Response for project 200205000: Riparian Buffer Couse/Ten Mile

Comment on proposed FY 2006 budget

This budget is consistent with our 2002 request and the amount received for the past four years. Even though we have been flat lined with BPA funds, we have been able to leverage to accomplish priority projects on a watershed scale for salmonid habitat enhancement and protection in Asotin County. We agree with the 2006 proposed budget and will utilize up to 25% for administration and 75% for on-the-ground priority projects.

Accomplishments since the last review

2003 - New Project, first year with shortened timeframe. 436 ac of CREP, 1,150 ft of riparian fence, 5 spring developments and 1,265 ac of long-term direct seeding. 2004 - 205.9 ac of CREP, 12,989 ft of riparian fence, 170 native riparian trees and shrubs, 9 spring developments and 1,315 ac of long-term direct seeding. 2005 - Funding year to date. 49 ac of BPA CREP, 6,200 native riparian trees and shrubs, 2 spring developments, and 900 ac of long-term direct seeding. BPA funds have resulted in an additional $255,000 from either landowners or other funding sources.

FY 2006 goals and anticipated accomplishments

Winter 2005 - Reduce cropland erosion by continuing long-term direct seed projects, plant native riparian vegetation on 49 acres of BPA CREP, reduce domestic stock direct access to streams by providing alternative water developments and fencing priority riparian areas. Continue working with other funding sources to help flat lined budget go farther and get more on-the-ground projects. Spring 2006 - Re-establish and protect prioritized riparian areas with fencing and alternative water developments to reduce domestic stock access and native riparian tree and shrub plantings. Alternative crop rotations with springtime long-term direct seed projects to reduce cropland erosion. Set priorities for FY 07 Funding Fall 2006 - Reduce cropland erosion by continuing long-term direct seed projects, reduce domestic stock access to streams with riparian fencing and alternative water developments.

Subbasin planning

How is this project consistent with subbasin plans?

This project is consistent with priority protection areas in 7.3 Aquatic Strategies, specifically 7.3.1 Imminent Threats (pages 128 – 131), 7.3.3 Priority Protection Areas (pages 150-153), 7.3.5 Aquatic Strategy Special Topics (Pages 154-156) and 7.5 Research, Monitoring and Evaluation to fill EDT data gaps, implementation of effectiveness monitoring and data management and coordination, fund additional actions to complete basic population status monitoring. This project has and will continue to address multiple limiting factors for all freshwater lifecycles for summer steelhead within Asotin County.

How do goals match subbasin plan priorities?

This project follows the Asotin Subbasin Management Plan and emphasizes projects in high priority reaches (identified by the Ecosystem Diagnosis and Treatment model) or imminent threats that if not addressed will continue to have long-term negative impacts on ESA listed summer steelhead. Past accomplishments, coupled with a prioritized framework and local knowledge elevates the on-going restoration and protection projects identified by this projects as a high priority. In addition to being consistent with the Asotin Subbasin Plan, the projects are supported by both the local landowner steering committee and technical advisory committee, which provides the backbone for all the groundwork that the Asotin Creek Model Watershed Plan identified for complex habitat restoration and protection projects.

Other comments

The CREP and Continuous CRP Programs have been successfully implemented and momentum for riparian buffers is benefiting local watersheds with the achievements being recognized by the Department of Ecology. The goals and objectives of the original funding are being realized and needs to be maintained. Local landowners opinions on riparian areas are changing, resulting in the opportunity to protect additional acres. Funding for fencing, alternative water developments and riparian revegetation are crucial. Additionally, funding to reduce soil erosion from cropland acres to protect spawning and rearing steelhead and riparian investments is a major priority of the Asotin County Conservation District.