Response for project 199706000: Clearwater Focus Watershed Np

Comment on proposed FY 2006 budget

This budget amount is sufficient to cover the costs associated with the project.

Accomplishments since the last review

CoordinationThe Nez Perce Tribe has multiple partners including federal, state, and local government agencies and private landowners. Projects are coordinated cooperatively with project 1996-086-00, Idaho Soil Conservation Commission Focus Program.
Manage and Administer ProjectsProject management included coordinating project activities, attending meetings, seeking additional funding, preparing statements of work, managing budgets, and completing reports. Communications included e-mail, telephone, compressed video conferenc
Produce Annual ReportAnnual Reports have been completed to describe all pertinent yearly activities, including meetings attended, successes, problems, and opportunities encountered during coordination activities.

The Clearwater Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) is a group that was organized by the Clearwater Focus coordinators to act as an advisory committee over issues regarding the Clearwater River basin. This committee meets periodically throughout the year. The PAC was especially involved in the subbasin planning process. Subbasin assessment and planning is occurring throughout the Nez Perce Tribe’s treaty territory, which is encompassed within the Columbia River Subbasin. The Nez Perce Tribe is the lead for four sub-basin assessments and plans, including Clearwater River, Lower Salmon River, Imnaha River, and Snake Hells Canyon subbasin. The Nez Perce Tribe is also the co-lead on three subbasin plans including, Asotin Creek, Tucannon River, and Lower Snake Subbasin. Coordination and project planning within the Clearwater River subbasin is an on-going effort. Several meetings and field tours were held to discuss future and on-going projects within the basin. In addition to the Clearwater basin, this project coordinates watershed activities throughout the Nez Perce Treaty Territory, including northeast Oregon and southeast Washington. In order to continue on-the-ground implementation of watershed restoration activities, seeking funding is a continual process. Several sources of funding were sought out, and proposals were submitted. Additional funding was received from the North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee, Idaho Office of Species Conservation, Columbia River Inter Tribal Fish Commission, NOAA, US Fish & Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, National Forest Foundation.

FY 2006 goals and anticipated accomplishments

# of people reached in each of 3 classes (T/S/G): Teachers, Students, General publicCoordinate workshops about watershed restoration opportunities including information about cultural history and how Native Americans such at the Nez Perce view natural resources. Workshops will target the public (200) and students(500).
CoordinationThe Nez Perce Tribe has several partners including federal, state, local government agencies, and private landowners. Projects are coordinated throughout the entire Nez Perce Treaty Territory
Manage and Administer ProjectsProject management includes coordinating project activities, attending meetings, seeking additional funding, preparing statements of work, managing budgets, and completing reports. Communications will include e-mail, telephone, compressed video conferenc
Produce Annual ReportAnnual Report describes all pertinent yearly activities, including meetings attended, successes, problems, and opportunities encountered during coordination activities.

Coordination of watershed projects is critical to the success of the restoration of the sub-basin. Coordination activities includes: inter and intra-department coordination, sub-basin assessment and planning, involving government and private organizations, and treaty area coordination. Management activities, by various landowners, have affected aquatic processes within this drainage. Some of the key objectives of the Nez Perce Tribe and this position are to overcome fragmentation by managing communications within the sub-basin, providing an overall framework and process for coordinated fisheries restoration, and managing the planning, assessment, implementation and monitoring and evaluation process.

Subbasin planning

How is this project consistent with subbasin plans?

This project, located within the entire treaty territory, is consistent with several Problems, Objectives, and Strategies outlined in the Clearwater Subbasin Management Plan (CSMP). The following is a list of Problems, Objectives, and Strategies that are consistent with the project. Problem 18, Objective LL, Strategies 1-3 (page 52 of the CSMP) are consistent with this project. Coordination of the Clearwater Policiy Advisory Committee as well as expanding these coordination efforts into the communities will help with developing programs consistent with community needs. Problem 19, Objective MM, Strategies 1-3; Objective NN, Strategies 1-4 (pages 52-53 of the CSMP) are consistent with this project. Personnel associated with this project are key in coordinating activities and prioritizing restoration/protection activities between several agencies and community groups. Problem 21, Objective PP, Strategy 1-3; Objective QQ, Strategy 1-3; Objective RR, Strategies 1-4 (page 59 of the CSMP) are consistent with this project. This project participates on local watershed and technical advisory groups, as well as promotes education and stewardship of natural resources through various media outlets.

How do goals match subbasin plan priorities?

The Clearwater Subbasin Plan states that "projects have not been successful in conditions where the local groups are not supportive". This project is key in coordinating the involvement of local groups in watershed restoration efforts. Since this project coordinates all watershed activities, it is a high priority for funding. This position is key in prioritizing activities throughout watersheds in the Nez Perce Treaty Territory.

Other comments

For more information on this project, please see Statements of Work or Annual Reports. Contact Ira Jones at (208)843-7144 or iraj@nezperce.org