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Project 2002-070-00 - Lapwai Creek Anadromous Habitat
Project Number:
2002-070-00
Title:
Lapwai Creek Anadromous Habitat
Summary:
This project restores, protects and enhances steelhead spawning and rearing habitat in the Lapwai Creek Watershed. Information is collected to fill data gaps and BMPs are installed on agricultural and forest lands to achieve biological objectives.

Lapwai Creek historically provided spawning and rearing habitat for A-run wild summer steelhead in the Clearwater River Subbasin. However, the regular occurrence of extreme high runoff events and low summer flows, high summer water temperatures, poor instream/riparian cover, and siltation of spawning gravels have become limiting factors in the watershed. Low stream flows and a lack of adequate multi-layered riparian vegetation along with excessive sediment have reduced the suitability of Lapwai Creek and its tributaries as quality spawning and rearing habitat for anadromous and resident cold water fish. In addition, sediment, nutrients, and bacteria from existing land use practices adversely impact water quality. The primary pollutant sources and habitat degradations are agricultural, livestock, forestry and road practices. The large percentage of private land and low agricultural commodity prices prohibit landowners from implementing practices to solve these problems.

The Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District (NPSWCD or District) requested funding for the Restoring Fish Habitat in the Lapwai Creek Watershed project proposal to enhance steelhead trout natural production within the Lapwai Creek watershed by improving salmonid spawning and rearing habitat. The project funds coordination, planning, technical assistance, conservation practice design and implementation, monitoring, and educational outreach to identify and correct problems associated with agricultural and livestock activities impacting water quality and salmonid habitat. The project addresses specific needs identified in the Clearwater Subbasin Summary 2001 Draft and the 2000 Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program documents.

This proposal was coordinated with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG), Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), University of Idaho (U of I), Nez Perce Tribe (NPT), Clearwater Focus Program, Clearwater Basin Weed Committee, and the Nez Perce County Board of Commissioners.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) (SWCD)
Starting FY:
2002
Ending FY:
2018
BPA PM:
Stage:
Implementation - Project Status Report
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)
Chinook - Upper Columbia River Spring ESU (endangered)
Coho - Unspecified Population
Lamprey, Pacific
Lamprey, River
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%
Special:
None

Cover photo

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Document: Restoring Anadromous Fish Habitat in the Lapwai Creek Watershed, 5/10 - 4/11

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Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District location map.

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Lapwai Creek watershed general location map.

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Lapwai Creek Stream Temperature Monitoring Locations

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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) $268,303 $268,303 $268,303 $268,303 $284,726

BiOp FCRPS 2008 (non-Accord) $268,303 $268,303 $268,303 $284,726
FY2018 (Current) $268,303 $268,303 $268,303 $268,303 $0

BiOp FCRPS 2008 (non-Accord) $268,303 $268,303 $268,303 $0
FY2019 (Next) $0 $0 $0 $0

BiOp FCRPS 2008 (non-Accord) $0 $0 $0 $0

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

Decided Budget Transfers  (FY2017 - FY2019)

Acct FY Acct Type Amount Fund Budget Decision Date
FY2017 Expense $268,303 From: BiOp FCRPS 2008 (non-Accord) FY17 SOY Budgets 06/02/2016
FY2018 Expense $268,303 From: BiOp FCRPS 2008 (non-Accord) FY18 SOY Budgets 07/17/2017

Pending Budget Decision?  No


Project Cost Share:

FY2017 0 %
FY2016 54 %
FY2015 53 %
FY2014 47 %
FY2013 60 %
FY2012 57 %
FY2011 53 %
FY2010 0 %
FY2009 47 %
FY2008 50 %
FY2007 64 %
Fiscal Year Cost Share Partner Total Proposed
Contribution
Total Confirmed
Contribution
FY2016 (Unspecified Org) $88,210
FY2016 Idaho Department of Environmental Quality $11,718
FY2016 Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) $92
FY2016 Idaho Soil Conservation Commission $9,600
FY2016 Idaho State Department of Agriculture $27,105
FY2016 Local project sponsors $43,013
FY2016 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration $1,278
FY2016 Nez Perce County $40,130
FY2016 Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) $47,357
FY2016 Nez Perce Tribe $3,736
FY2016 University of Idaho $920
FY2016 USDA Farm Service Agency $36,808
FY2016 USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) $2,199

Contracts

The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, Complete, History, Issued.
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Contracted Amount Dates
75932 SOW Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) 2002-070-00 EXP LAPWAI CREEK WATERSHED RESTORATION Issued $268,303 5/1/2017 - 4/30/2018



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):14
Completed:12
On time:12
Status Reports
Completed:63
On time:44
Avg Days Late:8

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
11573 21982, 26945, 32840, 38238, 42391, 52837, 57048, 61265, 64969, 68701, 72618, 75932 2002-070-00 LAPWAI CREEK ANADROMOUS FISH Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) 09/2002 09/2002 Pending 62 366 21 0 5 392 98.72% 1
Project Totals 62 366 21 0 5 392 98.72% 1


Review: 2013 Geographic Category Review

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2002-070-00-ISRP-20130610
Project: 2002-070-00 - Lapwai Creek Anadromous Habitat
Review: 2013 Geographic Category Review
Proposal Number: GEOREV-2002-070-00
Completed Date: 6/11/2013
Final Round ISRP Date: 6/10/2013
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria (Qualified)
Final Round ISRP Comment:

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

This proposal provides excellent technical background information that demonstrates the significance of the project to regional programs. A map with overview of landownership helps describe the physical setting. The descriptive summary of existing habitat and fundamental habitat problems is generally well done. Efforts in Lapwai Creek are conducted jointly by this project on private lands and by project #199001700 on land owned by the Nez Perce Tribe, tribal members, and public lands. Objectives for the two projects are the same and work is based upon the 2009 Lapwai Creek Restoration Strategy, developed by both organizations that delineated the priority stream assessment units in the watershed.

Limiting factors were identified and standards were established for reducing their impacts. Importantly, quantitative deliverables and objectives were presented so reviewers and stakeholders have a good idea of what may be accomplished by this effort.

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

The proposal provides an excellent, detailed, photographic and quantitative description of accomplishments associated with each objective during the past 10 years or so. Other proposals should take notice, as often other proposals simply provide reference to project reports. This approach makes it easy for reviewers and stakeholders to see that this effort has been successful in past efforts. The description of the prioritization process and the flow charts used are clear and nicely done.

The proposal indicates it will develop a robust adaptive management program that addresses concerns raised by the ISRP with regard to adaptive management in general. This is good, but given that the project has been in operation for many years it is not clear why a robust adaptive management plan has not already been developed. In the adaptive management section, the proposal provides examples of how it has learned from its ongoing activities.

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

The project has its own monitoring program, and the program discusses linkages to the Nez Perce Tribe's effort, action effectiveness monitoring, and the CHaMP effort that will begin in 2018. It would be good if the sponsor can directly address the issue of whether its proposed monitoring overlaps or duplicates that of other monitoring, and how well the proposed monitoring will contribute to programs that will begin in a few years, that is CHaMP.

The proposal provides a good discussion of several potential emerging limiting factors such as climate change impacts on temperature and flow, nonnative species, predators, and toxic chemicals. The proposal did not fully discuss, based on past experience, whether private landownership constrains implementation of the high priority projects; the sponsors did state that the success of certain objectives is dependent on cooperation by private landowners. This leads to high uncertainty. Past experience, as communicated on the site visit, is that landowners approach the SWCD for assistance during emergencies like the 1996 flood. The ISRP encourages the sponsors to continue their consideration of possible inducements.

4. Deliverables, Work Elements, Metrics, and Methods

Seven deliverables are proposed to support the objectives. They are presented in sufficient detail, with specific design criteria. Excellent benchmarks are provided with the proposed deliverables. Methods are briefly mentioned with each objective.


===========QUALIFICATIONS FOLLOW================

The ISRP has two concerns, both of which can be dealt with in contracting and future reviews:

 

Qualification #1 - Qualification #1
Ensure that ongoing monitoring is consistent with and can be efficiently utilized by monitoring programs that will begin in a few years (CHaMP in 2018),
Qualification #2 - Qualification #2
Further consider the issue of how private landownership inhibits high priority projects and develop additional approaches that encourage private landowners to participate.
First Round ISRP Date: 6/10/2013
First Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria (Qualified)
First Round ISRP Comment:

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

This proposal provides excellent technical background information that demonstrates the significance of the project to regional programs. A map with overview of landownership helps describe the physical setting. The descriptive summary of existing habitat and fundamental habitat problems is generally well done. Efforts in Lapwai Creek are conducted jointly by this project on private lands and by project #199001700 on land owned by the Nez Perce Tribe, tribal members, and public lands. Objectives for the two projects are the same and work is based upon the 2009 Lapwai Creek Restoration Strategy, developed by both organizations that delineated the priority stream assessment units in the watershed.

Limiting factors were identified and standards were established for reducing their impacts. Importantly, quantitative deliverables and objectives were presented so reviewers and stakeholders have a good idea of what may be accomplished by this effort.

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

The proposal provides an excellent, detailed, photographic and quantitative description of accomplishments associated with each objective during the past 10 years or so. Other proposals should take notice, as often other proposals simply provide reference to project reports. This approach makes it easy for reviewers and stakeholders to see that this effort has been successful in past efforts. The description of the prioritization process and the flow charts used are clear and nicely done.

The proposal indicates it will develop a robust adaptive management program that addresses concerns raised by the ISRP with regard to adaptive management in general. This is good, but given that the project has been in operation for many years it is not clear why a robust adaptive management plan has not already been developed. In the adaptive management section, the proposal provides examples of how it has learned from its ongoing activities.

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

The project has its own monitoring program, and the program discusses linkages to the Nez Perce Tribe's effort, action effectiveness monitoring, and the CHaMP effort that will begin in 2018. It would be good if the sponsor can directly address the issue of whether its proposed monitoring overlaps or duplicates that of other monitoring, and how well the proposed monitoring will contribute to programs that will begin in a few years, that is CHaMP.

The proposal provides a good discussion of several potential emerging limiting factors such as climate change impacts on temperature and flow, nonnative species, predators, and toxic chemicals. The proposal did not fully discuss, based on past experience, whether private landownership constrains implementation of the high priority projects; the sponsors did state that the success of certain objectives is dependent on cooperation by private landowners. This leads to high uncertainty. Past experience, as communicated on the site visit, is that landowners approach the SWCD for assistance during emergencies like the 1996 flood. The ISRP encourages the sponsors to continue their consideration of possible inducements.

4. Deliverables, Work Elements, Metrics, and Methods

Seven deliverables are proposed to support the objectives. They are presented in sufficient detail, with specific design criteria. Excellent benchmarks are provided with the proposed deliverables. Methods are briefly mentioned with each objective.


===========QUALIFICATIONS FOLLOW================

The ISRP has two concerns, both of which can be dealt with in contracting and future reviews:

 

Modified by Dal Marsters on 6/11/2013 3:48:23 PM.
Documentation Links:

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2002-070-00-NPCC-20131126
Project: 2002-070-00 - Lapwai Creek Anadromous Habitat
Review: 2013 Geographic Category Review
Proposal: GEOREV-2002-070-00
Proposal State: Pending BPA Response
Approved Date: 11/5/2013
Recommendation: Implement with Conditions
Comments: Implement through FY 2018: Sponsor should consider addressing ISRP qualification #2 in future reviews. See Programmatic Issue and Recommendation A for effectiveness monitoring (ISRP qualification #1).
Conditions:
Council Condition #1 ISRP Qualification: Qualification #1—See Programmatic Issue and Recommendation A for effectiveness monitoring (ISRP qualification #1).
Council Condition #2 ISRP Qualification: Qualification #2—Sponsor should consider addressing ISRP qualification #2 in future reviews.
Council Condition #3 Programmatic Issue: A. Implement Monitoring, and Evaluation at a Regional Scale—See Programmatic Issue and Recommendation A for effectiveness monitoring (ISRP qualification #1).
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2002-070-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2002-070-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: Problems May Exist
Cost Share Rating: 2 - May be reasonable
Comment: Inventory, planning, and multiple restoration activities (weed control, LWD, erosion control measures, CAFO measures et); other entities authorized/required to perform some: need confirmation or criteria or other screening that BPA not funding activities already required of another entity; also need confirmation that cost share is adequate.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2002-070-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2002-070-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 2/27/2007
Capital Rating: Does Not Qualify for Capital Funding
Capital Asset Category: None
Comment: None

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2002-070-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2002-070-00 - Lapwai Creek Anadromous Habitat
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 8/31/2006
Final Round ISRP Date: None
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria - In Part
Final Round ISRP Comment:
The ISRP was provided a response to the fix-it loop for proposal 199901700 Protect and Restore Lapwai Creek Watershed (NPT) and 200207000 Lapwai Creek Anadromous Habitat (NPSWCD) - integrated sister projects to address habitat restoration and protection on Lapwai Creek on tribal and private land.

The sponsors addressed the questions raised by the ISRP in the preliminary review. The adequacy of the answers to inform and assist the ISRP in their proposal evaluation varied. The ISRP thanks the sponsors for the time and effort in producing the revised proposal narrative and explanations of the projects' history.

The sponsors indicated that stream habitat and watershed inventories, and a compilation on fish population abundance will be completed soon; final assessments shall be available in 2007. Based on that commitment, these projects are Fundable in Part (incrementally). In 2007, the fundable work includes completion of the inventory and assessments. Following that, work possibly fundable in 2008 and 2009 might be for restoration actions, contingent upon a written plan that uses those assessments to establish biological objectives, strategies and actions, and an approach to measure whether progress is being made in achieving the objectives.

The reporting of results was limited to a reporting of tasks accomplished, i.e., compliance monitoring. When they are developing their prescriptions they should include an evaluation of the biological results of their past actions. What is needed is a specific goal, with a timeframe for changes in habitat conditions and fish population abundance and productivity. Sponsors clarify for the ISRP their understanding of compliance and effectiveness monitoring, and inform the ISRP that they appreciate the necessity of effectiveness monitoring, but state that it is beyond the willingness of Council and BPA to fund those data collections and analysis. The ISRP understands the constraints placed on sponsors, but also believes sponsors need to be creative in developing methods to determine whether their restoration efforts are providing a benefit. Can riparian habitat be evaluated by photo points or aerial photography and be cost effective? How can stream flow and stream temperature be monitored to determine if treatments were effective? How can adult fish in and smolts out be measured? An evaluation plan is expected.

An integrated process of watershed assessment remains incomplete after several years, but they can be credited with developing conservation plans and completion of several small actions. The revised narrative for the proposed work was a much better presentation than the original, and may have been acceptable if originally submitted in this manner. It also outlined the acceptable qualifications of the proponents.

This work in Lapwai Creek is supportable because of the potential for anadromous fish production. The answers to the questions and the narrative revision go a long way to clarifying for the ISRP the status and progress of anadromous fish species (primarily steelhead) and restoration potential in this watershed. The ISRP had many questions for the sponsors, so the detailed evaluation of the response to each is beyond the space and time available in this fix it loop review.
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Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2002-070-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2002-070-00 - Lapwai Creek Anadromous Habitat
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: ISRP fundable in part:? funding in FY 07 for completion of inventory and assessments.

Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
Lynn Rasmussen Project Lead Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)
Steve Becker Supervisor Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)
Paul Krueger (Inactive) Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Jennifer Lord Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Ashlee Rudolph (Inactive) Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Dorothy Welch Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
Elisabeth Bowers Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration