), which in turn developed the Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program (Program). Under the Act, BPA has the authority and obligation to fund fish and wildlife mitigation activities that are consistent with the Council's Fish and Wildlife Program (USDE 1996).  Part of the Program was the development of wildlife protection, mitigation and enhancement plans for each of the hydropower facilities on the Columbia River system and ultimately, implementation of the plans to mitigate wildlife habitat losses.  The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) developed a mitigation plan in 1987, for the Albeni Falls hydroelectric facility that was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) on the Pend Oreille River in Bonner County, Idaho between 1951 and 1955 (Martin et al. 1988).  Mitigation plans for wildlife habitat losses at each of the Columbia River Basin dams were submitted by BPA to the Council in 1989, including the mitigation plan for Albeni Falls Dam in Idaho (USDE 1996).  The Council reviewed and approved the Albeni Falls plan in 1990 (USDE 1996).  The Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation Agreement was jointly prepared and approved by the IDFG and BPA in June 1997 (BPA and IDFG 1997).  

The Albeni Falls Wildlife Management Plan Final Environmental Assessment (BPA 1996) addressed the potential environmental effects of a proposed wildlife habitat protection and enhancement program.  Based on the analysis in the environmental assessment, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) concluded that funding the development and implementation of the Project would enable the IDFG, as well as other federal agencies and sovereign nations to protect and enhance a variety of wetland and riparian habitats, restore 28,587 Habitat Units (HU) lost as a result of construction of the Albeni Falls Dam, and implement long-term wildlife management activities.  The Project also complies with the Wildlife Mitigation Program Final Environmental Impact Statement (BPA 1997) and the standardized planning and implementation process prescriptions set forth in the Record of Decision.  In-lieu of annualizing habitat unit losses the Council decided to mitigate losses at a 2:1 ratio. That is, for every two HU protected the HU ledger would be reduced by one HU. In 2002, however, BPA decided to maintain a 1:1 crediting policy.  The issue of how to address the annualized wildlife habitat losses remains unresolved.

This contract is one of two IDFG contracts for protection, mitigation and enhancement of wildlife habitats in Northern Idaho.  This contract covers all management and administrative responsibilities for implementing mitigation projects.  The second contract under this Project number covers all operational and maintenance of wildlife mitigation parcels.  Thus, the Project goals are twofold and are: 1) to continue the administration and ongoing implementation of the Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation Project; and, 2) to protect, restore, maintain, and manage wetland, riparian and upland coniferous forest habitats on three wildlife management areas in Northern Idaho.

This contract has been developed to cover personnel, mitigation implementation and monitoring costs for a 12-month contract period  (July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013) with the following objectives:
• Identify potential mitigation actions by identifying willing landowner participants and cost-sharing partnerships, building relationships with entities interested in wildlife mitigation and meeting with County Commissioners.
• Secure conservation easements, fee-title, and lease agreements by pursuing site information and title search, writing easement terms and conditions with landowners, verifying maps, fence boundaries, and legal descriptions, coordinating completion of property appraisal and review, and developing option/purchase agreements.
• Fulfill NEPA and BPA funding requirements by coordinating completion of cultural resource surveys, hazardous waste surveys and providing information for NEPA assessment.
• Provide cost-share funding to other project entities by determining cost-share entity’s role in the proposed project.
• Coordinate completion of biological baseline surveys of specific habitat areas to determine starting point for monitoring and evaluation of biological objectives.
• Coordinate and implement information and education program.  Activities may include development of information and regulation signs and interpretive sites, production of audio-visual programs and informational brochures, and educational site tours.
• Provide assistance with monitoring and evaluation activities on mitigation lands.  Activities may include continuing HEP analysis to determine changes in habitat quality, site-specific monitoring and/or sampling of terrestrial vegetation, public use, and habitat use.
• Coordinate mitigation implementation activities associated with other members operating under the Project.
• Coordinate and develop Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation Project presentations to the Wildlife Caucus.  Such materials may include slides, overheads, budgets, spreadsheets, site-specific information, etc.
• Coordinate and develop designs and plans to implement protection and restoration for Project Area deltas.
• Develop administrative work statement and budget and maintain site-specific operating budgets for individual mitigation parcels.  Oversee and develop budget revisions as necessary.
• Prepare an Annual Report of Idaho Department of Fish and Game's Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation implementation activities.
• Monitoring and Evaluation:  to monitor vegetative cover and habitats using scientific principals and techniques to ensure that project objectives are being met and to provide a basis for use of adaptive management when appropriate.  To evaluate species and habitat responses to management activities for the benefit of fish and wildlife using mitigation lands.


Background for the Clark Fork River Delta Restoration Project

Nine areas identified in the Clark Fork River delta total about 2,496 acres before the construction and inundation of Lake Pend Oreille by the Albeni Falls Dam , and over 60 years later, the same areas total about 1,204 acres.  This represents an estimated loss of about 1,292 acres of wildlife habitat (52 percent of the total area).  The estimated wildlife habitat loss is due to the combined actions of the construction and inundation of the Albeni Falls dam, and each year that the dam operates.  Erosion of shorelines and island areas as a result of Albeni Falls operations are still occurring, and some shoreline areas are experiencing annual erosion rates of up to eight feet.

Under the Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program, IDFG contracted Ducks Unlimited (DU) to conduct an updated feasibility study on potential, cost-effective shoreline erosion control measures in the Clark Fork River delta.  This is not the first time that a contractor has looked at solving the erosion issues in the delta.  Avista Corporation contracted two companies in the past:  Findlay Engineering, Inc. in 2000, and Paramatrix, Inc. in 1998.  Both companies completed the studies in support of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) re-licensing of the Avista Corporation’s Cabinet Gorge and Noxon Rapid Hydroelectric facilities.  Ducks Unlimited was asked to review the past studies, and to also contact local experts with experience in controlling shoreline erosion including the local conservation districts, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Kalispel Tribe, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) to seek recommendations on successful shoreline erosion techniques.  Then DU was asked to develop a conceptual plan, including feasible alternatives for treating shoreline erosion at each identified site.

DU engineers recommend that work in the Clark Fork River delta should consist of first protecting shorelines from further erosion and then conducting restoration activities behind the protection.  Protection and restoration should be considered for all areas where possible.  There are many areas where protection from further erosion may be considered the only activities needed at the sites.  At present, the two ACOE’s breakwaters appear to provide good wave protection, but provide limited wildlife habitat value, recreational uses, or aesthetics.  A combination of materials such as riprap, anchored large wooded debris and vegetation could be used to construct breakwaters to protect the island shorelines, as well as providing wildlife habitat.  Geotubes could also be considered in some areas, but lessons from the Pack River delta project have shown that this technology can be cost-prohibitive.

A June 1, 2012 letter from the State of Idaho’s Office of Energy resources to Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) outlined a five-year agreement to monitor and evaluate the effects of operations at Albeni Falls dam.  A major component of the agreement provides $3 million in BPA funds over a three year period that would otherwise be considered for land acquisition, to initiate extensive river delta erosion mitigation projects where ongoing bank erosion is a concern.  Both BPA and Idaho agreed to negotiate in good faith to reach a mutually agreed upon long-term settlement for mitigation of construction, inundation, and any operational impacts on fish and wildlife resources attributed to the Albeni Falls hydroelectric project.

On October 16, 2012, IDFG hosted a meeting with BPA, ACOE, U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), federal and state regulators, as well as other interested stakeholders.  The purpose of the meeting was to coordinate a restoration project in the Clark Fork River delta with a targeted construction start date of November/December 2013, and continuing until March/April 2014.  Lands within the proposed delta restoration area are owned by ACOE, BLM and IDFG, and are all managed under a long-term management agreement with the State.  Discussions revolved around which agency would be the lead federal agency, and how to complete the regulatory requirements within the tight time lines.  The group also reviewed the draft project purpose and objectives.  The project purpose will be to protect, improve and restore key riparian and wetland habitats and their ecological function in the Clark Fork River delta.  To achieve this, the restoration project will involve creating barrier islands to project lands, reinforcing and protecting eroding shorelines in the delta, raising portions of the delta islands that are currently submerged, increasing wetland diversity.  The group supported the project purpose and formed a design team tasked with developing the restoration plan and time line.
Account Type(s):
Expense
Contract Start Date:
07/01/2014
Contract End Date:
06/30/2015
Current Contract Value:
$3,864,603
Expenditures:
$3,864,603

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

BPA CO:
BPA COR:
Env. Compliance Lead:
Work Order Task(s):
Contract Type:
Contract (IGC)
Pricing Method:
Cost Reimbursement (CNF)
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Viewing of Work Statement Elements

Deliverable Title WSE Sort Letter, Number, Title Start End Complete
Completed Documentation Pertaining to Environmental Compliance A: 165. Environmental Compliance 06/30/2015 06/30/2015
Identified Sellers of Lands B: 172. Identify willing landowner participants 06/30/2015 06/30/2015
Property Acquisition Information C: 172. Pursue site information, title search & easement terms 06/30/2015 06/30/2015
Completed Environmental Land Audit D: 172. Coordinate completion of Hazardous Waste Surveys 06/30/2015 06/30/2015
Completed project work identified in the Wildlife Management Plan E: 189. Coordinate with other members implementing Albeni Falls wildlife mitigation 06/30/2015 06/30/2015
Regional Wildlife Meeting Attendance F: 189. Coordinate/develop Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation Project presentations to the Wildlife Cauc 06/30/2015 06/30/2015
Inform and Involve More Entities in the Mitigation Efforts G: 189. Build relationships with entities interested in wildlife mitigation 06/30/2015 06/30/2015
Coordination with County Commissioners H: 189. Meet with County Commissioners 06/30/2015 06/30/2015
Completed project work identified in Wildlife Management Plans I: 189. Coordinate enhancement and O&M activities defined in site-specific Wildlife Management Plans 06/30/2015 06/30/2015
Cost Share Partners Identified J: 114. Identify cost-share partnerships and projects 06/30/2015 06/30/2015
Education and Outreach for community affected by the Albeni Falls Hydroelectric facility. K: 99. Coordinate/implement info education program for Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation Project 06/30/2015 06/30/2015
Completed HEP Reports for Mitigation Properties L: 87. Coordinate and conduct baseline and 5- and 10-year HEP surveys 06/30/2015 06/30/2015
Annual Summary Report of Monitoring Information M: 157. Coordinate and conduct wildlife and vegetation monitoring surveys for the Clark Fork River delta 06/30/2015 06/30/2015
Monitoring Bank Erosion and vegetation change in the Clark Fork River Delta N: 157. Coordinate, collect and generate Aerial and TS LiDAR data for the Clark Fork Restoration Project 06/30/2015 06/30/2015
Engineered proposals for the protection and restoration of the deltas in the Project Area O: 175. Prepare designs and plans to protect and restore delta areas in the Project Area 06/30/2015 06/30/2015
Monitoring for Bank Erosion on Lake Pend Oreille and Pend Oreille River Shorelines P: 157. Coordinate, collect & generate field data on Winter lake fluctuation impacts to wildlife habitats 06/30/2015 06/30/2015
Completed restoration actions on the Cocolalla Lake parcel Q: 181. Complete cost-share restoration project on Cocolalla Lake Wildlife Mitigation Parcel 06/30/2015 06/30/2015
Complete a portion of Phase I of the Clark Fork River Delta Restoration Project R: 181. Complete cost-share restoration project on the Clark Fork River Delta 06/30/2015 06/30/2015
Completed Wildlife Management Plans S: 174. Develop site-specific wildlife management plans 06/30/2015 06/30/2015
Project Management and WMA Equipment Purchase T: 119. Develop/maintain IDFG budgets, manage/maintain contracts & inventory records & IDFG spending 06/30/2015 06/30/2015
Attach Progress Report in Pisces U: 132. Submit Progress Report for the period (July 1, 2014) to (June 30, 2015) 06/30/2015 06/30/2015

Viewing of Implementation Metrics
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Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Wildlife
  • 2 instances of WE 181 Create, Restore, and/or Enhance Wetland
  • 1 instance of WE 87 Prepare HEP Report
  • 3 instances of WE 172 Conduct Pre-Acquisition Activities
  • 1 instance of WE 114 Identify and Select Projects
  • 1 instance of WE 174 Produce Plan
  • 1 instance of WE 175 Produce Design
  • 3 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 Environmental Compliance 07/01/2014
B 172 Identify willing landowner participants 07/01/2014
C 172 Pursue site information, title search & easement terms 07/01/2014
D 172 Coordinate completion of Hazardous Waste Surveys 07/01/2014
E 189 Coordinate with other members implementing Albeni Falls wildlife mitigation 07/01/2014
F 189 Coordinate/develop Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation Project presentations to the Wildlife Cauc 07/01/2014
G 189 Build relationships with entities interested in wildlife mitigation 07/01/2014
H 189 Meet with County Commissioners 07/01/2014
I 189 Coordinate enhancement and O&M activities defined in site-specific Wildlife Management Plans 07/01/2014
J 114 Identify cost-share partnerships and projects 07/01/2014
K 99 Coordinate/implement info education program for Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation Project 07/01/2014
L 87 Coordinate and conduct baseline and 5- and 10-year HEP surveys 07/01/2014
M 157 Coordinate and conduct wildlife and vegetation monitoring surveys for the Clark Fork River delta 06/30/2014
N 157 Coordinate, collect and generate Aerial and TS LiDAR data for the Clark Fork Restoration Project 06/30/2014
O 175 Prepare designs and plans to protect and restore delta areas in the Project Area 07/01/2014
P 157 Coordinate, collect & generate field data on Winter lake fluctuation impacts to wildlife habitats 06/30/2014
Q 181 Complete cost-share restoration project on Cocolalla Lake Wildlife Mitigation Parcel 02/23/2015
R 181 Complete cost-share restoration project on the Clark Fork River Delta 07/01/2014
S 174 Develop site-specific wildlife management plans 07/01/2014
T 119 Develop/maintain IDFG budgets, manage/maintain contracts & inventory records & IDFG spending 07/01/2014
U 132 Submit Progress Report for the period (July 1, 2014) to (June 30, 2015) 07/01/2014
V 185 Periodic Status Reports for BPA 07/01/2014