At the Council’s September 10, 2010 request, the ISRP reviewed a response and a revised proposal from the Columbia Land Trust titled Columbia Land Trust Estuarine Restoration (#2010-073-00). The revision and response were provided to address issues raised in the ISRP’s initial review of the proposal (ISRP 2010-26). The proposal outlines a plan to develop, design, and construct on-the-ground restoration habitat actions intended to benefit threatened and endangered salmonid species in lower river/estuary mainstem and tributary tidal habitats that promote the diverse estuarine life histories of wild salmonids. The proposal is also intended to provide survival benefits to meet targets required under the 2008 Biological Opinion for the Federal Columbia River Power System.
Recommendation: Does Not Meet Scientific Review Criteria
The ISRP appreciates the Columbia Land Trust’s efforts to address the review requests. The response, in the form of a revised proposal, added some 30+ pages of material to the original proposal. However, the response did not address the ISRP’s requests in a way that permitted a scientific assessment of the basis for project selection and implementation.