Pre-drilling Surveys of Amphibian & Reptile Habitats in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming

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Pre-drilling Surveys of Amphibian & Reptile Habitats in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming: Project Background Information: The Buffalo Field Office has prepared an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for coal bed natural gas development in Wyoming and Montana. The EIS analyzed the impacts to resources as a result of oil and gas and CBNG development. Within the EIS, potential effects to amphibians and reptiles are identified. Major concerns include effects of produced water on the hydrology and water quality that amphibians depend on for successful breeding as well as effects of road construction and use on amphibians and reptiles, especially as they migrate between breeding, feeding, and hibernation sites. Water produced during CBNG production can be of variable quality but often has high concentrations of salts, such as sodium sulfate and sodium bicarbonate. Additionally, this water can exceed water quality standards for many metals, nitrate and ammonia. The most commonly used disposal option is to discharge produced water into streams or to store the water in reservoirs (have the potential to leach CBM water into streams). CBNG fields are characterized by a road network that accesses each well and by increased traffic on existing roads used to access fields. This combination of expanded road network and increased traffic on existing roads is expected to result in increased mortality of amphibians and reptiles, especially where roads are located in migratory corridors between seasonal habitats. This proposed study will seek to identify important seasonal habitats for amphibians and reptiles such as breeding sites and riparian corridors for amphibians and hibernacula for reptiles as well as likely foraging habitat. Several variables will be evaluated: using a stream/spring/wetland/reservoir inventory system, presence/absence survey, and a basic water quality assessment. The objectives of this project are: (A) to identify the ecosystem "baseline" for amphibians/reptiles. (B) To identify the presence/absence of amphibians/reptiles within the project area. (C) To identify amphibians and reptile habitat within the project area. (D) To provide habitat site information for CBNG operators to avoid adverse impacts to important amphibian and reptile habitats. Scope The project area consists of areas with proposed or existing CBNG development or high potential for CBNG development in the near future in Northeastern Wyoming (see attached map). Study sites will be within the ephemeral, intermittent, and perennial streams; reservoirs; wetlands; and natural springs/seeps (where they occur) and rocky outcrops where reptile hibernacula are likely to be found. Where CBNG proposals are available, they will be used to guide site selection and development of mitigation measures. Tasks A. To conduct presence/absence and habitat inventories for amphibians/reptiles within the ephemeral, intermittent, and perennial streams, reservoirs, wetlands, natural springs/seeps, and rock outcrops in the project area. Species level identification will be required. B. To process (where applicable) and analyze the following water quality parameters in relation to amphibians and reptiles: water temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, and specific conductance (umhos/cm) within the above project area. C. A well written technical report detailing: 1. Results and discussion of data collected. 2. Conduct a review of unpublished and published literature pertaining to: (a) Habitat and population requirements of amphibians and reptiles in the project area. (b) Addressing the issue of changes in water quantity and water quality/chemistry in relation to amphibians and reptiles and their habitat. 3. Photographs of representative habitats will be installed in the final report. 4. Recommend management applications. Period of Performance/Deliverables A. Work will begin within ten calendar days after appropriate environmental conditions are achieved. Surveys will begin in the spring when vocalizations of amphibians are detectable and continue during the summer for reptiles. B. Three copies of a draft report will be submitted in paper and one copy electronically to the BLM no later than December 31, 2008. C. The Project Officers will review the draft report and comment on its adequacy within 30 calendar days of submission. The applicant will then have 30 days to revise and submit ten paper copies of the final and one electronically after receipt of comments from the BLM. The final report must include: GIS maps, locations, and an electronic copy/copies of the report and will be completed by March 1, 2009. Requirements 1. The applicant will provide a summary of how the work would be completed. This should include methodology for an ecological baseline, amount of sites sampled and an ecological risk assessment. 2. The applicant must possess and demonstrate a working knowledge of amphibians and reptiles. The applicant must demonstrate a working knowledge of water quality measurement methods. 3. All materials needed for the project will be supplied by the applicant.
Federal Grant Title: Pre-drilling Surveys of Amphibian & Reptile Habitats in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming
Federal Agency Name: Bureau of Land Management
Grant Categories: Natural Resources
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-WY07-9020
Type of Funding: Grant Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 15.231
CFDA Descriptions: Fish, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Resource Management
Current Application Deadline: No deadline provided
Original Application Deadline: Jun 29, 2007
Posted Date: Jun 12, 2007
Creation Date: Jun 12, 2007
Archive Date: Jul 29, 2007
Total Program Funding: $52,500
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $52,500
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $52,500
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility"
Grant Announcement Contact
Ilze Karklins-Powers
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Phone 307-775-6293 Administrative Contact
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