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200103100 - Intermountain Province Resident Fish Conference and E-Library

Sponsor: Lake Roosevelt Forum

Budgets: FY07: $25,000 | FY08: $45,000 | FY09: $45,000

Short description: Host conference and e-library to facilitate innovative coordination, planning and assessment of resident fish and related programs in the Intermountain Province, thus improving information exchange among managers, policy makers, scientists and the public.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $0 | FY08: $20,000 | FY09: $20,000

Comment: Reduced budget to reflect holding conference every 18 months instead of every year. The budget reflects this alignment and the assumption that funding from previous FY funding cycle can be used to make conference whole.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable

Comment:

This proposal differs markedly from other watershed coordination proposals. It is much better than many of them. The tasks are significant and well defined. This project has an excellent track record. It does a good job of connecting appropriate parties, and it has an informative website. The proposal’s rationale and significance to the subbasin plan and regional programs are adequate. Its relationship to other projects is evident by definition. The proposal presents evidence that project activities foster strong collaboration (transboundary aspects included). This proposal contains a more useful set of statements on broad objectives than do most of the more technical project proposals. The personnel from the rest of the projects should have such objectives firmly in mind. If the forum promotes this, it will certainly help improve the sense of purpose for the projects in this region. The assessment of project performance occurs via compilation of attendees' conference evaluation forms (high marks received). Otherwise, the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is unclear, and such matters as coordination and education are evaluated differently than physical and biological efforts. A response is not requested on this issue, but future proposals could be improved by additional consideration of evaluation methods.

State/province recommendation: Fundable when money available

Review group: Intermountain

Recommended budgets: FY07: $25,000 | FY08: $0 | FY09: $45,000

Comment: Reduced budget $45,000 in FY08. Conference will occur every 18 months. Have carryover funding from previous funding cycle - BPA approved to use for conference after proposals submitted.