198902700 - Power Repay Umatilla Basin Project

Sponsor: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Budgets: FY07: $1,560,000 | FY08: $1,560,000 | FY09: $1,560,000

Short description: Provide reimbursement of power costs to Umatilla Electric Cooperative and Pacific Power & Light Company for the Umatilla Basin Project pumping plants that provide Columbia River water to irrigators in exchange for Umatilla River water left instream.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

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

Comment: The project sponsors are to work with the Council and others to structure an ISRP/Council review of the coordinated subbasin activities in the Umatilla at some point in the next two years. Required by 1988 Umatilla Basin Project Act

ISRP final recommendation: Not fundable (Qualified)

Comment:

Please see the ISRP comments on Proposal #198343600, in which we call for a review of the Umatilla Initiative from a larger perspective than can be gained from review of individual proposals. This project and others in the Umatilla Basin like it are individual parts of the "Umatilla Initiative." As such, none of them is a stand-alone proposal that is susceptible to scientific peer review. This proposal, for example, includes no information on the amount of water pumped from the Columbia River or on possible effects on fish. The response refers the ISRP to other proposals, such as #198802200, under which monitoring is said to take place. Our examination of that proposal and its response to ISRP comments and questions led us to conclude that information being gathered is not adequate to evaluate the effectiveness of the pumping measure in terms of providing benefits to fish. Thus the basis for scientific review, according to the standards specified for the ISRP by Congress is inadequate. We conclude that there is a need for review of the Umatilla Initiative from a larger perspective than can be provided by review of individual project proposals, such as we have in hand. This suggests that proponents might benefit by reorganizing their efforts under a single head. That would provide a unified perspective, leading to clarification of the fact that the success of all of the individual efforts are affected by the pumping of water from the Columbia River. Monitoring and evaluation should then focus upon documenting flow manipulations and measuring the effects on fish passage and survival.

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State/province recommendation: Fundable, but at a reduced level

Review group: OSPIT - Plateau

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

Comment: After reviewing project spending history and projecting potential pumping costs, OSPIT recommends $1 million budget.