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Project Summary

Project 2007-086-00 - Wenatchee River Riparian Enhancement
Project Number:
2007-086-00
Title:
Wenatchee River Riparian Enhancement
Summary:
he UPA Wenatchee Subbasin Riparian Enhancement Programmatic projects will be located in the Wenatchee subbasin and will benefit Upper Columbia steelhead, spring Chinook and bull trout. The Chelan County Natural Resource Department (CCNRD) is proposing riparian enhancement projects to recover watershed processes and functions associated with native plant communities.

The ISRP comments for the proposal include:
This project will construct up to 1,000 feet of livestock exclusion fence and plant up to 2.14 acres of native riparian vegetation in the Wenatchee subbasin. Two sites have been selected: a farm on the lower reaches of Icicle Creek, and the Wenatchee River at the Leavenworth golf course. Other potential sites are identified, but landowner agreements have not yet been finalized. The technical background describes the need to restore damaged streambanks and riparian zones in the subbasin. It is not clear whether the sites selected represent high priority areas based on an analysis of riparian condition, or were selected because the landowner was willing to cooperate with a restoration project. A general list of species that might occur at the sites is given, but no site-specific fish data were presented nor were there any statements of what life history stages would benefit from riparian fencing and planting at the areas in question, or how long it might take to realize the benefits of the riparian plantings. The fencing objective is well grounded in concept and is not very expensive. The riparian restoration part of the proposal was not adequately justified at the sites in question; specific benefits to fish populations in those areas were not described. The option of passive restoration – allowing riparian vegetation to re-grow naturally – was not considered as a lower cost option. Actively managing the riparian plant communities through planting, watering, and weeding is expensive and time-consuming, and this activity commands a major part of the budget proposal. It might be possible to achieve similar benefits without much of the expense by allowing for natural vegetation recovery. At the very least, it ought to be possible to actively manage part of the area and allow the other part to recover naturally - this would create an interesting management experiment. The ISRP believes funding to complete the landowner agreements is warranted, and further funding can be justified for planning the projects once agreements are finalized. The sponsors note that additional projects will be pursued in the future using a proposal for each project.

The specific projects that were identified in the proposal were completed with other funding sources. The Irwin Riparian project was identified on the lower Wenatchee River and is scheduled for construction in 2008. Other riparian projects will be identified for implementation in 2009.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Chelan County (Govt - Local)
Starting FY:
2007
Ending FY:
2014
BPA PM:
Stage:
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia Cascade Wenatchee 100.00%
Purpose:
Habitat
Emphasis:
Restoration/Protection
Focal Species:
Chinook - Upper Columbia River Spring ESU
Coho - Unspecified Population
Steelhead - Upper Columbia River DPS
Trout, Bull
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Special:
None
BiOp Association:

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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 31-Jan-2018

No Decided Budget Transfers

Pending Budget Decision?  No


No Project Cost Share

FY2011 0 %
FY2010 0 %
FY2009 0 %
FY2008 0 %
FY2007 56 %
Fiscal Year Cost Share Partner Total Proposed
Contribution
Total Confirmed
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Contracts

The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, Complete, History, Issued.
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Contracted Amount Dates
36534 SOW Chelan County 200708600 EXP UPA - CHELAN CO WENATCHEE RIPARIAN History $81,399 9/27/2007 - 9/26/2008
40061 SOW Chelan County 200708600 EXP UPA - CHELAN CO WENATCHEE RIPARIAN History $99,562 9/27/2008 - 9/26/2009
44329 SOW Chelan County 2007-086-00 EXP UPA WENATCHEE RIPARIAN History $81,226 9/27/2009 - 9/26/2010
49300 SOW Chelan County 2007-086-00 EXP UPA WENATCHEE RIPARIAN History $105,917 9/27/2010 - 11/26/2011



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):4
Completed:2
On time:2
Status Reports
Completed:17
On time:12
Avg Days Late:4

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
36534 40061, 44329, 49300 200708600 EXP UPA - CHELAN CO WENATCHEE RIPARIAN Chelan County 09/2007 09/2007 History 17 44 0 0 2 46 95.65% 1
Project Totals 17 44 0 0 2 46 95.65% 1


Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2007-086-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2007-086-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: No Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: Fencing/planting of riparian buffer zones on private land, assume no landowner requirement.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-086-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2007-086-00
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: 2007-086-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2007-086-00 - Wenatchee River Riparian Enhancement
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:
This project will construct up to 1,000 feet of livestock exclusion fence and plant up to 2.14 acres of native riparian vegetation in the Wenatchee subbasin. Two sites have been selected: a farm on the lower reaches of Icicle Creek, and the Wenatchee River at the Leavenworth golf course. Other potential sites are identified, but landowner agreements have not yet been finalized.

The technical background describes the need to restore damaged streambanks and riparian zones in the subbasin. It is not clear whether the sites selected represent high priority areas based on an analysis of riparian condition, or were selected because the landowner was willing to cooperate with a restoration project. A general list of species that might occur at the sites is given, but no site-specific fish data were presented nor were there any statements of what life history stages would benefit from riparian fencing and planting at the areas in question, or how long it might take to realize the benefits of the riparian plantings.

The fencing objective is well grounded in concept and is not very expensive. The riparian restoration part of the proposal was not adequately justified at the sites in question; specific benefits to fish populations in those areas were not described. The option of passive restoration - allowing riparian vegetation to re-grow naturally - was not considered as a lower cost option. Actively managing the riparian plant communities through planting, watering, and weeding is expensive and time-consuming, and this activity commands a major part of the budget proposal. It might be possible to achieve similar benefits without much of the expense by allowing for natural vegetation recovery. At the very least, it ought to be possible to actively manage part of the area and allow the other part to recover naturally - this would create an interesting management experiment.

The ISRP believes funding to complete the landowner agreements is warranted, and further funding can be justified for planning the projects once agreements are finalized. The sponsors note that additional projects will be pursued in the future using a proposal for each project.
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Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2007-086-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2007-086-00 - Wenatchee River Riparian Enhancement
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: ISRP fundable qualified:sponsors should address the ISRP comment about riparian planting during contracting.

Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
Carolyn Pearson (Inactive) Technical Contact EcoA.I.M., Inc.
Alan Schmidt (Inactive) Technical Contact Chelan County
Mike Kaputa (Inactive) Technical Contact Chelan County
Douglas Corkran Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration
Erin Fonville (Inactive) Supervisor Chelan County
Joseph Connor Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Peter Lofy Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
Jennifer Hadersberger Technical Contact Chelan County
Kathryn (CC) Bangs (Inactive) Administrative Contact Chelan County
Matt (Chelan Cnty) Shales (Inactive) Project Lead Chelan County