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Implement the Grande Ronde Model Watershed Program Administration and Habitat Restoration Projects Project 199202601 Lyle Kuchenbecker, Project Planner.

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1 Implement the Grande Ronde Model Watershed Program Administration and Habitat Restoration Projects Project Lyle Kuchenbecker, Project Planner

2 Grande Ronde Model Watershed Program Selected by the NPPC in 1992 to be the Model Watershed for Oregon Mission: … to develop and oversee the implementation, maintenance and monitoring of coordinated resource management that will enhance the natural resources of the Grande Ronde Basin.

3 Forest Service Wilderness Area National Recreation Area Bureau Of Land Mgmt Indian Reservations State Lands Private, Other Grande Ronde Basin Wallowa Subbasin Lower Grande Ronde Subbasin Imnaha Subbasin Upper Grande Ronde Subbasin

4 Grande Ronde Model Watershed Program Goals Protect and restore riparian and upland habitats. –Direct BPA F&W Mitigation Funds toward high priority restoration work. –Coordinate basin-wide restoration activities and programs. –Increase landowner involvement Conduct project effectiveness and basin-wide water quality monitoring. Conduct educational outreach to increase public awareness and involvement. Protect the customs, culture and economic stability of the citizens of the Basin and the Nez Perce Tribe and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

5 Grande Ronde Subbasin Assessments Grande Ronde Model Watershed Program Operations – Action Plan 1994 Stream and Riparian Conditions in the Grande Ronde Basin – Clearwater Biostudies 1993 Lower Grande Ronde Subbasin Review – BLM and USFS 1998 Historical Changes in Anadromous Fish Habitat in the Upper Grande Ronde River, McIntosh 1992 Application of the Ecosystem Diagnosis and Treatment Method to the Grande Ronde Model Watershed Program – Final Report Upper Grande Ronde River Sub-Basin Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) 2000 Biological Assessment for Bull Trout, Summer Steelhead, Spring/Summer Chinook Salmon, Upper Grande Ronde Assessment Area, USFS, BLM 1999 Lower Grande Ronde Subbasin Multi- Species Biological Assessment USFS Grande Ronde Cooperative River Basin Study, Union County, Oregon NRCS 1997 Wallowa County – Nez Perce Tribe Salmon Recovery Plan, 1993 & 1999 USFS Watershed (Ecosystem Analysis) Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board Watershed Assessments Stream Surveys ODFW, USFS

6 Limiting Factors - Habitat Stream and Riparian Conditions in the Grande Ronde Basin – Clearwater Biostudies Application of the Ecosystem Diagnosis and Treatment Method to the Grande Ronde Model Watershed Program Water Quality Limited Streams, DEQ 303(d) List –Riparian habitat degradation –Sedimentation –Low late season stream flows –Elevated summer water temperatures –Reduced in-stream habitat complexity –Loss of wetlands and riparian function –Passage barriers

7 Results Habitat Restoration Projects (GRMWP , 269 projects) Developed a network of Restoration Partners Established project implementation and effectiveness monitoring program Implemented a basin-wide water quality monitoring program Maintained a basin-wide restoration project database Increased landowner awareness and involvement in watershed restoration

8 Grande Ronde Model Watershed Program Projects ( ) Partners: Agencies, Schools, Foundations (56)Individual Landowners (numerous) Education/Public Involvement Habitat Restoration Monitoring/ Survey/Study Habitat Projects: Riparian Zone Improvements(105)154 miles of stream benefitted, 2,847 acres treated Fish Passage Improvement (35) 45 sites Irrigation Diversion Improvements (17)17 sites Livestock Fencing projects (105) 327 miles of fence installed Livestock water development(62)316 developments/improvements Instream Structure (77)150 miles of stream treated, 532 structures Upland Improvements(54)200 stream mi. benefitted, 11,456 ac. treated, 134,980 ac. benefitted Riparian and Upland Imp.(25)30 stream miles benefitted, 15,537 acres treated Road closure/obliteration(26)312 miles of road closed/obliterated Road improvement(59)204 miles of road improved Education, public involvement(25) Monitoring/survey/study (25)

9 Grande Ronde Basin Watershed Restoration Projects Wallowa Subbasin GRMWP/BPA Projects OWEB Projects Other Projects Lower Grande Ronde Subbasin Imnaha Subbasin Upper Grande Ronde Subbasin

10 Monitoring Restoration Project Implementation and Effectiveness Site Specific in response to individual project objectives Annual report – near term – 5 years Photopoints, vegetation, X-sections Basin-wide Water Quality Monitoring Water Quality Advisory Group Coordinate Various Individual Monitoring Programs (DEQ, ODA, SWCDs, USFS) Avoid Duplicative Efforts or Data Gaps Comprehensive Annual Report Baseline Data & Long Term Trend Basin-Wide Stream Inventories Prior to 1993 – 925 miles (USFS, ODFW, BLM) Resurvey Program (10 year cycle)

11 Project Pictures Habitat Restoration Large Woody Material Fish Passage Passage Barrier Removed Riparian Area Recovery

12 Columbia River Basin Ecological Provinces


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