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200726400 - UPA Project - Programmatic Habitat Complexity Projects in the Methow River Subbasin

Sponsor: Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation

Budgets: FY07: $492,500 | FY08: $620,500 | FY09: $882,000

Short description: These projects would eliminate dikes, open side channels, and enhance floodplain connectivity at various sites in the Methow subbasin. Identification and ranking to be based on MIHRP study. Submitted as budget placeholder at request of BPA (Chris Furey).

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $333,000 | FY08: $333,000 | FY09: $334,000

Comment: ISRP fundable qualified. Sponsors should consider the ISRP comments during contracting. Budget reductions not specific. Project to be implemented with reduced scope.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)

Comment:

The ISRP is not requesting a response, but the proposal would be improved by addressing the following comments: Overall, this is a well-written proposal. The ISRP’s recommendation is qualified because the actual sites to receive restoration action are not currently selected, provisions for long-term monitoring and evaluation are not well described, and cost sharing is under development. The work elements refer to "permitting activities, pre-project and post-project habitat and fish monitoring, revegetation, and an adaptive management plan" but no details on methods are provided. The proposal would have been improved by more specific timelines and information on how benefits to fish and wildlife will be measured. The narrative would have been improved by providing data on similar restoration projects that have resulted in significant benefits to focal species that persisted over the long-term, as well as a discussion of potential adverse effects and proposed precautions for non-focal species. The proponents need to re-examine their approach to reducing brook trout before opening up new habitat that brook trout will likely use. The proposal’s major premise is that if native salmonids are reintroduced they will out-compete brook trout. The current literature shows that brook trout out-compete other salmonids including Chinook salmon and bull trout. The proponents are experienced and well qualified, but their FTEs are not included in the narrative. Private contractors (to be determined) will be hired to complete much of the proposed work. Even though this is not a research project, the proposal would be improved by plans for public dissemination of the results beyond progress and project completion reports in Bureau of Reclamation and BPA files.

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Recommended budgets: FY07: (n/a) | FY08: (n/a) | FY09: (n/a)

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