Return to Proposal Finder FY 1999 Proposal 199204101

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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 Evaluate Adult Migration in Lwr Col. River and Tributaries
BPA Project Proposal Number 199204101
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District
Business acronym (if appropriate) COE

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Bob Dach
Mailing Address CENWP-PE-E P.O. Box 2946
City, State, Zip Portland, OR 97208-2946
Phone 5038084774
Fax 5038084805
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 1999
Province Mainstem
Subbasin Mainstem
Short Description Assess the success of adult salmon and steelhead passage at dams and reservoirs on the lower Columbia and Snake rivers; assess fish facility operations and potential modifications; assess spill operations and other flow augmentation strategies.
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: ESA Conservation Recommendation #2; Incidental Take Statement # 1, Operation of the Federal Columbia River Power System
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 proportion of fish passing Bonneville Dam that ultimately pass the upstream dams, enter tributaries, enter hatcheries, are taken in fisheries, and are "losses" between dams. a. Tasks for each objective require trapping and tagging up to 800 of each specieis to be studied at the Bonneville Dam, installing monitoring equipment at each of the dams and tributaries, developing a data base for each recorded fish, and analyzing the
2. Assess the time for fish to pass each dam and migrate through the reservoirs between dams. . 2 (cont.) data base to satisfy each of the stated objectives.
3. Evaluate entrance use and passage through the fishways. .
4. Evaluate the effects of various spill volumes and patterns on fish passage at selected dams. .
5. Evaluate the effects of the Bonneville navigation lock on passage past the dam or into the hatchery. .
6. Assessing fallback at each dam. .

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 10/01/97 09/01/98 50.0%
2 10/01/97 09/01/98 10.0%
3 10/01/97 09/01/98 10.0%
4 10/01/97 09/01/98 10.0%
5 10/01/97 09/01/98 10.0%
6 10/01/97 09/01/98 10.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 1999 Cost
Personnel There are no COE Charges for any of these items, this is the BPA portion of the contractor charges. $127,500
Fringe $ 48,750
Supplies $142,500
Travel $ 18,750
Indirect $ 37,500
Subcontractor National Marine Fisheries Service; University of Idaho $ 0
Total Itemized Budget $375,000

Total estimated budget

Total FY 1999 project cost $375,000
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 1999 budget request $375,000
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

All Phases $375,000
Total Outyear Budgets $375,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Extremely high flow may warrant a delay, eliminating a particular species, or the entire year.

Section 6. References

n/a or no information

Section 7. Abstract


Adult salmon and steelhead migrating to their natal streams in tributaries of the Columbia River must pass eight or nine dams and reservoirs, four each in the lower Columbia and Snake rivers and five in the mid Columbia River. Losses and delays in migration at each hydroelectric project must be minimized to succeed in maintaining the native runs of fish and achieve the Northwest Power Planning Council's goal of doubling the abundance of fish in the future. This study was developed in response to a request for a preliminary proposal issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (CORPS) in June of 1994, and addresses concerns of the CORPS, the Council in section 6 of the 1994 Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program, and NMFS in the Proposed Recovery Plan for Snake River Salmon. The study was developed in consultation with the CORPS, and in response to the high priority assigned to adult passage research in the Columbia and Snake rivers by the former Fish Research Needs and Priorities subcommittee of the Fish Passage Development and Evaluation Program. Adult salmon, steelhead, and lamprey were captured at Bonneville Dam in 1996 and 1997, outfitted with radio transmitters and released downstream from the dam to better define: (1) the use of fishway entrances and passage through the fishways, (2) the effect of spill and powerhouse discharge patterns on the entry of fish into the fishways and on passage rates, (3) the effect of the new Bonneville navigation lock on fish passage at the dam and movement into Bonneville Hatchery, (4) the rate of fallback over the dams with various flow conditions, and (5) the distribution, migration rates, and survival of fish after they are tagged and released near Bonneville Dam. From the start, 1998 has been planned as a year that would be devoted to analysis of the large amounts of data collected in 1996 and 1997 to develop recommendations for studies in later years. However, river flows, spill, and turbidity are factors that we cannot control, but they can affect migrations of salmon, steelhead and lamprey. Spring runoffs in 1996 and 1997 were significantly above average, with large amounts of spill, and the timing of the spring chinook salmon run past Bonneville Dam was delayed by two to three weeks. Estimates of passage rates at the dams and through the reservoirs, fallback at the dams, and minimum survival will be available for both 1996 and 1997. We now need similar data for years with average or below runoffs. Because it is impossible to predict the size of future runoffs, we propose being prepared to continue field studies in 1998 and 1999, and proceed with tagging spring chinook salmon if an average or lower runoff is forecast on 1 March 1998. Although fewer spring chinook salmon will return to Bonneville Dam in 1998 than in 1997, we believe there will be enough fish to allow continuation of the field studies. Based on counts of “jack” salmon in 1997 and returns of chinook salmon that spent two years in the ocean before returning in 1997, the Snake River run of chinook salmon in 1998 may be about 35,000 fish, mostly 3-ocean fish that migrated seaward in 1995 (Gene Matthews, NMFS). Returns of 2-ocean chinook salmon in 1998 will be small, partly because of the small number of smolts that migrated seaward in 1996. The project leaders will be responsible for preparation and submission of all project proposals, documents, and reports. Personnel of the Idaho CFWRU and NMFS will develop detailed study designs for each segment of the project. NMFS personnel will lead in processing the data downloaded from receivers, CFWRU personnel will code the records, and both groups will share in the field work, analysis of data, and preparation of reports. Personnel of the Idaho CFWRU and NMFS developed this preliminary study plan for review by representatives of various interested groups. The study plan includes proposed objectives for work and studies to be continued in 1999, fish to be studied, methods of study, and geographic scope of the work. Reviewers are requested to provide suggestions on all aspects of the study. The proposed study plan will then be revised and prepared for final review in fall 1998. If we continue field studies in 1999, protocols for radio tracking, downloading of data from receivers, recovery of information of recaptured fish, and processing of the data will be similar to those developed for 1996,1997 and 1998. Computer programs prepared and tested in 1996 and 1997 for processing the data and getting it into summary form for analysis and report preparation will be used. Transmitters were placed in 853 spring/summer chinook salmon, 100 lamprey, and about 800 steelhead during 1996, and the movements of the fish were monitored at all the lower Columbia River dams and into the tributaries. In 1999, we plan to release about 900 spring/summer chinook salmon, 200 lamprey, 600 sockeye, and 800 steelhead with transmitters. Field work will continue through 1999 and into the spring of 1998 to complete tracking of steelhead tagged in the summer and fall of 1997. In 1999, we propose outfitting about 800 spring/summer chinook salmon and 200 lamprey with transmitters if river flows in the spring are nearaverage or below average. If we tag fish in 1999, we would monitor passage of fish at the lower Columbia River dams in a manner similar to 1996 and 1997, with specific sub-studies yet to be determined. Studies are also planned for 1999 at the lower Snake River dams by the Walla Walla District that require salmon outfitted with transmitters. Salmon tagged at Bonneville would provide the fish needed for the Snake River studies, otherwise, salmon would likely be trapped for tagging at Ice Harbor Dam. We are not aware of any studies planned for the mid Columbia River at Public Utility District dams, but if they develop, we will coordinate with people conducting those studies. We will coordinate with all research groups using radio telemetry for both adult and juvenile salmon and steelhead and other fishes to insure efficient use of the equipment and resources available. As we did in 1996 and 1997, we will coordinate use of transmitter frequencies and codes by all groups using radio telemetry in the main stem study areas to prevent duplicate use of frequencies and codes that would lead to confounded data. Maintenance and repairs for the more than 120 receiver sites at the dams and in tributaries will be accomplished during fall-winter of 1998-99 when flows and tailrace elevations are low and when fishways are normally dewatered for maintenance.

Reviews and Recommendations

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