California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Proposals, Reviews & Public Comments

Explanation of Recommendation Categories

Fund:

  • As Is: a proposal recommended for funding as proposed
  • In Part: a proposal for which partial funding is recommended for selected project phases or components
  • With Conditions: a proposal for which funds are recommended if the applicant contractually agrees to meet the specified conditions

Consider as Directed Action in Annual Workplan: a proposal addressing a high priority action that requires some revision followed by additional review prior to being recommended for funding

Not Recommended: a proposal not currently recommended for funding or consideration as a directed action

Note on "Amount":

For proposals recommended as Fund As Is, Fund In Part or Fund With Conditions, the dollar amount is the amount recommended by the Selection Panel.

For proposals recommended as Consider as Directed Action in Annual Workplan, the dollar amount is the amount requested by the applicant(s).

Click on the proposal title to view a compiled PDF file of the proposal. The link under "Reviews" provides a compilation of all reviews (Initial and Final Selection Panel, Technical Panel, Land Acquisition, Regional Panel, External Scientific and Administrative reviews) in a single Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file. The "Public Comments" link displays a single PDF file of all comment letters mentioning that proposal. Note that many letters refer to more than one proposal.

2002 Proposals

Proposal ID: 2002-001

Applicant: Adopt-A-Watershed

Proposal Title: Adopt-A-Watershed Leadership Development, Next Phase

Recommendation: $1,518,395

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal for next phase funding would continue the successful work of Adopt-A-Watershed to refine and adapt its educational leadership models in schools in the Sacramento Valley, where they would reach an additional 75,000 students. In consideration of the technical and regional reviews, the Selection Panel would like to see the applicant continue their work but with a much broader geographic scope. For that reason, the Panel would like the applicant to revise the proposal, to reflect expansion of efforts into the Delta and San Joaquin Regions, to be reconsidered as a directed action.

Final Selection Comments: The Selection Panel had two concerns with the proposal which were addressed by the applicant in a comment letter. The Panel appreciates clarification provided by the applicant regarding 1) breadth of proposed project (i.e., it does include San Joaquin and Delta regions), which addresses the Selection Panel's concern regarding perceived scope limited to the Sacramento Basin, and 2) need for immediate funding to allow for implementation of project as proposed, which is the Panel's interest.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-002

Applicant: American Farmland Trust

Proposal Title:Delta Region Farmland Preservation and Private Lands Stewardship Program

Recommendation: $0

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Proposal ID: 2002-003

Applicant: American Land Conservancy

Proposal Title: Aquatic and Wetland Habitat Restoration for the Sun River Property

Recommendation: $242,404

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal is timely and builds upon previous CALFED Bay-Delta Program investments. The applicants note significant cost-sharing. The project is likely to provide substantial benefits if successful. However, there was insufficient information on monitoring, including collecting baseline data, for the Selection Panel to recommend funding. The Panel recommends the applicant return with a detailed monitoring plan and that CALFED consider this as a directed action.

Final Selection Comments: None

Proposal ID: 2002-004

Applicant: American River Conservancy

Proposal Title:Pine Hill Ecological Reserve

Recommendation: $800,000

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal would acquire gabbro-soil habitat within the Pine Hill Preserve and is significant to the recovery plan for five species endemic to this habitat. The Selection Panel recommends this proposal for funding, noting that this is a CVPIA priority in the PSP.

Final Selection Comments: The Fish and Wildlife Service's comments endorse the project and pledge $400,000 towards its implementation.

Proposal ID: 2002-005

Applicant: American River Conservancy

Proposal Title: Upper Cosumnes River Watershed Conservation Project

Recommendation: $2,000,000

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel recommends funding this proposal to protect habitat for red-legged and yellow-legged frogs, Northwestern pond turtle, California spotted owl and Northern goshawk. The applicant has identified willing sellers, and is encouraged to seek support from local governments because the identified parcels are zoned low density residential. The property is not prime or unique agricultural land and is not currently in agricultural use. This acquisition is time sensitive because of residential development and vineyard expansion.

Final Selection Comments: None

Proposal ID: 2002-006

Applicant: Applied Marine Sciences, Inc

Proposal Title: A survey of endocrine disrupting chemicals and occurrence of fish reproductive dysfunction in the CALFED solution area

Recommendation: $0

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-007

Applicant: Arc Ecology

Proposal Title: San Pablo Baylands & San Francisco Flyway Education Project

Recommendation: $0

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-008

Applicant: Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)

Proposal Title: Demonstration Project for the Protection and Enhancement of Essential Fish and Wildlife Habitat at Rhode Island, Contra Costa County, Ca

Recommendation: $0

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-009

Applicant: Bailey Environmental

Proposal Title: Feasibility of Geographic Specific Selective Fisheries for Central Valley Origin Chinook Salmon

Recommendation: $0

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-010

Applicant: Banta Carbona Irrigation District

Proposal Title: Banta Carbona Irrigation District Fish Screen Monitoring and Evaluation Plan

Recommendation: $0

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-012

Applicant: Butte Creek Farms

Proposal Title: Butte Creek Farms Fish Screen, Sacramento River Consolidation of Two Existing Pumps

Recommendation: $0

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The proposal is to consolidate and screen two small diversions on the Sacramento River. Screening small diversions on large rivers was not identified as a priority in the PSP. The Selection Panel does not recommend funding this proposal.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-014

Applicant: California Department of Fish and Game

Proposal Title: Hill Slough West Habitat Restoration Demonstration Project, Phase III

Recommendation: $0

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal was not initially reviewed by the Selection Panel.

Final Selection Comments: This project seeks to continue work on restoring approx. 200 acres of tidal wetland habitat in Suisun. Early planning phases of the project have been funded by CALFED and this proposal requests funds to conduct baseline monitoring and construction. The proposal received mixed scientific reviews and a low rating from the regional panel, based on cost considerations. The Technical Review Panel recommended the project not be funded at this time. Further, the Technical Review Panel recommended later resubmission of the proposal with more detail and addressing some of their specific concerns. The Selection Panel considered the applicants’ comments, but agrees with the Review Panel’s recommendation that the proposal should not be funded at this time. There have been delays in contracting regarding earlier phases of the project and these must be substantially complete before more funding is provided. The Selection Panel encourages resubmission of this proposal for future funding in accordance with the Review Panel’s recommendation.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-015

Applicant: California Department of Fish and Game

Proposal Title: Lower Yuba River Juvenile Chinook Salmon Life History And Thermal Bioenergetics Evaluation

Recommendation: $73,115

Conditions: The Selection Panel recommends funding those tasks associated with the coded-wire tag and rotary screw trap work (tasks 1, 2, 3, 7A, and 9, and potentially portions of task 4).

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel recommends funding those tasks associated with the coded-wire tag and rotary screw trap work (tasks 1, 2, 3, 7A, and 9, and potentially portions of task 4).

Final Selection Comments: None

Proposal ID: 2002-016

Applicant: California Department of Fish and Game

Proposal Title: Population Biology and Genetics, Habitat Modeling, and Pilot Restoration for Three CALFED At-Risk Plant Species in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Suisun Marsh

Recommendation: $0

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-017

Applicant: California Department of Fish and Game

Proposal Title: Suisun Marsh Land Acquisition and Tidal Marsh Restoration

Recommendation: $1,046,400

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The proposal is important and consistent with CALFED objectives. The local Resource Conservation District is a co-applicant, and acquisition will be from willing sellers. The site is zoned "marsh preservation" and is designated marsh in the local plan. The land is not prime or unique agricultural land and is not currently in agricultural use. However, later tasks within the proposal are not clearly defined and lack sufficient information to expend funds. Proponent should return with greater detail concerning tasks 7, 8a, 8b, 8c, 9 and 10 in the future.

Final Selection Comments: In much of the Bay-Delta ecosystem, sediments are contaminated with mercury from historic mining activities or other sources. The Selection Panel is aware that wetlands are sites of active methylmercury production. In response to this contaminant issue, CALFED is organizing a workshop to develop an integrated science strategy to address questions pertaining to potential linkages between wetland-restoration activities, the production of methylmercury, and contamination of aquatic biota, fish, and wildlife, which can influence human exposure to methylmercury. The workshop will provide a setting to coordinate CALFED-supported mercury monitoring and research with marsh restoration projects that the Selection Panel recommends, as recommended in the comment letter from the Clean Estuary Partnership. A letter from ABAG's CALFED Task Force and the San Francisco Estuary Project endorse the proposal, reinforcing the panel's conclusion that this is an important effort.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-018

Applicant: California Department of Fish and Game

Proposal ID: Transport, Cycling, and Fate of Mercury and Monomethyl Mercury in the San Francisco Delta and Tributaries--An Integrated Mass Balance Assessment Approach

Recommendation: $3,881,215

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel views quantification of the relative importance of external and internal sources of methylmercury as a critical first step toward identifying and focusing potential management approaches related to methylmercury contamination of aquatic biological resources within the Bay-Delta ecosystem. The centerpiece of this project is a mass-balance approach for total mercury and methylmercury in the Delta. The project also includes an array of supporting studies that will examine important fluxes and transformations of mercury in the ecosystem. (The investigators present preliminary information suggesting that riverine inputs are a major source of methylmercury to the Delta and that the influxes are greatest during periods of high flow.) The project will also examine inputs of mercury in atmospheric deposition and will indirectly assess internal production of methylmercury within the Delta (e.g., fluxes of methylmercury across the sediment-water interface). This project received a High ranking from the Bay and Sacramento regions, and a Low ranking from the Delta and San Joaquin regions. Despite the mixed regional support, the Selection Panel believes that this project will provide information of considerable utility to managers. This process-level study will be conducted at the ecosystem scale, is hypothesis driven, and addresses three regional and one multi-regional priorities. The investigators are knowledgeable and experienced. The project goals are ambitious, but most reviewers considered the likelihood of successful completion to be very good. The Panel expects that uncertainties in estimates of some fluxes (input and outputs) in the mass balance will be large; however, information on uncertainties can be useful for focusing future work, as appropriate and desirable. The Selection Panel concurs with the following two recommendations by the external scientific reviewers: Recommendation 1 - The investigators should modify the proposed temporal allocation of sampling effort to one that is more closely linked to the hydrograph, when influxes of total and methylmercury to the Delta are greatest (monthly sampling intervals were proposed). In other words, sampling frequency should be increased during periods of high inflow from the tributaries, when influxes of total and methyl mercury to the Delta are expected to be greatest. Recommendation 2 - The investigators should seek to collaborate with scientists involved with direct measurement of mercury methylation and demethylation in aquatic sediments and wetland areas in the Delta. Such collaborative work would strengthen the interpretation of information on sources, sinks, and fluxes of methylmercury in the ecosystem. The Selection Panel also encourages the principal investigators to develop an analytical capability for low-level determinations of total mercury and methylmercury in dilute media, to reduce the costs of contractual analyses in mercury investigations.

Final Selection Comments: Comments from the ABAG CALFED Task Force, the San Francisco Estuary Project, and the Clean Estuary Partnership endorsed this project, while asking for close coordination between mercury monitoring and wetland restoration and for more attention to public education about the public health impacts of mercury-contaminated sportfish. In much of the Bay-Delta ecosystem, sediments are contaminated with mercury from historic mining activities or other sources. This contamination's impacts in the Bay-Delta system are widespread. The Selection Panel is also aware that wetlands are sites of active methylmercury production. In response to these contaminant issues, CALFED is organizing a workshop to develop an integrated science strategy to address questions pertaining to potential linkages between wetland-restoration activities, the production of methylmercury, and contamination of aquatic biota, fish, and wildlife, which can influence human exposure to methylmercury. In response to the Clean Estuary Partnership's comments regarding improving mercury source assessments, the Selection Panel also recommends that this project's Task 2C (Conduct sub-watershed studies of tributaries or source regions...) include estimation of episodic inputs of mercury to the San Joaquin River in the vicinity of Mud Slough, which receives mercury originating from the New Idria Mercury Mine via the Panoche Fan.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-019

Applicant: California Department of Food and Agriculture

Proposal Title: Analysis of the Efficacy and Ecological Effects of the California Department of Food and Agriculture Hydrilla Eradication Project in Clear Lake, California

Recommendation: $0

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-020

Applicant: California Department of Food and Agriculture:

Proposal Title: Bay-Delta Invasive Species Education Outreach: Developing and Piloting an Invasive Species Tool Kit

Recommendation: $0

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The proposal was weak in its educational goals and their relation to the educational standards. Unclear that proponents have sought educator review, identified how the materials will be used, identified a target grade level, or described how this fits within California curriculum.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-021

Applicant: California Department of Food and Agriculture

Proposal Title: Coordinated Regional Prevention and Control of Perennial Pepperweed and other prioritized Non-native Invasive Plants by local Weed Management Area Groups

Recommendation: $0

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel concurs with other reviews regarding the importance of eradicating this noxious weed and that the goals of this project are worthy. However, the unclear adaptive management approach, paucity of detail regarding monitoring, and lack of connection to existing CVPIA efforts compromises this proposal. A future submission should be considered that better articulates how a centralized spatially explicit database can inform WMA planning and action in an adaptive context.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-022

Applicant: California Department of Food and Agriculture

Proposal Title: Expanded Prevention, Detection, and Control of Purple Loosestrife in the CALFED Bay-Delta Watershed

Recommendation: $457,162

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal builds on an existing effort to combat the invasion of purple loosestrife through a 3-phase approach: 1) education, 2) survey, and 3) eradication. The eradication component uses different approaches (bio-control, physical removal, herbicide). The proponents argue that they have readily met their goals set for their former funding and mention an adaptive management plan that has recently been submitted to CALFED. The proposal received several ‘excellent’ ratings by external reviewers but there were some concerns over the scientific components of the proposed program. This project would provide a good opportunity to learn more about purple loosestrife relevant to its eradication – e.g., For how many years are the seedbanks viable? For how many years is herbicide required? Have replicate treatments been used to document effectiveness? What are the performance measures for ‘eradication’? It is possible that these have been addressed in the adaptive management plan but it would be helpful for them to be explicity addressed within a revised proposal. The technical panel expressed some concern that this effort should be funded by the state agency with a mandate for weed control, rather than CALFED. The Selection Panel felt this topic was appropriate for CALFED funding given the limited funding available within stage agencies for these kind of efforts and the likelihood of CALFED funding making a real difference at this early stage of the invasion. Revision and resubmission for consideration as a directed action is encouraged.

Final Selection Comments: Comments were received indicating that an NPDES permit may be required. The Panel concurs that any and all necessary permits must be obtained by the applicant before actions requiring permits are undertaken. This permit requirement should be addressed in the revised proposal.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-023

Applicant: California Department of Parks and Recreation

Proposal Title: Sources, Transport Mechanisms, and Environmental Fate of Heavy Metals and Fine Sediments Associated with Large-Scale Hydraulic Mining in the Humbug Creek Watershed

Recommendation: $0

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-024

Applicant: California Department of Water Resources

Proposal Title: Lower Butte Creek Project: Sutter Bypass - Willow Slough Weir Fish Passage Project - Preliminary Engineering Investigation

Recommendation: $155,000

Initial Selection Panel Comments: Improving passage at Willow Slough Weir rates above average from the Technical Panel. It has strategic and regional values in recovery of at-risk salmonids species in Butte Creek. The Selection Panel strongly suggests the proponent move the development of alternatives right up front as an initial task. Input on alternatives could influence the data collection and design activities.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-025

Applicant: California Department of Water Resources

Proposal Title: Restoration of Eastern Delta Floodplain Habitats on Grizzly Slough in the Cosumnes River Watershed

Recommendation: $300,000

Conditions: Reflecting concerns that the proposed costs for year one efforts are high, the panel requests that the applicants reconsider their budget and propose a workplan that can be carried out for $300,000. The panel expects that proposed surveys, data collection activities, as well as modeling exercises can be completed at this level of funding.

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel concurs with the detailed technical and other reviews regarding the merits and shortcomings of this proposal. The panel is concerned about the lack of links between geomorphology, hydrology, and biological endpoints (goals). Nonetheless, the panel wishes to fund year one of this effort, with close attention to reviewer criticisms and an important condition. Proportionately cut each task, as necessary.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-026

Applicant: California Department of Water Resources:

Proposal Title: San Joaquin River Real Time Water Quality Management Program

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel concurs with the Technical Panel review that the project is deficient in many areas for addressing selection criteria. It was questionable as to whether or how the information generated previously, and therefore in the future, is used to manage water quality on the San Joaquin River. The Panel does recognize the value of baseline water quality monitoring in the San Joaquin Valley and suggests the applicants continue to work with other interests to develop a strategy to support this effort.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-027

Applicant: California Department of Water Resources, Division of Flood Management

Proposal Title: Combining Removal and Management of Tamarix spp. and Arundo donax with Flood Control Operations and Maintenance

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-028

Applicant: California Sportfishing Protection Alliance

Proposal Title: Suisun Creek Restoration Program

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal was not initially reviewed by the Selection Panel.

Final Selection Comments: The Selection Panel received several comment letters in support of the project, and one letter in opposition. The technical panel did not recommend this project for funding, because the proposal includes a number of broad objectives and does not provide enough detail to evaluate whether these objectives could be met. Other reviewers believed that the project would provide some environmental benefits, but several expressed concern that the proposal did not articulate what the effective benefits of this project would be. The comment letters provided general support for the project, but did not provide any clarifying information that would compel the Selection Panel to re-evaluate the recommendation by the Technical Panel. The Selection Panel does not recommend funding of the proposal at this time.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-029

Applicant: California State Coastal Conservancy

Proposal Title: Big Break and Marsh Creek Water Quality and Habitat Restoration Program

Recommendation: $2,998,049

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This project aims to provide water quality improvements, restore 5,000 feet of riparian habitat, and encourage stewardship and education opportunities. However, the aspect of the proposal which deals with tidal marsh restoration was problematic. The Selection Panel is requesting that the applicant revise the latter aspect of the proposal and resubmit the entire proposal for consideration as a directed action. The Selection Panel's main concerns were centered on, a) why locked tidal gates would be used to "restore tidal marsh," as this seemed an incongruous approach, and b) what benefits the creation of shallow water pools would present (Figure 16). These aspects of the proposal should be more explicitly justified in a revised proposal. In addition, the particular physical/hydrologic attributes of tidal marsh restoration component that are expected to benefit at-risk species should be identified and integrated with the conceptual model.

Final Selection Comments: Endorsements for this project were coupled with support for the nearby Dutch Slough project in many comment letters from Contra Costa County residents. The local sanitary district also wrote to endorse the project and grant permission for project activities on its lands. These letters underscore the project's potential benefits, if other questions raised during the proposal's review can be satisfactorily addressed. The Selection Panel looks forward, therefore, to receiving a revised proposal - to be considered as a directed action - that addresses the following issues (which include issues raised in comment letters and/or issues raised by the Panel): 1) There are technical concerns about the proposed approach (use of tidal gates) to restoring tidal regime and optimizing shallow water habitat and rearing conditions for Delta smelt, splittail, and chinook salmon, which require explicit clarification and should be addressed in the revised proposal; 2) The presence of the Mt. Diablo Mercury Mine and related discharge will likely confound proposed habitat restoration efforts. This was not dealt with in the proposal and should be addressed, as recommended in the comment letter from the Clean Estuary Partnership. 3) The Selection Panel is aware that wetlands are also sites of active methylmercury production. In response to this contaminant issue, CALFED is organizing a workshop to develop an integrated science strategy to address questions pertaining to potential linkages between wetland-restoration activities, the production of methylmercury, and contamination of aquatic biota, fish, and wildlife, which can influence human exposure to methylmercury. The workshop will provide a setting to coordinate CALFED-supported mercury monitoring and research with marsh restoration projects that the selection panel recommends, as recommended in the comment letter from the Clean Estuary Partnership.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-030

Applicant: California State Coastal Conservancy

Proposal Title: Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project

Recommendation: $32,500,000

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This project seeks to acquire a 1200 acre parcel in the western Delta, and develop and implement an adaptive management-based restoration plan for part of the parcel. The Selection Panel agrees that this parcel presents a substantial opportunity for habitat restoration consistent with the goals of CALFED’s Ecosystem Restoration Program. In addition, there are willing sellers who are interested in their land becoming part of habitat restoration efforts in the Delta. The Selection Panel agrees, however, with the Technical Review Panel that the restoration implementation as currently proposed should not be funded. In addition, the Selection Panel recognizes some problems with the approach to planning and design in the current proposal. Since this property is within the Oakley city limits and is zoned for residential development, the Selection Panel believes it is important that the City of Oakley be supportive of restoration on the parcel. Considering the issues, the Selection Panel’s recommendation is that the proposal be revised and submitted for consideration as a directed action where it will be receive timely attention. The Coastal Conservancy and the Natural Heritage Institute are encouraged to continue their collaboration and cooperation with the City of Oakley. As the applicants develop the revisions to the planning and design components, the current team should convene their proposed Adaptive Management Working Group, with assistance from the CALFED Science Program and the ERP Independent Science Board as appropriate, and include individuals with scientific expertise in tidal marsh restoration, habitat utilization by the species of interest, and hydrodynamics and water quality issues in this part of the Delta. The revised conceptual model should explicitly relate attributes of the restored system to expected ecological and water quality benefits.

Final Selection Comments: The Selection Panel acknowledges the broad-based local support for the project as reflected in the numerous letters of support, and commends all parties for their hard work to this point. The applicants are encouraged to continue their dialog with the local community to ensure that non-technical concerns are addressed. On consideration of all the submitted comments, both supporting and opposing, the Panel concurs with its original recommendation, "Consider as Directed Action". There are many technical concerns, some of which are echoed in comment letters, that still need to be addressed. Given the complexities and many uncertainties involved in tidal marsh restoration, the Panel believes it is essential that a focused conceptual model is presented before such substantial resources are committed to the project. The revised proposal should identify the specific restoration approaches that will be used, how and why these will lead to expected benefits, and how possible ancillary effects, such as on water quality and levee stability, will be addressed.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-031

Applicant: California State Coastal Conservancy

Proposal TitleNapa-Sonoma Marsh Restoration Project

Recommendation: $4,511,400

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This project is important regionally and would be well justified for two critical reasons: 1) restoration of tidal marsh in the North Bay (9850 acres, 3 of 12 existing salt ponds) would likely provide habitat for a wide range of at-risk species, and 2) the lessons learned from this effort would likely be transferable to the restoration of other salt ponds in the South Bay, which may be acquired from the Cargill Salt Company. However, the reviews indicated that the proposal was lacking in information critical to properly evaluating the proposed approach. For example, the absence of a conceptual model left reviewers struggling with how tidal action would be restored to the ponds and subsequently managed, and further, the absence of hypotheses regarding expected ecological response left reviewers unable to evaluate how performance and success would ultimately be measured. The Selection Panel has recommended that the proposal be revised for consideration as a directed action because there is significant merit - from both a scientific and restoration perspecitive - in understanding how to restore these diked salt ponds, which could lead to the restoration of other salt ponds in the bay.

Final Selection Comments: Comments endorsing the project were received from the Department of Fish and Game, US Fish and Wildlife Service's San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and the ABAG-CALFED Task Force and San Francisco Estuary Project. These letters, and the Coastal Conservancy's comment letter, emphasize the project's potential regional significance in terms of knowledge and information that could be gained through implementation that might guide future, large scale efforts to restore salt ponds in the North Bay (and perhaps the South Bay). The Selection Panel recognizes these adaptive management opportunities, and so looks forward to receiving a revised proposal to be considered as a directed action that addresses the following: a) a wide range of issues raised by the technical reviewers ranging from lack of conceptual model to specific concerns regarding proposed design/technical approach; and, b)information and guidance that may be derived from this summer's Draft EIS on site restoration, as noted in the Army Corps of Engineers’ comments, that may provide insight into restoration feasibility. In addition, the Selection Panel is aware that wetlands are sites of active methylmercury production. In response to this contaminant issue, CALFED is organizing a workshop to develop an integrated science strategy to address questions pertaining to potential linkages between wetland-restoration activities, the production of methylmercury, and contamination of aquatic biota, fish, and wildlife, which can influence human exposure to methylmercury. The workshop will provide a setting to coordinate CALFED-supported mercury monitoring and research with marsh restoration projects that the selection panel recommends, as recommended in the comment letter from the Clean Estuary Partnership.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-032

Applicant: California State Reclamation Board

Proposal Title: Two-dimensional detailed hydraulic model for determining flood conveyance impacts of ecosystem restoration projects in the Yolo Bypass

Recommendation: $635,382

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal was not initially reviewed by the Selection Panel.

Final Selection Comments: Although the Selection Panel received many supportive comments about this proposal, it has several weaknesses. The panel recognizes that a well-designed 2-D hydraulic model (handling unsteady states) for determining impacts of restoration projects in the Yolo Bypass on flood conveyence is a high priority. In 1995 the project developed a functional RMA-2 hydraulic model but because of insufficient computer power it apparently was not used. That 2-D model was designed as a steady state model while the need is for an "unsteady" state model. This project is costly and part of this cost is that a great deal of the funds will be used for management, coordination and over $100,000 for a case study. The lack of use of the initial RMA-2 model which this project proposes to improve upon leaves the Panel questioning whether the users fully understand the model's importance and use. It also reflects on the record of the investigators. The Selection Panel recommends "Consider as a Directed Action" whereby the authors are encouraged to rewrite the proposal including a thorough justification of the qualifications of the modelers who will develop an appropriate 2-D hydraulic model for Yolo Bypass. The authors also should consider development of a new and appropriate budget for model development, potentially considering lower funding than in the initial proposal. If the authors think the case study is an essential part of the model development, this also needs to be fully justified. All of the criticisms of the many reviewers need to be addressed in a clear and concise fashion to assure that this project will not languish, as did the previous effort. A major rewrite of the proposal is in order and an intensive review by hydraulic modelers and users must be undertaken prior to any funding consideration.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-033

Applicant: California State University, Chico

Proposal Title: Geomorphic and Ecological Investigation for Conservation and Restoration of Former Channels along the Sacramento River

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal requested funding for various studies of oxbows and related water bodies along the Sacramento River, with a somewhat unrelated request for funding to create a Sacramento River research consortium. Certain aspects of the idea were appealing in that it would add to knowledge of some of the natural processes of the river. However, the regional and technical reviewers felt the justification for the studies was not clearly shown, and certain aspects of the study were questioned. For example, the proposal did not specify the criteria for choosing study sites. Many oxbows on the river are within the federal control system levees, and a number of ancient ones are actually outside the levees, thus the potential for landscape manipulation which would address oxbows may be limited. The relevancy to restoration and management decisions was not compelling for the size of the funding request. The consortium idea has merit, but the regional panel was concerned with the lack of local involvement with the SCRA.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-034

Applicant: California State University, Chico

Proposal Title: Hybridization between native and non-native plant species in the riparian ecosystem

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-035

Applicant: California State University, Hayward

Proposal Title: Biological Restoration, Improvements, and Multdisciplinary Monitoring in the Suisun Marsh/North San Francisco Bay Ecological Zone. Phase Two: Importance of Marsh Ponds, Algae, and other Features along Marsh Channels

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-036

Applicant: California State University, Hayward

Proposal Title: Strategies for incorporating wildlife-friendly agriculture in the Delta and East Tributaries Region of California

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel concurs with the technical Panel evaluation that the biotic assessment task was not sufficiently developed. The landowner survey and needs analysis could be very useful, but needs better development. The Panel encourages the proponent to participate in the Working Landscapes Work Group and develop local contacts in order to best assess landowner practices and needs.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-037

Applicant: California State University, Sacramento Foundation

Proposal Title: Effects of Expanding Viticulture on the Home Range and Habitat Use of Nesting Swainson's Hawks in the Central Valley

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel agrees with the Technical Panel that method issues exist with this proposal and that a clear link between this study and future best management practices is not made. Given the breadth of CALFED information needs, this intensive study of a habitat-generalist species in a narrowly defined agricultural circumstance may be too highly focused for program funding.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-038

Applicant: California State University, Sacramento, Department of Geology

Proposal Title: Physical, geochemical and biological influence on spawning site selection and egg and alevin development by Fall run Chinook Salmon.

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Proposal ID: 2002-039

Applicant: Carl Mesick Consultants

Proposal Title: Continued Studies for the Knights Ferry Gravel Replenishment Project, Phase 2

Recommendation: $139,744

Conditions: The Selection Panel recommends funding for one year (not three) of work as proposed.

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Panel agrees with the comments of the previous reviewers, but believes this effort can be strengthened by: (1) providing a more clear explanation of how this Phase 2 work builds on Phase 1 results; and (2) collaborating with others pursuing similar work on Central Valley Rivers. To that end, the Selection Panel encourages the ERP and Science Program to organize a workshop on gravel replenishment projects, sediment quality, and salmonids (including coordination with the proposal from UC Davis re: "Demonstration project to test a new interdisciplinary approach to rehabilitating salmon spawning habitat in the Central Valley"), that includes the proponents of this proposal.

Final Selection Comments: None

Proposal ID: 2002-040

Applicant: Carl Mesick Consultants

Proposal Title: Frymire Ranch Project, Spawning Habitat Restoration in the Stanislaus River

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-041

Applicant: Center for Agricultural Partnerships

Proposal Title: Improving water quality by reducing pesticide loadings in the Sacramento and San Joaquin River system through the wide scale use of environmentally sound farming practices in walnut production

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: Although the proposal is timely and addresses a significant problem, the proposal does not address biological control; is unclear on the benefits provided; its feasibility is uncertain; its relation to similar projects is unclear, and lacks testable hypotheses.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-042

Applicant: Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board

Proposal Title: Improving water quality by reducing pesticide loadings in the Sacramento and San Joaquin River system through the wide scale use of environmentally sound farming practices in walnut production

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposed project would apply a bioassessment approach to identify and rank stressors affecting aquatic biota in surface waters of the Sacramento River watershed. A probability-based sampling framework would be applied to the selection of sampling sites, to the sampling of biota, and to habitat measurements. Biological sampling would focus on aquatic macroinvertebrates, periphyton, and fish. Statistical analyses would be used to identify "stressor metrics" that could be applied by managers to identify areas in greatest need of restoration. External scientific reviewers generally agreed that stressor metrics linked to biological measurements are needed. Otherwise, the technical reviews of the proposal were mixed, and support for the proposal was weak. Most reviewers believed that the project, as proposed, was overly ambitious and should be scaled down and focused. Moreover, reviewers expressed skepticism, based on technical and logistical concerns, that project goals could be achieved. Some aspects of the project were not sufficiently described in the proposal and merit more detailed discussion, particularly in a proposal of this magnitude. It is not clear whether the ecological benefits would justify the high cost ($3.65 million) of the proposed project. The regional reviewer expressed doubt that the information provided would measurably enhance species recovery efforts.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-043

Applicant: Cherokee Chemical Co., Inc.

Proposal Title: Pilot Demonstration of the Passivation Technology for Restoration of Newton Copper Mine

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal was not initially reviewed by the Selection Panel.

Final Selection Comments: The Selection Panel reviewed the letter of support from an Amador County Supervisor but concurs with the evaluation of the Technical Panel, which gave this proposal a summary rating of "not recommended." Regional reviewers gave the proposal an overall ranking of " Medium" and questioned whether the project results would be applicable to (i.e., benefit) the Delta and its watershed, given that acid-mine drainage is not a widespread water quality issue in this system. The external scientific reviewers were particularly concerned that the proposed pilot demonstration study lacked replication and that results from analyses of single 10-gram test samples would be used to characterize 240-ton samples of mining wastes. The reviewers also noted that the proposal lacked sufficient descriptions of (1) project methods, (2) roles and responsibilities of project personnel, and (3) justifications of certain expenses included in the the budget for the proposed project.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-044

Applicant: Chico Unified School District

Proposal Title: The Watershed Education Project

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-045

Applicant: City of Chico

Proposal Title: The Watershed Education Project

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The proposal could be improved by adding more information on the magnitude of the problem for upstream-migrating salmonids. Further, there was some question of whether the proposed solution was the most appropriate alternative for resolving the fish passage problem at this location.

Final Selection Comments: The Selection Panel received a letter from the applicant on its initial recommendation not to fund this proposal. After reviewing the letter and the proposal, the Panel agrees that the proposed project is a good idea, but still concludes that the proposal provides inadequate information to evaluate the project's specific and quantifiable benefits to salmonid fishes, or to demonstrate that it is critical to fund the project now.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-046

Applicant: City of Petaluma

Proposal Title: McNear Peninsula Habitat Restoration Project

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal was not initially reviewed by the Selection Panel.

Final Selection Comments: The proposed project would aquire two parcels to contribute to a total of 34 acres that would be regraded to and restored to create riparian habitat and reduce sedimentation in this reach of the Petaluma River. The proposal was not recommended for funding by the technical review panel because: (1) it lacks considerable detail, including information regarding pre-construction and post-construction monitoring plans, (2) it is based on "weak" science, and (3) its educational benefits as described are unclear. In addition, the proposed project would occur in an area that is not now a high ERP habitat restoration priority. The Selection Panel reviewed the comment letter from a local assemblyman, but sees no reason to revise or overule the evaluation of the technical panel.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-047

Applicant: City of St. Helena

Proposal Title: York Creek Fish Passage Improvement and Stream Restoration Project

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: Although this proposal received generally favorable reviews, the Selection Panel does not recommend funding. York Creek is a tributary of the Napa River, and this region is not a priority for the ERP in the 2002 PSP. In addition, there is no local cost-share identified for the project. The Selection Panel also recommends greater coordination between the Ecosystem Restoration Program and the Department of Water Resources’ Fish Passage Program.

Final Selection Comments: The Selection Panel recognizes and appreciates the significance of this project to the Bay Area region, as noted in a letter from the local Congressman. But given the CALFED ERP priorities this year, the Panel does not recommend funding. Since the project is aimed at benefiting steelhead in the Bay Area, and this region is part of the recovery planning for coastal steelhead, State and federal coastal restoration programs may be more appropriate and immediate sources of funding.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-048

Applicant: Coalition for Urban/Rural Environmental Stewardship (CURES)

Proposal Title: Evaluate, Demonstrate, and Promote Management Practices to Reduce Impacts of Irrigation Drainage within the San Joaquin River Watershed

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-049

Applicant: Cottonwood Creek Watershed Group

Proposal Title: Anadromous Fish Monitoring in Cottonwood Creek Basin

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-050

Applicant: Cottonwood Creek Watershed Group

Proposal Title: Channel Restoration on Cottonwood Creek, Phase 1, Demonstration Project Development

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-051

Applicant: Cottonwood Creek Watershed Group

Proposal Title: Kids for Our Creeks

Recommendation: $164,579

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: Cottonwood Creek is an important tributary to the Sacramento River, with anadromous fish and other significant wildlife, and is a major source of spawning gravel to the mainstem. CALFED previously supported the formation of the Cottonwood Creek Watershed Group in this largely rural area. This proposal will build on prior environmental education efforts and will target K-8 grades. The proposal was rated highly by the regional panel and the Environmental Education panel agreed that this has "great merit", although it did note the proposal could have been more artfully written. The Selection Panel viewed the proposal very positively and recommends full funding.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-052

Applicant: Davis Ranches

Proposal Title: Davis Ranches, Site 2 - Pumps 4 & 5, Fish Screen Project

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal is for planning, permitting, and constructing a fish screen for a combined diversion of 65 cfs, located on the lower Sacramento River. For fish screen proposals, the Draft Stage 1 Implementation Plan and the 2002 PSP prioritize two types of projects: 1)a specific list of screen projects to complete and 2) comprehensive studies of the effectiveness of screens, including the cumulative benefits for listed species. This proposal is not responsive to the PSP in either regard and as such, the Selection Panel does not recommend funding.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-053

Applicant: Deer Creek Watershed Conservancy

Proposal Title: Lower Deer Creek Restoration and Flood Management: Feasibility Study and Conceptual Design

Recommendation: $1,860,000

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel recognizes the importance of Deer Creek in the ERP and the critical role and good work of the Deer Creek Watershed Conservancy, but does not recommend funding this proposal. Although the Technical and Regional Panel reviews are generally favorable, the Selection Panel is concerned with the cost and scope of the proposal. The Panel suggests that the Deer Creek Watershed Conservancy prepare a revised proposal for Phases 1 and 2 (Feasibility Study and Conceptual Design of initial projects elements) in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Reclamation Board, and Tehama County for consideration as a directed action.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-054

Applicant: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.

Proposal Title: Butte Sink Water Control Structure Modifications - Phase III Construction

Recommendation: $5,748,112

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: Although the technical review panel rated the proposal as adequate, they did so based on the lack of a private cost-share. They identified no technical concerns, noting that the project was poised to proceed. The regional review panel gave the project a high rating, noting that the project was very important to overall restoration efforts in Butte Creek. As such, the project is part of a regionally significant, large-scale restoration effort. The project is for next-phase funding of a CALFED-funded project and will complement other restoration actions already completed or underway in the Butte Creek watershed. Previous phases showed significant cost share. The Selection Panel reviewed the rating summary and determined that the cost-share concern raised by the technical review panel should not deter funding this proposal. The Selection Panel recommended funding as proposed.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-055

Applicant: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.

Proposal Title: Central San Joaquin Floodplain Restoration

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-056

Applicant: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.

Proposal Title: Central Valley Wildlife Friendly Agriculture Program

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-057

Applicant: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.

Proposal Title: Conservation Easements for Agricultural Lands/CEAL Project

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel concurs with the Technical Panel review that the proposal failed to describe the strategic importance of the proposed agricultural easements in meeting ERP goals. The proposed easement acquisitions were not located in high priority areas such as along the Sacramento River or a key tributary. The proposal was vague in its deliverables other than the actual easements.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-058

Applicant: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.

Proposal Title: Staten Island Wildlife-Friendly Farming Demonstration

Recommendation: $1,507,459

Conditions: The Selection Panel recommends that project implementation is consistent with the terms and conditions of the previous contracts that funded Staten Island's acquisition by The Nature Conservancy.

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel recommends full funding of $1,507,459 to this project as proposed. The Panel requests assurance that the landowner (TNC) has active involvement in the project. Panel members also recommend that to the extent possible, that pre-project monitoring be conducted to allow comparison of bird density and diversity to new shallow-water managed fields to otherwise similar fields that are not managed in this way. The Panel also suggests that the applicant assess of the cost and benefits of the wildlife-friendly agricultural practices on Staten Island not only to wildlife enhancement, but also to agricultural profitability. The project meets ERP strategic objectives by enhancing habitat in the Consumnes River Preserve corridor, providing additional water quality monitoring, and enhancing wildlife friendly agriculture opportunities. It may also provide future flood management benefits. The project should provide valuable information to CALFED. With suggested monitoring improvements, it can be an information-rich project with respect to bird species of concern. It will also provide information on farmland/wildlife/water quality interactions, in a reasonable time frame.

Final Selection Comments: The Selection Panel continues to recommend full funding of the project. Comments from the Delta Protection Commission and the Department of Water Resource's North Delta Planning Branch emphasized that it is important the project be carefully coordinated with Delta flood protection planning, in order to avoid project improvements that may be inconsistent with future flood management solutions. The Delta Protection Commission also reminded the committee of TNC's statements that its management of Staten Island would be neutral for agriculture and seasonal wildlife. In response to these comments, the Selection Panel recommends that the project should be developed to assure consistency with the ultimate outcome of ongoing planning processes including the CALFED Delta Regional Implementation Plan and CALFED North Delta Improvements. The panel believes the condition recommended will assure this outcome.

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-059

Applicant: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.

Proposal Title: White Mallard Dam and Associated Diversions - Phase III Construction

Recommendation: $7,047,987

Conditions: The Selection Panel recommends that project implementation is consistent with the terms and conditions of the previous contracts that funded Staten Island's acquisition by The Nature Conservancy.

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal was not initially reviewed by the Selection Panel.

Final Selection Comments: This proposed project would improve passage and screen diversions on Butte Creek, and is part of a regionally significant, large-scale restoration effort. The Sacramento Regional Review Panel gave the project a high rating, but noted that while project and components are critical to the overall restoration efforts in Butte Creek, project development is not at a stage ready for construction funding, with the possible exception of Task 3, Subtask 3.1 - White Mallard Dam upgrade. The regional panel recommended that funding for this task should be conditioned upon: 1) completion of the management agreement for Sanborn Slough, 2) completion of a draft management agreement for flow management through the Butte Sink, and 3) completion of the draft environmental review (CEQA/NEPA). The Fish Screen and Ladder Construction Panel agreed with the regional panel’s concerns, and raised another concern. The panel was concerned about a potential change of point of diversion for about 70 cfs that was not presented in the proposal. In a comment letter the applicant responded by stating that the potential change of point of diversion had been considered and rejected prior to the proposal being submitted, and provided evidence that supported their assertion. The applicant also stated that the concerns raised by the regional panel with respect to structural and operational issues could best be dealt with through the contracting or directed action process. The Selection Panel recommends that this proposal be considered as a directed action, and recommends that the applicants revise their proposal to address the regional panel’s concerns, either by resolving the issues prior to submitting a revised proposal or by clearly describing how the issues will be addressed in the revised proposal.

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-060

Applicant: East Bay Municipal Utility District

Proposal Title: Mokelumne River Spawning Habitat Improvement Project

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-061

Applicant: Environmental Science Associates

Proposal Title: California Clapper Rail - Development of a Geographic Information System-Based Habitat Suitability Model to Guide Restoration Efforts in the North Bay Region

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal received good reviews from the Technical Panel and external reviewers. These reviewers acknowleged, however, that pertinent physical variables should be identified and surveyed, and that proposed performance measures were not adequate. The Bay Regional Panel gave the proposal a "low" rating because the applicants did not acknowlege and incorporate predation (a prime determinant of clapper rail population viability) into the habitat suitability model and, given the existing body of knowlege on clapper rail habitat requirements, it was not apparent how this proposal would assist restoration planning in the North Bay. Based upon the above criticism, the Selection Panel does not recommend funding of this proposal. The Panel notes that the applicant submitted a similar proposal for the salt marsh harvest mouse. The Panel recommends that any future proposal submission address the review comments and integrate the Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse, California Clapper Rail, and possibly other appropriate species into one experimental approach. It is imperative that future proposals better describe available data and articulate how data will be used to develop a predictive model.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-062

Applicant: Environmental Science Associates

Proposal Title: Development of a Population-Based Habitat Suitability Model for Salt Harsh Harvest Mouse to Guide Restoration Efforts in the North Bay Region

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The selection panel concurred with the issues raised by technical teams. The proposal did not clearly indicate how the habitat and demographic information would provide information for the metapopulation model. The proposal would also have benefitted by a clear delineation of how this effort would help guide restoration.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-063

Applicant: Environmental Science Associates

Proposal Title: Distribution and Ecology of Lepidium Latifolium in Bay-Delta Wetlands

Recommendation: $223,0500

Conditions: Task 1 should be funded.

Initial Selection Panel Comments: Funding is recommended for only Task 1 of this proposal's three components: (1) mapping, (2) edaphic and environmental issues associated with invasion and (3) an assessment of herbicide fate. Of the four external reviews it received two excellent ratings and two poor ratings. There is great variation in the rating among tasks. The technical panel recommends funding Task 1 – the GIS mapping, but not Tasks 2 and 3. There is overall agreement that Task 3 is poorly described in the proposal and addresses a very difficult problem. The combination of these factors indicates to the Selection Panel that Task 3 should not be funded. Task 2 has some problems with the experimental design, which are described in detail by one reviewer, and there is such a high degree of concern regarding the proposed approach that the Selection Panel feels this is not suitable for funding.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-064

Applicant: Environmental Science Associates

Proposal Title: PROTECT AND MANAGE ENDEMIC GABBRO-SOIL AT-RISK PLANT SPECIES

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: Funding is recommended for only Task 1 of this proposal's three components: (1) mapping, (2) edaphic and environmental issues associated with invasion and (3) an assessment of herbicide fate. Of the four external reviews it received two excellent ratings and two poor ratings. There is great variation in the rating among tasks. The technical panel recommends funding Task 1 – the GIS mapping, but not Tasks 2 and 3. There is overall agreement that Task 3 is poorly described in the proposal and addresses a very difficult problem. The combination of these factors indicates to the Selection Panel that Task 3 should not be funded. Task 2 has some problems with the experimental design, which are described in detail by one reviewer, and there is such a high degree of concern regarding the proposed approach that the Selection Panel feels this is not suitable for funding.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-065

Applicant: Environmental Science Associates

Proposal Title: RIPARIAN VEGETATION ESTABLISHMENT AND RESPONSE TO CHANGES IN THE HYDROLOGY AND GEOMORPHOLOGICAL PROCESSES ALONG THE SACRAMENTO RIVER

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The proposal addressed several topics with potential value in understanding the relationship between physical river processes and riparian vegetation growth and survival. However, there are substantial questions about the value of the studies of transpiration in the proposal as well as problems with the technical feasibility of tree-ring studies. The proposal was not well-crafted and the technical reviewers were dubious about the final integration of various component studies in the proposal.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-066

Applicant: Environmental Science Associates

Proposal Title: TIDAL HYDROLOGY, BIOGEOCHEMISTRY, AND BIOTIC STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION OF LOW-ORDER CHANNELS IN SUISUN MARSH

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: A lot of good data could come from this study but it is not obvious how this project will relate to restoration of these systems and how the proposed model to be developed can be used for channel construction. More justification is needed in this area. There was a weak discussion of the systems model and the biogeochemistry aspect of the proposal was also weak. The proposal needs to justify how studying channels that may form naturally will benefit restoration. The team is qualified and should consider resubmitting a revised proposal in the future if the above concerns can be adddressed.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-067

Applicant: ESSA Technologies Ltd.

Proposal Title: Adding Rigor to the CALFED Concept of Adaptive Management: Application of the Clear Creek Decision Analysis and Adaptive Management Model (CCDAM) to Tributary Restoration. Phase III.

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal is for a sophisticated modelling effort and associated activities that promise to identify most promising flow options (MFPO) for Whiskeytown Dam and presses many of the right adaptive management buttons. While external scientific reviews are quite positive, the regional review is less so. The concern that this proposal is salmon-centric is well taken. It is not completely clear from the proposal how previous products from early project phases are being used. The Selection Panel recommends not funding this proposal. The panel suggests that any future resubmission should articulate the current relationships between the applicant and the agencies that are responsible for managing Clear Creek's natural resources and might use these products.

Final Selection Comments: The comments from the applicant suggest usefulness of the developing model and support for it from potential users. The Selection Panel cannot ascertain either, having seen neither clearly demonstrated applications of the model nor products from the project's prior phase that are clearly useful to Bay-Delta restoration planners. Both would be absolutely necessary in the current competitive funding environment. Given the previous involvement by the ERP in this effort, the Selection Panel recommends that the applicant meet with the managers of their current ERP contract to discuss ways to demonstrate usefulness of the current work before attempting to extend their model's use to more complex issues.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-068

Applicant: ESSA Technologies Ltd.

Proposal Title: Testing Restoration Hypotheses across Multiple Watersheds: Gaining Insights from Past Projects to Improve Future Learning

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The selection panel agrees that a synthesis of ongoing restoration projects and use of currently available data to guide selection of next actions is a CALFED need. The panel also agrees with the technical review's concern about the limited number of available and advanced case studies, and the lack of coordination with restoration projects. As data sets rapidly mature, the value of this proposal will rise considerably; but, if this proposal is brought back, the applicant should work closely with CALFED ERP staff to better delineate its content and application. Do not fund during this funding cycle.

Final Selection Comments: As indicated previously, this proposed effort may be most valuable in coming years as management efforts ripen, data accrues, and opportunities for synthesis grow. Based on the proposal and comments received from the applicant, the Selection Panel is not compelled to change its initial recommendation.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-069

Applicant: Estuary Action Challenge/Earth Island Institute

Proposal Title: Estuary Action Challenge Environmental Education Program

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The applicant has received past CALFED funding (1999, 2000) and has been successful in implementing a range of environmental education activities in economically disadvantaged East Bay communities. The proposal received positive reviews for merit, the presence of strong community support, and because the project would contribute to CALFED's efforts addressing environmental justice issues.

Final Selection Comments: The ABAG-CALFED Tak Force and San Francisco Estuary project's comments endorse this project and offer suggestions for refining its activites. In response, Selection Panel encourages the applicant to use its role in implementing this environmental education program opportunisitically to reach other associated, at-risk communities who consume fishes caught in Bay waters.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-070

Applicant: Fall River Resource Conservation District

Proposal Title:Fall River Conservation Easement Program

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal is outside the geographic scope of the ERP. The Selection Panel believes this proposal does not provide sufficient benefits to the Delta ecosystem to merit funding.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-071

Applicant: FARMS Leadership, Inc.

Proposal Title: Cultivating Watershed Stewardship

Recommendation: $1,497,500

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel recommends funding in full, including Task 3, which the Environmental Education Panel suggested not funding. The Learning Center's location near Willows and the interest expressed by numerous cost-sharing partners (Audubon, Yolo County Resource Conservation District, The Nature Conservancy, San Joaquin County Resource Conservation District, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation) make this a strategic investment.

Final Selection Comments: The Selection Panel recognizes and appreciates the clarifying comments provided by the applicant (both the budget and location of the Farm and Nature Center), and recommends full funding for this project.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-072

Applicant: Fishery Foundation of California

Proposal Title: Chipps Island Tidal Marsh Restoration Study

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This project conforms to the CALFED ERP goal of restoring acreage in Suisin marsh. It could provide a good pilot project for reintroducing tidal action to the extensive areas of marsh in Suisin that are currently managed for waterfowl. The Technical Panel recommended that the project be revised according to their comments and that it be given a more scientific basis. The Selection Panel recommends that this project not be funded at this time because of critical concerns regarding the conceptual model. However, Chipps Island is a potentially important location for tidal marsh restoration and the proposers are encouraged to work with others involved in tidal marsh restoration across the estuarine gradient to further work at this site.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-073

Applicant: Friends of the Tuolumne, Inc.

Proposal Title: Bobcat Flat Instream Restoration 2

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-074

Applicant: G. Fred Lee & Associates

Proposal Title: Assessing the Magnitude of and Developing a Management Program for Excessive Bioaccumulation of Organochlorine Pesticides and PCBs in Delta and Delta Tributary Fish

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The proposed project focuses on human health effects as opposed to ecological effects. Further, the proposal generally lacks detail, the goals, objectives, hypotheses are not clearly stated, and the budget seemed excessive to reviewers. Most importantly perhaps, the project may not generate the data necessary for the SWRCB to develop a technical TMDL, which is the main objective of the project.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-075

Applicant: Glenn County Resource Conservation District

Proposal Title: Stony Creek Hydrology and Non-Native Eradication Project

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal was rated very favorable by the regional panel and the work enjoys considerable local and multi-agency support. However, it was rated as only adequate by the technical panel, with serious questions raised by many of the reviewers concerning research design for the individual components and the linkages between components. The Selection Panel's conclusion is that activities to control invasive and restore native plants, and the study of channel dynamics, are all worthwhile undertakings in Stony Creek, but the proposal needs to make improvements in research design, includng incorporation of adaptive management principles, to be acceptable for funding. The applicants are encouraged to rethink the approach and consider reapplying in future solicitations

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-076

Applicant: Grassland Water District

Proposal Title: Characterization of giant garter snake habitat in the Grassland Wetlands of the northern San Joaquin Valley

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal was not initially reviewed by the Selection Panel.

Final Selection Comments: The Fish and Widlife Service submitted a letter outlining the need for additional information about the San Jooaquin Valley's giant garter snakes. It suggested funding part of the proposal, which is also being considered for funding through the CVPIA's habitat restoration program. The Selection Panel, however, agrees with previous reviews, noting that the proposal lacks critical experimental design details and presents an indefensibly high funding request. Should this proposal be resubmitted to CALFED or another funding source, it will need substantial revision of the project description, a clear articulation of data acquisition schemes that are consistant with standing hypotheses regarding the current understanding of habitat use, and a budget at a fraction of that in this proposal.

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-077

Applicant: H & L Partnership

Proposal Title: H & L Partnership & Furlan Fish Screen Project

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The proposal is to screen a small diversion on the Sacramento River. Screening small diversions on large rivers was not identified as a priority in the PSP. The regional panel considered this project to be a low regional priority and both the regional panel and technical review panel commented that the costs were high. The Selection Panel does not recommend funding this proposal.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-078

Applicant: H. T. Harvey & Associates, U.C. Davis

Proposal Title: An Investigation of the Flooding and Salt Tolerance of Lepidium latifolium L. (Perennial Pepperweed) in the Bay – Delta Region and its Relation to Habitat Restoration: A Manipulative Field Experiment

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-079

Applicant: H. T. Harvey & Associates, U.C. Davis

Proposal Title: Behavioral and Genetic Variability of Wild and Hatchery Juvenile Chinook Salmon in the Tuolumne River

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-080

Applicant: H.A.R.T., Inc.

Proposal Title: Sustainable Restoration Technologies for Bay/Delta Tidal Marsh and Riparian Habitat

Recommendation: $1,800,000

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: Proposed treatments, selection of sites, and past performance supports the decision to fund this effort in full. The project has value to CALFED in issue areas including sedimentation dynamics, invasive plant species, revegation, and bank stabilization. Reviewers laud the relatively low overhead and administration costs. The work has reached a point at which efficiencies in restoration can be assessed through rigorous experimental tests of habitat enhancement techniques, which then can be articulated as directions to other efforts. As indicated in the technical and other reviews, the applicant should take advantage of experimental opportunities in the proposed restoration program by varying treatments within system constraints. Reviewers desire that the applicant synthesize lessons and promulgate the adaptive management message from this work to assist efforts elsewhere in the CALFED planning area.

Final Selection Comments: The Delta Protection Commission's comments endorsing this project reinforce the Selection Panel's recommendation that it be funded as submitted.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-081

Applicant: HDR Engineering, Inc.

Proposal Title: Employing a Particle Tracking Model to Simulate Delta Hydrodynamics with Future Delta Infrastructure such as the Through Delta Facility

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-082

Applicant: HDR Engineering, Inc.

Proposal Title: Nimbus Basin Side Channel Salmon and Steelhead Spawning and Rearing Habitat Restoration - Preliminary Feasibility Study

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-083

Applicant: HDR Engineering, Inc.

Proposal Title: Support for Fish Passage Program in the Sacramento River Region

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal seeks funding to provide support to the California Department of Water Resources Fish Passage Program and Flood Management Division in developing a long-term plan for improving fish passage in the Sacramento River region. The Selection Panel is concerned that the proposal lacks sufficient detail and focus and the project team lacks the necessary expertise to have a high level of confidence that the program will accomplish its objectives. The technical panel raised concerns that the proposal did not sufficiently identify how data would be quantified and how the hydraulic and geomorphological data would be related to fish. The technical panel also noted that the proposal did not adequately describe how fish information would be collected, and expressed concern that the applicant lacked necessary fish expertise. Emphasis on engineering approach versus an ecological approach could be problematic. The Selection Panel is also concerned about the lack of coordination between the Department of Water Resources Fish Passage Program and the Ecosystem Restoration Program.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-084

Applicant: Humboldt State University, Department of Environmental Resource Engineering

Proposal Title: Using Environmental Water for In-River Salmon Enhancement: Methods for Planning and Evaluation

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: Technically, the IBM model has problems with getting to and beyond model validation, and the IBM needs validation before the other tasks are productive. In addition, there are concerns with scaling up the IBM to a larger portion of the population. It does not indicate a focus on EWA and listed salmonids. Regional reviews were low, indicating poor support for the Delta and Central Valley. The proposal also lacks coordination with the various environmental water programs cited.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-085

Applicant: Hydrologic Research Center

Proposal Title: INFORM - Integrated Forecast and Reservoir Management Demonstration for Northern California Water Resources

Recommendation: $600,000

Conditions: The proposed cost share is under consideration by the NOAA OPG where an identical proposal was submitted. The scientific review panel and the selection panel felt this proposal should be funded, but that funding should be contingent upon NOAA funding the projected cost share component of this 5-year project.

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This highly-rated research proposal seeks to improve management of the network of reservoirs in the CALFED area by improving the integration of climatic forecast into models used to manage the system. This is not the kind of proposal that is likely to draw a lot of public attention or involvement. Because it is about research to improve water supply, the regional panels felt that it wasn‘t as high a priority as it might be if it addressed immediate ecological issues within the Delta. At least one panel felt that the project should be undertaken by the water management entities and funded by another program related to water supply reliability. However, the selection panel felt that the strong scientific basis for the project and the possibility of increased and more reliable water supply, coupled with the potential contribution of funds by NOAA, makes it viable for funding by CALFED. Given the costs of water in California, if water supplies are enhanced then the costs are reasonable and the ecological benefits could be substantial if water management can be effectively used for ecological benefits. This project appears to have a high probability of success because of the close ties of the research group to the agencies involved in the water management and demonstrated expertise and success with a similar project. The panel noted that for this project to ultimately succeed the implementation of the results by the water management entities is an essential step.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-086

Applicant: L.C. Lee & Associates, Inc.

Proposal Title: Development of a Hydrogeomorphic (HGM) Functional Assessment Guidebook for First and Second Order Riverine Wetland Ecosystems in Suisun Marsh

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-087

Applicant: L.C. Lee & Associates, Inc.

Proposal Title: Rare Plants of the Suisun Marsh Ecosystem

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-088

Applicant: Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee

Proposal Title: Lower Putah Creek Watershed Pilot Implementation Projects

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal was not initially reviewed by the Selection Panel.

Final Selection Comments: A comment letter from the applicant criticized the project's ranking, asserting that prior reviews had missed key information and shown insufficient understanding of Putah Creek's issues. The selection panel, however, continues to recommend against funding for the project. This project was not supported by regional reviewers. The technical components of the proposal are weak in that methods are not adequately described, such as explanations of logistics of replanting and engineering. The conceptual model has inconsistencies with the proposal and existing information on the relationships of riparian parameters. Monitoring methods and use of quantitative data to test the hypotheses are not provided. Although one external reviewer considered this an excellent proposal, that reviewer overlooked its major weakness the absence of sufficient detail to allow readers to fully understand the project.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-089

Applicant: M & T Chico Ranch

Proposal Title: M&T/Llano Seco Fish Screen Facility - Short-Term/Long-Term Protection Project

Recommendation: $1,816,500

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The applicant proposes to implement a short-term and to study a long-term solution to threats posed by river meander to continued operation of the M&T/Llano Seco fish screen facility. The facility contributes to efforts to restore Butte and Big Chico creeks. The river meander and sediment deposition processes that threaten the facilities continued operation are key to efforts to restore the Sacramento River corridor. Efforts to maintain M&T/Llano Seco‘s ability to divert water from the Sacramento River in a fish friendly manner is highly visible and has broad public and agency support. The proposal has the potential to provide information on how to maintain river meander and protect fish from the impacts of water diversion. This information should have broad application for the Valley sections of many Central Valley rivers. The technical review panel gave the proposal an adequate rating, recommended some reimbursement for work already performed on the short-term solution and did not recommend future studies intended to provide information leading to a long-term solution. The short-term solution has already been implemented and the Selection Panel does not recommend funding this portion of the proposal. The technical panel based their recommendation to not fund future studies on the perception that there is a lack of certainty regarding river meander and sediment deposition and that this uncertainty warrants inaction. Because river meander and sediment deposition will continue (only the rate of meander and deposition is uncertain), and because the proposed study will reduce uncertainty and provide information needed to make informed decisions, the Selection Panel recommends that the applicant revise the study portion of the proposal for consideration as a directed action. The Selection Panel does not recommend funding for task 12, described as " obtain funding for a preferred alternative." The revised proposal should not be solely focused on protecting the existing facility, but should consider alternative means of meeting the water needs of beneficiaries of the present facility, including modifications to the existing facility to accommodate river meander and sediment deposition. The Selection Panel encourages the applicant to structure the process to develop the long-term solution such that it is likely to result in innovative solutions, informed by experts on innovative diversion techniques, fish protection facilities, and natural riverine processes from outside the Central Valley. The Selection Panel recommends formation of a steering committee to guide development of the long-term solution to ensure it appropriately considers objectives to maintain an effective, fish-friendly diversion for M&T/Llano Seco and to maintain river meander.

Final Selection Comments: The applicant responded to the Selection Panel‘s recommendation to consider this proposal as a direction action, and asked for clarification on CALFED‘s position regarding river sedimentation, meander, and hard points for pumping plants on the river, for a contact person and a well-defined framework to guide them through the directed action process, and for assurances to meet ongoing water needs of the beneficiaries of the diversion. The Selection Panel recommends that the Ecosystem Restoration Program identify a contact person (or persons) to assist the applicants with the directed action process, and that the ERP consider the applicant's need to meet ongoing water needs of the beneficiaries of the facility while a long-term solution is identified.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-090

Applicant: Marin Audubon Society

Proposal Title: Bahia Acquisition and Tidal Wetland Restoration

Recommendation: $3,345,000

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel recommends funding this acquisition and restoration project because the applicants: identified substantial cost sharing; are dealing with a willing seller; have county support; are consistent with the local voter referendum for protection of this parcel; are not affecting prime or unique farmland; will restore tidal wetlands, natural salinity regimes, channel complexity and vegetation; and because the one-year development moratorium will end soon and development or sale of the property is probable. Protecting and restoring San Pablo Bay tidal marsh, especially from old diked baylands, is a PSP priority (BR-1).

Final Selection Comments: Many agencies' comments endorse this project: the city of Novato, Marin County, the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture, and the ABAG-CALFED Task Force and San Francisco Estuary Project. They reinforce the Selection Panel's recommendation that this project be funded as submitted. The Selection Panel is aware that wetlands are sites of active methylmercury production. In response to this contaminant issue, CALFED is organizing a workshop to develop an integrated science strategy to address questions pertaining to potential linkages between wetland-restoration activities, the production of methylmercury, and contamination of aquatic biota, fish, and wildlife, which can influence human exposure to methylmercury. The workshop will provide a setting to coordinate CALFED-supported mercury monitoring and research with marsh restoration projects like this that the selection panel recommends, as suggested in the comment letter from the Clean Estuary Partnership.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-091

Applicant: Mathews Electric

Proposal Title:Daguerre Point Fish Ladder Passage

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-092

Applicant: Meridian Farms Water Company

Proposal Title: Meridian Farms Water Company - Positive Barrier Fish Screen Project

Recommendation: $750,000

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal is to prepare a feasibility study to evaluate consolidation of three pumping facilities on the Sacramento River into one screened diversion. Collectively, these diversions have the potential to divert a significant portion of the Sacramento River flow. The project is specifically identified as a priority in the 2002 PSP, it received an above average rating from the technical panel, and was rated high by the regional review panel. The Selection Panel notes that the contractors identified in this proposal were also identified in another proposal recommended for funding by the panel (proposal number 109, Patterson Irrigation District Fish Screen Design and Environmental Review). The total time collectively identified in these proposals for specific individuals likely exceeds the time they have available. The Selection Panel recommends funding this proposal, but encourages the applicant to work with the Anadromous Fish Screen Program to address cost concerns and to assure that identified contracting personnel are adequate to complete the project.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Public Comment

Proposal ID: 2002-093

Applicant: Montgomery Watson Harza

Proposal Title: Watershed Mass Balance Model and Protocol Development

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-094

Applicant: National Grants

Proposal Title: Lagoon Valley Ecosystem Restoration

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-095

Applicant: National Grants

Proposal Title: Wetlands Biofilter

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The concept of using a wetland biofilter system to filter polluted runoff, in this case from suburban runoff and agricultural tailwater, has merit for CALFED. However, because this proposal did not provide sufficient details about approach, methodology, and timeline the technical panel rated it only as adequate. The Selection Panel concurs and finds it does not warrant funding.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-096

Applicant: Natomas Mutual Water Company

Proposal Title: American Basin Fish Screen and Habitat Improvement Project

Recommendation: $10,175,000

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The proposed project is a priority screening action on the Sacramento River. Previous reviewers expressed that cost-share issues should be clarified, a Value Engineering review should be included in the planning process, and that Technical Advisory Teams should approve final design. The Selection Panel concurs with the technical panel and recommends that the applicant work with the Anadromous Fish Screen Program to finalize the design, establish a reasonable cost for an appropriately screened facility, and submit a revised proposal for consideration as a directed action. The Panel would be more favorably inclined to provide funding if a local cost share was included as part of the project.

Final Selection Comments: The applicant provided a letter during the comment period which clarified some of the issues brought up by previous panels, and pledges to continue refining the project with the ASFP.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-097

Applicant: Natural Heritage Institute

Proposal Title: Making the best use of a scarce resource: Developing tools to optimize flows for restoration of Central Valley riparian vegetation

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: Although this proposal has a well documented approach and includes some leading riparian ecologists who have studied instream flow requirements for riparian recovery, the Selection Panel recommends not to fund this proposal primarily because the proposal does not show linkages to other large scale programs of this type (e.g., San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers) that are already funded by CALFED. In some cases, some of the same researchers linked to this proposal are connected to those projects, and thus this proposal should not only have demonstrated the linkages but possible lessons being learned from the similar projects. Consequently, concern was expressed that there is insufficient evidence of success from those projects to warrant funding a similar effort on a larger scale (i.e., Central Valley). If the authors of this proposal decide to rewrite it, they should consider the above concerns as well as consider bringing the expert team together to review information being developed on other projects while guiding a new proposal.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-098

Applicant: Natural Resource Scientists, Inc.

Proposal Title: A Feasibility Investigation of Reintroduction of Anadromous Salmonids Above Crocker-Huffman Dam on the Merced River

Recommendation: $160,758

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal provides an assessment of the likely benefits of opening up three miles of cold water salmonid habitat within 12 months. It can lead to actions that increase the spawning, abundance and distribution of multiple at risk species. The need and feasibility of the study outweigh not very explicit descriptions of objectives, schedule and hypotheses. The strategic benefits lie in the likelihood of increasing access to and habitat for spawning, consistent with the Proposal Solicitation Package's priority SJR-3, by a qualified and experienced team. Ecological benefits in terms of new knowledge will help as well, and can lead to restoring natural processes for stream biota, including passage and spawning of salmon and steelhead

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-099

Applicant: Natural Resource Scientists, Inc.

Proposal Title:

An Evaluation and Prioritization of Small Unscreened Diversions for Fish Protection in the Middle and Lower Sacramento River

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal is to evaluate and prioritize small, unscreened diversions for fish protection in the middle and lower Sacramento River. The proposal received an adequate rating from the technical review panel and was rated low by the regional review panel. The technical panel was concerned about design issues related to selection of diversions, indexing of fish abundance in the river, flow and fish estimates at diversions, and the statistical power of the results. The technical panel also noted that the proposal did not make adequate use of existing diversion data and regional plans in the justification. The Selection Panel does not recommend funding this proposal.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-100

Applicant: Natural Resource Scientists, Inc.

Proposal Title: An Evaluation and Prioritization of Small Unscreened Diversions for Fish Protection in the Middle and Lower Sacramento River

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal is to evaluate and prioritize small, unscreened diversions for fish protection in the middle and lower Sacramento River. The proposal received an adequate rating from the technical review panel and was rated low by the regional review panel. The technical panel was concerned about design issues related to selection of diversions, indexing of fish abundance in the river, flow and fish estimates at diversions, and the statistical power of the results. The technical panel also noted that the proposal did not make adequate use of existing diversion data and regional plans in the justification. The Selection Panel does not recommend funding this proposal.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-101

Applicant: Natural Resource Scientists, Inc.

Proposal Title: Water Temperature Models for the Merced River and Reservoirs

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: Knowledge of and management of river temperatures will help with restoration and sustainability of recovery of anadromous fish. This project addresses the need for and development of reservoir and river temperature models on the Merced. However, there is little or no mention of the applicability of similar models developed on other rivers, both nearby and elsewhere, but indication that the study will start with some established general temperature models does not adequately address this weakness. Also, there is no mention of previous work on the Merced re: temperature modeling but there are vague statements about gathering data (e.g., Task 1). Development of a well designed, applicable research proposal should have incorporated existing knowledge and a thorough background literature review. Qualifications of the team relative to temperature modeling is not strong and the team should have included an experienced stream and reservoir temperature modeler.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-102

Applicant: Northern California Regional Land Trust

Proposal Title: Wetlands Outdoor Classroom, Habitat Acquisition for Butte County Meadowfoam

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal was not initially reviewed by the Selection Panel.

Final Selection Comments: The Fish and Wildlife Service's comments on the panel's recommendation note the importance of protecting this vernal pool species, and encourage partial funding of the proposal. The Selection Panel recognizes the importance of habitat acquisition in the conservation of Butte County meadowfoam and surrounding vernal pool areas as recognized in the Habitat Restoration Program. However, the panel agrees with reviews that this proposal is deficient and should be substantially revised to justify funding either by CALFED or the HRP.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-103

Applicant: Old River Committee, Inc.

Proposal Title: Delta Island Restoration Project

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel evaluated this proposal as not being sufficiently developed to merit funding. There was not a well developed management plan for the property to be acquired and questions remained as to the breadth of local support for the project. The cost of the project compared to the potential ecological benefit seemed quite high.

Final Selection Comments: Several letters from the Homestead Land and Water Alliance oppose the project. These comments underscore the need for the applicant to assure wider local support for the project and to better develop their plans for the site, so that its ecosystem benefits are more apparent and its impacts to adjacent lands are clearer.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-104

Applicant: Orange Cove Irrigation District

Proposal Title: Mill Creek Adaptive Management Fish Passage Improvement Project

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal was not initially reviewed by the Selection Panel.

Final Selection Comments: The Selection Panel does not recommend funding this project. The Technical Review recommended against funding it due to a lack of sufficient details on how most of the work would be executed, and a concern about having to assume that the project will deal effectively on its own with the details that must be involved. The Regional Review gave a low rating due not only to an apparent lack of local biological support, but also to lack of specifics on the water acquisition and the expectations for pulse flows relative to base flows. Three external science reviewers rated the proposal poor, good, or excellent. Comments received from the applicant indicate that local involvement occurred, that there is agency biologist support, and the need to secure passage upstream. However, these comments do not relieve the panel's uncertainties over the lack of study details that are needed for effective execution of the project.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-105

Applicant: Orland Unit Water Users’ Association

Proposal Title: Northside Diversion Dam Fish Passage Feasibility Study

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal was not initially reviewed by the Selection Panel.

Final Selection Comments: The proposed project would investigate the impact on migration of anadromous fish at the Northside Diversion Dam on Stony Creek, and would study potential solutions to improve migration if necessary. The Fish Screen and Ladder Construction Panel did not recommend it. The Selection Panel received a letter from the applicant urging immediate funding for the project. The Selection Panel concurs that the project should not be funded now. The Sacramento Regional Review Panel felt the proposal inaccurately described spring-run chinook salmon as a species that could benefit, and gave the proposal a medium rank. The Fish Screen and Ladder Construction Panel also questioned the suitability of Stony Creek as anadromous fish habitat, and stated that the proposed fish ladder may be temporary due to the possible future replacement of the dam. The technical panel questioned the long-term benefit of the project and did not recommend the project. The applicant responded to the panels‘ concerns in regard to the suitability of Stony Creek as habitat for anadromous fish, stating that the proposal was to study impacts to migration and would include assessments of the suitability of the creek as habitat. The applicant cited a National Marine Fisheries Service draft biological opinion (applicant included copy with comments) that suggests that Stony Creek may have value as habitat for anadromous fish, including spring-run chinook salmon. The Selection Panel agrees that Stony Creek has value as anadromous fish habitat, but this value is likely low relative to the value of other tributaries in the Sacramento region. The Selection Panel, therefore, does not recommend funding this proposal.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-106

Applicant: Pacific EcoRisk

Proposal Title: Assessing the Toxicity and Bioaccumulation Impacts of Metals-Contaminated Sediments in the Upper Sacramento River Watershed

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: Regional support for this proposal was weak, given that metal contamination of upper river sediments has not been identified as an area of concern pertaining to either water quality or aquatic biota. Regional reviewers indicated that the principal mining sources of the metals have been remediated in the proposed study area, and that concentrations of metals in bed sediments in the area are expected to decrease with time. Three external scientific reviewers rated the proposal as good, and a fourth rated it as very good. The applicants are highly qualified to perform the proposed work, the proposed methods are proven, and the probability of successful completion was judged to be high.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-107

Applicant: Panoche Drainage District

Proposal Title: Agricultural Drainage Treatment for Selenium & Nitrate Removal

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel recognizes the importance of reducing selenium and nitrate loading to the San Joaquin River. The project could provide incremental progress towards that goal. However, the Panel agrees with the technical reviews that the proposal does not demonstrate sufficient cost-benefit towards ERP goals and cost-share by Panoche Drainage District. The Selection Panel also recommends close coordination with ERP and other CALFED programs (Water Use Efficiency, Drinking Water Quality) and with the San Joaquin Valley Drainage Implementation Program to achieve a comprehensive solution to this problem.

Final Selection Comments: The Selection Panel received one comment letter, from the applicant, in advance of the 30-day public comment period. The letter describes the total project cost as $1.9 million and a grant award of $750,000 from the CALFED Drinking Water Quality Program. The letter requests that the CALFED ERP consider the CALFED Drinking Water Quality Program funds as a matching grant, and fund the balance of the total project costs. No comments were received before or during the public comment period that addressed the Selection Panel or technical panel recommendations. Therefore, the initial Selection Panel recommendation stands.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-108

Applicant: Panoche Drainage District

Proposal Title: San Joaquin River Water Quality Improvement Project - Phase II Implementation

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel recognizes the importance of reducing selenium loading to the San Joaquin River and achieving a salt balance in the San Joaquin Valley. This project could provide incremental progress towards those goals. However, the Panel concurs with the Technical Panel review that the proposal did not demonstrate sufficient cost-benefit towards ERP goals and appropriate cost-share by Panoche Drainage District. There also was not a soil and groundwater monitoring component to demonstrate long term sustainability of the approach. The Selection Panel recommends close coordination of other CALFED programs (Water Use Efficiency, Drinking Water Quality, and ERP) with the San Joaquin Valley Drainage Implementation Program to achieve a comprehensive solution to this problem.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-109

Applicant: Patterson Irrigation District

Proposal Title: Patterson Irrigation District Fish Screen Design and Environmental Review

Recommendation: $611,000

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal is to complete the final engineering design and environmental permits for a fish screen project on the San Joaquin River. The diversion that would be screened if this project were to be implemented has the potential to divert a significant portion of the San Joaquin River flow. The project is specifically identified as a priority in the 2002 PSP, it received an above average rating from the technical panel, and was rated high by the regional review panel. The technical panel raised concerns that the costs for portions of this project were high. The Selection Panel notes that the contractors identified in this proposal were also identified in another proposal recommended for funding by the panel (proposal number 92, Meridian Farms Water Company - Positive Barrier Fish Screen Project). The total time collectively identified in these proposals for specific individuals likely exceeds the time they have available. The Selection Panel recommends funding this proposal, but encourages the applicant to work with the Anadromous Fish Screen Program to address cost concerns and to assure that identified contracting personnel are adequate to complete the project.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-110

Applicant: Pelican Media

Proposal Title: Multi-media Education and Outreach Program for the Ecosystem Restoration Program

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-111

Applicant: Pleasant Grove-Verona Mutual Water Company

Proposal Title: Pleasant Grove-Verona Mutual Water Company Positive Barrier Fish Screen Design and Environmental Review

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal is for design and environmental review for a fish screen on a Pleasant Grove-Verona Mutual Water Company diversion on the Sacramento River. This project is specifically identified as a priority in the 2002 PSP and was rated a high regional priority by the regional panel. The technical review panel gave it an adequate rating and noted that the proposal lacked sufficient detail to fully assess the projects value and that costs were excessive. The Selection Panel does not recommend funding this proposal at this time.

Final Selection Comments: The Fish Screen and Ladder Construction Panel rated the proposal as adequate. The Selection Panel, after extensive discussion, concurred with the Technical Committee's rating of the project description. The Selection Panel also shared the technical panel's concerns about the apparent high cost and inadequate clarification of additional costs. The Selection Panel recognizes that that the project is listed as a priority in the 2002 Proposal Solicitation Package, but felt that the proposal lacked sufficient detail and justification to warrant funding now. The comments provided by the single commenter expressed their disappointment that the proposal was not recommended, but did not provide a compelling reason to change the panel's recommendation.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-112

Applicant: Point Reyes Bird Observatory

Proposal Title: Songbird population responses to riparian management and restoration at multiple scales: comparative analysis, predictive modeling, and the evaluation of monitoring programs.

Recommendation: $356,876

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: Synthesis of the large, accruing datasets on riparian birds will be valuable to inform a great number of CALFED actions targeting bank and floodplain restoration. The products of this effort need to be integrated into an indicators analysis, allowing CALFED to better assess restoration project success and enhance management strategies. Reviewers are concerned that both the choice of population dynamics models and the the lack of detail concerning the tools used to analyze available data are a project shortcoming. The panel recommends that the applicants seek advice in approach to data analysis from a top flight biostatistician and submit to peer-review their interim products to assure rigor and usefulness of results.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-113

Applicant: Portland State University

Proposal Title: LIFE HISTORY OF EGERIA DENSA IN THE DELTA: FACTORS CONTROLLING PRODUCTION & FRAGMENT VIABILITY

Recommendation: $327,937

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This is a very sound research proposal that aims to elucidate the life history of Egeria such that control measures can be more readily designed, and/or we can better understand the implications of our management actions (both those targeted at Egeria and others) on the Egeria problem. The frustration of several technical reviewers seems be that the proposal is not set in the context of existing/planned restoration measures for the Delta, and perhaps the proposers lack of explicit reference to such means they have not fully considered where their work might be useful. Had their conceptual model included components that showed the effects of management actions on the various potential controlling environmental factors, this may have clarified this issue. However, the Selection Panel feels this is an important step forward on Egeria – in the CALFED adaptive management structure it certainly seems appropriate to present a research proposal because of the great uncertainty surrounding Egeria management. This study will likely provide some good information on Egeria that can aid ERP, and in a timely manner. No revision needed – the need is to get started.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-114

Applicant: Power Hydrodynamics

Proposal Title: Inventorying and Evaluating Best Management Practices for the Reduction of Non-Nutrient Pollutant Loads

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-115

Applicant: Power Hydrodynamics

Proposal Title: Inventorying and Evaluating Best Management Practices for the Reduction of Nutrient and Oxygen Demanding Substances in the San Joaquin Valley

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel concurs with the Technical Panel review that the proposal to conduct a review of existing research on landowner BMPs to reduce non-point sources of nutrients and oxygen demanding substances has merit, but lacks specificity and adequate justification. The proposal did not demonstrate sufficient coordination with others working on the issue, such as NRCS and local RCDs.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-116

Applicant: Reclamation District 108

Proposal Title: Reclamation District No. 108 Consolidated Pumping Facility and Fish Screen

Recommendation: $7,200,000

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This project is specifically identified as a priority in the 2002 PSP, it received an above average rating from the technical panel, and was rated high by the regional review panel. The technical panel recommended that an independent value engineering analysis to establish a reasonable cost for an appropriately screened facility. The Selection Panel concurs with the technical panel and recommends that the applicant work with the Anadromous Fish Screen Program to establish a reasonable cost for an appropriately screened facility, and submit a revised proposal for consideration as a directed action.

Final Selection Comments: The applicant responded to the Selection Panel‘s recommendation to consider this proposal as a direction action, and requested $630,000 as a directed action this year, noting that a Federal cost-share is available. The Selection Panel encourages the Ecosystem Restoration Program to work with the Anadromous Fish Screen Program (the source of the Federal funds) to address the applicant's concerns concurrently with efforts to establish a reasonable cost for an appropriately screened facility.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-117

Applicant: Reclamation District 108

Proposal Title: Reclamation District No. 108 Wilkins Slough Positive Barrier Fish Screen Sediment Removal Project

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal was not initially reviewed by the Selection Panel.

Final Selection Comments: This proposal was rated low by the Sacramento Regional Review and was not recommended by the Fish Screen and Ladder Construction Panel, which recommended against funding unless Reclamation District No. 108 participated substantially in funding the sedimentation removal system. During the public review period the district responded that it is already providing a cost share through support for a sediment removal pilot test and its commitment to operate and maintain the facility. It asserted that the screen's sedimentation problems did not result from design oversights, as the Fish Screen and Ladder Construction Panel believed, but from a deliberate decision to defer installation of sediment control systems. The Northern California Water Association also commented that it was disappointed that the project was not funded. These views were considered during the Selection Panel discussion on providing additional funding for pumps to remove sediment from the newly constructed fish screen, but the panel did not find compelling reasons to change its recommendation. The panel lacks sufficient information to determine whether the district or the fish screen and passage panel is correct about the screen designers' responsibility for dealing with the sediment problem. The panel is concerned that the project proposed may not provide a durable, long-term solution to the screen's sedimentation problems. In addition, it is reluctant to recommend funds for work that may be considered screen maintenance, which the ERP cannot afford to fund at the many screens under development in the Bay-Delta system.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-118

Applicant: Reclamation District 2035

Proposal Title: Reclamation District 2035 Fish Screen Construction

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-119

Applicant: ReMetrix LLC.

Proposal Title: Reclamation District 2035 Fish Screen Construction

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The proposal seeks to compare aerial photography with satellite imagery to document the extent of Egeria in Franks Tract. There was disagreement among the external scientific reviewers and the proposal provides little information on several important issues (e.g., the nature of the imagery, the design of the monitoring program, how the proponents will address species other than Egeria). These and other technical concerns must be addressed for a project such as this to be successful. The CBW control program was to provide essential data to the monitoring effort but there is no explicit acknowledgement of their involvement or details of their control program that the monitoring proposed here will address. Given this lack of detail and technical concerns expressed in the external scientific review, the Selection Panel does not feel this proposal is worthy of support.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-121

Applicant: Riviere and Associates

Proposal Title: Waterbirds and Water Resources in the East Grasslands / Stevinson Water District Watershed

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel disagrees with other reviewers about the value of this correlative study of waterfowl habitat use. In contrast, the panel would be favorably disposed to a study that is designed to address through hypothesis testing how specific habitat features contribute to waterfowl distribution and abundance. The current proposal spares readers critical aspects of study system design and application; it is not clear how university scientists will be engaged. The panel recommends not to fund.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-122

Applicant: S.P. Cramer & Associates, Inc.

Proposal Title: A Plan for Adaptive Management Studies for the Stanislaus River Basin

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel agrees with the comments from the Technical and San Joaquin Regional Panels. In addition, the Selection Panel believes that this important effort would benefit from a broader ecosystem-approach and stakeholder support.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-123

Applicant: S.P. Cramer & Associates, Inc.

Proposal Title: Assessment of Life-History Characteristics and Genetic Composition of Oncorhynchus mykiss Throughout California

Recommendation: $698,730

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: Although the technical review panel gave the proposal an above average rating, the panel recommended the proposal be revised to reflect clear coordination of genetics collections with CDFG and NMFS, and be coordinated with CDFG‘s otolith microchemistry study of steelhead (Proposal 13, Central Valley Steelhead Population Structure Evaluation). The proposal should be revised to address these and other concerns raised by the technical panel and be focused on the Central Valley ESU and on that portion of the Central California Coast ESU that resides within the ERP geographic scope. The Selection Panel recommends that the applicant revise the proposal to address the technical panel‘s comments and submit the revised proposal for consideration as a directed action.

Final Selection Comments: A comment letter was submitted during the public comment period that noted that this proposal received a low rating from the Sacramento Regional Review Panel. The Selection Panel notes that this proposal has application throughout the Central Valley and received higher ratings from the three other regional review panels, and therefore continues to support the initial recommendation.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-124

Applicant: S.P. Cramer & Associates, Inc.

Proposal Title: Fish Screen Feasibility and Interim Fish Protection Measures for Diversion Facilities of the South Yuba and Brophy Water Districts

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-125

Applicant: S.P. Cramer & Associates, Inc.

Proposal Title: Proposal to Coded-Wire Tag Wild Juvenile Chinook to Determine Contribution of Fry, Parr and Smolt Emigrants to Adult Recruitment from the San Joaquin Basin

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel felt that the "new Technology" mentioned in the proposal was not adequately explained. A major problem was the uncertainty of success with the tagging and the likelihood of few results before the control expires. Who would collect and analyze this data? The Panel was also not satisfied with the overall thrust of the proposal and decided not to elevate the above adequate rating. This proposal is not recommended for funding.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-126

Applicant: Sacramento Valley Open Space Conservancy

Proposal Title: East Sacramento County Blue Oak Legacy Acquisition Area-Deer Creek Hills Project

Recommendation: $1,000,000

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: Blue oak woodland, vernal pools, and grasslands are critical habitats that support a wide range of at risk species. These habitats are fast disappearing in the Central Valley. This 4,000+ acre acquisition is a high priority because of its location (i.e., upper Cosumnes River watershed, foothill region, rapidly developing urban/suburban zone), it is time sensitive (i.e., option expires December 10, 2002), and the land is at risk of imminent development (i.e., existing proposal for a senior citizen center). There are no prime farmlands on the property. The affected landowners are willing sellers. Protection of this land would likely provide downstream watershed benefits including instream water quality and ecosystem health benefits, as well as provide an opportunity to broaden understanding of biological and ecological value associated with these habitat types through surveys and monitoring.

Final Selection Comments: The Fish and Wildlife Service's letter endorses the project and pledges $200,000 towards the project, confirming the value of purchasing these lands.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-127

Applicant:San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board

Proposal Title: Physical Processes and Population Dynamics Assessment in the Napa River Basin - A Foundation for Restoration

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel concurs with other reviews that the biological component of this proposal is not as promising as the physical component. The applicants might wish to better link biological models and techniques to assessment goals and resubmit for future CALFED consideration.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-128

Applicant: San Francisco Estuary Institute

Proposal Title: Investigations into Toxicity of Unknown Cause in the Bay-Delta and Tributary Watersheds

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel recognized the importance of this work, but agreed with the Technical Panel that TIE methodologies need to be better described. Also, the ability to achieve the goals of the task to link the presence of contaminants to ecological effects would be difficult. The Selection Panel encourages the project proponent to coordinate efforts with the Environmental Quality Group and to consider the critical input of the scientific reviewers in further development of a conceptual and methodological framework for TIE investigations in the ecosystem.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-129

Applicant: San Francisco Estuary Institute

Proposal Title: Mercury and Methylmercury Processes in North San Francisco Bay Tidal Wetland Ecosystems

Recommendation: $1,108,380

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal addresses topics of significant ecological and management concern: the production of methylmercury and its bioaccumulation in food webs supporting nesting birds and their young. The proposed work would focus on processes and factors influencing methylmercury exposure of the federally endangered clapper rail in tidal wetlands in North San Francisco Bay. Analyses of clapper rail eggs from nests in this area have shown high concentrations of mercury that could adversely affect developing young. The clapper rail nests in the study area (tidal marshes), and its feeding range is believed to be local. Diminished reproductive success could adversely affect populations of clapper rails and other avian species exposed to high levels of methylmercury via dietary uptake. A multidisciplinary team of investigators, including a microbial ecologist, an environmental biogeochemist, a wildlife biologist, and aquatic biologists, would do the proposed work. The two USGS scientists on the team have extensive experience with large, process-level studies of mercury cycling at the ecosystem scale, and the Selection Panel believes that their leadership on the scientific team would be essential to the success of the project. Scientific reviewers emphasized that success will hinge on identifying trophic pathways for methylmercury exposure in the clapper rail. The project budget is realistic and well justified. The scientific reviewers and Selection Panel were generally supportive of the proposal, but agreed that much more emphasis should be given to ecological work to define the diet and food web of the clapper rail. The Selection Panel believes that this proposal should be considered as a directed action after these comments have been addressed in a revised proposal. The Panel also recommends that the applicants participate in the Mercury Science Strategy Workshop being planned by CALFED, tentatively for fall 2002. The applicants should also consider and incorporate recommendations emanating from that workshop into their revised proposal.

Final Selection Comments: Letters from the ABAG CALFED Task Force and San Francisco Estuary Project and from the Clean Estuary Partnership commented on this proposal. The Selection Panel believes the applicants should respond to these comments when their proposal is revised for consideration as a directed action, following the CALFED Science Program mercury workshop. The workshop will develop an integrated science strategy to address questions pertaining to potential linkages between wetland-restoration activities, the production of methylmercury, and contamination of aquatic biota, fish, and wildlife, which can influence human exposure to methylmercury. It will provide a setting to coordinate CALFED-supported mercury monitoring and research with marsh restoration projects that the selection panel recommends, as suggested in the comment letter from the Clean Estuary Partnership. The applicants should consider and incorporate recommendations emanating from that workshop into their revised proposal.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-130

Applicant: San Francisco Estuary Institute

Proposal Title: MERCURY IN CENTRAL VALLEY SPORT FISH: DEFINING THE MERCURY PROBLEM

Recommendation: $2,116,121

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The scope of this proposal overlaps with two others (#131 and #196) that propose to monitor or survey methylmercury in fish and aquatic biota. As proposed, this project would spatially expand sampling of fish done for a previous CALFED project, to characterize contamination of sport fish throughout the Delta watershed. Efforts would focus on largemouth bass, a widespread species that is sought by many anglers. The Panel agrees that measurement of mercury concentrations in sport fish can provide a very useful "critical performance measure " related to the mercury problem. Inventories of inorganic mercury are large in this ecosystem (watersheds, streams, tributaries, and Delta), and restoration activities could increase production of methylmercury and its concentrations in aquatic food webs supporting production of sport fish in parts of the system. Exposure of humans to methylmercury results almost entirely from consumption of commercial and sport fish. The information obtained in the study, as proposed, would be useful primarily in risk communication, to inform the public about methylmercury contamination of fish and (presumably) to provide risk-based advice concerning consumption of sport fish. This would be accomplished by sharing of information with the public and stakeholders, including environmental health professionals. The Selection Panel doubts that substantial scientific understanding would accrue from tests of the four hypotheses listed in the proposal, given that the hypothesized spatial patterns in methylmercury contamination would be expected, based on published scientific work on mercury or on prior mercury investigations in the watershed. The Panel believes that this work can be made much more cost effective by a much stronger linkage to other scientific work on processes and factors that affect methylmercury concentrations in fish. Such factors include methylmercury production and demethylation, abundance of methylmercury in water and the diet, food-web structure, and possibly, disturbances associated with ecological restoration activities. The Selection Panel recommends that the applicants work with others to combine this proposal with two others (#131 and #196) to produce a single, integrated proposal that would (1) provide cost-effective monitoring of mercury in fish, producing information relevant to methylmercury exposure in humans and fish-eating wildlife, and (2) be designed to facilitate linkage of fish-mercury data to information on processes and factors affecting methylmercury concentrations in fish. The Panel recommends that the applicants on this proposal participate in the Mercury Science Strategy Workshop being planned by CALFED for fall 2002. The applicants should consider and incorporate recommendations emanating from that workshop into a revised, integrated proposal that the Panel recommends be considered as a directed action.

Final Selection Comments: The ABAG CALFED Task Force and San Francisco Estuary Project, and the Clean Estuary Partnership commented on this application, as they have on other mercury-related proposals, encouraging outreach to people likely to catch or eat mercury-tainted sportfish and to urge coordination between wetland restoration and mercury research proposals. The Selection Panel believes the applicants should respond to these comments when their proposal is revised for consideration as a directed action, following their participation in the CALFED Science Program mercury workshop. The workshop will develop an integrated science strategy to address questions pertaining to potential linkages between wetland-restoration activities, the production of methylmercury, and contamination of aquatic biota, fish, and wildlife, which can influence human exposure to methylmercury. It will provide a setting to coordinate CALFED-supported mercury monitoring and research with the marsh restoration projects that the selection panel recommends, as suggested in the comment letter from the Clean Estuary Partnership. The applicants should consider and incorporate recommendations emanating from that workshop into their revised proposal. The Selection Panel recommends that the applicants work with others to combine this proposal with two others (#131 and #196) to produce a single, integrated proposal that would (1) provide cost-effective monitoring of mercury in fish, producing information relevant to methylmercury exposure in humans and fish-eating wildlife, (2) be designed to facilitate linkage of fish-mercury data to information on processes and factors affecting methylmercury concentrations in fish, and (3) include a coordinated outreach component to transfer information regarding methylmercury contamination of fishery resources to local stakeholders to facilitate assessment and communication of potential health risks of fish consumption.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-131

Applicant: San Francisco Estuary Institute

Proposal Title: MERCURY IN DELTA FISH: ESTABLISHING A NETWORK FOR LONG TERM STUDY

Recommendation: $1,456,531

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposed project would establish a monitoring network for total mercury (present largely in the form of methylmercury) to assess mercury contamination of fish in the Delta. The information from monitoring would be transferred via public education and outreach and by the involvement of a network of stakeholders, including environmental health officials involved with risk communication to the general public. The overall scope of this proposal overlaps with two others (#130 and #196) that propose to monitor or survey methylmercury in fish or other aquatic biota in the Bay-Delta ecosystem. The Panel agrees that measurement of mercury concentrations in sport fish would be a useful " performance measure" related to the mercury problem in the Delta and concurs with the view that a mercury-monitoring effort should be in place in the Bay-Delta system during ecological restoration, given that restoration activities could increase production of methylmercury and its concentration in aquatic food webs supporting fish production. The Panel believes that the benefits of a monitoring program would be greatly enhanced by linking monitoring efforts to other scientific work on processes and factors that affect methylmercury concentrations in fish. Such factors include methylmercury production and demethylation, abundance of methylmercury in water and the diet, food-web structure, trophic transfer, and possibly, disturbances associated with ecological restoration activities. The Selection Panel recommends that the applicants work with others to combine this proposal with two others (#130 and #196) to produce a single, integrated proposal that would (1) provide cost-effective monitoring of mercury in fish, producing information relevant to methylmercury exposure in humans and fish-eating wildlife, and (2) be designed to facilitate linkage of fish-mercury data to information on causal processes and factors affecting methylmercury concentrations in fish. Moreover, the Panel strongly encourages the applicants on the three proposals (130, 131, and 196) to consider developing an analytical capability for measurement of total mercury and methylmercury in fish, other aquatic biota, and water. This could substantially reduce the high analytical costs associated with contractual analyses of samples (particularly for methylmercury) from a large-scale monitoring effort. The Panel recommends that the applicants on this proposal participate in the Mercury Science Strategy Workshop being planned by CALFED for fall 2002. The applicants should consider and incorporate recommendations emanating from that workshop into a revised, integrated proposal that the Panel recommends be considered as a directed action.

Final Selection Comments: The ABAG CALFED Task Force, San Francisco Estuary Project, and Clean Estuary Partnership's comments encourage better outreach to anglers and others who might be exposed to mercury-contaminated fish in the Bay-Delta system. In response, the panel recommends that coordinated outreach to transfer information regarding methylmercury contamination of fishery resources to local stakeholders to facilitate assessment and communication of potential health risks of fish consumption should be among the topics addressed at the Mercury Science Strategy Workshop being planned by CALFED for fall 2002. The applicants could then consider and incorporate recommendations emanating from that workshop into a revised, integrated proposal that the Panel recommends be considered as a directed action.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-132

Applicant: San Francisco Estuary Institute

Proposal Title: Mercury Watershed Loads and Bayland Methylation Processes in the Northern Reach of San Francisco Bay: Linking Basic Science, Water Quality Standards, and Management Actions in the CALFED Bay-Delta area

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-133

Applicant: San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Proposal Title: Peninsula Sportsmen's Club, Salt Pond Remediation

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-134

Applicant: San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Proposal Title: Removal of the Niles and Sunol Dams on Alameda Creek

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel agrees with the shortcomings identified by the technical reviews, and does not recommend funding. In addition, there are several barriers to anadromous fish downstream of these two dams, and passage issues need to be resolved at these locations as well. The Selection Panel also recommends greater coordination between with the DWR Fish Passage Program.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-135

Applicant: San Francisco State University

Proposal Title: Amphipod (Traskorchestia traskiana) - pickleweed (Salicornia virginica) interactions in San Francisco Bay area salt marshes

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal provides an interesting perspective of tidal marsh dynamics. The reviewers raised some concerns regarding the detail provided in the proposal. It is poorly linked to CALFED restoration goals and was ranked LOW by the regional panel. The selection panel agrees with the Technical Panel evaluation.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-136

Applicant: San Francisco State University

Proposal Title: Field and Laboratory Investigation of Selenium Cycling and Speciation in San Francisco Bay and the San Joaquin River-Delta Sediments

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposed project would develop analytical methods and perform field and laboratory studies to examine the speciation of selenium in sediments at contaminated sites in the Bay-Delta system. The investigators are well qualified, and the goals, objectives, hypotheses, and methods are clearly described in the proposal. Regional and Panel support for the proposal was weak. Selenium contamination is a significant problem in the Bay-Delta system; however, the investigators did not convincingly demonstrate in the proposal that information on selenium speciation in sediments would contribute significantly to understanding and mitigating the problem. Existing information indicates that biological exposure pathways in the Bay-Delta system largely involve uptake of waterborne selenium by phytoplankton, trophic transfer to filter-feeding bivalves, and dietary uptake by fish and aquatic birds that feed on bivalves. Reviewers were also critical that the proposed bioavailability work was based strictly on speciation of selenium, and did not include elimination of implications for uptake by aquatic biota.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-137

Applicant: San Francisco State University

Proposal Title: Protistan Microzooplankton in the North San Francisco Bay Food Web: Source or Sink?

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: Technical and external reviews rate at low-medium levels. Reviewers had concerns about design and approach and the linkage to supporting the ERP. Also, the proposal articulates few strategic benefits for CALFED. There is priority linkage regarding new information about ecosystem elements, but of questionable value to future ERP actions. Regional support was modest.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-138

Applicant: San Francisco State University, Romberg Tiburon Center

Proposal Title: Determining the mechanisms relating freshwater flow and abundance of estuarine biota (the "Fish–X2" relationships): Phase I

Recommendation: $509,222

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: Technically, a key uncertainty begins to be addressed in this research planning project, but additional phases will be required to field–test hypotheses on fish–X2 relationships. The Bay panel‘s "do-not-fully-fund" recommendation is outweighed by the confidence in ratings from other panels. Strategically, this proposal could contribute to knowledge of Delta flow regimes to support at–risk species in the Bay and Delta, and to effects of Delta diversions. Proposal Solicitation Package priorities addressed include Bay Region–6, –7 and –8, which relate to at–risk species in the Bay/Delta. Evaluating ecological benefits vs. cost is hard now as this research is beginning. The importance of X2 justifies some risk. It may set the stage for science to contribute to decisions on restoration actions or water management after this 2–year project. Public support and implementability seem likely per Bay and Delta regional panels giving the proposal good and high ratings. Modeling efforts should support study design without getting ahead of the design. Proposal indicates modeling may be independent of the design effort.

Final Selection Comments: The ABAG–CALFFED Task Force's and San Francisco Estuary Project's comments endorse the proposal, emphasizing its value to their region.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-139

Applicant: San Francisco State University, Romberg Tiburon Center

Proposal Title: Nitrogen Transformations in Restoration of Salt Marshes in the San Francisco Bay Region

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: Connections to the CALFED ERP and the hypotheses are vague, and there is a general lack of detail. Further, the proposal lacks specific objectives interfacing with the ERP. Potential for success is difficult to evaluate. The project also seems extremely expensive. These observations do not support strategic benefits or Implementation Plan priorities being addressed satisfactorily by the current version of this proposal.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-140

Applicant: San Francisco State University, Romberg Tiburon Center

Proposal Title: Understanding the time scales of primary production responses to environmental perturbations in North San Francisco Bay

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The investigators are highly qualified to conduct this research and the reviewers generally considered an effort such as proposed worthwhile. The investigators justify the need for taking a refine look at primary production in the Suisun marsh, but a number of concerns were raised by external reviewers that should be addressed before the project is implemented. Location of the monitoring stations, frequency of exchange between instruments, frequency of accompanying field measurements and the complicated flow characteristics of the marsh are problems for the research as proposed. This effort also needs to be well integrated with ongoing monitoring and research on phytoplankton production and dynamics. The recommendation by the panel is not to fund at this time.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-141

Applicant: San Joaquin County Resource Conservation District

Proposal Title: Non-Native Invasive Species Control and Wildlife-Friendly Agriculture in a Rangeland Vernal Pool Complex

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal would restore vernal pools and would investigate innovative techniques for controlling non-native invasive species. It received support from regional reviewers for the restoration and research concepts, but the research design was considered flawed. Reviewers of this proposal believe the proposal would have benefited from a more complete literature review and a more robust experimental design. The acquisition portion of the proposal includes a cost share, and is not time-sensitive. The Selection Panel does not recommend funding for this proposal at this time. The Panel recommends that reviewer comments be addressed if/when this proposal is submitted for future funding cycles.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-142

Applicant: San Joaquin County Resource Conservation District

Proposal Title: Restoration and Monitoring of Riparian Habitat Corridors Along The Lower Mokelumne River

Recommendation: $859,405

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel concurs with the Technical Panel that the riparian restoration and song bird monitoring merit support. The Panel encourages the proponents to consult with a bio-statistician to incorporate a statistically valid experimental design into the monitoring tasks for both bird species and plant species.

Final Selection Comments: Several owners of land near this project site wrote letters during this proposal's review, expressing concern that it might adversely affect use of their property. Other landowners, the Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission, and the Riparian Habitat Joint Venture, submitted comments endorsing the project. After considering these comments, the Selection Panel continues to support funding this proposal to restore riparian corridor habitat and monitoring for benefits to neotropical migratory birds. Salmonid habitat restoration, about which several property owners expressed concern, is not a key feature of this project. This project exhibits willing landowner participation, overall community support and a collaborative approach. Project implementation will respect private property rights.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-143

Applicant: San Joaquin River DO TMDL Steering Committee

Proposal Title: Restoration Planning for Watersheds Impacting low Dissolved Oxygen Conditions in the Lower San Joaquin River Near Stockton

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: There is little doubt that the topic this proposal addresses is a high priority for CALFED goals. The restoration panel gave it high marks primarily based upon the merit of the principal goal, strong stakeholder involvement and a reasonably well-written proposal. However, the external reviewers noted several serious drawbacks. The consensus among reviewers was that the proposal needs a more detailed plan for implementation of action steps and a properly justified and reasonable budget. The relatively high ranking of this proposal seems to rest on the need for such a project rather than the merits of the project as proposed. The panel believes that the proposed efforts are premature and this group needs to sort out ongoing efforts before proceeding with the next step.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-144

Applicant: San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority

Proposal Title: Quantitative Procedure to Estimate Fish Population Increases from Ecosystem Restoration Projects and Other Activities

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-145

Applicant: Santa Clara Valley Water District

Proposal Title: COMPREHENSIVE MONITORING AND ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM FOR LOWER SILVER CREEK PROCESS-BASED STREAM RESTORATION AND FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-146

Applicant: Santa Clara Valley Water District

Proposal Title: EFFECTS OF RIPARIAN NON-NATIVE INVASIVE SPECIES REMOVAL ON FISHERIES IN SANTA CLARA VALLEY

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-147

Applicant: Shasta Land Trust

Proposal Title: Cow Creek Easement Acquisition and Riparian Habitat Enhancement Project

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-148

Applicant: Sierra Nevada Alliance

Proposal Title: From Sierra to Cities: Sierra Water Education Program for Urban Users

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal was not initially reviewed by the Selection Panel.

Final Selection Comments: An error by the environmental education panel in describing Sacramento's water source was pointed out in a comment letter. The panel's mistake does not diminish its fundamental conclusion that the project is not sufficiently developed to warrant CALFED funding.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-149

Applicant: Sloughhouse Resource Conservation District

Proposal Title: Cosumnes River Streambed and Riparian Restoration Project

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-150

Applicant: Solano County Farmlands and Open Space Foundation

Proposal Title: Restoring Ecosystem Integrity in the Northwest Delta: PHASE II

Recommendation: $246,370

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel recommends funding most of this research, land acquisition, monitoring and outreach proposal. The project will protect and enhance habitat for as many as 29 target species and provides a native habitat bridge between the delta and Suisun Marsh and is part of the Jepson Prairie-Prospect Island Corridor. The land to be acquired (775 acres) is designated prime and unique agricultural land. It is currently available for sale. It will remain in agricultural use for the time being. The research into levee setback and removal may result in up to 900 acres, including 40 acres on the acquired parcel as well as the adjacent publicly-owned parcel, being taken out of agricultural production. The restoration proposed is being undertaken primarily because of resources present at and near this site, including an isolated population of Delta smelt. For this reason, the project can't be undertaken on existing public lands elsewhere.

Final Selection Comments: The local reclamation district and the two adjoining landowners commented on this application, expressing concern about how the project would affect local agriculture and alter flood protection in the area. The Delta Protection Commission (DPC) and the Department of Conservation also expressed concerns about potential impacts to farmland, with DPC recommending issues and procedures that it felt should be addressed in the applicant's restoration planning. In response, the Selection Panel now recommends funding of only the vernal pool restoration and public outreach and education components of the proposal. The Selection Panel further recommends that the CALFED agencies consider funding the planning components and acquisition ($1,556,853) as a directed action, but only after the applicant coordinates with the Delta Protection Commission, Reclamation District, and other local governmental entities.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-151

Applicant: Sonoma Ecology Center

Proposal Title: Arundo Eradication and Coordination

Recommendation: $2,066,432

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel recognizes the importance of invasive weed management to ecosystem restoration and the proven track record of the project proponents. The Panel also supports the approach described in the proposal. However, the Panel is requiring for all weed management projects that strong experimental, monitoring and adaptive management components be included. Information to be gained from these components should include comparisons of the effectiveness of different weed management tactics, the integration with restoration of native plants, and monitoring of results over the long term. Therefore, the Panel recommends that the proponent revise and resubmit the proposal for consideration as a directed action with the above-recommended elements.

Final Selection Comments: The applicants submitted a detailed letter defending their proposal. Nevertheless, the Selection Panel continues to recommend the project for directed action, rather than immediate funding. The importance of invasive weed management to ecosystem restoration is well recognized. The Selection Panel recommends that the CALFED Science Program convene a workshop in the near future to develop a comprehensive strategy to address the issue. It is anticipated that workshop will identify invasive weed management efforts that include appropriate experimental design and monitoring to link these efforts into the overall goal of ecosystem restoration. The Selection Panel encourages the participation of the project proponent in this workshop.

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-152

Applicant: Sonoma Ecology Center

Proposal Title: Sonoma Creek Watershed Conservancy, 2002-2005

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-153

Applicant: Southern Sonoma County Resource Conservation District

Proposal Title: Petaluma Watershed Science and Ecosystem Restoration Project

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel agrees with the assessment of the Technical Panel - the proposal as written has some technical shortcomings. In addition, several projects have been funded in the Petaluma River watershed by the ERP (e.g., Petaluma River Watershed Restoration Program), and it's critical to put any future proposals in this context.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-154

Applicant: Stanford University

Proposal Title: Shallow open water habitats: Hydrodynamics and benthic grazing

Recommendation: $471,661

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal provides important information regarding shallow water hydrodynamics that can improve modeling of the Delta and thus be of great value to many aspects of the CALFED program beyond ERP. Its contributions to understanding of hydrodynamics (the fundamental driver of ecosystem processes in the tidal part of the system) will be widely beneficial. Emphasis on food web implications of boundary layer dynamics is also important for planning restoration projects. This team has the skills to link the developments they make directly into models of Delta hydrodynamics. This project can produce really important information, the cost is reasonable, and the likelihood of success is high. As the work develops, the proposers need to do a better job at showing how their project addresses critical uncertainties in the current conceptual models concerning intertidal and shallow subtidal habitat restoration (and thus cast their work more directly in the CALFED adaptive management framework).

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-155

Applicant: Stanford University, Center for Conservation Biology

Proposal Title Ecological Impacts of Physical Habitat Restoration on Resources Available to Salmonids

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-156

Applicant: State University of New York, Albany

Proposal Title: Utilizing Tracers in Walker Lake Sediments to Reconstruct the Timing of Severe Droughts in the Sierra Nevada and Bay-Delta Area Over the Last 2000 Years

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The technical review panel expressed strong support for the science aspects of the proposal, but were concerned that the project had weak relevance to CALFED restoration efforts. The project will likely help confirm existing paleo-climate and paleo-hydrologic reconstructions and help characterize the uncertainty in the magnitude, duration, and recurrence interval of severe, sustained drought. However, it is unclear if the reconstructions proposed in this study will provide new information that is of use to CALFED decision-makers. The regional panels gave this proposal a low rating. The Selection Panel does not recommend funding this proposal.

Final Selection Comments: None

Proposal ID: 2002-157

Applicant: Stillwater Sciences

Proposal Title: Effects of Predation Dynamics on Outmigrating Salmon in the Delta

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The technical review panel expressed strong support for the science aspects of the proposal, but were concerned that the project had weak relevance to CALFED restoration efforts. The project will likely help confirm existing paleo-climate and paleo-hydrologic reconstructions and help characterize the uncertainty in the magnitude, duration, and recurrence interval of severe, sustained drought. However, it is unclear if the reconstructions proposed in this study will provide new information that is of use to CALFED decision-makers. The regional panels gave this proposal a low rating. The Selection Panel does not recommend funding this proposal.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-158

Applicant: Stillwater Sciences

Proposal Title: Merced River Corridor Restoration Plan Phase IV: Dredger Tailings Reach

Recommendation: $8,547,285

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This project includes in-channel and floodplain restoration on the Dredger Tailings Reach on the Merced River. Gravels will be moved from nearby tailing piles on the floodplain and used for river channel formation and instream gravel augmentation. This project is phase IV of an ongoing restoration program on the Merced River aligned with the Merced River Stakeholder Group and Technical Advisory Committee. Although river and floodplain restoration and gravel augmentation is of high priority to CALFED, the Selection Panel recommends that this proposal be rewritten and re-reviewed to be considered for directed action. This recommendation is based on the need to include, as an important aspect of the revised proposal, application of science within the study design and adaptive management concepts into the project. Certainly baseline monitoring and vegetation experimentation with pilot plantings are good examples of addressing these concepts but long-term evaluation of post-project is also needed. The rewrite should respond to the Merced River Adaptive Management Forum report and concepts. It also should defend the ecological benefit/cost importance of spending $140,000 per acre for river/floodplain restoration on the Merced River and in the larger context of the Central Valley rivers.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-159

Applicant: Stillwater Sciences

Proposal Title: Physical modeling experiments to guide river restoration projects

Recommendation: $2,472,750

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This project proposes to build a flume, do flume experiments on gravel augmentation, analyze effects of dam removal, sediment transport, channel meander, etc. and then use this information to quantify fluvial geomorphic models. This is the right team to do this research; however, there is no evidence that the authors of the proposal attempted to show connections of their approaches to ongoing studies by other researchers who are working on geomorphological processes on the rivers under CALFED auspices. These connections are important both to show the significance of the flume studies, and to guide the types of flume studies to be undertaken. The authors should also demonstrate how the type of flume studies and resulting models can be scaled up to actual river processes. This could be done with citation of appropriate literature. They also need to explain what we will learn from the flume studies that haven‘t been learned by years of channel hydraulic studies by academics and agencies. Lastly, the authors should present a properly calculated budget when they submit a reworked proposal for consideration as a directed proposal.

Final Selection Comments: In response to the panel's initial review the proposal team attempted to fully explain the proposal. They list channel formation projects where flume experiments would be useful, but still don't demonstrate the actual connection. Their evidence, and the thrust of the proposal, is all future oriented with little or no retrospective aspects tying the work back to existing projects. They propose to upgrade the UCB flumes to address dam removal studies (evidenced only in response comments), and they have addressed questions on dissemination of information and cleared up the budget. Submitting this information in a comment letter does not provide an adequate basis to recommend funding for the project now. Instead, the proposal should be rewritten to incorporate these comments. In a rewrite, the authors should also more critically address comments of the initial review process.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-160

Applicant: Suisun Resource Conservation District

Proposal Title: Phase III Conical Fish Screen Proposal

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Panel determined that funding of this proposal is not appropriate at this time. The proposal listed five different properties which have diversions that may be screened under this proposal, but did not indicate the capacity or the location of those diversions. Furthermore, the proposal did not indicate whether the fishery agencies concurred that these particular diversions were the highest priority. This action was not listed as a priority in the PSP.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-161

Applicant: Suisun Resource Conservation District

Proposal Title: Update Individual Ownership Adaptive Management Habitat Plans

Recommendation: $214,943

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel concurs with the Technical Panel reviewers that this project is a very cost-effective means of updating 20-year-old information and land management plans for private landowners who manage three quarters of the Suisun Marsh land. The use of the new wetlands template for wetlands management will also benefit the landowners. This effort should lead to more successful management efforts in the marsh in the future.

Final Selection Comments: The applicant's error in its Budget Summary Form, pointed out in its letter on the panel's initial recommendation, is duly noted. The project is recommended for funding at the corrected amount of $214,943. Endorsements for the project from the Clean Estuary Project and the ABAG-CALFED Task Force and San Francisco Estuary Project were also received, underscoring the regional importance of this effort.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-162

Applicant: Sutter Mutual Water Company

Proposal Title: Sutter Mutual Water Company-Tisdale Positive Barrier Fish Screen and Pumping Plant

Recommendation: $1,270,000

Conditions: Provide funding for project feasibility and final design only, so that they can proceed while remaining questions about the project are resolved.

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This project is a high priority fish screen project because it is the biggest unscreened diversion remaining in the system. However, the proposal has many shortcomings. The budget is large, the proposed cost share appears to be tenuous and reviewers question whether CALFED should be building a new pumping facility with little or no cost share from the company. The Selection Panel concurs with the recommendations of the technical panel and recommends that the applicant work with the Anadromous Fish Screen Program to establish reasonable costs for the proposed project. The panel also recommends that an independent value engineering analysis be performed to establish reasonable costs for the project. The applicant should take note that the panel looks most favorably on construction projects with merit that include a significant cost share from the applicant or other source.

Final Selection Comments: Sutter Mutual Water Company commented on the panel's recommendation, urging full funding of its proposal, for which federal matching funds are available. However, the comments by the water company have offered nothing to change the panel's recommendation on funding this project. Nor does the panel recommend that the program reserve funds for portions of any project that does not yet merit full funding. Comments have been received requesting more time for public input on this proposal. The CALFED Ecosystem Restoration Program remains fully committed to local input and has provided opportunity for public involvement at multiple steps in the 2002 proposal solicitation and review process. Proposals have been available to the public since last fall, and local governments and watershed groups, including the Sacramento River Conservation Area Forum (whose comments asked for more time to review this proposal), were notified of proposals in their area. The process also included regional review panels comprised of individuals with local expertise and perspectives. Because of the extensive technical and regional reviews, and the unexpectedly large number of proposals this year, the process has taken longer than anticipated. The final recommendation and subsequent funding decisions are long overdue. The 2002 Proposal Solicitation Package identified a 30-day public review period, and the ERP honored that commitment. While the Selection Panel agrees that additional time would help some parties, the panel does not recommend extending the comment period for this year‘s process The panel continues to look most favorably on construction projects with merit that include a significant cost share from the applicant or other source, especially when the benefits to the applicant are so tangible. The panel encourages the water company to consider innovative ways they might contribute to the costs of building the new pumping facility since the new facility should significantly benefit Sutter Mutual Water Company. Savings from reduced operating and maintenance costs associated with the new facilities might, for example, provide potential cost share funds. The company should also consider seeking other sources of cost share to make the project more competitive with other high priority projects. The Selection Panel reaffirms the recommendations of the technical panel and recommends that the applicant work with the Anadromous Fish Screen Program to establish reasonable costs for the proposed project and come up with a plan that is suitable for this particular project.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-163

Applicant: Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority

Proposal Title: Fish Passage Improvement Project at the Red Bluff Diversion Dam , Phase III

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal was not initially reviewed by the Selection Panel.

Final Selection Comments: Comments from the Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority, the TAG and the WCWA expressed their support for this project, disappointment that it could not be funded now, and concern for loss of momentum and enthusiasm among the project's supporters. They expressed the opinion that the absence of a single preferred alternative was the sole rationale for the denial of funding at this time. The Selection Panel agrees with the technical panel that this project has high regional value and should eventually be implemented because of the importance of fish passage at Red Bluff Dam. However, the Selection Panel also supports the technical panel's conclusion that funding this project during the current funding cycle is premature because of the status of the project's current phase and because much of the information needed to properly evaluate the project was unavailable when the proposal was submitted. Although the availability of the appropriate information may be imminent, it is still not available, making the project impossible to properly evaluate. While the Selection Panel shares some of the concerns of the applicant and does not want to see enthusiasm for this project wane, the review process should not be circumvented. The applicants should note that the Selection Panel also felt that the technical panel's comments regarding costs are appropriate and another possible impediment to completing the project. Costs are high and poorly justified in the proposal. The panel recommends that the applicant take careful note of this and come up with a strategy to fully justify their cost estimates in any future applications for phase III funding.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-164

Applicant: Tetra Tech

Proposal Title: Working at a Watershed Level: A Training Course for Project Partners and Stakeholders

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-164

Applicant: Tetra Tech

Proposal Title: Working at a Watershed Level: A Training Course for Project Partners and Stakeholders

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-165

Applicant: The Institute for Fisheries Resources

Proposal Title: The Development of Information Necessary for Establishment of Protection and Restoration Plans for Three Economically Important Aquatic Species of San Francisco Bay – Pacific Herring (Clupea pallasi), Native Oyster (Ostrea lurida), and Dungeness Crab (Cancer magister)

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments:

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-166

Applicant: The Nature Conservancy

Proposal Title: Battle Creek Protection and Stewardship

Recommendation: $2,000,000

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel recognizes the value of Battle Creek to the ERP and the role of conservation easements to protect and restore this critical watershed. However, the Selection Panel agrees with the comments of the Technical Review Panel. The current proposal would benefit from a better developed monitoring and stewardship plan. The Panel recommends the applicant revise the proposal to address these issues and resubmit for consideration as a directed action.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-167

Applicant: The Nature Conservancy

Proposal Title: Implementing a Collaborative Approach to Quantifying Ecosystem Flow Regime Needs for the Sacramento River

Recommendation: $1,927,032

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This is a research proposal directed at understanding the linkages between water flow and ecosystem function. The applicant proposes to develop strategies to achieve multi-species conservation benefits through a number of means. The ratings of this proposal were mixed and it received weak support from the regional reviewers because it lacked specific details for key sections of the proposed effort. The reviewers that supported the proposal with a high rating recognized the value of the proposed effort and the importance of this type of effort in restoration activities, not just in the CALFED area. The proposal has several technical drawbacks. They proposed hypotheses that are untestable and the investigators need to acknowledge that some elements may be at odds regardless of the flow condition. Although this project is directed at many CALFED and CVPIA goals, it lacks the specificity to properly evaluate the contributions it will make to improved management of at-risk species, riparian habitats or river processes. Weak public involvement and poor local support were noted by the regional reviewers. Those drawbacks combined with a need to interface with other efforts that have relevance to the proposed one and a large and poorly justified budget make this a strong candidate for possible reconsideration at a future date. If The Nature Conservancy carefully considers the remarks of the reviewers and develops a strategy to improve the basis for the scientific and technical merits of this proposal in collaboration with regional experts and the Sacramento and San Joaquin River Basins Comprehensive Study effort to model ecosystem function along the Sacramento River, this effort will be considered for a directed action. CALFED ERP staff, the ERP Independent Science Board and Science Program are available to help foster the collaboration necessary to make this proposal more acceptable.

Final Selection Comments: This project's weak regional support precipitated negative public comments questioning the merit of this project's inclusion for directed action. But because the goals of the project have inherit merit for ecosystem management, the panel recommends that the Nature Conservancy attempt to build regional support, carefully consider reducing costs of the project, and develop a sound research plan. The panel's recommendation to include this project as a directed actions stands.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-168

Applicant: The Nature Conservancy

Proposal Title: McCormack-Williamson Tract Restoration: Wildlife-Friendly Levee Management

Recommendation: $2,476,835

Conditions: The Selection Panel recommends that project implementation is consistent with the terms and conditions of the previous contracts that funded acquisition of the McCormack-Williamson Tract by The Nature Conservancy.

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel recommends funding this proposal in full, and that The Nature Conservancy continues to work with the CALFED North Delta Improvements Group and the Mokelumne-Cosumnes Watershed Alliance during implementation.

Final Selection Comments: The Selection Panel continues to recommend full funding of the project. The Panel agrees with the comments submitted by the Delta Protection Commission and the Department of Water Resources' North Delta Planning Branch, both of whom emphasized the importance of carefully coordinating this project with Delta flood protection planning, in order to avoid project improvements that may be inconsistent with future flood management solutions. The panel therefore recommends that the project be developed to assure consistency with the development of the CALFED Delta Regional Implementation Plan and the CALFED North Delta Improvements. The panel believes the condition recommended will assure this coordination.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-169

Applicant: The Nature Conservancy

Proposal Title: Mill and Deer Creeks Protection and Stewardship

Recommendation: $4,700,000

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: Mill and Deer Creeks are critical watersheds in the Sacramento Valley Ecological Zone. This proposal continues TNC's previous successful efforts and CALFED's and CVPIA's previous investments. This proposal will add valuable watershed baseline data. The Selection Panel recommends funding this proposal because the landowners are willing sellers; the Mill Creek Conservancy and the Deer Creek Watershed Conservancy have expressed their support for the proposal; the properties are not prime and unique agricultural lands; and the applicant is acquiring easements, not fee title.

Final Selection Comments: The Selection Panel continues to recommend full funding of the project. The Panel agrees with the comments submitted by the Delta Protection Commission and the Department of Water Resources' North Delta Planning Branch, both of whom emphasized the importance of carefully coordinating this project with Delta flood protection planning, in order to avoid project improvements that may be inconsistent with future flood management solutions. The panel therefore recommends that the project be developed to assure consistency with the development of the CALFED Delta Regional Implementation Plan and the CALFED North Delta Improvements. The panel believes the condition recommended will assure this coordination.

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-170

Applicant: The Nature Conservancy

Proposal Title: Restoration of the Confluence Area of the Sacramento River, Big Chico and Mud Creeks

Recommendation: $2,882,945

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal, along with 171, have the potential for high ecosystem benefits and would help fulfill ROD commitment to protect Sacramento River meanderbelt as well as tributary floodplain habitats. However, 170 and 171 do not have a well-developed adaptive management approach with hypothesis testing and experimental design. The Selection Panel would like the applicant to strengthen the scientific approach in order to better judge future acquisitions and to increase the information value of restoration projects. This effort to improve the scientific approach would also be informed by completion of the currently on-going sub-reach planning studies which are underway under previous grant funding. The Nature Conservancy is recognized has having many efforts in progress for Sacramento River corridor restoration planning and implementation and CALFED requests the applicants to work with the CALFED science program and ERP Independent Science Board prior to resubmitting a revised proposal or proposals for the Chico Landing sub-reach activities. These proposals will be considered for directed action.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-171

Applicant: The Nature Conservancy

Proposal Title: Sacramento River Restoration: Chico Landing Sub-Reach (RM 178-206)

Recommendation: $4,950,032

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal, along with #170, have the potential for high ecosystem benefits and would help fulfill CALFED's Record of Decision commitment to protect Sacramento River meanderbelt as well as tributary floodplain habitats. However, #170 and #171 do not have a well-developed adaptive management approach with hypothesis testing and experimental design. The Selection Panel would like the applicant to strengthen the scientific approach in order to better judge future acquisition and to increase the information value of restoration projects. This effort to improve the scientific approach would also be informed by completion of the currently on-going sub-reach planning studies which are underway under previous grant funding. The Nature Conservancy is recognized as having many efforts in progress for Sacramento River corridor restoration planning and implementation and CALFED requests the applicants to work with the CALFED science program and ERP Independent Science Board prior to resubmitting a revised proposal or proposals for the Chico Landing sub-reach activities. These proposals will be considered for directed action

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-172

Applicant: The Nature Conservancy

Proposal Title: Sub-Reach Planning for the Sacramento River: River Mile 144-164

Recommendation: $1,488,009

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: Protection of the Sacramento River meanderbelt is a CALFED Record of Decision Stage 1 action. This proposal represents an important planning phase in implementing riparian corridor protection and restoration in the context of floodplain management, for a 20 mile sub-reach of the river. The stakeholder involvement process is a major strength of the sub-reach planning approach, especially in the subject reach. Applicants are encouraged at this stage to take steps to strengthen adaptive management - research design for future implementation plan phases.

Final Selection Comments: The Sacramento Valley Landowners Association's support for funding of this project is noted. Comments have been received requesting more time for public input on this proposal. The CALFED Ecosystem Restoration Program remains fully committed to local input and has provided opportunity for public involvement at multiple steps in the 2002 proposal solicitation and review process. Proposals have been available to the public since last fall, and local governments and watershed groups, including the Sacramento River Conservation Area Forum (whose comments asked for more time to review this proposal), were notified of proposals in their area. The process also included regional review panels comprised of individuals with local expertise and perspectives. Because of the extensive technical and regional reviews, and the unexpectedly large number of proposals this year, the process has taken longer than anticipated. The final recommendation and subsequent funding decisions are long overdue. The 2002 Proposal Solicitation Package identified a 30-day public review period, and the ERP honored that commitment. While the Selection Panel agrees that additional time would help some parties, the panel does not recommend extending the comment period for this year‘s process.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-173

Applicant: The Nature Conservancy

Proposal Title: The Effects of Local Site Characteristics and Landscape Factors on Restoration Success at the Sacramento River: A Multi-Disciplinary Study Using Statistical Modeling and GIS

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-174

Applicant: The Water Forum

Proposal Title: Lake Natoma Temperature Curtains Pilot Project

Recommendation: $1,960,196

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: Although reducing temperatures on the American River is a high regional priority, the technical panel questioned whether the project was ready to proceed to pilot implementation and raised significant concerns regarding lack of modeling and appropriate monitoring of effects on fish. The Selection Panel recommends that the applicant revise the proposal to address the technical panel‘s comments and submit the revised proposal for consideration as a directed action.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-175

Applicant: Tri-Dam Project

Proposal Title: Stanislaus - Lower San Joaquin River Water Temperature Modeling and Analysis

Recommendation: $661,902

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Technical Panel rated this proposal above average because, in part, of the need to improve temperature models to help guide dam operations for downstream benefits for fish species of concern. The team is qualified and the proposal is well organized with clearly stated goals and objectives. Some concerns that need to be addressed if the proposal is revised include (1) better development of background and review of water temperature literature and expansion of our knowledge of existing models and their efficacy, (2) use, early in the project (not Task 7), of a task force of experts to evaluate and develop guidance on importance of temperature regimes and temperature models to fish and fish management and their application, and (3) development and evaluation of potential scenarios of dam operations that could achieve possible changes in downstream water temperatures. This Selection Panel recommends this proposal be revised and resubmitted as a directed action.

Final Selection Comments: This project is primarily to extend an existing model downstream and to continue to improve it for the upstream portion of the Stanislaus. Its initial reviews concluded that it could be a very useful project, but also raised several issues that needed to be addressed before funds were awarded. The Selection Panel had recommended funding when all criticisms were addressed. The proposal's authors' comment letter points out that these issues had been investigated and resolved in the current proposal or in prior project phases that were documented in the proposal. The Panel finds that the proposal did explain that there was an extensive procedure for model development in phase one, as documented in the proposal's references, which was one criticism of the panel's initial review. This prior effort also developed eleven scenarios for testing, another criticism of the review. The authors pointed out in response to comments that an expert panel was designed to be used in the project's first six months. The comment letter demonstrated that all issues raised by initial reviews were already presented in the proposal. Consequently, this project should be funded as is, based on the current proposal.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-176

Applicant: Tri-Dam Project

Proposal Title: Test and Demonstrate a Portable Alaskan Weir to Count and Characterize Runs of Anadromous Salmonids in the Stanislaus River

Recommendation: $659,590

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal was rated superior by the technical review panel and has the potential to provide important information regarding the accuracy of existing methods of estimating numbers of chinook salmon returning to the Stanislaus River, as well as information on steelhead returning to the river. Information on the accuracy of chinook salmon estimates will likely have value throughout the Central Valley. The selection panel recommends funding this proposal. The panel encourages the applicant to consider the technical panel‘s comments concerning the potential to incorporate other counting techniques. The panel raised the question of coordination with California Department of Fish and Game and the usefulness of applying a functional technology to monitoring in other parts of the Sacramento River system. The monitoring need will have to be addressed by the management agencies, likely as part of regional coordination and goal implementation.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-177

Applicant: Tri-Dam Project

Proposal Title: Three Year Evaluation of Predation in the Stanislaus River

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal would evaluate the extent of predation on chinook salmon in the Stanislaus River. Predation is an important question, but a complex subject. Although the regional panel identified this proposal as a high regional priority, the technical reviewers found the approach of this proposal unlikely to succeed in resolving predation issues. The Selection Panel does not recommend funding this proposal.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-178

Applicant: Trinity County Planning Dept.

Proposal Title: Trinity River Fishery Restoration and Protection of Delta Water Supply Through Replacement of Four Trinity River Bridges

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: Although the proposal received generally favorable reviews, the Selection Panel does not recommend funding. The Trinity River is not within the scope of the ERP, and therefore the ERP is not an appropriate funding source. In addition, the Selection Panel questions the technical argument provided by the applicant regarding benefits to the Sacramento Valley from reoperation of the Trinity River. The Selection Panel supports the efforts of Trinity County to restore the Trinity River, and encourages appropriate programs to fund this proposal.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-179

Applicant: Tuolumne River Preservation Trust

Proposal Title: Tuolumne River - Big Bend Project

Recommendation: $706,649

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The proposed project will complement and enhance the benefits of previously funded CALFED and CVPIA funded restoration efforts in an area where both CALFED and CVPIA have focused restoration activities. The project received an above average rating from the technical panel and a high rating from the regional review panel. The applicants are dealing with willing sellers, have a letter of support from the Tuolumne River Coalition (which includes the Stanislaus County Parks and Recreation Department and other local government agencies), and will improve stream meander and natural floodplain and flood processes. The acquisitions are time sensitive. Although some of the soils on on the parcels meet the criteria for prime farmland, the lands also qualify for the Natural Resource Conservation Service Floodplain Protection Program and are not presently in agriculture. These lands' exposure to flooding impairs the economic feasibility of farming them. The technical panel strongly recommended the development of a more technically rigorous design for the monitoring component of the proposal. The Selection Panel concurs with the technical panel, and recommends funding the acquisition related components of the proposal. The Selection Panel also recommends that the applicant revise the restoration and monitoring portions of the proposal to address the technical panel‘s comments and submit a revised proposal for consideration as a directed action.

Final Selection Comments: Three comment letters were submitted during the public comment period that supported full funding for the project. The local assemblyman wrote endorsing the project. A letter from the applicant noted that the project had been approved for funding in full by the Department of Water Resources‘ Floodplain Protection Corridor Program. The applicant urged CALFED to fully fund the project or to at least coordinate with DWR‘s floodplain program without creating unnecessary duplication and delay. A third letter, from the Department of Conservation, recommended that the project, which will require cancellation of a Williamson Act contract, compensate for its impacts to farmlands by purchasing agricultural conservation easements on other, similarly-sized properties. In response to these comments, the Selection Panel recommends that the Ecosystem Restoration Program continue to consider this proposal in two parts, recommending funding for the acquisition with the remaining funding depending on a revised proposal or plan for the restoration and monitoring portions of the proposal. The Selection Panel further recommends that the ERP coordinate with DWR‘s floodplain program to ensure that the project meets standards established for ERP projects without creating unnecessary duplication and delay. The panel also urges DWR to assure that the project's environmental documents identify the project's impacts on agriculture and appropriate measures, if necessary, to mitigate significant adverse effects.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-180

Applicant: Tuolumne River Preservation Trust

Proposal Title: Tuolumne River - La Grange Floodplain Restoration

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The mid-range technical and external review ratings indicate the project is not ready for funding due to weaknesses in hypotheses, monitoring, assuring enduring stream channel connection, coordination and cost. Information value seems low outside of the particular project, as there are similar projects nearby. Finally, public support seems modest per the Regional Panel and the lack of coordination.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-181

Applicant: Turlock Irrigation District

Proposal Title: Tuolumne River Mining Reach Restoration Project: Warner-Deardorff Segment No. 3 -Construction

Recommendation: $10,839,000

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel does not agree with the recommendation of the Technical Panel. The Tuolumne River is an important Central Valley River for the ERP, and this proposal is Phase 3 of a four-phase project. Phases 1 and 2 have been supported and funded by the ERP and CVPIA. The Technical Panel comments raise concerns with costs, the need for continuous gravel augmentation, and alternative designs (e.g., grade control structures). The cost of this proposal is in alignment with previous phases, and the Selection Panel acknowledges the high costs. However, the Tuolumne River is a high priority for the ERP, and restoration of this reach of the river is also a high priority. In addition, the Selection Panel does not agree with the comments regarding the benefit of grade control structures. This approach has been tested in the past on San Joaquin Rivers, including the Tuolumne, and results indicate that this approach is not appropriate in the context of restoring (and sustaining) physical processes as a component of the river ecosystem. Although the Selection Panel does not recommend funding at this time, the Panel requests that the applicant revise the proposal to address the experimental design of the project and resubmit for a directed action. The Panel also requests that the applicant consult with the Tuolumne Adaptive Management Forum participants who are working on design and monitoring aspects of large-scale channel restoration projects.

Final Selection Comments: The Selection Panel appreciates the extensive comments submitted by the applicant. Most of these comments are best described as new information and should be incorporated in a revised proposal. The Panel recommends that this recommendation remain as a directed action.

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-182

Applicant: Turlock Irrigation District

Proposal Title: Tuolumne River Sediment Acquisition and Spawning Gravel Transfusion Project

Recommendation: $4,350,000

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This project includes river restoration through gravel transfusion and adjacent upland restoration. Gravel will be purchased from nearby tailing piles. This project is upstream of an ongoing restoration activity on the Tuolumne and is part of a long-term plan for Tuolumne river/floodplain restoration. Although there is some concern for the requirement of continual gravel augmentation, one possible solution of grade control mentioned by some reviewers will not allow natural stream processes to take place. Although river restoration and gravel augmentation is of high priority to CALFED, the Selection Panel recommends that this proposal be revised and re-reviewed and be considered as a directed action. This recommendation is based on the need to include, as an important aspect of the revised proposal, application of science within the study design and adaptive management concepts into the project. Also, the revised proposal should respond to the Tuolumne River Adaptive Management Forum report and concepts.

Final Selection Comments: This project's initial reviews raised issues that caused the Selection Panel to recommend it for potential "directed action". The proposal's authors pointed out that all issues raised were already addressed in the proposal. The Selection Panel reviewed the proposal to evaluate its contents relative to issues raised in earlier reviews. The Panel found that the project is science-based. It uses hypothesis testing and there is a significant section on adaptive management, for example. Consequently, this proposal does not need to be rewritten to address the reviews and should be funded as is. The Panel also encourages Turlock Irrigation District to continue to interact with the Tuolumne River Adaptive Management Forum.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-183

Applicant: University of Arkansas

Proposal Title: HYDROCLIMATIC RECONSTRUCTION AND ANCIENT BLUE OAK MAPPING OVER THE DRAINAGE BASIN OF SAN FRANCISCO BAY

Recommendation: $747,741

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This is a basic research project that will develop 500 year hydroclimatic models based upon ancient blue oak tree-ring chronologies as well as identifying the present distribution of blue oak. This addresses the PSP's multi-region priority #4, of ensuring that restoration and water management are sustainable under future climate change. Understanding effects of future climate change is dependent upon understanding effects of past climate change. This is an excellent research team. The results should be used by many future water, channel, and floodplain restoration programs as foundation data.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-184

Applicant: University of California Sea Grant Extension Program

Proposal Title: Bay-Delta Bioinvasions Information, Coordination, and Outreach Project (ICOP)

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: Although generally a good proposal to compile existing data in one location, and add new information, the program is aimed at regional agencies and schools without a clear plan for outreach. For example, how does this proposal relate to existing resource agency programs? What is the application to California schools?

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-185

Applicant: University of California Sea Grant Extension Program

Proposal ID: West Coast Ballast Outreach Project

Recommendation: $526,259

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The Selection Panel recognizes the need for further education of the maritime industry concerning the introduction of non-native invasive species from ballast water and the management practices available to reduce and eliminate those occurrences. The Panel indicated the need for the proposal to include performance measures to assess the success of the program to date, especially relative to participation in the education program and implementation of best management practices. Therefore, the Panel recommends that the proponent revise the proposal for reconsideration with the above-recommended features.

Final Selection Comments: A comment letter from the Clean Estuary Partnership endorsing the project confirms this project's potential value in the region, if the proposal's shortcomings are addressed adequately when it is reconsidered for potential directed action

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Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-186

Applicant: University of California, Berkeley

Proposal Title: Adaptive Management of Climate Change Impacts on Water Quality and Environmental Resources of the San Joaquin River and its Major Tributaries

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The selection panel agrees with other reviewers that the applicant needs to show how this project will assist agencies in water planning. A proposal that shows partnering with agencies might be favorably considered in future funding cycles.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-187

Applicant: University of California, Berkeley

Proposal Title: Adaptive Real-Time Forecasting and Sustainable Management of Dissolved Oxygen in the San Joaquin River and Stockton Deep Water Ship Channel

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: Technically, reviewer questions/concerns resulted in adequate and poor-excellent ratings, based on questionable feasibility, use of a 2-D model, poorly characterized input data, need for immediate use, extension of results to sustainable management, and understanding of causes of low dissolved oxygen. Strategically, the weaknesses preclude short-term fixes, nor does the proposal benefit the ERP strategy or Implementation Plan priorities.

Final Selection Comments: None

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Proposal ID: 2002-188

Applicant: University of California, Berkeley

Proposal Title: Water quality effects of pesticides used in orchard agriculture - Part 2: Aquatic fate and effects of particle-sorbed pyrethroids

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This proposal was not initially reviewed by the Selection Panel.

Final Selection Comments: This proposed project would examine the distribution, persistence, bioaccumulation, and effects of pyrethroid insecticides, an extremely toxic, hydrophobic group of insecticides whose usage in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins is increasing. Several scientists commented on the technical panel's recommendation against funding this proposal, stating that its topic is important and its analytical methods are sound. The Selection Panel concurs with the technical reviewers and proponents of this proposal that ecotoxicological work on pyrethroid insecticides is needed. However, the Selection Panel believes that the assessment of exposure to pyrethroid insecticides in the Bay-Delta ecosystem should be deferred until development and testing of analytical methods for quantifying their levels in nature (versus toxicological concentrations). The Selection Panel is recommending that methods development for pyrethroid insecticides be funded as a first step in investigating pyrethroids (see proposal 242, titled "Pyrethroid Insecticides: Analysis, Occurrence, and Fate in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers and Delta "). Moreover, CALFED intends to sponsor a technical workshop to identify critical information gaps concerning the fate, biological exposure, and toxic effects of pesticides in the Bay-Delta system as a means of developing an integrated, coordinated science strategy for ecotoxicological research on pyrethroids and other insecticides of concern. The principal investigators on this proposal will be encouraged to participate in the development of this forthcoming comprehensive science strategy.

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Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-189

Applicant: University of California, Berkeley, Water Resources Center Archives

Proposal Title: Bay Area Water Restoration Library and Clearinghouse

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This project would fill a gap in providing public access to information regarding past and on- going restoration projects in the nine Bay Area counties, and would be implemented by a highly qualified applicant. The Selection Panel did have concerns regarding the ability of the applicant to obtain information regarding restoration projects in the nine Bay Area Counties simply from the perspective of scale, diversity of information sources, and consistency of available information across sources. In addition, and in line with the technical reviews, the Panel felt that the project should either encompass a larger geographic scope (i.e., San Joaquin and Delta regions), or describe how the current proposal would be used to initiate similar efforts in the San Joaquin and Delta regions. The applicant should consider revising the proposal and resubmitting in a future funding round.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-190

Applicant: University of California, Davis

Proposal Title: A taxonomic and ecological classification of riparian plant community types for management, conservation, and restoration purposes

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The development of a riparian habitat classification system is regarded as a valuable tool for restoration and other environmental management needs. The proposal involves two major tasks, developing a classification scheme using the releve method in 100 field locations, and developing a summary model of vegetation response to variation in soil and hydrologic environments. The technical panel recommended that the second task be dropped and the proposal be recrafted to budget time and funds for only the floristics analysis. The selection panel agrees with the merits of the overall concept, but has questions about the applicability of the methods developed for vernal pools to all types of riparian habitat in the CALFED area. Furthermore, the applicant appears not to be aware of recent large-scale riparian vegetation mapping done on the Sacramento Mainstem and tributaries, and on the San Joaquin River. The Sacramento and San Joaquin regional panels ranked the proposal as low, with a high from the Bay panel and a medium ranking from the Delta panel. Because of the serious weaknesses in the proposal, funding is not recommended.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-191

Applicant: University of California, Davis

Proposal Title: ASSESSING HEALTH INDICES AND MIGRATORY PATTTERNS OF FISH TO SUPPORT RESTORATION EFFORT

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-192

Applicant: University of California, Davis

Proposal Title: Assessment of Hormonally Active Chemicals in the Central Valley Watershed: Monitoring, Activity Measurement, and Quantification of Adverse Effects.

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-193

Applicant: University of California, Davis

Proposal Title: BIOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT OF GREEN STURGEON IN THE SACRAMENTO-SAN JOAQUIN WATERSHED

Recommendation: $1,219,387

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: Results of the proposed research would contribute to our understanding of this at-risk fish species. Concerns with the proposal which were expressed by this and previous panels include: 1) the proposal needs a better explanation of how physiological studies would be applied; 2) a better experimental design for telemetry studies should be developed; and 3) other funding sources should be found to support any Klamath River telemetry work. We recommend that the applicants review the comments and resubmit the proposal for consideration as a directed action.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-194

Applicant: University of California, Davis

Proposal Title: Delta Smelt Culture and Research Program

Recommendation: $400,000

Conditions: The Panel recommends partial funding (2 years) of the currently proposed project to continue culture development, and expects that the expanded production (30,000 per year) and the nutritional studies should be included at the $200,000 per year level.

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The review Panels, including the Selection Panel, recognize the value of culturing delta smelt but could not determine the continued need to support the culture of delta smelt as a distinct research project. Given that the culture techniques have been fairly well established, future support may need to be considered as part of the research activities the culture effort intends to support. The research proposed here was inadequately designed and not likely to be successful. The Panel decided that this question should be answered during the upcoming CALFED-sponsored delta smelt workshop. The Panel recommends partial funding (1 year) of the currently proposed project to continue culture development and production that should include the proposed nutritional studies.

Final Selection Comments: Letters from the applicant, federal and state water agencies, DFG's Pesticide Investigations Unit, and other fishery scientists encouraged multi-year funding for the project at a level higher than the Selection Panel initially recommended. Some letters expressed concern that providing only a single year’s funding would destabilize the smelt culture program's staffing, undermining the program’s reliability to produce smelt used in fish screen and pesticide research. The review panels and the Selection Panel recognize the value of culturing delta smelt, which these letters also point out. Sustaining this culture is a reason the Panel recommended the proposal for partial funding. The Panel cannot, however, determine the continued need to support the culture of delta smelt as a distinct research project. The proposal’s research tasks were poorly rated because, in the reviewers’ opinions, they were inadequately designed and not likely to lead to significantly better smelt production rates. They do not merit funding as a separate research project. Some comment letters that addressed their programs’ current needs for a supply of cultured delta smelt identified the level of funding necessary to continue smelt culture over the next two years. However, after another review of the budget, it continues to be the Selection Panel’s opinion that the project's costs to continue supplying these smelt are excessive when compared to the work to be accomplished, and that at least the nutrition studies can also be accomplished within the base support described in the table of tasks with associated costs. The panel also questions the project management budget ($75,000) and the staff allocated to culture 30,000 smelt annually (1.5 post doctoral fellows, 3 full time technicians, plus part time lab assistants). Finally, given that the culture techniques have been fairly well established, the panel suggests that future support for smelt culture may need to come from the research and other projects the culture effort serves. It recommends, therefore, that its concerns, especially with regard to how to support smelt production in the future, should be addressed during a CALFED-sponsored delta smelt workshop to develop a comprehensive smelt research strategy. The workshop should include discussions to determine the role and need for delta smelt culture in the future, and should identify a strategy for continuing smelt culture for future research. After considering all these issues, the Panel is changing its recommendation. It now recommends two years of partial funding for the currently proposed project to continue culture development, and expects that the expanded production (30,000 per year) and the nutritional studies should be carried out at the $200,000 per year level.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-195

Applicant: University of California, Davis

Proposal Title: Demonstration Project to Test a New Interdisciplinary Approach to Rehabilitating Salmon Spawning Habitat in the Central Valley

Recommendation: $254,720

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: An above average proposal to further develop a design and monitoring approach to rehabilitating salmon spawning habitat. Spawning habitat rehabilitation is widely practiced throughout the Central Valley, so this approach could have wide application. The Selection Panel recommends that this work be funded, and encourages the applicant to continue to work closely with biologists monitoring chinook salmon in the Mokelumne River. The technical reviews made several recommendations to improve the project, and these should be considered as the project moves toward implementation. For example, efforts to establish a long-term monitoring program to evaluate performance of implemented designs should include monitoring of actual spawner use and egg survival rates. To achieve wider consideration of the developing approach, the Selection Panel encourages the applicant to present the results of the efforts in regional forums, such as the CALFED Science Conference, and sub-regional forums, including local watershed technical groups where gravel rehabilitation projects are often discussed.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-196

Applicant: University of California, Davis

Proposal Title: Development and Implementation of Bioaccumulation-Based Mercury Monitoring in Support of Restoration, Remediation, and the Regulatory Process for Cache Creek, Prospect Island and Adjacent Tracts, the Yolo Bypass, and Cosumnes River

Recommendation: $895,571

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: The scope of this proposal overlaps with two others (#130 and #131) that propose to monitor or survey mercury in aquatic biota. This proposed project would sample water, invertebrates, and small fish at four sites to develop and implement monitoring approaches focusing on bioindicator species. The consensus of reviewers is that the proposal needs further development before funding. Scientific reviewers regarded the proposed project as overly ambitious in scope and recommended that it be limited to two sites, Cache Creek and Yolo Bypass. In addition, monitoring data — in the absence of other, supporting information — would not conclusively demonstrate cause and effect associations. The Selection Panel believes that the benefits of this work would be greatly increased by a stronger link to other scientific work on processes and factors that affect methylmercury concentrations in fish. Reviewers stressed that some basic ecological research on feeding habits (diet) would also be useful for identifying potential bioindicator species and for interpreting monitoring data on mercury. The Selection Panel recommends that the applicant work with others to combine this proposal with proposals #130 and #131 into a single, integrated proposal that would (1) provide cost-effective monitoring of mercury in fish and aquatic biota, producing information relevant to assessing methylmercury exposure in humans and wildlife in upper trophic levels, and (2) be designed to facilitate linkage of fish-mercury data to information on processes and factors affecting methylmercury concentrations in fish. Moreover, the applicants on the three proposals (#130, #131, and #196) should consider developing an analytical capability for measurement of methylmercury, as well as total mercury, in water and aquatic biota. This could substantially reduce the high analytical costs associated with contractual analyses of samples, particularly for methylmercury. The Panel also recommends that the applicant participate in the Mercury Science Strategy Workshop being planned by CALFED, tentatively for fall 2002. The applicant should consider and incorporate recommendations emanating from that workshop into a revised, integrated proposal that the Panel recommends be considered as a directed action.

Final Selection Comments: In response to public comments, the Selection Panel recommends that monitoring efforts include a coordinated outreach component to transfer information regarding methylmercury contamination of fishery resources to local stakeholders to facilitate assessment and communication of potential health risks of fish consumption. The Panel also continues to recommends that the applicant participate in the Mercury Science Strategy Workshop being planned by CALFED, tentatively for fall 2002. The workshop will develop an integrated science strategy to address questions pertaining to potential linkages between wetland-restoration activities, the production of methylmercury, and contamination of aquatic biota, fish, and wildlife, which can influence human exposure to methylmercury. The workshop will provide a setting to coordinate CALFED-supported mercury monitoring and research with marsh restoration projects that the selection panel recommends, as suggested in the comment letter from the Clean Estuary Partnership. The applicant should consider and incorporate recommendations emanating from that workshop into a revised, integrated proposal that the Panel recommends be considered as a directed action.

Reviews

Public Comments

Proposal ID: 2002-197

Applicant: University of California, Davis

Proposal Title: DEVELOPMENT AND TESTING OF AN UNSTEADY RIVER MODEL WITH WATER QUALITY AND SEDIMENT TRANSPORT

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-198

Applicant: University of California, Davis

Proposal Title: Distribution and demographic status of steelhead trout (O. mykiss) in tributaries of waterways of the Central Valley

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-199

Applicant: University of California, Davis

Proposal Title: Distribution, and abundance of shrimp, plankton and benthos in Suisun Marsh: Tidal marsh as a refuge for native species

Recommendation: $271,804

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: This is a good proposal by a competent investigator. The main drawbacks of this proposal seem to be related to the inherent difficulties of trying to keep it simple in an age when we understand the complexity of environmental issues. Moyle offers a single investigator effort when a multidisciplinary effort, with a more comprehensive understanding of the basis for productivity in the shallow habitat, could better resolve the basis of knowledge required to maximize the information value form this study. These drawbacks lead the panel to rate the proposal as above average rather than excellent. However, the principle investigator's (PI)reputation for producing something useful to CALFED and the low cost of the project (that will primarily fund students) make it especially viable for funding. The Panel recommends funding of the proposal, as is, but the PI should carefully review the comments of the reviewers and consider the recommendations, especially regarding alternative hypotheses for habitat use and the sources of carbon to drive shallow water systems. A potential solution to solving some of the problems related to productivity measurements might be to collaborate with a primary production/carbon source specialist and include a graduate student that could focus on that aspect of the study.

Final Selection Comments: None

Reviews

Proposal ID: 2002-200

Applicant: University of California, Davis

Proposal Title: Ecological Risk Assessment for Heavy Metals in Commercial, Inorganic Fertilizer

Recommendation: $0

Conditions: None

Initial Selection Panel Comments: None

Final Selection Comments: None

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