Return to Proposal Finder FY 1999 Proposal 199000501

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 Umatilla and Walla Walla Basin Natural Production M&E Project
BPA Project Proposal Number 199000501
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Business acronym (if appropriate) CTUIR

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Gary James
Mailing Address P.O. Box 638
City, State, Zip Pendleton, OR 97801
Phone 5412764109
Fax 5412764348
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 1999
Province Lower Mid-Columbia
Subbasin Umatilla
Short Description Monitor and evaluate natural spawning, rearing, migration, survival, life histories, age and growth characteristsics, and gentic characteristics of adult salmon and steelhead and their natural progeny in the Umatilla and Walla Walla River Basins.
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: 703 (f)(1)(b)
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: NA
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. Monitor spawning activities of hatchery and natural spring and fall chinook and coho salmon, and summer steelhead in the Umatilla River Basin. Monitor steelhead spawning in the Walla Walla River Basin. a. Document the number and locations of redds and examine carcasses in index areas and in other areas throughout both basins as conditions allow.
. b. Estimate survival to spawning and total egg deposition by species, reach and basin.
. c. Collect and record length, sex, pre/post spawn mortality data, coded wire tags, marks, PIT tags, fin clips, kidney samples and scales from the appropriately marked carcasses examined on the spawning grownds.
. d. Bag, label, freeze and deliver snouts and kidney samples to the appropriate research laboratories for analysis.
. e. Digitize and summarize data, report findings, and discuss management implications
2. Estimate abundance, timing and survival of juvenile salmon and steelhead migrating from the headwaters of the Umatilla River to the Lower Columbia (John Day and Bonneville Dam PIT tag interrogation sites). a. PIT tag natural juvenile chinook and summer steelhead collected in the headwaters of the Umatilla River Basin with rotary screw traps, electrofishing and other methods
. b. Develop and submit tagging, mortality and release files to PTAGIS
. c. Extract and examine PIT tag detections from PTAGIS detection files
. d. Estimate the no. of natural smolts leaving the Umatilla River from the no. and ratio of tagged /untagged proportions of smolts trapped at the Three Mile Dam.
. e. Estimate timing and minimum survival from PIT tag detections at downriver sites
. f. Report findings and discuss management implications.
3. Estimate juvenile salmonid abundance and rearing densities in index sites and selected stream reaches in the Umatilla and Walla Walla Basins a. Electrofish established index sites. Isolate the site with block-nets and use multiple depletion-pass methods to estimate salmonid densities.
. b. Electrofish selected stream reaches using block-nets and depletion methods to estimate salmonid densities and abundance in priority areas as defined by the Management Oversight Committee.
. c. Digitize and summarize capture data, estimate densities and abundance, examine trends, report findings and discuss management implications.
4. Estimate tribal harvest of adult salmon and steelhead returning to the Umatilla River Basin (in cooperation with BIA). a. Design and implement a roving creel survey and phone survey depending on season and location of fisheries as determined by tribal authorities.
. b. Digitize and summarize data, estimate harvest and report findings.
5. Monitor stream temperatures in the Umatilla and Walla Walla River Basins in cooperation with other monitoring agencies a. Meet with other agencies to coordinate temperature monitoring activities.
. b. Deploy 6 Ryan RTM2000 and 30 Vemco Minilog thermographs in April of 1999. Check status and function of thermographs in July
. c. Retrieve thermographs in November of 1999. Download, summarize and graph data. Examine trends, report findings and discuss management implications.
6. Determine age, growth and life history characteristcs of bull trout, salmon and steelhead in the Umatilla and Walla Walla River Basins a. Take scales from juvenile and adult salmon and steelhead during trapping, electrofishing and spawning surveys.
. b. Mount and press adult scale samples. Place juvenile scales directly between labeled acetate sheets at the time of sampling.
. c. Determine the proportion of unmarked adult salmon that are of hatchery and natural origin based on circuli counts from the scale focus to the first annuli.
. d. Determine the years of freshwater and saltwater rearing of adult natural steelhead and salmon.
. e. Digitize and summarize data, report findings and discuss management implications.
7. Determine and compare genetic characteristics of Umatilla River steelhead with previous genetic data. Establish genetic baseline data for Walla Walla River steelhead. a. Collect, store and deliver steelhead samples from the Umatilla and W. W. Basins according to procedures developed by the geneticists. A lab will process the samples, analysis the data and report and discuss findings (Lab will be selected in 1998).
. b. Attach geneticists' report to annual report.
8. Improve and update the monitoring and evaluation strategies for the Umatilla and Walla River Basins. Coordinate with the Management Oversight Committee to ensure an effective M&E program. a. Meet with Management Oversight Committee to determine monitorinag needs.
. b. Modify and develop the monitoring and evaluation program to meet identified needs.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 11/01/85 12/01/07 25.0%
2 03/01/98 12/01/07 19.0%
3 06/01/93 12/01/07 25.0%
4 04/01/93 12/01/07 4.0%
5 05/01/93 12/01/07 2.0%
6 04/01/93 12/01/07 3.0%
7 03/01/99 12/01/09 20.0%
8 01/01/92 12/01/07 2.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 1999 Cost
Personnel 6.25 FTE $256,300
Fringe 29% $ 74,327
Supplies $ 40,000
Tag 6000 $ 17,400
Travel $ 29,000
Indirect 34% $143,489
Subcontractor CRITFC $140,000
Total Itemized Budget $700,516

Total estimated budget

Total FY 1999 project cost $700,516
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 1999 budget request $700,516
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 2002 2003
All Phases $646,000 $678,000 $712,000 $748,000
Total Outyear Budgets $646,000 $678,000 $712,000 $748,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: This project reports findings annually but is expected to operate at least through 2007. The Management Oversight Committee examines and modifies this M&E project annually

Section 6. References

n/a or no information

Section 7. Abstract


Our project goal is to provide information to managers and researchers working to restore anadromous salmonids to the Umatilla and Walla Walla River Basins. This is the only project that monitors the restoration of naturally producing salmon and steelhead in either basin. The project objectives are to measure, estimate and report the spawning success, rearing densities and abundance, habitat quality and quantity, basin production capacity, life history characteristics, and migration timing and success of salmon and steelhead. This project also monitors tribal harvest (roving creel and telephone surveys) and water temperatures (Ryan and Vemco thermographs) in coordination with ODFW, USFS and other CTUIR projects. In coordination with researchers and managers from the basin, we examine and modify the project annually to provide the best information to adaptively manage local salmon and steelhead. The information generated by this project also has utility for salmonid restoration efforts throughout the Columbia River Basin. While certain monitoring activities are conducted each year, others objectives are deferred to future years because of limitations in personnel, funding, prioritization and need. Genetic sampling is an example of this. During 1992 and 1994 Currens and Schreck (1993, 1995) conducted baseline genetic sampling (allozyme electrophoresis and mtDNA) of endemic steelhead in the Umatilla Basin. We propose to sample both the Umatilla and Walla Walla River endemic steelhead in 1999 to examine genetic characteristics. We plan to collect samples and coordinate the processing, analysis and reporting with established laboratories and genetic scientists. We plan to use both electrophoresis and DNA techniques to establish genetic baseline data for Walla Walla steelhead and to re-examine Umatilla steelhead genetics. Both endemic populations are subject to potential risks through artificial propagation projects. Subsequent genetic monitoring is planned for both basins in 2004 and 2009. In addition, this project completed a radio telemetry project evaluating the passage of fall chinook, spring chinook, and coho salmon, and summer steelhead over irrigation dams and through fish ladders in the lower Umatilla River (1993-1996). We plan to evaluate summer steelhead passage through fish ladders in the Walla Walla Basin and to spawning areas during 2000, 2001 and 2002. Evaluations of Walla Walla spring chinook will begin when adults begin to return. We communicate findings to researchers and managers through formal reports, monthly oversight committee meetings, annual basin operation meetings, and formal presentations at various conferences and forums.

Reviews and Recommendations

This information was not provided on the original proposals, but was generated during the review process.

CBFWA: Nonwatershed Technical Group Comments Recommendation:
May 13, 1998
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]

Criteria 1: Technical Criteria - Yes

Criteria 2: Objectives Criteria - Yes

Criteria 3: Milestones Criteria - Yes

Criteria 4: Resources Criteria - Yes:

CBFWA Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
May 13, 1998
1999 2000 2001
$610,516 $646,000 $678,000
Reduced from proposal for budget efficiencies

ISRP Review , ISRP 1998-1 Recommendation:
Jun 18, 1998
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
This proposal was thoroughly written and the technical justification and methods seem adequate. The project is in its sixth year; thus, the proposal would have benefited from a concise summary of results to date, such as smolt to adult return rates.

NW Power and Conservation Council's FY 2006 Project Funding Review Funding category:
May 2005
FY05 NPCC Start of Year:
FY06 NPCC Staff Preliminary:
FY06 NPCC July Draft Start of Year:
Sponsor (Confederated Tribes Of The Umatilla Indian Reservation) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

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