In 2002, the Council entered into an agreement with the US Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) to conduct mitigation work for the Scoggins Dam Project. Under this agreement (BOR Contract), the Council receives $30,000 per year for studies, project planning, education, outreach monitoring and restoration. The restoration work cannot involve construction work.
The funds were first used to identify and analyze a stream segment that would benefit from steam habitat enhancement to improve conditions for threatened winter steelhead, cutthroat trout and other fish species. The completed study, Lower Gales Creek Habitat Enhancement Plan, 2003, focuses on a four-mile reach of Gales Creek.