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Project 1999-025-00 - Sandy River Delta Habitat
Project Number:
1999-025-00
Title:
Sandy River Delta Habitat
Summary:
Sandy River Delta was historically a wooded, riparian wetland with components of ponds, sloughs, bottomland woodland, oak woodland, prairie, and low and high elevation floodplain. It has been greatly altered by past agricultural practices and the Columbia River hydropower system. The original channel of the Sandy River was diked in the 1930's, and diverted into the "Little Sandy River". The original Sandy River channel has subsequently filled in and largely become a slough. Restoration of historic landscape components is a primary goal for this land, with current focus on restoration of riparian forest and wetlands. The Forest Service proposes to remove the 1930's dike across the Sandy River to restore the hydrologic pattern and improve estuary habitat for anadromous fish. Restoration of open upland areas (meadow/prairie) would follow substantial completion of the riparian and wetland restoration.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
US Forest Service (USFS) (Govt - Federal)
Starting FY:
1999
Ending FY:
2014
BPA PM:
Stage:
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Lower Columbia Sandy 100.00%
Purpose:
Habitat
Emphasis:
Restoration/Protection
Focal Species:
All Anadromous Salmonids
Chinook - Lower Columbia River ESU (threatened)
Chum - Columbia River ESU (threatened)
Coho - Lower Columbia River ESU (threatened)
Other Anadromous
Steelhead - Lower Columbia River DPS (threatened)
Wildlife
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Special:
None

Sandy River Delta 1935 – our oldest aerial photograph

Figure Name: Figure 1

Document ID: P122290

Document: Sandy River Delta Habitat Restoration, 1/10 - 7/11

Page Number: 5

Project: 1999-025-00

Contract: 48683

Sandy River Delta 1994 –Condition at Forest Service acquisition

Figure Name: Figure 2

Document ID: P122290

Document: Sandy River Delta Habitat Restoration, 1/10 - 7/11

Page Number: 5

Project: 1999-025-00

Contract: 48683

Area B4 prior to any restoration work

Figure Name: Photo 1

Document ID: P122290

Document: Sandy River Delta Habitat Restoration, 1/10 - 7/11

Page Number: 12

Project: 1999-025-00

Contract: 48683

Area B4 (Planted in 2003) in March 2004 after one year of growth

Figure Name: Photo 2

Document ID: P122290

Document: Sandy River Delta Habitat Restoration, 1/10 - 7/11

Page Number: 12

Project: 1999-025-00

Contract: 48683

Area B4 in March 2005 after two years of growth

Figure Name: Photo 3

Document ID: P122290

Document: Sandy River Delta Habitat Restoration, 1/10 - 7/11

Page Number: 13

Project: 1999-025-00

Contract: 48683

Sandy River Delta Reforestation Units for COE

Figure Name: Figure 5

Document ID: P122290

Document: Sandy River Delta Habitat Restoration, 1/10 - 7/11

Page Number: 14

Project: 1999-025-00

Contract: 48683

Prescribed burning

Figure Name: Photo 4

Document ID: P122290

Document: Sandy River Delta Habitat Restoration, 1/10 - 7/11

Page Number: 15

Project: 1999-025-00

Contract: 48683

Contrasting changes in forest structure from 1997 to 2009

Figure Name: Photo 5a

Document ID: P122290

Document: Sandy River Delta Habitat Restoration, 1/10 - 7/11

Page Number: 17

Project: 1999-025-00

Contract: 48683

Contrasting changes in forest structure from 1997 to 2009

Figure Name: Photo 5b

Document ID: P122290

Document: Sandy River Delta Habitat Restoration, 1/10 - 7/11

Page Number: 17

Project: 1999-025-00

Contract: 48683

Sandy River Delta Wetland Restoration Units.

Figure Name: Figure 6

Document ID: P122290

Document: Sandy River Delta Habitat Restoration, 1/10 - 7/11

Page Number: 19

Project: 1999-025-00

Contract: 48683

Pond A in 2002.

Figure Name: Photo 6

Document ID: P122290

Document: Sandy River Delta Habitat Restoration, 1/10 - 7/11

Page Number: 20

Project: 1999-025-00

Contract: 48683

This illustrates the developing understory of the restored hardwood forests on Sundial Island. As the canopy closes, seeds brought in by birds and animals spread understory species, such as red elderberry, sword fern, and dogwood, As these species fill the understory on their own or from areas where herbaceous plugs were established, the forest diversity becomes more self sustaining.

Figure Name: Photo A

Document ID: P122290

Document: Sandy River Delta Habitat Restoration, 1/10 - 7/11

Page Number: 16

Project: 1999-025-00

Contract: 48683

This area was burned (note a few dead trees in background) and site prep’ed for planting rye. This area will be under cultivation for 2 years to control weedy species, such as blackberries, prior to forest restoration in 1012-13. This approach can save up to $1500 per acres in restoration costs.

Figure Name: Photo B

Document ID: P122290

Document: Sandy River Delta Habitat Restoration, 1/10 - 7/11

Page Number: 17

Project: 1999-025-00

Contract: 48683

This photo shows the high water in June 2011 resulting from high snow-melt flows in the Columbia River. These high water levels maintained wetland water above the expected norm.

Figure Name: Photo C

Document ID: P122290

Document: Sandy River Delta Habitat Restoration, 1/10 - 7/11

Page Number: 21

Project: 1999-025-00

Contract: 48683

These pictures show the innovative approach using a local farmer to help with site preparation in eliminating weedy species. He farms the area, treating weeds and obtains a crop. The land becomes site prep’ed for restorative planting with natives after a year or two depending on severity of weed infestation. This approach saves close to $1500 per acre per year and meanwhile stimulates local economy. This approach appears to be working well and will be initiated on a regular basis in future restoration work at SRD.

Figure Name: Photo D

Document ID: P122290

Document: Sandy River Delta Habitat Restoration, 1/10 - 7/11

Page Number: 24

Project: 1999-025-00

Contract: 48683

These pictures show the innovative approach using a local farmer to help with site preparation in eliminating weedy species. He farms the area, treating weeds and obtains a crop. The land becomes site prep’ed for restorative planting with natives after a year or two depending on severity of weed infestation. This approach saves close to $1500 per acre per year and meanwhile stimulates local economy. This approach appears to be working well and will be initiated on a regular basis in future restoration work at SRD.

Figure Name: Photo E

Document ID: P122290

Document: Sandy River Delta Habitat Restoration, 1/10 - 7/11

Page Number: 24

Project: 1999-025-00

Contract: 48683


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 30-Jun-2017

No Decided Budget Transfers

Pending Budget Decision?  No


No Project Cost Share

FY2012 100 %
FY2011 78 %
FY2010 0 %
FY2009 67 %
FY2008 68 %
FY2007 73 %
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
36949 SOW Ducks Unlimited, Inc. 1999-025-00 EXP DUCKS UNLIMITED 08 SOW History $50,000 4/1/2008 - 3/31/2009



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):10
Completed:6
On time:6
Status Reports
Completed:48
On time:18
Avg Days Late:18

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
20897 26198, 34216, 38539, 43598, 48683, 54053 1999 025 00 SANDY RIVER DELTA HABITAT RESTORATION US Forest Service (USFS) 01/2005 01/2005 Closed 44 41 0 0 2 43 95.35% 0
36949 1999-025-00 EXP DUCKS UNLIMITED 08 SOW Ducks Unlimited, Inc. 04/2008 04/2008 History 4 4 0 0 0 4 100.00% 0
Project Totals 48 45 0 0 2 47 95.74% 0


Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 1999-025-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 1999-025-00
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 activities (plantings, invasive weed control) which may occur on federal land (covered by FS-BPA MOU?); also the dike removal (highest expense item) appears to be a City of Portland requirement for compliance with their own HCP, need clarification of how BPA funding is supplementing not in lieu.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 1999-025-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 1999-025-00
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: 1999-025-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 1999-025-00 - Sandy River Delta Habitat
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 sponsor's response adequately addresses the ISRP's comments about monitoring. Monitoring is either ongoing or planned for vegetation, neotropical bird migrants, waterfowl, amphibians, and reptiles. Responses are specific and give details, especially with regard to avian monitoring.

Fish monitoring is less than adequate, with very sparse baseline data. Although the sponsors are going to accelerate fish monitoring, data will be obtained only in 2006 and 2007. Two years of fish monitoring is insufficient to detect fish responses to long-term habitat change. The sponsors should be encouraged to implement a long-term monitoring program for fish because even if there is a delay in dike breaching, the re-vegetation program underway is supposed to provide benefits to fish such as provision of riparian insects as food. The monitoring program could be tied into some of the proposed or ongoing fish monitoring and/or research on the mainstem Columbia River. The ISRP will expect more detailed information on fish monitoring in subsequent project reviews.

Dike removal is planned in 2009. Given the sponsor's additional response to the State/Province project recommendations, the planning and design for dike removal/bridge replacement with potential partners (City of Portland and US Army Corps of Engineers) should continue as a priority. The bridge replacement does seem more appropriate as a BPA capital improvements project.

The sponsors propose to report results via consultants' report and web sites. The sponsors should publish some of their data, at least in the grey literature. Information transfer has been mainly through regular annual reports.
Documentation Links:

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1999-025-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 1999-025-00 - Sandy River Delta Habitat
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Comments:

Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
Robin Dobson Project Lead US Forest Service (USFS)
Ann Rocklage Interested Party University of Idaho
Rosemary Mazaika Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
Kurt Ingeman (Inactive) Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Hannah Dondy-Kaplan (Inactive) Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration
Tracy Hauser Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Paul Ashley (Inactive) Technical Contact Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission