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199902500 - Sandy River Delta Habitat Restoration

Sponsor: US Forest Service (USFS) - Hood River

Budgets: FY07: $188,350 | FY08: $133,950 | FY09: $2,091,250

Short description: Restoration of riparian bottomland forest, wetlands and restoration of the original Sandy River channel.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

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

Comment:

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable

Comment:

The sponsor’s response adequately addresses the ISRP’s comments about monitoring. Monitoring is either ongoing or planned for vegetation, neotropical bird migrants, waterfowl, amphibians, and reptiles. Responses are specific and give details, especially with regard to avian monitoring. Fish monitoring is less than adequate, with very sparse baseline data. Although the sponsors are going to accelerate fish monitoring, data will be obtained only in 2006 and 2007. Two years of fish monitoring is insufficient to detect fish responses to long-term habitat change. The sponsors should be encouraged to implement a long-term monitoring program for fish because even if there is a delay in dike breaching, the re-vegetation program underway is supposed to provide benefits to fish such as provision of riparian insects as food. The monitoring program could be tied into some of the proposed or ongoing fish monitoring and/or research on the mainstem Columbia River. The ISRP will expect more detailed information on fish monitoring in subsequent project reviews. Dike removal is planned in 2009. Given the sponsor's additional response to the State/Province project recommendations, the planning and design for dike removal/bridge replacement with potential partners (City of Portland and US Army Corps of Engineers) should continue as a priority. The bridge replacement does seem more appropriate as a BPA capital improvements project. The sponsors propose to report results via consultants' report and web sites. The sponsors should publish some of their data, at least in the grey literature. Information transfer has been mainly through regular annual reports.

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

Review group: OSPIT - Estuary

Recommended budgets: FY07: $91,000 | FY08: $91,000 | FY09: $91,000

Comment: We recommend that the Sandy River Delta project is funded at a $91K level equivalent to its FY2006 level. OSPIT supports the project for wildlife purposes and believes the work might be important for the Bi-op, but to implement the dike removal and other elements would easily outstrip the Lower Columbia Provincial budget.