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Civil 3 - Blue Creek, Midnite Mine

Student Team: Joshua Masterson, Rebecca Ryan, Joshua Seto, Jack Siemens
Advisor: Sue Niezgoda
Sponsoring Organization: Spokane Tribe
Liaison:  Casey Flanagan, Brian Crossley


Center for Engineering Design and Entrepreneurship

Civil Engineering Department Student Project


Project Title



Due Wednesday, October 2, 2013


CEDE - Civil Engineering requests a student project proposal for the following project:





Due October 2, 2013, before 4:00 PM PST


One digital copy in pdf format and one hard copy of proposal must be submitted.


Location for Proposal Delivery:      


Toni Boggan,

Academic Director CEDE,

Gonzaga University School of Engineering and Applied Science,

PACCAR 214, Spokane, WA 99258.





Project Sponsor

The sponsor of this project is:


Spokane Tribe of Indians

Department of Natural Resources.





The liaisons are:


Dr. Brian Crossley

Casey Flanagan





Project Description:

The CEDE - Civil Engineering Department is requiring a proposal from the group of student engineers to provide comprehensive engineering efforts related to the improvement of fish passage in Blue Creek and within the Lake Roosevelt drawdown zone.  The Spokane Tribe of Indians Department of Natural Resources wishes to prevent this habitat loss and bank erosion in tributaries of Lake Roosevelt in order to improve native redband trout populations and spawning success. The focus of this project is in the drawdown zone of Blue Creek along the Spokane arm of Lake Roosevelt. The goal is to create a stream channel within the drawdown zone that prevents water loss and maintains complexity and resting areas for migrating redband trout. This stream channel should also prevent sedimentation from stream banks within the drawdown zone while providing spawning habitat. In addition, there is an ongoing project in the Blue Creek watershed to remediate runoff from Midnite Mine by removing treated water from the mine that is currently being put into Blue Creek and pipe the treated water to the Spokane Arm of Lake Roosevelt. With Blue Creek already having low summer flows, the removal of the mine treated water will have significant impacts on habitat and the native redband trout that reside in the stream. The fish passage design must account for this hydrologic alteration. 


This project will build off of the previous senior design project and there are three primary goals: 1) analyze the hydrologic alteration of Blue Creek due to Midnite Mine remediation, 2) evaluate alternatives to improve water flow and water retention in Blue Creek to replace the withdrawls of treated water from the mine, and 3) create a final design of a step pool/roughened stream channel within the Blue Creek/Lake Roosevelt drawdown zone that accounts for the altered Midnite Mine hydrology and maintains complexity and resting areas for migrating salmon and redband trout.  This project will require analyses and modeling of hydrology, hydraulics, sediment transport, and habitat, and a hydraulic channel and fish passage design.


The project will produce a conference or journal publication and a final report to submit to the sponsor. Students will be responsible to make required presentations of the project activities and may also attend an appropriate conference.



The proposal evaluation process will be determined by the project advisor in conjunction with the CEDE, the project sponsor, and the CEDE Design Advisory Board.  It will be based on the organization of the project efforts reflected in the proposal and the educational goals achieved in the completion of the proposal.  Note that some efforts in the project are oriented to achieve educational goals that are not required to achieve the project sponsors goals.



The lower Spokane River below Little Falls Dam has become a portion of the Lake Roosevelt reservoir system as a result of Grand Coulee Dam’s backwater. At full pool in Lake Roosevelt, Blue Creek, a sandy tributary to Lake Roosevelt, is filled in with fine sediment deposits smothering spawning gravels. During Lake Roosevelt drawdown, the mouth of Blue Creek returns to a free flowing system with the original channel being exposed during spawning season.  However, shallow depths in Blue Creek make it difficult for native salmon and redband trout to migrate upstream to spawn and with sand covering potential spawning runs within the drawdown zone it also decreases critical spawning habitat. In addition, there is an ongoing project in the Blue Creek watershed to remediate runoff from Midnite Mine by removing treated water from the mine that is currently being put into Blue Creek and pipe the treated water to the Spokane Arm of Lake Roosevelt. With Blue Creek already having low summer flows, the removal of the mine treated water will have significant impacts on habitat and the native redband trout that reside in the stream.  A previous senior design team in 2012-2013 conducted hydrologic, hydraulic, ecologic/biologic assessments of Blue Creek and created a conceptual design of a step-pool and roughened channel that would allow for fish passage in this complex system.  However, this design team did not create a final design that accounts for future hydrologic alterations due to the Midnite Mine remediation project.



A project report from 2013 and information from several site visits in 2012-2013 is available for the team.  The project team must familiarize themselves with the existing condition of the project in order to properly prepare the project proposal.  The sponsor may also have addition survey and field data necessary to complete the modeling an data analyses portions of this project.  The sponsor should be contacted by the design team to determine what data is available for use.  



The student project group will, at a minimum, provide the following efforts and deliverables in the completion of the project addressed in this proposal:


Scope of Activities Required to Meet Project Goals


Task 100                                Project Management and Coordination

The student group shall organize, manage and coordinate the efforts required to accomplish the project using standard project management and contract administration techniques. Key management activities are identified below:





            Sub-Task 110                        Kick-off Meeting

The Student Team will conduct a kickoff meeting with their project advisor and sponsor liaison’s to gain familiarity for the project and to solicit input, gather available data and information.


            Sub-Task 120                        Routine progress-review meetings

Routine progress-review meetings will be conducted on a regular basis as follows:

a.      Weekly progress reports are required and are to be submitted electronically to the advisor by 5:00 pm each Thursday. Weekly progress reports must include, at a minimum, activities completed by each team member for the current week, expected work for the upcoming week, and updates to the project design budget and schedule.

b.      In addition, a complete hardcopy record of the project reports and files must be maintained by the student team and be made readily available during consultations with the advisor. Typical method would be a project notebook. The advisor and liaison will ask to review this notebook periodically to discover the status of the work being completed. 


            Sub-Task 130                        Regular Advisor and Liaison Meetings

After the kick-off meeting, the Student Team will meet weekly with the project advisor, and will also meet when needed with the project liaisons.  All meetings with advisor and liaison’s MUST be arranged by members of the Student Team in advance (at least 2 days prior) and include a proposed meeting agenda sent to the advisor or liaison prior (at least 2 days) to the meeting.  All meetings must be documented by the Student Team in the form of meeting minutes with copies distributed within 3 days of the meeting to all team members and the project advisor and liaison’s, as above.


      Sub-Task 140            Quality Assurance/Quality Control

The Student Team will perform a methodical QA/QC effort in a manner suitable to the project advisor and liaison, to prevent incorrect, sub-standard or dangerous results from being included in the end of semester project reports.


      Sub-Task 150            Project Schedule / WBS /Gantt Chart and Project Budget



Task 100 Deliverables

  • Electronic copy of agenda for team meetings.
  • Electronic updates to project design budget and schedule that includes budget and personnel hours for each sub-task in the entire project.
  • Electronic copy of resolutions and action items for each meeting.
  • Statement on the QA/QC activities for reports submitted at the end of each semester to describe the review and checking procedure employed.


Task 200                                Project Data Collection

Participate in initial site visit to tributary locations. Work collaboratively with project liaison’s, tribal contacts, and regulatory agencies’ staff to develop project data suitable for a design.  Data could include soils, geology, site survey, wetlands evaluations, and other data.  Proposal submitted is to identify data needs and collection methods for project. Existing data that is available will be provided by project liaisons. 


            Subtask 210: Stream Survey and Topography

            Subtask 220: Bed and Bank Soil Characterization

            Subtask 230 – Stream Stability and Habitat Characterization

            Subtask 240 – Lake Roosevelt Drawdown Schedules

            Subtask 250 – Rainfall Analysis


Task 200 Deliverables

  • Electronic copy of literature, data and mapping, reports or surveys completed for the project and to be included in the project report.
  • Bibliographic references and annotations for significant literature used, suitable for use in conference publication.
  • Summary of safety and legal issues addressed in design.


Task 300                                Project Design Efforts

The student team will develop plans, drawings, analysis, comparisons, and other design work required to successfully achieve the project goals. The specific project approach will be determined by the team in the project proposal. The final scope should include at a minimum the following sub-tasks (more may be added):


            Sub-Task 310                        Existing Characterization of Blue Creek

Provide a summary of the current hydrologic, hydraulic, and ecologic characteristics of Blue Creek (before Midnite Mine water withdrawls). This can be based on the previous work completed in 2012-2013 and any additional field surveys and analyses completed to improve the previous efforts. It will include a summary of existing flows in Blue Creek and a working and calibrated existing conditions HEC-RAS model of Blue Creek. If the appropriate survey data is available for Blue Creek, this will also include a working and calibrate existing conditions River2D model of Blue Creek.  A summary of current habitat barriers is also to be included.  


Sub-Task 320                        Proposed Hydrologic Analysis of Blue Creek and Evaluation of Alternatives to Midnite Mine Remediation Efforts.

Determine the changes in flow in Blue Creek due to proposed remediation efforts of Midnite Mine (withdrawals).  Evaluate potential alternatives to maintain or improve water flow and water retention in Blue Creek to replace the withdrawls by the Mine remediation.  Develop a final set of flows for use in design of Blue Creek fish passage that account for the Midnite Mine remediation.  


            Sub-Task 330                        Proposed Hydraulic, Sediment Transport, and Habitat Analysis of Blue Creek

Develop a proposed HEC-RAS hydraulic model and/or a River2D model of Blue Creek within the Lake Roosevelt drawdown zone for use in the fish passage design (using the proposed flows developed in Sub-Task 320). 


Sub-Task 340                        Design Fish Passage Channel in Drawdown Zone.

Develop a final design of a step pool/roughened stream channel within the Blue Creek/Lake Roosevelt drawdown zone that accounts for the altered Midnite Mine hydrology and maintains complexity and resting areas for migrating salmon and redband trout. This will require analyses and modeling of hydrology, hydraulics, sediment transport, and habitat.


Task 300 Deliverables

  • Electronic copy of drawings, calculations, data, reports or calculations completed for the project design and to be included in the project report.


Task 400                                Project Regulatory Requirements

Determine appropriate regulatory guidelines to use in the completion of the project.  Some codes and regulations that may apply include: FEMA Floodway Regulations, National Wetland Regulations, US Army Corps of Engineers Waterways Permits, Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Aquatic Habitat Guidelines (Fish Passage), etc.


Task 400 Deliverables

  •  Provide appropriate written summary of regulations that would apply to the project.


Task 500                                Project Costs, Specifications and Maintenance   

The student team will develop specifications, cost estimates for construction of the final channel design, and summary of issues affecting the maintenance of the channel design. The specifics will be determined by the team in the project proposal.


Task 500 Deliverables

  •  Provide appropriate written summary of results


Task 600                                Project Sustainability Evaluation  

Based on the Tribe’s needs and the understanding of the safety, and regulatory requirements, evaluate the preliminary design developed in the completion of the project for overall sustainability and identify other opportunities for increasing sustainability that are potentially achievable.


Task 600 Deliverables

  • Provide appropriate written presentation that:

a)              Describe the environmental benefits/costs of the project. 

b)              Describe the social benefits/costs of the project. 

c)              Describe the economic/costs benefits of the project. 

d)              Summarize how sustainable the methods used to meet the project goals are. 


Task 700                                Project Impacts on Society

The final report submitted for the project will include a discussion, using properly sourced references on what impacts the implemented project will have on the related social systems in the project area.  (Are water supplies depleted?  Are views impacted, is the area better served in other ways?, etc.)


Task 800                                Project Reports, Publications and Presentations  

The project will require a written proposal, progress report, final engineering report, draft conference publication, design plans, and several oral presentations on progress. 

  1. Proposal will include a project description, proposed tasks, expected timeline, and design cost estimate and will be due during the first semester of work. This proposal must layout out a specific timeline (Gantt Chart) for deliverables and responsibilities for the design tasks.
  2. A Progress Report will be due at the beginning of the Spring Semester and will outline the progress that has been made on the project.     
  3. A Final Design Report will be due at the end of Spring Semester and will include: (1) an executive summary, (2) a comprehensive report detailing the study area, project management strategy, and all targeted improvements (design of final fish passage recommendation) (3) design drawings and (4) any supporting documentation.

4.      A final draft publication (for conference or journal) dealing with the project that may be presented at a national conference. 


Task 800 Deliverables

  •  Reports, publications and presentations in electronic format in a timely manner.



Timeliness of project completion is critical. The project schedule contains some specific milestones and also must accommodate the academic calendar. The student group will use the general dates below to develop the comprehensive schedule required for the proposal.


Information on Proposals Available:                                   September 4, 2013

Teams Selected:                                                                   September 6, 2013

Sponsor Workshop                                                               September 11, 2013

Civil CEDE Mandatory All Student/Advisor Meeting        September 18, 2013

Labor Day                                                                              September 27, 2013

Proposals Due                                                                      October 2, 2013

Founder’s Day Holiday / Midterms                         October 21, 2013

Roundtable Project 30 % Progress Meeting                     October 30, 2013

Thanksgiving Holiday                                                           November 27 – 29, 2013

Project Status Presentation 50% Progress                       December 11, 2013

Project Status Report Due                                                   December 13, 2013

Reading Days                                                                       December 14 – 16, 2013

Classes Begin                                                                       January 14, 2014

Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday                                           January 20, 2014

President's Day Holiday                                                       February 17, 2014

Roundtable 60% Progress Meeting / Social                     February 19, 2014

Spring Vacation                                                                    March 10 – 14, 2014

Good Friday – Easter Holiday                                             April 18 – April 21, 2014

Final Reports Due                                                                 April 25, 2014

Final Design Presentation                                                   April 30, 2014



The student group will include a budget that details the costs of completing the project design tasks. This budget is not the “engineers estimate” to complete the implementation of the design; it is the costs to perform the engineering tasks and does not include the value of project team personnel hours. This requirement is contained in Task 100, but is highlighted here.

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