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Project Summary

Project 2009-012-00 - Willamette Bi-Op Habitat Restoration
Project Number:
2009-012-00
Title:
Willamette Bi-Op Habitat Restoration
Summary:
Through this project, we will develop a habitat restoration program that will assist in implementing RPAs 7.1.2 and 7.1.3 in the Willamette Biological Opinion issued by NOAA Fisheries on July 11th, 2008.
Proposer:
Proponent Orgs:
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (Govt - State)
Starting FY:
2010
Ending FY:
2023
BPA PM:
Stage:
Implementation - Project Status Report
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Lower Columbia Willamette 100.00%
Purpose:
Habitat
Emphasis:
Restoration/Protection
Focal Species:
Bass, Largemouth
Bass, Smallmouth
Carp, Common
Catfish
Chinook - All Populations
Chinook - Lower Columbia River ESU
Chinook - Upper Willamette River ESU
Chub, Oregon
Chum - Columbia River ESU
Coho - Lower Columbia River ESU
Coho - Unspecified Population
Crappie, Black
Crappie, White
Cutthroat Trout, Coastal - All Anadromous Populations
Cutthroat Trout, Coastal - Resident Populations
Cutthroat Trout, Coastal - Southwest Washington/Columbia River ESU
Cutthroat Trout, Coastal - Upper Willamette River ESU
Freshwater Mussels
Lamprey, Pacific
Lamprey, Western Brook
Other Resident
Perch, Yellow
Pikeminnow, Northern
Steelhead - All Populations
Steelhead - Lower Columbia River DPS
Steelhead - Upper Willamette River DPS
Sturgeon, White - All Populations except Kootenai R. DPS
Trout, Bull
Trout, Rainbow
Walleye
Whitefish, Mountain
Wildlife
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 80.0%   Resident: 20.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Special:
None
BiOp Association:
None

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Summary of Budgets

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Decided Budget Transfers  (FY2020 - FY2022)

Acct FY Acct Type Amount Fund Budget Decision Date
FY2020 Expense $800,000 From: General Adjust various project budgets due to Willamette MOA 10/22/2010
FY2021 Expense $800,000 From: General Adjust various project budgets due to Willamette MOA 10/22/2010
FY2022 Expense $800,000 From: General Adjust various project budgets due to Willamette MOA 10/22/2010

Pending Budget Decision?  No


Actual Project Cost Share

Current Fiscal Year — 2021
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
2020 $1,229,927 (Draft) 61% (Draft)
2019 $1,078,205 57%

Contracts

The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, Complete, History, Issued.
* "Total Contracted Amount" column includes contracted amount from both capital and expense components of the contract.
Capital Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Total Contracted Amount Dates
BPA-007402 Bonneville Power Administration FY13 Land Acquisition Active $600,000 10/1/2012 - 9/30/2013
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Total Contracted Amount Dates
BPA-005731 Bonneville Power Administration Berggren CMA Acquisition (aka Big Island addition) Active $779,252 10/1/2009 - 9/30/2010
BPA-006779 Bonneville Power Administration FY12 Land Acquisition Active $0 10/1/2011 - 9/30/2012
81599 SOW Calapooia Watershed Council 2009-012-00 EXP BOWERS ROCK FLOODPLAIN RECONNECTION Issued $143,853 3/1/2019 - 10/15/2020
82811 SOW Willamette Riverkeeper 2009-012-00 EXP AQUATIC INVASIVES TREATMENT IN MINTO BROWN Issued $70,000 8/1/2019 - 9/30/2020
82741 SOW Luckiamute Watershed Council 2009-012-00 EXP LSNA FLOODPLAIN RECONNECTION Issued $270,200 8/15/2019 - 3/1/2021
83621 SOW Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board 2009-012-00 EXP WILLAMETTE BI-OP HABITAT RESTORATION Issued $50,000 11/1/2019 - 9/30/2020
84415 SOW Long Tom Watershed Council 2009-012-00 EXP SNAG BOAT BEND FLOODPLAIN REFORESTATION Issued $251,475 2/1/2020 - 1/31/2021
85346 SOW US Forest Service (USFS) 2009-012-00 EXP WILLAMETTE FISH SAMPLING Issued $100,000 5/15/2020 - 5/14/2021
85317 SOW Benton Soil and Water Conservation District 2009-012-00 EXP EFFECTIVENESS MONITORING FOR THE WAHWG Issued $157,527 6/1/2020 - 5/31/2021
86000 SOW Willamette Riverkeeper 2009-012-00 EXP WILLAMETTE MISSION FLOODPLAIN REFOREST PHASE 6 Issued $98,120 9/1/2020 - 8/31/2021
86230 SOW City of Salem 2009-012-00 EXP MINTO BROWN ISLAND PHASE 3 Issued $83,916 9/28/2020 - 9/27/2021
86155 SOW Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board 2009-012-00 EXP WILLAMETTE BI-OP HABITAT RESTORATION Issued $50,000 10/1/2020 - 9/30/2021
CR-344695 SOW McKenzie River Trust 2009-012-00 EXP FINN ROCK FLOODPLAIN RESTORATION Pending $128,437 5/1/2021 - 4/30/2022
CR-344697 SOW Willamette Riverkeeper 2009-012-00 EXP WILLAMETTE MISSION PHASE 7 FINAL Pending $39,723 5/1/2021 - 4/30/2022
CR-344698 SOW Luckiamute Watershed Council 2009-012-00 EXP LSNA FLOODPLAIN FOREST EXPANSION Pending $307,074 5/1/2021 - 4/30/2022
CR-344699 SOW Long Tom Watershed Council 2009-012-00 EXP SNAG BOAT BEND RIPARIAN REFORESTATION FINAL Pending $64,051 5/1/2021 - 4/30/2022
CR-344694 SOW Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde 2009-012-00 EXP CHAHALPAM FLOODPLAIN RESTORATION Pending $160,715 9/15/2021 - 9/14/2022



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):41
Completed:31
On time:31
Status Reports
Completed:173
On time:45
Avg Days Late:32

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
BPA-005731 Berggren CMA Acquisition (aka Big Island addition) Bonneville Power Administration 10/2009 10/2009 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
46935 200901200 EXP GREEN ISLAND RESTORATION McKenzie River Trust 03/2010 03/2010 Closed 4 6 0 0 0 6 100.00% 0
BPA-006779 FY12 Land Acquisition Bonneville Power Administration 10/2011 10/2011 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
55152 2009-012-00 EXP C.A.R.P. RESTORATION PLANNING McKenzie River Trust 11/2011 11/2011 Closed 4 3 0 0 0 3 100.00% 0
55189 2009-012-00 EXP HARKENS AND HORSESHOE LAKES RESTORATION PLANNING Greenbelt Land Trust 11/2011 11/2011 Closed 5 4 0 0 2 6 66.67% 0
55190 60313, 66853, 71911, 73815, 77213, 80549, 83621, 86155 2009-012-00 EXP WILLAMETTE BIOP HABTIAT PROJECT ADMIN Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board 11/2011 11/2011 Issued 36 34 2 0 2 38 94.74% 2
58331 2009-012-00 EXP LITTLE WILLAMETTE RESTORATION Greenbelt Land Trust 08/2012 08/2012 Closed 5 6 0 0 0 6 100.00% 0
BPA-007402 FY13 Land Acquisition Bonneville Power Administration 10/2012 10/2012 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
60314 2009-012-00 EXP WILLAMETTE BI-OP HABITAT - CASCADE PACIFIC Cascade Pacific Resource Conservation and Development 02/2013 02/2013 Closed 4 2 2 0 1 5 80.00% 0
61505 2009-012-00 EXP GREEN ISLAND - CROSSING RESTORATION McKenzie River Trust 05/2013 05/2013 Closed 5 9 0 0 0 9 100.00% 0
64399 2009-012-00 EXP GREEN ISLAND CHANNEL RESTORATION, PHASE 2 McKenzie River Trust 03/2014 03/2014 Closed 4 7 0 0 0 7 100.00% 0
66813 2009-012-00 EXP HARKENS LAKE RESTORATION, PHASE 2 Greenbelt Land Trust 09/2014 09/2014 Closed 5 7 0 0 0 7 100.00% 0
69234 2009-012-00 EXP WILLAMETTE MAINSTEM COOPERATIVE WEED CONTROL Benton Soil and Water Conservation District 05/2015 05/2015 Closed 4 5 0 0 0 5 100.00% 0
69991 2009-012-00 EXP SNAG BOAT/SAM DAWS SIDE CHANNEL & FLOODPLAIN REST Long Tom Watershed Council 08/2015 08/2015 Closed 4 13 0 0 0 13 100.00% 0
70520 2009-012-00 EXP HARKENS LAKE RESTORATION, PHASE 3 Greenbelt Land Trust 09/2015 09/2015 Closed 5 4 0 0 0 4 100.00% 0
70521 2009-012-00 EXP CLACKAMAS RIVER CONFLUENCE RESTORATION Clackamas River Basin Council 09/2015 09/2015 Closed 4 4 0 0 0 4 100.00% 0
71779 2009-012-00 EXP LSNA FLOODPLAIN RECONNECTION DESIGN Luckiamute Watershed Council 03/2016 03/2016 Closed 6 4 0 0 0 4 100.00% 0
72054 2009-012-00 EXP WILLAMETTE MISSION FLDPLAIN REFORESTATION PHASE 3 Willamette Riverkeeper 04/2016 04/2016 Closed 4 4 0 0 0 4 100.00% 0
72244 2009-012-00 EXP SNAG BOAT BEND/SAM DAWS REFORESTATION PHASE 2 Long Tom Watershed Council 04/2016 04/2016 Closed 4 5 0 0 0 5 100.00% 0
72821 2009-012-00 EXP GREEN ISLAND CHANNEL/FLOODPLAIN REST. PHASE 3 McKenzie River Trust 06/2016 06/2016 Closed 5 7 0 0 0 7 100.00% 0
73778 2009-012-00 EXP TURTLE FLATS/WILLAMETTE CONFLUENCE REFORESTATION Friends of Buford Park & Mt.Pisgah 09/2016 09/2016 Closed 6 5 0 0 0 5 100.00% 0
75664 2009-012-00 EXP SNAG BOAT BEND FLOODPLAIN REFORESTATION PHASE 3 Long Tom Watershed Council 04/2017 04/2017 Closed 4 7 0 0 0 7 100.00% 0
75891 2009-012-00 EXP GREEN ISLAND FLOODPLAIN PHASE 4 McKenzie River Trust 05/2017 05/2017 Closed 5 7 0 0 0 7 100.00% 0
74313 REL 1 2009-012-00 EXP WILLAMETTE RIVER FISH SAMPLING Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife 07/2017 07/2017 Closed 4 0 0 0 4 4 0.00% 0
77103 2009-012-00 EXP WILLAMETTE MISSION REFORESTATION PHASE 4 Willamette Riverkeeper 09/2017 09/2017 Closed 4 6 0 0 0 6 100.00% 0
78233 2009-012-00 EXP SOUTH SCAPPOOSE CREEK STREAM RESTORATION Scappoose Bay Watershed Council 02/2018 02/2018 Closed 4 7 0 0 0 7 100.00% 0
79955 2009-012-00 EXP WILLAMETTE MISSION REFORESTATION PHASE 5 Willamette Riverkeeper 08/2018 08/2018 Closed 4 4 0 0 0 4 100.00% 0
80009 2009-012-00 EXP GAIL ACHTERMAN PHASE 1 Willamette Riverkeeper 08/2018 08/2018 Closed 4 4 0 0 0 4 100.00% 0
80183 2009-012-00 EXP GREEN ISLAND BULL PEN McKenzie River Trust 09/2018 09/2018 Closed 4 4 0 0 0 4 100.00% 0
80184 2009-012-00 EXP NORTH SCAPPOOSE STREAM RESTORATION Scappoose Bay Watershed Council 09/2018 09/2018 Closed 4 5 0 0 0 5 100.00% 0
81599 2009-012-00 EXP BOWERS ROCK FLOODPLAIN RECONNECTION Calapooia Watershed Council 03/2019 03/2019 Issued 5 1 6 0 0 7 100.00% 0
81532 2009-012-00 EXP MOLALLA CONFLUENCE FLOODPLAIN RESTORATION (TA) Molalla River Watch 03/2019 03/2019 Closed 4 4 0 0 0 4 100.00% 0
82811 2009-012-00 EXP AQUATIC INVASIVES TREATMENT IN MINTO BROWN Willamette Riverkeeper 08/2019 08/2019 Issued 5 3 0 0 0 3 100.00% 0
82741 2009-012-00 EXP LSNA FLOODPLAIN RECONNECTION Luckiamute Watershed Council 08/2019 08/2019 Issued 4 1 5 0 0 6 100.00% 0
84415 2009-012-00 EXP SNAG BOAT BEND FLOODPLAIN REFORESTATION Long Tom Watershed Council 02/2020 02/2020 Issued 3 0 6 0 0 6 100.00% 0
85346 2009-012-00 EXP WILLAMETTE FISH SAMPLING US Forest Service (USFS) 05/2020 05/2020 Issued 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
85317 2009-012-00 EXP EFFECTIVENESS MONITORING FOR THE WAHWG Benton Soil and Water Conservation District 06/2020 06/2020 Issued 1 0 9 0 0 9 100.00% 0
86000 2009-012-00 EXP WILLAMETTE MISSION FLOODPLAIN REFOREST PHASE 6 Willamette Riverkeeper 09/2020 09/2020 Issued 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
86230 2009-012-00 EXP MINTO BROWN ISLAND PHASE 3 City of Salem 09/2020 09/2020 Issued 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Project Totals 173 182 30 0 9 221 95.93% 2


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: 2013 Geographic Category Review

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2009-012-00-NPCC-20131126
Project: 2009-012-00 - Willamette Bi-Op Habitat Restoration
Review: 2013 Geographic Category Review
Proposal: GEOREV-2009-012-00
Proposal State: Pending BPA Response
Approved Date: 11/5/2013
Recommendation: Implement with Conditions
Comments: Implement with conditions through 2016. See Programmatic Issue and Recommendation B for umbrella projects.
Conditions:
Council Condition #1 Programmatic Issue: B. Evaluate and Improve Umbrella Projects—See Programmatic Issue and Recommendation B for umbrella projects.

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2009-012-00-ISRP-20130610
Project: 2009-012-00 - Willamette Bi-Op Habitat Restoration
Review: 2013 Geographic Category Review
Proposal Number: GEOREV-2009-012-00
Completed Date: 6/11/2013
Final Round ISRP Date: 6/10/2013
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria
Final Round ISRP Comment:

The ISRP commends the project sponsors for developing a well-designed program that is worthy of further support. It provides a way for non-profits, local governments, and private and public landowners to participate in the recovery of important floodplain habitats in the Willamette Basin. Its prioritization of restoration areas, project review, and selection processes appear well founded. Its actions are fulfilling the Willamette BiOp and the NPCC Fish and Wildlife Program goals and objectives.

The proposal meets scientific review criteria. However, the ISRP recommends that the sponsors consider the suggestions and recommendations made in the following sections of the proposal.

1. Purpose: Significance to Regional Programs, Technical Background, and Objectives

This project responds closely to the priorities and action items in the Willamette Subbasin Plan and the Willamette BiOp. The BiOp identified two Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives (RPAs 7.1.2 and 7.1.3) that needed to be addressed in the Willamette River Basin. The requirements of the RPAs were to establish a program to identify habitat restoration projects and to select and implement at least two restoration projects per year from 2011-2023. The Willamette Bi-Op Habitat Restoration project meets these needs. It is good to see that the project sponsors are realistic, and they articulate the limitations of the impact that habitat restoration can have in this highly modified system.

This is an important regional program. The lower Willamette River is tidal and should be managed as part of the estuary-river continuum that was recognized in the recent ISAB review of the Fish and Wildlife Program (ISAB 2013-1). While the sponsors acknowledge this linkage they only mention it in passing under Additional Relationships Explanation. Future proposals need to provide a more detailed explanation of why this linkage has not been developed.

The four project objectives are straightforward and outcomes easily tracked. Progress on all of these objectives has been made. Protocols for identifying and prioritizing areas for restoration and performing status and trend monitoring have been established. Additionally, methods for soliciting project proposals; creating scientific review teams; and reviewing, selecting, and funding projects have been installed. The project is serving an important role in identifying, selecting, funding, and monitoring floodplain restoration projects in the Willamette River Basin.

2. History: Accomplishments, Results, and Adaptive Management (Evaluation of Results)

When the project first began, outreach efforts were directed toward agricultural and gravel mining landowners to identify areas that would allow expanded floodplain use. At the same time properties were purchased and restoration work was begun on previously acquired land. So far approximately 2,800 acres of conserved land has been acquired and 480 acres of floodplain has been reforested.

Since its inception, the project has refined and adjusted how it selects, prioritizes, and monitors habitat restoration projects. For example, it funded the development of a map of the Willamette Basin which shows the parts of the floodplain that will be inundated with a two-year flood. This information has been coupled with the occurrence of anchor habitats, that is areas that can support cold water fishes, to help prioritize where recovery work should take place. The project has also completed a draft of a monitoring and evaluation plan which will be used to track status and trends in restored areas. Additionally, it is currently seeking a quantitative method that can be used to assess its reforestation efforts in floodplain areas. The project is accomplishing its restoration objectives and appears to be adjusting its methods as new information becomes available. This is a good initiative and is line with ISAB recommendations for a true landscape approach to habitat restoration in the Columbia River Basin.

The sponsors describe ongoing changes and continuing reassessment of success. As such there does not seem to be adaptive management in the sense of designing experiments with the intention of using results to adaptively manage. Rather, the approach seems to focus on a series of modifications to improve the project selection process as well as restoration strategies. Future changes in projects will be based on results, for example, results of re-vegetation will guide future plantings.

Evaluation of Results

This is a fairly new project so there are not many results to report yet. The 2011 Annual report detailing the Green Island levee removal showed, with photos, that after the levee removal, a high flow event occurred in 2011 and the floodplain area was covered with up to 3.5 feet of water which had not happened since the mid 1960s. Also non-native invasive plants have been reduced by removal and new plantings of native species planted. Early data on monitoring of fish distribution and abundance indicated that there appeared to be an indication that more complex habitats contained higher species richness and abundance than less complex habitats.

3. Project Relationships, Emerging Limiting Factors, and Tailored Questions

The sponsors clearly identify relationships to other projects and to limiting factors in the region. The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Meyer Memorial Trust, and the Willamette Special Investment Partnership have formed a partnership to perform this project. This group collaborates with the Willamette Action Team for Ecosystem Restoration and a Habitat Technical Team. It is also receives cost sharing support from the Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program for land acquisition. The project also is closely linked to the USACE because of revetment removal actions and flow modification programs on the McKenzie and Santiam Rivers. Because of its overarching goal of restoring floodplain habitats, it is closely aligned to the Willamette subbasin plan and the NPPC Fish and Wildlife Plan.

One of the emerging limiting factors identified by the project was climate change. It is anticipated that as temperature regimes shift the availability of cold water, habitats along the mainstem will decrease. Restoration activities are expected to provide access to, or maintain such areas. Another future limiting factor is the expansion of urban areas and increasing levels of aggregate mining and agriculture. These increases will influence how much of the floodplain can be managed for conservation purposes. An incomplete understanding of how fish use this portion of the Willamette and the conditions in a floodplain that benefit fish were also recognized problems. Additionally, all the existing flood control infrastructure, dams, and revetments constrain how much of the floodplain can be restored.

Another limiting factor, although not discussed in the proposal, is the presence of agricultural and industrial contaminants. As land use in the basin increases there will likely be a rise in their occurrence. Contaminants may cause direct sub-lethal and lethal impacts and indirect effects via alterations in the food web and thus should be considered in future work.

4. Deliverables, Work Elements, Metrics, and Methods

Six deliverables appeared in the proposal. The first one was to develop an action effectiveness monitoring program for floodplain re-vegetation. When completed this AEM program would be used to monitor six re-vegetation programs in the upper Willamette. The remaining five deliverables deal with project solicitation, review, funding, and project administration. These administrative processes appear to be adequately designed and carried out.

Work elements, metrics, and methods are nicely detailed in the RM&E plan found via the website link found in the proposal. 

Specific comments on protocols and methods described in MonitoringMethods.org

Nothing related to this project was found in MonitoringMethods.org. However, the protocols and methods are well detailed in the RM&E plan. The ISRP recommends that the protocols and methods from the RM&E program be entered directly in the proposal, plus in the MonitoringMethods.org website.

First Round ISRP Date: 6/10/2013
First Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria
First Round ISRP Comment:

The ISRP commends the project sponsors for developing a well-designed program that is worthy of further support. It provides a way for non-profits, local governments, and private and public landowners to participate in the recovery of important floodplain habitats in the Willamette Basin. Its prioritization of restoration areas, project review, and selection processes appear well founded. Its actions are fulfilling the Willamette BiOp and the NPCC Fish and Wildlife Program goals and objectives.

The proposal meets scientific review criteria. However, the ISRP recommends that the sponsors consider the suggestions and recommendations made in the following sections of the proposal.

1. Purpose: Significance to Regional Programs, Technical Background, and Objectives

This project responds closely to the priorities and action items in the Willamette Subbasin Plan and the Willamette BiOp. The BiOp identified two Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives (RPAs 7.1.2 and 7.1.3) that needed to be addressed in the Willamette River Basin. The requirements of the RPAs were to establish a program to identify habitat restoration projects and to select and implement at least two restoration projects per year from 2011-2023. The Willamette Bi-Op Habitat Restoration project meets these needs. It is good to see that the project sponsors are realistic, and they articulate the limitations of the impact that habitat restoration can have in this highly modified system.

This is an important regional program. The lower Willamette River is tidal and should be managed as part of the estuary-river continuum that was recognized in the recent ISAB review of the Fish and Wildlife Program (ISAB 2013-1). While the sponsors acknowledge this linkage they only mention it in passing under Additional Relationships Explanation. Future proposals need to provide a more detailed explanation of why this linkage has not been developed.

The four project objectives are straightforward and outcomes easily tracked. Progress on all of these objectives has been made. Protocols for identifying and prioritizing areas for restoration and performing status and trend monitoring have been established. Additionally, methods for soliciting project proposals; creating scientific review teams; and reviewing, selecting, and funding projects have been installed. The project is serving an important role in identifying, selecting, funding, and monitoring floodplain restoration projects in the Willamette River Basin.

2. History: Accomplishments, Results, and Adaptive Management (Evaluation of Results)

When the project first began, outreach efforts were directed toward agricultural and gravel mining landowners to identify areas that would allow expanded floodplain use. At the same time properties were purchased and restoration work was begun on previously acquired land. So far approximately 2,800 acres of conserved land has been acquired and 480 acres of floodplain has been reforested.

Since its inception, the project has refined and adjusted how it selects, prioritizes, and monitors habitat restoration projects. For example, it funded the development of a map of the Willamette Basin which shows the parts of the floodplain that will be inundated with a two-year flood. This information has been coupled with the occurrence of anchor habitats, that is areas that can support cold water fishes, to help prioritize where recovery work should take place. The project has also completed a draft of a monitoring and evaluation plan which will be used to track status and trends in restored areas. Additionally, it is currently seeking a quantitative method that can be used to assess its reforestation efforts in floodplain areas. The project is accomplishing its restoration objectives and appears to be adjusting its methods as new information becomes available. This is a good initiative and is line with ISAB recommendations for a true landscape approach to habitat restoration in the Columbia River Basin.

The sponsors describe ongoing changes and continuing reassessment of success. As such there does not seem to be adaptive management in the sense of designing experiments with the intention of using results to adaptively manage. Rather, the approach seems to focus on a series of modifications to improve the project selection process as well as restoration strategies. Future changes in projects will be based on results, for example, results of re-vegetation will guide future plantings.

Evaluation of Results

This is a fairly new project so there are not many results to report yet. The 2011 Annual report detailing the Green Island levee removal showed, with photos, that after the levee removal, a high flow event occurred in 2011 and the floodplain area was covered with up to 3.5 feet of water which had not happened since the mid 1960s. Also non-native invasive plants have been reduced by removal and new plantings of native species planted. Early data on monitoring of fish distribution and abundance indicated that there appeared to be an indication that more complex habitats contained higher species richness and abundance than less complex habitats.

3. Project Relationships, Emerging Limiting Factors, and Tailored Questions

The sponsors clearly identify relationships to other projects and to limiting factors in the region. The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Meyer Memorial Trust, and the Willamette Special Investment Partnership have formed a partnership to perform this project. This group collaborates with the Willamette Action Team for Ecosystem Restoration and a Habitat Technical Team. It is also receives cost sharing support from the Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program for land acquisition. The project also is closely linked to the USACE because of revetment removal actions and flow modification programs on the McKenzie and Santiam Rivers. Because of its overarching goal of restoring floodplain habitats, it is closely aligned to the Willamette subbasin plan and the NPPC Fish and Wildlife Plan.

One of the emerging limiting factors identified by the project was climate change. It is anticipated that as temperature regimes shift the availability of cold water, habitats along the mainstem will decrease. Restoration activities are expected to provide access to, or maintain such areas. Another future limiting factor is the expansion of urban areas and increasing levels of aggregate mining and agriculture. These increases will influence how much of the floodplain can be managed for conservation purposes. An incomplete understanding of how fish use this portion of the Willamette and the conditions in a floodplain that benefit fish were also recognized problems. Additionally, all the existing flood control infrastructure, dams, and revetments constrain how much of the floodplain can be restored.

Another limiting factor, although not discussed in the proposal, is the presence of agricultural and industrial contaminants. As land use in the basin increases there will likely be a rise in their occurrence. Contaminants may cause direct sub-lethal and lethal impacts and indirect effects via alterations in the food web and thus should be considered in future work.

4. Deliverables, Work Elements, Metrics, and Methods

Six deliverables appeared in the proposal. The first one was to develop an action effectiveness monitoring program for floodplain re-vegetation. When completed this AEM program would be used to monitor six re-vegetation programs in the upper Willamette. The remaining five deliverables deal with project solicitation, review, funding, and project administration. These administrative processes appear to be adequately designed and carried out.

Work elements, metrics, and methods are nicely detailed in the RM&E plan found via the website link found in the proposal. 

Specific comments on protocols and methods described in MonitoringMethods.org

Nothing related to this project was found in MonitoringMethods.org. However, the protocols and methods are well detailed in the RM&E plan. The ISRP recommends that the protocols and methods from the RM&E program be entered directly in the proposal, plus in the MonitoringMethods.org website.

Modified by Dal Marsters on 6/11/2013 1:41:23 PM.
Documentation Links:
Review: Adjust various project budgets due to Willamette MOA

Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
Eric Williams Supervisor Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
Andrew Dutterer Project Lead Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
John Skidmore Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
Eric Andersen Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Shawn Skinner Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration