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1 Bonneville Environmental Foundation Model Watershed Program Presentation to the Pacific Northwest Monitoring Practitioner’s Workshop March 16, 2006

2 Bonneville Environmental Foundation Founded 1998 to support renewable energy and watershed restoration efforts Independent, self-supporting from non-profit renewable energy business ventures Board Watershed Committee Jim Lichatowich Bill Towey Jamie Pinkham Walt Pollock StaffTodd Reeve Angus Duncan

3 A Functional History of Watershed Restoration Pre-1990: regulatory and technical interventions; little community engagement Post-1990: community-based watershed councils w/ “good intentions” Today: community + science = watershed councils guided by biological assessments Next: accountability, adaptive management, monitoring, evaluation, feedback loops

4 BEF Model Watershed History 1999-2003:Conventional Watershed Restoration Project funding (MT, ID, OR, WA) 2003-2005: Model Watershed Approach (Kootenai, Chinook Programs) 2005: Coeur D’Alene Model Watershed Added 2006: Pending Programs in Upper Columbia, Deschutes, mid Columbia, To date: $1.6 MM Committed to PNW Watersheds

5 The Role of Science Assess conditions, identify limiting factors Establish threshold requirements for watershed health Guide restoration with priorities and information feedback loops – provide choices to decision-makers Direct scarce resources to critical needs Provide a neutral “intermediator”

6 The Role of Communities Bring stakeholders and community groups together, facilitate landscape-scale solutions Understand and apply the science Develop, apply innovative & local solutions Reconcile consumptive activities with watershed health thresholds

7 BEF Model Watershed Program Multi-stakeholder, community-based program Monitoring-intensive, 10-year approach Feedback loops to refine watershed strategies 10-year funding for essential M+E Independent Peer Review Continuity: 10-year institutional oversight, fundraising assistance/coordination

8 BEF’s Model Watershed Goals 10-12 Model Watersheds (OR, WA, ID, MT) Varied PNW ecosystem types Partner with local watershed councils, tribes, funders Minimum 10-year mutual commitments Regular peer review; reporting Program results documented, disseminated

9 Setting Restoration Objectives; Measuring Progress, Learning Lessons For Each Restoration Objective...  State Hypothesis (e.g., “statistical downward trend in water temperature to approved TMDL.”)  Set Actions by Year  Establish Metrics  Establish Quantifiable Objectives  Identify Limiting Factors  Design, Adopt Strategies  Apply Implementing Tools  Schedule Peer Review

10 Regional Watershed Monitoring and Evaluation: A Comparison of Approaches Current Regional Approach and Practices ESA-Stock Driven Province Level Focus (EMAP; PNAMP; IMW) BEF Model Watershed Approach Watershed Ecosystem Driven Community Level Focus Focus on ESA-Listed anadromous species at provincial and sub-basin level Geographic focus below basin blockages Focus on watershed restoration at a community level; watershed-specific, encompassing resident and anadromous fish (and other ecosystem biota) Geographic focus basin-wide, above and below blockages Priority focus is tracking for ESA compliance purposes Priority focus is feedback-loop for informing and guiding community (including tribal) watershed recovery efforts

11 Comparison of Approaches (Continued) Accountability to regional fish management agencies and federal ESA agencies; M&E strategy designed to deliver information back up the agency chain Accountability is at community level, with continuous feedback loops periodically subject to independent peer review; M&E strategy designed to deliver information back to community and watershed council Year-to-year funding, making long-term planning, protocols and commitments difficult Ten-year funding commitment, predicated on year-to-year review, periodic independent peer review, specific biological/ecological benchmarks Focus on public land remediation; reliance on public land managers Focus is watershed-specific, with emphasis on private landowner initiatives mediated through community watershed councils Scalability down?Scalability up?

12 Complementary Monitoring and Evaluation Regional Approach + Community-based approach Adopt Common or Overlapping M&E language, Protocols, Quality Control Link Community-Based M&E to Sub-basin Plans Shared Data, Findings Expanded Range of Watersheds Increased Biological and Program Diversity Coordinating Approaches

13 Priority Watersheds - Distribution John DayEntiatKootenai River Upper SalmonWenatcheeBenewah Creek Lower Columbia: Abernathy, Germany OkanoganUpper Columbia Juan de Fuca: Stabeck, Big Beef Deschutes River: Crooked, Wychus, Lake Creek Oregon CoastalChinook River Scappoose Skagit Emap/IMWSharedBEF

14 Opportunities for Collaboration Coordinate data collection, evaluation, lessons learned especially in IMW, BEF focus watersheds Tie regional priority support to community watershed programs with long-term, peer-reviewed M&E Consistency between sub-basin and community programs in selecting watershed health indicators, language, protocols = more cost-effective M&E

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