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Project Summary

Project 2007-064-00 - Slate Creek Watershed Restoration
Project Number:
2007-064-00
Title:
Slate Creek Watershed Restoration
Summary:
The NPT DFRM Watershed Division and the Nez Perce National Forest have been working cooperatively in the area of watershed restoration since 1997. In this new project and contract the NPT and NPNF will work collaboratively to complete an FY 2007 stream crossing assessment and prioritization in the Slate Creek Watershed.

Fish passage and habitat connectivity have been identified as one of the prime limiting factors within the Salmon River Subbasin (Salmon Subbasin Management Plan, Ecovista 2004b). This contract will enhance habitat connectivity and fish passage by completing the following tasks:
1)Survey stream crossings in Little Slate Sub-watershed. There are approximately 68 stream crossings in Little Slate. Of these, all 2nd order and greater streams, and low-gradient (i.e., <10%) 1st order streams as time allows, will be surveyed. Culverts will be inventoried using the National Inventory and Assessment Procedure For Identifying Barriers to Aquatic Organism Passage at Road-Stream Crossings (USFS 2005). This protocol takes into account several variables associated with the culverts, including stream crossing type, culvert skew angle, diversion potential, flood prone channel width, fill slope length and height, calculated 100-year flows, drainage area, and risk of failures up and down stream.
2)Produce a document to report findings from the Little Slate Stream Crossings survey and prioritize culverts/stream crossings for upgrade/removal.
3)The highest priority culvert identified in the Little Slate stream crossings summary and prioritization document will be replaced to reestablish habitat connectivity. Culvert design and environmental compliance documentation will be completed in 2008, and the culvert replacement will be completed in 2009.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Nez Perce Tribe (Tribe)
Starting FY:
2007
Ending FY:
2017
BPA PM:
Stage:
Implementation - Project Status Report
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Mountain Snake Salmon 100.00%
Purpose:
Habitat
Emphasis:
Restoration/Protection
Focal Species:
Bass, Smallmouth
Chinook - Snake River Fall ESU
Chinook - Snake River Spring/Summer
Chinook - Snake River Spring/Summer ESU
Cutthroat Trout, Westslope
Freshwater Mussels
Lamprey, Pacific
Other Resident
Steelhead - Snake River DPS
Sturgeon, White - All Populations except Kootenai R. DPS
Trout, Brook
Trout, Bull
Trout, Interior Redband
Trout, Rainbow
Wildlife
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Special:
None

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Summary of Budgets

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Expense SOY Budget Working Budget Contracted Amount Modified Contract Amount Expenditures *
FY2018 (Previous) $0 $0 $0 $0

FY2019 (Current) $0 $0 $0 $0

FY2020 (Next) $0 $0 $0 $0

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 31-Oct-2018

No Decided Budget Transfers

Pending Budget Decision?  No


Actual Project Cost Share

Current Fiscal Year — 2019
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
2016 $327,760 (Draft) 67 % (Draft)
2015 $53,577 25 %
2014 $22,620 13 %
2013 $36,458 18 %
2012 $11,801 7 %
2011 $19,031 10 %
2010
2009 $83,472 34 %
2008 $14,864 16 %
2007 $85,000 52 %

Contracts

The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, Complete, History, Issued.
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Contracted Amount Dates
33168 SOW Nez Perce Tribe 2007 064 00 EXP NPT SLATE CREEK WATERSHED RESTORATION History $64,603 5/1/2007 - 4/30/2008
37498 SOW Nez Perce Tribe 2007-064-00 EXP NPT SLATE CREEK WATERSHED RESTORATION History $60,148 5/1/2008 - 4/30/2009
41860 SOW Nez Perce Tribe 200706400 EXP NPT SLATE CREEK WATERSHED RESTORATION History $114,053 5/1/2009 - 4/30/2010
47209 SOW Nez Perce Tribe 200706400 EXP NPT SLATE CREEK WATERSHED RESTORATION History $241,817 5/1/2010 - 2/29/2012
56587 SOW Nez Perce Tribe 2007-064-00 EXP NPT SLATE CREEK WATERSHED RESTORATION History $87,092 3/1/2012 - 2/28/2013
60023 SOW Nez Perce Tribe 2007-064-00 EXP SLATE CREEK WATERSHED RESTORATATION History $167,451 3/1/2013 - 2/28/2014
63843 SOW Nez Perce Tribe 2007-064-00 EXP SLATE CREEK WATERSHED RESTORATATION History $126,569 3/1/2014 - 2/28/2015
68071 SOW Nez Perce Tribe 2007-064-00 EXP SLATE CREEK WATERSHED RESTORATATION 2015 History $129,872 3/1/2015 - 2/29/2016
71499 SOW Nez Perce Tribe 2007-064-00 EXP SLATE CREEK WATERSHED RESTORATION 2016 History $112,868 3/1/2016 - 2/28/2017



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):10
Completed:9
On time:9
Status Reports
Completed:46
On time:33
Avg Days Late:3

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
33168 37498, 41860, 47209, 56587, 60023, 63843, 68071, 71499 2007 064 00 EXP NPT SLATE CREEK WATERSHED RESTORATION Nez Perce Tribe 05/2007 05/2007 History 43 59 0 0 2 61 96.72% 4
39215 2007-064-00 EXP USFS SLATE CREEK WATERSHED RESTORATION US Forest Service (USFS) 09/2008 09/2008 Closed 3 2 0 0 0 2 100.00% 0
Project Totals 46 61 0 0 2 63 96.83% 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: 2013 Geographic Category Review

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2007-064-00-NPCC-20131126
Project: 2007-064-00 - Slate Creek Watershed Restoration
Review: 2013 Geographic Category Review
Proposal: GEOREV-2007-064-00
Proposal State: Pending BPA Response
Approved Date: 11/5/2013
Recommendation: Implement
Comments: Implement through FY 2018.

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-064-00-ISRP-20130610
Project: 2007-064-00 - Slate Creek Watershed Restoration
Review: 2013 Geographic Category Review
Proposal Number: GEOREV-2007-064-00
Completed Date: 6/12/2013
Final Round ISRP Date: 6/10/2013
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria
Final Round ISRP Comment:

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

This is a small program with a narrow scope, but the objective and methods are scientifically sound. There is a good description of regional significance for fish production and recovery of populations at risk. The sole objective is to reduce the number of artificially blocked streams so that zero barriers to anadromous fish exist within the watershed.

Fish species that will benefit from this project are Steelhead - ESA Threatened and Designated Critical Habitat, spring/summer Chinook salmon - ESA Threatened and Designated Critical Habitat, bull trout - ESA Threatened and Designated Critical Habitat, Westslope cutthroat trout, and rainbow trout.

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

The project has followed a sound, logical course in its recent history. In 2007-2008, surveys were completed on culverts, bridges, and fords. A screening process was used to assess high and moderate problem culverts, bridges, and fords. This screening took into account stream gradient, slope position, soil types, and potential stream habitat. Survey data were entered into the Fish Xing program, and the culverts were prioritized for replacement. Information used in the prioritization exercise consisted of the following: potential habitat upstream miles, slope, stream gradient, fish species present, fish usage, and the rating from the Fish Xing program. To date, three of these crossings have been replaced by the NPT in cooperation with the NPCNF.

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

Adequately covered in the proposal

4. Deliverables, Work Elements, Metrics, and Methods

This project proposal focuses on continuing the effort to replace the high and moderate priority fish passage barriers within the watershed. All crossings have been prioritized with up to three undergoing engineering survey and design in 2013. The sponsors will continue implementing one culvert replacement per field season. The prioritization document listed 16 crossings total to be replaced.

The use of the passage model was good, although sponsors are not directly assessing fish passage.

Provisions for implementation and compliance monitoring are built into the proposal. Action effectiveness monitoring is proposed and will be part of the NPT AEM plan in 2014. Details are to follow later in 2013, as for other Nez Perce Watershed proposals. At present there is no plan evident for status and trends monitoring. Please refer to programmatic concerns about the lack of explicit plans for status and trend monitoring.

First Round ISRP Date: 6/10/2013
First Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria
First Round ISRP Comment:

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

This is a small program with a narrow scope, but the objective and methods are scientifically sound. There is a good description of regional significance for fish production and recovery of populations at risk. The sole objective is to reduce the number of artificially blocked streams so that zero barriers to anadromous fish exist within the watershed.

Fish species that will benefit from this project are Steelhead - ESA Threatened and Designated Critical Habitat, spring/summer Chinook salmon - ESA Threatened and Designated Critical Habitat, bull trout - ESA Threatened and Designated Critical Habitat, Westslope cutthroat trout, and rainbow trout.

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

The project has followed a sound, logical course in its recent history. In 2007-2008, surveys were completed on culverts, bridges, and fords. A screening process was used to assess high and moderate problem culverts, bridges, and fords. This screening took into account stream gradient, slope position, soil types, and potential stream habitat. Survey data were entered into the Fish Xing program, and the culverts were prioritized for replacement. Information used in the prioritization exercise consisted of the following: potential habitat upstream miles, slope, stream gradient, fish species present, fish usage, and the rating from the Fish Xing program. To date, three of these crossings have been replaced by the NPT in cooperation with the NPCNF.

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

Adequately covered in the proposal

4. Deliverables, Work Elements, Metrics, and Methods

This project proposal focuses on continuing the effort to replace the high and moderate priority fish passage barriers within the watershed. All crossings have been prioritized with up to three undergoing engineering survey and design in 2013. The sponsors will continue implementing one culvert replacement per field season. The prioritization document listed 16 crossings total to be replaced.

The use of the passage model was good, although sponsors are not directly assessing fish passage.

Provisions for implementation and compliance monitoring are built into the proposal. Action effectiveness monitoring is proposed and will be part of the NPT AEM plan in 2014. Details are to follow later in 2013, as for other Nez Perce Watershed proposals. At present there is no plan evident for status and trends monitoring. Please refer to programmatic concerns about the lack of explicit plans for status and trend monitoring.

Modified by Dal Marsters on 6/12/2013 9:22:25 AM.
Documentation Links:
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2007-064-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2007-064-00 - Slate Creek Watershed Restoration
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: 2007 Revised Budget: FTE reduced, complete culvert survey in Little Slate remains unchanged, reduced road decommissioning and culvert replacement (contingent on supplemental funding).

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-064-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2007-064-00 - Slate Creek Watershed Restoration
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 original proposal was a generic, broad-brush habitat improvement project including barrier removal, road decommissioning, hydrologic restructuring, vegetation management and other practices, none of which were sufficiently justified or described. The response trims the project scope to surveying road crossings and producing a prioritized list of barriers whose replacement provides the greatest chance for providing important benefits to native fish. The modified proposal described in the response is fundable at $80K per year, which represents partial funding of the original proposal. The proposed plan and survey should include fish distribution data including that of exotics, in recognition of the hazard of upstream invasion of exotic fish when barriers are removed.

When this survey and planning is completed, a separate implementation proposal can be developed based upon results. This could be the basis for significant collaboration with other landowners and interested parties to leverage investments and generate commitment to larger habitat protection and improvement goals.

The sponsors should be encouraged to include some criteria in their surveys for the amount and productivity (for desired species and based on historic use) of habitat that would become available to migrating fish with a successful project. The hypothesis guiding this work is that of access to productive habitat for the target species. The test of the hypothesis, and thus the science of the project, is whether or not the target species re-inhabits the area, so monitoring fish response to complete the test is needed.

For full comments on "restore and protect" type projects, please see heading "General comments concerning Nez Perce Tribe proposals to protect and restore various watersheds" at the beginning of the ISRP comments on project # 199607702, Protect & Restore Lolo Creek Watershed.
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Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2007-064-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2007-064-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: No Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: Road decommission/culvert replacement on FS lands; assume covered by BPA-FS MOU.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-064-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2007-064-00
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 2010-003-00 effective on 11/1/2016
Relationship Description: Project 2010-003-00 has absorbed all of project's 2007-064-00 budget and work elements under that project permanently going forward.


Name Role Organization
Stephanie Bransford Project Lead Nez Perce Tribe
Michelle Roberts (Inactive) Technical Contact US Forest Service (USFS)
Arleen Henry Administrative Contact Nez Perce Tribe
Marcie Carter Supervisor Nez Perce Tribe
Robert Shull Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration
Jennifer Lord Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration