Return to Proposal Finder FY 1999 Proposal 199404900

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 Improve the Kootenai River Ecosytem
BPA Project Proposal Number 199404900
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Kootenai Tribe of Idaho
Business acronym (if appropriate) KTOI

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Diana Richards
Mailing Address P.O. Box 1269
City, State, Zip Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
Phone 2082673620
Fax 2082671131
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 1999
Province Upper Columbia
Subbasin Kootenai
Short Description Identify best management options in order to enhance the aquatic ecosystem and provide future harvest opportunities of white sturgeon, kokanee salmon and burbot in the Kootenai River system, historically fished by the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho.
Target Species Kootenai River white sturgeon (ESA listed) bull trout westslope cutthroat redband trout burbot kokanee

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: 10.8B.22
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: Kootenai River White Sturgeon Biological Opinion (59 FR 45989) ESA Section 10 Permit No. PRT-798744
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

Project ID Title Description Umbrella
8806500 Kootenai River Fisheries Investigation Co-Investigator No
8806400 Kootenai River White Sturgeon Studies and Conservation Aquaculture Co-Investigator No

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Follow up on the Adaptive Environmental Assessment workshop a. Decide on a Kootenai River management plan using the computer model developed in the workshop
. b. Complete and submit a final report
2. Continue evaluating biological and population parameter data for all fish species collected in the Kootenai River a. Index electrofishing
. b. Determine relative abundance
. c. Determine habitat use
. d. Determine movement and migration
. e. Determine diet composition
. f. Determine annual growth
. g. Complete a biological and population parameter data evaluation report
3. Assess the habitat of the west-side Kootenai River tributaries a. Determine habitat type and quality
. b. Determine fish species present
. c. Recommend tributary habitat enhancement measures
. d. Complete and submit assessment in a final report
4. Analyze contaminants in the lower Kootenai River (pesticides, PCB's, and metals) a. Determine contaminant levels in river bottom sediments in the lower section of the Kootenai River (Idaho/Montana border to Kootenay lake)
. b. Determine contaminant levels in macroinvertebrates from the lower section of the Kootenai River (Idaho/Montana border to Kootenay Lake)
. c. Complete and submit a final report
5. Provide monthly, annual and project completion reports a. Complete and submit monthly reports and research completion reports in a thorough and timely manner

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 06/01/99 12/01/99 15.0%
2 07/01/99 07/01/00 25.0%
3 07/01/99 07/01/00 25.0%
4 06/01/00 07/01/00 20.0%
5 08/01/99 07/01/00 15.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 1999 Cost
Personnel $102,571
Fringe $ 33,849
Supplies $ 5,000
Operating $ 2,000
Travel $ 3,000
Indirect $ 78,578
Subcontractor Ecometric Research Inc. $ 20,000
Other $ 600
Total Itemized Budget $245,598

Total estimated budget

Total FY 1999 project cost $245,598
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 1999 budget request $245,598
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 $250,000 $275,000 $300,000 $325,000
Total Outyear Budgets $250,000 $275,000 $300,000 $325,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Funding for the analysis of contaminants in soil and invertebrates in the Lower Kootenai River (objective 4) may be provided through the Kootenai River Network Organization. If this happens, then objective 4 will be dropped from this project summary.

Section 6. References

n/a or no information

Section 7. Abstract


The Kootenai River ecosystem in Idaho, Montana and British Columbia (B.C) Canada has been degraded severely over the past 50 years. The aquatic ecosystem has changed from being nutrient-rich, to one that is lacking in nutrients. A few of the possible reasons for the degradation include separation of the river from its floodplain (channelization and diking), impoundment (construction and operation of Libby dam) and pollution abatement in the watershed. The interaction of these factors and the resulting trophic effects over a period of decades appear to be responsible for the collapse of the Kootenai River ecosystem, and the measurable symptoms of declining and endangered fish populations. In the 1995 Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program (Section 10.8b.22), The NPPC calls on the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho to “Perform a five year Kootenai River ecosystem status determination and improvement study. The study should include elements that will: 1) provide a comprehensive ecosystem status report; 2) evaluate the biological feasibility of restoring system productivity; 3) identify effects of hydropower operations (Libby Dam) on aquatic biota and fish assemblages; and 4) develop, evaluate, test and analyze solutions to ecosystem problems caused by factors currently limiting system productivity, such as nutrient limitation and hydropower effects.” The overall objective for this continuing project is to identify best management options in order to enhance the aquatic ecosystem and provide future harvest opportunities of white sturgeon, kokanee salmon and burbot in the Kootenai River system, historically fished by the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho.

Reviews and Recommendations

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

CBFWA: Resident Fish Review Comments Recommendation:
May 13, 1998
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Presentation: This project arose from a 1995 Council amendment calling for a 5-year study. At that time, there were holes in the data on the Kootenai River system downstream from Montana. The first year of the study looked at invertebrates and developed a biological baseline. More work is still needed on game and non-game assessments. In addition to monitoring water quality on monthly basis, there is some habitat assessment on the west side tributaries and IDFG conducts the contaminant analyses. This project includes the mainstem Kootenai River as well as the tributaries and is linked to the Kootenai River Network. Other activities include conducting a workshop, compiling data for management use, and developing a model.


One third of the budget is for indirect costs? Answer: KTOI indirect rates are 56% of the personnel costs only. Indirects are not applied to implementation actions (on-the-ground work). The Attorney General sets indirect rates for tribes for government contracts.

You are in the fourth year of a five-year project, why does the budget run through 2003? Answer: The outyear budgets beyond the end of the 5-year study covers implementation of the recommendations developed during the study.

Are other projects collecting similar information? Is there duplication? Answer: There is no overlap, the contaminant studies are coordinated with IDFG. This project also coordinates and cost-shares with IDFG on other work in the basin including population estimates/ radio implants.

Screening Criteria: Yes

Technical Criteria: Yes

Programmatic Criteria: Yes

General Comment: Mainstem work duplicates ongoing sampling.

CBFWA Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
May 13, 1998
1999 2000 2001
$245,598 $250,000 $275,000

ISRP Review , ISRP 1998-1 Recommendation:
Jun 18, 1998
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
This proposal rated poorly compared to others in the set (but still acceptable). The proposal is for a very descriptive study monitoring basic ecosystem features. The proposed consideration of pollution impacts is good. The proposers should not assume that using one method will capture the necessary data on all species. The proposal is well related to the Fish and Wildlife Program. The river work is not "ecosystem" (habitat) but fish oriented. The tributary work is more ecosystem oriented. The write-up does not seem current; FY 96 results are given. The methods are provided in detail but there is not much rationale. It needs better coordination with other Kootenai River projects, including others by the KTOI.

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 (Kootenai Tribe Of Idaho) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

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