Response for project 199603501: Satus Creek Watershed Restorat

Comment on proposed FY 2006 budget

The budget is consistent with Bonneville's approved 2005 budget. However, a 6% increase would cover inflation cost that affects daily activities. Therefore an increase in the project budget to $411,916 is very much needed.

Accomplishments since the last review

BPA Environmental ComplianceProject staff work with BPA on all environemental compliance issues.
Produce Environmental Compliance DocumentationProject staff are constantly working with BPA, Tribal and State governments to assure that all projects are in environemental compliance.
Identify and Select ProjectsProject staff continue working on identifying potential projects.
CoordinationProject staff continue working with other governmental entities and private landowners.
Manage and Administer ProjectsProject staff perform this time-consumning task on a daily basis.
Provide Technical ReviewProject staff provide technical review on a variety of activities and projects that could affect the Satus Creek watershed.
Produce PlanProject staff are the primary source for tribal policy to maintain instream flow. Project staff works closely in developing plans for pre-timber harvest. Project staff also assist with other plans within our scope of work.
Produce Annual ReportProject staff produce annual reports as per our contract agreement with BPA.
Produce Status ReportProject staff do status reports according to our CORT request.
# of stream miles treated (0.01 mi.)7 miles
# of structures installed100 structures.
# of stream miles treated before realignment (0.1 mi.).5 miles of stream
# of stream miles treated, including off-channels, after realignment (0.1 mi.).75 miles of stream
# of road miles improved, upgraded, or restored1 mile of road improved.
# of miles of fence (0.01 mi.)24.25 miles of fence were built to exclude cattle from going into the riparian area.
Enhance Nutrients Instream150 pathogen free salmon carcasses were added to the Satus Creek Watershed.
# of acres of vegetation planted (0.1 ac.)100 acres were planted with natural vegetation in areas where wildfire had taken place. Also, 500+ willows were released in stream to mimic beaver activity that propagates willows.
# of riparian miles treated (0.01 mi.; count each bank separately)2 miles
# of acres treated (0.1 ac)100 bale structures were used to arrest headcuts. Also, 20 rock structures were constructed where greater stabilty was needed.
Enhance FloodplainProject is being planned to restore a channel back to its floodplain. Conceptual design was just turned in and construction for this project will begin in August of 2005.
Create, Restore, and/or Enhance WetlandMany bale structures were installed in headwater meadows to prevent erosion.
Investigate TrespassProject's range rider reports all livestock tresspassing.
# of riparian miles protected (0.01 mi.)20 miles of riparian area protected.
# of acres of new lease. (0.1 ac.)140,000 acres leased
# of acres of renewed lease (0.1 ac.)140,000 acres continue to be leased
Start and end dates of lease (mm/dd/yyyy)March of 2005 to September of 2005.
Remove or Relocate Non-predaceous AnimalsProject range rider moves livestock out of riparian areas. Feral horses are also being removed.
Submit/Acquire DataProject staff work with Excel, Access, and GIS almost on a daily basis.
Manage/Maintain DatabaseProject staff data is stored on a server daily and also backed up on CD.
Disseminate Raw & Summary DataProject staff have an internet web page.

2002 Conducted comprehensive spawning ground surveys. Collected stream temperature data using automated thermographs Ran a 5 ft. screw trap from November of 2001 to early June of 2002 Characterized and quantified streamflow by maintaining 9 permanent stream gaging stations, along with wading discharge measurements at each station Monitored precipitation at automated stations Monitored a network of photo points Improving grazing management: leased Range Units 7, 8A, 9 and 16, which encompass 140,000 acres Built 24.25 miles of fence to keep livestock out of sensitive areas and in their designated range units Maintained and repaired 70-80 miles of range fence. Rehabilitating incised channels: built 100 structures from biodegradable straw bales to arrest headcuts Enhanced beaver habitat by planting 100 willow cuttings and 300 cottonwoods 2003 Continued the 2002 monitoring activities listed above Revegetation: reseeded dozer lines from previous summer’s wildfires Reintegrating fire as a landscape process: began working with BIA Fuels Management Program to introduce controlled burning. Reestablishing access to floodplains: began planning new projects Improving road drainage: rebuilt a ford and approaches at the upper Seattle Creek road crossing Continued participating in interdisciplinary land management processes 2004 Continued the 2002 and 2003 monitoring activities listed above Reestablishing access to floodplains: contracted and worked with engineer on design and permitting for floodplain downstream from Satus High Bridge Rehabilitating incised channels: built 40 structures from biodegradable straw bales to arrest headcuts in Rentschler Meadow Repaired 1.7 miles of fence excluding cattle from Rentschler Meadow 2005 Continuing monitoring activities listed above Reestablishing access to floodplains: conceptual design is complete and permitting nearly complete; construction should begin August 2005

FY 2006 goals and anticipated accomplishments

BPA Environmental ComplianceProject staff will continue to work with BPA to stay in compliance.
Produce Environmental Compliance DocumentationProject stall will continue to work with all private, federal, state, and tribal entities to comply with all environmental laws that apply to our project.
Identify and Select ProjectsProject staff will continue selecting projects to develop and protect riparian habitat. This will always be an ongoing element.
CoordinationProject staff will continue to work with all applicable governmental entities and landowners.
Manage and Administer ProjectsProject staff will continue to to do this work element.
Provide Technical ReviewProject staff will continue to review all technical details.
# of stream miles treated (0.01 mi.)3
# of structures installed100
# of stream miles treated before realignment (0.1 mi.)1
# of stream miles treated, including off-channels, after realignment (0.1 mi.)1
Conduct Controlled BurnProject staff will work with BIA Fuels Management program to assist them in improving controlled burns.
# of road miles improved, upgraded, or restored10 miles.
# of miles of fence (0.01 mi.)10
Enhance Nutrients InstreamIf carcasses are available project staff will continue to place them in the Satus Watershed.
# of acres of vegetation planted (0.1 ac.)500
# of riparian miles treated (0.01 mi.; count each bank separately)2
# of acres treated (0.1 ac)3
Enhance FloodplainProject staff has a project to remove a dike from the lower portion of the creek and hope to have a conceptual design on the project by the fall of 2005
Create, Restore, and/or Enhance WetlandProject staff will continue to protect meadows and wetlands within our project boundaries.
Replace/Maintain Instream StructureProject staff monitors all restoration activities and will adjust structures as needed.
Maintain VegetationProject staff have developed an improved method of planting and establishing riparian vegetation, and will water and fertilize as needed to assure its vitality.
Investigate TrespassProject staff will continue to watch for tresspass of livestock.
# of riparian miles protected (0.01 mi.)20
# of acres of new lease. (0.1 ac.)140,000
# of acres of renewed lease (0.1 ac.)140,000
Start and end dates of lease (mm/dd/yyyy)March of 2006-2007
Remove or Relocate Non-predaceous AnimalsProject staff will continue to have the range rider remove cattle from riparian areas.

Will continue the monitoring efforts described above. This monitoring is providing crucial abundance, productivity and spatial structure data to subbasin planning and steelhead recovery planning. A major side channel reconnection project is scheduled for completion in 2006. A dike is currently blocking Satus Creek from accessing its floodplain. Once the dike is removed, the side channel can function again, dissipating the stream energy of the watershed and increasing the quality and quantity of fish habitat. Planning has begun on removal of another dike in lower Satus Creek.

Subbasin planning

How is this project consistent with subbasin plans?

Please refer to the Yakima Subbasin Management Plan supplement The strategies below, all within the “implementable” category, address Tier 1 limiting factors (see list of factors in Table 2, p. 11), and each strategy is directed at one or more Assessment Units (AUs). The Satus Creek watershed is part of AU #3 (low elevation tributaries). Table 8, p. 26 (population performance), strategy 2 (monitoring). Satus Creek steelhead are an independent population according to NMFS recovery criteria. This project has provided most of what is known about performance of this steelhead population. Table 9, p. 26 (flow), strategies 3 and 4 (floodplain protection and restoration) Table 10, p. 27 (obstructions), strategy 1 (reconnect side channels) Table 11, p. 28 (key habitat quantity), strategies 1 (side channels), 3 (floodplains), 4 (forest roads) Table 12, p. 29 (habitat diversity), strategies 1 (side channels), 3 (floodplains), 8 (easements), 9 (riparian restoration) Table 13, p. 30 (temperature), strategies 1 (riparian restoration), 2 (side channels) Table 14, p. 30 (fine sediment), strategies 2 (road improvements), 4 (tech assistance), 5 (revegetation) Table 15, p. 31 (channel stability), strategies 2 (channel constrictions), 4 (riparian restoration), 7 (revegetation)

How do goals match subbasin plan priorities?

A subbasin plan supplement was submitted November 26, 2004 in response to the Council’s request for clearer linkages among limiting factors, objectives and strategies. The long list of key findings, objectives and strategies in Chapter 4 of the original Subbasin Plan breaks down into three broad categories of limiting factors: (1) Habitat limiting factors, (2) Population performance and response limiting factors, and (3) Institutional limiting factors. The first and second categories of limiting factors are discussed here. Objectives and strategies under Category 2, the population performance and response limiting factors are listed in Table 8 of the supplement. The Ecosystem Diagnosis and Treatment (EDT) model provided the necessary framework to categorize, summarize, and prioritize habitat limiting factors. Level 3 EDT environmental parameters were selected because the level 3 categories of limiting factors succinctly summarize the key habitat factors limiting the biological potential of focal species. At the level 3 scale, the EDT model defines sixteen environmental parameters that impede the biological performance and response potential of salmonids. Utilizing the results of the EDT model, local expert knowledge, the Subbasin Plan Assessment (Chapter 2), and other tools and resources, the limiting factors were divided into three tiers based on severity of impact to focal species, number of focal species affected, and on geographic extent of the factors. Within each tier the limiting factors are also listed in general priority. The seven Tier 1 limiting factors (Tables 9-15 of the Supplement) have the most impact on aquatic species production potential within the subbasin and should be addressed first. Only Tier 1 limiting factors, objectives and strategies, and only those strategies shown as “implementable” (i.e. capable of being carried out without first resolving a key uncertainty or other contingency) are discussed here.

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