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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 Genetic Inventory of Westslope Cutthroat Trout, North Fork Clearwater Basin
BPA Project Proposal Number 199501600
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 Dana Weigel
Mailing Address 3404 Hwy. 12
City, State, Zip Orofino, ID 83544
Phone 2084769502
Fax 2084760719
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 1999
Province Lower Snake
Subbasin Clearwater
Short Description Document the extent of hybridization among native westslope cutthroat trout and introduced rainbow trout, and evaluate the effects of Dworshak resident fish mitigation on native trout in the North Fork Clearwater basin.
Target Species westslope cutthroat trout

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: None
Type of Project (assigned by CBFWA Analysts): resident

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. develop genetic reference sample for westslope a. select appropriate genetic method to detect introgression
. b. select reputable genetic subcontractor
. c. background research to determine the species needed in the reference sample
. d. complete the reference sample using the selected subcontractor
2. collect and analyze tissue samples from the basin a. select sites in the basin to collect samples, habitat, and popn data
. b. collect fin clips and data
. c. summarize results and make recommendations for mitigation
3. broodstock development and management a. identify pure westslope with potential for use in broodstock
. b. locate a facility and collect broodstock
. c. increase broodstock and numbers of trout for release
. d. release hatchery reared trout into DworRes and the NF basin
4. Monitoring and Evaluation a. collect baseline data on life history, habitat use, and migration
. b. determine best times, locations, equipment to collect broodstock
. c. evaluate the suitability of spawning habitat in the basin
. d. evaluate the life history, habitat use, and migration of hatchery westslope released into the basin
. e. collect genetic data from cutthroat trout in the basin periodically (every 10 yrs) to test effect of mitigation changes
. f. evaluate and make recommendations related to the effectiveness of the mitigation program on westslope and bull trout

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 09/01/95 03/01/97 10.0%
2 06/01/97 01/01/00 20.0%
3 01/01/00 01/01/10 40.0%
4 10/01/99 01/01/10 30.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 1999 Cost
Personnel $138,900
Fringe $ 40,000
Supplies $ 6,000
Operating $ 17,000
Travel $ 8,000
Indirect $ 62,100
Subcontractor $ 18,000
Total Itemized Budget $290,000

Total estimated budget

Total FY 1999 project cost $290,000
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 1999 budget request $290,000
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 $350,000 $400,000 $1,000,000 $750,000
Total Outyear Budgets $350,000 $400,000 $1,000,000 $750,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Problems finding suitable, genetically pure westslope cutthroat trout broodstock, and/or successfully adapting the broodstock to the hatchery may delay completion of the broodstock development objective.

Section 6. References

n/a or no information

Section 7. Abstract


The goal of this project is to support resident fish mitigation in Dworshak Reservoir that will provide a consumptive fishery (>0.5 fish/hr) that does not interfere with native species in the North Fork Clearwater basin. Hybridization with exotic trout has been documented as the greatest threat to the conservation of native westslope cutthroat trout in northern Idaho and western Montana. Resident fish mitigation releases rainbow trout into Dworshak Reservoir annually. These fish move considerable distances upstream into the free-flowing portions of the drainage. This project will use nuclear DNA analysis to determine the extent of introgression that has occurred in westslope populations in the North Fork Clearwater basin upstream of Dworshak Reservoir. Tissue samples from 20 cutthroat, rainbow, and hybrid trout will be collected from 100 sites in the basin. Sites will vary in stream size, channel type, and distance from the Reservoir. Fish will be collected from each site with an electroshocker using a three pass removal estimate. Population estimates of each species of fish and habitat characteristics will be measured at each site. If introgression threatens the genetic integrity of westslope cutthroat trout in the basin, we will recommend the development of a genetically pure westslope cutthroat trout broodstock derived from the North Fork Clearwater basin. Restoration of wild westslope populations will require survival and spawning success from the hatchery reared trout. Therefore, monitoring and evaluation will involve: identifying habitat use and spawning locations in the basin, evaluating habitat suitability, and comparing the survival and spawning success of hatchery versus wild trout. Bull trout have also been identified as a species of concern, and are currently being considered for listing under the ESA. Bull trout activities can easily be coordinated with cutthroat trout activities in the basin. The effects of Dworshak Reservoir operations and mitigation on bull trout has not been addressed (Fickeisen and Geist 1994). Monitoring and evaluation will be incorporated in the westslope activities to identify seasonal movements within the basin and spawning sites. Other Reservoir mitigation activities, such as decreasing annual entrainment losses of kokanee salmon, could have positive effects on bull trout (Bennett 1997). By assessing the population status of bull trout in the basin, protection of native trout can be incorporated into the adaptive management strategy proposed for mitigation in the Reservoir.

Reviews and Recommendations

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

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