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Contract 67793: 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:
67793
Contract Title:
2002-002-00 EXP ENHANCE WHITE STURGEON HABITAT
Contract Continuation:
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63775: 2002-002-00 EXP ENHANCE WHITE STURGEON HABITAT
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Contract Status:
Closed
Contract Description:
Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program (KRHRP) - Project 200200200

The Kootenai Tribe, in coordination with agency partners and stakeholders, is designing and implementing 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 has moved from the data-collection and planning stages of this project, into the design, implementation and monitoring stage. Previous years’ 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); development of a comprehensive Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program Master Plan (2007-2009). The Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program 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.
The Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program goals incorporate four major categories -- morphology, riparian vegetation, aquatic habitat, and river stewardship:
•Morphology. Restore physical habitat by reducing the negative effects to river and floodplain ecological processes caused by river response to the altered landscape.
•Riparian vegetation. Restore native vegetation by establishing stream bank and floodplain conditions that sustain plant community development processes.
•Aquatic habitat. Restore aquatic habitat conditions that support all life stages of native fish and promote sustainable populations.
•River stewardship. Create opportunities for river and floodplain stewardship in the community.
Using the Master Plan as a starting point, the Tribe in collaboration with co-managers and agency partners, developed a suite of restoration design concepts for implementation over approximately six to ten years. Implementation related actions from 2013 to 2017 will 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 research necessary to address specific design questions, operations and maintenance, and outreach and education.
Restoration treatments implemented through these combined 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, depth attributes 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, side-channel restoration, mainstem pool establishment or enhancement including development of a “pool ladder” through the braided reach, large wood placement, floodplain and wetlands construction and restoration, spawning substrate enhancement, revegetation, tributary restoration, fish passage barrier removal (tributaries), and riparian buffer fencing.
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 work in concert with 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:
02/01/2015
Contract End Date:
01/31/2016
Current Contract Value:
$6,397,172
Expenditures:
$6,397,172

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 30-Sep-2020.

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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
John Barco III Bonneville Power Administration No Interested Party (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
Solomonn Marsh Bonneville Power Administration No Contracting Officer spmarsh@bpa.gov (503) 230-3943
Edna Runyan Kootenai Tribe Yes Contract Manager edna@kootenai.org (208) 267-3620
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
Dorothy Welch Bonneville Power Administration Yes F&W Approver dwwelch@bpa.gov (503) 230-5479
Shawn Young Kootenai Tribe No Technical Contact young@kootenai.org (208) 597-4490


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Deliverable Title WSE Sort Letter, Number, Title Start End Complete
KTOI Project Coordination and Oversight B: 119. Project Management (KTOI) 01/31/2016 01/31/2016
Attach Report in Pisces C: 132. Submit Annual Report (KTOI) 01/31/2016 01/31/2016
Provide review & integration for KRHRP D: 122. Provide Technical Review & Integration (CFS) 01/31/2016 01/31/2016
USGS Reports and Data E: 157. Data Collection for Habitat Enhancement Feasibility Studies (USGS-ID) 01/31/2016 01/31/2016
USGS Modeling, Analysis and Data provided to KTOI design team F: 162. Modeling & Data Analysis (USGS-ID) 01/31/2016 01/31/2016
Attend meetings and provide technical support and consultation G: 119. Project Planning, Coordination and Meetings (USGS-ID) 01/31/2016 12/30/2015
Presentation of technical deliverables, project coordination and technical integration H: 175. Project Management & Coordination of Technical Design Work (RDG) 01/31/2016 01/31/2016
Construction Management Complete I: 100. Construction Management Support for Project Implementation (RDG) 01/31/2016 01/31/2016
Finalize design of Bonners Ferry Islands and Straight Reach projects J: 175. Final Design for FY15/16 KRHRP Projects (RDG) 01/31/2016 01/31/2016
Feasibility Analysis and designs of projects scheduled 2017 projects K: 175. Conduct Feasibility Analysis and Design for Projects (RDG) 01/31/2016 01/31/2016
Graphics, figures and narratives to document project management activities L: 119. Project Management and Coordination (Geum) 01/31/2016 01/31/2016
Habitat management plan, development of answers to key questions: effectiveness monitoring M: 174. Coordinate, Develop & Produce M&E Program (Geum) 01/31/2016 01/31/2016
Revegetation plan set materials; construction oversight log N: 100. Project Construction Management (Geum) 12/31/2015 11/30/2015
Feasibility analyses and completed design reports & project bid packages O: 175. Feasibility Analysis, Preliminary Design and Final Design (Geum) 01/31/2016 01/31/2016
Wetland delineation reports for 2015 projects; Information for completion of EA P: 165. Environmental Compliance and Permitting (Geum) 01/31/2016 12/01/2015
Support products and documents for outreach and education Q: 99. Provide Services & Products to Support Outreach & Education (Open Book Odyssey) 01/31/2016 01/31/2016
Documentation, facilitation, communication and information management to support KRHRP R: 119. Project Management, Facilitation, Communciations, Information Management (DJW, Ziji, MEI) 01/31/2016 01/31/2016
Attend and/or manage meetings & workshops S: 119. Provide Services (attendance and/or management of) Project Meetings (DJW, Ziji, MEI) 01/31/2016 01/31/2016
Documentation and progress on FY16 SOW and budget T: 119. Progress Reporting, Budget Development & Tracking (DJW) 01/31/2016 11/16/2015
Permit applications for 2015 and 2016 projects U: 165. Environmental Compliance (MEI) 01/31/2016 01/31/2016
Fisheries and regulatory support for construction V: 165. Biological and Environmental Compliance Implementation Support (MEI) 01/31/2016 01/31/2016
Expert Technical Review per KTOI request W: 122. Provide Expert Technical Review for KRHRP Projects (Technical Reviewers) 01/31/2016 01/31/2016
Provide input and recommendations of biological M&E design and methods X: 122. Input and Review on Project Specific M&E (DJW) 01/31/2016 11/30/2015
Microhabitat Sampling Y: 157. Collect Data on Effects--Habitat Restoration/Fish Assemblage/Microhabitat Use (Quist) 01/31/2016 01/31/2016
Evaluation fish assemblage, habitat relations, sampling designs for monitoring Z: 162. Analyze Data on Effects--Habitat Restoration/Fish Assemblage/Microhabitat Use (Quist) 01/31/2016 01/31/2016
Material acquisition for KRHRP projects AA: 98. Material Acquisition (Flory) 01/31/2016 11/30/2015
Pre-construction Services AB: 122. Provide Pre-Construction Services for Phase Project Final Design (GFB) 01/31/2016 01/31/2016
Implement construction for KRHRP FY 2015 projects AC: 29. Provide Construction for Identified 2015 Projects (GFB) 01/31/2016 12/31/2015
Maintenance on completed habitat projects AD: 198. Maintenance work on completed projects (NWTR) 01/31/2016 12/30/2015

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Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Sturgeon, White (A. transmontanus) - Lower Columbia River
  • 1 instance of WE 175 Produce Design
Sturgeon, White (A. transmontanus) - Kootenai River DPS (Endangered)
  • 1 instance of WE 198 Maintain Vegetation
  • 1 instance of WE 29 Increase Aquatic and/or Floodplain Complexity
  • 1 instance of WE 98 Other
  • 1 instance of WE 174 Produce Plan
  • 3 instances of WE 175 Produce Design
  • 2 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 2 instances of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data
  • 2 instances of WE 100 Construction Management

Sort WE ID WE Title NEPA NOAA USFWS NHPA Has Provisions Inadvertent Discovery Completed
A 185 Periodic Status Reports for BPA 02/01/2015
B 119 Project Management (KTOI) 02/01/2015
C 132 Submit Annual Report (KTOI) 02/01/2015
D 122 Provide Technical Review & Integration (CFS) 02/01/2015
E 157 Data Collection for Habitat Enhancement Feasibility Studies (USGS-ID) 02/01/2015
F 162 Modeling & Data Analysis (USGS-ID) 02/01/2015
G 119 Project Planning, Coordination and Meetings (USGS-ID) 02/01/2015
H 175 Project Management & Coordination of Technical Design Work (RDG) 02/01/2015
I 100 Construction Management Support for Project Implementation (RDG) 02/01/2015
J 175 Final Design for FY15/16 KRHRP Projects (RDG) 02/01/2015
K 175 Conduct Feasibility Analysis and Design for Projects (RDG) 02/01/2015
L 119 Project Management and Coordination (Geum) 02/01/2015
M 174 Coordinate, Develop & Produce M&E Program (Geum) 02/01/2015
N 100 Project Construction Management (Geum) 02/01/2015
O 175 Feasibility Analysis, Preliminary Design and Final Design (Geum) 02/01/2015
P 165 Environmental Compliance and Permitting (Geum) 02/01/2015
Q 99 Provide Services & Products to Support Outreach & Education (Open Book Odyssey) 02/01/2015
R 119 Project Management, Facilitation, Communciations, Information Management (DJW, Ziji, MEI) 02/01/2015
S 119 Provide Services (attendance and/or management of) Project Meetings (DJW, Ziji, MEI) 02/01/2015
T 119 Progress Reporting, Budget Development & Tracking (DJW) 02/01/2015
U 165 Environmental Compliance (MEI) 02/01/2015
V 165 Biological and Environmental Compliance Implementation Support (MEI) 02/01/2015
W 122 Provide Expert Technical Review for KRHRP Projects (Technical Reviewers) 02/01/2015
X 122 Input and Review on Project Specific M&E (DJW) 02/01/2015
Y 157 Collect Data on Effects--Habitat Restoration/Fish Assemblage/Microhabitat Use (Quist) 02/01/2015
Z 162 Analyze Data on Effects--Habitat Restoration/Fish Assemblage/Microhabitat Use (Quist) 02/01/2015
AA 98 Material Acquisition (Flory) 02/01/2015
AB 122 Provide Pre-Construction Services for Phase Project Final Design (GFB) 02/01/2015
AC 29 Provide Construction for Identified 2015 Projects (GFB) 05/14/2015
AD 198 Maintenance work on completed projects (NWTR) 02/01/2015