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199101901 - Hungry Horse Mitigation/Flathead Lake

Sponsor: Salish & Kootenai Confederated Tribes

Budgets: FY07: $174,000 | FY08: $408,000 | FY09: $412,000

Short description: This project mitigates the impacts of Hungry Horse Dam on downstream aquatic environments within the Flathead Indian Reservation. It includes components of monitoring, research, and implementation.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $139,000 | FY08: $338,000 | FY09: $412,000

Comment: Funding contingent on ISRP and Council review of revised proposal. Revised proposal due end of December, 06.

ISRP final recommendation: Not fundable


The tone of the response was so defensive that it was difficult to see the substance of the response. The project sponsor does include graphs in the response that surely should have been included in the original proposal. However, there still is no evidence of progress in meeting the initial goals and objectives regarding biological response to habitat initiatives. They do provide some assessment of trends in fish populations in Flathead Lake, but there is no effort to tie these trends to the habitat program. With regard to all the road restoration work, it is true that population-level improvements will take several generations to be apparent; however, monitoring fish presence above an improved road crossing is quite achievable and could yield a rough estimate of increased potential productivity if you knew how many miles of stream were now available. Indicating a willingness to adjust the M&E to address the ISRP's concerns would have been helpful. Reviewers remain of the opinion that Not Fundable is the appropriate recommendation. By any reasonable standard that we might apply, this effort falls short of demonstrating biologically significant results (and current/proposed actions) that benefit fish and wildlife.

Response loop edit

See the sponsor's revised proposal from the response loop. You'll be taken to CBFWA's proposal system in Section 10 where most sponsors uploaded revised narratives or other responses to the ISRP comments.

State/province recommendation: Fundable

Review group: Mtn Col

Recommended budgets: FY07: $174,000 | FY08: $408,000 | FY09: $412,000