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Project 2003-013-00 - Grays River Watershed Assessment
Project Number:
2003-013-00
Title:
Grays River Watershed Assessment
Summary:
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is collaborating with the Columbia River Estuary Task Force (CREST) on implementation of the Grays River Restoration Project (BPA Project 200301300). The Grays River is vitally important to the recovery of Lower Columbia River (LCR) chum salmon because it currently has the most viable population remaining in the LCR region. The Grays River watershed is also important to the recovery of salmon and steelhead in the LCR ecosystem. Today, numbers of naturally spawning salmon and steelhead have declined to levels far below historical numbers because of habitat limiting factors that include but are not limited to the lack of habitat connectivity, diversity, channel stability, riparian function and altered stream flow conditions. The long-term objective of this project is to restore habitat-forming processes to enhance salmon and steelhead populations in the Grays River, following recommendations developed during the FY04-06 BPA-sponsored Grays River Watershed Assessment (BPA Project # 2003-013-00). Specifically, this project will be the first step in restoring channel structure and function that will increase instream habitat diversity, channel stability, and riparian integrity in the critical response reach upstream and adjacent to critical salmon spawning areas of the Grays River.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Govt - Federal)
Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce (CREST) (Non-Profit)
Starting FY:
2003
Ending FY:
2011
Stage:
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia River Estuary Grays 100.00%
Purpose:
Habitat
Emphasis:
RM and E
Focal Species:
All Anadromous Salmonids
Chinook - Lower Columbia River ESU (threatened)
Chum - Columbia River ESU (threatened)
Coho - Lower Columbia River ESU (threatened)
Cutthroat Trout, Coastal - All Anadromous Populations
Cutthroat Trout, Coastal - Southwest Washington/Columbia River ESU
Lamprey, Pacific
Lamprey, River
Steelhead - Lower Columbia River DPS (threatened)
Wildlife
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Special:
None
BiOp Association:

The Grays River is a tributary to the lower Columbia River.

Figure Name: Figure 1

Document ID: P117512

Document: 2009 Progress Report for Grays River Restoration Monitoring and Assessment

Page Number: 15

Project: 2003-013-00

Contract: 26934 REL 21

The Grays River study area extends from river kilometer (rkm) 18.50 to 22.50. Restoration activities will be focused in the Gorley Springs reach from rkm 20.30 to 21.30. Monitoring and assessment activities will occur throughout the study area, including the former mainstem Grays River now known as the Lower West Fork and the pre-avulsion channel.

Figure Name: Figure 2

Document ID: P117512

Document: 2009 Progress Report for Grays River Restoration Monitoring and Assessment

Page Number: 17

Project: 2003-013-00

Contract: 26934 REL 21

Aerial photograph from 2009 with polygons representing the active channel during the summer period of 2003, 2006, 2008, and 2009.

Figure Name: Figure 3

Document ID: P117512

Document: 2009 Progress Report for Grays River Restoration Monitoring and Assessment

Page Number: 28

Project: 2003-013-00

Contract: 26934 REL 21

Aerial photograph from 2009 with cross-sections measuring the active channel width during the summer period of 2003, 2006, 2008, and 2009.

Figure Name: Figure 4

Document ID: P117512

Document: 2009 Progress Report for Grays River Restoration Monitoring and Assessment

Page Number: 29

Project: 2003-013-00

Contract: 26934 REL 21

Aerial photograph from 2009 with locations of topographic survey data collected in 2008 and 2009.

Figure Name: Figure 5

Document ID: P117512

Document: 2009 Progress Report for Grays River Restoration Monitoring and Assessment

Page Number: 30

Project: 2003-013-00

Contract: 26934 REL 21

Aerial photograph from 2009 with locations of pools and riffles identified from thalweg elevation data collected in 2009.

Figure Name: Figure 12

Document ID: P117512

Document: 2009 Progress Report for Grays River Restoration Monitoring and Assessment

Page Number: 38

Project: 2003-013-00

Contract: 26934 REL 21

Aerial photograph from 2009 with inventoried large woody debris (LWD) pieces and jams during 2008.

Figure Name: Figure 15

Document ID: P117512

Document: 2009 Progress Report for Grays River Restoration Monitoring and Assessment

Page Number: 42

Project: 2003-013-00

Contract: 26934 REL 21

Aerial photograph from 2009 with inventoried large woody debris (LWD) pieces and jams during 2009.

Figure Name: Figure 16

Document ID: P117512

Document: 2009 Progress Report for Grays River Restoration Monitoring and Assessment

Page Number: 43

Project: 2003-013-00

Contract: 26934 REL 21

Wood loading density for individual log (L) volume (m3) per 100 m of river length in 2008.

Figure Name: Figure 18

Document ID: P117512

Document: 2009 Progress Report for Grays River Restoration Monitoring and Assessment

Page Number: 46

Project: 2003-013-00

Contract: 26934 REL 21

Wood loading density for individual log (L) volume (m3) per 100 m of river length in 2009. Locations of ELJ installation sites are mapped for reference – the ELJs were not recorded as part of the LWD inventories.

Figure Name: Figure 19

Document ID: P117512

Document: 2009 Progress Report for Grays River Restoration Monitoring and Assessment

Page Number: 47

Project: 2003-013-00

Contract: 26934 REL 21

Wood loading density for log jam volume (m3) per 100 m of river length in 2008. Locations of ELJ installation sites are mapped for reference – the ELJs were not recorded as part of the LWD inventories.

Figure Name: Figure 21

Document ID: P117512

Document: 2009 Progress Report for Grays River Restoration Monitoring and Assessment

Page Number: 49

Project: 2003-013-00

Contract: 26934 REL 21

Wood loading density for log jam volume (m3) per 100 m of river length in 2009. Locations of ELJ installation sites are mapped for reference – the ELJs were not recorded as part of the LWD inventories.

Figure Name: Figure 22

Document ID: P117512

Document: 2009 Progress Report for Grays River Restoration Monitoring and Assessment

Page Number: 50

Project: 2003-013-00

Contract: 26934 REL 21

Aerial photo from 2009 with locations of hydraulic tests in 2008.

Figure Name: Figure 24

Document ID: P117512

Document: 2009 Progress Report for Grays River Restoration Monitoring and Assessment

Page Number: 55

Project: 2003-013-00

Contract: 26934 REL 21


Summary of Budgets

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Expense 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-Sep-2017

No Decided Budget Transfers

Pending Budget Decision?  No


No Project Cost Share

FY2011 0 %
FY2010 0 %
FY2009 52 %
FY2008 8 %
FY2007 7 %
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
16458 SOW Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission PI 200301300 PL GRAYS RIVER WATERSED ASSESS History $97,535 1/6/2004 - 12/31/2005
25483 SOW Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission PI 200301300 EXP GRAYS RIVER WATERSHED ASSESSMENT History $44,954 1/1/2006 - 12/31/2006
33511 SOW Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce (CREST) 200301300 EXP GRAYS RIVER WATERSED RESTORATION (CREST) History $142,736 5/15/2007 - 11/14/2008
36924 SOW Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce (CREST) 2003-013-00 EXP GRAYS RIVER WATERSED ASSESS (CREST) History $245,657 5/15/2008 - 5/14/2009
41895 SOW Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce (CREST) 2003-013-00 EXP GRAYS RIVER WATERSHED ASSESS (CREST) History $336,808 5/15/2009 - 5/14/2010



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):11
Completed:8
On time:8
Status Reports
Completed:45
On time:16
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
16458 25483 PI 200301300 PL GRAYS RIVER WATERSED ASSESS Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission 01/2004 01/2004 History 6 7 4 0 5 16 68.75% 0
652 REL 27 652 REL 33, 26934 REL 8, 26934 REL 15, 26934 REL 21 PI 200301300 PL GRAYS RIVER WATERSED ASSESS Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 01/2004 01/2004 Closed 25 36 0 0 0 36 100.00% 0
33511 36924, 41895 200301300 EXP GRAYS RIVER WATERSED RESTORATION (CREST) Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce (CREST) 05/2007 05/2007 History 14 19 0 0 0 19 100.00% 1
Project Totals 45 62 4 0 5 71 92.96% 1


Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2003-013-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2003-013-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: Problems May Exist
Cost Share Rating: 3 - Does not appear reasonable
Comment: Multiple restoration activities (engineered logjams) in estuary focused on chum; need to confirm that screening or other criteria to ensures BPA funding not being used for specific activities another entity is required to perform; need to check that cost share reasonable.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2003-013-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2003-013-00
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: 2003-013-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2003-013-00 - Grays River Watershed Assessment
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 proposal contains a comprehensive technical background and good description of watershed conditions. The history of perturbations in this watershed is very well documented, including the specific problems regarding chum and Chinook salmon spawning habitat. The proposal gives a clear depiction of limiting factors affecting chum salmon as identified in the literature and in the subbasin plan. Excellent rationales are given for large woody debris (LWD) and riparian restoration. Use of photos, charts and graphics is helpful. Excellent literature citation is provided. Good descriptions of the restoration monitoring needed are included throughout the work element and methods sections.

A brief but sufficient history of the predecessor project, the watershed assessment, is provided in the project history section of the proposal. Further detailed history (with project results) is presented in the significance to regional programs section of the proposal. All tasks were completed as scheduled: 1) completion of a geomorphic assessment of watershed condition, 2) field substrate, bedform, and hyporheic temperature data collection, 3) development, and verification of two models.

However, Figure 3 badly misrepresents the central process of fluvial geomorphology. Stream geomorphology depends on both land-use and water and riparian land cover, as well as geology and soils, and climate. It critically influences the hydrologic regime and sediment transport, and dictates instream habitat and biological integrity. This basic misunderstanding of the central role of fluvial geomorphology is evident in a great many of the proposals.

Documentation Links:

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2003-013-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2003-013-00 - Grays River Watershed Assessment
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: Budget reductions not specific. Project to be implemented as proposed with reduced scope

Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
David Geist (Inactive) Supervisor Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Timothy Hanrahan (Inactive) Project Lead Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Amy Ammer (Inactive) Project Lead Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce (CREST)
John Baugher (Inactive) Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Rosemary Mazaika Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
Hannah Dondy-Kaplan (Inactive) Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration