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200712700 - Reestablish Connectivity and Restore Fish Habitat in the East Fork of the South Fork Salmon River Watershed

Sponsor: Nez Perce Tribe DFRM Watershed Division

Budgets: FY07: $325,000 | FY08: $489,200 | FY09: $332,800

Short description: This project will reestablish fish passage through a 30-foot tall cascade using natural channel design and rehabilitate one mile of fish habitat through an anthropogenically degraded reach of the upper mainstem East Fork of the South Fork Salmon River.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

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


ISRP final recommendation: Fundable


This project is to provide fish passage for steelhead, chinook and bull trout past an old mine site. This seems like heroic engineering, but that may be what is required in this instance. Future M&E will be critical to know if the passage section is functioning as predicted and to monitor fish use in the section above the new passage. Reviewers remain concerned about whether BPA has funding responsibility for this entire project, the benefits to fish (bull trout) that may already have passage (albeit limited), and about the amount of available habitat upstream of the project relative to the cost of the project.

State/province recommendation: Fundable when money available

Review group: Snake

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

Comment: NPT Tier 2 - 1