Return to Proposal Finder FY 1999 Proposal 199401002

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 Mitigation for Excessive Drawdowns: Hungry Horse Component
BPA Project Proposal Number 199401002
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
Business acronym (if appropriate) MFWP, CSKT
 

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Brian Marotz
Mailing Address 490 N. Meridian Rd.
City, State, Zip Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone 4067514546
Fax 4062570349
E-mail marotz@digisys.net
 
Manager of program authorizing this project
 
Review Cycle FY 1999
Province Upper Columbia
Subbasin Flathead
 
Short Description Determine how regulated flow & temperature below Hungry Horse Dam influence predator-prey interactions & survival of native trout in Flathead R. Evaluate effects of thermal control; improve habitat for bull trout & westslope cutthroat trout.
Target Species bull trout (proposed ESA listing) Naturally spawning fish without targeted artificial enhancement, contributes to rebuilding weak but recoverable native population. mountain whitefish Naturally spawning fish without targeted artificial enhancement. rainbow trout Artificial production for fisheries enhancement in offsite areas, naturally spawning fish without targeted artificial enhancement. westslope cutthroat trout Natural production assisted by experimental imprint planting to initiate wild runs, naturally spawning fish without targeted artificial enhancement, contributes to rebuilding weak but recoverable native population.


Project Location

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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. Assess abundance, distribution, movements, and food habits of lake trout in the main stem, north fork, and middle fork of the Flathead River. a. Capture lake trout using nets, traps, setlines, angling, angler harvest and electrofishing apparatus.
. b. Surgically implant radio-transmitters into lake trout to track movements. A maximum of 35 radio-tagged fish will be maintained in the system for the duration of this objective.
. c. Maintain three radio-telemetry ground stations along the Flathead River to monitor movements of radio-tagged fish.
. d. Collect data on lake trout distribution, movements and habitat use through weekly aerial surveys of radio-tagged fish.
. e. Correlate flows and water temperature with the occurrence of lake trout.
. f. Obtain growth information (lengths/weights, otoliths/scales) and stomach contents from lake trout harvested by anglers.
. g. Collect tissue samples from Flathead River lake trout and Glacier National Park lake trout for identification as possible disjunct populations through genetic analysis.
2. Assess distribution and movements of juvenile and sub-adult bull trout in the main stem, north fork, and middle fork of the Flathead River. a. Capture bull trout using migrant traps and angling.
. b. Surgically implant radio-transmitters into juvenile and sub-adult bull trout to track movements. A maximum of 30 radio-tagged fish will be maintained in the system for the duration of this objective.
. c. In conjunction with lake trout monitoring, maintain three radio-telemetry ground stations along the Flathead river to monitor movements of radio-tagged fish.
. d. In conjunction with lake trout monitoring, collect data on bull trout distribution, movement and habitat use through weekly aerial surveys of radio-tagged fish.
. e. Correlate flows and water temperatures with movements and distribution of bull trout.
. f. Correlate bull trout/lake trout movements, distribution and habitat use.
3. Assess distribution and movements of sub-adult and adult westslope cutthroat trout in the main stem, north fork, and middle fork of the Flathead River. a. Assess distribution and movements of sub-adult and adult westslope cutthroat trout in the main stem, north fork, and middle fork of the Flathead River.
. b. Surgically implant radio-transmitters into sub-adult and adult cutthroat to track movements. A maximum of 30 radio-tagged fish will be maintained in the system for the duration of this objective.c
. c. In conjunction with lake trout and bull trout monitoring, maintain three radio-telemetry ground stations along the Flathead River to monitor movements of radio-tagged fish.
. d. In conjunction with lake trout and bull trout monitoring, collect data on westslope cutthroat trout distribution, movements and habitat use through weekly aerial surveys of radio-tagged fish.
. e. Correlate flows and water temperature with movements and distribution of westslope cutthroat trout.
. f. Correlate cutthroat trout/lake trout movements, distribution, and habitat use.
4. Conduct westslope cutthroat trout population assessments in the south, middle, and north forks of the Flathead River in cooperation with MFWP management staff and Hungry Horse Dam Mitigation Crew. a. Capture and mark westslope cutthroat trout through angling or other means.
. b. Tag captured westslope cutthroat trout with colored crustacea tags and release.
. c. Recapture marked fish by snorkeling established transects.
5. Assess movements, distribution and food habits of predators in Halfmoon, Church, and Fennon Sloughs and in the main stem Flathead River. a. Capture northern pike and largemouth bass using nets, traps, setlines, angler harvests and electrofishing apparatus.
. b. Surgically implant radio-transmitters into northern pike and largemouth bass to track movements. A maximum of four radio-tagged fish of each species per slough will be maintained for the duration of this objective.
. c. Floy tag and release fish not implanted with transmitters.
. d. In conjunction with other radio-telemetry flights, collect data on fish distribution, movements and habitat use through weekly aerial surveys of radio-tagged fish.
. e. Obtain growth information (lengths/ weights, otoliths/scales) and stomach contents from harvested northern pike and largemouth bass. Stomach pump live specimens which may still be released.
. f. Correlate predators/bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout movements and habitat use.
6. Create shallow impoundment basins in the upper reaches of Hungry Horse Reservoir in cooperation with BOR and Hungry Horse Dam Mitigation Crew to increase the production of macro-invertebrates. a. Locate and map sites for construction of shallow impoundment basins in the upper reaches of Hungry Horse Reservoir.
. b. Develop site-specific designs for construction of basins at sites identified above.
. c. Develop plans for construction of impoundment basins at each location. Determine access for heavy equipment, estimate revegetation needs, and begin procedures.
. d. Prepare EA’s, 124 and 3A permits for selected sites.
. e. Initiate contracts for heavy equipment operators and develop timeline for project completion.
. f. Establish photo-points for pre- and post-impoundment construction.
7. Collect species micro-habitat data required by the Instream Flow Incremental Methodology (IFIM) Project (BPA #9502500) on the Flathead River. a. Assist IFIM Project in locating and documenting habitat parameters for use in developing weighted useable area curves.
. b. Provide radio-locations from lake trout, bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout, and other species for use in mapping species distributions.
3. Monitor spawning kokanee salmon runs in the main stem Flathead River. a. Survey historic monitoring sites for spawning kokanee salmon periodically September through December.
. b. Enumerate fish located.
9. Map Flathead River and sloughs using Global Positioning System (GPS) to be conducted in cooperation with Montana Rivers Information System MRIS) a. Map mainstem Flathead River & associated sloughs. Share data with MRIS for creation of modern/accurate maps. Physical attributes will be collected in cooperation with IFIM Project.
. b. Identify and map channel changes, mass wasting of river banks, and past rip rap projects for future replacement and improvements.
10. Examination of habitat improvement potential and project design in the main stem Flathead River to be conducted in cooperation with MFWP’s Urban Fishery Program. a. Locate and map areas of Rose Creek for creation of step impoundments.
. b. Identify and map areas of degraded habitat (collapsed banks, barriers, accumulated silt deposits, etc).
. c. Develop site-specific design for area to become part of State of Montana’s Urban Fishery Program.
. d. Establish pre-modification photo-points.
11. Examination of habitat improvement potential and project design in bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout spawning and rearing streams to be conducted in cooperation with Hungry Horse Dam Mitigation Crew. a. Identify and map point sources of sedimentation upstream of spawning areas in Wounded Buck, Wheeler, Sullivan and Quintonkin Creeks.
. b. Locate and map areas of degraded rearing habitat (collapsed banks, barriers, pools filled with bedload, accumulated silt deposits, etc) in the above streams.
. c. In cooperation with the BOR Technical Assistance Program, develop site-specific habitat improvement designs for situations identified above which offer the greatest potential benefit
. d. Assist BOR in developing site plans for habitat improvement at each location; determine access for heavy equipment; design channel reconstruction, including placement of vegetation & woody debris.
. e. Establish photo-points for pre- and post-modification monitoring.
. f. Conduct pre- and post- modification redd counts and core sampling.
12. Conduct pre- and post- modification redd counts and core sampling. a. Prepare EA’s, 124, and 3A permits for selected high priority sites.
. b. Initiate contracts for heavy equipment operators and develop timeline for project completion.
. c. Install devices that accumulate woody debris to create an erosion barrier along the upstream bank of mass wasting banks and prepare the newly protected toe for revegetation.
. d. Install vegetation mats, plant seeds and rooted stock, trench in wattling bundles on the restabilized bank above the toe.
. e. Establish riparian vegetation in newly stabilized or denuded banks.
. f. Position woody debris structures in designated areas to create pools and gravel deposition areas.
. g. Implement habitat improvement work concurrent with road obliteration at Emery Creek.
. h. Monitor success of various improvements for adaptive management and maintenance (photo points, cost-effectiveness evaluations, etc)

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 12/01/94 12/01/99 10.0%
2 07/01/97 01/01/01 13.0%
3 01/01/98 06/01/01 13.0%
4 08/01/97 08/01/01 2.0%
5 04/01/97 12/01/99 4.0%
6 05/01/97 11/01/00 6.0%
7 06/01/98 11/01/00 5.0%
8 10/01/97 12/01/98 1.0%
9 04/01/00 11/01/01 12.0%
10 04/01/00 12/01/01 10.0%
11 06/01/95 11/01/01 11.0%
12 04/01/99 11/01/01 13.0%


Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 1999 Cost
Personnel $ 64,465
Fringe $ 21,140
Supplies $ 12,255
Operating $ 27,340
Capital $ 21,600
Travel $ 12,645
Indirect $ 33,290
Subcontractor $ 55,700
Total Itemized Budget $248,435


Total estimated budget

Total FY 1999 project cost $248,435
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 1999 budget request $248,435
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
All Phases $250,000 $250,000 $250,000
Total Outyear Budgets $250,000 $250,000 $250,000
 

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Achievement of stated objectives on schedule are dependent upon CBFWA prioritization, NPPC approval, subcontracting processes, permitting processes, unanticipated BPA schedule and timeline changes and major weather events. Project schedule changes are the norm rather than the exception due to many variables beyond our control making prioritization of tasks an adaptive process. Some objectives proceed more quickly than anticipated and others more slowly. It is anticipated this project will proceed on schedule.


Section 6. References

n/a or no information


Section 7. Abstract

Abstract

Extreme reservoir drawdown impacts all biological trophic levels as the pool volume shrinks, and reduces the probability that the reservoir will refill during spring runoff. Refill failures are especially harmful to the fishery resource during productive warm months. Resulting discharges influence biological productivity in the Flathead River downstream. Dam operation and other anthropogenic factors have resulted in population declines in native fish species. Bull trout are proposed for listing under the Endangered Species Act in the upper Columbia Basin (encompassing the entire Flathead Basin). Westslope cutthroat have also been petitioned for listing. This project executes research and mitigative actions designed to improve survival and growth of these fish species. Habitat improvement efforts proposed for tributary streams will improve natural reproduction and rearing. A cooperative wetland creation effort in the reservoir viral zone enhances food production and juvenile security habitat. Research and biological sampling in the Flathead River will correlate seasonal distribution, movements and predator-prey interactions with river flow and temperature. Results from these objectives complement and extend related IFIM and thermodynamics modeling (projects 9402500 and 8346500) and Hungry Horse Mitigation Program (project 9401903). Cooperative projects were designed to improve survival and growth of native trout by modifying environmental conditions in the Flathead Watershed. These objectives are expected to be completed within the time-frame of this proposal. Results will be evaluated objective-by-objective. Habitat objectives will be evaluated by post improvement monitoring. Research objectives will be evaluated by monitoring the effects of selective withdrawal on species interactions in the river.


Reviews and Recommendations

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

This project has not yet been reviewed

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