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Project 1990-018-00 - Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat and Passage Improvement

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Project Number:
1990-018-00
Title:
Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat and Passage Improvement
Summary:
The Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat/Passage Improvement Project is a resident fish substitution project intended to mitigate for anadromous fish losses caused by the construction and operations of Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams. The goal of the project is to increase natural production for Tribal subsistence. This substitution of resident fish for anadromous fish losses is considered in-place and out-of-kind mitigation and is in accordance with the Resident Fish Substitution Policy.

The Project proposes to enhance natural production and survival of resident fish for recreation and Tribal subsistence with the implementation of several management actions designed to address habitat related limiting factors and restore the natural hydrologic function of the systems. EDT and QHA sixth level HUC analysis indicated the greatest limiting factors for most of the Sanpoil and Upper Columbia Subbasin’s tributaries were identified in the Subbasin plans as obstructions, summer temperatures, flows, and sediment load (IMP Subbasin Plan 2004). Additionally nutrient imbalance limits growth and diversity with most streams being both nitrogen and phosphorus limited.

The land uses that have contributed to these limitations include cattle grazing, timber harvest, road construction and density, cut bank roads, irrigation withdrawal, restrictions of the natural channel migration with culverts and bridges, removal of riparian vegetation, agriculture, mining, and the loss of carbon and marine derived nutrients from anadromous carcasses.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Colville Confederated Tribes (Tribe)
Starting FY:
1990
Ending FY:
2032
BPA PM:
Stage:
Implementation - Project Status Report
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Intermountain Sanpoil 100.00%
Purpose:
Habitat
Emphasis:
Restoration/Protection
Focal Species:
Cutthroat Trout, Lahontan (threatened)
Cutthroat Trout, Westslope
Freshwater Mussels
Kokanee
Trout, Brook
Trout, Interior Redband
Trout, Rainbow
Whitefish, Mountain
Wildlife
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 0.0%   Resident: 100.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Special:
None
BiOp Association:
None

Map Bridge Creek and other Project Streams

Figure Name: Figure 2

Document ID: P119040

Document: Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat/Passage Improvement Project -- 2008 - 2009

Page Number: 15

Project: 1990-018-00

Contract: 46080

Map Sanpoil Ownership on Colville Reservation

Figure Name: Figure 3

Document ID: P119040

Document: Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat/Passage Improvement Project -- 2008 - 2009

Page Number: 16

Project: 1990-018-00

Contract: 46080

Map of Sanpoil Sub-basin 6th Level HUCS and Adjoining Sub-basins

Figure Name: Figure 5

Document ID: P119040

Document: Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat/Passage Improvement Project -- 2008 - 2009

Page Number: 19

Project: 1990-018-00

Contract: 46080

Adult Picket Fence Weir Trap

Figure Name: Photo 1

Document ID: P119040

Document: Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat/Passage Improvement Project -- 2008 - 2009

Page Number: 24

Project: 1990-018-00

Contract: 46080

Juvenile Fyke Net Live-Box Trap

Figure Name: Photo 2

Document ID: P119040

Document: Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat/Passage Improvement Project -- 2008 - 2009

Page Number: 24

Project: 1990-018-00

Contract: 46080

Map of South Nanamkin New Channel

Figure Name: Figure 8

Document ID: P119040

Document: Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat/Passage Improvement Project -- 2008 - 2009

Page Number: 34

Project: 1990-018-00

Contract: 46080

Map Distribution of Fish Species on the Colville Reservation

Figure Name: Figure 7

Document ID: P119040

Document: Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat/Passage Improvement Project -- 2008 - 2009

Page Number: 44

Project: 1990-018-00

Contract: 46080

These pictures of South Nanamkin Creek were taken during April of 2006 during high flows culvert was unable to handle all the flows coming down. Channel backed up to just below the barn then changed course causing property damage and backed up along Highway 21 causing erosion damage to the highway.

Figure Name: Appendix B-Photo A

Document ID: P119040

Document: Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat/Passage Improvement Project -- 2008 - 2009

Page Number: 128

Project: 1990-018-00

Contract: 46080

These pictures of South Nanamkin Creek were taken during April of 2006 during high flows culvert was unable to handle all the flows coming down. Channel backed up to just below the barn then changed course causing property damage and backed up along Highway 21 causing erosion damage to the highway.

Figure Name: Appendix B-Photo B

Document ID: P119040

Document: Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat/Passage Improvement Project -- 2008 - 2009

Page Number: 128

Project: 1990-018-00

Contract: 46080

Bridge Creek Photos: Photos 1 and 3 were taken of lower Bridge Creek and the island one week before culvert blew out.

Figure Name: Appendix B-Photo 1

Document ID: P119040

Document: Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat/Passage Improvement Project -- 2008 - 2009

Page Number: 129

Project: 1990-018-00

Contract: 46080

Bridge Creek Photos: Photos 1 and 3 were taken of lower Bridge Creek and the island one week before culvert blew out.

Figure Name: Appendix B-Photo 3

Document ID: P119040

Document: Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat/Passage Improvement Project -- 2008 - 2009

Page Number: 129

Project: 1990-018-00

Contract: 46080

These pictures of South Nanamkin Creek were taken during April of 2006 during high flows culvert was unable to handle all the flows coming down. Channel backed up to just below the barn then changed course causing property damage and backed up along Highway 21 causing erosion damage to the highway.

Figure Name: Appendix B-Photo C

Document ID: P119040

Document: Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat/Passage Improvement Project -- 2008 - 2009

Page Number: 128

Project: 1990-018-00

Contract: 46080

These pictures of South Nanamkin Creek were taken during April of 2006 during high flows culvert was unable to handle all the flows coming down. Channel backed up to just below the barn then changed course causing property damage and backed up along Highway 21 causing erosion damage to the highway.

Figure Name: Appendix B-Photo D

Document ID: P119040

Document: Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat/Passage Improvement Project -- 2008 - 2009

Page Number: 128

Project: 1990-018-00

Contract: 46080

Photo above actual channel is to the top of the picture. Landowner attempted to stop flow into his field with a berm. Access will be provided for the overflow to allow access of the water to the floodplain.

Figure Name: Appendix B-Photo E

Document ID: P119040

Document: Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat/Passage Improvement Project -- 2008 - 2009

Page Number: 128

Project: 1990-018-00

Contract: 46080

Photo above actual channel is to the top of the picture. Landowner attempted to stop flow into his field with a berm. Access will be provided for the overflow to allow access of the water to the floodplain.

Figure Name: Appendix B-Photo F

Document ID: P119040

Document: Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat/Passage Improvement Project -- 2008 - 2009

Page Number: 128

Project: 1990-018-00

Contract: 46080

Bridge Creek Photos: Late April culvert at Old State Highway blow out cut south bank and sent sediment downstream filling in the lower channel and obstructing fish passage.

Figure Name: Appendix B-Photo G

Document ID: P119040

Document: Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat/Passage Improvement Project -- 2008 - 2009

Page Number: 129

Project: 1990-018-00

Contract: 46080

Bridge Creek Photos: Late April culvert at Old State Highway blow out cut south bank and sent sediment downstream filling in the lower channel and obstructing fish passage.

Figure Name: Appendix B-Photo H

Document ID: P119040

Document: Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat/Passage Improvement Project -- 2008 - 2009

Page Number: 129

Project: 1990-018-00

Contract: 46080

Bridge Creek Photos: Same location as photo 1 at lower Bridge Creek one month after blow out. Channel depth has significantly been reduced and several gravel sand bars have developed and channel is no longer defined. Barriers have developed in the lowest part of the channel.

Figure Name: Appendix B-Photo 2

Document ID: P119040

Document: Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat/Passage Improvement Project -- 2008 - 2009

Page Number: 129

Project: 1990-018-00

Contract: 46080

Bridge Creek Photos: Sediment deposited in Bridge Creek channel following the culvert failure.

Figure Name: Appendix B-Photo 4

Document ID: P119040

Document: Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat/Passage Improvement Project -- 2008 - 2009

Page Number: 130

Project: 1990-018-00

Contract: 46080

Bridge Creek Photos: Sediment deposited in Bridge Creek channel following the culvert failure.

Figure Name: Appendix B-Photo 5

Document ID: P119040

Document: Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat/Passage Improvement Project -- 2008 - 2009

Page Number: 130

Project: 1990-018-00

Contract: 46080

Water pooling off to side of channel where channel is blocked by sediment

Figure Name: Appendix B-Photo 6

Document ID: P119040

Document: Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat/Passage Improvement Project -- 2008 - 2009

Page Number: 130

Project: 1990-018-00

Contract: 46080

Thirty Mile Creek Photos: County road damage when bank gave out on Thirty Mile Creek just above new culvert installed in summer 2005.

Figure Name: Appendix B-Photo I

Document ID: P119040

Document: Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat/Passage Improvement Project -- 2008 - 2009

Page Number: 130

Project: 1990-018-00

Contract: 46080

Thirty Mile Creek Photos: County road damage when bank gave out on Thirty Mile Creek just above new culvert installed in summer 2005.

Figure Name: Appendix B-Photo J

Document ID: P119040

Document: Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat/Passage Improvement Project -- 2008 - 2009

Page Number: 130

Project: 1990-018-00

Contract: 46080

Thirty Mile Creek Photos: Flow split diverting about one-half the flow into a field and across the road cutting off access to several homes and reducing in-stream flow and available habitat for fish and carried sediment back to Thirty Mile Creek to the west of the road when it returned to the stream.

Figure Name: Appendix B-Photo K

Document ID: P119040

Document: Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat/Passage Improvement Project -- 2008 - 2009

Page Number: 131

Project: 1990-018-00

Contract: 46080

Thirty Mile Creek Photos: Flow split diverting about one-half the flow into a field and across the road cutting off access to several homes and reducing in-stream flow and available habitat for fish and carried sediment back to Thirty Mile Creek to the west of the road when it returned to the stream.

Figure Name: Appendix B-Photo L

Document ID: P119040

Document: Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat/Passage Improvement Project -- 2008 - 2009

Page Number: 131

Project: 1990-018-00

Contract: 46080


Summary of Budgets

To view all expenditures for all fiscal years, click "Project Exp. by FY"

Expense SOY Budget Working Budget Contracted Amount Modified Contract Amount Expenditures *
FY2016 (Previous) $1,105,406 $1,627,806 $1,627,806 $1,744,322 $735,363

Fish Accord - Colville $1,627,806 $1,627,806 $1,744,322 $735,363
FY2017 (Current) $735,893 $938,745 $938,745 $938,745 $1,338,603

Fish Accord - Colville $938,745 $938,745 $938,745 $1,338,603
FY2018 (Next) $913,802 $913,802 $1 $1 $0

Post 2018 - Colville $913,802 $1 $1 $0

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 30-Apr-2017

Decided Budget Transfers  (FY2016 - FY2018)

Acct FY Acct Type Amount Fund Budget Decision Date
FY2016 Expense $750,000 From: Fish Accord - Colville Fish Accord Review 05/02/2008
FY2016 Expense $141,514 From: Fish Accord - Colville Fish Accord project COLA 11/21/2008
FY2016 Expense $115,897 To: Fish Accord - Colville CCT (2009-007-00) establish FY13-17 budget 03/08/2012
FY2016 Expense $115,897 From: Fish Accord - Colville CCT (2009-007-00) un-do FY16-FY17 project adjustments 09/10/2012
FY2016 Expense $115,897 To: Fish Accord - Colville CCT (2009-007-00) establish FY16-17 budget 07/29/2013
FY2016 Expense $149,302 From: Fish Accord - Colville Accord Budget Adjustments (CCT/Loss Assessment; Willamette) 02/27/2014
FY2016 Expense $56,860 From: Fish Accord - Colville CCT Reschedules (1995-011-00, 1990-018-00) 06/10/2014
FY2016 Expense $56,860 To: Fish Accord - Colville Accord Budget Transfers (CCT, SBT, KT) 7/31/2014 07/31/2014
FY2016 Expense $180,487 From: Fish Accord - Colville Accord Budget Adjustments (YN, CCT, CRITFC) 7/15/15 07/15/2015
FY2016 Expense $285,728 From: Fish Accord - Colville Accord Budget Transfers (CCT) 10/26/2015 10/26/2015
FY2016 Expense $194,432 From: Fish Accord - Colville Accord Budget Transfers (CCT, YN) 3/17/2016 03/21/2016
FY2016 Expense $32,629 From: Fish Accord - Colville CCT Budget adjustment (1990-018-00) 4/18/16 04/22/2016
FY2016 Expense $9,611 From: Fish Accord - Colville CCT Budget adjustment (1990-018-00) 4/18/16 04/22/2016
FY2017 Expense $750,000 From: Fish Accord - Colville Fish Accord Review 05/02/2008
FY2017 Expense $163,802 From: Fish Accord - Colville Fish Accord project COLA 11/21/2008
FY2017 Expense $8,608 To: Fish Accord - Colville CCT Accord budget transfers (cleanup of FY08/09/10/11) 5/12/2011 05/13/2011
FY2017 Expense $118,794 To: Fish Accord - Colville CCT (2009-007-00) establish FY13-17 budget 03/08/2012
FY2017 Expense $118,794 From: Fish Accord - Colville CCT (2009-007-00) un-do FY16-FY17 project adjustments 09/10/2012
FY2017 Expense $118,794 To: Fish Accord - Colville CCT (2009-007-00) establish FY16-17 budget 07/29/2013
FY2017 Expense $5,301 To: Fish Accord - Colville CCT budget adjustment (1990-018-00) 12/16/2013 12/16/2013
FY2017 Expense $149,302 From: Fish Accord - Colville Accord Budget Adjustments (CCT/Loss Assessment; Willamette) 02/27/2014
FY2017 Expense $56,860 From: Fish Accord - Colville Accord Budget Transfers (CCT, SBT, KT) 7/31/2014 07/31/2014
FY2017 Expense $158,744 To: Fish Accord - Colville CCT Budget Adjustments (10/28/2014) 10/29/2014
FY2017 Expense $285,728 To: Fish Accord - Colville Accord Budget Transfers (CCT) 10/26/2015 10/26/2015
FY2017 Expense $194,432 To: Fish Accord - Colville Accord Budget Transfers (CCT, YN) 3/17/2016 03/21/2016
FY2017 Expense $387,536 From: Fish Accord - Colville Accord Budget Transfers (CCT, Id, CRITFC) 9/7/2016 09/08/2016
FY2017 Expense $202,852 From: Fish Accord - Colville Accord Budget Transfers (CCT) 10/12/2016 10/12/2016
FY2017 Expense $202,852 From: Fish Accord - Colville Accord Budget Transfers (CCT) 10/12/2016 10/12/2016
FY2017 Expense $202,852 To: Fish Accord - Colville Accord Budget Transfers (CCT, CTUIR, YN, Idaho) 11/1/2016 11/01/2016
FY2018 Expense $913,802 From: Post 2018 - Colville FY18 Initial Planning Budgets (WS, CTUIR, YN, CRITFC, CCT, ID) 2/10/2017 02/13/2017

Pending Budget Decision?  No


Project Cost Share:

FY2016 0 %
FY2015 1 %
FY2014 0 %
FY2013 40 %
FY2012 1 %
FY2011 2 %
FY2010 0 %
FY2009 3 %
FY2008 6 %
FY2007 0 %
Fiscal Year Cost Share Partner Total Proposed
Contribution
Total Confirmed
Contribution
FY2015 Trout Unlimited (TU) $5,000

Contracts

The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, Complete, History, Issued.
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Contracted Amount Dates
6388 REL 51 SOW Applied Archaeological Research 1990-018-00 RBT HABITAT PASSAGE IMPRVMT PROJ History $10,292 9/24/2003 - 11/30/2003
71506 SOW Colville Confederated Tribes 1990-018-00 EXP RAINBOW TROUT HABITAT/PASSAGE IMPROVEMENT Issued $1,627,806 2/1/2016 - 1/31/2017
73548 REL 4 SOW Colville Confederated Tribes 1990-018-00 EXP RAINBOW TROUT HABITAT/PASSAGE IMPROVEMENT Issued $938,745 2/1/2017 - 1/31/2018



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):21
Completed:11
On time:11
Status Reports
Completed:49
On time:30
Avg Days Early:1

Earliest Subsequent           Accepted Count of Contract Deliverables
Contract Contract(s) Title Contractor Start End Status Reports Complete Green Yellow Red Total % Green and Complete Canceled
4413 24567, 31069, 36486, 41655, 46080, 51426, 55558, 60430, 64214, 68298, 71506, 73548 REL 4 1990-018-00 RAINBOW TROUT HABITAT/PASSAGE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM Colville Confederated Tribes 07/2002 07/2002 Issued 49 193 0 0 63 256 75.39% 5
Project Totals 49 193 0 0 63 256 75.39% 5


Review: Resident Fish, Regional Coordination, and Data Management Category Review

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 1990-018-00-ISRP-20120215
Project: 1990-018-00 - Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat and Passage Improvement
Review: Resident Fish, Regional Coordination, and Data Management Category Review
Proposal Number: RESCAT-1990-018-00
Completed Date: 4/13/2012
Final Round ISRP Date: 4/3/2012
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria
Final Round ISRP Comment:

The sponsors were responsive to ISRP review comments and have provided reasonable and clear explanations and adjustments to their plans that incorporate evaluations.

The ISRP is pleased that the sponsors decided to carry out habitat effectiveness monitoring as a part of their project. Although the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) component will reduce the number of restoration projects that the sponsors may implement, we feel that this effort will be worthwhile for determining whether the habitat enhancement actions have succeeded in improving habitat conditions.

It is unfortunate that limited funding does not directly allow status and trends monitoring as well.Although the sponsors did not provide much detail about the design of the monitoring plan and metrics, which is understandable given the time frame for preparation of the response, the thoughtful and systematic way the habitat improvement project was designed gives the ISRP every reason to believe the sponsors will develop a scientifically valid design for effectiveness monitoring. The response did provide adequate information on the habitat M&E plan for representative sites.

The plan provides evidence of coordination with the Tribal fish M&E program, and details were given of the evaluation that the monitoring project provides. The sponsors will work closely with the Colville Tribe's RM&E efforts to assess effectiveness of habitat enhancement actions, coordinating with Project 200810900 (Resident Fish Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation [RM&E]). This project will undertake status and trends monitoring of juvenile and adult rainbow trout. Nonetheless, the sponsors expressed some uncertainty about whether information obtained from the fish monitoring project can be used in conjunction with habitat monitoring information to determine whether habitat enhancement is benefiting fish, an important consideration since the primary purpose of the habitat work is to improve fish populations. Both are very fine projects, but at this point there seems to be little functional relationship between them. The ISRP encourages the sponsors of both projects to work together to determine how fish and habitat sampling can be coordinated to address the critical question of whether habitat enhancement is benefiting focal species. Both projects also need to focus on the unraveling of resident trout life history and recruitment mechanisms, as well as life-history-based limits to production, to assure (i.e., experimentally test) that these limits will be adequately addressed with rehabilitations. See the programmatic comments on life history research needs.

First Round ISRP Date: 2/8/2012
First Round ISRP Rating: Response Requested
First Round ISRP Comment:

The response requested is that the sponsors develop a habitat M&E plan for representative sites. The habitat and passage improvement plan should coordinate closely with the Tribal fish M&E program. A clearer explanation of the details of the evaluation provided via the monitoring project (200810900) is required.

Assessment and rehabilitation components should proceed with some improvements identified here. There is a need to review the life history of resident rainbow trout and assess the limiting life stage by estimating abundance and survival through each stage, then determining which factors are responsible for this limitation. The rehabilitation effort should then focus on these limiting factors, and evaluate the treatment effectiveness. Linkage to species and site-specific life histories, habitat use, and migration patterns is needed to relate these to limiting life stages and limiting causes through assessment. For example, monitoring of resident fish via snorkel or trapping in select treatment and control sites should be possible.

Application of EDT to resident streams will be a challenge, but engaging professional assistance will be useful in continuing this assessment process. Results may be applicable to other resident fish streams.

See the ISRP’S programmatic comments on fish stocking.

1. Purpose: Significance to Regional Programs, Technical Background, and Objectives

The purpose of the proposed work is to protect and enhance stream habitat to benefit redband rainbow trout on the Colville Confederated Tribes reservation. These items were adequately addressed in the proposal and consisted largely of a process of inventory and assessment towards rehabilitation works in resident fish habitats within tributaries to Lake Roosevelt. Evidence of a science-based approach was clear from the references listed, and a procedure for establishment of priorities was defined. The sponsors will follow an approach based on the primary scientific literature on watershed and stream habitat restoration. Their general approach is first to conduct a systematic habitat inventory and assessment and then, based on the findings of the inventory and modeling, they will prioritize sites for enhancement work. The rehabilitation options were, nonetheless, a list of tools, some of which will require detailed assessment, development, and experimentation, such as planning and monitoring, while others, such as nutrient addition and fencing will not. A guiding document was also referenced, and there was good indication of underlying ecological concepts and processes towards a sequenced plan for rehabilitation works.

The sponsors provide a logical, systematic, step-by-step approach for conducting inventory, assessment, and prioritization. The ISRP is pleased to see such a thoughtful approach. However, effectiveness and status and trend monitoring should be discussed in more detail. Justification for relying on results from other projects was inadequate. There is a need to more completely define an M&E plan. Linkage to species and site-specific life histories, habitat use, migration patterns and similar is standard procedure, and the sponsors need to link these to limiting life stages, limiting causes, and more thorough assessment, prescription, rehabilitation, and experimental evaluation and truly adaptive management.

2. History: Accomplishments, Results, and Adaptive Management (ISRP Review of Results)

This habitat project has been ongoing for over twenty years, so it may seem odd that habitat inventory, assessment, and prioritization had not been done. In fact it has, but the sponsors assert that previous work was done in a “haphazard” manner and they discuss its many difficulties. The current Project Manager began working for the Tribe in 2011. The ISRP, in our review of the 2007-09 proposal, seems to concur with the sponsors: “Reviewers continue to maintain a position (as detailed in ISRP preliminary comments) that past results are below a standard of adequacy in terms of quality and quantity of efforts to benefit fish when compared with similar projects throughout the basin.” The sponsors assert that, because of these difficulties, habitat inventory, assessment, and prioritization essentially need to be done over, as though it were a new project. The ISRP agrees.

The previous assessments and rehabilitations, as well as status and trend monitoring since 1990 were failures. Perhaps introduced coastal rainbow trout confounded previous analyses, but it was unclear if these introductions will continue into the future. Salmon carcass or carcass analog additions of the past were inadequately evaluated for fish response, and showed no significant difference in invertebrate response. The record of past accomplishments seems relatively good, but a poor record of evaluation is evident, thus few useful lessons were learned. Poor statistical power was present in several of the post-treatment evaluations. This lack of learning from previous efforts emphasizes the need for an effectiveness evaluation in such projects. Previous efforts were summarized in tables, and some results analyzed, which indicated no statistically significant differences. The suggestion is that new staff and management will correct previous inadequacies and follow a better science-based approach, as described. The content of the proposal suggests this will be the case, through an improved focus on habitat protection and rehabilitation. However, there were inadequacies in the section on status and trends monitoring and there is a lack of a solid RM&E plan. Adaptive management will not be possible without these evaluations. The sponsors currently do not plan to monitor a response in fish habitat or populations within this project, but such monitoring is necessary.

There is need to add N and P to the list of water quality monitoring parameters, as well as monitoring for toxics and contaminants.

ISRP Retrospective Evaluation of Results

See comments above. This is a renewed effort.

3. Project Relationships, Emerging Limiting Factors, and Tailored Questions for Type of Work (hatchery, RME, tagging)

The sponsors’ discussion of emerging factors is exceedingly brief and sheds no light on how factors such as climate change will affect their watersheds and streams, and how their work will help lessen these effects. Genetic introgression with non-native coastal rainbow is mentioned as a problem, but little is said about how the work will help resolve the introgression problem.

The sponsor’s comments on RM&E are somewhat perplexing. They will do no status and trends or effectiveness monitoring but will instead “rely on other M&E efforts” like CHaMP and ISEMP. It would have been helpful if the sponsors explained exactly how the results of these other M&E efforts will be used in lieu of their own M&E and why this is justified. In other words, what does “rely on” mean? At this point it is uncertain whether results from ISEMP and CHaMP will be applicable to this project and when they will be available. The sponsors should ensure that monitoring and evaluation occurs on at least on some representative sites.

4. Deliverables, Work Elements, Metrics, and Methods

The Deliverables provide reasonable steps toward accomplishing the objective of habitat inventory, assessment, and prioritization of projects. Methods are derived from standard protocols, for example CHaMP and ODFW protocols, and appear sound, but see the comments above regarding M&E.

Modified by Dal Marsters on 4/13/2012 12:28:08 PM.
Documentation Links:
  • Proponent Response (3/6/2012)

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1990-018-00-NPCC-20130807
Project: 1990-018-00 - Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat and Passage Improvement
Review: Resident Fish, Regional Coordination, and Data Management Category Review
Proposal: RESCAT-1990-018-00
Proposal State: Pending BPA Response
Approved Date: 2/26/2014
Recommendation: Implement with Conditions
Comments: Implement through FY 2017.
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 1990-018-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 1990-018-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: No Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: Resident fish substitution in mitigation for FCRPS.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 1990-018-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 1990-018-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 2/27/2007
Capital Rating: Does Not Qualify for Capital Funding
Capital Asset Category: None
Comment: None

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 1990-018-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 1990-018-00 - Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat and Passage Improvement
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 8/31/2006
Final Round ISRP Date: None
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria (Qualified)
Final Round ISRP Comment:
The response and revised proposal gave a more readable and detailed account of project results and anticipated activities. Reviewers continue to maintain a position (as detailed in ISRP preliminary comments) that past results are below a standard of adequacy in terms of quality and quantity of efforts to benefit fish when compared with similar projects throughout the basin. Substantial progress is needed during the 07-09 funding cycle. The addition of a subcontract for statistical advising is positive, but only if the (unidentified) subcontractor has appropriate qualifications and practical experience in problem solving. Input from a fluvial geomorphologist would significantly aid project design and implementation.

Reviewers share with project staff an appreciation of the challenges involved in assessing the abundance of adfluvial salmonids. It is important that a set of standardized metrics (for example, trapping during some specified portion of the hydrograph excluding peak flows, coupled with electrofishing or snorkeling at summer base flow) be developed that, taken together, satisfactorily assess changes in fish numbers from year to year. Those metrics can be further compared with fish data from EMAP trend monitoring from the set of reference stream reaches, and with hydrograph and temperature "real time" monitoring to help put physical conditions for that year in perspective, relative to habitat and fish population changes.

Reviewers also share with project staff the awareness that environmental conditions in interior streams are changing, with the heightened peaks in spring flow followed by drought seen in project streams likely continuing. This makes sampling more difficult and puts additional pressure on restoration activities because marginal-quality habitat actions that might have been somewhat beneficial to fish two decades ago now are useless.
Documentation Links:

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1990-018-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 1990-018-00 - Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Habitat and Passage Improvement
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: ISRP fundable (qualified): sponsor should consider ISRP comments. The Intermountain Province Oversight Committee adjusted the budget to reflect the withdrawal of LR temp array (FY '07-'09).

Project Relationships: This project Merged From 2008-110-00 effective on 3/13/2009
Relationship Description: Move FY10 budget of $150,000 (plus COLA) equally to FY10, FY11 and FY12 of project 1990-018-00.


Name Role Organization
Sheryl Sears (Inactive) Technical Contact Colville Confederated Tribes
Dorothy Welch Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Josh (CCT) Hall (Inactive) Technical Contact Colville Confederated Tribes
Peter Lofy Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Jason McLellan Project Lead Colville Confederated Tribes
Kary Nichols Interested Party Colville Confederated Tribes
Randy Friedlander Supervisor Colville Confederated Tribes
Dawn Boorse Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration
Amy Mai Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration