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Project 2000-001-00 - Omak Creek Anadromous Fish Habitat and Passage
Project Number:
2000-001-00
Title:
Omak Creek Anadromous Fish Habitat and Passage
Summary:
The Tribe proposes continuing habitat rehabilitation efforts to decrease sediment loads and improve passage for anadromous steelhead and salmon. In addition, monitoring and evaluation efforts will assess effectiveness of ongoing activities.
WORK ELEMENTS IN PROPOSAL:
Identify and Select Projects
Manage and Administer Projects
Produce Annual Report
Produce Status Report
Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation
Install Fish Passage Structure (culverts)
Remove or Relocate Non-predaceous Animals (hardened rock crossings)
Install Fence
Develop Alternative Water Source
Other (Improve and restore riparian areas through land acquisition)
Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data (enumeration, redd surveys, V-star measurements, photo monitoring, FLIR assessment, monitor PIT tag antenna)

Some of the work described in the SOWs for this project was not specifically called out in the work elements used in the proposal to NPCC. However, they are all described as action items in the Okanogan Watershed Limited Factors Analysis and the Okanogan Subbasin Management Plan, and called out in the proposal for addressing (section C of the Narrative). BPA review by COTR and manager has agreed these actions fit into the intent and purpose of the original proposal.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Colville Confederated Tribes (Tribe)
Starting FY:
2000
Ending FY:
2032
BPA PM:
Stage:
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia Cascade Okanogan 100.00%
Purpose:
Habitat
Emphasis:
Restoration/Protection
Focal Species:
All Anadromous Fish
All Anadromous Salmonids
Bass, Largemouth
Bass, Smallmouth
Burbot
Chinook - Upper Columbia River Spring ESU (endangered)
Chinook - Upper Columbia River Summer/Fall ESU
Freshwater Mussels
Kokanee
Lamprey, Pacific
OBSOLETE-Carp, Common
OBSOLETE-Catfish
OBSOLETE-Crappie, Black
OBSOLETE-Crappie, White
OBSOLETE-Perch, Yellow
OBSOLETE-Pikeminnow, Northern
OBSOLETE-Trout, Brown
OBSOLETE-Walleye
Other Resident
Steelhead - Upper Columbia River DPS (threatened)
Steelhead - Upper Willamette River DPS (threatened)
Sturgeon, White - All Populations except Kootenai R. DPS
Trout, Brook
Trout, Bull (threatened)
Trout, Interior Redband
Trout, Rainbow
Whitefish, Mountain
Wildlife
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Special:
None

Cover photo

Figure Name: Cover

Document ID: P125253

Document: Improvement of Anadromous Fish Habitat and Passage in Omak Creek; 2/10 - 3/11

Page Number: 1

Project: 2000-001-00

Contract: 52618

CCT Fish & Wildlife technicians install block nets upstream and downstream of the project site for the culvert replacement projects.

Figure Name: Figure 1a

Document ID: P125253

Document: Improvement of Anadromous Fish Habitat and Passage in Omak Creek; 2/10 - 3/11

Page Number: 8

Project: 2000-001-00

Contract: 52618

CCT Fish & Wildlife Fisheries Technician (Arnold Abrahamson) conducting fish rescue from the project reach, pre-construction.

Figure Name: Figure 1b

Document ID: P125253

Document: Improvement of Anadromous Fish Habitat and Passage in Omak Creek; 2/10 - 3/11

Page Number: 8

Project: 2000-001-00

Contract: 52618

Omak Creek Watershed 2010 culvert replacements: Before photo, site UO-10, Upper Omak Ck tributary (3’ diameter PVC pipe), 2009

Figure Name: Figure 2a

Document ID: P125253

Document: Improvement of Anadromous Fish Habitat and Passage in Omak Creek; 2/10 - 3/11

Page Number: 10

Project: 2000-001-00

Contract: 52618

Omak Creek Watershed 2010 culvert replacements: After photo, site UO-10, Upper Omak Ck tributary (41’ single span bridge), 2010

Figure Name: Figure 2b

Document ID: P125253

Document: Improvement of Anadromous Fish Habitat and Passage in Omak Creek; 2/10 - 3/11

Page Number: 10

Project: 2000-001-00

Contract: 52618

Omak Creek Watershed 2010 culvert replacements: Before photo, site SW-1, Swimptkin Ck (2.5’ diameter culvert), July 2010

Figure Name: Figure 2c

Document ID: P125253

Document: Improvement of Anadromous Fish Habitat and Passage in Omak Creek; 2/10 - 3/11

Page Number: 10

Project: 2000-001-00

Contract: 52618

Omak Creek Watershed 2010 culvert replacements: After photo, site SW-1, Swimptkin Ck, Decommission (140’ road), August 2010

Figure Name: Figure 2d

Document ID: P125253

Document: Improvement of Anadromous Fish Habitat and Passage in Omak Creek; 2/10 - 3/11

Page Number: 10

Project: 2000-001-00

Contract: 52618

Omak Creek Watershed 2010 culvert replacements: Before photo, site UO-13, Upper Omak Ck tributary (3’ diameter, concrete & metal culvert), 2009

Figure Name: Figure 2e

Document ID: P125253

Document: Improvement of Anadromous Fish Habitat and Passage in Omak Creek; 2/10 - 3/11

Page Number: 11

Project: 2000-001-00

Contract: 52618

Omak Creek Watershed 2010 culvert replacements: After photo, site UO-13, Upper Omak Ck tributary (new, 10’ diameter cmp bottomless arch culvert, 2010

Figure Name: Figure 2f

Document ID: P125253

Document: Improvement of Anadromous Fish Habitat and Passage in Omak Creek; 2/10 - 3/11

Page Number: 11

Project: 2000-001-00

Contract: 52618

Omak Creek Watershed 2010 culvert replacements: Before photo, site UO-2, Upper Omak Ck tributary (3’ diameter PVC culvert), 2009

Figure Name: Figure 2g

Document ID: P125253

Document: Improvement of Anadromous Fish Habitat and Passage in Omak Creek; 2/10 - 3/11

Page Number: 11

Project: 2000-001-00

Contract: 52618

Omak Creek Watershed 2010 culvert replacements: After photo, site UO-2, Upper Omak Ck tributary (9’ diameter cmp culvert) (John Pakootas), 2011

Figure Name: Figure 2h

Document ID: P125253

Document: Improvement of Anadromous Fish Habitat and Passage in Omak Creek; 2/10 - 3/11

Page Number: 11

Project: 2000-001-00

Contract: 52618

Lower Omak Creek riparian livestock exclusion fence (shows downed trees on top of the fence, due to blow downs, later cleared by CCT Fish & Wildlife technician crew), 2010.

Figure Name: Figure 4a

Document ID: P125253

Document: Improvement of Anadromous Fish Habitat and Passage in Omak Creek; 2/10 - 3/11

Page Number: 14

Project: 2000-001-00

Contract: 52618

Trail Creek riparian livestock exclusion fence, CCT Fish & Wildlife fisheries technicians, (John Pakootas) completing repairs, 2010.

Figure Name: Figure 4b

Document ID: P125253

Document: Improvement of Anadromous Fish Habitat and Passage in Omak Creek; 2/10 - 3/11

Page Number: 14

Project: 2000-001-00

Contract: 52618

Riparian fence inventory, 2010-2011, Omak Creek Watershed.

Figure Name: Figure 5

Document ID: P125253

Document: Improvement of Anadromous Fish Habitat and Passage in Omak Creek; 2/10 - 3/11

Page Number: 15

Project: 2000-001-00

Contract: 52618

GPS inventory, Riparian Fence, installed by CCT Fish & Wildlife, Gorr private property, Omak Creek.

Figure Name: Figure 6

Document ID: P125253

Document: Improvement of Anadromous Fish Habitat and Passage in Omak Creek; 2/10 - 3/11

Page Number: 17

Project: 2000-001-00

Contract: 52618


Summary of Budgets

To view all expenditures for all fiscal years, click "Project Exp. by FY"

Expense SOY Budget Working Budget Contracted Amount Modified Contract Amount Expenditures *
FY2016 (Previous) $190,145 $0 $0 $0 $0

Fish Accord - Colville $0 $0 $0 $0
FY2017 (Current) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Fish Accord - Colville $0 $0 $0 $0
FY2018 (Next) $0 $0 $0 $0

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 31-May-2017

Decided Budget Transfers  (FY2016 - FY2018)

Acct FY Acct Type Amount Fund Budget Decision Date
FY2016 Expense $200,000 From: Fish Accord - Colville Fish Accord Review 05/02/2008
FY2016 Expense $37,737 From: Fish Accord - Colville Fish Accord project COLA 11/21/2008
FY2016 Expense $27,737 To: Fish Accord - Colville CCT Transfer funds to FY10 from FY15-17 03/12/2010
FY2016 Expense $30,906 To: Fish Accord - Colville CCT (2009-007-00) establish FY13-17 budget 03/08/2012
FY2016 Expense $30,906 From: Fish Accord - Colville CCT (2009-007-00) un-do FY16-FY17 project adjustments 09/10/2012
FY2016 Expense $11,051 From: Fish Accord - Colville CCT Budget cleanup (May, 2013) 05/29/2013
FY2016 Expense $30,906 To: Fish Accord - Colville CCT (2009-007-00) establish FY16-17 budget 07/29/2013
FY2016 Expense $190,145 To: Fish Accord - Colville Accord Budget Transfers (CCT) 10/5/2015 10/05/2015
FY2016 Expense $150,000 From: Fish Accord - Colville Accord Budget Transfers (CCT) 10/5/2015 10/05/2015
FY2016 Expense $150,000 To: Fish Accord - Colville Accord Budget Transfers (CCT) 10/5/2015 10/05/2015
FY2017 Expense $200,000 From: Fish Accord - Colville Fish Accord Review 05/02/2008
FY2017 Expense $43,681 From: Fish Accord - Colville Fish Accord project COLA 11/21/2008
FY2017 Expense $33,681 To: Fish Accord - Colville CCT Transfer funds to FY10 from FY15-17 03/12/2010
FY2017 Expense $31,679 To: Fish Accord - Colville CCT (2009-007-00) establish FY13-17 budget 03/08/2012
FY2017 Expense $31,679 From: Fish Accord - Colville CCT (2009-007-00) un-do FY16-FY17 project adjustments 09/10/2012
FY2017 Expense $11,051 From: Fish Accord - Colville CCT Budget cleanup (May, 2013) 05/29/2013
FY2017 Expense $31,679 To: Fish Accord - Colville CCT (2009-007-00) establish FY16-17 budget 07/29/2013
FY2017 Expense $189,372 To: Fish Accord - Colville Accord Budget Transfers (CCT) 10/5/2015 10/05/2015
FY2017 Expense $98,731 From: Fish Accord - Colville Accord Budget Transfers (CCT) 10/5/2015 10/05/2015
FY2017 Expense $98,731 To: Fish Accord - Colville Accord Budget Transfers (CCT) 10/5/2015 10/05/2015

Pending Budget Decision?  No


No Project Cost Share

FY2016 0 %
FY2015 0 %
FY2014 0 %
FY2013 24 %
FY2012 0 %
FY2011 54 %
FY2010 43 %
FY2009 30 %
FY2008 15 %
FY2007 6 %
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
5103 SOW Colville Confederated Tribes 2000-001-00 IMPROVEMENT OF ANADROMOUS FISH & PASSAGE IN OMAK CK History $239,151 10/1/2000 - 11/30/2003
25519 SOW Colville Confederated Tribes 2000-001-00 EXP OMAK CREEK ANADROMOUS FISH HABITAT & PASSAGE History $275,295 12/1/2005 - 1/31/2007
31653 SOW Colville Confederated Tribes 2000-001-00 EXP OMAK CREEK HABITAT & PASSAGE History $177,811 2/1/2007 - 1/31/2008
BPA-003335 Bonneville Power Administration TBL work for Moomaw land purchase Active $91,096 10/1/2006 - 9/30/2007
37147 SOW Colville Confederated Tribes 2000-001-00 EXP OMAK CRK ANAD FISH HABITAT & PASSAGE History $473,994 2/1/2008 - 1/31/2009
43095 SOW Colville Confederated Tribes 2000-001-00 EXP OMAK CREEK ANADROMOUS FISH HABITAT AND PASSAGE History $503,964 2/1/2009 - 3/31/2010
48457 SOW Colville Confederated Tribes 200000100 EXP OMAK CREEK ANADROMOUS FISH HABITAT AND PASSAGE History $461,657 4/1/2010 - 3/31/2011
BPA-005538 Bonneville Power Administration Land Acquisitions (Moomaw) Active $220,897 10/1/2007 - 9/30/2008
BPA-005539 Bonneville Power Administration Land Acquisitions (Moomaw) Active $217 10/1/2008 - 9/30/2009
52618 SOW Colville Confederated Tribes 2000-001-00 EXP OMAK CREEK ANADROMOUS FISH HABITAT AND PASSAGE History $534,238 4/1/2011 - 3/31/2012
BPA-005760 Bonneville Power Administration TBL work Active $3,225 10/1/2009 - 9/30/2010
39817 REL 13 SOW Colville Confederated Tribes CR INV 2011 OMAK CREEK PROJECT History $9,109 6/15/2011 - 11/15/2011
56647 SOW Colville Confederated Tribes 2000-001-00 EXP OMAK CREEK ANADROMOUS FISH HABITAT AND PASSAGE History $576,970 4/1/2012 - 3/31/2013
61359 SOW Colville Confederated Tribes 2000-001-00 EXP OMAK CREEK IMPROVEMENT OF FISH AND PASSAGE History $624,401 4/1/2013 - 3/31/2014
64597 SOW Colville Confederated Tribes 2000-001-00 EXP OMAK CREEK HABITAT IMPROVEMENT History $88,082 4/1/2014 - 3/31/2015



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):13
Completed:8
On time:8
Status Reports
Completed:42
On time:11
Avg Days Late:14

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
5103 15942, 25519, 31653, 37147, 43095, 48457, 52618, 56647, 61359, 64597 2000-001-00 IMPROVEMENT OF ANADROMOUS FISH & PASSAGE IN OMAK CK Colville Confederated Tribes 10/2000 10/2000 History 42 140 0 0 41 181 77.35% 11
BPA-003335 TBL work for Moomaw land purchase Bonneville Power Administration 10/2006 10/2006 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-005538 Land Acquisitions (Moomaw) Bonneville Power Administration 10/2007 10/2007 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-005539 Land Acquisitions (Moomaw) Bonneville Power Administration 10/2008 10/2008 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-005760 TBL work Bonneville Power Administration 10/2009 10/2009 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Project Totals 42 140 0 0 41 181 77.35% 11


Review: 2013 Geographic Category Review

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2000-001-00-ISRP-20130610
Project: 2000-001-00 - Omak Creek Anadromous Fish Habitat and Passage
Review: 2013 Geographic Category Review
Proposal Number: GEOREV-2000-001-00
Completed Date: 9/27/2013
Final Round ISRP Date: 8/15/2013
Final Round ISRP Rating: Does Not Meet Scientific Review Criteria
Final Round ISRP Comment:

While the restoration actions proposed in the project description seem reasonable, the proposal (together with the response to the ISRP's specific questions) does not provide enough detail for us to conclude that the work is scientifically grounded and will be guided by feedback from habitat monitoring and fish population assessments.

The proposal does not clearly establish goals for physical habitat improvement, that anticipated habitat restoration work will be sufficient to achieve required habitat improvement, or that the habitat improvement will lead to improvement in steelhead abundance and productivity. The ultimate numeric goal improving steelhead abundance appears to be only partially decided. The response indicates that the recovery goal in the NRCS Watershed Plan is 1545 steelhead, but presumably this number refers not just to Omak Creek but to an aggregate of streams, as elsewhere in the response, habitat within Omak Creek is estimated to be sufficient for 90 spawners in currently accessible habitat and for 90 more spawners in habitat further upstream that would be made accessible by the project. Thus, the significance of Omak Creek to the recovery of this steelhead ESU remains unclear.

In order to provide sufficient evidence of scientific justification for the work, the ISRP asked the sponsors for more information about the accompanying monitoring program. We realize the CCT asserts that environmental monitoring in Omak Creek will be handled by partnering organizations, but we asked for more information about how and where the monitoring would be conducted, as well as how environmental data would be analyzed, reported (and by whom), and subsequently incorporated into future restoration actions. That information should have been included in the response, even if only in simple summary fashion.

We also remain concerned about the validity of the data used to support the project prioritization and implementation process. The response repeatedly references the 1995 NRCS Watershed Plan, which is now 18 years old. In addition, the road density and stream crossing information provided in Table 1 is 8 years old, and the V-Star (sediment) data show no obvious trends from 2000-2010, although the downstream site seems to possess different V-Star values from the upstream site. However, without additional description of the sites and what restoration treatments were being evaluated, we are not sure how to interpret Table 2. The point is that greater confidence would have been placed in the need for specific restoration actions if site selection and restoration choices had been based on more current information. It is possible that more up-to-date information is in fact available, but clear summaries of the results of more recent monitoring were not provided in the response.

The response did not address our questions about the monitoring, evaluation, and adaptive management aspects of the project, stating that the sponsor was not required to include protocol methods or data from monitoring projects in this proposal, and that monitoring projects are identified in the project relationship section of the proposal form. The essence of the question from the ISRP was not for specific details of individual field and laboratory protocols and standard operating procedures but rather for a reasoned explanation of how many sites were being monitoring and the type of design, who will do the monitoring (what projects and agencies), and how the monitoring and evaluation data will be used to guide future restoration decisions. The ISRP believes that even for projects that are not collecting or evaluating data, the project leads and managers need to understand and agree on metrics that indicate success of particular actions, expectations for improved status of steelhead and other focal species, and have a framework for implementing restoration alternatives if more work is needed in the future.

Again, the ISRP believes that many of the proposed actions might be well justified; however, we are unable to determine if the project meets scientific criteria without a more detailed, scientifically supported project description.

Evaluation of Results

Insufficient information is provided in the proposal to develop a cogent analysis of whether the project is making reasonable progress toward watershed, subbasin, and basin-level goals for steelhead or other focal species.

First Round ISRP Date: 6/10/2013
First Round ISRP Rating: Response Requested
First Round ISRP Comment:

The ISRP requests a revised proposal in order to establish that the project:

1) is based on sound science principles;

2) has clearly defined objectives and outcomes;

3) has provisions for monitoring and evaluation of results.

The purpose of this project is to remedy habitat problems in Omak Creek, which holds a remnant run of steelhead. According to the proposal, this work will involve riparian re-vegetation, large wood additions to the stream, removing passage barriers, and reducing sediment inputs. Later in the proposal, it is stated that the specific locations of many of these actions have not yet been identified but will become apparent after environmental assessments.

The proposal describes work that is likely needed and will also likely benefit endangered steelhead as well as other native fishes, but there was insufficient detail in several sections of the proposal form. In order to judge the scientific adequacy of the proposed work the ISRP needs:

1) A more comprehensive introductory section describing how this project will contribute to the goals of the Upper Columbia recovery plan for steelhead and a problem statement establishing the physical habitat and biological status of steelhead to provide context for justifying the project. The problem statement needs to start with fish abundance, the goals they want to achieve, and limiting factors.

2) A more detailed description of how various environmental assessments will be carried out, including how specific restoration locations will be prioritized for treatment.

3) More details on the actual restoration methods, by restoration category. For example, what types of plants will be used in the riparian re-vegetation projects, how will large wood be reintroduced to the stream, for example by use of individual pieces or engineered log jams that are anchored, and what techniques will be used to reconnect Omak Creek with its floodplain?

4) More information on how the sites will be monitored, who will do the monitoring and what methods will be used, and how the results of monitoring will be incorporated into continued restoration planning.

See the comments on individual proposal component for more detailed suggestions.

We were unable to understand how the projected budget was derived given that the assessments have not yet been completed and the number and scope of restoration actions for Omak Creek has not yet been specified.

Finally, the benefits of this project are likely constrained by land use in the watershed. Timber harvesting and the associated road system need to be managed in a manner that complements and aids self-sustaining restoration. Fixing symptoms of ecosystem degradation without addressing land use that drives watershed level processes is likely to require more effort with less benefit. A thorough road inventory of the entire Omak Creek watershed, with special focus on river crossing and identification of critical road components is needed. Road maintenance to lessen/mitigate impacts to fish and wildlife could be included in their timber sale contracts. Sustainable timber certification could be explored to increase their markets.

1. Purpose: Significance to Regional Programs, Technical Background, and Objectives

Significance to Regional Programs: Apart from discussing the cultural significance of Omak Creek, the proposal did not explain sufficiently how this project fit into regional restoration programs. The Okanogan Subbasin plan and the Upper Columbia Spring Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Recovery Plan are cited, but the linkage is not clearly summarized. Specifically for the recovery plan, a description of the TRT assessment of viability and the contribution expected from Omak Creek toward delisting the steelhead ESU needs to be included. Is the Omak Creek steelhead population considered an independent population essential for delisting the steelhead ESU? Is the population part of an MPG? How will restoration of the creek's steelhead population contribute to CCT, State of Washington, and Fish and Wildlife goals for VSP statistics for steelhead abundance, productivity, spatial structure, and diversity?

Problem Statement: Inadequate; the information provided is too brief. A more complete picture of the objectives for steelhead VSP parameters, limiting factors, and how they are going to be addressed is needed. Background should be provided about the current status and abundance of steelhead in the project area to support inferences about whether production is currently limited by too few spawners perhaps due to past depletion or continuing out-of-basin factors, or too many spawners for the available habitat resulting in low productivity perhaps due to habitat limitations within the subbasin.

The purpose of this project is to remedy a number of habitat problems in Omak Creek. According to the proposal this work will involve riparian re-vegetation, large wood additions to the stream, removing passage barriers, and reducing sediment inputs. Later in the proposal it is stated that the specific locations of many of these actions have not yet been identified, but will become apparent after environmental assessments. The proposal should include an explanation of the priority of addressing the limiting factors.

Project Objectives: Inadequate. The proposal states that the objective is a self-sustaining population of steelhead. The proposal should identify the abundance and productivity goals, and a timeframe for meeting the goals. The proposal does not provide any information on how success will be evaluated.

The objectives are not presented as part of an overall strategy, although it is mentioned under Adaptive Management that the “long-term goal” is to first provide passage above Mission Falls and then improve habitat there. No history of Mission Fall is provided, but that strategy sounds like one of expanding range above a longstanding barrier, which presupposes enough spawners will be available to colonize the new habitat.

2. History: Accomplishments, Results, and Adaptive Management (Evaluation of Results)

Major Accomplishments: A list of accomplishments was given in a table describing contracted deliverables from 2004 to the present, but details about those efforts were not summarized nor were the biological results of the restoration actions discussed. These achievements include culvert replacement and rock removal to improve passage, road improvement or decommissioning to reduce sedimentation, fence installation, riparian planting and placement of large woody debris to improve stream complexity. What is lacking is a concise summary of these achievements and evidence to show that the efforts have actually improved fish access, habitat quality, and fish abundance or productivity.

The results reported in the proposal are too vague to evaluate, and there is no evidence that an evaluation has been attempted by the sponsors. The first paragraph of the results section contains no results. The second mentions activities to improve passage over the falls, but seems to indicate that passage is not yet possible. The third paragraph justifies efforts to improve riparian vegetation, but it is not clear whether the measurements of canopy closure (8.4% in 2001 and 30% in 2002) represent improvements or measurements in different areas. The fourth paragraph justifies road decommissioning to reduce sedimentation and mentions that road densities have been determined from orthophotographs and that a new strategy has been developed by a Technical Advisory Group, but it does not indicate what improvements have been achieved to date. This proposal would have benefitted from before and after photos of some of the restoration actions. Other proposals have done this effectively, and it is recommended that project sponsors do so here unless more quantitative pre- and post-restoration habitat data are available.

Response to ISRP Comments: The information presented in the proposal does not address the question/suggestion the ISRP raised about using spring water as a source for off-stream cattle water. This needs to be added.

Adaptive Management: The proposal does not directly answer the questions in the proposal instructions. The entry under Adaptive Management refers to a long term goal but does not indicate how that goal might have changed as a result of monitoring and evaluation. In other words, this section does not obviously relate to either active or passive adaptive management. The project sponsors claim that monitoring has occurred in Omak Creek, although no information on what has been learned from the monitoring or how it has been applied to other work was given. The lone exception was an attempt to improve adult steelhead passage at Mission Falls, which apparently yielded unsatisfactory results. The project sponsors believe they now know how to increase fish passage at the falls, yet few details were provided.

Evaluation of Results

Insufficient information is provided in the proposal to develop a cogent analysis of whether the project is making reasonable progress toward watershed, subbasin, and basin-level goals for steelhead or other focal species.

3. Project Relationships, Emerging Limiting Factors, and Tailored Questions

Project Relationships: “None” was the answer in Taurus, but this seems at odds with the 2012 annual report. Consequently, insufficient information was provided in the proposal to judge the scientific soundness of this effort in terms of project relationships. The proposal text needs to provide an adequate answer to how this project interacts within the upper Columbia Province and similar habitat work in the region. Elsewhere the proposal mentions support from Okanogan Habitat Land and Water acquisition funds, but the nature of that relationship is not explained in any detail.

Emerging Limiting Factors: The section on emerging limiting factors merely lists again the factors that have already been noted as limiting salmon production; it does not include any significant discussion of factors that are newly emerging or that have been noted elsewhere as warranting attention in the future. In a TAURUS proposal, "Emerging Limiting Factors" means new environmental problems, for example climate change that are only now becoming apparent, not factors that are clearly known to be problems.

4. Deliverables, Work Elements, Metrics, and Methods

Deliverables: Nearly all of the nine deliverables call for an assessment or inventory of Omak Creek before specific restoration actions can be undertaken. Therefore, the ISRP was unable to determine what the work elements, metrics, and methods will be. The proposal needs to provide the inventory methods for assessments relating to each of the deliverables and then a summary of the approaches to be used to approach problems. For example, the ISRP needs more information than "add large woody debris to the channel to increase habitat complexity," or "replant riparian areas that have been overgrazed" in order to determine whether scientifically sound approaches will be used. Because this project is more than 10 years old, it seems somewhat surprising that problem areas have not already been identified.

Further, the proposal does not indicate any specific level of work to be accomplished over the time period of funding. Classes of work and work elements are presented, but the level of effort in each area is not provided. Some sort of over-arching summary of the anticipated accomplishments is required. And, there needs to be an explanation of why this sort of work was chosen, and what the anticipated benefits will be for focal species.

The map is inadequate as it does not indicate the relevance of the shading, the location of Mission Falls, or the location and extent of the habitat being made accessible or improved.

Specific comments on protocols and methods described in MonitoringMethods.org

Although the proposal states that monitoring has taken place and will occur in Omak Creek, no details were given. There were no references to monitoring protocols in MonitoringMethods.org.

Modified by Dal Marsters on 9/27/2013 9:26:06 AM.
Documentation Links:
  • Proponent Response (7/9/2013)

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2000-001-00-NPCC-20131125
Project: 2000-001-00 - Omak Creek Anadromous Fish Habitat and Passage
Review: 2013 Geographic Category Review
Proposal: GEOREV-2000-001-00
Proposal State: Pending BPA Response
Approved Date: 11/5/2013
Recommendation: Implement with Conditions
Comments: Implement with condition through FY 2014: Sponsor to provide a revised proposal for ISRP review by May 1, 2014. Implementation beyond FY 2014 is conditioned on ISRP review and Council recommendation.
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2000-001-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2000-001-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: Problems May Exist
Cost Share Rating: 2 - May be reasonable
Comment: Multiple restoration activities (culvert removal, livestock management infrastructure) on lands within the Colville reservation; assume none of the projects are already required to be performed.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2000-001-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2000-001-00
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: 2000-001-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2000-001-00 - Omak Creek Anadromous Fish Habitat and Passage
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 8/31/2006
Final Round ISRP Date: None
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria (Qualified)
Final Round ISRP Comment:
This is a well-prepared proposal for a project that has been successful. Although fundable, the ISRP raised some questions that the sponsors should consider.

The proposal provides good background on Omak Creek, including the project's history of habitat improvements. Sponsors could have given more info on the status of the stocks to be helped, however. It relates well to the subbasin plan, Council's Fish and Wildlife Program measures, BiOp, and the general rehabilitation of the threatened upper Columbia summer steelhead. The proposal describes relationships to other projects rather than just listing them. It would have been informative to see a more complete description of the relationships between this proposal and #199604200 "Restore and enhance fish populations and habitat in Salmon Creek" which is a similar project on a nearby stream.

There are good objectives. However, the ISRP questions whether the development of springs for livestock watering is possibly removing sources of clean, cold water for the creek. The sponsors may need to rethink and justify this approach. Elsewhere, other water sources have been developed to protect natural waters, such as solar powered pumps to fill watering troughs away from the creeks.

Monitoring and evaluation are described, including PIT-tag weir, photo monitoring, picket weir, infrared imaging, etc., but more detail on experimental design and methods would be useful. The administrative form describes an online database and technical reports for communicating results. The idea of providing a web site is good. Plans for long-term storage of data and meta-data are not included.

There are likely benefits to fish, but they may be slow to be realized. These are best described in the "Work Elements" Section of the Administrative portion of the proposal. The project will need adaptive management as they get the biological returns. Benefits are likely to persist over the long term.
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Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2000-001-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2000-001-00 - Omak Creek Anadromous Fish Habitat and Passage
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: ISRP fundable qualified: Consider ISRP comments during contracting. Budget reductions not specific. Project to be implemented with reduced scope.

Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
Chris Fisher Supervisor Colville Confederated Tribes
Rhonda Dasher (Inactive) Interested Party Colville Confederated Tribes
Michelle O'Malley Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Peter Lofy Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
Lydia Grimm Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Nikki Dick Administrative Contact Colville Confederated Tribes
Jenna Peterson Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Keith Kistler Interested Party Colville Confederated Tribes
Jennifer McKim Project Lead Colville Confederated Tribes
Terri Mail Administrative Contact Colville Confederated Tribes
Joy Juelson (Inactive) Interested Party J&J Environmental
Kary Nichols Administrative Contact Colville Confederated Tribes
Eleanor Bosman-Clark (Inactive) Project Lead Colville Confederated Tribes
Ted Gresh Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration
Randy Friedlander Supervisor Colville Confederated Tribes
David Roberts Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration