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Project Summary

Project 2007-385-00 - Investigating Flood Control Benefits and Flooding Risks of Federally Controlled Lower Snake Dams
Project Number:
2007-385-00
Title:
Investigating Flood Control Benefits and Flooding Risks of Federally Controlled Lower Snake Dams
Summary:
This proposal seeks to investigate the purported flood control benefits of the Lower Snake River dams and discuss and summarize the flooding risk of these impoundments.
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

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2007-385-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2007-385-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: Flood control issues (Corps authorized/required).

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-385-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2007-385-00
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: 2007-385-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2007-385-00 - Investigating Flood Control Benefits and Flooding Risks of Federally Controlled Lower Snake Dams
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 inadequate proposal. It is quite generally written and is not persuasive as to why such flood control issues are not already known and routinely considered by the river operations system. No explanation or itemization of the $10k budget is provided.

This proposal would prepare for the contingency of dam breaching by clarifying the differing perspectives on whether the Lower Snake River dams provide flood control benefits or risks. The background section contains much of the same information as in the other proposals from this sponsor, with a focus on the US Army Corps of Engineers report "Lower Snake River Juvenile Salmon Migration Feasibility."

The rationale for the proposed work is stated as finding viable alternatives to Corps' plans. The proposal rests on the assumption that this is an issue best clarified in advance of a decision about dam breaching so that political acceptability of options can be discerned. It also rests, as does the entire set, on the need to assess the categories of impacts, in which the Corps identifies that adaptive migration might be a preferred alternative to dam breaching.

The single objective of this proposal is to "clarify and investigate" competing claims about flood control risks and benefits of the Lower Snake River dams. Work elements are inadequately described and incompletely referenced. The risk/benefit analysis is not described. The proposal does not describe the type of information the river operating system already routinely tracks and assesses with regard to flood control.
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Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2007-385-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2007-385-00 - Investigating Flood Control Benefits and Flooding Risks of Federally Controlled Lower Snake Dams
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Comments:

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