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Project Summary

Project 2007-035-00 - Methow Basin Riparian Enhancement Program
Project Number:
Methow Basin Riparian Enhancement Program
See Contract Description.
Proponent Orgs:
Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation (Non-Profit)
Starting FY:
Ending FY:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia Cascade Methow 100.00%
Focal Species:
Chinook - Snake River Spring/Summer ESU
Chinook - Upper Columbia River Spring ESU
Steelhead - Upper Columbia River DPS
Trout, Bull
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 90.0%   Resident: 10.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
BiOp Association:
FCRPS 2008 – view list of FCRPS 2008 BiOp Actions

Tributary Habitat Implementation 2007 to 2009,
Tributary Habitat Implementation 2007 to 2009,
Tributary Habitat Implementation 2007 to 2009

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Summary of Budgets

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No Decided Budget Transfers

Pending Budget Decision?  No

Actual Project Cost Share

Current Fiscal Year — 2024
Cost Share Partner Total Proposed Contribution Total Confirmed Contribution
There are no project cost share contributions to show.
Previous Fiscal Years
Fiscal Year Total Contributions % of Budget
2011 $68,660 100%
2010 $143,200 32%
2009 $8,600 7%
2008 $2,000 1%
2007 $40,000 16%


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.
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Total Contracted Amount Dates
35425 SOW Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation 200703500 EXP UPA METHOW RIPARIAN ENHANCEMENT History $97,030 8/20/2007 - 8/19/2008
40889 SOW Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation 2007-035-00 PRE UPA METHOW RIPARIAN YEAR 2 History $182,271 9/25/2008 - 11/30/2009
43939 SOW Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation 2007-035-00 EXP UPA METHOW RIPARIAN YEAR 3 History $107,024 8/20/2009 - 11/30/2010
50025 SOW Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation 2007-035-00 EXP UPA METHOW RIPARIAN ENHANCEMENT YEAR 4 History $210,627 9/20/2010 - 11/19/2011

Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):4
On time:4
Status Reports
On time:10
Avg Days Late:10

                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
35425 40889, 43939, 50025 2007-035-00 EXP UPA METHOW RIPARIAN ENHANCEMENT YEAR 4 Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation 08/20/2007 11/19/2011 History 18 58 0 0 9 67 86.57% 1
Project Totals 18 58 0 0 9 67 86.57% 1

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: 2007-035-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2007-035-00 - Methow Basin Riparian Enhancement Program
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: Third year of funding is contingent on negotiating three additional landowner agreements as per ISRP comments.

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-035-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2007-035-00 - Methow Basin Riparian Enhancement Program
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:
Overall this proposal seems justified, but agreements with landowners for three of the nine sites should be completed before the project is fully fundable. The projects without a landowner agreement also are not fully described in the proposal. The projects for which a landowner agreement has been reached are presented in sufficient detail to warrant funding. The project also would benefit from a stronger monitoring plan. The ISRP recommends that only those projects for which agreements have been secured be funded at this time; funding for other sites can be requested as new agreements with landowners are obtained. In addition, the ISRP requests that project sponsors consider the following concerns and questions.

Technical and scientific background: Much of the background material is excerpted from other sources and is not really required to support the proposed projects. The proposal would have been more effective if the pertinent information from the other documents was summarized.

Appropriate justification is not provided for all the proposed projects. The proposal identifies six fencing and riparian revegetation projects in the Methow subbasin, with three additional projects pending landowner agreement. Some of the projects appear justified in that they are associated with previous restoration projects. Other projects appear to be simply taking advantage of a willing landowner.

Specific information about the significance of each project would have made this a stronger proposal. Table 1 provides a prioritization scheme based on biological significance, cost and probability for project success. This process is a logical way to rank riparian projects. However, it is never indicated where the proposed projects fall on this prioritization scheme.

Quantitative vegetation surveys from the project sites showing the extent of vegetation loss or change due to grazing would have helped to justify the projects, although the photographs indicated that past grazing practices have significantly altered the sites. Specific effects of the grazing on habitat conditions in adjacent fish spawning rearing areas are not described.

Rationale and significance to subbasin plans and regional programs: Riparian restoration was indicated in the Methow Subbasin Plan as a priority element. As noted above, however, it is difficult to determine the priority of the specific riparian projects proposed. Are these projects being applied in locations with the highest probability for success and focal species response? The proposal also indicates links the objective of restoring riparian areas to the Fish and Wildlife Program and BiOp.

Relationships to other projects: There are a number of riparian restoration efforts being pursued in the basin. The project is associated with two Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) projects, a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) landowner grant, and a locally supported conversion project. The projects in this proposal would augment some of these efforts or apply similar treatments at other locations.

Objectives: The general objectives are appropriate but very generic and the same objective is repeated for each project. The only quantitative aspect of the objectives was an estimate of the miles of riparian habitat treated. There should be specific objectives for each proposed project. The background discussion indicates the actual objectives are related to improvements in aquatic habitat such as reduced water temperature, reduced sedimentation etc.

No objectives are stated for these desired outcomes. At a minimum there should be specific objectives established for the survival of the planted vegetation at each site. It also would have been helpful if all the proposed project sites were displayed on one map in relation to other protected areas to determine the extent to which these new projects may help restore connectivity along the riparian corridors of the mainstem Methow and its two large tributaries.

Of the nine areas proposed for fencing and/or riparian planting, landowner agreements for three sites have not been finalized so there is no guarantee that those projects can go forward at this time. These projects should be removed from the proposal.

Tasks (work elements) and methods: In general, the work elements and proposed methods appear to be appropriate for revegetating the project areas. The fencing and riparian planting methods seem sound. Irrigation, protection from browsing and control of invasive weeds are all addressed. Placing tubes around seedlings to prevent browse damage can be effective for some tree species but difficult to properly implement for others (e.g., western red cedar). Quite often tubes need to be repaired to maintain their effectiveness, so project planners need to be prepared for this eventuality. Pole fencing, using live trees for posts, and other fencing methods involving wood structure can be damaged by wildfire - a significant ecosystem process in this area.

Monitoring and evaluation: There is limited discussion of monitoring for these projects. As this type of treatment will be applied widely throughout the region, there should be some attempt to assess effectiveness to make future projects more successful. The proposal does mention that a contractor will be hired to establish photopoints and ensure that fencing remains functional. Presumably the photos will provide some indication of vegetation survival. However, much more could be learned about the success of plant establishment by treatment type, species, and location in the riparian area. It would be very helpful to include some quantitative vegetation surveys at some of the sites to determine whether the fencing and replanting efforts are producing desired effects. It would also be helpful to know what types of seedling protection devices (i.e., boxes, tubes, etc.) are most effective.

Facilities, equipment and personnel seem reasonable.

Information transfer is through local website updates and public outreach. It would be helpful to have a data acquisition and storage system for these projects.

Benefits to aquatic species and riparian-associated wildlife seem likely, providing the riparian projects are in locations key to Chinook and steelhead production in the Methow. Regardless, the benefits will take some time to be expressed as many of the desired functions of the riparian vegetation will require trees to reach considerable size.

These projects may be more beneficial, at least in the short term, for some of the species listed as "other" in the proposal, especially the birds. The benefits for some of these species may be achieved relatively rapidly once native vegetation begins to reoccupy the project sites. One potential negative effect is that the deer exclusion fencing may interfere with deer travel routes. There was no discussion of this potential issue in the proposal.
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Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2007-035-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2007-035-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: No Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: Riparian fencing/planting, mostly on private; assume that some in lieu problem sites (eg fencing at WDFW managed campground) excluded from funding.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-035-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2007-035-00
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

Name Role Organization
Chris Johnson Project Lead Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation
Chris Eliassen (Inactive) Administrative Contact Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation
Peter Lofy Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
Joseph Connor Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Brenda Aguirre Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration