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Contract 77111 REL 9: 1994-050-00 EXP SALMON RIVER HABITAT ENHANCEMENT
Project Number:
Title:
Salmon River Habitat Enhancement
BPA PM:
Stage:
Implementation
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Mountain Snake Salmon 100.00%
Contract Number:
77111 REL 9
Contract Title:
1994-050-00 EXP SALMON RIVER HABITAT ENHANCEMENT
Contract Continuation:
Previous:
77016: 1994-050-00 EXP SALMON RIVER HABITAT ENHANCEMENT
Contract Status:
Issued
Contract Description:
Project work in this contract will finalize the CHaMP survey work in the Yankee Fork basin and focus on shifting project work to the Panther Creek basin to address habitat restoration needs in that subbasin.

Through the Tribes, Watershed Solutions, Inc., will conduct effectiveness and status & trend fish habitat surveys in the Yankee Fork Salmon River watershed for each major salmonid population group (MPG, steelhead and Chinook) using the CHaMP protocol. CHaMP has provided the Tribes a robust methodology to record before and after conditions of habitat restoration actions. This survey work has been conducted in previous contracts and a final report will be presented at the conclusion of this contract.

The SRHE project will shift focus to developing habitat restoration work in the Panther Creek basin. Panther Creek is part of the Middle Salmon-Panther Subbasin, consisting of four watersheds and encompassing approximately 1370 km2. As a large tributary to the Salmon River, it represents an important spawning and rearing tributary for Chinook salmon and steelhead trout; however, due to past land management activities such as timber harvest, mining, cattle grazing, water diversions, and wildfire suppression, much of this habitat has been substantially degraded. The main channel of Panther Creek has low habitat complexity and diversity in areas critical to the survival of rearing juvenile steelhead and Chinook following the emergence from gravel during spring. Other limiting factors include high summer stream temperatures, lack of habitat quantity and quality,  reduced riparian vegetation abundance, and reduced water and sediment quality as a result of past mining activity. Currently, these conditions limit the distribution and abundance of ESA-listed anadromous fish in Panther Creek. Much of the basin is USFS land and is designated as a priority watershed under the 1995 Salmon-Challis National Forest Plan. The USFS will be a planning and implementation partner in restoration work conducted in this basin.

Restoration work in Panther Creek will be approached with two primary goals. The first is to restore habitat complexity in sections of Panther Creek and its tributaries in order to increase juvenile steelhead and Chinook habitat quality and quantity. The second goal is to restore and sustain a sufficient abundance of salmon and steelhead for harvest by Tribal members in fulfillment of guarantees established in the 1868 Fort Bridger Treaty. To achieve the first goal, we will develop a watershed assessment to document and describe current habitat conditions, geomorphic conditions and constraints, current landscape context, and to identify reaches and methods for habitat restoration. Design and implementation of restoration projects will be done in subsequent contracts.

Examples of potential projects include replacing culverts, installing Beaver Dam Analogs (BDA’s) and/or Post Assisted Log Structures (PALS) to enhance hydrologic, geomorphic and riparian processes to the benefit of Chinook and steelhead populations, and identifying other opportunities to improve floodplain connection. Culvert replacements in some of the tributaries to Panther Creek would address velocity and height barriers for anadromous fish. BDA’s and PALS would address the need for deep pool and pond habitat, and increase surface water storage. These elements provide deep water refugia, increase the frequencies of riffle habitat and abundance of suitable spawning gravels, help reconnect floodplains, increase water storage/recharge of shallow alluvial aquifers, and provide thermal refugia during high summer temperatures.
Account Type(s):
Expense
Contract Start Date:
09/04/2018
Contract End Date:
03/31/2020
Current Contract Value:
$465,267
Expenditures:
$340,029

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 31-Dec-2019.

BPA COTR:
Env. Compliance Lead:
Contract Contractor:
Work Order Task(s):
Contract Type:
Release
Pricing Method:
Cost Reimbursement (CNF)
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Full Name Organization Write Permission Contact Type Email Work Phone
Shannell Bernal Shoshone-Bannock Tribes No Technical Contact sbernal@sbtribes.com (208) 478-3795
Steven Campbell Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Yes Contract Manager scampbell@sbtribes.com (208) 236-1047
Chad Colter Shoshone-Bannock Tribes No Supervisor ccolter@sbtribes.com (208) 239-4553
Keats Conley Shoshone-Bannock Tribes No Interested Party kconley@sbtribes.com (208) 239-4568
Israel Duran Bonneville Power Administration Yes Interested Party induran@bpa.gov (503) 230-3967
Jacee Furniss Shoshone-Bannock Tribes No Administrative Contact jfurniss@sbtribes.com (208) 239-4551
Zachary Gustafson Bonneville Power Administration No Env. Compliance Lead zrgustafson@bpa.gov (503) 230-4419
David Kaplowe Bonneville Power Administration Yes F&W Approver djkaplowe@bpa.gov (503) 230-5365
Elsha Leavitt Shoshone-Bannock Tribes No Administrative Contact eleavitt@sbtribes.com (208) 478-3795
Jennifer Lord Bonneville Power Administration Yes COTR jklord@bpa.gov (503) 230-5192
Christopher Roper Bonneville Power Administration No Interested Party cproper@bpa.gov (503) 230-3514
Tybee Sheidler Bonneville Power Administration No Interested Party tasheidler@bpa.gov (503) 230-3820
Elham Zolmajd-Haghighi Bonneville Power Administration Yes Contracting Officer ezolmajd-haghighi@bpa.gov (503) 230-7414


Viewing of Work Statement Elements

Deliverable Title WSE Sort Letter, Number, Title Start End Complete
EC documents and permits B: 165. Provide all EC documentation to BPA 03/31/2020
Final report for SBT Habitat Monitoring Plan as a component of the Tribes Salmon and Steelhead RM&E Plan. C: 174. SBT Habitat Monitoring Plan as part of the Tribes' Salmon and Steelhead RM&E Plan 03/13/2020
Yankee Fork Salmon River: CHaMP watershed--effectiveness, status and trend data collection D: 157. Yankee Fork Salmon River: CHaMP watershed--effectiveness, status and trend data collection 11/01/2018 11/01/2018
Manage Habitat Program E: 119. Manage Habitat Program 03/31/2020
Submit Progress Report for the period (Sept 2016) to (Aug 2017) F: 132. Submit Progress Report for the period (Sept 2016) to (Aug 2017) 03/31/2020
Completed Annual Report G: 132. Submit Progress Report for the period (Sept 2017) to (Aug 2018) 03/31/2020
Produce watershed assessment and analysis of Panther Creek H: 174. Watershed Assessment and Planning for Panther Creek 08/31/2019 08/31/2019
Install large wood structures for habitat improvements in Panther Creek I: 29. Panther Creek Fish Habitat Restoration 09/30/2019 09/30/2019
Upload final draft of 2020 Panther Creek Restoration Plan J: 175. Panther Creek Design and Planning for 2020 Implementation 03/20/2020

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Viewing of Environmental Metrics

Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Chinook (O. tshawytscha) - Snake River Fall ESU (Threatened)
  • 1 instance of WE 174 Produce Plan
  • 1 instance of WE 175 Produce Design
Chinook (O. tshawytscha) - Snake River Spring/Summer ESU (Threatened)
  • 1 instance of WE 29 Increase Aquatic and/or Floodplain Complexity
  • 2 instances of WE 174 Produce Plan
  • 1 instance of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
Steelhead (O. mykiss) - Snake River DPS (Threatened)
  • 1 instance of WE 29 Increase Aquatic and/or Floodplain Complexity
  • 2 instances of WE 174 Produce Plan
  • 1 instance of WE 175 Produce Design
  • 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 09/01/2018
B 165 Provide all EC documentation to BPA 09/01/2018
C 174 SBT Habitat Monitoring Plan as part of the Tribes' Salmon and Steelhead RM&E Plan 09/01/2018
D 157 Yankee Fork Salmon River: CHaMP watershed--effectiveness, status and trend data collection 09/01/2018
E 119 Manage Habitat Program 09/01/2018
F 132 Submit Progress Report for the period (Sept 2016) to (Aug 2017) 09/01/2018
G 132 Submit Progress Report for the period (Sept 2017) to (Aug 2018) 09/01/2018
H 174 Watershed Assessment and Planning for Panther Creek 08/07/2019
I 29 Panther Creek Fish Habitat Restoration
J 175 Panther Creek Design and Planning for 2020 Implementation 08/07/2019