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Project Summary

Project 2012-015-00 - Cowlitz Indian Tribe Estuary Restoration Program
Project Number:
2012-015-00
Title:
Cowlitz Indian Tribe Estuary Restoration Program
Summary:
The Cowlitz Indian Tribe works with Bonneville Power Administration and her partners to identify, develop and implement salmonid habitat restoration projects on the Lower Columbia River from Bonneville Dam to the Plume of the Columbia River, all located within the Cowlitz Tribe's Historical Area of Interest. One of these projects identified and developed through the Estuary process is a 232 acre floodplain project which occurs at the confluence of the Walooski River and Young's Bay near Astoria Oregon.

The Walluski-Youngs Confluence restoration project is sponsored by the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. The site has been purchased by Astoria Wetlands, LLC which will fund the site’s restoration design, permitting, and construction; the land’s title will be conveyed to the Tribe. The Tribe will provide perpetual stewardship of the site, manage the area, and provide access to the site for the Cowlitz and other Tribes’ cultural activities.

The project will restore tidal processes, a functioning tidal marsh system, and fish access to the historically estuarine portion of the site: 164.50 acres of isolated floodplain habitat. This site is characterized by an extensive dike along the perimeter that isolates the area and prevents daily tidal interaction with historical floodplain habitat that is now drained pasture land. The dike, which is privately owned and operated, is poorly constructed of unconsolidated materials and is eroding in extensive areas. Breaching the dike and further weakening it in selected areas will immediately restore tidal hydrology and, through time, promote more connectivity with the bay as the dike continues to erode.

Project Goals
The Walluski-Youngs Confluence project will restore and preserve 232 acres of estuary and upland areas in Youngs Bay to provide habitat and promote conservation. The project will meet these goals by increasing habitat diversity and complexity for juvenile salmonids at the site and improving connectivity to nearby restoration sites with Youngs Bay and the Youngs and Walluski River drainages by restoring access and tidal hydrology to the floodplain wetland, as well as current and new tidal channel networks. The project will enhance riparian/floodplain and upland habitats and site connectivity by restoring native plant communities and controlling non-native invasive species.
The Walluski-Youngs Confluence project will meet the Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s Natural Resources Department's goals of restoring and conserving landscapes and species integral to the cultural identity of the Cowlitz People. This project will restore critical habitat for salmonids and will also serve as important habitat for migrating waterfowl, deer and elk, and native plant communities that are culturally significant to the Tribe.

What this contract sets out to perform, in this first iteration, is to facilitate, develop and come into compliance with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) authority to modify (in this case breach in several locations) a levee under the authority of USACE. This process is known as Section 408 Compliance. Section 408 is an intensive process that requires several steps and independent review to ensure that infrastructure and human safety drive the design process of any modifications to USACE authorized levees. This project will fund the design steps, review, coordination and technical assessments necessary to bring the Walluski-Young's Confluence Project into compliance with USACE Section 408 rules.
Proposer:
Proponent Orgs:
Cowlitz Indian Tribe (Tribe)
Starting FY:
2012
Ending FY:
2022
BPA PM:
Stage:
Implementation - Project Status Report
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia River Estuary Cowlitz 100.00%
Purpose:
Habitat
Emphasis:
Restoration/Protection
Focal Species:
Chinook - All Populations
Chinook - Lower Columbia River ESU
Chum - Columbia River ESU
Coho - Lower Columbia River ESU
Coho - Unspecified Population
Sockeye - All Populations
Steelhead - All Populations
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Special:
None
BiOp Association:

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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 $90,000 From: BiOp FCRPS 2008 (non-Accord) FY20 SOY 06/05/2019
FY2021 Expense $45,000 From: BiOp FCRPS 2008 (non-Accord) FY21 SOY 06/09/2020

Pending Budget Decision?  No


Actual Project Cost Share

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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
BPA-007225 Bonneville Power Administration FY12 Internal SOW Active $0 10/1/2011 - 9/30/2012
BPA-006870 Bonneville Power Administration Youngs/Walluski direct SBU Active $20,629 10/1/2012 - 9/30/2013
59092 SOW Cowlitz Indian Tribe 2012-015-00 EXP COWLITZ INDIAN TRIBE ESTUARY R Closed $307,995 11/1/2012 - 1/31/2014
62692 SOW Falling Springs, LLC 2012-015-00 EXP WALLOOSKEE/YOUNGS RESTORATION Closed $7,245,161 9/1/2013 - 9/30/2017
BPA-007586 Bonneville Power Administration Cowlitz Indian Tribe Estuary R. Active $14,726 10/1/2013 - 9/30/2014
63666 SOW Cowlitz Indian Tribe 2012-015-00 EXP COWLITZ INDIAN TRIBE ESTUARY Closed $355,548 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
63791 SOW Cowlitz Indian Tribe 2012-015-00 EXP WALLOOSKEE YOUNGS 408 PERMIT-FY14 Closed $86,419 2/1/2014 - 1/31/2015
BPA-008240 Bonneville Power Administration TBL Work Active $12,765 10/1/2014 - 9/30/2015
67636 SOW Cowlitz Indian Tribe 2012-015-00 EXP COWLITZ INDIAN TRIBE ESTUARY R Closed $522,850 1/1/2015 - 12/31/2015
BPA-008793 Bonneville Power Administration FY16 TBL Realty Services / Land Acquisition Active $318,555 10/1/2015 - 9/30/2016
71344 SOW Cowlitz Indian Tribe 2012-015-00 EXP CIT ESTUARY RESTORATION Closed $474,568 1/1/2016 - 12/31/2016
BPA-009462 Bonneville Power Administration FY17 Land Acquisitions & TBL Task Orders Active $179 10/1/2016 - 9/30/2017
74753 SOW Cowlitz Indian Tribe 2012-015-00 EXP COWLITZ INDIAN TRIBE ESTUARY RESTORATION Closed $478,081 1/1/2017 - 12/31/2017
78135 SOW Cowlitz Indian Tribe 2012-015-00 EXP COWLITZ INTIAN TRIBE ESTUARY RESTORATION (CIT) Closed $423,779 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2018
81489 SOW Cowlitz Indian Tribe 2012-015-00 EXP COWLITZ ESTUARY RESTORATION (CIT) Closed $87,584 3/1/2019 - 5/31/2020
85394 SOW Cowlitz Indian Tribe 2012-015-00 EXP COWLITZ ESTUARY RESTORATION - THE SHIRE (CIT) Issued $45,000 6/1/2020 - 5/31/2021
CR-347511 SOW Cowlitz Indian Tribe 2012-015-00 EXP COWLITZ TRIBE ESTUARY RESTORATION - THE SHIRE Pending $45,000 6/1/2021 - 5/31/2022



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):10
Completed:8
On time:8
Status Reports
Completed:42
On time:17
Avg Days Late:14

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-006870 Youngs/Walluski direct SBU Bonneville Power Administration 10/2012 10/2012 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
59092 63666, 63791, 67636, 71344, 74753, 78135, 81489, 85394 2012-015-00 EXP COWLITZ INDIAN TRIBE ESTUARY R Cowlitz Indian Tribe 11/2012 11/2012 Pending 36 52 4 0 5 61 91.80% 2
62692 2012-015-00 EXP WALLOOSKEE/YOUNGS RESTORATION Falling Springs, LLC 09/2013 09/2013 Pending 6 4 0 0 0 4 100.00% 0
BPA-007586 Cowlitz Indian Tribe Estuary R. Bonneville Power Administration 10/2013 10/2013 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-008240 TBL Work Bonneville Power Administration 10/2014 10/2014 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-008793 FY16 TBL Realty Services / Land Acquisition Bonneville Power Administration 10/2015 10/2015 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-009462 FY17 Land Acquisitions & TBL Task Orders Bonneville Power Administration 10/2016 10/2016 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Project Totals 42 56 4 0 5 65 92.31% 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: 2012-015-00-NPCC-20131126
Project: 2012-015-00 - Cowlitz Indian Tribe Estuary Restoration Program
Review: 2013 Geographic Category Review
Proposal: GEOREV-2012-015-00
Proposal State: Pending BPA Response
Approved Date: 11/5/2013
Recommendation: Implement with Conditions
Comments: New BiOp project. Implement with conditions through 2018: See Programmatic Issue and Recommendation D for monitoring in the estuary.
Conditions:
Council Condition #1 ISRP Qualification: Qualification #1—See Programmatic Issue and Recommendation D for monitoring in the estuary.
Council Condition #2 ISRP Qualification: Qualification #2—See Programmatic Issue and Recommendation D for monitoring in the estuary.
Council Condition #3 Programmatic Issue: D. Columbia River Estuary – effectiveness monitoring—See Programmatic Issue and Recommendation D for monitoring in the estuary.

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2012-015-00-ISRP-20130610
Project: 2012-015-00 - Cowlitz Indian Tribe Estuary Restoration Program
Review: 2013 Geographic Category Review
Proposal Number: GEOREV-2012-015-00
Completed Date: 6/11/2013
Final Round ISRP Date: 6/10/2013
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria (Qualified)
Final Round ISRP Comment:

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

The program is very significant because extensive areas are sought for habitat restoration; 13 ESUs and several RPAs in the 2008 BiOp are addressed.

The sponsors are mainly relying on the LCREP Science Work Group for technical background, although they are also involving graduate students. In general, not a lot of specific technical background is given for the projects. Specific restoration sites are to be chosen with input from expert panels. Much of the narrative is from other planning documents dealing with the estuary (Johnson et al. 2012) which seems to be appropriate as the project is being conducted under an umbrella type project with five other lead agents. Specific detail on how the primary elements of the Johnson (2012) document were incorporated into the design of the program would have been useful.

The project objective is the same one used by other umbrella projects, "Protect and restore the lower Columbia River Ecosystem focusing on habitat opportunity, capacity, and realized function for aquatic organisms." As stated this is a goal and to refine to objectives should answer questions such as: Protect how and where? How much capacity? Which functions for which stocks or species?

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

The project has been in existence for just five months, so there are no project-specific accomplishments as of yet. However, during the past ten years the CIT has helped identify, and implement eleven habitat restoration projects. Therefore, the sponsors have experience performing habitat restoration work in the lower Columbia River. Additionally, the CIT states that it is committed to using utilizing new information to inform its current and new projects using the tribe’s adaptive management guidelines.

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

Project relationships are well-described and the sponsors have obviously reached out to a network of collaborators. Involvement of community and recognition of tribal values shows a true landscape approach is being taken.

Climate change was recognized as a future limiting factor, but the potential effects of climate change, for example, low dissolved oxygen of coastal waters due to prolonged upwelling, ocean acidification, increases in storm intensities and frequencies were not mentioned. Additionally, potential interactions between contaminants and restoration action were not considered. The sponsors state that restoration of normative processes in project areas will help to ameliorate the impacts of climate change.

4. Deliverables, Work Elements, Metrics, and Methods

The project has three deliverables: 1) Identify and prioritize habitat protection and restoration actions in the lower Columbia River and its estuary, 2) Design, permit, construct, and manage restoration actions, and 3) Monitor the success and effectiveness of its restoration actions for adaptive management. Some clarification on how these deliverables will be achieved is needed. First, it appears that CIT staff will identify project sites and these will be reviewed and prioritized by the Estuary Partnership. Selected projects will go through a cycle of analysis, design, permitting etc. that will be done by CIT staff and their consultants. Then apparently the projects go through the Estuary Partnership selection process for potential funding? Second, if funded CIT staff will be responsible for final designs, construction, permitting, and project management. However, funds from the Estuary Partnership will be used to perform the restoration work. And third, CIT staff will be responsible for AEMR after project completion. Is this the actual process that the CIT anticipates will be used?

The methods used for project prioritization, selection, and AEMR are those previously established by the Estuary Partnership and are generally adequate. Additional detail on the definition and weighting of main and sub elements of this prioritization is needed.

Specific comments on protocols and methods described in MonitoringMethods.org

Protocols and methods for estuary sampling and monitoring are appropriate for the project following Roegner et al. 2009 in MonitoringMethods.org. No metrics are described.


===========QUALIFICATIONS FOLLOW================

The ISRP’s issues can be dealt with in contracting and future project reviews.

Qualification #1 - Qualification #1
See the programmatic comment for the estuary and the response request for LCREP. Continued work on justifying prioritization, coordinating RME, and reporting results at the programmatic level is recommended.
Qualification #2 - Qualification #2
The proposal needs clarifications of how this project will accomplish its objectives and interact with the Estuary Partnership. Details regarding the site selection process should also be included along with descriptions of habitat restoration actions. If this has not been completed, then the ISRP should/could review in the future after the selections have been made.
First Round ISRP Date: 6/10/2013
First Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria (Qualified)
First Round ISRP Comment:

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

The program is very significant because extensive areas are sought for habitat restoration; 13 ESUs and several RPAs in the 2008 BiOp are addressed.

The sponsors are mainly relying on the LCREP Science Work Group for technical background, although they are also involving graduate students. In general, not a lot of specific technical background is given for the projects. Specific restoration sites are to be chosen with input from expert panels. Much of the narrative is from other planning documents dealing with the estuary (Johnson et al. 2012) which seems to be appropriate as the project is being conducted under an umbrella type project with five other lead agents. Specific detail on how the primary elements of the Johnson (2012) document were incorporated into the design of the program would have been useful.

The project objective is the same one used by other umbrella projects, "Protect and restore the lower Columbia River Ecosystem focusing on habitat opportunity, capacity, and realized function for aquatic organisms." As stated this is a goal and to refine to objectives should answer questions such as: Protect how and where? How much capacity? Which functions for which stocks or species?

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

The project has been in existence for just five months, so there are no project-specific accomplishments as of yet. However, during the past ten years the CIT has helped identify, and implement eleven habitat restoration projects. Therefore, the sponsors have experience performing habitat restoration work in the lower Columbia River. Additionally, the CIT states that it is committed to using utilizing new information to inform its current and new projects using the tribe’s adaptive management guidelines.

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

Project relationships are well-described and the sponsors have obviously reached out to a network of collaborators. Involvement of community and recognition of tribal values shows a true landscape approach is being taken.

Climate change was recognized as a future limiting factor, but the potential effects of climate change, for example, low dissolved oxygen of coastal waters due to prolonged upwelling, ocean acidification, increases in storm intensities and frequencies were not mentioned. Additionally, potential interactions between contaminants and restoration action were not considered. The sponsors state that restoration of normative processes in project areas will help to ameliorate the impacts of climate change.

4. Deliverables, Work Elements, Metrics, and Methods

The project has three deliverables: 1) Identify and prioritize habitat protection and restoration actions in the lower Columbia River and its estuary, 2) Design, permit, construct, and manage restoration actions, and 3) Monitor the success and effectiveness of its restoration actions for adaptive management. Some clarification on how these deliverables will be achieved is needed. First, it appears that CIT staff will identify project sites and these will be reviewed and prioritized by the Estuary Partnership. Selected projects will go through a cycle of analysis, design, permitting etc. that will be done by CIT staff and their consultants. Then apparently the projects go through the Estuary Partnership selection process for potential funding? Second, if funded CIT staff will be responsible for final designs, construction, permitting, and project management. However, funds from the Estuary Partnership will be used to perform the restoration work. And third, CIT staff will be responsible for AEMR after project completion. Is this the actual process that the CIT anticipates will be used?

The methods used for project prioritization, selection, and AEMR are those previously established by the Estuary Partnership and are generally adequate. Additional detail on the definition and weighting of main and sub elements of this prioritization is needed.

Specific comments on protocols and methods described in MonitoringMethods.org

Protocols and methods for estuary sampling and monitoring are appropriate for the project following Roegner et al. 2009 in MonitoringMethods.org. No metrics are described.


===========QUALIFICATIONS FOLLOW================

The ISRP’s issues can be dealt with in contracting and future project reviews.

Modified by Dal Marsters on 6/11/2013 3:37:28 PM.
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Name Role Organization
Rudy Salakory Project Lead Cowlitz Indian Tribe
Jason Karnezis Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Jonathan Goodman (Inactive) Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Travis Kessler (Inactive) Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration
Jody Lando Project SME Bonneville Power Administration