Kootenai River Habitat Program Cooperating Partners

Development, design and implementation of the many individual projects
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within the Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program requires the ongoing cooperation and collaboration of a broad community of individuals and entities. The Kootenai Tribe is committed to working with regional co-managers, agency, and community partners to implement the Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program.

To coordinate the various components of the Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program the Tribe works one-on-one with individual landowners; community groups, local government; local and state elected officials; representatives of various state and federal agencies including the BC Ministry of Forests Land Natural Resource Operations (formerly BC Ministry of Environment), Bonneville Power Administration, Bureau of Land Management, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Idaho Department of Lands, Idaho Governor’s Office of Species Conservation, Idaho Department of Water Resources, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, Northwest Power and Conservation Council, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Geological Survey; other regional Tribes; academic institutions including the University of Idaho, University of Lethbridge in Alberta, and University of California at Davis.

In addition to one-on-one coordination the Tribe has worked with and established a number of groups of experts to provide advice and review components of the program. The cooperation of these many partners is critical to every aspect of the restoration program.
Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative (KVRI)
The KVRI was formed under a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) between the Kootenai Tribe, the City of Bonners Ferry, and Boundary County, in October 2001. Under the JPA, the KVRI is empowered to foster community involvement and development to restore and enhance the resources of the Kootenai Valley. The KVRI membership and its partners include the Kootenai Tribe, who initiated the process, federal, state, and provincial fisheries and water regulatory agencies, regional city and county governments, private citizens, landowners, environmental advocacy groups, and regional representatives of business and industry. The KVRI Burbot Subcommittee was formed as a subset of the KVRI to pursue coordinated burbot conservation and management.

Kootenai Habitat Policy Team
The Tribe established the Kootenai Habitat Policy Team, which provides policy recommendations for the Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program and assists in policy level coordination between and within agencies or organizations. The Policy Team includes a funding subcommittee that is tasked with helping to identify and secure funding to implement the Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program. Policy Team members include policy level representatives from Bonneville Power Administration, BC Ministry of Forests Land Natural Resource Operations, Confederated Kootenai and Salish Tribes, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Idaho Governor’s Office of Species Conservation, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Co-Manager/Agency Technical Advisory Team (CMART)
The Tribe established a Co-Manager/Agency Technical Advisory Team (CMART) to provide technical advice and review project design concepts, preliminary and/or final project designs. The CMART helps guide design development by sharing their knowledge of local habitat conditions, fish populations, best available science on those populations, and other information that is necessary to ensure the best possible habitat restoration designs are developed. CMART members participate in workshops, review meetings, contribute background information, and participate in technical reviews of design products. The majority of experts on the CMART are biologists although the team also includes experts in groundwater and sediment transport, hydrology and engineering. The CMART includes technical representatives from Bonneville Power Administration, BC Ministry of Forests Land Natural Resource Operations, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, University of Idaho, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Geological Survey, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Peer Reviewer Advisory Team
The Tribe also set up a Peer Reviewer Advisory Team (PRAT) in order to provide an additional level of independent technical advice and to add depth to the range of technical expertise available to the design team. The PRAT includes renowned experts from a range of disciplines including: sturgeon and salmonid biologists, geomorphology, river design, engineering, sediment transport and hydraulics, and modeling. The PRAT provides input on design concepts, feasibility analysis, interpretation of data, recommendations on implementation phasing, development of alternative designs and construction approaches, review of technical work plans and technical memoranda, design documents, etc.

Adaptive Management Team
The Tribe set up an Adaptive Management Team to help refine measurable program objectives from the Master Plan, refine and finalize the adaptive management and monitoring program for the individual projects, interpret monitoring information, and identify existing and new opportunities to align the Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program with other monitoring and habitat restoration projects in the Kootenai subbasin. This group will also be involved in regular meetings to adaptively management the projects. The Adaptive Management Team consists largely of the same participants as the Co-Manager/Agency Review Team.

Natural Resources Conservation Service Cooperative Conservation Partnership Agreement
In January 2011, the Kootenai Tribe submitted a proposal for National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) program funding. A grant for the Kootenai River Valley CCPI was awarded in June 2011 (download flyer). The Kootenai River Valley CCPI project is designed to engage interested agricultural producers in an ecosystem restoration effort in a 55-mile long reach of the Kootenai River in Idaho. The Kootenai River Valley CCPI project will allow local landowners to access CCPI program funding and should help to make the NRCS application process simpler and more flexible for landowners. The types of actions that could be implemented by landowners under the Kootenai River Valley CCPI project include: riparian planting, grazing management practices, upland wildlife habitat enhancements, and bank restoration. The Kootenai River Valley CCPI award is for approximately $1.6 million in Federal funds for a five-year project timeframe (2011-2015). The Tribe will provide non-federal match via the complimentary Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Project.
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Kootenai Tribe of Idaho
P.O. Box 1269
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
Phone: 208-267-3519

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