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2012 DNRC AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES GRANT APP DNRC Conservation and Resource Development Division AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES GRANT APPLICATION Applicant Name: Jefferson County Project Title: Big Pipestone Creek Watershed Assessment Requested Grant Amount: $11,000 Brief Description of Project Location: Main stem of Big Pipestone Creek, headwaters to receiving waters (Jefferson Slough), southeastern Jefferson County Latitude and Longitude (decimals): 45.857786, -112.072105 Proposed Project Brief Description: Technical study of issues contributing to the Eurasian watermilfoil invasion of Jefferson Slough Contact Person: Leonard Wortman, Jefferson County Commissioner Mailing Address: P.O. Box H Boulder, MT 59632 Phone & Email: 406-225-4025 commissionersaieffco.mt.gov Please enter the source and amount of ALL funding that may be used to complete the proposed activity. Indicate if alternate sources of funding are other than cash, such as in-kind services. Proposed Budget Funding Source Amount Committed/Uncommitted RRGL Planning Grant $49,0000 Committed Reclamation and $11,000 Committed Development Grant DEQ 319 $25,000 Committed County/Other Source $15,196 Uncommitted TOTAL $100,196 AUTHORIZING STATEMENT An authorized agent representing the applicant, usually the chief elected official, must, by his or her signature, verify that this application is authorized as presented. I hereby declare that the information included in and all attachments to this application are true, complete, and accurate to the best of my knowledge. I further declare that, on behalf of Jefferson County, Montana (Applicant), I am legally authorized to enter into a Grant Agreement with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation to obtain funding if this application is approved. I understand that all grant funding must be authorized by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. Signature: / Date: 16) -0 -- l 2- 9 / Title: C- °i Proposed Project Description and Grant Budget Jefferson Slough Eurasian Watermilfoil Study Proposed Project Objective The proposed project is part of a larger effort to address water, stream, riparian and upland issues affecting Big Pipestone Creek in Jefferson County, Montana. Multiple aspects of the watershed's land use impact the stream and its receiving waters, the Jefferson Slough. Sediment and nutrient elements play a role in the continued presence of Eurasian watermilfoil. The objective of the project is to further delineate potential projects that would aid in the reduction or elimination of the invasive species. Project Location Big Pipestone Creek encompasses a drainage area of approximately 115 square miles in southwestern Jefferson County. Big Pipestone empties into the Jefferson Slough approximately 1.5 miles south-southeast of Whitehall, Montana. Project History Land use and channel straightening have impacted significant reaches of Big Pipestone Creek, resulting in excessive overland and streambank erosion, sedimentation, and loss of riparian and in-stream habitat. The sedimentation has filled in the channel of Big Pipestone Creek near Whitehall with resultant flooding and environmental consequences. Additional sediment deposition in the Jefferson Slough has contributed to the flourishing Eurasian watermilfoil invasion by providing a fine-grained, nutrient-rich substrate. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has delineated a number of TMDL issues and the stream has been declared impaired. The proposed project is intended to address those issue and delineate specific remedial actions that will directly affect the invasive species downstream. Project Tasks/Budget Tasks 1 through 5 on the following table include elements for which the CRD grant used. The CRD funding will essentially be distributed proportionally within each of those tasks relative to the other available funding. Task 6, Project Coordination, will not be funded through CRD monies. Major Activity/Milestones Month/Year Budget Task 1. Review Existing Studies, Establish Data Gaps Begin October 9, 2012 $1,490.90 Task 2. Develop a Sampling and Analysis Plan (SAP) Begin October 9, 2012 $400.22 Task 3. Field Studies and SAP Implementation October-November, 2012 $2,984.30 Task 4. Documentation and Reporting December, 2012 $4,409.33 Task 5. Baseline Water Quality Monitoring Begin October 15, 2012 $1,715.25 Task 6. Project Coordination Throughout Project -0- Natural Resource Benefits The restoration plan will identify and address the major contributors of sediment in the system. When the restoration plan is implemented, there will be a benefit to natural resources in the increase and preservation of aquatic and riparian habitat, reduction in loss of land caused by erosion of the channel banks, the reduction of flooding to homes along the watercourse, and a negative influence on Eurasian watermilfoil habitat. Project Coordination The Big Pipestone Creek Watershed Assessment is intended to be a comprehensive technical study that will identify issues and propose specific project areas in the basin that require either remedial action or further investigation. The project will address land use and historic alterations that have lead to negative impacts to both public and private interests. Among the issues that will be examined and monitored are excessive erosion (upland and streambank), excessive sedimentation, fisheries (water temperature, in- stream habitat, invasive species, etc.), riparian habitat, stream channelization, road crossing conditions (bridges, culverts), flooding and groundwater impacts. Many of these issues have been defined and studied at a basin-scale level for TMDL, Montana Invasive Aquatic Species Act, and other documents. The proposed study will further those investigations to a more technical scale by identifying specific project areas and implementation costs. Regulatory Issues The project has no immediate regulatory concerns. Permitting will not be required for any aspect of the project. The project will, however, help to meet TMDL actions and targets established by the Montana DEQ. Proposed Schedule The proposed schedule is included in the cost table, above.