Return to Proposal Finder FY 1999 Proposal 199102900

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 Life History and Survival of Fall Chinook Salmon in Columbia River Basin
BPA Project Proposal Number 199102900
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 Dennis W. Rondorf
Mailing Address 5501A Cook-Underwood Rd.
City, State, Zip Cook, WA 98605
Phone 5095382299
Fax 5095382843
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 1999
Province Mainstem
Subbasin Mainstem
Short Description Facilitate implementation of tribal and federal fall chinook salmon recovery plans by monitoring and evaluating post-release attributes and survival of naturally produced fall chinook salmon smolts…
Target Species Fall Chinook Salmon

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

n/a or no information

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Determine the effects of early life history timing on natural fall chinook salmon survival to the tail race of Lower Granite Dam. a. Capture and PIT tag natural fall chinook salmon rearing in different areas of the Hells Canyon Reach.
. b. Provide real-time estimates of run timing to the Technical Advisory Committee for in-season summer flow management.
. d. Test for differences between emergence timing, seaward migration timing, and growth of fish tagged in different rearing areas.
. e. Determine if survival of natural fall chinook release groups is related to rearing area, emergence timing, growth, flow, temperature, and travel time.
2. Investigate the occurrence of autumn subyearling and spring yearling emigration in Snake River fall chinook salmon populations. a. Determine the prevalence of subyearling holdover scale data collected from adults PIT tag detection data for juveniles.
. b. Correlate the prevalence of holdover with environmental and genetic data.
. c. Determine the feasibility of estimating the origin of holdover fish using genetic and scale pattern data.
. d. Assess the likelihood of a natural fall chinook salmon population adopting a yearling emigration strategy if they were stocked in streams upstream of subyearling production areas.
3. Evaluate post-release attributes and survival of four fork lengths of Lyons Ferry Hatchery fall chinook salmon including yearlings (mean fork length = 160 mm) and subyearlings (mean fork lengths = 75 mm, 85 mm, and 95 mm). a. Obtain and release sufficient numbers of hatchery fall chinook salmon to determine the effects of fork length and time of release on survival through lower Snake River dams.
. b. Estimate survival of each hatchery release group using a mark-recapture approach (Burnham et al. 1987)
. c. Use multivariate and analysis of variance statistics to test for similarities between hatchery release groups.
4. Define the effects of post-release attributes and the environmental conditions during rearing and emigration on survival estimates for each hatchery treatment and natural fall chinook salmon. a. Define post-release dispersal patterns of hatchery fish in Hells Canyon.
. b. Describe post-release habitat use by hatchery fish to determine the extent of hatchery-wild overlap in nearshore rearing areas.
. c. Use radio telemetry to describe the migratory behavior of active migrants in the lower Snake River.
. d. Use multivariate and analysis of variance techniques to determine if differences in survival of hatchery groups are related to temperature, flow, and travel times.
5. Use a bioenergetics approach to assess potential growth advantage and predation risk for hatchery treatments and natural fall chinook salmon. a. Develop a bioenergetics model to predict food consumption and growth of hatchery and wild fish in nearshore rearing areas.
. b. Determine the extent and size selectivity of predation by smallmouth bass on hatchery and wild subyearling fall chinook in the Hells Canyon Reach
. c. Use an individual-based bioenergetics model (Jager et al. 1993) to synthesize predation risk and growth advantage as it relates to survival, supplementation scenarios, and environmental conditions.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 08/01/96 05/01/01 20.0%
2 08/01/96 05/01/01 20.0%
3 08/01/96 05/01/99 20.0%
4 08/01/96 05/01/99 20.0%
5 08/01/96 05/01/01 20.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 1999 Cost
Personnel $270,000
Fringe $ 89,000
Supplies $ 30,000
Tag $ 29,000
Travel $ 15,000
Indirect $152,000
Subcontractor $300,000
Other $ 15,000
Total Itemized Budget $900,000

Total estimated budget

Total FY 1999 project cost $900,000
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 1999 budget request $900,000
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
All Phases $800,000 $700,000
Total Outyear Budgets $800,000 $700,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Flood conditions hampered the collection of juvenile fall chinook salmon in the Snake and Clearwater rivers in 1996 and 1997. Sample sizes were smaller than desired, but adequate for proposed analyses. Difficulties obtaining hatchery fish meeting our specified size and date requirements occurred in 1995 and in 1996, but not in 1997. The outlook is favorable for hatchery fish in 1998.

Section 6. References

n/a or no information

Section 7. Abstract


The goal of this project is to help recover Snake River fall chinook salmon populations by providing real-time data and published, peer-reviewed information for adaptive management. There are five objectives including: 1) relating early life history timing of natural fall chinook salmon to smolt survival; 2) investigating residualism (i.e., holdover or yearling emigration) by natural fall chinook salmon; 3) evaluating post-release attributes and survival of out planted yearling and subyearling Lyons Ferry Hatchery fall chinook salmon; 4) defining the effects of post-release attributes and environmental conditions on natural and hatchery smolt survival; and 5) examining growth, predation, rearing habitat carrying capacity, and migratory behavior as mechanisms of survival as related to supplementation and flow augmentation. These objectives are consistent with measure number 7.3B.2 of the CBFWP. Objectives are being accomplished by releasing hatchery fish in the Hells Canyon Reach, by continued research on natural fish. The information produced by this project will help 1) increase smolt survival; 2) guide supplementation planning; 3) phase in hatchery releases of subyearling fall chinook salmon; and 4) assess the capacity of Snake River rearing areas to produce fall chinook salmon smolts. Results will continue to be monitored and evaluated annually through real-time analyses, annual progress reports, peer-reveiwed journal articles, and presentations.

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: Some trouble so far

Criteria 3: Milestones Criteria - Yes

Criteria 4: Resources Criteria - Yes: High $

CBFWA Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
May 13, 1998
1999 2000 2001
$900,000 $800,000 $700,000

ISRP Review , ISRP 1998-1 Recommendation:
Jun 18, 1998
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Notwithstanding their approval of a well-written proposal, ISRP reviewers caution that the proposal may be too optimistic in the scope of work proposed. The panel asks if coordination with related projects, such as 9102800 and 9406900, is being conducted in the most efficient manner. The reviewers also suggest that this project along with others dealing with fall chinook should be considered as part of a broader effort with an overall umbrella proposal that explains the relationships of and need for all subcomponents.

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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