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Project Summary

Project 2007-065-00 - Little Salmon Habitat Restorat
Project Number:
Little Salmon Habitat Restorat
Project History:

The Salmon Subbasin Management Plan identified the Little Salmon River as severely impacted in terms of hydrology and habitat fragmentation (Northwest Power and Conservation Council, 2004). Implementation of this project will address objective 12 rehabilitate connectivity, strategy 12A1 reconnect waterways, of the Salmon Subbasin Management Plan. The Squaw Creek culvert replacement project was identified in 2005 by the US Bureau of Reclamation liaison biologist assigned to the Little Salmon River to coordinate conservation measures for the 2004 remand version of the FCRPS Biological Opinion.

Culvert Replacement Project Fiscal Year 2007 Summary:

The project will be initiated and fully completed in the 2007 calendar year.

This project will remove an existing perched culvert at stream mile 2.0 in Squaw Creek, tributary to the Little Salmon River, approximately 2.3 miles southwest of Riggins, Idaho and replace it with a bottomless arch culvert. The project will also include rehabilitation of a tributary channel that enters Squaw Creek over the stream bank immediately above the culvert to be replaced which will reconnect the tributary to itself and to Squaw Creek. The project has been designed, costs estimated, permits and environmental compliance completed by the US Bureau of Reclamation' s Pacific Northwest Region Design Group Boise and Grangeville, Idaho staff as part of Reclamation' s implementation of conservation measures program. The request for Bonneville Power Administration funding is needed to comply with the non-federal cost share requirement for the Idaho Pacific Coast Salmon Recovery Fund portion of project funding. Construction is scheduled to begin July 30, 2007 and it is estimated that the instream portion of the project will last at most two weeks. A fish salvage operation will be conducted by volunteers coordinated by the Reclamation liaison biologist prior to the dewatering of the stream.

A subcontractor will be retained for construction, the Idaho County Roads Department will manage the project, Reclamation will provide engineering and biological assistance during construction, Idaho Department of Fish and Game will conduct pre and post construction fish surveys, and the Idaho Soil Conservation Commission will assist Idaho County with funding contract administration. The culvert will be maintained by the county roads department as part of their transportation system. No funding will be requested beyond 2007 for this project. Other funding for this project has also been secured from the following: The Idaho Pacific Coast Salmon Recovery Fund through the Idaho Office of Species Conservation ($92,000), American Rivers - NOAA Fisheries ($15,000), and The Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation ($5,000).

Affected Species:

Spring/summer Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tschawytcha) were listed as threatened in 1992 (Federal Register Vol. 57, 14653). The Distinct Population Segment designated by NOAA Fisheries is the Snake River, the Major Population Group is the South Fork Salmon River, and the population name is the Little Salmon River. Critical habitat was designated for this subbasin in 1993 as all river and tributary habitat downstream of natural barriers (Federal Register Vol. 58, 68543). The proposed project lies within designated critical habitat and Essential Fish Habitat for spring/summer Chinook salmon. Chinook salmon had not been documented in Squaw Creek upstream of the old City of Riggins diversion dam at stream mile 0.25. The diversion dam was removed in December 2005 by the city, restoring access to juvenile Chinook salmon rearing habitat. Idaho Department of Fish and Game surveyed the creek before that project in 2005 and counted 13 Chinook salmon averaging 82 mm below the dam. The mainstem Little Salmon River downstream of Squaw Creek would be used as juvenile rearing and adult migration habitat (BLM 2000). The population in the Little Salmon is supplemented by hatchery fish released at the Rapid River Hatchery.

Steelhead trout (O. mykiss) were listed as threatened under the ESA in 1997 (Federal Register Vol. 62, 43937). The Distinct Population Segment designated by NOAA Fisheries is the Snake River, the Major Population Group is the Salmon River, and the population name is the Little Salmon. The population in the Little Salmon is supplemented with hatchery fish annually released in the mainstem Little Salmon. Adult steelhead are observed in Squaw Creek. The most recent fish survey work by Idaho Department of Fish and Game in 2005 counted 37 steelhead above the City of Riggins diversion dam (below the culvert) averaging 88 mm and 53 steelhead below the dam averaging 75 mm.
Proponent Orgs:
Idaho Soil Conservation Commission (Govt - State)
Starting FY:
Ending FY:
Province Subbasin %
Mountain Snake Salmon 100.00%
Focal Species:
Chinook - Snake River Spring/Summer ESU
Steelhead - Snake River DPS
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
BiOp Association:

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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 — 2023
Cost Share Partner Total Proposed Contribution Total Confirmed Contribution
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Previous Fiscal Years
Fiscal Year Total Contributions % of Budget
2008 $71,438 100%
2007 $106,097 62%


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
32668 SOW Idaho County 2007-065-00 EXP ISCC LITTLE SALMON HABITAT RESTORATION History $65,000 5/1/2007 - 11/30/2007

Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):1
On time:1
Status Reports
On time:2
Avg Days Early:5

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
32668 2007-065-00 EXP ISCC LITTLE SALMON HABITAT RESTORATION Idaho County 05/2007 05/2007 History 3 4 0 0 0 4 100.00% 0
Project Totals 3 4 0 0 0 4 100.00% 0

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: 2007-065-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2007-065-00 - Little Salmon Habitat Restorat
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Do Not Fund

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-065-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2007-065-00 - Little Salmon Habitat Restorat
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 8/31/2006
Final Round ISRP Date: None
Final Round ISRP Rating: Response Requested
Final Round ISRP Comment:
The response requested is for development of a new proposal that is structured according to guidelines and reflects careful consideration of the stated problems and associated needs by resource specialists. For example, the proposal would benefit from participation of improved and stronger fisheries expertise. Proposed actions are assumed to be beneficial without scientific scrutiny or exploration of technical literature, and without a carefully prepared M&E effort.

Providing centralized liaison with private landowners is a good idea, and the District's track record with this is an asset. Coordination is necessary, but success is doubtful if, for example, IDFG is not more involved. No strong linkages or strategic positioning relative to other efforts is apparent. There are no direct fish-related objectives. Methods are "standard," but not necessarily proven and as described, with few technical references, not credible. There is good experimental work to be consulted. Evidently, monitoring will not have a significant role. Aquatic M&E is left as "to be done by IDFG." Initial re-vegetation requires monitoring season by season. No baseline data are mentioned, nor is there recognition of any scientific value from data to be generated or responsibility to contribute it beyond PISCES and annual information/education events. Success will depend on new hires, and the job description does not seem to require the needed scientific background. Consultants will be trusted to develop technical requirements for much of the work, requiring scientifically qualified oversight. This is a good beginning and the District is encouraged to continue to develop the proposal.
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Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2007-065-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2007-065-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: No Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: Addressing impacts of grazing/irrigation on private lands; assuming covered by BOR MOU.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-065-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2007-065-00
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
David Kaplowe Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Mickey Carter (Inactive) Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration
Janet Hohle (Inactive) Project Lead Idaho Soil Conservation Commission