Return to Proposal Finder FY 1999 Proposal 199101904

Proposal Table of Contents

Additional Documents

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 Hungry Horse Mitigation - Hatchery-Based Impl. of Native Fish Recovery
BPA Project Proposal Number 199101904
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Business acronym (if appropriate) USFWS

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Wade Fredenberg
Mailing Address 780 Creston Hatchery Road
City, State, Zip Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone 4067586868
Fax 4067586877
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 1999
Province Upper Columbia
Subbasin Flathead
Short Description Produce fish to mitigate losses to Flathead Lake as identified in the Hungry Horse Mitigation Plan; coordinate multiagency monitoring and reporting of the kokanee test…
Target Species bull trout Proposed ESA listing, contributes to rebuilding weak but recoverable native population. westslope cutthroat trout Natural production assisted by artificial outplanting, contributes to rebuilding weak but recoverable native population. kokanee Monitoring of previous outplants and final evaluation.

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): resident

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. Produce native westslope cutthroat trout for mitigation. a. Acquire up to 500,000 westslope cutthroat eggs and rear for CSKT and MFWP-managed waters.
1. b. Develop Sekokini Springs facility into a model for integrated hatchery natural rearing/habitat restoration for native species.
1. c. Upgrade Creston Hatchery water supply system to provide highest quality water; use innovative disease management to control furunculosis bacterial infections and reduce other fish health risks
2. Develop experimental techniques for hatchery culture and rearing of bull trout. a. Develop experimental techniques for hatchery culture and rearing of bull trout.
. b. Upgrade hatchery facilities to improve capability to deliver high quality stocks of native fish.
3. Produce rainbow trout for offsite mitigation. a. Acquire up to 100,000 rainbow trout eggs and rear for selected CSKT mitigation opportunities.
4. Assist CSKT and MFWP with Flathead Lake monitoring and coordinate reporting of results from stocking efforts. a. Complete monitoring and coordinate reporting of final evaluation of kokanee stocking test.
. b. Provide fish marking protocols and assistance in evaluation of timing, stocking strategies, and survival and performance of stocked fish.
. c. Develop proposals for hatchery-based research on spawning, supplementation, genetic reserves, imprinting, etc. to aid in restoration of native salmonids.
. d. Facilitate collection and analysis of wild and hatchery stocks for assessment of disease and genetic status.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 07/01/97 50.0%
2 09/01/93 09/01/99 10.0%
3 10/01/97 09/01/05 10.0%
4 08/01/92 30.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 1999 Cost
Personnel $210,000
Fringe $ 90,000
Supplies $ 10,000
Operating $ 70,000
Travel $ 12,000
Indirect $ 92,000
Subcontractor $ 0
Total Itemized Budget $484,000

Total estimated budget

Total FY 1999 project cost $484,000
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 1999 budget request $484,000
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

2000 2001 2002 2003
All Phases $484,000 $484,000 $484,000 $484,000
Total Outyear Budgets $484,000 $484,000 $484,000 $484,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: ESA listing of bull trout (currently proposed, final in 1998), or westslope cutthroat trout would affect scheduling and implementation of many tasks. Task 1b dependent on successful acquisition of Sekokini Springs site. All objectives subject to changes in management direction and implementation as per CSKT and MFWP strategies.

Section 6. References

n/a or no information

Section 7. Abstract


This project implements NPPC Program Measures 10.3A.10, 10.3A.11, and 10.3A.12; employing hatchery-based mitigation strategies to produce, stock, and monitor fish and conducting experimental hatchery work to develop new techniques to mitigate for hydro-related impacts from Hungry Horse Dam. Due to ongoing habitat modifications and expanding populations of introduced fish species, NPPC-approved losses of 65,000 juvenile westslope cutthroat trout, 250,000 juvenile bull trout, and 100,000 adult kokanee cannot be fully mitigated with dam operational changes and ongoing habitat and passage projects. Selective stocking of offsite waters, imprint planting of native species in restored habitats, and experimental fish culture work are being scientifically applied and monitored to maximize successful implementation. Expected outcomes are increased populations of self-sustaining target species and additional angler opportunity within 2-5 years. Monitoring will occur by traditional fisheries management techniques (netting, redd counts, trapping, electrofishing, etc.) and will be evaluated annually to implement adaptive changes as required.

Reviews and Recommendations

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

CBFWA: Resident Fish Review Comments Recommendation:
May 13, 1998
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Presentation: The project is somewhat open-ended for FY99 as it transitions from producing kokanee for Flathead Lake to a native species orientation. The project now produces fish for off-site recreational uses (does not stock fish in Flathead Lake) and includes native species restoration in the drainage. A large part of the project will be operating Sekokini Springs, a private trout farm currently being purchased by MDFWP. Sekokini Springs used to produce rainbow trout which leaked into Flathead Lake. Objective 1: Stop rainbow trout production, raise native cutthroat trout instead and reconnect ponds to recreate native habitat. Objective 2: Conduct research aimed at providing better information about raising bull trout in hatcheries. The hatchery currently has 200 4-year olds and produced about 100,000 eggs. These fish came from 3 adult females and cannot be used for stocking. It looks like bull trout might be susceptible to dioxin. Objective 3: Produce rainbow trout for stocking on the Salish-Kootenai Reservation (70,000 fish in 3 reservoirs). Objective 4: Complete the kokanee test - no more fish will be stocked but the evaluation needs to be completed next fall when the fish return. The FY 99 project budget should be reduced by $95,000 to $389,400. The Sekokini Springs project produces cutthroat trout, half of which are used for stocking to augment angling opportunities and half of which go into the ponds. One goal is to build a pure Flathead westslope cutthroat stock which will then be used to stock upper tributaries and headwater lakes. There are no native rainbow trout in the Flathead system and rainbow trout are still stocked in irrigation reservoirs to create fishing opportunities. There is no overlap between these two stocking programs. The project also includes some bass work.


Will you plant the bull trout? Answer: No. They are strictly for research to help with bull trout production in the future. The object is to learn as much as possible now while there is still time.

Screening Criteria: Yes

Technical Criteria: Yes

Programmatic Criteria: Yes

CBFWA Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
May 13, 1998
1999 2000 2001
$389,400 $484,000 $484,000
Budget reduced to reflect the transition from the kokanee test to a focus on native species

ISRP Review , ISRP 1998-1 Recommendation:
Inadequate, adequate in part
Jun 18, 1998
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
The proposal was one of the poorest of the set. The proposal describes a switch from artificial production of kokanee to westslope cutthroat, rainbow trout (for stocking) and experimental bull trout cultures. This is a good attempt at adaptive management after the failure of the kokanee experiment. The westslope cutthroat production approach looks good, but the scientific community has recommended against bull trout supplementation in the Flathead. It is good that they are going to work cooperatively to follow a plan. The validity of loss estimates must be assumed, but should be explained. The methods are well described, but the objectives could be better presented. The role of the "fish production coordinator" is unclear.

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 (USFWS) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

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