FY 1999 proposal 198806500

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Section 1. Administrative

Proposal titleKootenai River Fisheries Investigations
Proposal ID198806500
OrganizationIdaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG)
Proposal contact person or principal investigator
NameVaughn L. Paragamian
Mailing addressIDFG, 2750 Kathleen Ave. Coeur d' Alene, ID 83814
Phone / email2087691414 / vparagam@idfg.state.id.us
Manager authorizing this project
Review cycleFY 1999
Province / SubbasinUpper Columbia / Kootenai
Short descriptionRecover the Kootenai River white sturgeon (ESA) population, develop a recovery plan for burbot , improve fishing for rainbow trout and other resident species in the Kootenai River, Idaho and recover ecosystem.
Target speciesKootenai River white sturgeon ESA listed, natural production assisted by artificial outplanting. Burbot Genetically distinct stock which spawns naturally without targeted artificial enhancement. Whitefish Rainbow trout Naturally spawning fish without targeted artificial enhancement.
Project location
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Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives (RPAs)

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Relevant RPAs based on NMFS/BPA review:

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Section 2. Past accomplishments

YearAccomplishment

Section 3. Relationships to other projects

Project IDTitleDescription
8346700 Libby Reservoir levels/Kootenai IFIM Recovery of Kootenai River white sturgeon is dependent on augmented spring flows for sturgeon spawning and rearing. Winter low flows to test limitations to burbot migrations are dependent on water management from Libby.
8806400 Kootenai River white sturgeon study and experimental culture IDFG is a cooperator with the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho(KITI). IDFG assissts the tribe in the capture of brood fish for their hatchery and evaluates the hatchery contribution to the population, interaction between juvenile wild/hatchery sturgeon.
9401200 Kootenai River white sturgeon M&E This aspect of Kootenai River white sturgeon recovery is a partnership with the KITI and is a budget supplementation for the additional cost of intense M&E.
9404900 Kootenai River ecosystem improvement study. IDFG is a partner in the Adaptive Ecosystem Assessment method (AEA) with the Kootenai Tribe. IDFG has been a participant in the AEA process and has helped fund the associated workshops. I

Section 4. Budget for Planning and Design phase

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Section 5. Budget for Construction and Implementation phase

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Section 6. Budget for Operations and Maintenance phase

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Section 7. Budget for Monitoring and Evaluation phase

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Section 8. Estimated budget summary

Itemized budget
ItemNoteFY 1999 cost
Personnel All calculations are based on FY98 budget and 5% inflation. $184,635
Fringe $66,376
Supplies $32,875
Operating $44,213
Capital $31,500
Tag Program has sufficient PIT tags $0
Travel $22,602
Indirect $96,193
Subcontractor B.C. Minniistry of Environment; U.S. Geological Survey; University of Idaho $100,905
$579,299
Total estimated budget
Total FY 1999 cost$579,299
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA funds$0
Total FY 1999 budget request$579,299
FY 1999 forecast from 1998$0
% change from forecast0.ToString("0.0%"))
Cost sharing
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(working on it)

Other budget explanation

Schedule Constraints: Endangered Secies Act is abandoned by Congress and support for sturgeon recovery is impeded. USACE does not cooperate to fullest extent with winter test flows for burbot leading to inconclusive data and need to repeat testing the following year.


Reviews and recommendations

This information was not provided on the original proposals, but was generated during the review process.

Recommendation:
Fundable
Date:
May 13, 1998

Comment:

Presentation: The goal of this project is to restore fisheries (especially white sturgeon, trout, burbot, and whitefish) to self-sustaining population levels. Libby Dam reversed the hydrograph, raised the winter water temperatures, and created a nutrient sink in Lake Koocanusa. The tropic structure of the Kootenai River community changed after the construction of Libby Dam. Double peaks caused by flow augmentation add an unnatural variable which IDFG would like to avoid. IDFG monitors sturgeon test flows and ESA-listed white sturgeon spawning and collects eggs and juveniles. Burbot are weak swimmers that a species of special concern in the Kootenai system, and are on the verge of demographic extinction. Winter flows for hydropower and flood control (4 to 5 times higher than historic levels) have altered burbot spawning habits. Rainbow trout are the most popular sport fish and catches are lower than historic levels. Spawning occurs in the tributaries and IDFG was unable to find spawning in the mainstem. Rainbow trout are not stocked in the Kootenai River in Idaho. All of the pieces of the Kootenai River package fit together -- the white sturgeon hatchery (8806400), the ecosystem improvement study (9404900) and the fishery investigations (8806500). This project and its companions work closely with Canada to study and manage transboundary stocks.

Screening Criteria: Yes

Technical Criteria: Yes

Programmatic Criteria: Yes


Recommendation:
Fund
Date:
May 13, 1998

Comment:

Includes 50,000 from
Recommendation:
Adequate
Date:
Jun 18, 1998

Comment:

This is a well-organized proposal that is well tied to other work in region, states clear objectives, and has a record of good productivity. It was among the best of the set. Its focus is largely on sturgeon, which should be reflected in the title. The methods are pretty brief but adequate. There needs to be an umbrella proposal for all Kootenai/white sturgeon projects (particularly relating this proposal and 8806400).
REVIEW:
NW Power and Conservation Council's FY 2006 Project Funding Review
Funding category:
expense
Date:
May 2005
FY05 NPCC start of year:FY06 NPCC staff preliminary:FY06 NPCC July draft start of year:
$951,697 $951,697 $951,697

Sponsor comments: See comment at Council's website