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Project Summary

Project 1993-035-01 - Red River Restoration
Project Number:
Red River Restoration
Restoration work increased channel sinuosity, reconnected floodplains, reduced streambed/bank erosion, improved substrate quality, reestablished the disturbance frequency of bed features and substrate, maintained deep pools, cleaned spawning gravels, and created diverse instream and off-channel habitats.

Native vegetation was planted to expedite to stabilize streambanks, provide overhanging vegetation, develop undercut banks, and help lower summer water temperatures.
Proponent Orgs:
Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) (Govt - State)
Starting FY:
Ending FY:
Province Subbasin %
Mountain Snake Clearwater 100.00%
Focal Species:
All Anadromous Fish
All Anadromous Salmonids
Bass, Largemouth
Bass, Smallmouth
Carp, Common
Chinook - Snake River Spring/Summer ESU
Crappie, Black
Cutthroat Trout, Westslope
Freshwater Mussels
Lamprey, Pacific
Perch, Yellow
Pikeminnow, Northern
Steelhead - Snake River DPS
Trout, Brook
Trout, Brown
Trout, Bull
Trout, Interior Redband
Trout, Rainbow
Whitefish, Mountain
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 50.0%   Resident: 50.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
BiOp Association:

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Summary of Budgets

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No Decided Budget Transfers

Pending Budget Decision?  No

Actual Project Cost Share

Current Fiscal Year — 2024
Cost Share Partner Total Proposed Contribution Total Confirmed Contribution
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Previous Fiscal Years
Fiscal Year Total Contributions % of Budget
2008 $11,300 100%
2007 $8,500 10%


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.
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Total Contracted Amount Dates
191 REL 1 SOW Idaho Soil Conservation Commission 1993-035-01, LOWER RED RIVER MEADOW RESTORATION Terminated $562,779 7/1/2000 - 8/31/2001
4478 SOW Idaho Soil Conservation Commission 1993-035-01 RED RIVER RESTORATION History $612,209 4/1/2001 - 9/30/2004
22678 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) PI 199303501 LOWER RED RIVER O&M History $42,047 4/1/2005 - 3/31/2006
27210 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1993-035-01 RED RIVER RESTORATION History $88,879 4/1/2006 - 3/31/2007
31876 SOW Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 1993-035-01 RED RIVER RESTORATION History $79,000 4/1/2007 - 10/31/2008

Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):3
On time:1
Status Reports
On time:7
Avg Days Late:75

                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
4478 22678, 27210, 31876 1993-035-01 RED RIVER RESTORATION Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 04/01/2001 10/31/2008 History 12 20 0 0 7 27 74.07% 0
Project Totals 12 20 0 0 7 27 74.07% 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: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1993-035-01-NPCC-20090924
Project: 1993-035-01 - Red River Restoration
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Do Not Fund

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 1993-035-01-ISRP-20060831
Project: 1993-035-01 - Red River Restoration
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 8/31/2006
Final Round ISRP Date: None
Final Round ISRP Rating: Response Requested
Final Round ISRP Comment:
This project adequately addresses the technical background, tie to the subbasin plan, and Fish and Wildlife Program. The proposal intends to benefit salmon, steelhead, bull trout, and westslope cutthroat trout as well as other fishes; waterfowl; upland wildlife; and other aquatic-, wetland-, and riparian-dependent species. The project is being used as a local and regional demonstration project for other stream restoration and watershed projects and as an outdoor educational facility for students of all ages. Phases I through IV are complete on the Idaho Department of Fish and Game's Red River Wildlife Management Area, one of the four land parcels in the meadow of Lower Red River. Bird populations are said to be increasing, but this may not be associated solely with this project. Elk are mentioned as a non-focal species, but there's no mention of how elk would benefit from this work (will the exclusion fencing withstand elk attention?) A response is needed on the potential benefit to elk.

A response is also needed on the following ISRP comments and concerns:

The proposers concentrate on the post-2002 history and do not present most of the project's 12-year history (some alluded to in section 1). Results in terms of fish or other animal populations are not adequately shown. These are severe deficiencies that should be remedied in the response.

Parts of monitoring and evaluation are spread within the work elements. With regard to biological M&E, subjects are listed, but the methods are not described and a statistical design is not apparent. Clarification in the response is needed of stream-miles treated. Specifically, the numbers of miles that underwent each type of treatment (and miles remaining to be treated) should be set forth clearly in a table. The table should also show the length of the pre-project channel, the length of the present (restored) channel, and the predicted length when the project is completed. A map would be helpful.

A summary is needed of results of the apparently substantial past research expenditure. The narrative seems to say that 4.5 stream-miles have been treated in some way or ways at a total 12-year project cost of $3,445,489 -- or $765,664 per stream-mile. These costs seem high, even when probable research aspects (results not presented in this history) and apparent channel lengthening (not clearly described) are taken into account. The project's recent reduction of effort seems to have been appropriate. It might be further reduced, unless the project is expanded to include up- or downstream areas and proper biological M&E.

The biggest expenditure item ($137,215) is for Objective 1, which includes planting as remedial works for low survival and slow establishment. In response, please include more information about the presumed failure of the bioengineering design. Please explain whether this was a design flaw in choosing the appropriate technique, a construction problem (live material drying out before installation), or a failure to irrigate and/or protect against browse (deer and/or beaver)? The cause of failure needs to be identified before suggesting remedies. Please discuss in the response how plantings to "hold" or "substantiate" the bioengineered structure were expected to work.

Proper assessment of bioengineering planting failure-to-thrive, by a person both qualified and experienced to do this post-project appraisal work, seems to be needed and reported before further work is done. In response, please describe alternatives for completing such a report.
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Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 1993-035-01-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 1993-035-01
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: No Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: Restoration and O&M on BPA-funded mitigation parcel; assume requested funds consistent with MOA terms.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 1993-035-01-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 1993-035-01
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
Miles Benker (Inactive) Project Lead Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG)
Wynn Avocette (Inactive) Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Paul (CBFWF) Ashley (Inactive) Interested Party Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Dorothy Welch Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration