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Project Summary

Project 2007-120-00 - Malheur Subbasin Habitat Restoration and Fish Enhancement / Logan Valley Project
Project Number:
2007-120-00
Title:
Malheur Subbasin Habitat Restoration and Fish Enhancement / Logan Valley Project
Summary:
This project proposes the acquisition of up to 1120 acres of deeded land in the headwaters of the Malheur River to restore and protect native species habitat and provide an opportunity of the development of interim fishery for the tribe.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Burns-Paiute Tribe (Tribe)
Starting FY:
2007
Ending FY:
2011
BPA PM:
None
Stage:
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Middle Snake Malheur 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: 2007-120-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2007-120-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: Logan Valley/Stanbro Ranch acquisition, mitigation for nonFCRPS dam (Warm Springs) and blockage by Hells Canyon complex, other entities authorized if not required (Idaho Power, Reclamation, irrigation districts). Resolution if cost share from one or more of these entities of reasonable level. Alternatively, could be acquired for wildlife mitigation, if regional parties place priority on it and accept it for mitigation of Middle Snake or other FCRPS projects (Lower Snake wildlife mitigation already accomplished).

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-120-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2007-120-00
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: 2007-120-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2007-120-00 - Malheur Subbasin Habitat Restoration and Fish Enhancement / Logan Valley Project
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 inadequately justified in terms of benefits for fish, and the brief proposal was not clear, with little committal on what fish and wildlife management efforts sponsors would undertake and to what extent management would differ from that exercised historically. Pond construction was proposed off-channel for put-and-take fish harvest, but adequate detail was lacking.

Information provided in the elaborate response document was detailed and adequately compelling for reviewers to now support its acquisition and restoration activities, which are fundable. From a fish and wildlife standpoint, acquisition of the Stanbro Ranch would place a significant length of riparian corridor at the upper end of the catchment under federal and tribal management and should have excellent benefits for native fish and wildlife. If the lands were acquired, livestock would be excluded from the riparian zone. Water would be diverted through newly-screened diversion points for pasture irrigation until 1 July of each year, at which time diversion would cease and the full 243-acre water right would remain in the stream channel. Project M&E was not presented in detail, but the overall plan appeared adequately framed at this time.

Reviewers note that proposed development of the put-and-take fish ponds is a policy consideration that falls outside the realm of scientific review, except for the issue of possible risk that stocked fish might pose to native fishes and the issue of needing some minimal M&E to verify a substantial fraction of stocked fish will indeed be caught. Project sponsors indicate they will incorporate a number of steps to minimize risk, but planning needs to proceed further (and the species to be stocked needs to be chosen) before pond construction is reviewable by the ISRP. The tentative nature of the process description is problematic: "Project sponsor shall consult with local and private entities to determine the feasibility of constructing ponds for a put and take fishery." As such, the design and construction of ponds is not fundable at this time.
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Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2007-120-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2007-120-00 - Malheur Subbasin Habitat Restoration and Fish Enhancement / Logan Valley Project
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: Capital: No fish crediting mechanism available - BPA will not capitalize acquisition for fish. Expense: Bonneville preliminary designation of "in lieu". See issue memo. Expense portion. See capital budget for capital recommendation. Budget addresses pre-acquisition activities. ISRP Fund in Part. Funding for the element of the project that would construct fishery ponds is contingent upon favorable ISRP and Council review of a revised proposal.

Project Relationships: None