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Project Summary

Project 1992-061-03 - Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation-Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG)
Project Number:
1992-061-03
Title:
Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation-Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG)
Summary:
Background

The Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act (Act) of 1980 (Public Law 96-501) directed that measures be implemented by Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) to protect, mitigate, and enhance fish and wildlife to the extent affected by development and operation of hydropower projects on the Columbia River system (Martin et al. 1988). The Act created the Northwest Power Planning and Conservation Council (Council), which in turn developed the Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program (Program). Under the Act, BPA has the authority and obligation to fund fish and wildlife mitigation activities that are consistent with the Council's Fish and Wildlife Program (USDE 1996). Part of the Program was the development of wildlife protection, mitigation and enhancement plans for each of the hydropower facilities on the Columbia River system and ultimately, implementation of the plans to mitigate wildlife habitat losses. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) developed a mitigation plan in 1987, for the Albeni Falls hydroelectric facility that was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USCOE) on the Pend Oreille River in Bonner County, Idaho between 1951 and 1955 (Martin et al. 1988). Mitigation plans for wildlife habitat losses at each of the Columbia River Basin dams were submitted by BPA to the Council in 1989, including the mitigation plan for Albeni Falls Dam in Idaho (USDE 1996). The Council reviewed and approved the Albeni Falls plan in 1990 (USDE 1996).

BPA prepared the Albeni Falls Wildlife Management Plan: Environmental Assessment in 1996. The plan guides the development of wildlife mitigation projects associated with Albeni Falls Dam proposed by the IDFG and the Albeni Falls Interagency Work Group, approved by the Council, and proposed for funding by BPA. The plan enables the IDFG and the Kalispel, Coeur d'Alene and Kootenai Indian Tribes to: 1) Protect and enhance through land acquisition, a variety of wetland and riparian habitats; 2) Restore 28,587 Habitat Units (HUs) lost as a result of the construction of Albeni Falls Dam, and; 3) Conduct long-term wildlife habitat management activities at individual mitigation project sites (USDE 1996). In-lieu of annualizing habitat unit losses the Council decided to mitigate losses at a 2:1 ratio. That is, for every two HUs protected the HU ledger would be reduced by one HU. In 2002, however, BPA decided to maintain a 1:1 crediting policy.

The Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation Agreement was jointly prepared and approved by the IDFG and BPA in June 1997 (BPA and IDFG 1997). This contract is one of two IDFG contracts for protection, mitigation and enhancement of wildlife habitats in Northern Idaho. This contract covers all areas north of the McAurthur Lake wildlife corridor while another contract (i.e., the Pend Oreille WMA contract) covers all mitigation projects south of the wildlife corridor . This contract includes 1) all management and administrative responsibilities for implementing mitigation projects, as well as 2) all operational and maintenance of wildlife mitigation projects. Thus, the project goals are twofold and are: 1) to continue ongoing implementation of the Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation Project; and 2) to protect, restore, maintain, and manage wetland, riparian and upland coniferous forest habitats on the 1,405-acre Boundary Creek WMA, the 620-acre Smith Creek WMA and the 40-acre Deep Creek Habitat Segment.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) (Govt - State)
Starting FY:
2004
Ending FY:
2027
Stage:
Implementation - Project Status Report
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Intermountain Pend Oreille 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

Description: Page: 7 Figure 1: Map showing the IDFG wildlife management areas, subbasins, and Idaho counties in the Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation Project area.

Project(s): 1992-061-03

Document: P121852

Dimensions: 1273 x 1648

Description: Page: 9 Figure 2: Locations of all Pend Oreille WMA properties. Individual parcels under the Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation Project are shown in Appendix A. A total of 12 properties totaling about 1,793.4 acres (shown in bright green) are designated as wildlife mitigation properties under the Project. Also included as a wildlife mitigation property is the 12-acre Pearl Island donation (aerial photograph taken in 2004).

Project(s): 1992-061-03

Document: P121852

Dimensions: 1643 x 1269

Description: Page: 10 Figure 3: Map showing the IDFG Cocolalla Lake habitat segment of the Pend Oreille WMA.

Project(s): 1992-061-03

Document: P121852

Dimensions: 1270 x 1646

Description: Page: 12 Figure 4: Map showing the IDFG White Island Habitat Segment of the Pend Oreille WMA.

Project(s): 1992-061-03

Document: P121852

Dimensions: 848 x 1097

Description: Page: 13 Figure 5: Aerial photograph showing the 203-acre Tall Pines property (outlined in yellow). The shaded green area is the 320-acre conservation easement held by IDFG.

Project(s): 1992-061-03

Document: P121852

Dimensions: 849 x 1099

Description: Page: 16 Figure 8: Albeni Falls wetland at low water levels in July 2010. Courtesy of IDFG.

Project(s): 1992-061-03

Document: P121852

Dimensions: 1417 x 849

Description: Page: 26 Figure 18: The 62-acre Lower St. Joe project (subject property) and the Avista ownership fronting the St. Joe River.

Project(s): 1992-061-03

Document: P121852

Dimensions: 712 x 786

Description: Page: 29 Figure 21: Showing the distribution of habitat cover types on the restoration project site (FW=forested wetland; SSW=scrub-shrub wetlands; HW=herbaceous wetland).

Project(s): 1992-061-03

Document: P121852

Dimensions: 822 x 635

Description: Page: 39 Figure 26: Reference Area for cover type No. 21 – Lakes, Ponds, Reservoirs, and Rivers.

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Document: P121852

Dimensions: 1052 x 816

Description: Page: 39 Figure 27: Reference Area for cover type No 22. – Herbaceous Wetlands.

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Document: P121852

Dimensions: 1055 x 810

Description: Page: 40 Figure 28: Reference Area for cover type No. 24 –Montane Coniferous Wetlands.

Project(s): 1992-061-03

Document: P121852

Dimensions: 1054 x 816

Description: Page: 49 Figure 32a: Bank pin site CFRD5: photograph of the site was taken on November 16, 2009, the day the pins were inserted.

Project(s): 1992-061-03

Document: P121852

Dimensions: 1127 x 845

Description: Page: 49 Figure 32b: Bank pin site CFRD5: photograph of the site was taken on January 28, 2010, showing that the bank pins are gone and the only the t-post marking the location remains.

Project(s): 1992-061-03

Document: P121852

Dimensions: 1096 x 822

Description: Page: 50 Figure 33a: Bank pin site CFRD3 looking toward the west taken on November 17, 2010. An engineer is collecting information on the remaining pines.

Project(s): 1992-061-03

Document: P121852

Dimensions: 793 x 594

Description: Page: 50 Figure 33b: Bank pin site CFRD3 looking toward the east. This photograph shows wildlife habitat cover being lost along due to banks slumping into the river.

Project(s): 1992-061-03

Document: P121852

Dimensions: 793 x 594

Description: Page: 52 Figure 34: Aerial photograph (2009) showing the proposed acquisition adjacent to the Rapid Lightning Creek Habitat Segment of the Pend Oreille WMA. The access road to the WMA is along the eastern boarder of the subject property.

Project(s): 1992-061-03

Document: P121852

Dimensions: 846 x 1095

Description: Page: 53 Figure 35: Aerial photograph showing the Robinson Creek Habitat Segment in relation to the ITD and Hayman ownerships.

Project(s): 1992-061-03

Document: P121852

Dimensions: 843 x 1095

Description: Page: 54 Figure 36: Aerial photograph showing the vicinity of the Robinson Creek Habitat Segment in relation to the Coeur d’Alene River WMA and the Schlepp conservation easement.

Project(s): 1992-061-03

Document: P121852

Dimensions: 849 x 1097

Description: Page: 55 Figure 37: Proposed acquisition of a permanent access easement to the Pack River delta restoration project.

Project(s): 1992-061-03

Document: P121852

Dimensions: 993 x 645

Description: Page: 57 Figure 38a: Detailed map of Pack River Delta Restoration Project. Land, pond, and shallow areas were created during the restoration project.

Project(s): 1992-061-03

Document: P121852

Dimensions: 715 x 830

Description: Page: 57 Figure 38b: Island 8 with geotube extending northwest from the Island and a 25m x25m-monitoring survey grid overlay.

Project(s): 1992-061-03

Document: P121852

Dimensions: 547 x 399

Description: Page: 57 Figure 38c: Aerial photograph of the project area after the completion of construction and at full summer pool of 2,064 ft taken in July 2009.

Project(s): 1992-061-03

Document: P121852

Dimensions: 1356 x 1636

Description: Page: 64 Figure 42: Willows growth in a rock breakwater on Island 8 during summer full pool level (Photograph dated July 29, 2010).

Project(s): 1992-061-03

Document: P121852

Dimensions: 792 x 594


Summary of Budgets

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Decided Budget Transfers  (FY2023 - FY2025)

Acct FY Acct Type Amount Fund Budget Decision Date
FY2023 Capital $0 From: Fish Accord - Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation (IDFG) - Stewardship Fish Accord - Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation-IDFG 08/22/2018
FY2023 Capital $571,817 From: Fish Accord - Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation (IDFG) - Stewardship Agreement Transfers (NIWM 1992-061-03) 3/22/2023 03/22/2023
FY2023 Expense $275,000 From: Fish Accord - Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation (IDFG) - Mitigation Fish Accord - Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation-IDFG 08/22/2018
FY2023 Expense $28,549 From: Fish Accord - Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation (IDFG) - Mitigation NIWM-IDFG MOA - Inflation adjustments 08/23/2018
FY2023 Expense $78,853 From: Fish Accord - Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation (IDFG) - Mitigation Agreement Transfers (NIWM) 7/26/22 07/26/2022
FY2024 Capital $98,641 From: Fish Accord - Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation (IDFG) - Stewardship Fish Accord - Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation-IDFG 08/22/2018
FY2024 Capital $120,691 From: Fish Accord - Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation (IDFG) - Stewardship Agreement Transfers (NIWM) 5/27/2022 05/31/2022
FY2024 Capital $396,669 From: Fish Accord - Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation (IDFG) - Stewardship Agreement Transfers (NIWM) 5/27/2022 05/31/2022
FY2024 Capital $167,999 From: Fish Accord - Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation (IDFG) - Stewardship Agreement Transfers (NIWM) 5/27/2022 05/31/2022
FY2024 Capital $571,817 To: Fish Accord - Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation (IDFG) - Stewardship Agreement Transfers (NIWM 1992-061-03) 3/22/2023 03/22/2023
FY2024 Capital $212,183 To: Fish Accord - Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation (IDFG) - Stewardship Agreement Transfers (NIWM 1992-061-03) 3/22/2023 03/22/2023
FY2024 Expense $1,909,610 From: Fish Accord - Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation (IDFG) - Mitigation Fish Accord - Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation-IDFG 08/22/2018
FY2024 Expense $250,938 From: Fish Accord - Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation (IDFG) - Mitigation NIWM-IDFG MOA - Inflation adjustments 08/23/2018
FY2024 Expense $1,830,860 From: Fish Accord - Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation (IDFG) - Mitigation Agreement Transfers (NIWM) 5/27/2022 05/31/2022
FY2024 Expense $75,276 From: Fish Accord - Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation (IDFG) - Mitigation NIWM MOA Budget transfers (IDFG) 10/27/2022 10/27/2022
FY2024 Expense $524 From: Fish Accord - Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation (IDFG) - Mitigation NIWM MOA Budget transfers (IDFG) 10/27/2022 10/27/2022
FY2024 Expense $256,208 From: Fish Accord - Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation (IDFG) - Mitigation NIWM MOA Budget transfers (IDFG) 10/27/2022 10/27/2022
FY2024 Expense $176,949 From: Fish Accord - Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation (IDFG) - Mitigation Agreement Transfers (NIWM) 7/19/2023 07/19/2023
FY2025 Capital $0 From: Fish Accord - Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation (IDFG) - Stewardship Fish Accord - Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation-IDFG 08/22/2018
FY2025 Expense $275,000 From: Fish Accord - Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation (IDFG) - Mitigation Fish Accord - Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation-IDFG 08/22/2018
FY2025 Expense $43,916 From: Fish Accord - Northern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation (IDFG) - Mitigation NIWM-IDFG MOA - Inflation adjustments 08/23/2018

Pending Budget Decision?  No


Actual Project Cost Share

Current Fiscal Year — 2024
Cost Share Partner Total Proposed Contribution Total Confirmed Contribution
There are no project cost share contributions to show.
Previous Fiscal Years
Fiscal Year Total Contributions % of Budget
2017 (Draft)
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012 $75,029 8%
2011 $36,859 5%
2010
2009
2008 $90,829 12%

Contracts

The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, Closed, Complete, History, Issued.
* "Total Contracted Amount" column includes contracted amount from both capital and expense components of the contract.
Capital Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Total Contracted Amount Dates
BPA-010639 Bonneville Power Administration FY19 Stewardship Payments Active $7,369,712 10/1/2017 - 9/30/2018
89403 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP ALBENI FALLS WILDLIFE MITIGATION - IDFG Closed $2,466,214 1/1/2022 - 9/30/2022
BPA-013443 Bonneville Power Administration FY23 Stewardship Active $571,817 10/1/2022 - 9/30/2023
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Total Contracted Amount Dates
CR-343610 SOW 1992-061-03 EXP ALBENI FALLS WILDLIFE MITIGATION - IDFG Pending $0
36835 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP IDFG BOUNDARY CREEK WMA ALBENI FALLS Closed $244,260 3/1/2008 - 2/28/2009
38284 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP IDF&G PEND OREILLE WMA ALBENI FALLS Closed $329,284 7/1/2008 - 6/30/2009
43139 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP IDF&G ADMIN CONTRACT ALBENI FALLS Closed $238,574 3/1/2009 - 6/30/2010
43681 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP IDFG ALBENI FALLS O&M & IMPLEMENTATION Closed $214,640 7/1/2009 - 6/30/2010
48187 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP IDFG ALBENI FALLS ADMIN & IMP WL Closed $249,838 7/1/2010 - 6/30/2011
48305 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP IDFG WMA O&M ALBENI FALLS WL Closed $227,773 7/1/2010 - 6/30/2011
53816 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP ALBENI FALLS ADMIN WL IDF&G Closed $208,710 7/1/2011 - 6/30/2012
53817 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP ALBENI FALLS O&M WL IDF&G Closed $420,811 7/1/2011 - 6/30/2012
57962 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP ALBENI FALLS WL IDF&G ADMIN Closed $395,990 7/1/2012 - 6/30/2013
57977 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP ALBENI FALLS WL IDF&G O&M Closed $490,587 7/1/2012 - 6/30/2013
43044 REL 5 SOW CH2M-Hill, Inc. CLARK FORK RIVER DELTA RESTORATION PROJECT Closed $199,415 6/7/2013 - 7/1/2014
62561 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP ALBENI FALLS WL IDF&G ADMIN Closed $607,337 7/1/2013 - 6/30/2014
62496 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP ALBENI FALLS WL IDF&G O&M Closed $429,820 7/1/2013 - 6/30/2014
65558 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP O&M ALBENI FALLS WL IDF&G Closed $403,946 7/1/2014 - 6/30/2015
66672 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP ADMIN ALBENI FALLS WL IDF&G Closed $3,864,603 7/1/2014 - 6/30/2015
69898 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP ALBENI FALLS O&M WL IDF&G Closed $352,382 7/1/2015 - 6/30/2016
69938 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP ALBENI FALLS ADMIN IDFG Closed $503,302 7/1/2015 - 6/30/2016
73192 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP IDFG ADMIN ALBENI FALLS WILDLIFE MITIGATION- IDFG Closed $239,919 7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017
73231 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP IDFG ALBENI FALLS O&M WILDLIFE MITIGATION Closed $356,349 7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017
76685 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP ADMIN ALBENI FALLS WILDLIFE MITIGATION - IDFG Closed $234,002 7/1/2017 - 9/30/2018
76881 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP O&M ALBENI FALLS WILDLIFE MITIGATION - IDFG Closed $364,117 7/1/2017 - 6/30/2018
79446 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP IDFG ALBENI FALLS WILDLIFE O&M Closed $135,008 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019
80586 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP IDFG ALBENI FALLS WILDLIFE ADMIN Closed $259,014 10/1/2018 - 9/30/2019
83815 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP IDFG ADMIN ALBENI FALLS Closed $4,285,637 10/1/2019 - 9/30/2020
86316 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP ALBENI FALLS WILDLIFE MITIGATION - IDFG Closed $484,036 10/1/2020 - 11/30/2021
89134 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP ALBENI FALLS WILDLIFE MITIGATION - IDFG Closed $3,007,722 11/1/2021 - 9/30/2022
84045 REL 4 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP ALBENI FALLS WILDLIFE MITIGATION - IDFG Issued $382,402 10/1/2022 - 9/30/2023
84045 REL 18 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP ALBENI FALLS WILDLIFE MITIGATION - IDFG Issued $4,500,365 10/1/2023 - 9/30/2024
CR-370765 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1992-061-03 EXP ALBENI FALLS WILDLIFE MITIGATION - IDFG Pending $0 10/1/2024 - 9/30/2026



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):27
Completed:24
On time:24
Status Reports
Completed:110
On time:81
Avg Days Late:9

                Count of Contract Deliverables
Earliest Contract Subsequent Contracts Title Contractor Earliest Start Latest End Latest Status Accepted Reports Complete Green Yellow Red Total % Green and Complete Canceled
BPA-10639 FY19 Stewardship Payments Bonneville Power Administration 10/01/2017 09/30/2018 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
89403 84045 REL 4, 84045 REL 18 1992-061-03 EXP ALBENI FALLS WILDLIFE MITIGATION - IDFG Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 01/01/2022 09/30/2024 Issued 9 16 6 0 0 22 100.00% 0
BPA-13443 FY23 Stewardship Bonneville Power Administration 10/01/2022 09/30/2023 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Project Totals 9 16 6 0 0 22 100.00% 0


The table content is updated frequently and thus contains more recent information than what was in the original proposal reviewed by ISRP and Council.

Review: 2017 Wildlife Category Review

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1992-061-03-NPCC-20210312
Project: 1992-061-03 - Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation-Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG)
Review: 2017 Wildlife Category Review
Approved Date: 10/13/2017
Recommendation: Implement
Comments: Recommendation: Sponsor to address ISRP qualifications in the follow-up ISRP review (Aug 31, 2017) prior to the next review, and per programmatic issue recommendations in this this Decision Document (Part 1).

[Background: See https://www.nwcouncil.org/fish-and-wildlife/project-reviews-and-recommendations/2017-wildlife-project-review]

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 1992-061-03-ISRP-20201118
Project: 1992-061-03 - Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation-Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG)
Review: 2017 Wildlife Category Review
Completed Date: 11/18/2020
Final Round ISRP Date: 6/28/2017
Final Round ISRP Rating: Does Not Meet Scientific Review Criteria
Final Round ISRP Comment:

The proponents (IDFG) provided answers to the ISRP’s questions demonstrating some positive attributes, but overall the project does not meet scientific review criteria. Positive attributes include collaborating with the tribes and with UWMEP so that data collections are compatible. LiDAR data will be used to evaluate the stability of bank restoration work and to guide future efforts to stabilize shorelines in relation to Albeni Falls Dam operations. The proponents stated that mitigation parcels have been incorporated into the State of Idaho’s Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and management plans exist for individual WMAs, but the plans are for the WMA as a whole and not specific to mitigation parcels within a WMA. The proponents stated in their response that no individual parcel plans or objectives, either for mitigation or nonmitigation parcels, will be or have been devised or written. It does not appear that the proponents intend to develop quantifiable biological objectives, monitoring protocols to assess progress toward objectives, or an adaptive management framework for WMAs or mitigation parcels within them. In the 2009 ISRP review, concern was expressed about the lack of adequate monitoring and evaluation within this project. This concern persists.

The ISRP believes that the proponents have a responsibility to demonstrate that mitigation parcels are being managed effectively within an adaptive management framework to benefit wildlife populations. IDFG is developing a statewide monitoring plan for WMAs which should be completed in a year. Will the statewide monitoring plan for WMAs include adaptive management processes? If not, can the statewide monitoring plan be modified to include them?

Documentation Links:
Review: Wildlife Category Review

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1992-061-03-NPCC-20091217
Project: 1992-061-03 - Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation-Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG)
Review: Wildlife Category Review
Approved Date: 5/31/2009
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: Programmatic issues #1 (Biological assessment of Clark Fork River Delta), #2-3 # 10, and Project-Specific Issue for NHI (request for IBIS coordination funding). Removed capital request from this project (see Project 199206100). Sponsor to address ISRP qualification for reed canary grass prior to treatment. See ISRP recommendations. See project-specific comments for Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation.
Conditions:
Council Condition #1 Programmatic Issue: New funding opportunities - expense
Council Condition #2 Programmatic Issue: Habitat Evaluation Procedure (HEP) - interaction between wildlife crediting and monitoring
Council Condition #3 Programmatic Issue: Habitat Evaluation Procedure (HEP) participation funding
Council Condition #4 Programmatic Issue: Regional Coordination funding

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 1992-061-03-ISRP-20090618
Project: 1992-061-03 - Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation-Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG)
Review: Wildlife Category Review
Completed Date: 5/19/2009
Final Round ISRP Date: None
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria - In Part (Qualified)
Final Round ISRP Comment:
The ISRP is concerned that the Agency's reed canary grass treatment described does not meet scientific review criteria. Before proceeding with attempts to treat reed canary grass, the ISRP requests that the Agency conduct a literature review, develop a weed control plan and submit the plan to the ISRP. The plan should not only address reed canary grass control but also plans to avoid potential cross contamination of sites. Part of the weed control plan should include a monitoring plan to evaluate reed canary grass treatment. After several vegetative cycles, the ISRP requests that results be reported and reviewed in the next review cycle.
First Round ISRP Date: 3/26/2009
First Round ISRP Rating: Response Requested
First Round ISRP Comment:

The proponents have consistently implemented a variety of actions (land acquisition, habitat restoration, and revegetation) to mitigate and restore habitat. They are well organized and have taken a very professional approach over the years. The ISRP thought the agency did a good job of linking with students and the public, and found their differentiating between new and established weeds enlightened. There is much confusion regarding monitoring methodology that needs to be clarified in the response (see below). Project History and Results "On-site/in-kind mitigation opportunities with the Pend Oreille subbasin are allocated with the highest priority for the Project" (p.4). Is this priority based upon a strategic process or is this where opportunities are best in this subbasin? Please explain the strategy for project selection. On p. 17 the proponents state: "During 2006 - 2007, the four members of the Albeni Falls work group met to discuss possible strategies to allocate remaining habitat units. It was recognized that efforts by the work group members seemed to protect small parcels at a rate of two to five per year. Work group members believed that this rate of protection was not keeping up the rate of development. These discussions lead the work group members to consider strategies to settle the mitigation debt to BPA allowing more flexibility for entities to protect or enhance larger tracts of wildlife habitat. Through these discussions it became apparent that the four entities had, up to this point, different mitigation strategies for the Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation Project" The proposal would be improved by an explanation of this statement. What are the mitigation strategies used by the three key partners with IDFG (CDAT, KT, KTOI), and what are different scientific approaches being taken by each? More importantly do the approaches of the three key partners complement those of the sponsor? Regarding off-site and out-of-basin mitigation, more details on this are needed. Some information is given on page 28 but an example would be useful. Important baseline data are being obtained as the Albeni Dam is being decommissioned. For perspective, it would be useful to find out when this is planned. Can you offer explanations of why weed control was successful on some properties and not others. For example, Canada thistle was controlled in the meadows, but no details were given on how (page 21). Common tansy, common St. Johnswort, and spotted knapweed increased on 4 properties, decreased on 3 properties, and stayed the same on 2 properties. This is important information to share. Objectives, Work Elements, and Methods Please provide more detail on methods for weed control as in some instances only general statements are given stating that weeds will be controlled by spraying, pulling, mowing, or other means (Objective 3, work element a). On the same page they state methods prescribed by the USFS will be used but give no details about what they are. The USFS document cited in the other Albeni Falls proposals is significantly out of date. The sponsors are optimistic that reed canary grass will decline over time (p. 41). The proposal needs references to the literature that the methods they are using work or other evidence that this in fact will occur in their WMA. Similarly, the sponsors are optimistic that natural succession will occur (p. 47 "In general, natural succession can be expected to increase on WMA scrub-shrub wetland areas over the next several decades. The increase of scrub-shrub wetlands at the expense of pasture will be encouraged....” What methods will be used to "encourage"? In other instances such as Objective 2, work element 2, the methods statement is confusing, "Increase wetland diversity and density. Standardized methods will be used to innovative methods (blasting and heavy equipment scraping) improve wetland diversity and density by restoring micro-topography to areas." Please clarify. It appears the agency is using HAB, which is part of CHAP in collaboration with NHI for crediting. The sponsors are trying to get beyond # of acres as a metric by trying new habitat evaluation methods (e.g. using IBIS and KEF). Will these results be acceptable to BPA in these subbasins? The ISRP requests the agency provide more details on FTEs including position descriptions, location of individuals, and what the individuals will do on the project. M&E The ISRP commends the agency for including tables with % cover for various types of native and invasive vegetation as baseline data. There are a number of apparently contradictory statements about past and future monitoring. The ISRP found, with some digging, that monitoring is being done using the Idaho Plan (Unnasch et al. 2003) and suggests that Idaho Plan details be integrated into, or linked to the M&E section of the proposal. The agency seems to target some plant communities with photo records at permanent monitoring points (Unnash et al. 2003). The authors also state that they can't do population monitoring, but the Idaho Plans calls for some population monitoring. Please clarify this in your response. Page 37 states: "All monitoring data collection is conducted in a manner to detect that a 2.5% annual change over the span of ten years with a statistical power of 80%." The proposal would be improved by further explanation of how this methodology was decided upon and its statistical basis. Further, the proponents plan "Continued development of long-range, intensive biological survey methodologies in combination with guidelines that offer standardized use within the Albeni Falls wildlife management properties. We suggest the agency explore coordinating with the UWMEP project, so the data could be aggregated for all Albeni Falls projects. If the agency is not able to coordinate M&E efforts with UWMEP, an explanation would be helpful. Under the current plan (p.35) M&E is apparently restricted to vegetative monitoring or measurements necessary to estimate HUs for crediting. Is the vegetation sampling completed on all IDFG mitigation properties in 2004 and updated in 2007, and continued every 5 years at each sample point, the HEP sampling or effectiveness monitoring? The presentation suggested that HEP was analogous to effectiveness monitoring and that CHAP management scenarios are fact rather than estimates or hypotheses. This suggests the need to clarify monitoring strategy and results, as distinct from crediting. The ISRP requests a concise summary or tabulation of when and where monitoring is actually going to be conducted as well as quantitative information on trends (e.g., at least graphical analysis) in habitat restoration in the previous funding periods. Perhaps monitoring has not been done frequently enough to establish trends or statistically quantify differences, but if so it would be useful to have an explanation. It would be helpful to provide the methods for monitoring of the restored wetland at Albeni Cove (p.31) as the bottom of this site apparently may not self seal. The ISRP requests some M&E of the use of the GeoTube. The site visit raised many questions on the use of this technique to ameliorate wave action eroding wetlands. We also recommend development of M&E for water level manipulations

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Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 1992-061-03-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 1992-061-03
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 2/27/2007
Capital Rating: Does Not Qualify for Capital Funding
Capital Asset Category: None
Comment: None

Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
Virgil Watts III Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Katey Grange Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Susan Smith Administrative Contact Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG)
Ashlee Rudolph (Inactive) Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
David Kaplowe Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
Norm Merz Technical Contact Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG)
Pete Rust Project Lead Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG)
Edward Gresh Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration
Melissa Teoh Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration