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Project Summary

Project 1991-061-00 - Swanson Lake Wildlife Mitigation
Project Number:
1991-061-00
Title:
Swanson Lake Wildlife Mitigation
Summary:
The Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area (SLWA) was initially approved as a wildlife mitigation project in 1992 and was re-approved for operations and maintenance (O&M) funding in 2002 under the Sub-basin Planning Process for the Columbia Plateau Province. This project partially addresses adverse impacts caused by the construction of Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee hydroelectric dams. On the Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area, wildlife habitat enhancement efforts to meet mitigation objectives have been performed between 1993 and 2006, with enhancements completed as of 2006. Continued operation and maintenance activities funded by BPA are necessary to maintain wildlife habitat benefits and to ensure BPA's mitigation obligation is met. These activities are essential to further the goal of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to protect shrubsteppe and other habitats necessary to recover and sustain local and region-wide populations of Columbian sharp-tailed grouse.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) (Govt - State)
Starting FY:
1992
Ending FY:
2017
BPA PM:
Stage:
Implementation - Project Status Report
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia Plateau Crab 100.00%
Purpose:
Habitat
Emphasis:
Restoration/Protection
Focal Species:
Wildlife
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 0.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 100.0%
Special:
None
BiOp Association:
None

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Summary of Budgets

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Expense SOY Budget Working Budget Contracted Amount Modified Contract Amount Expenditures *
FY2016 (Previous) $413,744 $413,744 $413,744 $236,425 $240,230

General $413,744 $413,744 $236,425 $240,230
FY2017 (Current) $236,425 $236,425 $236,425 $413,744 $99,383

General $236,425 $236,425 $413,744 $99,383
FY2018 (Next) $0 $0 $0 $0

General $0 $0 $0 $0

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 31-Mar-2017

Decided Budget Transfers  (FY2016 - FY2018)

Acct FY Acct Type Amount Fund Budget Decision Date
FY2016 Expense $236,425 From: General FY16 Initial Planning Budgets - Expense 05/22/2015
FY2016 Expense $177,319 From: General July 2015 Budget Transfers 07/15/2015
FY2017 Expense $236,425 From: General FY17 SOY Budgets 06/02/2016

Pending Budget Decision?  No


Project Cost Share:

FY2016 6 %
FY2015 13 %
FY2014 17 %
FY2013 18 %
FY2012 17 %
FY2011 17 %
FY2010 18 %
FY2009 18 %
FY2008 0 %
FY2007 0 %
Fiscal Year Cost Share Partner Total Proposed
Contribution
Total Confirmed
Contribution
FY2015 US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) $1,500
FY2015 US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) $3,000
FY2015 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) $30,300
FY2016 US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) $3,000
FY2016 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) $25,300

Contracts

The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, Complete, History, Issued.
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Contracted Amount Dates
70557 SOW Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) 1991-061-00 EXP SWANSON LAKES WILDLIFE MITIGATION Issued $413,744 10/1/2015 - 6/30/2017



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):11
Completed:11
On time:11
Status Reports
Completed:46
On time:33
Avg Days Late:0

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
25027 29455, 34925, 39392, 44566, 50472, 54461, 59964, 63047, 66989, 70557 1991-061-00 EXP SWANSON LAKES WILDLIFE AREA O&M Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) 10/2005 10/2005 Approved 46 110 7 0 2 119 98.32% 0
Project Totals 46 110 7 0 2 119 98.32% 0


Review: Wildlife Category Review

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 1991-061-00-ISRP-20090618
Project: 1991-061-00 - Swanson Lake Wildlife Mitigation
Review: Wildlife Category Review
Completed Date: 5/19/2009
Final Round ISRP Date: None
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria
Final Round ISRP Comment:
The ISRP found the responses adequate. The ISRP would encourage the use of another HEP evaluation within the next five years and/or the agency use vegetation sampling of their own design.
First Round ISRP Date: 3/26/2009
First Round ISRP Rating: Response Requested
First Round ISRP Comment:
We are very interested in ensuring that the agency understand as much as possible about management and recovery of sharp-tailed grouse on project lands and have several questions about this process. There are grouse populations that are somewhat similar (relict populations, few leks, supplemented with translocated birds) that are responding/performing differently. We wonder if there are empirical data that can be used to understand differences among grouse populations on various projects.

A response is requested to address the following questions/recommendations:

1. Can you summarize vegetation differences (and other differences) between Swanson and Scotch Creek that may be used to explain differences in sharp-tail grouse numerical responses? Vegetation data could be micro-site information or landscape scale mapping data. Are there vegetation differences (i.e. structural? pattern?) between Swanson Lake and Scotch Creek? The presentation by the Swanson Lake site manager raised some hypothetical reasons for the difference in sharp-tailed grouse population dynamics.

2. The sponsors should identify how they will evaluate grouse supplementations.

3. Are there objectives for vegetation management on the project? If not, the reviewers request some objectives for structural features of vegetation (height, Robel pole) and vegetation types. The authors should summarize the riparian habitat restoration including acres impacted and some measure of survival of the shrubs planted.

4. Regarding the HEP vegetation data presented in Appendix B, Table 1, how is herbaceous cover defined? Please add a footnote in this table to give readers the definition of herbaceous cover. The differences in herbaceous cover (%) in shrub-steppe in the two survey periods caught our attention.

5. How might this project move forward based on vegetation data?

6. Can you report long-term (10-15 years) data on deer numbers and harvest on or in the Game Management Unit that encompasses the project?

7. Could this project be linked with the UMWEP project, or are the data incompatible?
Documentation Links:

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1991-061-00-NPCC-20091217
Project: 1991-061-00 - Swanson Lake Wildlife Mitigation
Review: Wildlife Category Review
Approved Date: 5/31/2009
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: Programmatic issue # 7 and # 9
Conditions:
Council Condition #1 Programmatic Issue: Management Plans - Multiple uses of wildlife conservation lands
Council Condition #2 Programmatic Issue: Equipment/facilities purchase and replacement
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 1991-061-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 1991-061-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: O&M and enhancement on wildlife habitat mitigating for Grand Coulee, assume requested funds consistent with terms of MOA; upon further review, BPA has concerns that sponsor has been applying BPA funds in lieu of state funds; will need cost share or other resolution. Rating changed from "1" to a "3."

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 1991-061-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 1991-061-00
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: 1991-061-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 1991-061-00 - Swanson Lake Wildlife Mitigation
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 8/31/2006
Final Round ISRP Date: None
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria
Final Round ISRP Comment:
The proposal clearly relates the need for intervention to increase and maintain sharp-tailed grouse populations on SLWA. The proposal adequately describes the relationship between the objectives in the project and the Crab Subbasin Plan. However, because of the continuing decline in sharp-tailed grouse numbers, it is not clear if the facilities and personnel are appropriate to achieve restoration.

The history of the project is effectively documented. Some evaluation of results is included but more indication of possible reasons for the continuing decline of sharp-tailed grouse populations despite intensive intervention efforts is recommended. While results to date are not promising it may be that habitat enhancement activities that are in place, coupled with protection and supplementation, will show signs of success in the near future.

The ambitious monitoring and evaluation component may serve as an example for others if conducted, documented, and distributed effectively. The ISRP was pleased to see plans for monitoring vegetation, planted shrubs, and marking supplemental birds from Idaho and British Columbia. A few additional considerations could improve the monitoring and evaluation component of the proposal. Participants should monitor livestock trespass to ensure the adequacy of smooth wire bottom strand of new fencing. The proposal could include some analysis of genetic composition of individuals on the area as well as samples from birds added annually. These data could serve as baseline information and allow a critical evaluation of the importance of genetics in recovery of these birds.

Measurable objectives in terms of sharp-tailed grouse numbers as well as habitat alterations are clearly stated. The proposal, however, should better present support for the importance of fragmentation of habitats for this population. The sponsors do a good job of clearly indicating the relationship of this project with other projects and identifying cooperative efforts for sharing information on sharp-tailed grouse with other projects.
Documentation Links:

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1991-061-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 1991-061-00 - Swanson Lake Wildlife Mitigation
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: Interim funding pending wildlife o&m review.

Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
Paul Dahmer Administrative Contact Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)
Juli Anderson Project Lead Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)
Peter Lofy Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
Mike Finch (Inactive) Interested Party Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)
Jennifer Snyder Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration
Paul Ashley (Inactive) Technical Contact Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
Ellen Wilt Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Kevin Robinette Supervisor Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)