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200738300 - Keeping Commodity Shippers Whole in the Event of Reservoir Removal

Sponsor: bluefish.org

Budgets: FY07: $10,000 | FY08: $0 | FY09: $0

Short description: A study is proposed to investigate the concerns surrounding the loss of the Lower Snake Reservoir shipping channel, in the event that these reservoirs were to be removed which may be deemed necessary for the recovery of Idaho's anadromous fish.

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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


This is an inadequately written proposal to compare costs of irrigation alternatives under dam breaching. It proposes to do work that would be a routine component of a NEPA analysis conducted by federal agencies if dam breaching were proposed. No explanation or itemization of the $10k budget is provided. The background section duplicates information presented in other proposals from this sponsor. Summary details of current shipping volume and levels of subsidy are provided. The proposal's single objective is to investigate the concerns surrounding the loss of waterborne transportation if the Lower Snake reservoirs were removed. Methods are described in inadequate detail and consist primarily of obtaining information from various transportation industries and agencies. Details on methodology to be used to determine which products or commodities would no longer be cost-effective to produce in the absence of the Lower Snake reservoirs are not provided.

State/province recommendation: MS: Do Not Fund

Review group: MSRT

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

Comment: This is a FY 2007-2009 funding cycle. Currently there is no pending legislation for authorization of dam removal. Some of these questions were addressed in the Lower Snake River Feasibility Study. If authorization was granted for dam removal, the most likely funding source for this type of activity would be through Congressional appropriations to the USACE. Review of this type of work would more appropriately be performed by the IEAB.