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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 Influence of Marine-Derived Nutrient Influx on CRB Salmonid Production
BPA Project Proposal Number 9136
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division
Business acronym (if appropriate) USGS

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Matthew G. Mesa and Patrick J. Connolly
Mailing Address Columbia River Research Laboratory 5501A Cook-Underwood Rd.
City, State, Zip Cook, WA 98605
Phone 5095382299 246
Fax 5095382843
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 1999
Province Systemwide
Subbasin Systemwide
Short Description Establish a system-wide, coordinated, and comprehensive research effort and management strategy to document the effects of nutrient influx on the productivity of CRB tributaries for anadromous salmonids.
Target Species

Project Location

[No information]

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:
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

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Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Draft a comprehensive, systematic research plan and management strategy to investigate the effects of marine-derived nutrients on Columbia River basin tributary and salmonid productivity. a. Assemble and coordinate a working group of interested researchers, experts, and other persons from different agencies, tribes, and the private sector
. b. Gather, summarize existing historical/ recent biological data on primary & secondary productivity in tributaries of Columbia River basin to develop relations between productivity & size & character of anadromous fish runs.
. c. Organize/facilitate workshop(s) to develop comprehensive strategy to establish consistent objectives, experimental designs, methods for research & management application of nutrient enrichment to be conducted under this project.
2. Document productivity of selected watersheds & streams prior to nutrient enrichment. Factors to examine: those developed by working group under Obj. 1, including estimating primary productivity, invertebrate production, nutrient cycling, etc. a. Identify candidate treatment and control streams for nutrient enrichment from a hierarchical list of potential streams formed from evaluations of biological, physical, and geomorphological characteristics.
. b. Collect and analyze pre-treatment data from selected streams.
3. Document the effects of introducing adult salmonid carcasses or other synthetic enrichment media on stream and fish productivity in selected streams a. Using procedures established under Objective 1, place salmon carcasses and potentially other nutrient enrichment sources in selected streams within the basin.
. b. Monitor the response of selected aspects of fish and stream community productivity.
. c. Organize/facilitate workshop with researchers, managers, interested parties to discuss findings & evaluate potential for establishing nutrient enrichment as long term management strategy to increase anadromous salmonid productivity in Columbia River basin

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 10/01/98 04/01/00 5.0%
2 10/01/99 09/01/03 30.0%
3 10/01/01 09/01/06 65.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 1999 Cost
Personnel $ 55,917
Fringe $ 15,657
Supplies $ 5,250
Travel $ 18,023
Indirect $ 36,041
Subcontractor $ 0
Total Itemized Budget $130,888

Total estimated budget

Total FY 1999 project cost $130,888
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 1999 budget request $130,888
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

All Phases $ 10,537
Total Outyear Budgets $ 10,537

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Since implementation of objectives 2 and 3 require information derived from objective 1, scheduling could change slightly if completion of objective 1 is delayed. Also, depending on the outcome of objective 1, scheduling could change (i.e., be shorter or longer) for objectives 2 and 3.

Section 6. References

n/a or no information

Section 7. Abstract


Adult salmonids (Oncorhynchus spp.), through excretion, gametes, and carcass decomposition, transport significant amounts of marine-derived nutrients to the freshwater ecosystem. Such nutrient input to streams is a fundamental aspect of salmonid ecology and is important to the productivity of waters in which salmon spawn. However, the decline of salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest has dramatically reduced the availability of carcasses in many tributaries of the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Diminished inputs of marine-derived nutrients can depress stream ecosystem productivity and lead to a cascade of deleterious effects such as decreased juvenile salmonid size, reduced overwinter and marine survival, and declines of returning adults. We propose to establish and participate in a system-wide, coordinated, and comprehensive research effort to document the effects of nutrient enhancement via carcass decomposition on the productivity of Columbia River basin tributaries and anadromous salmonids. Phase I of this work, which this proposal specifically addresses, will involve development of a research plan to direct all aspects of the research, including identifying candidate streams and factors to be examined, and developing methods and analysis techniques. Phase II, which will be fully developed after completion of the first phase, will involve selection of candidate treatment and control streams and will include collection and analysis of pre-enhancement baseline data. Phase III will consist of stocking of carcasses into streams and monitoring and evaluation of the response of stream and salmonid productivity. Information derived from this project is fundamental to measures outlined in the FWP regarding coordinated salmon production and habitat. In addition, this information may be critical to the success of supplementation programs. Our results should provide sufficient scientifically valid information to assess the importance of marine-derived nutrients to salmonid production and will establish a solid foundation towards implementing nutrient enrichment as a long-term management program designed to help reverse the decline of Pacific Northwest salmonid populations.

Reviews and Recommendations

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