Return to Proposal Finder FY 1999 Proposal 199302900

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 Survival Estimates for Passage of Juvenile Salmonids Through Dams & Res.
BPA Project Proposal Number 199302900
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
National Marine Fisheries Service
Business acronym (if appropriate) NMFS

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name William D. Muir
Mailing Address NWFSC, Fish Ecology Division 2725 Montlake Boulevard, East
City, State, Zip Seattle, WA 98112-2097
Phone 5095382626
Fax 5095382272
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 1999
Province Mainstem
Subbasin Mainstem
Short Description Provide precise measurements of survival of juvenile salmon as they pass through dams and reservoirs in the Snake and Columbia Rivers
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:
Other Planning Document References

CBFWA-Generated Information

Database Administrator notes on the history of this proposal form: BiOp designation from 4/16/03 budget estimates spreadsheet.
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. Provide annual estimates of survival for spring-migrating juvenile salmonids through Snake and Columbia River dams and reservoirs a. PIT-tag and release juvenile salmonids at Lower Granite Dam
. b. Estimate detection and survival probabilities (with standard errors) for above releases.
. c. Estimate survival for PIT-tagged fish released in other studies in the basin (hatcheries, traps, etc.).
2. Estimate survival through longer reaches of the Snake and Columbia Rivers a. Evaluate post-detection bypass survival at new PIT tag facilities
. b. Determine effects of new PIT tag interrogation facilities on sample size requirements for PIT tag studies conducted upstream.
3. Partition mortality between release at hatcheries and the head of Lower Granite Reservoir a. Release PIT-tagged/radio tagged (combination tag) fish from a Snake River Basin hatchery to determine where mortality and migrational delay occur.
. b. If results from Task a warrant, in future years, capture, PIT-tag, and release smolts from areas where losses or excessive migrational delay occur.
4. Estimate survival of subyearling fall chinook salmon migrating through the Snake River a. Release PIT-tagged Lyons Ferry Hatchery subyearling fall chinook salmon into the free-flowing Snake and Clearwater Rivers.
. b. Estimate their survival and compare to estimates of survival for wild migrants in this reach.
5. Explore relationships between smolt survival through the Snake and Columbia Rivers and flow, travel time, and dam operations using a long-term data set a. Correlate survival estimates with flow, temperature, travel time, and dam operations for individual years and over multiple years.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 03/01/93 12/01/15 14.0%
2 03/01/94 12/01/15 12.0%
3 03/01/96 12/01/15 45.0%
4 03/01/95 12/01/15 26.0%
5 03/01/93 12/01/15 3.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 1999 Cost
Personnel $228,200
Fringe $111,700
Supplies $ 75,600
Operating $ 5,400
Capital $ 6,000
Tag $232,000
Travel $115,700
Indirect $146,400
Subcontractor $160,000
Total Itemized Budget $1,081,000

Total estimated budget

Total FY 1999 project cost $1,081,000
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 1999 budget request $1,081,000
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 $1,200,000 $1,200,000 $1,200,000 $1,200,000
Total Outyear Budgets $1,200,000 $1,200,000 $1,200,000 $1,200,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: 1. Delays in installation of PIT tag interrogation systems at additional dams would limit our ability to estimate survival through additional reaches. 2. Availability of fish for PIT-tagging because of low numbers or allocation to other uses.

Section 6. References

n/a or no information

Section 7. Abstract


The goal of this study is to provide up-to-date, precise estimates of survival of juvenile salmonids migrating through reservoirs, dams, and free-flowing reaches of the Snake and Columbia Rivers. This information is critical in determining which restoration strategies to use to recover depressed stocks. To accomplish this goal, we will continue to PIT tag yearling chinook salmon and steelhead at Lower Granite Dam as needed to estimate their survival through the hydropower system. When possible, we will utilize fish PIT-tagged in other studies to reduce tagging needed specifically for our study. We will also continue to PIT tag hatchery subyearling fall chinook salmon for release above Lower Granite Dam to estimate their survival. As the PIT-tag system expands on the Columbia River, we will estimate survival over longer reaches of the hydropower system. Using combination radio/PIT tags, we will determine where losses and delay occur for yearling chinook salmon between the hatchery and the head of Lower Granite Reservoir. We will also explore the relationships among survival, travel time, environmental variables, and dam operations using the expanding data base generated by this study.

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
$1,081,000 $1,200,000 $1,200,000

ISRP Review , ISRP 1998-1 Recommendation:
Jun 18, 1998
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
ISRP reviewers comment that this is a well-written proposal of necessary research, but question the extended duration of the project. Reviewers comment that the project appears to be moving toward a long-term monitoring and evaluation project and question the relationship to related projects such as: the Fish Passage Center, Streamnet, and PITAGIS. The reviewers also question whether the most efficient relationship exists between this project and the proposed project 9105100 (Monitoring and Evaluation Statistical Support).

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 (NOAA Fisheries) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

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