A total of 27 streams are included on Idahos water quality impaired 303(d) list.
One of the primary threats to existing fish and wildlife habitat within the Salmon River subbasin includes continued increases in recreational and home development (Salmon Subbasin Summary 2001)
Additional threats to aquatic and terrestrial communities include: -Continued intensive land use practices -Agriculture conversion of native grassland/forest communities -Altered fire frequencies -Noxious weeds
Objectives Develop a comprehensive restoration plan for Lower Salmon River tributary habitats, in coordination with other entities. Utilize information in existing assessments to the extent possible. Prioritize and implement actions which protect and enhance tributary habitats. Conduct annual operation and maintenance activities on project lands. Monitor and evaluate the incremental improvement that each activity provides to overall habitat conditions and associated fish and wildlife.
Acquisition of conservation easements or fee-titles will be one of the primary implementation tools. -Habitat investment protected in perpetuity -Addresses limiting factors
Relationship of Project to Regional Programs/F&W Needs Reduce water temperatures in tributaries (RPA 141). Increase tributary water flow, comply with water quality standards and watershed health (RPA 149). Protect and restore non-Federal habitat that is severely degraded (RPA 150). –Protect habitats through conservation easements, acquisitions, or other means (All-H Paper). Fund long-term protection of riparian buffers in concert with existing federal programs (RPA 153). Acquire lands when opportunities arise for improved habitat protection, restoration, and connectivity, and for mitigation of lost fish and wildlife habitat (land purchases, land trusts, conservation easements, landowner cooperative agreements, exchanges (Salmon Subbasin Summary 2001). Habitat acquisitions and easements are high priority (Hells Canyon Bighorn Sheep Initiative 1997).
MONITORING AND EVALUATION -Pre and post water quality measurements will be in coordination with on-going efforts by county SCDs, DEQ, and other entities. - Pre and post permanent points/plots will be established in upland and riparian project sites to monitor long terms changes in vegetation composition and structure. -Project implementation will be coordinated with Idaho Natural Production Monitoring and Evaluation. -Other long-term species response information will be gathered through landbird and riparian surveys, big game surveys, etc.