Return to Proposal Finder FY 1999 Proposal 9135

Proposal Table of Contents

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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

Reviews and Recommendations
Title Type File Size File Date

Section 1. General Administrative Information

Title of Project Proposal Assess Impacts of Hydro Operations on Mainstem Habitats for Fish
BPA Project Proposal Number 9135
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Columbia River Research Laboratory
Business acronym (if appropriate) USGS - CRRL

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Michael J. Parsley
Mailing Address USGS BRD 5501A Cook-Underwood Road
City, State, Zip Cook, WA 98605
Phone 5095382299
Fax 5095382843
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 1999
Province Lower Columbia
Subbasin Lower Columbia Mainstem, Lower Snake
Short Description Assess present day nearshore, littoral, and deepwater habitats in mainstem reservoirs and make comparisons to historical river conditions.
Target Species

Project Location

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Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives (RPAs)

Sponsor-Reported Relevant RPAs

Sponsor listed no RPAs for this project proposal

Relevant RPAs based upon NMFS & BPA Review

NMFS and BPA did not associate any reasonable and prudent alternatives with this project proposal

NPPC Program Measure Number(s) which this project addresses: 5.5A.2, 6.1A.1, 6.1C.2, 7.1A, 7.1C.3, 7.6A
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses:
Other Planning Document References

CBFWA-Generated Information

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

Section 2. Past Accomplishments

n/a or no information

Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

n/a or no information

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Use existing data to characterize habitats in impounded areas of the Columbia River downstream from the confluence of the Snake River. a. Compile existing spatial data describing river bed elevations or other measures of channel morphology
. b. Compile existing spatial data describing river and floodplain substrates.
2. Characterize the physical channel morphometry present prior to impoundment in selected reservoirs a. Use existing information (War Department maps, pre-impoundment air photos, etc.) to characterize the pre-impoundment habitat in selected river reaches
3. Compare pre and post-impoundment habitat conditions a. Incorporate data into a Geographic Information System for storage, analysis, manipulation, and display.
. b. Incorporate water surface profiles from backwater curves and other sources to model changes in habitat due to changes in water surface elevation and discharge.
. c. Use existing data on habitat used by anadromous and resident fishes to define critical habitats for pre- and post-impoundment comparisons.
4. If necessary, characterize the physical channel morphometry in selected reservoirs. a. Use remote sensing tools to obtain nearshore, littoral, and deepwater river bed elevations
. b. Use remote sensing tools with ground-truthing to characterize river bed substrates.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 10/01/98 09/01/99 20.0%
2 10/01/98 09/01/00 20.0%
3 10/01/99 09/01/00 20.0%
4 10/01/00 09/01/01 40.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 1999 Cost
Personnel $ 60,000
Fringe $ 17,400
Supplies $ 10,000
Operating $ 10,000
Travel $ 3,000
Indirect 38% of 100,400 $ 38,152
Subcontractor $ 0
Total Itemized Budget $138,552

Total estimated budget

Total FY 1999 project cost $138,552
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 1999 budget request $138,552
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

2000 2001
All Phases $250,000 $250,000
Total Outyear Budgets $250,000 $250,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Spatial data currently available may not be adequate; the data may have poor resolution, be the wrong scale, or be poor quality. Weather and water conditions on the Columbia river may delay collection of remotely sensed data necessary for Objective 4

Section 6. References

n/a or no information

Section 7. Abstract


Spatial data analyses will be done to quantify the changes to mainstem habitats for anadromous and resident fishes that have occurred from hydroelectric development and current operations of the hydroelectric system. Analyses will also be done to predict the effects of water level manipulations (i.e. reservoir drawdowns, flood control, ramping rates) on those habitats. Several measures in the Fish and Wildlife Program, including sections 5.5A, 6.1A, 6.1C, 7.1A, 7.1C, and 7.6A, state the need to investigate the effects of operations of hydroelectric facilities on habitats, investigate the effects of proposed mitigation activities on resident fish and wildlife, or maintain or improve the existing habitat conditions. Habitat assessments of this type are commonly done in terrestrial systems, and in large river systems such as the Mississippi River. The quality of the analyses are dependent on the quality of data available to use. Generally, there is a paucity of spatial data available for aquatic habitats compared to that available for use in analyses of terrestrial habitat. However, there are remote sensing tools available that can enable the rapid and efficient collection of data from large rivers and reservoirs. The results from this work can be monitored by the production of spatial data products including digital elevation models for each impounded reach and digital terrain models that characterize river and floodplain substrates.

Reviews and Recommendations

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