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199004401 - Lake Creek Land Acquisition

Sponsor: Coeur D'Alene Tribe

Budgets: FY07: $1,208,514 | FY08: $1,215,826 | FY09: $1,367,427

Short description: This project is intended to protect, enhance, and maintain wetland and riparian habitat in the Lake Creek drainage to provide a minimum of 760 HUs to credit against construction and inundation losses attributed to the Albeni Falls Dam.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Capital

Recommended budgets: FY07: $0 | FY08: $0 | FY09: $0

Comment:

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable

Comment:

The proposal has received high marks from ISRP in the past and is excellent work. This proposal is a good response to ISRP comments in the Province Reviews and offers considerable wildlife benefits. The project has been active for many years, but the acquisition of land has been an ongoing problem. In the past the Coeur D’Alene tribe tried unsuccessfully for only one land area The proposal would be improved by a better description of the reason for the difficulty in purchasing land. Are there confounding issues with other real estate issues? Now they have a new list of smaller properties delineated for purchase. The justification for purchasing these properties is well described and justified. However, it's not clear when the agreements will be completed or when 760 HUs will be credited to BPA. It seems like there is still much work to be done. The project is budgeted for $1 million in acquisition each year (next 3 years) with about $200+K for other expenses which seems reasonable.

State/province recommendation: Withdrawn

Review group: Intermountain

Recommended budgets: FY07: (n/a) | FY08: (n/a) | FY09: (n/a)

Comment: