Initial submittal from Tribes
These links are a submittal received from Bonneville for Project #2007-397-00, John Day Passage, Flow and Habitat Enhancement. This submittal is intended to address the conditions the Council placed on this project as part of the Geographic Category Review in November 2013. The specific recommendation was as follows.
Implement with conditions through 2014. Sponsor to submit to Council and ISRP for review the final Implementation Strategy (ISRP qualification). Sponsor to coordinate with projects #1984-021-00 and #1993-066-00 and appropriate local governments in the development of the Implementation Strategy (see recommendations for projects #1984-021-00 and #1993-066-00). See Programmatic Issue and Recommendation B for umbrella projects.
On December 2, 2015, the following documents were received. In addition, six hard copies and discs were also provided.
Initial ISRP review
In response to the Council’s December 2, 2015 request, the ISRP reviewed the John Day River Watershed Restoration Strategy (Strategy) developed by the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (Tribes) for the John Day Watershed Restoration Program (Project #2007-397-00) and its partners. The Strategy is intended for John Day Basin landowners, Tribal partners, and potential funders to proactively identify and fund projects that protect, manage, and restore fish habitat. As part of the review, the ISRP also examined the application materials and scoring criteria used to solicit and select projects generated through the Strategy.
The Tribes submitted these documents to address the Council’s recommendation and qualification from the Geographic Category Review (November 2013). That review called for an ISRP and Council review of the Tribes’ Strategy for the project, which was to be developed in coordination with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (ODFW) John Day habitat restoration and irrigation screening projects (#1984-021-00 and #1993-066-00) and with appropriate local governments.
ISRP Recommendation: Response Requested
The Strategy is an informative, well-produced, highly visual document that presents a basinwide approach and perspective for protection and restoration of the John Day Basin. The document is an excellent source of information and provides a solid foundation for understanding the basin’s watershed issues. With the cooperation of other basin partners, it has the potential to help unify watershed restoration in the basin.
Despite significant evidence of progress with the Strategy document, the project proponent has not fully addressed the ISRP’s qualifications from the Geographic Review, and thus the ISRP requests a response. Key issues that remain unclear and require an additional response include project prioritization and coordination, public and partner support, monitoring and evaluation plans, adaptive management, and the incorporation of anticipated climate change impacts into the project prioritization process.
Comments received through January 2017
Response from the Tribes
See response dated July 15, 2016