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Project Summary

Project 2010-072-00 - Upper Salmon Basin Habitat Restoration

Please Note: This project is the product of one or more merges and/or splits from other projects. Historical data automatically included here are limited to the current project and previous generation (the “parent” projects) only. The Project Relationships section details the nature of the relationships between this project and the previous generation. To learn about the complete ancestry of this project, please review the Project Relationships section on the Project Summary page of each parent project.

Project Number:
2010-072-00
Title:
Upper Salmon Basin Habitat Restoration
Summary:
Project 2010-072-00 is a consolidated project developed in 2010 by BPA to combine two of Idaho's Fish Accord projects, Upper Lemhi River - Restoration (2008-602-00) and Lower Lemhi Habitat - Restoration (2008-606-00). The consolidation was completed in order to simplify management and implementation of habitat improvements in the Lemhi sub-basin.

Starting with FY23 contracts, project 2008-603-00 Pahsimeroi River Habitat is combined into this project . Project name is changed from Lemhi River Restoration to Upper Salmon Basin Habitat Restoration. The new geographic area will be the Salmon River from the mouth of the Middle Fork upstream to, and including the headwaters and all tributary drainages.
Proposer:
Proponent Orgs:
Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation (Govt - State)
Starting FY:
2010
Ending FY:
2032
BPA PM:
Stage:
Implementation - Project Status Report
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Mountain Snake Salmon 100.00%
Purpose:
Habitat
Emphasis:
Restoration/Protection
Focal Species:
Chinook - All Populations
Chinook - Snake River Fall ESU
Chinook - Snake River Spring/Summer
Chinook - Snake River Spring/Summer ESU
Chinook - Upper Columbia River Spring ESU
Cutthroat Trout, Westslope
Steelhead - All Populations
Steelhead - Middle Columbia River DPS
Steelhead - Snake River DPS
Trout, Brook
Trout, Bull
Trout, Interior Redband
Trout, Rainbow
Whitefish, Mountain
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Special:
None
BiOp Association:
FCRPS 2008 – view list of FCRPS 2008 BiOp Actions

Tributary Habitat Implementation 2010 to 2018

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Summary of Budgets

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Decided Budget Transfers  (FY2022 - FY2024)

Acct FY Acct Type Amount Fund Budget Decision Date
FY2022 Expense $1,324,872 From: Fish Accord - Idaho Accord Extensions (State of Idaho) 10/1/2018 10/01/2018
FY2022 Expense $40,494 From: Fish Accord - Idaho Accord Transfers (CRITFC, ID) 1/5/2022 01/05/2022
FY2022 Expense $140,294 From: Fish Accord - Idaho Accord Transfers (CRITFC, ID) 1/5/2022 01/05/2022
FY2022 Expense $506,397 From: Fish Accord - Idaho Accord Transfers (CRITFC, ID) 1/5/2022 01/05/2022
FY2022 Expense $1,500 From: Fish Accord - Idaho Accord Transfers (CTUIR, Idaho, CRITFC) 2/3/2022 02/03/2022
FY2022 Expense $106,885 From: Fish Accord - Idaho Accord Transfers (Idaho) 11/17/2022 11/17/2022
FY2022 Expense $106,885 To: Fish Accord - Idaho Accord Transfers (Idaho) 11/17/2022 11/17/2022
FY2023 Expense $1,376,918 From: Fish Accord - Idaho State of Idaho (ID) 2023-2025 Accord Extension 09/30/2022
FY2023 Expense $1,113,647 From: Fish Accord - Idaho Combine 2008-603-00 into 2010-072-00 (ID) 10/25/2022 10/25/2022
FY2023 Expense $180,311 From: Fish Accord - Idaho Accord Transfers (Idaho) 11/28/2022 11/28/2022
FY2023 Expense $617,435 From: Fish Accord - Idaho Accord Transfers (Idaho) 11/28/2022 11/28/2022
FY2023 Expense $669,597 From: Fish Accord - Idaho Accord Transfers (Idaho) 11/28/2022 11/28/2022
FY2023 Expense $63,902 From: Fish Accord - Idaho Accord Transfers (WS, Idaho) 12/19/2022 12/19/2022
FY2023 Expense $4,764 From: Fish Accord - Idaho Accord Transfers (WS, Idaho) 12/19/2022 12/19/2022
FY2023 Expense $11,915 From: Fish Accord - Idaho Accord Transfers (WS, Idaho) 12/19/2022 12/19/2022
FY2024 Expense $1,411,341 From: Fish Accord - Idaho State of Idaho (ID) 2023-2025 Accord Extension 09/30/2022
FY2024 Expense $1,141,488 From: Fish Accord - Idaho Combine 2008-603-00 into 2010-072-00 (ID) 10/25/2022 10/25/2022

Pending Budget Decision?  No


Actual Project Cost Share

Current Fiscal Year — 2023   DRAFT
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
2022 $3,452,308 63%
2021 $3,853,543 73%
2020 $951,601 42%
2019 $1,599,814 54%
2018 $2,121,264 66%
2017 $882,580 29%
2016 $730,029 28%
2015 $806,704 30%
2014 $104,541 12%
2013 $337,156 77%
2012 $80,736 9%
2011 $453,985 37%

Contracts

The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, Closed, Complete, History, Issued.
* "Total Contracted Amount" column includes contracted amount from both capital and expense components of the contract.
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Total Contracted Amount Dates
47379 SOW Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation 2008-602-00 EXP LEMHI RIVER RESTORATION PLANNING History $33,345 6/1/2010 - 5/31/2011
48863 SOW Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation 2010-072-00 EXP LEMHI RIVER RESTORATION Closed $1,269,494 8/15/2010 - 8/14/2012
53200 SOW Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation 2010-072-00 EXP LEMHI RIVER RESTORATION PLANNING Closed $25,577 6/1/2011 - 5/31/2012
57487 SOW Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation 2010-072-00 EXP LEMHI RIVER RESTORATION PLANNING Closed $34,295 6/1/2012 - 5/31/2013
58410 SOW Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation 2010-072-00 EXP LEMHI RIVER RESTORATION Closed $737,044 8/15/2012 - 12/31/2012
59768 SOW Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation 2010-072-00 EXP LEMHI RIVER RESTORATION Closed $66,940 1/1/2013 - 12/31/2013
61357 SOW Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation 2010-072-00 EXP LEMHI RIVER RESTORATION PLANNING Closed $35,011 6/1/2013 - 5/31/2014
63697 SOW Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation 2010-072-00 EXP LEMHI RIVER RESTORATION Closed $767,704 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
65294 SOW Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation 2010-072-00 EXP LEMHI RIVER RESTORATION PLANNING Closed $17,122 6/1/2014 - 5/31/2015
67754 SOW Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation 2010-072-00 EXP LEMHI RIVER RESTORATION Closed $1,818,673 1/1/2015 - 12/31/2015
68742 SOW Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation 2010-072-00 EXP LEMHI RIVER RESTORATION PLANNING Closed $25,147 6/1/2015 - 5/31/2016
71307 SOW Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation 2010-072-00 EXP LEMHI RIVER RESTORATION Closed $1,843,628 1/1/2016 - 12/31/2016
72593 SOW Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation 2010-072-00 EXP LEMHI RIVER RESTORATION PLANNING Closed $33,563 6/1/2016 - 5/30/2017
75750 SOW Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation 2010-072-00 EXP LEMHI RIVER RESTORATION Closed $2,102,219 1/1/2017 - 2/28/2018
76169 SOW Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation 2010-072-00 EXP LEMHI RIVER RESTORATION PLANNING Closed $37,007 5/31/2017 - 5/31/2018
76913 REL 1 SOW Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation 2010-072-00 EXP LEMHI RIVER RESTORATION Closed $1,063,022 3/1/2018 - 2/28/2019
76913 REL 2 SOW Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation 2010-072-00 EXP LEMHI RIVER RESTORATION PLANNING Closed $25,956 6/1/2018 - 5/31/2019
76913 REL 9 SOW Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation 2010-072-00 EXP SALMON BASIN RESTORATION Closed $1,343,472 3/1/2019 - 2/29/2020
76913 REL 17 SOW Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation 2010-072-00 EXP LEMHI RIVER RESTORATION Closed $1,311,973 3/1/2020 - 2/28/2021
76913 REL 26 SOW Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation 2010-072-00 EXP LEMHI RIVER RESTORATION Closed $1,409,301 3/1/2021 - 2/28/2022
76913 REL 34 SOW Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation 2010-072-00 EXP LEMHI RIVER RESTORATION Issued $2,013,557 3/1/2022 - 2/28/2023
84063 REL 3 SOW Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation 2010-072-00 EXP UPPER SALMON BASIN RESTORATION Issued $4,038,489 2/1/2023 - 1/31/2024



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):22
Completed:12
On time:12
Status Reports
Completed:85
On time:16
Avg Days Late:12

Historical from: 2008-603-00
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
39168 44134, 49324, 57289, 66757, 70409, 74491, 80477, 83335, 85229, 87868, 90250 2008-603-00 PAHSIMEROI RIVER HABITAT Custer Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) 09/2008 09/2008 Issued 61 109 6 0 31 146 78.77% 1
44180 2008-603-00 EXP PAHSIMEROI RIVER HABITAT-MOA Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 09/2009 09/2009 Closed 4 1 0 0 2 3 33.33% 0
49705 55666, 59523, 63698, 67742, 73707, 76884, 76913 REL 6, 76913 REL 16, 76913 REL 24, 76913 REL 33 2008-603-00 EXP PAHSIMEROI RIVER HABITAT-OSC Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation 09/2010 09/2010 Issued 49 115 6 0 17 138 87.68% 1
Project Totals 198 563 29 0 155 747 79.25% 34


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
47379 53200, 57487, 61357, 65294, 68742, 72593, 76169, 76913 REL 2 2008-602-00 EXP LEMHI RIVER RESTORATION PLANNING Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation 06/2010 06/2010 Closed 36 39 0 0 5 44 88.64% 1
48863 58410, 59768, 63697, 67754, 71307, 75750, 76913 REL 1, 76913 REL 9, 76913 REL 17, 76913 REL 26, 76913 REL 34, 84063 REL 3 2010-072-00 EXP LEMHI RIVER RESTORATION Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation 08/2010 08/2010 Issued 48 299 17 0 100 416 75.96% 31
Project Totals 198 563 29 0 155 747 79.25% 34


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: 2010-072-00-NPCC-20131126
Project: 2010-072-00 - Upper Salmon Basin Habitat Restoration
Review: 2013 Geographic Category Review
Proposal: GEOREV-2010-072-00
Proposal State: Pending BPA Response
Approved Date: 11/5/2013
Recommendation: Implement with Conditions
Comments: Implement through FY 2018. Also see Programmatic Issue and Recommendation A for effectiveness monitoring.
Conditions:
Council Condition #1 Programmatic Issue: A. Implement Monitoring, and Evaluation at a Regional Scale—Also see Programmatic Issue and Recommendation A for effectiveness monitoring.
Assessment Number: 2008-603-00-NPCC-20131126
Project: 2008-603-00 - Pahsimeroi River Habitat
Review: 2013 Geographic Category Review
Proposal: GEOREV-2008-603-00
Proposal State: Pending BPA Response
Approved Date: 11/5/2013
Recommendation: Implement with Conditions
Comments: Implement with condition through FY 2018. Sponsor to address ISRP qualifications related to the hatchery-habitat relationship, during contracting. See Programmatic Issue and Recommendation A for effectiveness monitoring.
Conditions:
Council Condition #1 ISRP Qualification: Clarify the relationship of this project with the Pahsimeroi Hatchery and the ISS—Sponsor to address ISRP qualifications related to the hatchery-habitat relationship, during contracting.
Council Condition #2 Programmatic Issue: A. Implement Monitoring, and Evaluation at a Regional Scale—See Programmatic Issue and Recommendation A for effectiveness monitoring.

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2010-072-00-ISRP-20130610
Project: 2010-072-00 - Upper Salmon Basin Habitat Restoration
Review: 2013 Geographic Category Review
Proposal Number: GEOREV-2010-072-00
Completed Date: 6/11/2013
Final Round ISRP Date: 6/10/2013
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria
Final Round ISRP Comment:

This is a good, detailed proposal. The ISRP benefitted from the site visit and discussions with project sponsors, including key members of the ISEMP monitoring effort. The Lemhi habitat restoration program has a strategy for addressing previously identified limiting factors of water flow and access to habitat, improving salmonid habitat, and implementing a monitoring program (ISEMP, CHaMP, IMW) for documenting progress. The program demonstrates broad coordination among stakeholders, and it has a good working relationship with private property owners, based on observations during our site visit, and these relationships are essential for improving salmon habitat. Although not discussed in the proposal, the ISRP was encouraged by the use of Hayden Creek as a control stream when evaluating the response of salmonids to the reconnection of a number of disconnected tributaries to the mainstem Lemhi River. Given that many salmonids seem to emigrate from the Lemhi River prior to winter, the ISRP encourages the program to identify and evaluate overwintering habitat, which is an important life stage for maintaining survival. Overall, the proposal and information gained at the site visit provide an adequate response to the previous review by the ISRP (ISRP 2011-22).

The comments below do not require a response by the sponsors. We provide these comments so that the sponsors may improve subsequent reports and proposals.

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

The regional significance and background to this Accord project are adequately described. The physical setting, nature of the problem, and an approach to a solution is clearly presented. Three habitat-related objectives and one administrative objective are given. The habitat projects aim to improve passage, to improve riparian and aquatic habitat, and to increase and protect flow. Specificity of the objectives is shown in 32 detailed deliverables. Habitat projects implemented by this project were selected by project 2007-394-00, currently also under ISRP review. Projects selected for implementation under 2007-072-00 were previously vetted by the USBWP Technical Team and received support from the USBWP Advisory Committee. Nevertheless, the proposal provided rational for the habitat projects. The ISRP recognizes that planning and coordination efforts were intentionally split from implementation efforts, but this approach led to some redundancy and confusion.

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

This project merges two former projects with the renamed 2007-394-00, and these projects have been collectively restoring habitat in the Lemhi River since 1994 as the Model Watershed Program. In the problem statement, and elsewhere, the sponsor identifies that there are 2,950 points of water diversion in the Lemhi watershed and 191 stream-alteration permits recorded. Local staff stated a much lower number of water diversions at the site visit. A long list of completed projects since 2009 is provided along with a summary statement that estimation of fish response is difficult to measure but is under IDFG and NOAA responsibility through ISEMP and IMW activities. The sponsors noted that there has been some positive response of salmonids to the reconnection of streams. The Lemhi program appears to have a decent monitoring program in place for adults and juveniles, based on discussions during the site visit, and we look forward to seeing details on how salmonids are responding to the habitat projects throughout the Lemhi basin. Presently, there is no supplementation with hatchery fish and reportedly few hatchery strays, therefore the response of naturally-produced salmonids to habitat changes will be easier to detect.

This project merges two former projects with the renamed 2007-394-00, and these projects have been collectively restoring habitat in the Lemhi River since 1994 as the Model Watershed Program. The proposal provides a long table of BPA funded projects implemented since 2009. These projects addressed key limiting factors for salmonids such as flow, fish passage, entrainment, riparian condition, and habitat complexity. Quantitative results of the habitat improvements were stated in the table. These projects and proposed projects have improved habitat quantity and quality.

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

The proposal states that this project implements projects identified by project 2007-394-00, but the proposal also describes how projects are prioritized to address factors that limit salmonids. Water flow is a key limiting factor in this region, and the proposal addressed the implications of a changing climate on flow.

4. Deliverables, Work Elements, Metrics, and Methods

Most of the proposed work is directed toward active in stream construction to address anthropogenic disturbance. There are 31 action deliverables and one administrative deliverable. Implementation of these 31 deliverables is a large undertaking, and it will be an important accomplishment. The proposal, in conjunction with the site visit, demonstrates that the sponsors have a strategy for improving salmonid habitat quantity and quality.

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

This is a good, detailed proposal. The ISRP benefitted from the site visit and discussions with project sponsors, including key members of the ISEMP monitoring effort. The Lemhi habitat restoration program has a strategy for addressing previously identified limiting factors of water flow and access to habitat, improving salmonid habitat, and implementing a monitoring program (ISEMP, CHaMP, IMW) for documenting progress. The program demonstrates broad coordination among stakeholders, and it has a good working relationship with private property owners, based on observations during our site visit, and these relationships are essential for improving salmon habitat. Although not discussed in the proposal, the ISRP was encouraged by the use of Hayden Creek as a control stream when evaluating the response of salmonids to the reconnection of a number of disconnected tributaries to the mainstem Lemhi River. Given that many salmonids seem to emigrate from the Lemhi River prior to winter, the ISRP encourages the program to identify and evaluate overwintering habitat, which is an important life stage for maintaining survival. Overall, the proposal and information gained at the site visit provide an adequate response to the previous review by the ISRP (ISRP 2011-22).

The comments below do not require a response by the sponsors. We provide these comments so that the sponsors may improve subsequent reports and proposals.

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

The regional significance and background to this Accord project are adequately described. The physical setting, nature of the problem, and an approach to a solution is clearly presented. Three habitat-related objectives and one administrative objective are given. The habitat projects aim to improve passage, to improve riparian and aquatic habitat, and to increase and protect flow. Specificity of the objectives is shown in 32 detailed deliverables. Habitat projects implemented by this project were selected by project 2007-394-00, currently also under ISRP review. Projects selected for implementation under 2007-072-00 were previously vetted by the USBWP Technical Team and received support from the USBWP Advisory Committee. Nevertheless, the proposal provided rational for the habitat projects. The ISRP recognizes that planning and coordination efforts were intentionally split from implementation efforts, but this approach led to some redundancy and confusion.

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

This project merges two former projects with the renamed 2007-394-00, and these projects have been collectively restoring habitat in the Lemhi River since 1994 as the Model Watershed Program. In the problem statement, and elsewhere, the sponsor identifies that there are 2,950 points of water diversion in the Lemhi watershed and 191 stream-alteration permits recorded. Local staff stated a much lower number of water diversions at the site visit. A long list of completed projects since 2009 is provided along with a summary statement that estimation of fish response is difficult to measure but is under IDFG and NOAA responsibility through ISEMP and IMW activities. The sponsors noted that there has been some positive response of salmonids to the reconnection of streams. The Lemhi program appears to have a decent monitoring program in place for adults and juveniles, based on discussions during the site visit, and we look forward to seeing details on how salmonids are responding to the habitat projects throughout the Lemhi basin. Presently, there is no supplementation with hatchery fish and reportedly few hatchery strays, therefore the response of naturally-produced salmonids to habitat changes will be easier to detect.

This project merges two former projects with the renamed 2007-394-00, and these projects have been collectively restoring habitat in the Lemhi River since 1994 as the Model Watershed Program. The proposal provides a long table of BPA funded projects implemented since 2009. These projects addressed key limiting factors for salmonids such as flow, fish passage, entrainment, riparian condition, and habitat complexity. Quantitative results of the habitat improvements were stated in the table. These projects and proposed projects have improved habitat quantity and quality.

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

The proposal states that this project implements projects identified by project 2007-394-00, but the proposal also describes how projects are prioritized to address factors that limit salmonids. Water flow is a key limiting factor in this region, and the proposal addressed the implications of a changing climate on flow.

4. Deliverables, Work Elements, Metrics, and Methods

Most of the proposed work is directed toward active in stream construction to address anthropogenic disturbance. There are 31 action deliverables and one administrative deliverable. Implementation of these 31 deliverables is a large undertaking, and it will be an important accomplishment. The proposal, in conjunction with the site visit, demonstrates that the sponsors have a strategy for improving salmonid habitat quantity and quality.

Modified by Dal Marsters on 6/11/2013 2:01:37 PM.
Documentation Links:
Assessment Number: 2008-603-00-ISRP-20130610
Project: 2008-603-00 - Pahsimeroi River Habitat
Review: 2013 Geographic Category Review
Proposal Number: GEOREV-2008-603-00
Completed Date: 9/27/2013
Final Round ISRP Date: 8/15/2013
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria (Qualified)
Final Round ISRP Comment:

Section 1 - We understand that a weir and RST are present at the hatchery to count fish-in and fish-out as part of an ISS project. However, the ISRP is unsure how these are currently being used for evaluating the success of the habitat improvement projects.

The answer to the ISRP was brief but does indicate that the project personnel have knowledge of the current monitoring programs. It would have been helpful to identify the entities and funding sources conducting the Before/After investigation and the aerial survey of spawning distribution.

Section 2 - What are the plans for monitoring once the ISS study is complete?

The response is adequate. The ISRP recommends continuation of the RST to measure fishin/fish-out on the system. Are there alternatives to the RST if funding is not received at the end of the project? Given the long lead times to investigate alternatives, some planning is needed now if funding is in doubt.

Section 3 - The current ISS study is now in the post-treatment years to examine what happens after ISS stocking is terminated. But the ISRP understands that a new treatment is being contemplated prior to completion of this post-treatment phase. How long will the posttreatment phase be monitored before a new treatment is applied?

See our qualification.

Section 4 - An ISEMP project takes place in a neighboring watershed; are there any plans to implement an ISEMP on this watershed as well?

The sponsors plan to wait until ISEMP is complete before changing any methods in the Pahsimeroi project. Many of the same people are involved on both projects. Rather than waiting for the end of the ISEMP, are there lessons learned from the ISEMP now that can improve the Pahsimeroi project, e.g., better tools for data management, better ways to conduct assessment?

Qualification #1 - Clarify the relationship of this project with the Pahsimeroi Hatchery and the ISS
The responses from the sponsors are generally clear, and the ISRP's qualification can be dealt with in contracting and future reviews. The qualification is that the sponsor should clarify the relationship of this project with the Pahsimeroi Hatchery and the ISS. It is not clear in the proposal or response what the new integrated program at Pahsimeroi will be, now that the ISS stocking is complete and nearly all fish from this program have returned. The response indicates than a new integrated broodstock management associated with the operation of the Pahsimeroi hatchery summer Chinook salmon mitigation program will be implemented, but provides no details on this program. For example, will hatchery-origin fish be added, or natural-origin fish removed, from the spawning grounds? The issue for the habitat restoration project is how the hatchery program's manipulation of the adult returns might influence the response to habitat restoration by naturally spawning NOR and HOR salmon. How will M&E within the Pahsimeroi River provide information on this? How will it be evaluated? How will the effect of releasing smolts from the hatchery on natural production be measured?
First Round ISRP Date: 6/10/2013
First Round ISRP Rating: Response Requested
First Round ISRP Comment:

Habitat restoration has been ongoing for many years in the Pahsimeroi based on cooperative efforts with willing landowners. The site visit provided a good overview of the efforts and context for many of the decisions made.

The ISRP’s response request centers on the monitoring and evaluation of this project.

1) We understand that a weir and RST are present at the hatchery to count fish-in and fish-out as part of an ISS project. However, the ISRP is unsure how these are currently being used for evaluating the success of the habitat improvement projects?

2) What are the plans for monitoring once the ISS study is complete?

3) The current ISS study is now in the post-treatment years to examine what happens after ISS stocking is terminated. But the ISRP understands that a new treatment is being contemplated prior to completion of this post-treatment phase. How long will the post-treatment phase be monitored before a new treatment is applied?

4) An ISEMP project takes place in a neighboring watershed; are there any plans to implement an ISEMP on this watershed as well?

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

The Pahsimeroi River project is related to many of the other regional programs that have been developed, and this is clearly described in the proposal.

The ISRP found the technical background a bit too brief. The description of limiting factors and citation to the subbasin plan provides a reasonable starting place to establish a habitat restoration strategy or approach in the Pahsimeroi. The linkage to SHIPUS priority I and priority II reaches and tributaries is also a reasonable beginning point. However, the Pahsimeroi River needs a comprehensive outline for tributary reconnections, diversion screening, diversion consolidation, passage, and riparian restoration to achieve specific improvements in adult pre-spawning survival, spawning distribution, juvenile rearing distribution, juvenile abundance and juvenile condition. The premise is that fixing passage, adding water, screening diversions, and improving riparian condition will yield a net benefit to spring/summer Chinook and steelhead. The problem statement does not indicate how much improvement in fish survival and growth is needed to achieve restoration objectives or how much habitat restoration is needed to improve fish population vital statistics. It would be helpful if some measure of distance to the final goal is provided, for example is the restoration 10%, 50%, 75% complete?

The proposal lists three objectives: to increase survival and abundance of anadromous salmonids, provide improved fish passage to suitable habitat, and increase survival and abundance of resident salmonids. These are all reasonable objectives, but definitive metrics that can be used to evaluate physical habitat improvement and fish survival improvement are lacking. Without such metrics, it will be impossible for the sponsors to make conclusions about the extent of improvements derived from their efforts.

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

Accomplishments have been considerable in the 18 years of this project. Because of the volume of activities, the history/results section was limited to selected activities since 2008. Unfortunately, the brief presentation made it difficult for the ISRP to grasp the full extent of the work done. However, the site visit was most helpful in putting the work in context.

A major evaluation discussion is required on how the past actions are meeting restoration goals within the subbasin, BiOp, and Fish and Wildlife Program timelines. The RPA 35.1 objectives for the Pahsimeroi should be included and a summary of projects selected to meet the RPA targets presented. The problem statement should include enough information for the ISRP to determine what RPA 35.1 obligations have been achieved. For example is the restoration 10%, 50%, or 75% complete?

Some thought is needed on how to present this quantity of information in a succinct fashion. Maps and photos may be a better way to convey this information rather than summary tables. For example, the water delivery system in the basin is quite complex and these complexities are difficult to grasp based on the written proposal.

The adaptive management section primarily addressed individual project actions, not whether cumulative actions are achieving restoration objectives. For example, the proposal states that sprinkler irrigation is being adopted to replace flood irrigation and that this change is improving flow, water quality, or physical space in the stream. But details on actual monitoring of these outcomes are not provided.

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

There is no mention of projects collecting fish or habitat data in the Pahsimeroi River. This information should be added. Monitoring and evaluation of effectiveness also needs to be added to several sections of the proposal, even when the work is being conducted by others under a different proposal, or by a different restoration program.

Not unexpectedly, the emerging limiting factors identified for this basin are the same as in several other upper Salmon River proposals. One emerging factor not considered is the impact of any anticipated changes in land use or ownership structures.

4. Deliverables, Work Elements, Metrics, and Methods

There is a long list of deliverables including passage barrier removal, fencing, and diversion improvements. Maps summarizing the location of these activities would be helpful.

Projects appear to be based on opportunistic events from landowners who have agreed to have work done. Consequently, there is little description of how priorities are established, alternatives compared, and final design and implementation executed given the need to work with willing participants. More details on how these issues are handled in project development would improve the proposal. Again, the site visit provided much needed context for the ISRP.

Information on compliance and effectiveness monitoring is needed. This monitoring may be completed by other staff and proposals, but, as stated above, the actual tasks need to be discussed somewhere in this proposal.

Specific comments on protocols and methods described in MonitoringMethods.org

The actions are all expected to improve existing habitat, make new habitat available, or improve survival. However, no monitoring protocols were identified.

Modified by Dal Marsters on 9/27/2013 11:33:58 AM.
Documentation Links:
  • Proponent Response (7/9/2013)

Project Relationships: This project Merged From 2008-602-00 effective on 6/2/2010
Relationship Description: All work and budget from projects 2008-602-00 and 2008-606-00 are combined into 2010-072-00.

This project Merged From 2008-606-00 effective on 6/2/2010
Relationship Description: All work and budget from projects 2008-602-00 and 2008-606-00 are combined into 2010-072-00.

This project Merged From 2008-603-00 effective on 10/25/2022
Relationship Description: Starting with FY23 contracts, project 2008-603-00 Pahsimeroi River Habitat is merged into project 2010-072-00 Lemhi River Restoration. Name changed to Upper Salmon Basin Habitat Restoration.


Name Role Organization
Amy Hines Project Lead Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation
Mike Edmondson Interested Party Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation
Robert Shull Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration
Eric Leitzinger Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Matt Belnap Technical Contact Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG)
David Kaplowe Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
Daniel Bertram Technical Contact Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation
Graham Freeman Supervisor Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation