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Project Summary

Project 2007-023-00 - Integrated Fruit Production in Fifteenmile and Hood River Subbasin Orchards
Project Number:
2007-023-00
Title:
Integrated Fruit Production in Fifteenmile and Hood River Subbasin Orchards
Summary:
A project to reduce the impact of Organophosphate pesticides from entering streams and rivers in Hood River County Oregon
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Wy'East Resource Conservation and Development Area Council (Non-Profit)
Starting FY:
2007
Ending FY:
2011
BPA PM:
None
Stage:
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia Gorge Hood 100.00%
Purpose:
Habitat
Emphasis:
None
Focal Species:
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Tags:
None
Special:
None
BiOp Association:
None

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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: 2007-023-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2007-023-00 - Integrated Fruit Production in Fifteenmile and Hood River Subbasin Orchards
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Comments:

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-023-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2007-023-00 - Integrated Fruit Production in Fifteenmile and Hood River Subbasin Orchards
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 project is creative and has much local support, and is fundable with qualifications. The project sponsors have generally addressed the issues that need to be resolved, and most farmers have bought into the concept. However, the ISRP qualifies this "fundable" recommendation because, if funded, several issues need to be addressed. The most important point remaining unaddressed is the need to develop a water sampling protocol, so they can monitor their progress. The ISRP is not requesting a response on these issues but expects that these issues could be dealt with in the Council's selection process or in BPA contracting.

The proposal could have presented a clearer argument for why these alternative production methods would be better for streams; however, reviewers understand that earlier research in the area showed serious problems (cholinesterase inhibition) with salmonids in the streams associated with organophosphate (OP) pesticides. An additional argument could have been made that some pesticides are highly toxic to aquatic invertebrates, which form the primary food source for juvenile salmonids. Harm to stream food webs might be another serious consequence of organophosphate applications.

These organophosphate pesticides were sprayed in the adjacent orchards with considerable amounts entering the streams. The approach then became, "What can be done to reduce the use of toxic organophosphate pesticides in the orchards?" The Integrated Fruit Production system that was developed included a weather station grid and computer network to allow the farmers to minimize the use of pesticides in their orchards based on weather data and associated models. This system is continuing to develop with added weather stations (many different microclimates in the area), model development, and education (training sessions/meetings) taking place.

The first item needing improvement in the proposal is to document the tie between fish and water quality. It is unfortunate that a water-sampling framework (for pesticide residues in the rivers) is not in place at this time and is of concern. It would certainly be a complicated sampling framework to develop because of the ephemeral nature of the pesticides being used and the unpredictable nature of the spray applications. But it should be a high priority and is the best way to monitor progress (although amounts of pesticides applied in the orchards would be a good check on the amount of pesticides found in the river water). It is not clear what additional monitoring will be done, if any, to assess the potential decrease in pesticides through the aquatic food web including the fish. This monitoring and evaluation does not necessarily need to be conducted by the project sponsors, but they need to link to projects that monitor watershed conditions especially Project 199802100, Hood River Fish Habitat, which proposes some pesticide monitoring. It would have been helpful to include a map showing where the primary fruit-producing areas are located relative to important salmon and steelhead spawning and rearing areas.

The second item needing improvement concerns work previously funded as Project 20012200, the goal of which was also to reduce the use of organophosphate pesticides in the Hood River and Fifteenmile Creek. Is the current proposal only to extend geographic coverage to additional acreage? Are there new features of the proposed work?

The third item is collaboration. It is unexpected that no cost-share from USDA/NRCS, EPA, etc. is described. Is it anticipated? Proposers describe past contributions from the State and industry. Is this continuing?
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Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2007-023-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2007-023-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: Pesticide impacts, other entities authorized/required (eg EPA, NMFS; state DEQs, agricultural users, etc).

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-023-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2007-023-00
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: None