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Project Summary

Project 1992-062-00 - Lower Yakima Valley Riparian Wetlands Restoration
Project Number:
1992-062-00
Title:
Lower Yakima Valley Riparian Wetlands Restoration
Summary:
The purpose of this project is to continue implementation of the YN Lower Yakima Valley Wetlands and Riparian Wildlife Mitigation work that began in 1991 (Contract Number 94BI12521). The advance design work and implementation protocols were completed in 1991-93 as Project Number 92-062. An Environmental Assessment (EA) and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), based on these implementation plans, were developed in 1994 (DOE No. 0941). Project implementation began immediately after the FONSI was signed.

The guiding documents mentioned above are cited below. These plans, assessments and agreements (totaling over 300 pages) are very extensive and provide the basis for this Statement of Work. The reader is encouraged to refer to these documents for detailed information pertaining to the objectives and tasks outlined below.

The goals of this Project are as follows:

1) To permanently protect 27,000 acres of floodplain lands along the Yakima River, Toppenish and Satus Creeks within the agricultural portion of the Yakama Reservation.

2) To enhance those lands to realize a net increase in native fish and wildlife habitat values.

3) To adaptively manage those lands to ensure permanent fish and wildlife value.

4) To monitor the habitat conditions to ensure the desired habitat value is reached and maintained.

This project is being undertaken pursuant to Section 1003(b)(7) of the Wildlife Mitigation Rule promulgated by the Northwest Power Planning Council (NPPC). The Lower Yakima Valley Wetlands and Riparian Project is consistent with subbasin fish and wildlife mitigation priorities established by the NPPC. This project also reflects and supports the fish and wildlife mitigation objectives developed for the Lower Columbia River Dams resulting from the Power Council-mandated public revue process outlined in Section 1003(b)(4)(B) &(D) for the Columbia River Fish and Wildlife Program.

National Marine Fisheries Service Biological Opinion of the Federal Columbia River Power System - Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives (RPA)

This project addresses the following RPAs:

Action 150: This project protects currently productive non-federal habitat along streams with listed steelhead. Toppenish and Satus Creeks are responsible for >60% of the total steelhead production in the Yakima Subbasin.

Action 151: This project is directly involved in increasing instream flows within Toppenish and Satus Creeks by purchasing lands currently served by creek diversions.

Actions 152, 153: This project is utilizing and pursuing funding from many sources for restoration cost-share. These include USDA (WHIP, CREP, WRP), North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), BOR, BIA, Pheasants Forever, and many other sources as they are appropriate. The project seeks to go beyond a simple buffer system along these important waterways. Instead, total floodplain restoration is the goal.

Action 154: Planning activities related to this project are incorporated directly into Yakima Subbasin summaries, assessments and plans. The methods and successes of this project are important to these future subbasin planning activities.

Project Guiding Documents

Bich, J., T. Hames, S. McCorquodale, J. Reichel, and W. Bradley. 1991. The Yakama Nation Wildlife Mitigation Plan. Prepared for the Northwest Power Planning Council, Portland, OR. 62pp.

Washington Wildlife Coalition, and Bonneville Power Administration. 1993. Washington Wildlife Mitigation Agreement. 22pp.

Yakama Nation. 1994. Yakama Nation Lower Yakima Valley Wetlands and Riparian Restoration Plan - Predesign Management Plan. Prepared for Bonneville Power Administration. Portland, OR. 164pp.

Bonneville Power Administration, Yakama Nation, and Bureau of Indian Affairs. 1994. Lower Yakima Valley Wetlands and Riparian Restoration Project - Final Environmental Assessment. DOE No. 0941. Portland, OR 58pp.

Bonneville Power Administration, and Yakama Nation. 1996. Memorandum of Agreement for the Implementation of the Lower Yakima Valley Wetlands and Riparian Restoration Project. Portland, OR


Supporting Documents Providing Further Implementation Methods and Protocols

Yakama Nation. 1984. Current Status of the Yakama Nation's Public Hunting and Fishing Program with Planning Recommendations for future Management. Yakama Tribal Council, Toppenish, WA. 12pp.

_____. 1987. Land and Natural Resource Policy Plan (T-92-87). Yakama Tribal Council, Toppenish, WA. 26pp.

Meuth, J. 1989. Yakama Nation Waterfowl Management Plan. Prepared by U. S. Fish and Wildlife Servic
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Yakama Confederated Tribes (Tribe)
Starting FY:
1992
Ending FY:
2032
Stage:
Implementation - Project Status Report
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia Plateau Yakima 100.00%
Purpose:
Habitat
Emphasis:
Restoration/Protection
Focal Species:
All Anadromous Fish
Other Anadromous
Steelhead - Middle Columbia River DPS (threatened)
Wildlife
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 75.0%   Resident: 25.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Special:
None

Hen Mallard at the South Lateral A Wildlife Area

Figure Name: Cover

Document ID: P113829

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 1

Page Number: 1

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Graves Property outlined in orange.

Figure Name: Land-Photo 1

Document ID: P113829

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 1

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Project: 1992-062-00

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Washington Waterfowl Association volunteers.

Figure Name: Outreach-Photo 1

Document ID: P113829

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 1

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Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Fire Modified Rock

Figure Name: Cultural-Photo 1

Document ID: P113829

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 1

Page Number: 33

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

1930s Gum Machine

Figure Name: Cultural-Photo 2

Document ID: P113829

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 1

Page Number: 34

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Projectile Point

Figure Name: Cultural-Photo 3

Document ID: P113829

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 1

Page Number: 35

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Fire hearth

Figure Name: Cultural-Photo 4

Document ID: P113829

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 1

Page Number: 35

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Housepit feature

Figure Name: Cultural-Photo 5

Document ID: P113829

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 1

Page Number: 36

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Parker property

Figure Name: Cultural-Photo 6

Document ID: P113829

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 1

Page Number: 37

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Photograph of Tule Road restoration before treatment in spring 2006.

Figure Name: Floodplain-Figure 1

Document ID: P113829

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 1

Page Number: 42

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Photograph of Tule Road restoration in spring 2008 following two years of invasive plant treatment and direct seeding of native bunchgrasses. Small plants are one-year old basin wildrye (Leymus cinereus), approximately 18 months after planting.

Figure Name: Floodplain-Figure 2

Document ID: P113829

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 1

Page Number: 43

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Seeding in October 2008 at the Buena property using a no-till drill seeder.

Figure Name: Floodplain-Figure 4

Document ID: P113829

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 1

Page Number: 45

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Approximately 500 shrubs were planted at the South Lateral A and Campbell Road properties in April 2008. Species included sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata ssp. tridentata), golden currant (Ribes aureum), chokecherry (Prunus virginiana), and mock-orange (Philadelphus lewisii). Survival estimates are presented in the “Monitoring Vegetation Restoration” section.

Figure Name: Floodplain-Figure 5

Document ID: P113829

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 1

Page Number: 45

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Transplants were planted as bare root seedlings. After transplanting, a wood chip mulch (oak and pine) was applied to a 2-foot radius around the plant. Plants were irrigated with 1-2 gallons of water every 2-3 weeks during the summer drought. Plants were tagged at the time of planting for survival monitoring the following spring. For estimates of survival, see the “Monitoring Vegetation Restoration” section.

Figure Name: Floodplain-Figure 6

Document ID: P113829

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 1

Page Number: 46

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

No caption provided.

Figure Name: Monitoring-Photo 1

Document ID: P113829

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 1

Page Number: 47

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Buena property, July 2005, prior to beginning restoration activities. Invasive plants including prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola), poison hemlock (Conium maculatum) and tumble mustard (Sisymbrium altissimum) are visible in the frame.

Figure Name: Monitoring-Figure 1

Document ID: P113829

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 1

Page Number: 48

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Buena property, May 2008, following nearly three years of weed control. The site was planted in October 2008.

Figure Name: Monitoring-Figure 2

Document ID: P113829

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 1

Page Number: 48

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

North White Swan property during weed control activities, but prior to fencing and revegetation, in June 2006.

Figure Name: Monitoring-Figure 3

Document ID: P113829

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 1

Page Number: 49

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

North White Swan property, September 2008, 10 months following planting of native grasses. Bunchgrasses are visible in the foreground and background.

Figure Name: Monitoring-Figure 4

Document ID: P113829

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 1

Page Number: 49

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Old Goldendale (Pumphouse Road) property in July 2005, prior to restoration activities. The site was dominated by Kochia scoparia, whitetop (Cardaria draba), and perennial pepperweed (Lepidium latifolium).

Figure Name: Monitoring-Figure 5

Document ID: P113829

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 1

Page Number: 50

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Old Goldendale (Pumphouse Road) property in August 2006 following 12 months of weed control. Practices included mechanical and chemical weed control.

Figure Name: Monitoring-Figure 6

Document ID: P113829

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 1

Page Number: 50

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Old Goldendale (Pumphouse Road) property in September 2008, nearly two years following revegetation with native bunchgrasses. Basin wildrye plants are visible in foreground and background.

Figure Name: Monitoring-Figure 7

Document ID: P113829

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 1

Page Number: 51

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Study sites on the Meninick Wildlife Area. CSB = connected spring brook, DSC = disconnected side channel, DP = disconnected pond.

Figure Name: Ecological-Figure 1

Document ID: P113830

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 2

Page Number: 15

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Distribution of Old Goldendale restoration site vegetation communities, Summer 2008.

Figure Name: Ecological-Figure 4

Document ID: P113830

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 2

Page Number: 18

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Distribution of Old Goldendale restoration site bulrush communities, Summer 2008.

Figure Name: Ecological-Figure 5

Document ID: P113830

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 2

Page Number: 19

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Distribution of Old Goldendale restoration site reed canary grass communities, Summer 2008.

Figure Name: Ecological-Figure 6

Document ID: P113830

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 2

Page Number: 20

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

NDVI classification of Landsat imagery for the Yakama Nation Wetlands and Riparian Restoration Project annexation corridor.

Figure Name: Ecological-Figure 18

Document ID: P113830

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 2

Page Number: 31

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Non-NDVI Classification of Landsat imagery for the Yakama Nation Wetlands and Riparian Restoration Project annexation corridor.

Figure Name: Ecological-Figure 19

Document ID: P113830

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 2

Page Number: 32

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Larger scale comparison of NDVI and Non-NDVI classification results.

Figure Name: Ecological-Figure 20

Document ID: P113830

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 2

Page Number: 33

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Toppenish Creek restored wetland feeder channel – Old Goldendale Road Wildlife Area Historic house in the background.

Figure Name: NAWCA-Photo 1

Document ID: P113830

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 2

Page Number: 42

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Overall view of the second phase of the NAWCA project on WDFW property.

Figure Name: NAWCA-Photo 2

Document ID: P113830

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 2

Page Number: 46

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

This is the lower end of Bridgeman Pond, where the culvert crosses under McGee Road, and into Morgan Lake. Beaver activity was high, in spite of passive flow.

Figure Name: NAWCA-Photo 3

Document ID: P113830

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 2

Page Number: 47

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

New beaver deceiver in place.

Figure Name: NAWCA-Photo 4

Document ID: P113830

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 2

Page Number: 48

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

This historic delivery ditch, leading from Morgan Lake, was cleaned to its original elevation and a new water control structure was installed (foreground).

Figure Name: NAWCA-Photo 5

Document ID: P113830

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 2

Page Number: 48

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Increased flow through the new control structure, at the upper end of the Johnson wetland.

Figure Name: NAWCA-Photo 6

Document ID: P113830

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 2

Page Number: 49

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Looking east, from the upper end of the new Johnson wetland, prior to filling with water. The site will be excavated to a controlled depth in 2010, and then watered up to create the moist soil management unit.

Figure Name: NAWCA-Photo 7

Document ID: P113830

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 2

Page Number: 50

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

One of many ephemeral ponds filled by the City of Grandview’s Water Treatment Facility.

Figure Name: NAWCA-Photo 8

Document ID: P113830

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 2

Page Number: 51

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Grade Control Structure in Toppenish Creek.

Figure Name: NAWCA-Photo 9

Document ID: P113830

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 2

Page Number: 53

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Spillways at lower portion of restored wetland.

Figure Name: NAWCA-Photo 10

Document ID: P113830

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 2

Page Number: 53

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Water Control Structures soon after installation.

Figure Name: NAWCA-Photo 11

Document ID: P113830

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 2

Page Number: 54

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Control Structures operating at high water to pass fish.

Figure Name: NAWCA-Photo 11

Document ID: P113830

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 2

Page Number: 54

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837

Partially-flooded restored wetland.

Figure Name: NAWCA-Photo 12

Document ID: P113830

Document: FY2008 Annual Report Pt 2

Page Number: 55

Project: 1992-062-00

Contract: 42837


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) $1,800,318 $1,931,558 $1,931,558 $1,754,828 $1,600,109

Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama $1,931,558 $1,931,558 $1,754,828 $1,600,109
FY2017 (Current) $1,812,093 $1,888,923 $1,812,093 $2,407,986 $783,760

Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama $1,888,923 $1,812,093 $2,407,986 $783,760
FY2018 (Next) $0 $0 $209,581 $0

Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama $0 $0 $209,581 $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 $1,514,545 From: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama Fish Accord Review 05/02/2008
FY2016 Expense $285,773 From: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama Fish Accord project COLA 11/21/2008
FY2016 Expense $33,233 From: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama Accord Budget Transfers (CCT, YN) 3/17/2016 03/21/2016
FY2016 Expense $26,768 From: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama Accord Budget Transfers (CCT, YN) 3/17/2016 03/21/2016
FY2016 Expense $60,000 From: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama Accord Budget Transfers (**Various**) 11/30/2016 12/01/2016
FY2016 Expense $71,239 From: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama Accord Budget Transfers (**Various**) 11/30/2016 12/01/2016
FY2016 Expense $60,000 To: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama Accord Budget Transfers (CTUIR, KT, YN) 3/8/17 03/08/2017
FY2017 Expense $1,514,545 From: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama Fish Accord Review 05/02/2008
FY2017 Expense $330,781 From: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama Fish Accord project COLA 11/21/2008
FY2017 Expense $33,233 To: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama Accord Budget Transfers (CCT, YN) 3/17/2016 03/21/2016
FY2017 Expense $16,830 From: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama Accord Budget Transfers (CTUIR, KT, YN) 3/8/17 03/08/2017
FY2017 Expense $60,000 From: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama Accord Budget Transfers (CTUIR, KT, YN) 3/8/17 03/08/2017

Pending Budget Decision?  No


No Project Cost Share

FY2016 0 %
FY2015 0 %
FY2014 1 %
FY2013 21 %
FY2012 8 %
FY2011 18 %
FY2010 31 %
FY2009 51 %
FY2008 34 %
FY2007 74 %
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
297 REL 1 SOW Yakama Confederated Tribes 1992-062-00 LOWER YAKIMA VALLEY HABITAT UNIT ACQUISITION History $0 5/21/2000 - 9/30/2001
9018 SOW Yakama Confederated Tribes 1992-062-00 LOWER YAKIMA VALLEY HABITAT UNIT ACQUISITION History $3,947,830 10/1/2000 - 3/31/2004
17433 SOW Yakama Confederated Tribes 1992-062-00 LOWER YAKIMA VALLEY HABITAT UNIT ACQUISITION History $1,384,448 4/1/2004 - 3/31/2005
23505 SOW Yakama Confederated Tribes 1992-062-00 EXP LOWER YAKIMA VALLEY HABITAT UNIT ACQ History $1,186,390 4/1/2005 - 3/31/2006
28163 SOW Yakama Confederated Tribes 1992-062-00 EXP LOWER YAKIMA VALLEY HABITAT UNIT ACQ History $1,514,545 4/1/2006 - 3/31/2007
BPA-004431 Bonneville Power Administration TBL support for Land acquisitions Active $8,254 4/1/2009 - 9/30/2009
BPA-005056 Bonneville Power Administration FY10 TBL Land Acq Support for Lower Yakima Vly Riparian Wetlands Restoration Active $7,709 10/1/2009 - 9/30/2010
BPA-005424 Bonneville Power Administration TBL Land Support Active $297 10/1/2010 - 9/30/2011
BPA-006206 Bonneville Power Administration TBL Land Acquisition Support for Lower Yakima Valley Active $674 10/1/2011 - 9/30/2012
BPA-006855 Bonneville Power Administration Lower Yakima Valley Active $0 10/1/2012 - 9/30/2013
BPA-007582 Bonneville Power Administration Lower Yakima Valley Active $0 10/1/2013 - 9/30/2014
56662 REL 104 SOW Yakama Confederated Tribes 1992-062-00 EXP LOWER YAKIMA VALLEY RIPARIAN WETLANDS REST. Issued $1,931,558 4/1/2016 - 3/31/2017
56662 REL 130 SOW Yakama Confederated Tribes 1992-062-00 EXP LOWER YAKIMA VALLEY RIPARIAN WETLANDS REST. Issued $1,812,093 4/1/2017 - 3/31/2018



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):24
Completed:5
On time:5
Status Reports
Completed:47
On time:13
Avg Days Late:39

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
9018 17433, 23505, 28163, 32924, 37633, 42837, 48417, 53251, 56662 REL 24, 56662 REL 60, 56662 REL 83, 56662 REL 104, 56662 REL 130, 56662 REL 1 1992-062-00 LOWER YAKIMA VALLEY HABITAT UNIT ACQUISITION Yakama Confederated Tribes 10/2000 10/2000 Closed 47 237 2 0 71 310 77.10% 5
BPA-004431 TBL support for Land acquisitions Bonneville Power Administration 04/2009 04/2009 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-005056 FY10 TBL Land Acq Support for Lower Yakima Vly Riparian Wetlands Restoration Bonneville Power Administration 10/2009 10/2009 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-005424 TBL Land Support Bonneville Power Administration 10/2010 10/2010 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-006206 TBL Land Acquisition Support for Lower Yakima Valley Bonneville Power Administration 10/2011 10/2011 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-006855 Lower Yakima Valley Bonneville Power Administration 10/2012 10/2012 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-007582 Lower Yakima Valley Bonneville Power Administration 10/2013 10/2013 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Project Totals 47 237 2 0 71 310 77.10% 5


Review: 2013 Geographic Category Review

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 1992-062-00-ISRP-20130610
Project: 1992-062-00 - Lower Yakima Valley Riparian Wetlands Restoration
Review: 2013 Geographic Category Review
Proposal Number: GEOREV-1992-062-00
Completed Date: 9/26/2013
Final Round ISRP Date: 8/15/2013
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria
Final Round ISRP Comment:

The response was helpful in better framing objectives and deliverables in quantitative terms, while appropriately pointing out the inherent constraints and the need for flexibility. Additional material was provided that also helped clarify other aspects of the project. The physical setting was more completely described.

The response describes the need to lease rather than purchase land for protection. Reviewers do not completely understand the dispute the sponsors have with BPA over land easements and whether or not this continues to constrain progress. Hopefully the issue can be resolved so that key habitat can be protected.

Evaluation of Results

This project works in the floodplains of the Yakima River from Union Gap to Mabton (the “Wapato Reach” and areas below) and the lower elevation areas (below 2,000 feet) of Toppenish and Satus Creeks, to preserve and restore Reservation lands as mitigation for hydrosystem impacts. Since its inception in 1991, over 20,000 acres of floodplain lands have been protected through purchase or lease. These lands include 75 main channel stream miles (117 miles of stream bank), 4,000 acres of National Wetland Inventory wetlands, and 1,400 acres of riparian forest. The program has also, since 2007, restored or enhanced over 25 miles of main and side channels, and over 1400 acres of wetlands.

The sponsors are in the process of compiling a history of project actions, including maps of project locations, to be finished by October 2013.

First Round ISRP Date: 6/10/2013
First Round ISRP Rating: Response Requested
First Round ISRP Comment:

A response is needed that identifies quantitative objectives and deliverables to the greatest extent possible. Deliverables should also include project reports that document progress.

A number of other comments found below are intended as feedback to aide future proposal preparation.

The proposal mentions a dispute with BPA over land easements. The ISRP notes that it is important that this dispute be resolved so that conservation efforts can continue to expand.

Because one of the objectives of the work is to provide natural resources for Yakama members, documentation of progress toward this end should be included in future proposals. Progress could take many different forms such as documentation of plants and animals used, measures of use such as resource use days, or as culturally appropriate, map the distribution of culturally valuable resources that are reappearing due to their management actions. When the ISRP visited the Zimmermann Tract, our hosts gave a demonstration of wapato harvesting and were very pleased that this plant had appeared in the Tract.

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

The significance of the project to regional programs is adequately described. The ISRP appreciates when objectives and deliverables are presented quantitatively, for example secure 1,000 to 3,000 acres of floodplain habitat per year. However, some objectives were not quantitative, for example amount of habitat restored.

The goals of this project are to permanently protect 27,000 acres of floodplain lands along the Yakima River, Toppenish, and Satus Creeks within the agricultural portion of the Yakama Reservation, to enhance those lands to realize a net increase in native fish and wildlife habitat values, to adaptively manage those lands to ensure permanent fish and wildlife value, and to monitor the habitat conditions to ensure the desired habitat value is reached and maintained.

A description of the physical setting would have been helpful, including a map and brief overviews covering physical setting and land ownership.

It is noted that while steelhead spawn mostly in Toppenish Creek reaches above the project area, much spawning occurs in Satus Creek within the project area. The project area is especially important for winter rearing. Approximately 66% of the subbasin’s juvenile steelhead typically enter the project area in December-January each year and do not migrate downstream until the spring. Future reports should discuss how project efforts protect or enhance that winter rearing habitat.

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

It is noted that 21,000 acres of the 27,000 acre floodplain goal has been achieved, but 18,600 of these acres are leased. Reviewers are uncertain whether leased lands are fully protected in perpetuity, as suggested. The proposal mentions a dispute with BPA over land easements. The ISRP notes that it is important that this dispute be resolved so that successful conservation efforts can continue to expand.

The proposal notes that it is behind schedule in annual reports. The report for 2009 is 75% complete and the 2010 report is 30% complete. The proposal states that sponsors will improve the amount of timely reporting.

The project monitors its habitat acquisitions. Some information is reportedly presented on the webpage, which will be reportedly updated in FY 2013 but it is not clear when in FY 2013 the update will occur. The last report to integrate population monitoring with habitat restoration actions was completed in FY 1999 (Millspaugh and Skalski 1999). More effort is needed to document acquisitions and monitoring results. Monitoring plans, management plans, and habitat surveys are specific deliverables but reviewers did not see references to documents that have been produced, so it is difficult to evaluate what has been accomplished in addition to stated overall land acquisitions.

A map is needed as well as photos of selected sites. During our visit, the tour hosts referenced using photo plots to record changes occurring on Project lands. We encourage this as a basic monitoring activity. Also missing was a description of locations of activities to determine whether they scattered or clumped. Better discussion of geographical specifics would have been helpful.

Prioritization of land acquisition was briefly described in the proposal and should be presented in more detail in future proposals. There is evidence of good partnering with USFWS, NRCS, and conservation groups.

4. Deliverables, Work Elements, Metrics, and Methods

A number of deliverables are listed. Many of these imply that a report would be produced, for example complete a wildlife survey and a complete management plan for new land. A key deliverable should be brief reports that document the activity given that the budgets for these efforts seem to be quite robust.

Specific comments on protocols and methods described in MonitoringMethods.org

A number of references are cited for habitat monitoring methods at MonitoringMethods.org. It is not clear to what extent these specific methodologies are actually used because a recent report on monitoring was not readily available.

Modified by Dal Marsters on 9/26/2013 2:45:35 PM.
Documentation Links:

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1992-062-00-NPCC-20131125
Project: 1992-062-00 - Lower Yakima Valley Riparian Wetlands Restoration
Review: 2013 Geographic Category Review
Proposal: GEOREV-1992-062-00
Proposal State: Pending BPA Response
Approved Date: 11/5/2013
Recommendation: Implement with Conditions
Comments: Implement through FY 2018. Also see Programmatic Issue and Recommendation A for effectiveness monitoring.
Conditions:
Council Condition #1 Programmatic Issue: A. Implement Monitoring, and Evaluation at a Regional Scale—Also see Programmatic Issue and Recommendation A for effectiveness monitoring.
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 1992-062-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 1992-062-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: Problems May Exist
Cost Share Rating: 3 - Does not appear reasonable
Comment: Multiple restoration, RM&E, coordination activities; need confirmation that screening or other criteria to ensure BPA is not funding activities others already required to perform; need confirmation that cost share is adequate.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 1992-062-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 1992-062-00
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: 1992-062-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 1992-062-00 - Lower Yakima Valley Riparian Wetlands Restoration
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:
This is an important project working toward habitat conservation goals in some critical areas of the Yakima basin. Missing from the proposal was evidence of a strong biological monitoring component. The proposal stated that their website will be updated in FY 07 to include all the biological monitoring results, but reviewers requested an interim synthesis to show benefits to focal species and demonstrate restoration is working.

The proponents have gone to a lot of effort to provide a detailed response. The response effectively provided detail on M&E procedure and results of management activities on one management unit encompassing 440 acres (of a total of 20,000 acres in the project). The monitoring protocol described is that used on all management units. Impressive changes were shown in the time-series of aerial photos, photopoints, habitat cover type data, and bird density/diversity summaries. Those M&E methods seem appropriate and the data resulting indicates the project is achieving its wetland-related goals. If this is representative of what has been done and is planned for other management units, this portion of project could serve as a model for riparian/wetlands restoration.

Unfortunately only one table gave data on fish use of the restored habitat. On the other hand only one goal is directly concerned with anadromous fish. The Yakama Nation Fisheries Program has a fish-monitoring program underway, and it would be in the proponent's best interest to include more fisheries information, although reviewers appreciate there are often indirect (but important) ties to fish that can be assessed using habitat measures. They are encouraged include more fisheries information for their next submission.
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Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1992-062-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 1992-062-00 - Lower Yakima Valley Riparian Wetlands Restoration
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund Pending Available Funds
Comments: Tier 2. Fund at a level consistent with ISRP comment during contracting when funds become available.

Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
Kenneth Raedeke Interested Party <Known but not in list>
Peter Lofy Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
John Tyler Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Michael Milstein (Inactive) Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Ted Gresh Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration
Katie Mcdonald Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Tom Elliott Project Lead Yakama Confederated Tribes
Paul Ashley (Inactive) Technical Contact Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
Michelle O'Malley Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration