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Project Summary

Project 1996-070-00 - Mckenzie Focus Watershed
Project Number:
Mckenzie Focus Watershed
Continued administration of McKenzie River Focus Watershed for coordinated planning and monitoring of fish, wildlife and water quality improvement projects and improved resource stewardship through public outreach and education.
Proponent Orgs:
Mckenzie Watershed Alliance (Private)
Starting FY:
Ending FY:
Province Subbasin %
Lower Columbia Willamette 100.00%
Regional Coordination
Focal Species:
Chinook - Upper Willamette River ESU
Cutthroat Trout, Coastal - Upper Willamette River ESU
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
BiOp Association:

Description: Page: 19 Photo 1: Mohawk-McGowan Restoration Site

Project(s): 1996-070-00

Document: 00024735-1

Dimensions: 417 x 312

Description: Page: 22 Photo 2: Big Island, McKenzie River

Project(s): 1996-070-00

Document: 00024735-1

Dimensions: 586 x 441

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
2011 (Draft)
2008 $0 0%
2007 $296,412 89%


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
2 REL 1 SOW Cascade Pacific Resource Conservation and Development 200003000 ACCESS MCKENZIE WATERSHED HABITAT/PRIORITIZE PROJECT. Closed $137,923 12/1/1999 - 2/28/2001
351 REL 2 SOW Cascade Pacific Resource Conservation and Development 1996-070-00 MCKENZIE FOCUS WATERSHED Terminated $115,000 10/1/2000 - 9/30/2001
4117 SOW Cascade Pacific Resource Conservation and Development 1996-70-00 MCKENZIE FOCUS WATERSHED History $440,580 3/23/2001 - 9/30/2004
19825 SOW Cascade Pacific Resource Conservation and Development P I 199607000 MCKENZIE WATERSHED COUNCIL History $127,133 10/1/2004 - 9/30/2005
24735 SOW Mckenzie Watershed Alliance 199607000 EXP MCKENZIE WATERSHED COUNCIL History $158,437 10/1/2005 - 6/30/2007

Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):2
On time:2
Status Reports
On time:6
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
2 REL 1 4117, 19825, 24735 199607000 EXP MCKENZIE WATERSHED COUNCIL Mckenzie Watershed Alliance 12/01/1999 06/30/2007 History 8 42 0 0 0 42 100.00% 0
Project Totals 8 42 0 0 0 42 100.00% 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: 1996-070-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 1996-070-00 - Mckenzie Focus Watershed
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Do Not Fund

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 1996-070-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 1996-070-00 - Mckenzie Focus Watershed
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:
The McKenzie Watershed Council (MWC) has been very active in subbasin issues, is well directed, and has achieved considerable success. There is every reason to believe this success will continue in the future. Future reviews should focus on the adequacy and accomplishments of the proposed monitoring program.

The proposal presents a good summary of the problems facing the McKenzie watershed as identified in the McKenzie River assessment and the Willamette Subbasin Plans. It establishes a general link between the MWC and the mitigation of identified limiting factors such as invasive vegetation, stream velocities, bank erosion and lack of channel complexity. Although the watershed has high quality habitat, significant habitat degradation has occurred in the lower river on private land. The major threat to salmon in the watershed is loss of juvenile habitat.

The MWC has been funded by BPA since 1996. The proposal includes a list of project accomplishments and reports, as well as a description of the adaptive management processes that the MWC follows to implement the conservation strategy. The MWC has an impressive list of accomplishments, many involving outreach to the public. It has established an innovative benchmark system to evaluate MWC progress toward its goals. However, as earlier ISRP comments have noted it would still be helpful to have a summary of the big picture effects of the many activities being coordinated. The project to date appears to have been well coordinated and involves multiple partners planning and actively participating in aquatic and terrestrial restoration projects. Particularly noteworthy is the 8300 volunteer hours that have been devoted to assisting with MWC projects.

The proposal directly addresses objectives in the McKenzie and the Willamette Subbasin Plans and is driven by the McKenzie River Conservation Strategy, which prioritizes watershed restoration actions. The strategy includes benchmarks that establish target conditions. The planning document connects the actions of the MWC to the Fish and Wildlife Program goals and other regional programs. The sponsors appear to have strong cooperative relationships with landowners and the McKenzie River Trust. Agency personnel participate in restoration planning.

Objectives are clear and are directed toward continuing the work of the MWC. The objectives deal primarily with coordination of restoration activities with private, government, and NGO entities. The proposal will establish several new, prioritized on-the-ground restoration projects. Improvement of water quality and outreach are especially important objectives of the proposal. They seem to be appropriate and ambitious objectives for a watershed council.

Work elements under each objective are described in detail. Techniques are appropriate for the coordination tasks described. Particularly noteworthy are the education and outreach activities conducted under Objective 4, which include not only the usual public information dissemination but also educational programs for K-12, reflecting a long-range strategy for community stewardship. In total, the work elements describe activities of a well-integrated watershed council program. The sponsors have a long-standing record of achieving success with the outlined methods.

The watershed council coordinates several monitoring programs related to water quality. As part of this proposal the MWC is developing an effectiveness monitoring program to expand on existing tributary monitoring. Information transfer is implemented through the MWC website, newsletters, and annual reports. Information distribution is also through collaborators. Probably the most effective information transfer is through the outreach and education programs which are well described under Objective 4.
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Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 1996-070-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 1996-070-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: Problems May Exist
Cost Share Rating: 1 - Appears reasonable
Comment: Multiple watershed restoration activities, including water quality monitoring; multiple other entities may be authorized/required. Recommend confirmation that no project will occur on lands/waters where the activity is already required.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 1996-070-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 1996-070-00
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
John Baugher (Inactive) Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Megan Finnessy (Inactive) Project Lead Mckenzie Watershed Alliance