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Project Summary

Project 2007-400-00 - Wenatchee River Subbasin Fish Passage Enhancement

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Project Number:
2007-400-00
Title:
Wenatchee River Subbasin Fish Passage Enhancement
Summary:
This project is a combination of 3 proposals:
FY07 FY08 FY09
2007-
2007-
2007

This project funds capital purchase of culverts for tributary passage - replacing stream crossings in tributaries to the Columbia River that impede passage of anadromous fish. This project funds the replacement of stream crossings in the Wenatchee subbasin and is administered by the Chelan County Natural Resources Department.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Chelan County (Govt - Local)
Starting FY:
2007
Ending FY:
2011
BPA PM:
Stage:
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia Cascade Wenatchee 100.00%
Purpose:
Habitat
Emphasis:
Restoration/Protection
Focal Species:
Chinook - Upper Columbia River Spring ESU
Chinook - Upper Columbia River Summer/Fall ESU
Coho - Unspecified Population
Cutthroat Trout, Westslope
Steelhead - Upper Columbia River DPS
Steelhead - Upper Willamette River DPS
Trout, Bull
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Tags:
None
Special:
None
BiOp Association:

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Summary of Budgets

To view all expenditures for all fiscal years, click "Project Exp. by FY"

Expense SOY Budget Working Budget Contracted Amount Modified Contract Amount Expenditures *
FY2017 (Previous) $0 $0 $0 $0

FY2018 (Current) $0 $0 $0 $0

FY2019 (Next) $0 $0 $0 $0

Capital SOY Budget Working Budget Contracted Amount Modified Contract Amount Expenditures *
FY2017 (Previous) $0 $0 $0 $0

FY2018 (Current) $0 $0 $0 $0

FY2019 (Next) $0 $0 $0 $0

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 31-Aug-2018

No Decided Budget Transfers

Pending Budget Decision?  No


Actual Project Cost Share

Current Fiscal Year — 2018
Cost Share Partner Total Proposed Contribution Total Confirmed Contribution
There are no project cost share contributions to show.
Previous Fiscal Years
Fiscal Year Total Contributions % of Budget
2010
2009 $0 0 %
2008 $57,460 7 %
2007 $780,077 55 %

Contracts

The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, Complete, History, Issued.
Capital Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Contracted Amount Dates
35121 SOW Chelan County 200740000 CAP UPA NASON CREEK OXBOW History $614,210 7/1/2007 - 12/1/2008
37517 SOW Chelan County 2007-400-00 CAP UPA WENATCHEE ACCESS History $392,551 5/1/2008 - 3/14/2009
37821 SOW Chelan County 2007-400-00 CAP UPA WENATCHEE PASSAGE History $150,117 6/1/2008 - 3/14/2009
41802 SOW Chelan County 2007-400-00 CAP UPA WENATCHEE ACCESS History $1,762,478 3/15/2009 - 3/14/2010
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Contracted Amount Dates
BPA-003804 Bonneville Power Administration Environmental Compliance for Access and Passage Active $0 5/1/2008 - 3/14/2009



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):5
Completed:4
On time:4
Status Reports
Completed:17
On time:4
Avg Days Late:17

Earliest Subsequent           Accepted Count of Contract Deliverables
Contract Contract(s) Title Contractor Start End Status Reports Complete Green Yellow Red Total % Green and Complete Canceled
35121 200740000 CAP UPA NASON CREEK OXBOW Chelan County 07/2007 07/2007 History 6 6 0 0 0 6 100.00% 0
37517 41802 2007-400-00 CAP UPA WENATCHEE ACCESS Chelan County 05/2008 05/2008 History 8 29 0 0 0 29 100.00% 0
37821 2007-400-00 CAP UPA WENATCHEE PASSAGE Chelan County 06/2008 06/2008 History 3 8 0 0 0 8 100.00% 0
Project Totals 17 43 0 0 0 43 100.00% 0


Review: Wenatchee Project Review

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-400-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2007-400-00
Review: Wenatchee Project Review
Completed Date: 3/26/2008
Capital Rating: Qualifies for Capital Funding
Capital Asset Category: Fish Passage Improvement
Comment: This project is a result of combining projects: 2007-283-00 Wenatchee Subbasin Access; 2007-042-00 Upper Wenatchee Passage program; and 2007-085-00 Nason Creek Oxbow Reconnection. Capital funding approval submitted by BPA COTR. The COTR, COTR's Manager and BPA Accountant certified that the request meets the BPA F&W capital policy and is approved for capital funding (if capital funds are available).
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2007-283-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2007-283-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: No Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: Channel realignment, LWD etc on private lands.
Assessment Number: 2007-085-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2007-085-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: No Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: Install arch culverts for oxbow reconnection, mixed private/federal land, assume no entity required to do so.
Assessment Number: 2007-042-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2007-042-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: No Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: Road decommission/culvert replacement on FS lands; assume covered by BPA-FS MOU.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-283-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2007-283-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 2/27/2007
Capital Rating: Does Not Qualify for Capital Funding
Capital Asset Category: None
Comment: None
Assessment Number: 2007-085-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2007-085-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 2/27/2007
Capital Rating: Does Not Qualify for Capital Funding
Capital Asset Category: None
Comment: None
Assessment Number: 2007-042-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2007-042-00
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: 2007-283-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2007-283-00 - Upa Wenatchee Subbasin Access
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 proposal does not adequately justify the actions proposed in terms of specific benefits to fish and wildlife and description of methods and, thus, does not meet the ISRP review criteria. This proposal could have made a stronger case for replacing the culverts in question if it summarized what species would benefit from the passage improvements for each watershed, and estimated how many miles of stream would potentially be made available after road crossings were fixed. This work would replace 43 culverts in the Wenatchee subbasin. Only one of those culverts - Mill Creek in the Peshastin watershed - is described. The Mill Creek culvert is located near the mouth of the stream and is claimed to block steelhead spawning migrations and possibly other anadromous or adfluvial salmonids, although steelhead is the only species apart from westslope cutthroat that occurs in Mill Creek according to the distribution maps supplied with the proposal. No details about the other 42 culverts are given, however the map in attachment B shows they are located in clusters on Derby, Brender, Ruby, and East Fork Mission Creeks.

This proposal should have provided information about habitat conditions upstream from the fish barriers in these streams so that replacing the problem culverts would be better justified. The proposal should have also described what structures will replace the culverts and how fish passage at all life history stages will be assured. Will modular bridges be used, bottomless arch culverts, low-water crossings (crossings that are inundated at high flow), or other types of road crossing structures? The narrative says that the Upper Columbia River Regional Technical Team's prioritization scheme will influence the order of repairing the crossings, but details are not provided. If some streams have a higher priority for passage improvements than others, the rationale should be given. It is unlikely that Level 1 monitoring will reveal whether the fish passage improvements achieve their desired objective unless actual stream surveys are carried out post-replacement.
Documentation Links:
Assessment Number: 2007-085-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2007-085-00 - Upa Nason Creek Oxbow
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 ISRP is not requesting a response, but the proposal would be improved by addressing the following comments:

This project would reconnect a 0.6 mile-long oxbow that was created when state route 507 bisected Nason Creek. The proposal does a good job of describing the history of habitat alteration in Nason Creek, especially along its lower reaches. Using two long arch culverts, one at the inlet and one at the outlet of the oxbow, the site would become a large, slow flowing side-channel of the mainstream that would be connected at nearly all flows. Details of the reconnection project and the hydrological surveys were exceptionally well described. EDT analysis indicated that reconnecting this oxbow would increase Chinook productivity in the entire watershed by 25-50%.

The technical background section described two alternatives for restoring this site, neither of which was preferred. Including this information was peripheral to the overall proposal and was not particularly helpful. Additionally, the background section did not provide any estimates of the number of Chinook or steelhead currently spawning in Nason Creek, or an estimate of the additional number of adults that might result from this restoration project, which could have been done using EDT.

The proposal includes only plans for implementation modeling, but not effectiveness monitoring. This is unfortunate, because the restoration design is such that estimates of fish coming in and fish going out of either end of the oxbow could be obtained with appropriate traps, and PIT-tagging can be used to estimate downstream survival. This site would provide an excellent place to test the EDT model prediction of a 25-50% increase in Chinook smolt yield.

Overall, the ISRP was impressed with this proposal.
Documentation Links:
Assessment Number: 2007-042-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2007-042-00 - Upa Wenatchee Passage Program
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:
This is a proposal to replace nine culverts on three tributaries in the Wenatchee River subbasin with pre-fabricated modular bridges. The problem of impassable or partially passable road crossings has long been known to be a problem, and there are a number of programs to correct them. According to the proposal, the three streams in question - Alder Creek, Clear Creek, and Beaver Creek - have been identified as high priority sites for barrier removal. However, documentation of species currently using these tributaries of the Middle Wenatchee and Chiwawa was not very complete, and the salmonid carrying capacity of the four miles (in total) of small streams that would be opened was not given. Other than to state that the culvert replacement projects would primarily benefit summer steelhead there was little quantitative discussion of how this work would benefit other listed species or resident fishes. Based on the information in the proposal and the photographs provided, the Alder Creek crossings appeared to be the priority candidates for replacement.

We therefore recommend that this project be funded in part with Alder Creek receiving top priority, with the understanding that additional funding may be warranted if stronger evidence for benefits to anadromous species can be presented for the Beaver Creek and Clear Creek sites.
Documentation Links:

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2007-283-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2007-283-00 - Upa Wenatchee Subbasin Access
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Comments:
Assessment Number: 2007-085-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2007-085-00 - Upa Nason Creek Oxbow
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: ISRP fundable qualified: sponsor should consider the ISRP comments. $580,000 of the total project budget ($1.23M) to be funded from another source.
Assessment Number: 2007-042-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2007-042-00 - Upa Wenatchee Passage Program
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund from Outside Source
Comments: Project to be funded from another source.

Project Relationships: This project Merged From 2007-283-00 effective on 1/23/2008
Relationship Description: All work & budgets from projects 2007-042-00/Wenatchee Passage; 2007-085-00/Nason Creek Oxbow; and 2007-283-00/Wenatchee Access are combined into 2007-400-00. Original decision (4/26/07) was EXPENSE, combined they fit BPA's CAPITAL criteria. This decision made based on low capital projections.

This project Merged From 2007-085-00 effective on 1/23/2008
Relationship Description: All work & budgets from projects 2007-042-00/Wenatchee Passage; 2007-085-00/Nason Creek Oxbow; and 2007-283-00/Wenatchee Access are combined into 2007-400-00. Original decision (4/26/07) was EXPENSE, combined they fit BPA's CAPITAL criteria. This decision made based on low capital projections.

This project Merged From 2007-042-00 effective on 1/23/2008
Relationship Description: All work & budgets from projects 2007-042-00/Wenatchee Passage; 2007-085-00/Nason Creek Oxbow; and 2007-283-00/Wenatchee Access are combined into 2007-400-00. Original decision (4/26/07) was EXPENSE, combined they fit BPA's CAPITAL criteria. This decision made based on low capital projections.


Name Role Organization
Carolyn Pearson (Inactive) Project Lead EcoA.I.M., Inc.
Alan Schmidt (Inactive) Supervisor Chelan County
Douglas Corkran Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration
Mike Kaputa (Inactive) Interested Party Chelan County
John Soden (Inactive) Technical Contact Jones and Stokes Associates
Kathryn (CC) Bangs (Inactive) Administrative Contact Chelan County
Joy Juelson (Inactive) Administrative Contact Chelan County
Joseph Connor Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Peter Lofy Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration