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Project 2001-032-00 - Coeur D'Alene Fisheries Enhancement-Hangman Creek
Project Number:
2001-032-00
Title:
Coeur D'Alene Fisheries Enhancement-Hangman Creek
Summary:
Project 2001-032-00 has entered into a major implementation phase of the Project after a several years of assessment, prioritization of restoration, and pilot projects for riparian enhancement, large woody debris placements, and beaver supporting wood structures. The goal is to restore isolated populations of Redband trout (Onchorhynchus mykiss gairdneri). Funding has been at 2001 levels and not what was requested with project proposals in 2012 and recommended by the Power Planning Council in 2006. Properties along Hangman Creek identified as priority have been purchased thru Avista mitigation funding and we are preparing a HEC RAS model and design to re-engage relic channels and floodplain swales in an attempt to re-engage the stream and riparian. This would create self-sustaining habitat with beaver as a key note species. During May 2014- April 2015 contract funds were shared with the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's other BPA Project 1990-044 to utilize $450,000 to do major reconstruction on Hangman Creek on land recently purchased thru Avista mitigation. Additional funding will be needed to perform the instream restoration needed to support planned riparian enhancement. Additional restoration activities center on restoring active connection between the stream and its floodplain, and providing support for existing beavers dams and providing food and dam building supplies. RM&E activities are highlighted by sampling of salmonids with migration traps and summer electroshock backpacking surveys utilizing Pit Tag technology, and temperature monitoring.

This project will be working with it's sister project (2001-033-00) administered by the Coeur d' Alene Tribe's Wildlife Program to restore Hangman Creek's streams and wetlands.

Funding of $450,000 is being requested using flexible spending plan implemented by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's and it's several BPA projects.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Coeur D'Alene Tribe (Tribe)
Starting FY:
2001
Ending FY:
2018
Stage:
Implementation - Project Status Report
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Intermountain Spokane 100.00%
Purpose:
Habitat
Emphasis:
Restoration/Protection
Focal Species:
Cutthroat Trout, Westslope
Other Resident
Trout, Interior Redband
Whitefish, Mountain
Wildlife
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 0.0%   Resident: 100.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Special:
None
BiOp Association:
None

The aboriginal territory of the Coeur d’Alene People encompassed the Coeur d’Alene Subbasin and roughly half the Spokane Subbasin. The major fisheries sites for salmon and steelhead within the aboriginal territory included Spokane River and Hangman Creek. Major fishing sites in Hangman Creek were at the confluence with the Spokane River and near, what is now, the current town of Tekoa, Washington.

Figure Name: Figure 1

Document ID: P127222

Document: Hangman Creek Fisheries Restoration 2008 - 2009 Progress Report

Page Number: 15

Project: 2001-032-00

Contract: 52962

Sample locations for electro-shocking in the southern section of Hangman Creek in 2009.

Figure Name: Figure 2

Document ID: P127222

Document: Hangman Creek Fisheries Restoration 2008 - 2009 Progress Report

Page Number: 17

Project: 2001-032-00

Contract: 52962

Sample locations for electro-shocking in the Mission Creek watershed during 2009.

Figure Name: Figure 3

Document ID: P127222

Document: Hangman Creek Fisheries Restoration 2008 - 2009 Progress Report

Page Number: 18

Project: 2001-032-00

Contract: 52962

Sample locations for electro-shocking in the Sheep Creek watershed during 2009.

Figure Name: Figure 4

Document ID: P127222

Document: Hangman Creek Fisheries Restoration 2008 - 2009 Progress Report

Page Number: 19

Project: 2001-032-00

Contract: 52962

Sample locations for electro-shocking in the Nehchen Creek watershed during 2009.

Figure Name: Figure 5

Document ID: P127222

Document: Hangman Creek Fisheries Restoration 2008 - 2009 Progress Report

Page Number: 20

Project: 2001-032-00

Contract: 52962

Sample locations for electro-shocking in the Indian Creek watershed during 2009.

Figure Name: Figure 6

Document ID: P127222

Document: Hangman Creek Fisheries Restoration 2008 - 2009 Progress Report

Page Number: 21

Project: 2001-032-00

Contract: 52962

Sample locations for electro-shocking for all sites east of the Coeur d’Alene Reservation during 2009.

Figure Name: Figure 7

Document ID: P127222

Document: Hangman Creek Fisheries Restoration 2008 - 2009 Progress Report

Page Number: 22

Project: 2001-032-00

Contract: 52962

Processing of fish in 2008-9 consisted injection of Visible Implant (VIE) which were color and location coded to track an individual’s movement in the watershed.

Figure Name: Picture 1

Document ID: P127222

Document: Hangman Creek Fisheries Restoration 2008 - 2009 Progress Report

Page Number: 23

Project: 2001-032-00

Contract: 52962

VIE tagged coho salmon (O. kisutch) smolt under ambient light, and with VI Light

Figure Name: Picture 2a

Document ID: P127222

Document: Hangman Creek Fisheries Restoration 2008 - 2009 Progress Report

Page Number: 23

Project: 2001-032-00

Contract: 52962

VIE tagged coho salmon (O. kisutch) smolt under ambient light, and with VI Light

Figure Name: Picture 2b

Document ID: P127222

Document: Hangman Creek Fisheries Restoration 2008 - 2009 Progress Report

Page Number: 23

Project: 2001-032-00

Contract: 52962

Standard upstream trap used at Nehchen and Indian creeks.

Figure Name: Picture 3

Document ID: P127222

Document: Hangman Creek Fisheries Restoration 2008 - 2009 Progress Report

Page Number: 26

Project: 2001-032-00

Contract: 52962

Resistance Board Weir installed first in winter of 2005 and maintained March 1st till mid June during 2008-9.

Figure Name: Picture 4

Document ID: P127222

Document: Hangman Creek Fisheries Restoration 2008 - 2009 Progress Report

Page Number: 26

Project: 2001-032-00

Contract: 52962

Locations of 30 continuous temperature monitoring stations in the southern section of Hangman Creek watershed.

Figure Name: Figure 9

Document ID: P127222

Document: Hangman Creek Fisheries Restoration 2008 - 2009 Progress Report

Page Number: 30

Project: 2001-032-00

Contract: 52962

Sample sites for Rosgen channel typing surveys in Hangman Creek during 2008-9.

Figure Name: Figure 10

Document ID: P127222

Document: Hangman Creek Fisheries Restoration 2008 - 2009 Progress Report

Page Number: 33

Project: 2001-032-00

Contract: 52962

Locations of possible fish barriers in the Hangman Creek watershed.

Figure Name: Figure 15

Document ID: P127222

Document: Hangman Creek Fisheries Restoration 2008 - 2009 Progress Report

Page Number: 54

Project: 2001-032-00

Contract: 52962

Riparian enhancement locations in the Hangman watershed during 2008-9.

Figure Name: Figure 16

Document ID: P127222

Document: Hangman Creek Fisheries Restoration 2008 - 2009 Progress Report

Page Number: 57

Project: 2001-032-00

Contract: 52962

Locations of water quality sampling stations in the southern section of Hangman Creek for 2008-2009. The yellow areas are agriculture, and green are areas of forest management.

Figure Name: Figure 8

Document ID: P127222

Document: Hangman Creek Fisheries Restoration 2008 - 2009 Progress Report

Page Number: 28

Project: 2001-032-00

Contract: 52962

Use of taller cones to protect plantings from beavers have proven more successful (left panel). Hog wire panels are being used to protect plantings from high flows (right panel).

Figure Name: Picture 5a

Document ID: P127222

Document: Hangman Creek Fisheries Restoration 2008 - 2009 Progress Report

Page Number: 59

Project: 2001-032-00

Contract: 52962

Use of taller cones to protect plantings from beavers have proven more successful (left panel). Hog wire panels are being used to protect plantings from high flows (right panel).

Figure Name: Picture 5b

Document ID: P127222

Document: Hangman Creek Fisheries Restoration 2008 - 2009 Progress Report

Page Number: 59

Project: 2001-032-00

Contract: 52962

Cross vein at Indian Creek (left panel). Split log structure for cover and bank stabilization (right panel).

Figure Name: Picture 6a

Document ID: P127222

Document: Hangman Creek Fisheries Restoration 2008 - 2009 Progress Report

Page Number: 60

Project: 2001-032-00

Contract: 52962

Cross vein at Indian Creek (left panel). Split log structure for cover and bank stabilization (right panel).

Figure Name: Picture 6b

Document ID: P127222

Document: Hangman Creek Fisheries Restoration 2008 - 2009 Progress Report

Page Number: 60

Project: 2001-032-00

Contract: 52962

Low level check dam (left panel). Vertical log piles for stabilizing banks (right panel).

Figure Name: Picture 7a

Document ID: P127222

Document: Hangman Creek Fisheries Restoration 2008 - 2009 Progress Report

Page Number: 60

Project: 2001-032-00

Contract: 52962

Low level check dam (left panel). Vertical log piles for stabilizing banks (right panel).

Figure Name: Picture 7b

Document ID: P127222

Document: Hangman Creek Fisheries Restoration 2008 - 2009 Progress Report

Page Number: 60

Project: 2001-032-00

Contract: 52962


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 *
FY2017 (Previous) $307,500 $307,500 $396,000 $396,000 $411,452

General $307,500 $396,000 $396,000 $411,452
FY2018 (Current) $307,100 $307,100 $307,100 $307,100 $62,195

General $307,100 $307,100 $307,100 $62,195
FY2019 (Next) $0 $0 $0 $0

General $0 $0 $0 $0
Capital SOY Budget Working Budget Contracted Amount Modified Contract Amount Expenditures *
FY2017 (Previous) $0 $0 $0 $0

FY2018 (Current) $0 $0 $0 $0

FY2019 (Next) $0 $0 $0 $0

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 30-Nov-2017

Decided Budget Transfers  (FY2017 - FY2019)

Acct FY Acct Type Amount Fund Budget Decision Date
FY2017 Expense $307,500 From: General FY17 SOY Budgets 06/02/2016
FY2018 Expense $307,100 From: General FY18 SOY Budgets 07/17/2017

Pending Budget Decision?  No


Project Cost Share:

FY2017 0 %
FY2016 25 %
FY2015 0 %
FY2014 0 %
FY2013 2 %
FY2012 0 %
FY2011 0 %
FY2010 7 %
FY2009 0 %
FY2008 7 %
FY2007 0 %
Fiscal Year Cost Share Partner Total Proposed
Contribution
Total Confirmed
Contribution
FY2016 Trout Unlimited (TU) $4,500
FY2016 US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) $65,000
FY2016 Western Native Trout Initiative $31,000

Contracts

The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, Complete, History, Issued.
Capital Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Contracted Amount Dates
22363 SOW Coeur D'Alene Tribe 2001-032-00 HANGMAN CREEK FISHERIES ENHANCEMENT History $279,555 5/1/2005 - 4/30/2006
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Contracted Amount Dates
6180 SOW Coeur D'Alene Tribe 2001-032-00 IMPLEMENT FISHERIES ENHANCEMENT ON THE COEUR D'ALENE History $722,381 8/1/2001 - 4/30/2005
27859 SOW Coeur D'Alene Tribe 2001 032 00 HANGMAN CREEK FISHERIES ENHANCEMENT History $289,923 5/1/2006 - 4/30/2007
33220 SOW Coeur D'Alene Tribe 2001-032-00 EXP HANGMAN CREEK FISHERIES ENHANCEMENT History $315,031 5/1/2007 - 4/30/2008
75767 SOW Coeur D'Alene Tribe 2001-032-00 EXP HANGMAN CREEK FISHERIES Issued $396,000 5/1/2017 - 4/30/2018



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):16
Completed:4
On time:4
Status Reports
Completed:61
On time:32
Avg Days Late:7

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
6180 22363, 27859, 33220, 38001, 43192, 47730, 52962, 57528, 61127, 64877, 68858, 72434, 75767 2001-032-00 IMPLEMENT FISHERIES ENHANCEMENT ON THE COEUR D'ALENE Coeur D'Alene Tribe 08/2001 08/2001 Pending 61 261 20 0 37 318 88.36% 0
Project Totals 61 261 20 0 37 318 88.36% 0


Review: Resident Fish, Regional Coordination, and Data Management Category Review

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2001-032-00-ISRP-20120215
Project: 2001-032-00 - Coeur D'Alene Fisheries Enhancement-Hangman Creek
Review: Resident Fish, Regional Coordination, and Data Management Category Review
Proposal Number: RESCAT-2001-032-00
Completed Date: 4/17/2012
Final Round ISRP Date: 4/3/2012
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria (Qualified)
Final Round ISRP Comment:
Qualification #1 - Qualification #1
In the Council's decision and BPA contracting process for developing a final statement of work the sponsors should: Develop a better design for using the data generated from PIT tags along the lines of the suggestions made in the ISRP comments.
Qualification #2 - Qualification #2
Consider alternative ways to collect spatially extensive data on rearing juveniles, perhaps using occupancy sampling.
First Round ISRP Date: 2/8/2012
First Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria (Qualified)
First Round ISRP Comment:

The sponsors prepared a comprehensive, well-written proposal that addresses important issues involving restoration of fluvial and resident redband trout populations and their habitat in the Hangman Creek area of the Spokane subbasin. The sponsors demonstrate that they have good knowledge of the watershed and they have conducted sufficient studies that enable prioritization of ongoing efforts. These studies indicate the benefits of working with beaver to achieve desired stream habitat conditions, such as deeper, cooler pools. The project compliments a habitat acquisition project that also attempts to improve ground water and stream flow conditions. 

The proposal uses a whole-systems approach to address migration barriers such as habitat forming processes including floods, LWD recruitment, and floodplain connections, as well as water temperature, and sedimentation. Pilot data have been collected to show where the work needs to be done. Migrant traps, PIT tags, and antenna arrays will provide important data about the life histories of these potentially mobile trout and could also provide useful data on their abundance, survival, and movement probabilities.

In order to make the most of the substantial investment in PIT tags, traps, antennas, and electrofishing surveys, we suggest that the sponsor consider integrating all of these into a comprehensive design and analysis using Program MARK. This would allow robust estimates of detection probabilities, survival, movement, and abundance, and the uncertainty in these parameters. In turn, this would provide a solid basis for future management. It may also be possible to develop a better method of less intensive "occupancy" sampling, which would allow better understanding of distribution of fish over larger areas using less effort in the field.

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

Significance to Regional Programs: The investigators provide a clear statement for why the work is significant to regional programs.

Background: Overall, the proposal gives very good background information about the ecology of redband trout and the problems with habitat that are perceived to be the main limiting factors. The information was well integrated throughout the proposal.

Objectives: The investigators propose several actions to address the main limiting factors for the fluvial and resident redband trout in the Hangman Creek basin, which apparently have migratory life histories and use tributaries for spawning and rearing.

Overall, the objectives are a useful mix of short-term strategies such as LWD installation and long-term strategies such as aggrading channels by encouraging beavers to build dams to improve habitat for a wide-ranging species like fluvial redband trout. The objectives also involve monitoring to determine the response of redband trout to the habitat restoration activities.

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

Major Accomplishments: To date, it appears that the investigators have made a good start at improving habitat conditions for redband trout throughout the basin.

Response to past ISRP and Council comments and recommendations: The investigators are interested in measuring spatial distribution, abundance, and vital rates of 1) the redband trout rearing in tributaries and 2) the adults migrating into tributaries to spawn. However, they report not having sufficient time to conduct multi-pass electrofishing to achieve #1.

Given that fish will be marked using PIT tags in both migrant traps and during tributary surveys, this project might benefit by integrating all of these results using Program MARK (see web page of Dr. Gary White, Colorado State University), which the Hangman Project Team has considered. This highly flexible analysis program would allow estimates of abundance, survival, and movement among tributaries, as well as "temporary emigration" of fish from tributaries which they may not visit every year. It allows using "model selection and inference" to test treatment-control effects as well as trends through time. Overall, it would likely allow much more robust inference than could be achieved with the current analysis protocol.

Secondly, if one-pass sampling is to be useful for measuring CPUE indices of abundance, then capture probabilities should be either always high, or at least very similar across years, reaches, and crews. This may not be the case and cannot be supported unless data are collected to test it. The Project Team should consider using previous multi-pass data collected in the watershed (Table 6) to validate capture probabilities when changing to a one-pass approach that is appropriately randomized and stratified across sites or of different size and complexity. Otherwise, it might be better to develop an "occupancy sampling" approach where a less intensive sampling protocol could be developed to place fish abundance into, say, four categories of high, moderate, low, and absent. This would allow a wide spatial distribution of sampling, to determine habitats that fish are using seasonally. Analysis tools for these methods are also included in MARK. Regional experts who might be able to help develop these methods include Dr. Paul Lukacs at U of MT, and Drs. Gary White, Kevin Bestgen, Larissa Bailey, Bill Kendall, and Paul Doherty at Colorado State University, and Dr. Jim Peterson at Oregon State University (Coop Unit).

Adaptive management: The investigators appear to have made good choices to adapt their management to key uncertainties in riparian planting survival and the role of beavers in improving floodplain and instream habitat.

ISRP Retrospective Evaluation of Results

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has acquired much of the land surrounding the Hangman Creek watershed. These acquisitions significantly facilitate the habitat restoration and redband trout population recovery activities. Previous assessments conducted by this project identified factors that may be most limiting to redband trout recovery, and identified reaches where these factors predominate across the southern section of the upper Hangman watershed so that restoration actions can be prioritized. Within the mainstem of Hangman Creek, the results of modeling indicated that the most effective method to increase suitable habitats for redband trout would be to improve rearing temperatures by increasing the amount of stream shading. Further, the sponsor identified the mainstem of Hangman Creek to be a restoration priority given that these reaches likely provide the potential to serve as both critical rearing habitat, such as overwintering, and as migratory corridors that would increase population connectivity. Results from watershed assessments indicate that increasing the quantity of usable physical habitat for redband trout in tributaries would be best accomplished by increasing pool depth. Based on earlier findings, the project proposed to accelerate the trajectory for recovering habitat by utilizing restoration approaches that emulate the ecosystem engineering effects of beaver and enhancing the stability of natural dams or pool habitat where they exist in the watershed.

The sponsor has adaptively managed the restoration project. The initial poor results for survival of riparian plants during 2005-7 forced the project to evaluate and adapt the methods to both the limited financial resources available and the conditions in the watershed. Major channel reconstruction was originally considered as a restoration alternative for several mainstem reaches in the upper Hangman watershed. However, this approach was deemed largely infeasible due to the costs. The project is now using beaver as a means to improve stream conditions, and recent evidence indicates beaver activities are helping the sponsors achieve their objectives. The sponsor has implemented an interesting and beneficial habitat and redband trout restoration plan. Project elements are in place to document implementation effectiveness in the coming years. As described in the ISRP retrospective report (ISRP 2011-25), the full benefits of habitat restoration activities such as these will require many years.

3. Project Relationships, Emerging Limiting Factors, and Tailored Questions for Type of Work (hatchery, RME, tagging)

The project complements an associated restoration effort that acquires land for protection and restoration and improves groundwater and instream flow conditions. The main emerging limiting factor of climate change, causing increased temperature, decreased baseflows, and more variable flow and temperature conditions, would be ameliorated by the proposed habitat work.

4. Deliverables, Work Elements, Metrics, and Methods

The project's deliverable status has an average completion rate of 82% (132 of 161 deliverables). Annual report writing accounts for 10 of the total 29 incomplete deliverables. Most of these report deliverables are expected to be complete by early 2012. The information provided to date has been very good.

The investigators seem well positioned to make good progress on increasing LWD, and its recruitment over the long term, to increase deep pools and aggrade channels to provide floodplain connections. Likewise, they have completed pilot work to improve methods of riparian plantings that will provide shade and materials for beavers to build dams. However, it was unclear whether any of these stream segments are subject to cattle grazing, and whether this could also be a limiting factor.

Several fish migration barriers have been removed, and two are slated to be retrofit, but two more will remain. Are there no plans for these remaining two barriers? This is a concern since one poorly-located barrier could potentially disrupt access to habitat for fish from throughout much of the important stream segments.

As described above, one-pass estimates of trout abundance for assessing trends in CPUE through time will not withstand scientific review, and so will not be useful to support management, unless they are validated. Likewise, ageing fish with scales will likely not be useful unless these are also validated against otoliths over the range of sizes and years collected. Scales may underestimate age, especially if YOY trout do not lay down an annulus especially in cold reaches or adults live long but grow relatively slowly in later years so that scales are resorbed each year at the margin.

The staircase design looks suitable and appears to incorporate a number of random effects for time and site. It is important that appropriate error structures be tested for this mixed effects model, to ensure robust inference.

Temperature loggers are apparently in place only March to October, but winter conditions can be as important as summer for fish. Temperatures during winter can be very useful measures of groundwater inflow, since pools without it can freeze, potentially to the bottom in harsh winters. Monitoring temperatures year round is recommended.

4a. Specific comments on protocols and methods described in MonitoringMethods.org

The sponsors developed seven protocols and about 40 methods within these protocols, and documented these in MonitoringMethods.org. The descriptions were very good. The sponsor probably spent considerable time developing text for this web site. However, the ISRP did not find it useful for this proposal review to have methods split into many separate web pages. The continuity of what the project was trying to do was lost when it was split into many separate sections.

Modified by Dal Marsters on 4/17/2012 2:43:42 PM.
Documentation Links:

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2001-032-00-NPCC-20120313
Project: 2001-032-00 - Coeur D'Alene Fisheries Enhancement-Hangman Creek
Review: Resident Fish, Regional Coordination, and Data Management Category Review
Proposal: RESCAT-2001-032-00
Proposal State: Pending BPA Response
Approved Date: 2/26/2014
Recommendation: Implement with Conditions
Comments: Implement with condition through 2017. Sponsor to address ISRP qualifications in contracting.
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2001-032-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2001-032-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: Restoration work (channel realignment, plantings etc) for fish habitat on tribal lands; assume tribe/BIA is authorized, but not required) to address; does this need cost share? [Argument for yes: tribe/BIA is authorized, if not required, to address health of reservation land, so like any other governmental landowners, eg FS, state, expect some cost share; argument for no: tribe/BIA may be authorized, but assuming no specific requirement to conduct this channel realignment work, and giving deference to tribal trust/other tribal policies, no cost share necessary].

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2001-032-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2001-032-00
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: 2001-032-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2001-032-00 - Coeur D'Alene Fisheries Enhancement-Hangman Creek
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 intent of the project is to protect and restore remaining stocks of native resident redband trout and provide harvestable surpluses of naturally reproducing adult fish from Hangman creek and its tributaries. Project objectives include implementation of habitat restoration and enhancement projects, and monitor changes in fish production, productivity, and distribution.

To date, several planning documents have been written to guide and prioritize project implementation and several individual restoration/enhancement treatments have been implemented at two project sites between 2005 and 2006. Biological monitoring has focused on long-term population, production, and life history dynamics of redband trout in the target watershed.

Reviewers saw indications that this is a fairly strong project but constrained by difficulties in communication. The original proposal was overly lengthy and, while being strong in some areas like its discussion on planning and watershed processes, could be improved in the future by a more concise description of biological findings with emphasis on the more important issues, attributes, and metrics. For example, project sponsors give fish density data but no indication of population size. The bar graph showing maximum water temperature at four sites +/- one standard deviation is not the best way to communicate that information.

The response was much more clearly presented and adequately addressed reviewers' queries regarding fish abundance and the causes of the habitat problems that were described in the proposal. The response clarified that there are indeed adequate numbers of redband trout remaining in Hangman Creek tributaries to provide a reservoir capable of expanding as future quality habitat becomes available. The response described an approach to fish habitat restoration, relying largely upon passive restoration techniques, in the upper Hangman system that appears to have a reasonable chance of success. The watershed analysis discussed in the response gives a good basis for implementing rehabilitation plans in the proposal, particularly in the riparian habitat. It will be beneficial and speed the review process if the sponsor includes much of this cycle's response material in future proposals for the project.
Documentation Links:

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2001-032-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2001-032-00 - Coeur D'Alene Fisheries Enhancement-Hangman Creek
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund
Comments:

Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
Bruce Kinkead Project Lead Coeur D'Alene Tribe
Cameron Heusser Interested Party Coeur D'Alene Tribe
Paul Krueger (Inactive) Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
Jon Firehammer Technical Contact Coeur D'Alene Tribe
Jennifer Lord Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Angelo Vitale Supervisor Coeur D'Alene Tribe
Virgil Watts III Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Jennifer Snyder Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Justin Moffett Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration