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Project 1992-061-05 - Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation-Kootenai Tribe
Project Number:
1992-061-05
Title:
Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation-Kootenai Tribe
Summary:
Natural resources, including flora and fauna have shaped the culture of the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho (Tribe) for thousands of years. The aboriginal territories of the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho people were far reaching with traditional hunting, fishing, and gathering activities extending into British Columbia, Western Montana, and all of Northern Idaho; many of the areas and resources traditionally used by the Tribe have been lost, anadromous salmonids no longer journey up the Upper Columbia River and its tributaries and wapato no longer blooms on the drained wet meadows. Even today, the Kootenai white sturgeon and burbot struggle to maintain historic spawning grounds. It is the goal of the Tribe to promote full mitigation of the impacts suffered by the people of the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho and the fish, water, wildlife, and plant resources which they depended, as a direct and indirect result of the development and operation of the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS).

Coordination and cooperation between all agencies and Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT), including the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, will ensure Albeni Falls wildlife mitigation activities are consistent with the Northwest Power Conservation Council's (NWPCC) Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program and the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority (CBFWA). The purpose of this work statement is to provide funds to the Tribe to participate in the Albeni Falls Interagency Work Group (Work Group) and implementation of Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation Project - 9206100 (Project). The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho project work statement and process follows the newly adopted program (NWPPC 2000) and the 1995 Fish and Wildlife Program by focusing its efforts on the mitigation of fish and wildlife losses attributable to the development, operation and management of the Columbia River Basin hydroelectric facilities. This project will also complement, support, and integrate ongoing and future fisheries, wildlife and ecological studies in the Kootenai River Basin.

The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho has met with community groups, agencies, governments and local individuals, including but not limited to local farmers, sportsman groups and county officials, in order to address public concerns regarding wetland/riparian mitigation and conservation activities. This community-oriented approach (membership in Kootenai Valley Resource initiative [KVRI], and development of the “Kootenai River Valley Wetland and Riparian Conservation Strategy”) has protracted the short-term mitigation activities of the Tribal mitigation program, but at this measured pace the Tribal mitigation program hopes to accomplish a more stable, long-lived wildlife mitigation strategy and insure the success of local wildlife management activities in the future. The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho is reviewing mitigation opportunities that combine local values, issues, and address potential concerns regarding land purchases in the Kootenai aboriginal territories.

Natural tree regeneration (cottonwood) on depositional areas along the Kootenai River shows promise during early surveys, but high winter flows by Libby Dam flooded, scoured and drown a large percentage of all surveyed natural regeneration. Surveys of water timing/duration/depth, and other factors influencing natural recruitment have been documented and the Tribe will utilize observational data and related river data (#20020800) to show the related impacts of winter high flows due to power peaking operation from Libby Dam (associated work in #2002-011-00) and develop manage options to assist in the increase of river bank pioneering species.

Long term funding of mitigation project operations and maintenance actions are based on ecological principles and activities that protect and/or maintain functional target habitats and associated habitat units (HU's) while ensuring project viability and integrity. O&M also includes administrative functions and practices that support protection and operations and maintenance measures on project lands.

Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is an integral component of long-term O&M. Monitoring target habitats (via HEP/vegetation surveys) and associated fish and wildlife species (via surveys on loss assessment species or surrogates) is necessary to ensure that post enhancement habitat activities fulfill the long-term maintenance of habitats and species being mitigated.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Kootenai Tribe (Tribe)
Starting FY:
1992
Ending FY:
2017
Stage:
Implementation - Project Status Report
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Intermountain Pend Oreille 100.00%
Purpose:
Habitat
Emphasis:
Restoration/Protection
Focal Species:
Burbot
Wildlife
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 0.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 100.0%
Special:
None
BiOp Association:
None

Nimz and TNC Ranch locations.

Figure Name: Figure 1

Document ID: P121943

Document: Kootenai Tribe of Idaho Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation Project

Page Number: 3

Project: 1992-061-05

Contract: 49074

1934 waterways on Nimz Ranch.

Figure Name: Figure 2

Document ID: P121943

Document: Kootenai Tribe of Idaho Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation Project

Page Number: 4

Project: 1992-061-05

Contract: 49074

Planting willow stakes with Waterjet.

Figure Name: Figure 3

Document ID: P121943

Document: Kootenai Tribe of Idaho Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation Project

Page Number: 9

Project: 1992-061-05

Contract: 49074

Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation project. Courtesy of Kootenai Tribe.

Figure Name: Figure 4

Document ID: P121943

Document: Kootenai Tribe of Idaho Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation Project

Page Number: 12

Project: 1992-061-05

Contract: 49074


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) $401,178 $401,178 $401,178 $401,178 $307,808

General $401,178 $401,178 $401,178 $307,808
FY2017 (Current) $401,178 $401,178 $401,178 $401,178 $209,538

General $401,178 $401,178 $401,178 $209,538
FY2018 (Next) $0 $0 $0 $0

General $0 $0 $0 $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 $401,178 From: General FY16 Initial Planning Budgets - Expense 05/22/2015
FY2017 Expense $401,178 From: General FY17 SOY Budgets 06/02/2016

Pending Budget Decision?  No


No Project Cost Share

FY2016 0 %
FY2015 0 %
FY2014 0 %
FY2013 4 %
FY2012 2 %
FY2011 0 %
FY2010 0 %
FY2009 0 %
FY2008 0 %
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.
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Contracted Amount Dates
BPA-007261 Bonneville Power Administration Albeni Falls Land Acquisition Active $0 10/1/2001 - 9/30/2002
72748 SOW Kootenai Tribe 1992-061-05 EXP KOOTENAI ALBENI FALLS WILDLIFE MITIGATION Issued $401,178 6/1/2016 - 5/31/2017



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):9
Completed:8
On time:8
Status Reports
Completed:35
On time:13
Avg Days Late:21

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
BPA-007261 Albeni Falls Land Acquisition Bonneville Power Administration 10/2001 10/2001 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Project Totals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


Review: Wildlife Category Review

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 1992-061-05-ISRP-20090618
Project: 1992-061-05 - Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation-Kootenai Tribe
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:
This is a well designed and implemented project. Taking the time upfront for the types of planning and prioritizing demonstrated will ultimately make the project much more effective. Choosing to involve the public and to cultivate partnerships is also a wise investment in project success. This project demonstrates not only sound science, but sound planning practice as well.

1. Technical justification, program significance and consistency, and project relationships:
These sections are well organized and make a compelling case. The project is related to subbasin plans and other relevant plans and programs.

2. Project History and Results
This is a very useful history with sufficient results in terms of data and interpretation to illustrate scientific credibility of the project. This could be used as an example in the Albeni Falls group for results reporting.

3. Objectives, work elements, and methods
These are well described, and the choice of methods is based upon work that is often site-specific. Adaptive management is already evident.

We suggest looking at more recent references for noxious plant management – there has been great progress since 1988. For example biological control, targeted grazing and new understanding of plant life histories should be considered.

The problems with funding options to purchase and reaching traditional agricultural land owners with education on easements might be assisted by the American Farmland Trust, if you have not investigated this possibility already. Also UI Forestry Extension does easement workshops for landowners and might be a good partner in this effort.

4. M&E
The sponsors monitor burned area vegetation response and evaluate water level response of vegetation. The same new approach as other Albeni Falls tribal projects, working with UWMEP, is proposed. However, they have some specific objectives for Trout Creek parcel including 4 sampling locations and present some data including avian point count data 2005-2008, invertebrate data 2005-2008, fine scale habitat data (p.34).

The sponsor's strong commitment to M&E is obvious from the beginning of the project, in spite of logistic changes along the way. Results reporting in project history and appropriate discussion of monitoring in other sections demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the value of monitoring in long-term projects. These data will contribute to increasing project effectiveness and efficiency over time.
First Round ISRP Date: 3/26/2009
First Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria
First Round ISRP Comment:
This is a well designed and implemented project. Taking the time upfront for the types of planning and prioritizing demonstrated will ultimately make the project much more effective. Choosing to involve the public and to cultivate partnerships is also a wise investment in project success. This project demonstrates not only sound science, but sound planning practice as well.


1. Technical justification, program significance and consistency, and project relationships:
These sections are well organized and make a compelling case. The project is related to subbasin plans and other relevant plans and programs.

2. Project History and Results
This is a very useful history with sufficient results in terms of data and interpretation to illustrate scientific credibility of the project. This could be used as an example in the Albeni Falls group for results reporting.

3. Objectives, work elements, and methods
These are well described, and the choice of methods is based upon work that is often site-specific. Adaptive management is already evident.

We suggest looking at more recent references for noxious plant management – there has been great progress since 1988. For example biological control, targeted grazing and new understanding of plant life histories should be considered.

The problems with funding options to purchase and reaching traditional agricultural land owners with education on easements might be assisted by the American Farmland Trust, if you have not investigated this possibility already. Also UI Forestry Extension does easement workshops for landowners and might be a good partner in this effort.

4. M&E
The sponsors monitor burned area vegetation response and evaluate water level response of vegetation. The same new approach as other Albeni Falls tribal projects, working with UWMEP, is proposed. However, they have some specific objectives for Trout Creek parcel including 4 sampling locations and present some data including avian point count data 2005-2008, invertebrate data 2005-2008, fine scale habitat data (p.34).

The sponsor's strong commitment to M&E is obvious from the beginning of the project, in spite of logistic changes along the way. Results reporting in project history and appropriate discussion of monitoring in other sections demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the value of monitoring in long-term projects. These data will contribute to increasing project effectiveness and efficiency over time.
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Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1992-061-05-NPCC-20091217
Project: 1992-061-05 - Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation-Kootenai Tribe
Review: Wildlife Category Review
Approved Date: 5/31/2009
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: Programmatic issues #2-3, and #10. See project-specific comments for Albeni Falls Wildlife Mitigation
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
Council Condition #3 Programmatic Issue: Regional Coordination funding
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 1992-061-05-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 1992-061-05
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
Scott Soults Project Lead Kootenai Tribe
Sue Ireland Supervisor Kootenai Tribe
Rosemary Mazaika Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Jenna Peterson Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Katey Grange Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Edna Runyan Administrative Contact Kootenai Tribe
Ted Gresh Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration
Maria Chaney Technical Contact Kootenai Tribe