Return to Proposal Finder FY 1999 Proposal 198346500

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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 Libby and Hungry Horse Modeling Technical Analysis
BPA Project Proposal Number 198346500
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks - Subcontract with Dr. Craig Althen
Business acronym (if appropriate) MFWP

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Brian Marotz / Craig Althen (Contractor)
Mailing Address 490 N. Meridian Rd.
City, State, Zip Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone 4067514546
Fax 4062570349
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 1999
Province Upper Columbia
Subbasin Kootenai, Flathead
Short Description Funds subcontract with one computer programmer / modelor to perform data analyses and develop source code for new utilities, improving the reservoir / river models of Montana’s Flathead and Kootenai river systems. Project costs less than $30k annually.
Target Species bull trout (proposed ESA listing) mountain whitefish rainbow trout Naturally spawning fish without targeted artificial enhancement, contributes to rebuilding weak but recoverable native population. Kootenai River white sturgeon ESA listed as endangered, natural production assisted by artificial outplanting. westslope cutthroat trout Naturally spawning native fish without targeted artificial enhancement, restoration of wild runs through imprint planting of natural re-colonization, contributes to rebuilding weak but recoverable native population. interior redband trout Naturally spawning native populations, initiation of spawning runs in historic range using experimental imprint planting. kokanee Naturally spawning fish without targeted artificial enhancement. Kootenai River burbot Natural production possibly assisted by artificial outplanting, contributes to rebuilding weak but recoverable native population.

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: 10.3A.4, 10.3A.18, 10.3B.3, 10.3B.5.
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: Kootenai River White Sturgeon Biological Opinion (59 FR 45989) NMFS Hydrosystem Operations for salmon recovery (56 FR 58619; 57 FR 14653) Bull Trout Proposed Listing (62 FR 32268) Montana westslope cutthroat, bull trout and interior redband plans.
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): resident

Section 2. Past Accomplishments

n/a or no information

Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

Project ID Title Description Umbrella
9401000 Excessive awdown Mitigation - Hungry Horse Reservoir Compiles microhabitat and fisheries data to complement IFIM project. These data are linked to results of project 9502500 and 9101903. No
9101903 Hungry Horse Mitigation - Habitat Improvements Runs array of thermal sensors in Flathead River, provides biological and physical data from Hungry Horse Reservoir and Flathead River. No
8346700 Libby Reservoir Mitigation Provides biological and physical data from Libby Reservoir and Kootenai River, Endangered Kootenai white stugeon, and experience from completed Kootenai River IFIM project to aid Flathead IFIM project 9502500. No
9502500 Flathead River Instream Flow Project This three year project calibrates the IFIM Model that this project will link with an existing thermodynamics model from project 9101903 and biological attributes compiled by project 9401000. No

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Create a logical procedure for duplication of the code and supporting files to facilitate the installation and use of the full-scale, quantitative models on other personal computers a. Package the executable code to be portable and convenient for use (user friendly) to facilitate use and updating by trained personnel.
1. b. Archive methodology for data analyses used to develop the models.
2. Increase utility of models by updating graphics and reporting functions a. Automate multiple-year simulations (batch mode) by fully integrating the executable code
2. b. Refine the hydraulic balance equations to calculate accumulated river discharge at additional points along the river course. Stations describe the three river reaches used by project 9502500.
2. c. Design a smoothing function for reshaping the annual discharge schedule, or portion there of, to create a more normal hydrograph.
3. Update the flood control relationship between Libby Dam, Kootenay Lake, Duncan Dam and Corra Linn Dam relative to changes in the implementation of the IJC Treaty. a. The original hydrographic mass balance model has been updated using records through 1997. The model will be refined to allow for additional operational strategies to reflect ongoing decision processes.
4. Test and release a simplified version of the hydraulic model for use by dam operators or system analysts a. A new model (windows- based, Win95 and 3.1) was being tested at the time of this writing. Once tested and released, the model will accurately calculate IRC targets and tiered flows for flow augmentation.
5. Develop link between existing reservoir / river model and the IFIM based river model and upgraded thermal model a. The existing model has a river flow and temperature component that will be upgraded by the IFIM project 9502500.
5. b. Create optimization program to facilitate user control of assumptions and variables to aid in tradeoff assessments between reservoir elevations and discharge shaping.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 10/01/96 12/01/99 5.0%
2 10/01/96 12/01/99 20.0%
3 10/01/97 12/01/99 20.0%
4 04/01/97 06/01/98 10.0%
5 04/01/98 12/01/01 45.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 1999 Cost
Supplies $ 1,000
Travel $ 1,500
Subcontractor Althen Enterprises $ 19,000
Other $ 3,676
Total Itemized Budget $ 25,176

Total estimated budget

Total FY 1999 project cost $ 25,176
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 1999 budget request $ 25,176
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 $ 25,000 $ 25,000
Total Outyear Budgets $ 25,000 $ 25,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Dr. Althen is planning a sabbatical in 1998-99 that will restrict the amount of time he can work on this project. Much depends on his ability to communicate with department liaisons and access computers with internet capability.

Section 6. References

n/a or no information

Section 7. Abstract


This subcontract funds a part-time computer programmer / modelor needed to keep computer models of the Flathead and Kootenai River Systems up to date. These empirically calibrated, quantitative biological models estimate trophic responses due to reservoir fluctuation in Hungry Horse and Libby Reservoirs, and downstream river reaches. Thermodynamics models, simulate the operation of selective withdrawal structures installed on both dams to regulate water discharge temperature. The models also calculate the hydrologic balance at downstream projects; Kerr Dam on the outlet from Flathead Lake, and Corra Linn and Duncan Dams in the Kootenai drainage. Results were used to establish Integrated Rule Curves (IRCs) for operations at Hungry Horse and Libby and a tiered approach for flow augmentation to aid in the recovery of the endangered Kootenai white sturgeon. The IRCs and Tiered Flows were designed to balance hydropower and flood control with resident and their habitat, and to strike a balance with flow augmentation for anadromous species. A simplified hydraulic balance model (without the biological and thermodynamics components) was developed for use by dam operators or system analysts to calculate IRC targets and sturgeon flows based on monthly inflow forecasts. The models estimate fish entrainment through Libby Dam, zooplankton entrainment through Hungry Horse, and riverine fish growth associated with thermal regulation. An IFIM-based river model nearing completion on the Kootenai, and similar work initiated on the Flathead, will be linked to the existing model framework by this project subcontract.

Reviews and Recommendations

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