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Project Summary

Project 2007-380-00 - Keeping Irrigators Whole in the Event of Reservoir Removal
Project Number:
2007-380-00
Title:
Keeping Irrigators Whole in the Event of Reservoir Removal
Summary:
Proposed here is a review of ACOE plans that would allow irrigation to continue in its present state if Lower Snake Reservoirs were removed. A pipeline along the current shoreline of Ice Harbor reservoir will be considered and compared to the ACOE plan
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Bluefish (Non-Profit)
Starting FY:
2007
Ending FY:
2011
BPA PM:
None
Stage:
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Basinwide - 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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Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2007-380-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2007-380-00 - Keeping Irrigators Whole in the Event of Reservoir Removal
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Comments:

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-380-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2007-380-00 - Keeping Irrigators Whole in the Event of Reservoir Removal
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 is an inadequately written proposal to compare costs of irrigation alternatives under dam breaching. It proposes to do work that would be a routine component of a NEPA analysis conducted by federal agencies if dam breaching were proposed. No explanation or itemization of the $10k budget is provided.

The background section duplicates information presented in other proposals from this sponsor. This proposal is to review the US Army Corps of Engineers' report "Lower Snake River Juvenile Salmon Migration Feasibility" for its consideration of irrigation effects of dam breaching in the event that the Ice Harbor reservoir were removed, do a cost comparison of alternative means of providing irrigation, and consider a 30-mile irrigation pipeline. The premise appears to be that the Corps' isn't considering a full range of alternatives with regard to the irrigation effects of dam breaching.

The rationale for the work is in citations of Court findings and the 2000 BiOp RPAs 147 and 148 describing the Corps' responsibilities for developing project management plans and engineering and design work. This section actually contains some discussion of job loss that the jobs survey proposal does not.

This proposal objective is to "expand the list of alternatives" by seeking to clarify the economic costs of changes in the irrigation delivery system. Methods are described in inadequate detail. Methods for developing cost estimates of the various components are not described. Reference is made to a series of equations that will represent the costs and benefits of a proposed irrigation system, but these are not described. A paragraph following the work elements appears to present the sponsor's view that a gravity-fed system will be superior to what the Corps' will propose.
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Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2007-380-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2007-380-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: Impacts to irrigators of removal (irrigators, plus Corps/Reclamation authorized/required).

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-380-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2007-380-00
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