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Project Summary

Project 1992-059-00 - Amazon Basin/West Eugene Wetlands
Project Number:
1992-059-00
Title:
Amazon Basin/West Eugene Wetlands
Summary:
The Willow Creek Mitigation and Management Project has been designed to provide protection and improvement of wildlife habitat for mitigation of habitat loss as outlined in the Northwest Planning Council's 1994 Fish and Wildlife Program. These efforts would partially fulfill BPA's obligations to protect, mitigate, and enhance wildlife habitat affected by the development of federal hydroelectric projects in the Columbia River Basin, including the Willamette River Drainage.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Nature Conservancy (Non-Profit)
Starting FY:
2004
Ending FY:
2015
BPA PM:
Stage:
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Lower Columbia Willamette 100.00%
Purpose:
Habitat
Emphasis:
Restoration/Protection
Focal Species:
Bass, Largemouth
Bass, Smallmouth
Chub, Oregon (endangered)
Cutthroat Trout, Coastal - Resident Populations
Freshwater Mussels
Kokanee
OBSOLETE-Carp, Common
OBSOLETE-Catfish
OBSOLETE-Crappie, Black
OBSOLETE-Crappie, White
OBSOLETE-Perch, Yellow
OBSOLETE-Pikeminnow, Northern
OBSOLETE-Trout, Brown
OBSOLETE-Trout, Lake
OBSOLETE-Walleye
Sturgeon, White - All Populations except Kootenai R. DPS
Trout, Brook
Trout, Bull (threatened)
Trout, Rainbow
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) $0 $0 $0 $0

FY2017 (Current) $0 $0 $0 $0

FY2018 (Next) $0 $0 $0 $0

Capital SOY Budget Working Budget Contracted Amount Modified Contract Amount Expenditures *
FY2016 (Previous) $0 $0 $0 $0

FY2017 (Current) $0 $0 $0 $0

FY2018 (Next) $0 $0 $0 $0

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

No Decided Budget Transfers

Pending Budget Decision?  No


No Project Cost Share

FY2015 0 %
FY2013 0 %
FY2012 25 %
FY2011 31 %
FY2010 29 %
FY2009 43 %
FY2008 48 %
FY2007 36 %
Fiscal Year Cost Share Partner Total Proposed
Contribution
Total Confirmed
Contribution

Contracts

The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, Complete, History, Issued.
Capital Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Contracted Amount Dates
BPA-007646 Bonneville Power Administration Stewardship payment Active $1,412,000 10/1/2012 - 9/30/2013
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Contracted Amount Dates
597 REL 1 SOW Heritage Research Associates, Inc. CULTURAL RESOURCES SURVEY AT EUGENE WETLANDS PHASE II History $1,000 6/5/2001 - 9/30/2001
5873 SOW Nature Conservancy 1992-059-00 AMAZON BASIN/WILLOW CREEK-PHASE II History $14,656 4/1/2000 - 5/30/2003
22147 SOW Nature Conservancy PI 1992-059-00 AMAZON BASIN/EUGENE WETLANDS History $82,450 4/1/2005 - 3/31/2006
26685 SOW Nature Conservancy 1992-059-00 EXP AMAZON BASIN/EUGENE WETLANDS History $74,705 4/1/2006 - 3/31/2007
32090 SOW Nature Conservancy 199205900 EXP AMAZON BASIN/EUGENE WETLANDS History $98,755 4/1/2007 - 3/31/2008
37622 SOW Nature Conservancy 1992-059-00 EXP AMAZON BASIN/EUGENE WETLANDS History $108,746 4/1/2008 - 3/31/2009
42893 SOW Nature Conservancy 1992-059-00 EXP AMAZON BASIN/EUGENE WETLANDS History $84,789 4/1/2009 - 3/31/2010
48142 SOW Nature Conservancy 1992-059-00 EXP AMAZON BASIN/WEST EUGENE WETLANDS History $93,533 4/1/2010 - 3/31/2011
53461 SOW Nature Conservancy 1992-059-00 EXP AMAZON BASIN/ WEST EUGENE WETLANDS History $95,888 4/1/2011 - 3/31/2012
57562 SOW Nature Conservancy 1992-059-00 EXP AMAZON BASIN/WEST EUGENE WETLANDS History $95,888 4/1/2012 - 3/31/2013
62045 SOW Nature Conservancy 1992-059-00 EXP AMAZON BASIN/EUGENE WETLANDS History $94,080 4/1/2013 - 3/31/2014



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):15
Completed:14
On time:14
Status Reports
Completed:35
On time:20
Avg Days Late:16

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
5873 8609, 22147, 26685, 32090, 37622, 42893, 48142, 53461, 57562, 62045 1992-059-00 AMAZON BASIN/WILLOW CREEK-PHASE II Nature Conservancy 04/2000 04/2000 History 35 116 0 0 5 121 95.87% 0
BPA-007646 Stewardship payment Bonneville Power Administration 10/2012 10/2012 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Project Totals 35 116 0 0 5 121 95.87% 0


Review: Wildlife Category Review

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 1992-059-00-ISRP-20090618
Project: 1992-059-00 - Amazon Basin/West Eugene Wetlands
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 Amazon Basin Project is an appropriate land conservancy project as a mitigation and restoration effort. The project operates under a site management plan with appropriate partners. Each iteration since 2000 appears to have been improved, increasingly focused, and responsive to ISRP's review comments.

In general, the sponsors show an impressively broad ecological and naturalist's approach to restoration/enhancement of the Willow Creek watershed habitats, flora, and fauna. The work is proceeding well with documented progress. Based on this group’s experience in the Willamette Valley (and success at Willow Creek) and their initial evaluations of other potential locations, land acquisitions with similar management approaches in other locations in the valley seem appropriate.

1. Technical Justification, Program Significance and Consistency, and Project Relationships
Based on the ISRP site visit, the project appears to have an important focus on restoring Fender's Blue butterfly and its habitat (especially, Kincaid’s Lupine). In addition there are six habitat types that are addressed for restoration as well as the priority focal species that rely on these habitats. The technical justification is well written and persuasive. The proposal could be improved with maps showing the location of the specific projects.

3. Objectives, Work Elements, and Methods
In some cases the objectives have well-defined and measured performance metrics and in others less so. There are several instances where comparisons with baseline data are proposed. If in fact this is the case (Objective 2), more details would be useful.

Using a method described by Hulse et al. (2002) to rank 1 km sections of the mainstem Willamette River for floodplain restoration opportunities shows the proponents have a solid understanding of landscape heterogeneity and are taking a systematic approach to the problem.

Especially critical has been the increasing inclusion of specific "effectiveness monitoring" metrics and work elements. These are important to demonstrate whether the various conservation efforts, e.g., weed removal, bullfrog removal, controlled burns, have improved or changed the habitat as a course-filter effect. Ultimately, future efforts will need to increasingly include fine-filter (specific population responses) monitoring.

4. M&E
The sophisticated analyses of the Bradshaw's Lomatium at Willow Creek indicated that proper data are being collected and analyzed for adaptive management.
First Round ISRP Date: 3/26/2009
First Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria
First Round ISRP Comment:
The Amazon Basin Project is an appropriate land conservancy project as a mitigation and restoration effort. The project operates under a site management plan with appropriate partners. Each iteration since 2000 appears to have been improved, increasingly focused, and responsive to ISRP's review comments.

In general, the sponsors show an impressively broad ecological and naturalist's approach to restoration/enhancement of the Willow Creek watershed habitats, flora and fauna. The work is going well and progress is being made. Based on this group’s experience in the Willamette Valley (and success at Willow Creek), and their initial evaluations of other potential locations, land acquisitions with similar management approaches in other locations in the valley seem appropriate.

1. Technical Justification, Program Significance and Consistency, and Project Relationships
Based on the ISRP site visit, the project appears to have an important focus on restoring Fender's Blue butterfly and its habitat (especially, Kincaid’s Lupine). In addition there are six habitat types that are addressed for restoration as well as the priority focal species that rely on these habitats. The technical justification is well written and persuasive. The proposal could be improved with maps showing the location of the specific projects.

3. Objectives, Work Elements, and Methods
In some cases the objectives have well-defined and measured performance metrics and in others less so. There are several instances where comparisons with baseline data are proposed. If in fact this is the case (Objective 2), more details would be useful.

Using a method described by Hulse et al. (2002) to rank 1 km sections of the mainstem Willamette River for floodplain restoration opportunities shows the proponents have a good understanding of landscape heterogeneity and are taking a systematic approach to the problem.

Especially critical has been the increasing inclusion of specific "effectiveness monitoring" metrics and work elements. These are important to demonstrate whether the various conservation efforts, e.g., weed removal, bullfrog removal, controlled burns, etc. have improved or changed the habitat as a course-filter effect. Ultimately, future efforts will need to increasingly include fine-filter (specific population responses) monitoring.

4. M&E
The sophisticated analyses of the Bradshaw's lomatium at Willow Creek indicated that proper data are being collected and analyzed for adaptive management.
Documentation Links:

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1992-059-00-NPCC-20091217
Project: 1992-059-00 - Amazon Basin/West Eugene Wetlands
Review: Wildlife Category Review
Approved Date: 5/31/2009
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: Programmatic issue # 2-3
Conditions:
Council Condition #1 Programmatic Issue: Habitat Evaluation Procedure (HEP) - interaction between wildlife crediting and monitoring
Council Condition #2 Programmatic Issue: Habitat Evaluation Procedure (HEP) participation funding
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 1992-059-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 1992-059-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: No Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: O&M/restoration activities on BPA-funded wildlife mitigation lands; assume requested funds consistent with MOA or other agreements.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 1992-059-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 1992-059-00
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: 1992-059-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 1992-059-00 - Amazon Basin/West Eugene Wetlands
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:
In some cases, appropriate measures of success are stated (e.g., measures of success for controlled burns are stated to come from monitoring of listed plant species, photo-monitoring of plots, and surveys of breeding birds and butterflies. This is appropriate monitoring to assess biological objectives, but results are not given in the response, though they are stated to be available in preliminary form in annual reports. The ISRP received a large amount of relevant data including graphs, which indicates meaningful data is being collected for the series of projects. These analyzed data become important in future decision making processes, and provide a measure of project progress. Some summary quantitative reporting of such information, including interpretation (statement of what the project proponents think it means relative to their project's actions and goals), is what is needed in future proposals for continuing funding of an ongoing project. In future reviews the ISRP will look for better analysis/summarization of the data and application of those results to management.
Documentation Links:

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1992-059-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 1992-059-00 - Amazon Basin/West Eugene Wetlands
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: Capital component includes land acquisition, capitalization is questionable. Expense portion: Interim funding pending wildlife o&m review.

Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
Jason Nuckols Project Lead Nature Conservancy
Dorothy Welch Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Theresa Koloszar Administrative Contact Nature Conservancy
Sue Beilke Interested Party Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Paul Krueger (Inactive) Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
Jonathan Mccloud Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Michelle Guay Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration