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200732500 - UPA Wenatchee Subbasin Complexity Proposal

Sponsor: Chelan County Natural Resources Department

Budgets: FY07: $3,125,180 | FY08: $3,125,180 | FY09: $0

Short description: Five potential complexity projects are being proposed for funding to benefit Upper Columbia spring Chinook, steelhead and bull trout. Funds are also requested for unidentified potential complexity projects to assist in meeting UPA metric goals.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $1,050,000 | FY08: $1,050,000 | FY09: $0

Comment: ISRP fundable in part:as per ISRP comments, funding is provided for securing land owner agreements and implementation plans. Funding for implementation is contingent for favorable ISRP and Council review of implementation plans.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable in part

Comment:

Reconnecting potential floodplain habitats is definitely worthwhile, but this proposal does not provide enough information to enable a technical evaluation of the merits of each project individually. In some of the site descriptions there was insufficient information on how the berms/levees/roads would be breached or otherwise removed to reconnect the river with potential floodplain habitats, or what habitat conditions (e.g., acres of wetland ponds, riparian terraces, side channels, etc.) would be created after access is restored. Without this information, it was difficult to assess the potential benefits of each site scientifically. Therefore, the ISRP recommends partial funding for this project until the plans for each site are more fully developed and landowner agreements are finalized. Given the high total cost of the reconnecting the five floodplain sites, each location should be treated as an individual project and justified more completely. It is highly likely that these floodplain reconnection projects could have real benefits to fish and wildlife in the Wenatchee subbasin, but each area deserves a more complete description, a landowner agreement, and a reasonable monitoring plan. We suggest that funding be provided for securing agreements and developing thorough engineering plans, with implementation contingent on preparation of more complete proposals for each site.

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State/province recommendation: Washington

Review group: Washington list

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

Comment: See Washington guidance