Return to Proposal Finder FY 1999 Proposal 199604000

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 Evaluate the Feasibility and Risks of Coho Reintroduction in Mid-Columbia
BPA Project Proposal Number 199604000
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Yakama Indian Nation
Business acronym (if appropriate) YIN

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Lynn Hatcher
Mailing Address P.O. Box 151
City, State, Zip Toppenish, WA 98948
Phone 5098656262
Fax 5098656293
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 1999
Province Upper Mid-Columbia
Subbasin Methow
Short Description Determine the feasibility of re-establishing a naturally spawning coho population and a significant fall fishery for coho within the mid-Columbia, while keeping adverse ecological impacts within acceptable limits,
Target Species

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: 7.1H, 7.4A, 7.4O, 7.4F
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: Consultation # 383; Endangered Species Act Section 7 Biological Opinion on 1995-1998 Hatchery Operations in the Columbia River Basin.
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

n/a or no information

Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

Project ID Title Description Umbrella
9603302 Yakima River Coho Restoration Similar goals/objectives/strategies No
9603401 Methow Valley Irrigation District Conversion Project Habitat restoration to improve instream flows in Methow basin. No

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Determine the feasibility of returning natural production of coho salmon to mid- Columbia tributaries including evaluating their reproductive success. a. Acclimate all of the imported smolts
1. b. Monitor outmigrating smolts using screw traps. Expansion of sample catches collected in the trap will be used to estimate total passage of smolts from the basin
1. c. Determine the smolt-at-release to smolt-at-McNary Dam survival (relative) and passage time using pit tags in a random number of the acclimated smolts l
1. d. Monitor returning adults at Wells Dam, the Winthrop NFH, and through spawning ground surveys.
1. e. Conduct redd capping the following spring to monitor the success of spawning and incubation.
2. Determine the potential harvest benefits from reintroduction of coho salmon in the Wenatchee/Methow river basins a. Calculate potential harvest benefits.
2. b. Monitor and evaluate tribal and non-tribal salmon fisheries in ocean, in-river, and if appropriate terminal tributary areas.
3. Determine the predation impacts of releasing acclimated coho smolts on summer chinook, bulltrout, steelhead, and spring chinook and other populations of concern in the Wenatchee/Methow river basins a. Document size of co-existing species of concern during the period of overlap with hatchery coho by sampling weekly using beach seines and electroshockers for fork length and mean weight
3. b. Determine spatial and temporal distribution of the species of concern with respect to that of hatchery coho from their time of release using YIN, WDFW, and USFS habitat inventory databases
3. c. Determine if there is evidence for hatchery coho predation upon the species of concern by collecting coho stomachs from reaches of maximum overlap using screw traps
3. d. From above tasks, determine window of vulnerability by coho predation on the species of concern
3. e. Investigate potential interaction between hatchery coho and the species of concern by snorkling most likely at night in different macro-habitat type (pool, riffle, runs, side channels, backwater).
4. Determine the predation/interaction impacts of F2 generation coho juveniles on species of concern a. install an up/downstream weir(s) on selected tributaries or small side channels. Capture from these weirs plus electroshocking would be used to describe the current species presence and abundance including F2 coho
4. b. Monitor the sites throughout the winter and into the spring on a monthly or bimonthly basis.
4. c. Measure: number of emigrants/immigrants; length and weight distribution; condition factor, and macro/micro-habitat preference relative to that which is available;
4. d. Snorkel surveys to evaluate coho interactions with other species within specified reaches
4. e. Stomach content analysis would be conducted from a random sample of juvenile F2 coho on a seasonal basis to look for predation.
5. Examine the general fish health and survival of the hatchery F2 coho a. Within and outside the study sites, collect random samples of fish on a monthly or bimonthly basis to examine the health of the fish by a certified pathologist.
5. b. Within the study sites measure the over-winter survival rate accounting for any emigration/immigration.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 05/01/98 12/01/15 58.0%
2 12/01/00 12/01/15 3.0%
3 05/01/98 06/01/00 12.0%
4 03/01/00 12/01/06 25.0%
5 03/01/00 12/01/06 2.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 1999 Cost
Personnel Admin, Bio, Techs, Research $195,000
Fringe 20.0% $ 39,000
Supplies $ 70,000
Operating Includes M & E costs $250,000
Capital Acclimation facility and M/E equipment, land, buildings $ 95,745
Tag 10,000 $ 29,000
Travel Project oversight, M/E and fish propagation crews $ 50,000
Indirect 23.5% FY 1997 rate $171,255
Subcontractor USFWS; Sea Springs Co. $470,000
Total Itemized Budget $1,370,000

Total estimated budget

Total FY 1999 project cost $1,370,000
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 1999 budget request $1,370,000
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 $2,690,000 $3,040,000 $3,030,000 $2,960,000
Total Outyear Budgets $2,690,000 $3,040,000 $3,030,000 $2,960,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: NEPA determinations, significant impacts on other species by coho, inadequate funding, inability to get scientific measurements resulting in a change of experimental design , current environmental issues making restoration infeasible.

Section 6. References

n/a or no information

Section 7. Abstract


The management and scientific principles guiding the Yakama Nation’s ceded-area salmon restoration programs are fully described in the Columbia River tribes’ salmon restoration plan, Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit, Spirit of the Salmon. Within the Mid-Columbia River Basin, the overall goal is to restore salmon populations, including coho, and their natural habitats to levels of abundance and productivity sufficient to support sustainable annual harvests by Tribal and other fishers. The protection, mitigation, and enhancement of fish and wildlife resources of the Columbia River and its tributaries is one of the major goals of the Northwest Power Act. The Act requires that the Northwest Power Planning Council (NPPC) develop a program to protect and rebuild Columbia Basin fish and wildlife resources (NPPC, 1994). As part of this effort, the NPPC directed the region's fish and wildlife agencies, and Indian tribes to develop a system wide plan for rebuilding fishery resources. This included development of 31 integrated subbasin plans for major river drainages in the Columbia Basin. The NPPC also recognized the value of scientifically supported supplementation programs for the rehabilitation of weak wild and naturally spawning populations. In summarizing recent amendments to their Fish and Wildlife Program the NPPC stated, "As part of updating the subbasin plans, agencies and tribes will propose supplementation projects to help rebuild naturally spawning salmon populations" (NPPC, 1994). It is expected that progress toward meeting the goal of this plan will be realized through the use of implementation plans. Implementation plans (IPs) will be developed or reviewed with relevant fishery managers. The IPs will specifically describe proposed resource management actions including information such as the size, lifestage, objectives/constraints/risks and locations of Mid-Columbia basin coho releases and M/E objectives. Frequent reviews of the IPs will allow use of the most current information (i.e., expected escapements, habitat conditions, monitoring and evaluation results, etc.) to ensure the effectiveness of the IPs in achieving the stated goal of this plan. It is further expected that IPs will be modified as necessary to accommodate changing management priorities and restoration opportunities. Because coho are extirpated from the mid-Columbia, it is anticipated that the project will require upto a couple of decades to achieve its overall goal of restoration. The initial phase is focused on feasibility/risks with intensive M & E to evaluate expected outcomes.

Reviews and Recommendations

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

CBFWA: Nonwatershed Technical Group Comments Recommendation:
May 13, 1998
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]

Criteria 1: Technical Criteria - Yes: Is the competition/predation part of this study necessary and over such a long period of time (i.e. coho are native and co-evolved with other salmonids in these streams. Is not the same work in the Yakima adequate for understanding the interactions in the Methow and Wenatchee?)

Criteria 2: Objectives Criteria - Incomplete Use Abstract to refer to and describe this project. Summarize methods and excerpt from referenced document.

Criteria 3: Milestones Criteria - Yes

Criteria 4: Resources Criteria - Incomplete: Additional budget details would be useful. Staffing requirements, Travel 50k.

CBFWA Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
May 13, 1998
1999 2000 2001
$700,000 $2,690,000 $3,040,000
Reduction due to increased efficiencies

ISRP Review , ISRP 1998-1 Recommendation:
Significant reservations
Jun 18, 1998
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
The first objective listed is to return natural production of coho to the area, but the technical section indicates that this project’s goal is to establish a hatchery population. It appears to be an artificial production/supplementation project presented as a natural production project. The proposal does not describe why coho have declined, and if the reasons for decline have been corrected. The methods section is incomplete. Snorkeling at night is not sufficient for monitoring populations and little other monitoring is described. This project relates to proposal 9086, but does not give a relationship to the Fish and Wildlife Program. The ISRP has significant reservations about this proposal.

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 (Confederated Tribes And Bands Of The Yakama Indian Nation) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

Sponsor (Confederated Tribes And Bands Of The Yakama Indian Nation) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

Sponsor (Confederated Tribes And Bands Of The Yakama Indian Nation) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

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