FY 1999 proposal 199101904

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Section 1. Administrative

Proposal titleHungry Horse Mitigation - Hatchery-Based Impl. of Native Fish Recovery
Proposal ID199101904
OrganizationU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Proposal contact person or principal investigator
NameWade Fredenberg
Mailing address780 Creston Hatchery Road Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone / email4067586868 / wade_fredenberg@fws.gov
Manager authorizing this project
Review cycleFY 1999
Province / SubbasinUpper Columbia / Flathead
Short descriptionProduce fish to mitigate losses to Flathead Lake as identified in the Hungry Horse Mitigation Plan; coordinate multiagency monitoring and reporting of the kokanee test…
Target speciesbull trout Proposed ESA listing, contributes to rebuilding weak but recoverable native population. westslope cutthroat trout Natural production assisted by artificial outplanting, contributes to rebuilding weak but recoverable native population. kokanee Monitoring of previous outplants and final evaluation.
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

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Section 3. Relationships to other projects

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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 $210,000
Fringe $90,000
Supplies $10,000
Operating $70,000
Travel $12,000
Indirect $92,000
Subcontractor $0
$484,000
Total estimated budget
Total FY 1999 cost$484,000
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA funds$0
Total FY 1999 budget request$484,000
FY 1999 forecast from 1998$0
% change from forecast0.ToString("0.0%"))
Cost sharing
OrganizationItem or service providedAmountCash or in-kind
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Other budget explanation

Schedule Constraints: ESA listing of bull trout (currently proposed, final in 1998), or westslope cutthroat trout would affect scheduling and implementation of many tasks. Task 1b dependent on successful acquisition of Sekokini Springs site. All objectives subject to changes in management direction and implementation as per CSKT and MFWP strategies.


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 project is somewhat open-ended for FY99 as it transitions from producing kokanee for Flathead Lake to a native species orientation. The project now produces fish for off-site recreational uses (does not stock fish in Flathead Lake) and includes native species restoration in the drainage. A large part of the project will be operating Sekokini Springs, a private trout farm currently being purchased by MDFWP. Sekokini Springs used to produce rainbow trout which leaked into Flathead Lake. Objective 1: Stop rainbow trout production, raise native cutthroat trout instead and reconnect ponds to recreate native habitat. Objective 2: Conduct research aimed at providing better information about raising bull trout in hatcheries. The hatchery currently has 200 4-year olds and produced about 100,000 eggs. These fish came from 3 adult females and cannot be used for stocking. It looks like bull trout might be susceptible to dioxin. Objective 3: Produce rainbow trout for stocking on the Salish-Kootenai Reservation (70,000 fish in 3 reservoirs). Objective 4: Complete the kokanee test - no more fish will be stocked but the evaluation needs to be completed next fall when the fish return. The FY 99 project budget should be reduced by $95,000 to $389,400. The Sekokini Springs project produces cutthroat trout, half of which are used for stocking to augment angling opportunities and half of which go into the ponds. One goal is to build a pure Flathead westslope cutthroat stock which will then be used to stock upper tributaries and headwater lakes. There are no native rainbow trout in the Flathead system and rainbow trout are still stocked in irrigation reservoirs to create fishing opportunities. There is no overlap between these two stocking programs. The project also includes some bass work.

Questions/Answers:

Will you plant the bull trout? Answer: No. They are strictly for research to help with bull trout production in the future. The object is to learn as much as possible now while there is still time.

Screening Criteria: Yes

Technical Criteria: Yes

Programmatic Criteria: Yes


Recommendation:
Fund
Date:
May 13, 1998

Comment:

Budget reduced to reflect the transition from the kokanee test to a focus on native species
Recommendation:
Inadequate, adequate in part
Date:
Jun 18, 1998

Comment:

The proposal was one of the poorest of the set. The proposal describes a switch from artificial production of kokanee to westslope cutthroat, rainbow trout (for stocking) and experimental bull trout cultures. This is a good attempt at adaptive management after the failure of the kokanee experiment. The westslope cutthroat production approach looks good, but the scientific community has recommended against bull trout supplementation in the Flathead. It is good that they are going to work cooperatively to follow a plan. The validity of loss estimates must be assumed, but should be explained. The methods are well described, but the objectives could be better presented. The role of the "fish production coordinator" is unclear.
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:
$113,168 $113,168 $113,168

Sponsor comments: See comment at Council's website