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Project Summary

Project 1999-015-00 - Big Canyon Fish Habitat
Project Number:
1999-015-00
Title:
Big Canyon Fish Habitat
Summary:
Big Canyon Creek historically provided quality spawning and rearing habitat for A-run wild summer steelhead in the Clearwater River subbasin. However, high stream temperatures, excessive sediment and nutrient loads, low summer stream flows, and little instream cover have created anadromous fish habitat constraints for the stream. The primary nonpoint source pollutants and habitat degradation are attributed to agricultural, livestock, and forestry practices. The Clearwater Subbasin Summary states that a primary limiting factor for resident salmonid populations is the impact of land management activities on hydrology, sedimentation, habitat distribution and complexity, and water quality. In the Big Canyon Creek watershed, low stream flows and a lack of adequate multi-layered riparian vegetation have reduced the suitability of the stream and its tributaries as spawning and rearing habitat. The project actions focus primarily on agricultural lands and the improvement of the limiting factors within these lands.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) (SWCD)
Starting FY:
1999
Ending FY:
2011
Stage:
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Mountain Snake Clearwater 100.00%
Purpose:
Habitat
Emphasis:
Restoration/Protection
Focal Species:
Chinook - Snake River Fall ESU (threatened)
Chinook - Snake River Spring/Summer
Chinook - Snake River Spring/Summer ESU (threatened)
Coho - Unspecified Population
Cutthroat Trout, Westslope
Lamprey, Pacific
OBSOLETE-Pikeminnow, Northern
Other Resident
Steelhead - Snake River DPS (threatened)
Trout, Interior Redband
Trout, Rainbow
Whitefish, Mountain
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Tags:
None
Special:
None
BiOp Association:
None

Cover photo

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Document ID: P117153

Document: Restoring Anadromous Fish Habitat in the Big Canyon Creek Watershed

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Project: 1999-015-00

Contract: 42242

Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District location map.

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Big Canyon Creek watershed general location map.

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Big Canyon Creek Stream Temperature Monitoring Sites

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Document ID: P117153

Document: Restoring Anadromous Fish Habitat in the Big Canyon Creek Watershed

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Contract: 42242


Summary of Budgets

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Expense SOY Budget Working Budget Contracted Amount Modified Contract Amount Expenditures *
FY2016 (Previous) $0 $0 $0 $0

FY2017 (Current) $0 $0 $0 $0

FY2018 (Next) $0 $0 $0 $0

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 28-Feb-2017

No Decided Budget Transfers

Pending Budget Decision?  No


No Project Cost Share

FY2010 0 %
FY2009 70 %
FY2008 48 %
FY2007 45 %
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
5268 SOW Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) 1999-015-00 RESTORE ANADROMOUS FISH HABITAT - NICHOLS CANYON History $835,266 6/1/2001 - 10/31/2005
25047 SOW Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) 1999-015-00 RESTORE ANADROMOUS FISH HABITAT IN BIG/NICHOLS CANYON History $63,848 11/1/2005 - 3/31/2006
26501 SOW Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) 1999-015-00 EXP BIG CANYON WATERSHED RESTORATION History $187,158 3/1/2006 - 6/30/2007
32704 SOW Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) 1999-015-00 EXP NPSWCD BIG CANYON WATERSHED RESTORATION History $129,808 4/1/2007 - 4/30/2008
38501 SOW Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) 1999-015-00 EXP NPSWCD BIG CANYON CREEK WATERSHED RESTORATION History $128,786 5/1/2008 - 10/31/2009
BPA-004352 Bonneville Power Administration PITs Active $0 10/1/2008 - 9/30/2009
42242 SOW Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) 199901500 EXP NPSWCD BIG CANYON CREEK WATERSHED RESTORATION History $64,930 5/1/2009 - 4/30/2010



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):6
Completed:6
On time:6
Status Reports
Completed:26
On time:12
Avg Days Late:35

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
5268 25047, 26501, 32704, 38501, 42242 1999-015-00 RESTORE ANADROMOUS FISH HABITAT - NICHOLS CANYON Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) 06/2001 06/2001 History 26 104 0 0 3 107 97.20% 0
Project Totals 26 104 0 0 3 107 97.20% 0


Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 1999-015-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 1999-015-00
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 habitat restoration activities, including things like water temperature surveys; multiple other entities authorized/required; need confirmation BPA funding not being utilized for specific practices that other entity required to perform; need confirmation that cost share is sufficient.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 1999-015-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 1999-015-00
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: 1999-015-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 1999-015-00 - Big Canyon Fish Habitat
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 8/31/2006
Final Round ISRP Date: None
Final Round ISRP Rating: Does Not Meet Scientific Review Criteria
Final Round ISRP Comment:
The revised narrative and response to the ISRP questions from the preliminary project review are insufficient to form the basis for the ISRP to find that this proposal has sufficiently defined objectives (biological or physical habitat) that are to be accomplished within a specified period and are measurable for assessment and evaluation. There is insufficient information provided for the ISRP to find that continuing to implement this proposal is likely to benefit the focal species.

Past surveys and environmental and watershed assessments are cited as justification for this creek to support steelhead and reintroduced coho salmon. However, there is little quantitative support for the very general statements made. For example, reporting that Fuller et al. (1986) determined that the Big Canyon Creek was one the top steelhead producing streams on the Nez Perce reservation and that Kucera et al. (1983) concluded that of the 23 streams surveyed in the lower Clearwater, Little Canyon and Big Canyon creeks had the highest and 4th highest densities of over yearling steelhead respectively does not inform us of the actual status of the populations, only their status relative to other presumably degraded environments. Further, it tells little about the restoration potential.

It is very likely that installing agricultural Best Management Practices throughout the watershed would improve a number of water quality challenges facing the creek and Clearwater subbasin. The proposal, however, is insufficient for the ISRP to determine whether the actions proposed will actually benefit the focal species. On this basis, the proposal is Not Fundable.
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Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1999-015-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 1999-015-00 - Big Canyon Fish Habitat
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Comments:

Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
Lynn Rasmussen Project Lead Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)
Mark Fritsch Interested Party Northwest Power and Conservation Council
Lisa Marko MacLellan (Inactive) Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Steve Becker Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)
David Byrnes (Inactive) Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Paul Krueger (Inactive) Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
Dan Gambetta Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration