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200205900 - Yankee Fork Salmon River Dredge Tailings Restoration Project

Sponsor: Shoshone Bannock Tribes

Budgets: FY07: $1,182,328 | FY08: $1,943,014 | FY09: $1,305,292

Short description: Reconnect the Yankee Fork River to its floodplain and restore natural channel characteristics and processes in a segment impacted by dredge-mining. Integrate biological and physical data with project experiences to develop future restoration alternatives.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $160,373 | FY08: $160,373 | FY09: $160,373

Comment: Fundable in part (qualified). Fund completion of planning work for step submittal to address ISRP concerns. Funding for implementation contingent upon favorable ISRP and Council review.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable in part (Qualified)


The sponsors provided a quality response that is further evidence of the strength of their team. Some progress in negotiating with Simplot is evident. However, significant issues of concern to the ISRP remain. Reviewers continue to agree there can be little doubt that the dredge impacted reach of Yankee Fork could be better habitat for native salmonids. Even with their careful analysis of responses provided by the sponsor, reviewers remain skeptical that significant gains in smolt production from the area and adult production in the upper Salmon River basin will result even if the project sponsors are successful in increasing productivity of the reach. And, because of the profound alteration of the system, reviewers remain unconvinced that the desired rehabilitation is even possible. The ISRP strongly recommends that this project needs a benefits analysis by the Council with comparison to other alternative protection and restoration activities in the area. The ISRP recommends Fundable in Part (Qualified) for this project. The qualification includes two requirements. First, a thorough analysis of the likely benefits for Chinook salmon and other focal species in the area is required. Second, the sponsors need to obtain pre-implementation reviews of project plans that describe the scientific basis of the methods to be applied and for what purpose. A report of these findings should be submitted to the Council and reviewed by the ISRP before any Fish and Wildlife Program funds are committed to project activities. The ISRP understands that the Council's Three-Step Review Process can be used for complex and high cost restoration projects; this project would benefit from such a review. In sum, this project is scientifically justified to complete this planning phase but is not justified to begin implementation.

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

Review group: Snake

Recommended budgets: FY07: $639,000 | FY08: $639,000 | FY09: $639,000

Comment: Reduced budget as outlined in correspondance to BPA. Will forward to you if reqested.