Return to Proposal Finder FY 1999 Proposal 199502800

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 Restore Moses Lake Recreational Fishery
BPA Project Proposal Number 199502800
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Business acronym (if appropriate) WDFW

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Joe Foster
Mailing Address 1550 Alder Street NW
City, State, Zip Ephrata, WA 98823-9651
Phone 5097544624
Fax 5097545257
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 1999
Province Upper Mid-Columbia
Subbasin Crab
Short Description Restore/enhance the recreational fishery for trout and warmwater game fish species in Moses Lake, a 6,800 acre natural lake which was once the premier resident species fishery in the Columbia Basin area of central Washington.
Target Species bass crappie bluegill rainbow 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. Determine factors currently limiting the production and/or recruitment of bass, crappie, bluegill, perch and trout to the recreational fishery of Moses Lake a. Review all existing information on the fisheries and ecology of Moses Lake
. b. Collect water quality, habitat, and fisheries information currently unavailable, but required for limiting factors assessment
. c. Evaluate all information to develop a list of possible factors contributing to the decline in populations of target species and the dependant recreational fishery
2. Identify the most feasible measures for restoring desirable fish populations and recreational fisheries in Moses Lake a. Assess the availability and current use of spawning and rearing habitat for all major fish species
. b. Collect detailed hydrological and limnological information from the lake for a period of two years
. c. Collect biological data, including population estimates, age and growth data, size distribution, food consumption/predation rate, and standing crop estimates, for all major fish species
. d. Integrate and assess all past and current information on fish populations and environmental conditions to identify and address factors limiting the production and recruitment of important recreational fish species
3. Implement management intervention measures to restore recreational angling opportunity for bass, crappie, bluegill, perch and trout in Moses Lake a. Implement habitat improvement, population control and/or regulatory measures to restore targeted recreational fisheries
. b. Monitor fish population and habitat response to management intervention measures and utilize principles of adaptive management to achieve goal of restoring fishery

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 05/01/98 09/01/99 18.0%
2 07/01/98 09/01/00 21.0%
3 10/01/00 09/01/03 61.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 1999 Cost
Personnel $112,740
Fringe $ 17,826
Supplies $ 2,500
Operating $ 1,500
Capital $ 98,000
Travel $ 3,500
Indirect $ 27,372
Subcontractor $ 6,000
Total Itemized Budget $269,438

Total estimated budget

Total FY 1999 project cost $269,438
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 1999 budget request $269,438
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 $158,000 $214,000 $220,000 $228,000
Total Outyear Budgets $158,000 $214,000 $220,000 $228,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Any schedule slippage would likely occur under the implementation objective and be the result of misdiagnosis of limiting factors

Section 6. References

n/a or no information

Section 7. Abstract


The Moses Lake Fishery Restoration Project (NWPPC measure 10.8B.19) would determine factors contributing to the decline of important recreational resident species fisheries in Moaes Lake and implement a restoration program that would eliminate current constraints and restore once abundant fish populations and recreational fisheries. The project affords an ideal opportunity to increase recreational angling for resident fish stocks in the Columbia Basin to compensate for the loss of similar opportunity in the region due to hydropower development and operation within the mainstem Columbia River, where the habitat has been so severely altered that opportunities for compensation can not be realized. The project will be carried-out in three phases, starting in FY98 and continuing through an implementation phase lasting through FY03. Phase one will examine all existing fishery, population and environmental information and collect critical non-existent data for limiting factors analysis. Phase two will investigate the most likely limiting factors utilizing sampling procedures and analysis methods developed by WDFW management and research staff for reservoir analysis, and phase three will involve implementation of recommended measures such as population control, habitat alteration, fishery regulation, stocking or others as determined by the study. Principles of adaptive management will be applied as various management strategies are applied and evaluated for effect. The expectation is that we will be able to identify key factors limiting production and implement some management strategies that will eliminate these constraints and restore the fishery in Moses Lake to its former level., producing more that 500,000 days of recreational angling annually.

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 is a resident fish substitution project that addresses Council measure 10.8B19. In June of 1997 it was partially funded for FY 98. 1999 will be the second year of the study. If the project is fully funded for FY 98 (there is a request pending) then we can reduce the 99 budget slightly. The objective is to restore fisheries in Moses Lake to provide recreational opportunities. The study will occur in phases: 1) define the limiting factors; 2) identify implementation measures; and 3) implement restoration measures.


What is the tie to the hydrosystem. Answer: This is off-site mitigation and substitution for the loss of anadromous fish above Chief Joseph Dam.

Are the goals realistic? Answer: In the 1970's this was the premier fishery in the basin.

For shoreline spawning fish, are low lake levels in the spring a problem? Answer: This is probably not a limiting factor. Does the lake fluctuate much? Not more that a few feet.

Is WDFW sharing any of the cost? Answer: Yes. Sport groups also contribute.

What species of trout will you manage for? Answer: We will try to balance warm water fish and trout and will identify the species that is best suited - probably rainbow.

Screening Criteria: Yes

Technical Criteria: Yes

Programmatic Criteria: Yes

General Comment: Because it is “off-site” and deals with non-native species, this project should be a lower priority than “on-site” substitution projects. Pending the outcome of the Council's current deliberation on FY 98 funding, there could be an opportunity to reduce the FY 99 budget.

CBFWA Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
May 13, 1998
1999 2000 2001
$269,438 $158,000 $214,000

ISRP Review , ISRP 1998-1 Recommendation:
Jun 18, 1998
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
This is a poorly written proposal that lacks adequate scientific justification of project goals and methods. The proposal is for a highly managed non-native harvest fishery and the choice of fish stocks is not biologically justified. The proposal does not adequately ensure that the proposers have sufficient understanding of the reasons for fisheries decline in Moses Lake to restore the fishery. The experimental design is not clearly presented or justified, and the proposal does not adequately describe the methods to be used for some very complicated actions. Additionally, the effects of angling are not well described.

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 (WDFW - Olympia) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

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