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Project Summary

Project 2007-104-00 - Protect & Restore White Bird Creek
Project Number:
Protect & Restore White Bird Creek
Restore and protect the White Bird Watershed for the benefit of both resident and anadromous fish using an overall watershed approach. Restoration and protection efforts will be done cooperatively with the Nez Perce National Forest.
Proponent Orgs:
Nez Perce Tribe (Tribe)
Starting FY:
Ending FY:
Province Subbasin %
Mountain Snake Salmon 100.00%
Focal Species:
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
BiOp Association:

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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: 2007-104-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2007-104-00 - Protect & Restore White Bird Creek
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Do Not Fund

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-104-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2007-104-00 - Protect & Restore White Bird Creek
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 8/31/2006
Final Round ISRP Date: None
Final Round ISRP Rating: Does Not Meet Scientific Review Criteria
Final Round ISRP Comment:
This was a generic proposal. Reviewers responded with a number of detailed questions and suggestions summarized as:
1. Sponsors should provide justification in terms of benefits to fish.
2. A convincing case that conditions in the stream have caused decline in focal species in the basin is needed.
3. Sponsors should provide convincing evidence that stream flow and access to the flood plain can be restored.
4. Sponsors should describe and cite past studies that support their strategy for enhancing salmonid numbers.
5. The response should provide discussion of the risk that barrier removal might permit access to exotic species.
6. Objectives are to build culverts and decommission roads. Rather, sponsors should develop objectives to increase fish populations by some reasonable and defensible amount.
7. Efforts to restore the hydrograph and regain access to the floodplain should be high priority.
8. Where vegetation will be "treated," an IPM approach is needed.
9. Monitoring plans seem to be perfunctory. The plan seems to be to monitor tasks, rather than resource conditions. Develop a rigorous M&E plan to outline the details of their sampling and assessment methods.
10. Data storage, sharing, or amalgamation at regional level is missing. Information and education program are not information transfer in a scientific sense.

In addition to the generic response that was the sole response to many of the Tribe's original proposals, there was a specific response to the review of this proposal. Both the original proposal and response sketched a generic "shotgun" approach that in its current form with lack of detail and specificity seems to offer very limited potential to benefit the steelhead and spring chinook that use the stream, and is not fundable. Future submission as a survey/plan project as has been done with the Slate Creek revision is recommended.

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: 2007-104-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2007-104-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: No Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: Culvert replacements, road decommis on FS lands; assume covered by BPA-FS MOU.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-104-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2007-104-00
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