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200726800 - Idaho Watershed Habitat Restoration Project via Custer Soil and Water Conservation District

Sponsor: Custer County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD)

Budgets: FY07: $600,000 | FY08: $600,000 | FY09: $600,000

Short description: The project scope is to implement high priority action items to maintain, enhance and restore fish habitat and fish passage in the priority stream segments of the Upper Salmon Basin area within the administrative boundaries of the Custer SWCD.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $250,000 | FY08: $250,000 | FY09: $250,000

Comment: With available funding the recommendation is to fund at $250,000 per year for work in the Pahsimeroi.

ISRP final recommendation: Response requested

Comment:

Much work has already been carried out, and this proposal should be a continuation of the effort (although stated as a new project), but the impression given is that no details need be included because the need is so obvious. To make a final recommendation, the ISRP needs a response giving further details, particularly of those work elements without metrics, to help enable a recommendation for funding. What is the priority in the shopping list of strategies (pg 2, pg 5)? Did these arise from the subbasin plan? The proposal lists general benefits related to the biological objectives and the work elements are related to the biological objectives, but the response should include more details. Specifically, not many metrics are included in the work elements Actions undertaken within the project will include monitoring and evaluation plans. Monitoring and evaluation over the past four years has been contracted through Project # 199202603 - but this is not an M&E project. Please describe the M&E for biological response. A response should include mention of specialist expertise needed to conduct the proposed tasks, e.g., for the geomorphic study needed regarding reconnection of floodplains. If the BoR $200,000 is to be spent on such work, that should have been stated. Information transfer is by implication only. No details are given.

State/province recommendation: Not fundable

Review group: Snake

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

Comment: Project not prioritized