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Project Summary

Project 1994-059-00 - Yakima Basin Environmental Education
Project Number:
Yakima Basin Environmental Education
The Yakima Basin Environmental Education Program (YBEEP) offers teachers from throughout the Yakima Basin the opportunity to become involved, along with their students, in hands-on, multi-disciplinary, relevant learning, as well as field projects and outdoor labs. The learning and field projects address a broad range of biology, natural resources, ecosystems, and environmental science, including anadromous and resident fish, water resources conservation and management, wildlife, forest management, habitat restoration, native vegetation, wetlands, anatomy and physiology, and geology.
Proponent Orgs:
Eco-Northwest (Private)
Starting FY:
Ending FY:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia Plateau Yakima 100.00%
Regional Coordination
Focal Species:
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   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 $67,218 100%
2007 $549,881 80%


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
6391 SOW US Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) 1994-059-00 YAKIMA BASIN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAM Closed $251,913 9/1/2001 - 7/31/2003
15300 SOW Eco-Northwest 1994-059-00 YAKIMA BASIN EVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAM Closed $405,000 8/1/2003 - 7/31/2006
28240 SOW Eco-Northwest 1994-059-00 EXP YAKIMA BASIN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAM History $135,000 8/1/2006 - 7/31/2007
33780 SOW Eco-Northwest 1994-059-00 EXP YAKIMA BASIN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAM History $133,376 8/1/2007 - 7/31/2008

Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):3
On time:2
Status Reports
On time:15
Avg Days Early:7

                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
15300 28240, 33780 1994-059-00 EXP YAKIMA BASIN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAM Eco-Northwest 08/01/2003 07/31/2008 History 16 15 1 0 0 16 100.00% 0
Project Totals 16 15 1 0 0 16 100.00% 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: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1994-059-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 1994-059-00 - Yakima Basin Environmental Education
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Do Not Fund

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 1994-059-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 1994-059-00 - Yakima Basin Environmental Education
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 a popular long-standing project with apparently good community buy-in. In-kind confirmed cost-share exceeds the BPA requested budget. There is a definite need for salmon-focused environmental education such as this in the Columbia Basin and other places in the Pacific Northwest that effect the Basin. The narrative states the biological objective "to help educate the public concerning fish and wildlife restoration, the importance of fish and wildlife to various segments of society, basic ecological process, and related subjects." The proposal would be improved by including more clearly defined measures of "helping educate" and provision of a perspective on how other educational processes in other places are contributing (e.g., a class in Seattle that learns about pollutants carried across the Cascades into the Yakima system). The project's website was well done and an asset to the program.

The surveys of teacher satisfaction provide one measure of effectiveness. Other evidence of project effectiveness should be developed and reported. It appears from previous ISRP reviews that the question of measuring effectiveness was raised earlier. The current proposal does not show a resolution of the problem and does not advance alternative approaches to performance measures. According to the proponent's narrative, the net result (of this project) is improved understanding of fish and wildlife restoration and management in the Yakima Basin. Measures to assess if this statement is correct or not need to be incorporated in the proposal. Numbers of teachers trained, student visitations, etc. alone are not sufficient.

Future proposals would be improved if they include a more systematic approach and documentation of what works and what doesn't. This was also an earlier ISRP comment.
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Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 1994-059-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 1994-059-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: Problems May Exist
Cost Share Rating: 2 - May be reasonable
Comment: Watershed education/outreach program; other entities authorized/required, but cost share appears reasonable.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 1994-059-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 1994-059-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 2/27/2007
Capital Rating: Does Not Qualify for Capital Funding
Capital Asset Category: None
Comment: None

Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
Robert Tuck (Inactive) Project Lead Eco-Northwest
Jan Brady (Inactive) Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Khanida Mote Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Paul Krueger (Inactive) Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration