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200718100 - Lower Lawyer Creek Stream Restoration Project

Sponsor: Flying B Ranch

Budgets: FY07: $782,500 | FY08: $782,500 | FY09: $22,793

Short description: The projects primary focus is to enhance anadromous species habitat. Secondary but important benefits are to enhance wetlands, provide flood control and enhance habitat for both terrestrial and aquatic wildlife.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

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


ISRP final recommendation: Not fundable


The proposal is appreciated for the effort in addressing habitat issues for fish in the basin. However, the proposal is not developed enough to justify a review and response. The proposal does not follow the guide or format, nor indicate a connection to the subbasin plan and its priority within it. Even setting aside concerns with not following the format, the proposal is just too preliminary for a scientific recommendation. Standardized procedures are recommended. The first step would be to initiate an adequately detailed watershed/fisheries assessment to decide whether restoration in this watershed is appropriate. In general, the watershed and fish assessments are not sufficiently described and summarized to make a reasonable judgment on whether Lawyers Creek is a candidate for restoration, and if it were restored, if it would make a meaningful contribution to the subbasin goals for steelhead production. Proponents are encouraged to partner with subbasin planners and further develop their proposal, and continue their interest in steelhead and fish habitat.

State/province recommendation: Not fundable

Review group: Snake

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

Comment: Project not prioritized