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200201100 - Kootenai Floodplain Operational Loss Assessment

Sponsor: Kootenai Tribe of Idaho

Budgets: FY07: $774,699 | FY08: $785,361 | FY09: $801,901

Short description: Produce an Operational Loss Assessment Tool to estimate aquatic, riparian and associated terrestrial ecological losses due to Libby Dam operations in the Kootenai River floodplain and is applicable to other post-development large river-floodplain systems.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $700,023 | FY08: $709,707 | FY09: $724,671

Comment:

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable

Comment:

This 116-page proposal reads more like a dissertation and would probably be more effective if edited to eliminate non-essential (from review standpoint) background and explanation of terms and processes. Eliminating redundancies would streamline the proposal, making its strong structure more apparent. The proposal clearly relates to Program, subbasin plan and other initiatives in the region. Focal species and habitats are considered in model development. This is a highly technical proposal involving many cooperators and consultants. Including staff training is an excellent move to keep staff growing with the project, fostering ownership of the process and products. The budget for travel does seem excessive, however, even given the training component. This proposal should be closely coordinated with Albeni Falls Operational Assessment, 200731200, from the Kalispel Tribe. Major accomplishments are lost in reams of detail in narrative. Summary in form is more useful as an overview. The plan to report results in peer-reviewed outlets is laudatory. M&E is actually part of the design process rather than an after-thought, consistent with the exploratory nature of the project.

State/province recommendation: Fundable

Review group: Mtn Col

Recommended budgets: FY07: $700,023 | FY08: $709,707 | FY09: $724,671

Comment: