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Section 1. General Administrative information
Section 2. Past accomplishments
Section 3. Relationships to other projects
Section 4. Objectives, tasks and schedules
Section 5. Budget
Section 6. References
Section 7. Abstract

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Title Type File Size File Date

Section 1. General Administrative Information

Title of Project Proposal Evaluate Effects of Hydraulic Turbulence on Survival of Migratory Fishes
BPA Project Proposal Number 9113
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Business acronym (if appropriate) ORNL

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Dr. Glenn F. Cada
Mailing Address Oak Ridge National Laboratory
City, State, Zip Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6036
Phone 4235747320
Fax 4235763989
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 1999
Province Systemwide
Subbasin Systemwide
Short Description Design, construct, and operate a laboratory apparatus to evaluate the effects of turbulence on fish survival and swimming performance.
Target Species

Project Location

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NPPC Program Measure Number(s) which this project addresses:
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses:
Other Planning Document References

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Database Administrator notes on the history of this proposal form: None
Type of Project (assigned by CBFWA Analysts): anadromous

Section 2. Past Accomplishments

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Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

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Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Assess state-of-the-art in turbulence studies. a. Review literature and determine turbulence values to test.
. b. Evaluate existing experimental apparatus.
2. Develop test apparatus a. Engineering design
. b. Construction and installation
. c. System shake down
3. Hydraulic evaluation a. Flow measurement and calibration
. b. Velocity mapping
. c. Detailed description of turbulence in system.
4. Biological evaluation a. Evaluate fish mortality and injury caused by turbulence.
. b. Evaluate reduced swimming performance.
5. Data analysis .
6. Report preparation .

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 10/01/98 01/01/99 11.0%
2 11/01/98 11/01/99 20.0%
3 02/01/99 04/01/99 22.0%
4 04/01/99 07/01/99 22.0%
5 04/01/99 08/01/99 15.0%
6 08/01/99 10/01/99 10.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 1999 Cost
Personnel $105,000
Fringe $ 40,000
Supplies $ 10,000
Operating $ 1,500
Capital $ 50,000
Travel $ 6,000
Indirect $ 25,500
Subcontractor $ 0
Total Itemized Budget $238,000

Total estimated budget

Total FY 1999 project cost $238,000
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 1999 budget request $238,000
FY 1999 forecast from 1998 $ 0
% change from forecast 0.0%

Reason for change in estimated budget

Not applicable

Reason for change in scope

Not applicable

Cost Sharing

Not applicable

Outyear Budget Totals

Not applicable  

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Availability of appropriate fish for testing

Section 6. References

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Section 7. Abstract


It has been recognized by numerous investigators that excessive turbulence associated with turbine passage, spill passage, and fish bypass systems at hydroelectric dams may have adverse effects on downstream migrating fish. Although turbulence has been poorly studied, it is suspected that excessive levels can cause direct injury and mortality, or at the least disorient fish so that they become more susceptible to predation. In response to the goal of developing an improved understanding of the mechanisms of fish mortality (FWP Measure 5.6A.14), we propose to design and construct an experimental apparatus to generate known intensities and scales of turbulence in the laboratory, expose migratory fish (juveniles and smolts) to these levels of turbulence, and quantify the biological responses. Biological responses would be measured in terms of injuries, direct mortality (short-term and long-term), and changes in swimming capacity that might alter susceptibility to predation. Results of the studies would be used to develop biologically based performance criteria for turbulence that could be used by regulators and in the design of turbine systems, bypass systems, and spill procedures. The study would be accomplished largely during FY 1999, and the results would be conveyed by periodic progress reports, a final test report, and open literature publications.

Reviews and Recommendations

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