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199101903 - Hungry Horse Mitigation Program

Sponsor: Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Budgets: FY07: $1,655,000 | FY08: $1,815,000 | FY09: $1,905,000

Short description: Fisheries mitigation for the construction and operation of Hungry Horse Dam. Implements habitat restoration, improves fish passage, protects and recovers native fish populations and reestablishes fish harvest opportunities.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Capital

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

Comment: Construction dependent upon favorable step review. See expense comment.

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $1,655,000 | FY08: $1,719,000 | FY09: $1,809,000

Comment: Master Plan to be submitted no later than May of 2007. The master plan needs to detail the designs to ensure that the original scope of the artificial production activities associated with westslope cutthroat trout produced at Sekokini Springs is maintained and that any other intentions of the Sekokini site are clearly distinguishable in the revised plan.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)


Qualification is on three points; 1) analysis and evaluation of results from previous, but similar actions; 2) completing Three-Step Review and revision for Sekokini Springs Master Plan; and 3) completing a prioritization of activities. Funding of implementation activities should be contingent upon completion of a robust analysis of their efforts to date in terms of benefits to fish, or at a minimum, a demonstration that the analysis is occurring (and when findings are expected or will be released). The sponsors state that monitoring has been ongoing, but few results are presented nor is there a description of their management implications. The project is 14 years old and an overview evaluation is overdue. ISRP recommends "funding in part" for progressing through the Sekokini Springs 3 Step Review process and revision of the project’s Master Plan. Subsequent funding for the construction and implementation phase of the project should be contingent on adequate Master Plan revision and favorable scientific review (for programmatic rigor and consistency with the Fish and Wildlife Program principles). The sponsor did not truly provide a prioritization, although a prioritization in the future was promised, which will help guide key activities.

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State/province recommendation: Fundable

Review group: Mtn Col

Recommended budgets: FY07: $1,655,000 | FY08: $1,719,000 | FY09: $1,809,000