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199202601 - Grand Ronde Model Watershed Program Habitat Restoration - Planning, Coordination and Implementation

Sponsor: Grande Ronde Model Watershed Foundation

Budgets: FY07: $1,346,055 | FY08: $1,349,369 | FY09: $1,352,869

Short description: The project coordinates BPA funded restoration activities in the Grande Ronde and Imnaha Subbasins working with tribes, agencies and landowners. The project annually implements 10-20 habitat restoration projects.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $1,183,849 | FY08: $1,183,849 | FY09: $1,183,849

Comment: ISRP fundable qualified. Sponsor should complete report as called for in ISRP recommendation. Funding in 08 and 09 contingent upon favorable review by ISRP and Council. Project to be implemented with reduced scope Some work elements may be able to be capitalized.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)

Comment:

The sponsors have satisfactorily addressed the ISRP’s concerns and we thank them for clarifying several important issues regarding the operation of the Grand Ronde Model Watershed Program (GRMWP). The ISRP reiterates that the GRMWP has been highly successful in implementing projects and has an outstanding record of cooperative work among government and private entities. A central ISRP concern about the GRMWP was that the proposal did not provide an adequate summary of project effectiveness and monitoring. The sponsors make the point that compiling the results of 150 projects would yield benefits but is precluded due to fiscal limitations related to the 5% budget limitation imposed by BPA. The ISRP appreciates the sponsor’s willingness to undertake this assessment, which apparently would largely require compilation of existing records, and encourages the NPCC and BPA to provide funds for this effort. This expenditure would be appropriate because the GRMWP is the largest program of its type in the basin -- truly a “model” as the name implies -- and the assessment would allow a better evaluation of the success of the program. Qualification: The sponsors should develop a report presenting quantitative and qualitative results to date pertaining to the effectiveness of the projects under their domain, a general summary and conclusions about overall project effectiveness, and the application of the results to management. The sponsors should report positive results as well as results from projects that to date may not yet have produced significant effects. This effort should be funded by BPA and reviewed by the ISRP in FY07. The response of the sponsors of project # 199608300 may provide some guidance for preparation of the report.

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State/province recommendation: Fundable, but at a reduced level

Review group: OSPIT - Blue Mountain

Recommended budgets: FY07: $1,183,849 | FY08: $1,183,849 | FY09: $1,183,849

Comment: OSPIT suggests reducing the pace of implementation to slightly below the FY2006 level and then flatlining the outyears.