Response for project 200103200: Coeur D'Alene Fisheries Enhanc

Comment on proposed FY 2006 budget

While consistent with the BPA approved and Council recommended budget for FY05 it does not address escalating costs associated with continuation of the current SOW. Increases in fuel, personnel, vehicle and general operating costs have put limitations on how much effort can be devoted to actual “on-the-ground restoration” that we feel are the future of this project. We have identified a scope of work that fits within the budget cap however, important restoration projects are being delayed due to limitations in funding. The Scope of Work and budget presented in this document represent the activities associated with the Coeur 'd Alene Tribe's resident fish enhancement project on Hangman Creek within the Spokane Sub-basin corresponding to the contract period May 1, 2006 to April 30, 2007. The objectives, tasks, deliverables and budget format found in previous submittals for this project have been converted to reflect the work element, milestone and budgeting format consistent with BPA's new Process Improvement Initiative (Pisces). In FY 06 Project 2001-032-00 will begin the first of many important demonstration projects. Restoration Activities will be highlighted by a pilot project of LWD placement in Indian Creek to improve habitat complexity. Other activities will center on the goal of restoring riparian vegetation to select areas to create habitat that will eventually link up isolated populations of Redband trout (Onchorhynchus mykiss gairdneri). This project will be working with it's sister project (2001-033-00) administered by the Coeur d 'Alene Tribe's Wildlife Program to restore Hangman Creek's streams and wetlands. Total amount of this budget request is $303,874

Accomplishments since the last review

1. Water Quality a. Continuous temp monitoring at 24 sites (2003-05) b. Monthly water sampling at 11 primary stations i. Discharge, 2002- 2005. Weekly stage readings taken to support Instream Flow study (2003-04) ii. TSS and Turbidity (2002-05) iii. D.O., pH, conductivity, and temp using hydrolabs (2002–05) iv. Analysis of TKN, Nitrate, Nitrite, Total Phosphorus, Orthophosphate, Nutrients, Alkalinity (monthly 2002-03), and in exclusively August 2004-05) c. Periodic water sampling was done at 29 secondary stations in June, August, and during high flow events using same parameters as monthly schedule. d. Continuous stage readings at 3 locations (2004-05) e. Maintain water quality database and analysis of data 2. Rosgen Channel Type Delineation, Level 1, at 75 reaches (2003) 3. Rosgen Channel Type Delineation, Level 2, at 10 locations (2004-05) 4. Fish Sampling (2002-05) Sampling was done at 75 Rosgen locations (2003-05) a. Migration trapping at four tributary locations using upstream and downstream traps (2003-05). An upstream trap has been constructed for the mainstem of Hangman Creek (2005). b. Distribution and population estimates using electoshockers, 2002 c. Scales used to age fish (2002-2005) d. Genetic samples taken 2003-2004, analysis completed by Washington Dept. Fish & Wildlife in 2005 5. 75 Macroinvertebrate samples taken and analysis completed in Spring 2005 6. IFIM study to provide a Temp model and physical habitat model relating to Redband Trout showing changes with various flow regimes. Data collection (2003-2004). Models and report (2005) 7. Monitored forest road maintenance, fish passage, and forestry practices (2003-05) involving approximately 450 miles of road in the watershed 8. Public Outreach activities including a Quarterly Watershed Group meeting, sponsoring and participation in various school events (500 students/yr), as well as contribution of articles to the Watershed Wrap (2000 copies circulated) describing goals and accomplishments of project 9. Submission of quarterly progress reports, budget reports, and annual reports 10. Coordination within the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, as well as other agencies and Tribes involved in the Columbia Basin 11. Long-term monitoring plan developed after priority areas identified 12. LWD placement (Increase Instream Habitat Complexity) in 0.1 miles of stream in Indian Cr (2005) 13. Vegetation planted in 4 locations to treat 3.0 miles of stream (2005) 14. Assisted in the creation of 9 GIS layers showing vegetation types, densities and heights (2005)

FY 2006 goals and anticipated accomplishments

# of stream miles treated, including off-channels, after realignment (0.1 mi.)0.2 miles of stream channel treated to return natural sinuosity and connection to a perched water table.
# of miles of fence (0.01 mi.)1.0 miles of fence installed to exclude cattle from stream banks.
# of riparian miles treated (0.01 mi.; count each bank separately)3.0 miles treated at two separate locations. Location A is vegetation planting after a fence is installed to exclude cattle. Location B is to revegetate after channel is realigned and connected to perched water table.

Continue important long-term data sets necessary to determine effectiveness of individual projects in improving habitat and numbers for local redband rainbow trout. 1. WATER QUALITY a. Cont. temp monitoring at 24 sites b. Cont. air temperature at 3 locations c. Monthly water sampling at 11 primary stations i. Discharge ii. TSS and Turbidity iii. D.O., pH, conductivity, and temp iv. Analysis of TKN, Nitrate, Nitrite, Total Phosphorus, Orthophosphate, Nutrients, Alkalinity (Aug.) d. Periodic water sampling at 29 secondary stations in June, August, and during high flow events sampling discharge, D.O., pH, conductivity, TSS, and tubidity e. Continuous stage readings at 6 locations f. Maintain water quality database and analysis of data 2. Rosgen Channel Type Delineation, Level 2 (5 sites/yr) 3. Fish Sampling: Sampling will be done within priority area using a subset of the original 75 Rosgen reaches a. Upstream and downstream migration traps (4 tributaries), and a resistence board weir on the mainstem of Hangman Creek b. Distribution and population estimates (38 sites) c. Scales used to age fish, lengths and weights recorded d. Participate in the writing of a peer reviewed article summarizing genetic findings in Hangman Creek 4. Study hydrologic processes with our sister project BPA 2001-033-00, using Hardin-Davis’s IFIM study and new GIS vegetation layers created in 2005. The goal is to estimate the necessary restoration effort needed to provide adequate instream flows for Redband trout 5. Monitor forest road maintenance, fish passage, and forestry practices 6. Continue Public Outreach activities with watershed awareness meetings, school events, and support to ongoing efforts associated with contributing articles to the Fisheries Program WATERSHED WRAP, in order to raise the consciousness of the local landowners to the potential benefits arising from participation with the project. 7. Submission of quarterly progress reports, budget reports, and annual reports 8. Coordination within the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, as well as other agencies and Tribes involved in the Columbia Basin 9. Identify and select new restoration projects 10. Produce designs for new restoration projects 11. Obtain permits and other NEPA documentation for all projects 12. Complete important habitat restoration projects in order to improve conditions for survival of the sensitive redband rainbow trout. a. 0.2 miles of stream will be treated to restore natural sinuosity, realign and reconnect with perched water table. Latitude 47° 6’ 10”, Longitude 116°48’ 15” b. 1.0 miles of fence installed to exclude cattle from stream. c. Vegetation planted at 3 locations along 3.0 miles of streambank

Subbasin planning

How is this project consistent with subbasin plans?

This project directly relates to and is consistent with the top two and three of the top four priorities in the subbasin plan. The project directly addresses the following subbasin objectives and strategies found in the intermountain province plan Spokane subbasin management plan table 26.3-1 pages 26-18 and 19: Subbasin Objective 1A1 - Complete Watershed assessments Strategy a*: Using existing databases, identify data gaps and critical information needs for the Spokane Subbasin. Strategy b*: Continue filling data gaps in the Subbasin through ongoing investigations (such as JSAP) and new investigations. Subbasin Objective 1B2: - Complete habitat restoration work Strategy a: Using appropriate assessment tools, develop and prioritize projects for implementation. Strategy b: Conduct riparian restoration, reduce fine sediment inputs, and increase channel complexity to address known limiting factors for salmonid species. Strategy c: Develop management plans with federal, state, Tribal, and private landowners to protect critical salmonid habitat. Strategy d: Create or use existing incentive programs for private landowners to implement strategies to achieve this objective. Strategy e: Implement projects aimed at improving aquatic conditions in both lotic and lentic habitats. Strategy f: Where possible, acquire Priority properties that currently support native fish through fee title acquisition, conservation easements, and/or long-term leases by year 2020. Strategy g: Manage livestock grazing within riparian zones to maximize native habitats. Strategy h: Implement projects for removal of fish passage barriers. Strategy i: Use vegetation enhancements, annual seeding, and water retention in backwater areas to increase near-shore fish production, increase shoreline stability, and reduce erosion. Strategy j: Develop technical and policy working groups that meet regularly to identify problems and implement solutions for the Subbasin. Subbasin Objective 1C4: Develop and meet recovery goals for sensitive native resident fish species. Strategy a: Implement restoration, protection, and enhancement methods for native salmonids (redband rainbow trout). Strategy b: Increase the number of miles of streams within the Spokane River watershed that support native redband rainbow trout.

How do goals match subbasin plan priorities?

It is important to note that redband rainbow trout are considered a top priority species within the subbasin plan and are only located in two tributaries of the Spokane river, of which, this project is associated with one of those tributaries (Hangman Creek). Water quality as a result of land use practices is most likely the principal limiting factor in the watershed(refer to sections 21.2.5, 21.2.7, 22.1.4, 22.8, and 22.9 for information regarding water quality, land use practices, and limiting factors). Demonstration projects completed through this project will directly improve water quality by reducing fine sediment input, lowering overall water temperature and increasing summertime flows within the watershed as well as improving other habitat conditions for redband trout in the Hangman Creek watershed.

Other comments

Work Element Budget WE Work Element Total Cost of Work Element A RM & E $3,437 B Coordinate $9,624 C Outreach $12,512.24 D Identify/Select Projects for 2005 $982.11 E Identify New Projects $3,800.24 F Produce Designs for 2005 $1,022.44 G Produce New Designs $8,597.73 H NEPA $1,622.00 I Tribal/Regional Coord. $23,854.70 J Design modifications for Weir $1,333.06 K LWD $20,905.58 L Plant Veg Indian $2,796.09 M Maintain Veg $943.62 N Implement Additional Projects $9,398.88 O Maintain Additional Projects $7,918.97 P Collect Water/Physical Data $59,601.95 Q Transfer Data $1,087.86 R Maintain Water Database $7,046.16 S Analyze Water Data $10,465.48 T Install Traps $3,556.05 U Sample Fish $12,005.47 V Fish Database $2,065.47 W GIS maps $4,216.43 X Manage Project $71,532.87 Y Status Reports $6,443.23 Z Annual Reports $17,104.49 Total $303,874.00