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Project Summary

Project 2003-001-00 - Manastash Creek Fish Passage and Screening
Project Number:
Manastash Creek Fish Passage and Screening
Manastash Creek is an important Yakima River tributary, which drains a 100-square mile watershed in Kittitas County lying west of Ellensburg, Washington. Approximately 30 miles of potential high-quality salmonid habitat remains in the upper portions of the watershed, which lie primarily within the Wenatchee National Forest.

On March 25, 1999, NMFS listed the Middle Columbia River Basin steelhead ESU as "threatened," effective May 24, 1999. 64 Fed. Reg. 14,517. This ESU includes the Yakima River and its tributaries. On February 16, 2000, NMFS designated the Yakima River and its tributaries as critical habitat for Middle Columbia River steelhead. 65 Fed. Reg. 7779.

In February 2001, the Washington Environmental Council (WEC) sent the WDFW, and the largest private water users on Manastash Creek, the Kittitas Reclamation District (KRD) and the Westside Irrigating Company (Westside) a draft notice of intent to sue under Section 11(g) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), 16 U.S.C. § 1540(g). The draft notice alleged that continued operation of the six irrigation diversions on Manastash Creek would result in an unlawful "take" of threatened steelhead under Section 9 of the ESA, 16 U.S.C. § 1538(a). The WEC contended that prior to the advent of irrigated agriculture, Manastash Creek produced steelhead, coho and spring Chinook salmon.

WEC invited the water users to work in a collaborative process which would protect both threatened fish and the future of Manastash Creek related irrigated agriculture in Kittitas County. The collaborative efforts proceeded and a relationship of cooperation and trust between the parties has developed. The WEC's goal is to eliminate fish passage barriers, eliminate unscreened diversions and improve instream flows. The irrigators' goal is to cooperate in the improvement of fish habitat on Manastash Creek while at the same time remaining whole and being able to manage and operate their land and water rights as a viable agricultural enterprise.

A conceptual watershed restoration plan is the fruit of these many months of collaborative efforts. That plan includes two phases. In Phase I, the major water diversions on Manastash Creek will be reconstructed so as to eliminate manmade barriers or impediments to fish passage and all unscreened diversions. This work will involve some amount of consolidation of these diversions, the extent of which is still being determined. The goal of Phase II is the restoration of more natural summer/fall flows in the lower part of Manastash Creek while at the same time protecting the vested water rights of the Manastash Creek water users.

BPA has approximately $1.5 million through the F&W program to address fish screening and passage at the Manastash diversions (Phase 1). Earlier efforts included a water conservation study that laid out conceptual plans for remedies to the fish passage problems, along with rough schematics and cost estimates. This release with FishPro is to continue preliminary planning for the restoration effort, accomplish 100% design of Manastash and Keats Jensen Diversions and provide construction assistance for Barnes Road Facilities.
Proponent Orgs:
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) (Govt - State)
Starting FY:
Ending FY:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia Plateau Yakima 100.00%
Focal Species:
Chinook - Mid-Columbia River Spring ESU
Chinook - Upper Columbia River Spring ESU
Coho - Unspecified Population
Steelhead - Middle Columbia River DPS
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
BiOp Association:

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The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, Closed, Complete, History, Issued.
* "Total Contracted Amount" column includes contracted amount from both capital and expense components of the contract.
Capital Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Total Contracted Amount Dates
422 REL 34 SOW MWH Global, Inc. PI 200300100 MANATASH CREEK FISH PASSAGE & SCREENING History $53,942 7/30/2003 - 6/30/2004
429 REL 27 SOW Fishpro, Inc. PI 200300100 MANASTASH CREEK CONSOLIDATED DIVERSION PROJECT Closed $37,277 4/1/2004 - 9/30/2004
23380 REL 4 SOW Fishpro, Inc. 2003-001-00 CAP MANASTASH FINAL DESIGN/CONST. MGMT History $166,973 6/30/2006 - 7/31/2008
23380 REL 2 SOW Fishpro, Inc. 2003-01-00 EXP MANASTASH PERMITTING SUPPORT History $41,000 7/21/2006 - 7/31/2008
BPA-005559 Bonneville Power Administration Land Acquisition costs Active $752 10/1/2008 - 9/30/2009
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Total Contracted Amount Dates
429 REL 28 SOW Fishpro, Inc. PI 2003-001-00 MASASTASH CREEK PREDESIGN History $260,856 10/1/2004 - 10/31/2006

Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):0
On time:0
Status Reports
On time:10
Avg Days Late:44

                Count of Contract Deliverables
Earliest Contract Subsequent Contracts Title Contractor Earliest Start Latest End Latest Status Accepted Reports Complete Green Yellow Red Total % Green and Complete Canceled
429 REL 27 429 REL 28 PI 2003-001-00 MASASTASH CREEK PREDESIGN Fishpro, Inc. 04/01/2004 10/31/2006 History 6 5 0 0 2 7 71.43% 0
23380 REL 4 23380 REL 6, 54966 2007-398-00 CAP MANASTASH CONSTRUCTION SERVICES HDR Constructors, Inc. 06/30/2006 09/30/2013 Closed 31 26 0 0 0 26 100.00% 4
23380 REL 2 2003-01-00 EXP MANASTASH PERMITTING SUPPORT Fishpro, Inc. 07/21/2006 07/31/2008 History 9 0 0 0 2 2 0.00% 0
BPA-5559 Land Acquisition costs Bonneville Power Administration 10/01/2008 09/30/2009 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Project Totals 46 31 0 0 4 35 88.57% 4

The table content is updated frequently and thus contains more recent information than what was in the original proposal reviewed by ISRP and Council.

Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2003-001-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2003-001-00 - Manastash Creek Fish Passage and Screening
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2003-001-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2003-001-00 - Manastash Creek Fish Passage and Screening
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 8/31/2006
Final Round ISRP Date: None
Final Round ISRP Rating: Does Not Meet Scientific Review Criteria
Final Round ISRP Comment:
This proposal and its companion 20070200 are viewed by the ISRP as not fundable (Qualified) because these two projects have a history of the sponsor failing to give evidence of fish benefits. This "Not fundable" recommendation is qualified because, in general, adding flow and removing barriers and screening diversion have the potential to be beneficial to fish populations. However, the response by the sponsors did not provide an adequate reply to the ISRP's concerns:

(a) Please provide a brief summary of current use of the project area by steelhead and resident trout species. What specific benefits for them are anticipated as a result of this project? (b) There is inadequate mention of monitoring and evaluation. It is not likely that project personnel would provide the M&E, but they should describe coverage from other projects or agencies. The proponents should be thinking about baseline biological studies to measure project effectiveness. (c) This proposal is directly related to the currently considered proposal 200702000 to increase flow, which would complement the screening work. To what extent do achieving substantial benefits to fish depend upon both issues (screening and flow enhancement) being addressed?

The sponsors note that coordination with Yakima Species Interaction Study, for long-term rainbow trout monitoring, will be essential to measure project effectiveness. However, not enough information is presented to determine the nature of any coordination. The sponsors assert that "correction of the passage barriers would allow access for both juvenile and adult upstream migration of summer steelhead, rainbow trout and other resident species to an additional 10 miles of habitat above the uppermost diversion during most of the year," but there are no plans to monitor for this occurrence. The engineering aspects of the project are well described but the link to biological response is lacking. It is not possible for reviewers to assess the extent to which the project will benefit anadromous fish. The ISRP was expecting a summary of how the recovered habitat would be used (e.g., what life history stages would use?). Without this kind of information the proposal retains the characteristics of a strictly engineering/hydrology project, and the ISRP has to take it on faith that there will be a benefit to fish.

A revised narrative was provided that appeared to contain more detail on construction scope and scheduling. The issue of the extent to which this project will benefit fish without implementation of the instream flow enhancement (in the new, separate proposal 200702000) was not addressed.
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Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2003-001-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2003-001-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: Problems May Exist
Cost Share Rating: 2 - May be reasonable
Comment: Irrigation division screening; assuming that irrigation owners/diverters not already required to screen, cost share appears reasonable.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2003-001-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2003-001-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 2/27/2007
Capital Rating: Does Not Qualify for Capital Funding
Capital Asset Category: None
Comment: None

Project Relationships: This project Merged To 2007-398-00 effective on 7/2/2007
Relationship Description: Move all work and budgets from projects 2002-025-01, 2003-001-00 and 2007-020-00 into project 2007-398-00.

Name Role Organization
Jay Marcotte (Inactive) Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Ed Donahue (Inactive) Supervisor Fishpro, Inc.
Merv Shonk (Inactive) Fishpro, Inc.
Michael Garello Project Lead Fishpro, Inc.