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200203600 - Restore Walla Walla River Flow

Sponsor: Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council

Budgets: FY07: $469,458 | FY08: $469,458 | FY09: $469,458

Short description: Irrigation efficiency and shallow aquifer recharge will improve Walla Walla River flows on flow -impaired priority restoration reaches at times of the year that are critical for steelhead, spring Chinook, and bull trout passage and habitat use.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Capital

Recommended budgets: FY07: $1,152,000 | FY08: $0 | FY09: $0

Comment: Combine the Walla Walla Juvenile and Adult passage Improvement project (199601100) with Gardena Irrigation Project and Walla Walla Flow. Capital component.

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $30,000 | FY08: $30,000 | FY09: $30,000

Comment: Combine the Walla Walla Juvenile and Adult passage Improvement project (199601100) with Gardena Irrigation Project and Walla Walla Flow. This is the expense portion of the project. See capital budget for capital component.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable

Comment:

The sponsors adequately addressed the ISRP’s comments. The details provided by the sponsors are helpful in evaluating this proposal and are much appreciated. The project, however, requires more data to show that the expanded habitat is producing fishery benefits.

State/province recommendation: Not fundable due to budget constraints

Review group: OSPIT - Plateau

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

Comment: OSPIT recognizes the importance of this project to the basin, but believes that other sources of funding would be available to complete the piping work and would recommend that the sponsors request the Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program to purchase the resulting saved water.

State/province recommendation: Washington

Review group: Washington list

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

Comment: See Washington guidance