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Project Summary

Project 2007-320-00 - Inventory and Assess Fish Passage and Screening Needs in the Willow Creek Watershed
Project Number:
2007-320-00
Title:
Inventory and Assess Fish Passage and Screening Needs in the Willow Creek Watershed
Summary:
This project proposes to conduct an inventory and assessment of fish passage and screening needs in the Willow Creek watershed necessary to restore summer steelhead (extinct) access to historic spawning and rearing habitat and improve access and movement
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Morrow Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) (SWCD)
Starting FY:
2007
Ending FY:
2011
BPA PM:
None
Stage:
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia Plateau Umatilla 100.00%
Purpose:
Programmatic
Emphasis:
RM and E
Focal Species:
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Tags:
None
Special:
None
BiOp Association:
None

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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: 2007-320-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2007-320-00 - Inventory and Assess Fish Passage and Screening Needs in the Willow Creek Watershed
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Comments:

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-320-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2007-320-00 - Inventory and Assess Fish Passage and Screening Needs in the Willow Creek Watershed
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 8/31/2006
Final Round ISRP Date: None
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria (Qualified)
Final Round ISRP Comment:
The project proposal identifies an information need in the Willow Creek watershed -- fish screen needs/opportunities and passage opportunities for recovering steelhead and extant redband trout. This project would provide a finer scale assessment than accomplished in the subbasin plan. There are a number of primary relationships of this proposal with other work including the Morrow and Umatilla County riparian buffer projects. Future phases of this program (i.e., implementation) should complement those landowner habitat improvements very well for redband trout and perhaps, future recovery or reintroduction of summer steelhead into the watershed.

At present little interest exists within the watershed for recovering or restoring extinct steelhead. All of the land cover in the watershed is in private ownership (except for a small percentage under USDA Forest Service management). Therefore, a thorough assessment of the screening and passage opportunities is important.

The objectives are straightforward and focus on two primary elements. The first is outreach to watershed owners and stakeholder regarding the issues, merits, and difficulties with steelhead recovery (and related aquatic issues). Second is the amassing of information regarding extent and locations of passage impediments and screening opportunities. Implementation is projected during the next funding cycle.
This modest and inexpensive program (in collaboration with ODFW) is the first phase (assessment and inventory) for future habitat improvement. A possible next phase (implementation) will depend on outcome (full identification of passage and screening opportunities). The work elements are appropriate for the staff effort and funding level. Some expansion on future work elements (beyond FY2009) would be appropriate as a first cut scoping exercise beyond this information gathering phase.

The ISRP recommends that the sponsors address the following concerns to strengthen the proposal:

1) Project personnel need to provide evidence that experienced assistance will be available to them and provide evidence that the potential for introduction of exotics is not significant.

2) The proposal would benefit by including whatever data (and summary) regarding past steelhead and red-band or other species existed in the basin as well as whatever data regarding blocked passage in the basin.

3) A clearer connection of Willow Creek issues within a Subbasin Plan.

4) The project will necessitate input by biologists familiar with what does and what doesn't form a block to passage to migrating fish. Coordination between county and (and perhaps training by) ODFW is critical.

5) The proposal is not clear about the location where data will be stored. Production of maps and the inventory, if printed and made widely available, should suffice.

6) Potential exists to open a migration path to undesirable exotics. The proposal should address that potential.
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Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2007-320-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2007-320-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: Inventory of passage barriers in watershed; other entities authorized/required (eg ODFW, landowners etc).

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-320-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2007-320-00
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