Response for project 199001800: Rainbow Tr Hab/Pass Impr Prog

Comment on proposed FY 2006 budget

Budget for 2006 FY has been prepared using the $268,500 funding amount. However, there is about 300 feet of fencing that needs to be repaired on South Nanamkin Project and additional rock needs to be added 250 feet of bank on both side of the new Bridge Creek channel to reduce erosion potential. Additional funding may be required to accomplish these tasks since no money for improvements was included in the 2005 budget for FY 2006. I will try to complete the work this year with the current funds but, this may not be possible.

Accomplishments since the last review

Produce Environmental Compliance DocumentationConducted public meetings,outreach with newsletters and newspaper articles and obtained all NEPA compliance documentation for Bridge Creek Phase I and Phase II, Roaring Creek, Thirty Mile Creek, Lime Creek, and Louie Creek stream and habita improvements.
# of stream miles treated (0.01 mi.)3550 feet
# of structures installed83
Start and end lat/long of treated reach (0.1")Start 48 13' 44.65
# of stream miles treated before realignment (0.1 mi.)Create new channel 1320 feet
Type of decommissioning (B/S/R): (Blocked, Scarified/Ripped, Recontoured)decommissioned by ripping, recontouring and blocking off section of Lime Creek Road that was too close to stream
# of road miles decommissioned (0.01 mi.)1.6 miles of road
Start and end lat/long of each treated road segment (0.1")Start 48 08' 54.73N/118 44' 17.41
# of road miles improved, upgraded, or restoredRelocated .25 mile of road on Louie Creek that was too close to stream. Improved .25 miles of Elbow Creek Road and put in beaver resistant culvert to protect road from flooding and maintain connection in a series of wetlands.
# of miles of fence (0.01 mi.)1.75 miiles of fence was installed around Bridge Creek Phase I & II
# of acres of vegetation planted (0.1 ac.)Seeded 14 acres on Bridge Creek Phase I and II of native grasses and sedges and planted 1800 trees Pine, dogwood, alder, aspen, willow, and cottonwood.
# of riparian miles treated (0.01 mi.; count each bank separately)Treated .92 miles of steam on Bridge Creek
# of acres treated (0.1 ac)Upland waterbars, and riparian streambank stabilization on 28 acres in Twenty-Five Mile, Deadhorse, South Nanamkin, Upper Bridge, Thirty Mile, Seventeen Mile, Jack, Manila, and Gold Creeks.
Replace/Maintain Instream StructureInstalled erosion control armouring on 300 feet of the San Poil River just north of South Nanamkin that was actively eroding and adding sediment to the river.
# of miles of habitat accessed (0.1 mi.)Completed one diversion in South Nanamkin Creek to increase instream flows in late summer and protecting 2.6 miles of habitat.
Purpose of production program (S/H/R): S = Supplementation, H = Harvest Augmentation, R = ResearchLocated pure stock of redband rainbow in Bridge Creek, collected broodstock and sent to hatchery for rearing to replace all stocking with native redband instead of non-native coastal rainbows.
# of fish by origin (ad-clip/non-clip)Collected 100 redband from 4 locations on Bridge Creek for broodstock not marked
Install Fish Trap/Monitoring WeirAdult Adfluvial rainbow trout migratory trapping on Bridge, Bear, N. and S. Nanamkin, Thirty Mile, Twentythree Mile, Thirteen Mile, Seventeen Mile, Anderson, Gold, Iron, Louie Creeks and West Fork of the San Poil River. Trapped in six streams each year.

-Replaced passage barrier culverts one on Bridge Creek, three on Thirty Mile Creek, and one on Roaring Creek. -Horizontal and Habitat surveys on Bridge Creek, Thirty Mile Creek, Twentythree Mile Creek, and Gold Creek. -Electroshock populations estimates for trout on Bridge, Thirty Mile, and Twentythree Mile Creeks -Adult Adfluvial rainbow trout migratory trapping on Bridge, Bear, N. and S. Nanamkin, Thirty Mile, Twentythree Mile, Thirteen Mile, Seventeen Mile, Anderson, Gold, Iron, Louie Creeks and West Fork of the San Poil River. -Adult and juvenile out migrant trapping on all stream as adult migratory traps above. -Fall Kokanee trapping in the San Poil River -Removed passage barriers on San Poil River at Bear and Seventeen Mile Creek -Electroshocked and collected fin clips for DNA anaylsis on Bridge, Barnaby, Hall, Grizzly, Stall, Johns Mountain, Sitdown, Gibson, Wells, Lost, Cook Beaverdam, Jack, Thirty Mile, and Brush Creeks for determination of redband populations location. -Defined and mapped all reaches and barriers (natural and man made in San Poil EDT Test Section. -Inventory and GPS all culverts in San Poil EDT Test Section. -Determined slope of each reach and consiolidated all water quality and habitat data on EDT Test Section -Redd surveys on Louie, Iron, N. & S. Nanamkin, West Fork, Thirty Mile, Bridge, Bear, Roaring, Gold and West Fork -Redd caps on Bridge, Thirty Mile, and S. Nanamkin Creeks to monitor emerging fry -Created GIS shapefiles of all data and GPS data -Monitored temperatures in approximately 15-20 streams each year -Built and deployed temperature depth array in Lake Roosevelt in 2003 through 2005 -Operated screw trap in Gold Creek during 2003 through 2005 -Wrote grants and obtained EPA funding of ~$150,000 to complete work on ground for sediment reduction and improve water quality. -Documented status and photographed all barriers along Hwy 21 (San Poil Hwy) and worked with WADOT to prioitize barrier replacement

FY 2006 goals and anticipated accomplishments

The 2005 budget (for use in FY 2006) was intended for post-implementation monitoring of habitat improvements in Bridge Creek. No implementation of habitat/passage improvements was planned for this year and money was not funded to support implementation of any improvements. Funding of approximately $100,000 in EPA 319 money has been obtained for water quality and sediment reduction projects for 2006 -Monitor Habitat Improvements -Monitor increased use by adfluvial rainbow trout of Habitat/Passage Improvements -Monitor use by adfluvial rainbow trout in San Poil tributaries -Monitor Land Uses in San Poil and reduce impacts to fisheries from proposed land uses -Coordinate and prioitize removal of passage barriers in San Poil along highway 21 -Monitor Steam temperatures, flow regimes, and sediment levels in San Poil Sub-basin -Monitor temperatures with depth array in Lake Roosevelt. -Coordinate monitoring, land uses, and improvements in upper basin above Reservation boundary line with San Poil Sub-basin Managers -Monitor fall kokanee spawning use in San Poil -Monitor total dissolved gas and water quality issues in Lake Roosevelt and Upper Columbia -Locate isolated populations of redband rainbow trout in tributaries of San Poil, Upper Columbia and Rufus Woods sub-basins and collect samples for DNA analysis -Produce inventory assessment of barriers in Upper Columbia Sub-basin -Produce inventory assessment of barriers in Rufus Woods Sub-basin -Baseline horizontal and habitat survey of West Fork San Poil River -GPS and/or digitize all information into GIS shapefiles -Prepare SOW for nutrient addition project -Prepare SOW for enhancing water retention in upper tributiaries of San Poil using relocated beaver project Prepare SOW for long-term monitoring of San Poil project Prepare SOW for assessing current habitat and status in Rufus Woods sub-basin project Prepare SOW for assessing current species and their habitat use in Rufus Woods Sub-basin project

Subbasin planning

How is this project consistent with subbasin plans?

This project is consistent with and implements aquatic strategies 1B2 Strategy a, d, and e on page 42-7. Riparian habitat restoration for focal species redband trout, adfluvial rainbow trout, and kokanee.(Priority 1; 1B1 Inventory all barriers and strategies b, c, and d on pages 42-6 & 7 (Priority 7); 1B3 strategy b: Conserve and protect intact or restored riparian areas, strategy g: develope technical and policy working groups, c: limit livestock from riparian areas and replant native vegetation, Strategy e: protect and restore cottonwoord galleries, strategy f: Enforce water allocations, on page 42-8(priority 3); 1B5 Strategies a: conduct riparian habitat resoration, reduce fine sediment inputs and increase channel complexity, strategy b: decommisssion roads, strategy c: Install in-stream sturctures that improve habitat complexity, strategy d: limit livestock from riparian areas, strategy e: develop technical and policy working groups on page 42-9 (Priority 9); 1B6 Reduce width to depth ratios to <10 strategy a: Conduct riparian habitat restoration, strategy c: conserve and protect intact or retored riparian areas, strategy d: Limit Livestock and replant native vegetation, strategy e and f(priority 11). 1B7 Protect and maintain flow adequate fo all life stages of focal and native fish strategy b: develop minimum in-stream flows for fish bearing streams 1B1 strategy C and 1B4 strategy D on page 42-8(priority 5). 1C1, 1C2, 1C4 Restoration of resident fish species distribution and abundance on pabe 42-10(priority 15). 2A1, 2A2, 2A4 page 42-11 & 12(priority 4). 2C2 strategy a: Use locally adapted redband trout to supplement natural populations on page 42-14 (priority 8)Under the Rufus Woods Sub-basin Plan 1B1 strategy e: inventory and prioritize all passage barriers on page 50-7(priority 2) Under the Upper Columbia Sub-basin Plan 1B1 strategy b: inventory and prioritize all passage barriers on page 34-8(priority 10)

How do goals match subbasin plan priorities?

This project and it's goals accomplishes priority work under the Inter-Mountain Province San Poil, Rufus Woods, and Upper Columbia sub-basin plans, because the workplan places work with native resident adfluvial rainbow trout, redband rainbow trout, and kokanee and habitat improvements as Priority 1, Priority 2, Priority 3, Priority 4, Priority 5, Priority 6, Priority 7, Priority 9, and Priority 11 in the San Poil Plan and Priority 2 in the Rufus Woods Plan and Priority 10 in the Upper Columbia Plan. During the next review period Project Proposals to address Priority 10, 12, 14, 15 and 16 are planned.

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