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Project Summary

Project 2007-099-00 - Gold Creek (Lakeview District) Bull Trout Habitat and Migration Protection
Project Number:
2007-099-00
Title:
Gold Creek (Lakeview District) Bull Trout Habitat and Migration Protection
Summary:
Gold Creek is critically important bull trout spawning stream in the fragmented Pend Orielle Lake watershed. Migration and spawning habitat is threatened by a massive sediment source. The project would remove this threat and enhance water quality.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (Govt - State)
Starting FY:
2007
Ending FY:
2011
BPA PM:
None
Stage:
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Intermountain Pend Oreille 100.00%
Purpose:
Habitat
Emphasis:
None
Focal Species:
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 0.0%   Resident: 100.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Tags:
None
Special:
None
BiOp Association:
None

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Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2007-099-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2007-099-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: Problems May Exist
Cost Share Rating: 2 - May be reasonable
Comment: Mine restoration, mixed private & FS; assume MOU does not apply; DEQ, EPA authorized/required to address, along with FS.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-099-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2007-099-00
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: 2007-099-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2007-099-00 - Gold Creek (Lakeview District) Bull Trout Habitat and Migration Protection
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 sponsors propose to restore as bull and westslope cutthroat trout habitat a section of stream that has long been buried in a pipe beneath mine tailings. The proposal is clear and to the point in its problem review and analysis. It establishes adequate rationale and significance to regional programs, and it explains relationships to other projects. The project would remove the waste rock that covers the former channel and flood plain, and then establish channel and floodplain configurations that should function as habitat for bull trout. The methods are adequately described. It is clear that the focal species would benefit from the project as long as chemical contamination does not interfere. In addition many non-focal species would likely benefit.

A response is needed to clarify two items. First, will this project lure fish and wildlife, especially birds, into a toxic environment? The second item is M&E. The proposal describes the general types of physical and biological monitoring and evaluation that are planned. However, it does not explain in sufficient detail how the field measurements would be made or how the resulting data will be analyzed and interpreted. Please elaborate and include discussion of likely statistical designs.

Reviewers are concerned that chemical contamination by leachates from the mine tailings may be a major consideration in this stream -- not only from materials of the stream's present overburden, but also from mine wastes that may persist elsewhere in the area. Therefore (if proposal authors are in concurrence with reviewers), the M&E for this project needs to include statistical monitoring of water quality, of the levels of lead, mercury and other metals such as zinc in fish tissues, and of capabilities of the fish to breed in this chemical environment. In particular, liver and kidney concentrations of such pollutants should be analyzed. In addition to concerns for fish and wildlife, this issue needs to be monitored to protect the human population from mercury and lead contamination.
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Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2007-099-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2007-099-00 - Gold Creek (Lakeview District) Bull Trout Habitat and Migration Protection
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Comments:

Project Relationships: None