Gary James (CTUIR, Chair), John Palensky (NMFS), Bob Foster (WDFW),
Ron Boyce (ODFW), Tim Roth (USFWS), Patty O’Toole (CTWSRO), Phil
Roger (CRITFC), and Tom Iverson and Neil Ward (CBFWA)
Wednesday only: Mike Delarm and Gary Simms (NMFS), Pete Hassemer
and Bert Bowler (IDFG), Deb Marriott and Bruce Southerland (LCREP),
and Bruce Schmidt (Streamnet)
Wednesday: Lynn Krasnow (NMFS) and Joe Hymer (WDFW)
Thursday: Pete Hassemer (IDFG)
|Objective 1. FY 2002 Draft Annual
Implementation Work Plan
Objective 2. Rolling Province Review and Subbasin Summaries
Objective 3. FY 2001 Adjustments
Review and Approve Agenda
Three items were suggested for addition to today’s agenda: 1) The
Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership has requested funding for
their High Priority project number 23074, 2) WDFW has requested
additional funding for their ESA project number 23040, and 3) CTWSRO
is going to request additional funds for project number 198805307.
Also, specific time commitments were made to non-CBFWA members to
participate in certain discussion items. A request was made to proceed
through the agenda as opportunities allowed depending on who was
The AFC approved the agenda with the three additions. The agenda
items will be addressed in order of opportunity based on who is
Update on NWPPC Subbasin Planning Process
The NWPPC discussed their approach to subbasin planning at their
meeting last week in Wenatchee. The NWPPC staff has developed a
three-tiered guideline document (a brief description of the process to
help non-participants understand the process, a more technical
description of the process for potential participants and staffers,
and finally a very detailed technical description of the process for
participants in the process). The NWPPC hopes to kick off subbasin
planning in September and approved monies for Idaho Office of Species
Conservation to convene a subbasin planning workshop in Idaho in
September to help frame the process in that state.
No action was taken on this item.
Project Number 198805307 Within Year Budget Request
The CTWSRO is going to request approximately $40-50,000 for Project
Number 198805307, Hood River Production Program: Powerdale,
Parkdale, and Oak Springs O&M. The funding request is for
expanding a residence at the Parkdale Fish Facility that would add two
bedrooms to the assistant manager’s home. This would be a one time
O&M adjustment. This request would be less than 10% of the
Parkdale Fish Facility O&M budget. The BPA COTR has requested that
CBFWA and NWPPC review the request.
The AFC discussed the request and generally supported the funding.
The AFC questioned whether a complete within year review was
necessary. Tom Iverson will speak with NWPPC staff and BPA staff to
determine whether the within year process is necessary. CTWSRO will
present a letter to CBFWA for the request and initiate the within year
process for this project.
No action was taken on this item.
Lower Columbia River Estuary Program
LCREP has requested $150,000 to fund Project Number 23074, Lower
Columbia River and Estuary Habitat Assessment and Mapping Project.
This project was reviewed under the High Priority project solicitation
and was not funded (CBFWA HP "B", ISRP NA). The Lower
Columbia River Estuary Program (LCREP) will be drafting the Estuary
Subbasin Summary and believe that this project will contribute to the
database for subbasin assessments and planning.
This proposal is to be joined with a Corps of Engineers $150,000
cost share to complete mapping the lower Columbia River and estuary.
Last year the lower 46 miles of the river were mapped and this funding
would allow the completion of the remaining 100 miles up to Bonneville
Dam. This would be a one-time expense to complete the mapping. The low
water year provides a unique opportunity to complete the mapping with
the greatest area of exposed shoreline and will provide important
information for the subbasin assessments in this area.
It is unclear where funding for this project would be derived. The
AFC believes it would be appropriate to fund this project through the
subbasin assessment and planning money that BPA and NWPPC have
discussed during the past year. Coordination also needs to be done
with other mapping projects in the Basin to insure consistent data
sets throughout the Program.
The AFC approved recommending $150,000 for Project Number 23074, Lower
Columbia River and Estuary Habitat Assessment and Mapping Project if
funding is available. The preferred funding source would be the
subbasin planning and assessment fund that has been discussed
previously by NWPPC and BPA.
NWPPC Request on Fin Clip Mass Marking
On June 26, 2001 a memo was sent out requesting feedback from the
AFC on the NWPPC’s request for a review of mass marking in the
Columbia River Basin. To date no information has been received at
CBFWA. The NWPPC would like a response by August 10, 2001.
The AFC identified numerous errors in the table that the NWPPC
distributed with their request. Also the request was confusing and
appeared to confuse mass marking and adipose fin clipping and inferred
that adipose fin clipping and mass marking were performed only for the
purpose of selective fishing.
An explanation of the role of mass marking in the Basin needs to be
provided to the NWPPC and is probably best described in US v OR
documents. The AFC needs to correct the tables that were provided by
the NWPPC and provide an explanation of the various marking strategies
being employed in the Basin. This will take time and will not be
completed by August 10.
Tom Iverson will coordinate a response to the NWPPC. Bruce Schmidt
will insure that the tables are updated with correct information and
provide those tables to Tom by the end of August. Mike Delarm will
draft an explanation of the various marking strategies and Tom will
distribute it to the AFC and PAC for comment. In early September, a
final response will be passed through CBFWA’s consent mail process
and delivered to the Council.
The AFC requested that Brian Allee send a letter to Bob Lohn
indicating that a response to his request is being drafted and will be
delivered by early September.
WDFW Request for Additional Funding for Duncan Creek
WDFW is requesting additional funding for Project Number 23040, Re-introduction
of Lower Columbia River Chum Salmon into Duncan Creek. This
project was initiated in the High Priority solicitation and was given
a B ranking by the ISRP and a HP A-BiOp ranking by CBFWA. It was not
funded through the High Priority funding process. At the last
quarterly review meeting, NMFS and BPA agreed to fund the project for
$420,795 through the ESA placeholder in the 2001 Fish and Wildlife
Program budget. The ISRP and NMFS requested that WDFW refine the
proposal to include better M&E and other activities. BPA also
requested additional chum salvage work in case of low water years. The
project sponsor developed a new proposal for a total of $851,685. The
AFC requested that the request be structured in the following manner
and WDFW has provided the explanations for each of the budget
Original Request: $420,795
This cost will only cover the creation of the spawning channels.
Two of the capturing/monitoring weirs will be delayed and are included
in the Monitoring and Evaluation budget. Due to increased costs of the
construction of the channels, it will also not cover the artificial
propagation (i.e. RSIs and rearing troughs plus thermal marking)
portion at Duncan Creek. It is still assumed that funding for this
portion of the work would come from the ESA placeholder.
Chum Salvage Operation: $167,603
The second budget is the cost for the additional chum salvage
operation. It includes one-time purchase of equipment. This would be
the for the most intensive chum salvage effort.
Additional M&E: $253,287
The third budget is for the Monitoring and Evaluation portion of
the project requested by the ISRP and NMFS. It also includes the
artificial propagation (RSI and troughs) for Duncan Creek. It also
includes the construction of the two capturing/monitoring weirs and
the artificial propagation at Duncan Creek.
The AFC approved the request for an additional $420,890 for Project
Number 23040, Re-introduction of Lower Columbia River Chum Salmon
into Duncan Creek if funding is available. The AFC prioritized
funding the two additional components, if funds are limited, with the
chum salvage operation first.
Review Columbia Plateau Province Budget Work Group
Recommendations for Project Proposals for the Columbia Plateau
The AFC discussed the approach that will be taken for reviewing the
Province Budget Work Group recommendations. It was agreed that AFC
would first acknowledge and accept the hard work that was done by the
work groups as a starting point. First the AFC needs to discuss
overriding issues that arose during the project review and try to
capture those issues in the final CBFWA recommendation. Second the AFC
will discuss project specific issues that are raised by members of the
- Budget - The AFC wants to reiterate to the NWPPC that if a
specific budget is established for the Columbia Plateau Province
that is less than our total recommendation, CBFWA would like an
opportunity to prioritize the projects according that budget.
- In-lieu - The AFC identified several projects that raised
in-lieu concerns. They determined that it is CBFWA’s role to
identify each project’s benefits to fish and wildlife and allow
NWPPC and BPA to determine if in-lieu funding issues exist that
might affect funding a project. Specific concerns will be raised
in the comment section of each project review where those concerns
- Monitoring and Evaluation - The monitoring and evaluation
proposals created some concern to project reviewers. Each specific
project is incorporating monitoring into their proposals to
address ISRP and regional concerns. At the same time many umbrella
M&E proposals are being submitted that may or may not overlap
existing work. These projects are creating duplication and
coordination difficulties in some of the subbasins. As an example
in the John Day subbasin, there is one ongoing M&E project
(199801600) and three new projects (25010, 25069, and 25088b).
These four projects provide significant opportunity for overlap
and redundancy and coordination between these projects is not
clear. Coordination must occur prior to funding and new M&E
work in this subbasin to insure that all data is compatible and
complimentary to provide the best evaluation in this subbasin.
The AFC reviewed and modified the Columbia Plateau Province Budget
Work Group recommendations and forwarded them to MMG with the above
The next meeting is scheduled for August 15, 2001 in Portland,
Oregon. Please call Gary James or Tom Iverson if you will not be able
to attend. No specific agenda items have been identified at this time.