Return to Proposal Finder FY 1999 Proposal 199403400

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 Assessing Summer & Fall Chinook Salmon Restoration in Snake River Basin
BPA Project Proposal Number 199403400
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Nez Perce Tribal Fisheries/Watershed Management Program
Business acronym (if appropriate) NPT

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Billy D. Arnsberg
Mailing Address 3404 Hwy. 12
City, State, Zip Orofino, ID 83544
Phone 2084767296
Fax 2084760719
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 1999
Province Lower Snake
Subbasin Clearwater
Short Description Assess current summer & fall chinook spawning habitat & use, juvenile growth rates, emigration timing & travel to dams, juvenile & smolt-to-adult survival to evaluate recovery & restoration potential in Clearwater, Lwr. Grande Ronde, Imnaha Rivers.
Target Species Snake River summer chinook, Snake River fall chinook

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): anadromous

Section 2. Past Accomplishments

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Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

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Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Determine optimal spawning times based on current incubation temperatures for mainstem spawning chinook salmon in the upper mainstem Clearwater, MidFk. Clrwtr, lwr. Sections of So.Frk Clrwtr, Selway, Lochsa, Salmon, Gr.Rhonde, Imnaha rivers. a. Collect and analyze all available temperature data for all study streams and identified areas lacking existing temperature data and deploy thermographs where supplement data is needed.
. b. Describe the spawning and emergence timing window based on average daily thermal temperature units which will allow for successful incubation of summer and fall chinook salmon in all study streams.
. c. Using results of Task 1a and 1b, and available growth information in the literature, model subyearling chinook salmon growth necessary to reach a size for successful subyearling emigration survival to the lower Snake and Columbia River dams.
2. Quantitatively and qualitatively evaluate summer and fall chinook salmon spawning habitat at representative or critical spawning index sites in the upper mainstem Clearwater, lwr sects. SoFrk Clrwtr, Selway, Lochsa, Salmon, GrRhonde, Imnaha rivers. a. Quantify the existing spawning habitat through physical measurements by boat, snorkeling and direct underwater observation techniques and delineate potential spawning reaches on aerial photographs.
. b. Qualitatively evaluate the spawning substrate particle sizes with substrate depth at critical, representative, and potential spawning sites for all study streams using the tri-tube freeze-core technique.
. c. Obtain 9,000 Lyons Ferry Hatchery fall chinook eggs to test incubation survival in the upper Clearwater spawning habitat.
. d. Investigate the use of infrared technology to locate potential warm water upwelling areas in spawning areas identified in the upper Clearwater River drainage and deploy thermographs in the spawning substrate in reaches where upwelling is identified.
3. Develop a summer and fall chinook salmon broodstock management plan which identifies appropriate brood sources for restoration, potential genetic risks, and a risk containment analysis for the areas described in 1 and 2 above. a. Review the Nez Perce Tribe Hatchery Master Plan and coordinate with hatchery managers on appropriate chinook salmon brood sources and risk assessments.
. b. Subcontract with a genetic consultant to prepare a broodstock management plan which will contain a genetic risk assessment and a risk containment analysis for all study streams.
. c. Coordinate development of the summer and fall chinook salmon broodstock management plan with appropriate State and Federal agencies.
4. Describe the movement patterns, growth rates, life history characteristics, and emigration survival of hatchery and wild fall chinook salmon in major Snake River tributaries. a. Obtain 24,000 Lyons Ferry Hatchery fall chinook salmon subyearlings to PIT tag, acclimate a week, and release in the Clearwater River at the Big Canyon Creek Acclimation Facility.
. b. Work in cooperation with the NMFS in obtaining and PIT tagging 7,500 Lyons Ferry Hatchery subyearling fall chinook for direct stream release in the Clearwater River at Big Canyon Creek.
. c. Capture & PIT tage up to 4000 wild fall chinook subyearlings in each of lwr Clearwater & Grande Rhonde rivers, and lwr Salmon & Imnaha rivers if enough fall chinook redds were present previous fall.
. d. Recapture (through task c) wild and Lyons Ferry Hatchery subyearling fall chinook released in tasks a, b, and c to obtain movement patterns, habitat use, and growth rates.
. e. Obtain a subsample of up to 120 wild chinook salmon from the PIT tag groups in each study stream for chinook stock identification i.e. either spring/summer or fall chinook.
. f. Analyze PIT tag information from mainstem dams to estimate juvenile survival of hatchery & wild fall chinook to Snake R. dams; relate this to life history characteristics observed in each study.
. g. Obtain a subsample of PIT tagged fish (up to 25 fish/day hatchery and wild) at Lower Granite Dam (through the separation by code system) for growth measurements.
. h. Assist the Fall Chinook M & E staff (Project 9801004) in collecting locations of radio tagged Lyons Ferry Hatchery yearling fall chinook released at the three acclimation facilities above Lower Granite Dam.
5. Relate wild and hatchery fall chinook survival in study streams to current environmental variables. a. Correlate wild and hatchery juvenile fall chinook growth and survival information with flow, temperature, Dworshak and Snake River dam operations and compare to previous years data.
. b. Calculate and compare smolt-to-adult survival versus various release strategies based on PIT tagged adult returns.
6. Determine the extent of current fall chinook spawning activity and hatchery fish contributions in the Clearwater and major tributaries, Grande Ronde, and Salmon Rivers and coordinate redd locations on the Imnaha River with the USFWS and Idaho Power. a. Conduct weekly aerial spawning ground surveys from mid-Oct to 1st wk in Dec. to determine fall chinook spawning timing, total # of redds & spawning distribution in Clearwater & major tribs, Salmon, Grande Rhonde rivers.
. b. Obtain locations of radio tagged hatchery fall chinook salmon adults by helicopter during aerial redd surveys to further determine hatchery fish spawning contributions (in cooperation with Project 9801004).
. c. Conduct fall chinook deep water redd surveys using underwater video in systematic sampling locations in the Clearwater River to determine the extent of deep water spawning.
. d. Collect fall chinook carcasses for biological information & determine hatchery contributions, & coordinate with USFWS & Idaho Power on redd counts & locations in Imnaha River.
7. Provide reports on technical findings, project status, and budget status, including inventory of equipment purchased for the study. a. Provide project status reports on a quarterly basis to BPA.
. b. Provide an draft annual report and/or a scientific journal paper on the technical findings for peer review by regional scientists with expertise in this type of research.
. c. Provide a final annual report and or scientific journal paper for publication and distribution that incorporates any necessary changes resulting from peer review comments.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 02/01/94 09/01/94 5.0%
2 08/01/94 05/01/99 25.0%
3 05/01/94 03/01/98 5.0%
4 06/01/94 12/01/01 35.0%
5 10/01/94 12/01/01 1.0%
6 10/01/94 12/01/01 20.0%
7 05/01/94 04/01/02 9.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 1999 Cost
Personnel $115,500
Fringe $ 24,750
Supplies $ 800
Operating $ 8,600
Tag $ 92,800
Travel $ 6,700
Indirect $ 45,650
Subcontractor $ 10,000
Total Itemized Budget $304,800

Total estimated budget

Total FY 1999 project cost $304,800
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 1999 budget request $304,800
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 $313,944 $323,362 $ 45,000
Total Outyear Budgets $313,944 $323,362 $ 45,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Availability of Lyons Ferry Hatchery subyearling fall chinook salmon to continue supplementation survival research for at least five consecutive years. If enough fall chinook adults return to Lyons Ferry Hatchery, we would have five complete years of subyearling fall chinook survival information under a range of environmental conditions by the year 2001

Section 6. References

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Section 7. Abstract


The goal of this project is to identify currently assessable mainstem habitats, document wild chinook salmon spawning escapement and life history characteristics, and evaluate supplementation strategies that would be favorable for the recovery and restoration of summer and fall chinook in the upper Clearwater River and principal tributaries, lower Grande Ronde, Salmon and Imnaha Rivers. The 1994 Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program, Section 7.3B.2, called on Fishery Managers to: "...implement the high priority supplementation projects including design, construction, operation, maintenance, monitoring and evaluation." And Section 7.5B.1 states: " quickly as possible and in consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service, develop an experimental design for implementing, monitoring and evaluating supplementation of and, if appropriate, a captive broodstock program for Snake River fall chinook." We assessed water temperatures for chinook salmon egg incubation and juvenile rearing which may be limiting factors for recovery of stocks in the upper Clearwater River and major tributaries, lower Grande Ronde, Salmon, and Imnaha Rivers. We are assessing spawning habitat quality and quantity. We are conducting fall chinook salmon aerial redd surveys to document adult escapement and hatchery contributions. We are investigating life history characteristics of naturally produced Snake River fall chinook in the lower Clearwater and Grande Ronde and monitoring and evaluating supplementation strategies from Lyons Ferry Hatchery. Results will be completed by 2001 and will provide fishery managers with supplementation recommendations that will return the greatest number of spawning adults and contribute to ESA Snake River fall chinook salmon delisting.

Reviews and Recommendations

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