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199004400 - Coeur D'Alene Reservation Habitat Enhancement (Coeur d'Alene Subbasin)

Sponsor: Coeur D'Alene Tribe

Budgets: FY07: $1,439,899 | FY08: $1,483,127 | FY09: $1,524,634

Short description: Enhance critical habitat to mitigate limiting factors for westslope cutthroat in 4 target watersheds in the Coeur d'Alene subbasin. Complete monitoring of populations and physical habitat and promote coordination/participation among stakeholders.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $1,469,899 | FY08: $1,503,127 | FY09: $1,474,634


ISRP final recommendation: Fundable


Reviewers appreciate the focus, logic, and clarity provided by the response. That 15-page document showed evidence of a quality program with evidence of results, sound monitoring and a good potential for benefiting native resident fish. Upon reconsideration, although the original proposal had some deficiencies, the ISRP feels it should have given this a "response requested" in the initial review. In the current streamlined review process, with the absence of a site visit and verbal interactive presentations, it is more vital than ever that a proposal for an ongoing project adequately describe results and future plans. The original proposal for this project was extremely long (90+ pages), unfocused, and contained much semi-relevant material. When reviewers noted the absence of, for example, a description of how fish populations had changed over time, they reacted too critically. The trend and interannual abundance data provided in the response was nicely summarized and especially helpful. As significantly clarified in this new material, the broad-based, long-term aquatic monitoring appears appropriate. There is clear utility of the monitoring to provide information for, for example, the land acquisition project 200204500 that apparently got much of its updated habitat and fish information from this project. Reviewers appreciate the new discussion of the ongoing brook trout removal program and agree with sponsors that both the no-action and the fish toxicant alternatives are not preferred. Reviewers did not favor the approach that seemed to be advocated in the original proposal of "piecemeal" electrofishing continued over a number of years. That method usually removes juveniles and gives survivors ample time to compensate, leading to no gain in suppression. However, as described in the response, the actual plan is for annual, single-pass electroshocking the entire upper Benewah Creek watershed just prior to brook trout spawning to target adult brook trout. Reviewers react more favorably to that approach provided that a substantial fraction (much more than half) of adults is removed each time to preclude a rapid brook trout rebound. The data provided in the response does not identify what fraction of the population of brook trout adults is removed annually. Reviewers are skeptical and note that the most recent recommendation from Montana researchers calls for at least six removal treatments of two to three electrofishing passes per treatment within two to three years, and for trampling brook trout redds. The ISRP would not view the possible outcome that such annual single-pass removal might be effective, but be needed to be continued indefinitely, as constituting "success." Reviewers suggest that by the conclusion of the 07-09 funding cycle the ability/inability of sponsors’ protocol to suppress brook trout should be apparent.

Response loop edit

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State/province recommendation: Fundable

Review group: Intermountain

Recommended budgets: FY07: $1,469,899 | FY08: $1,503,127 | FY09: $1,474,634