Return to Proposal Finder FY 1999 Proposal 199700900

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 Evaluate Means of Rebuilding White Sturgeon Populations in Lower Snake R
BPA Project Proposal Number 199700900
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 Paul Kucera
Mailing Address P.O. Box 365
City, State, Zip Lapwai, ID 83540
Phone 2088437320
Fax 2088437322
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 1999
Province Lower Snake
Subbasin Lower Snake Mainstem
Short Description Evaluate the need for and identify potential measures to protect and restore the population and mitigate for effects of the hydropower system on the productivity of Snake River white sturgeon between Hells Canyon and Lower Granite dams…
Target Species white sturgeon

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. Evaluate the need and identify potential actions for protecting and restoring populations to mitigate for effects of hydropower on white sturgeon productivity. a. Conduct biological risk assessment: identify potential mitigative actions; assess risks/uncertainties that may result from implementation; identify/develop plan to collect information needed to fully assess risks.
2. Assess the current status of the Snake River White Sturgeon population between Hells Canyon and Lower Granite dams. a. Assess health and status of population: a) estimate abundance and determine structure of the population, and b) collect population data for modeling production and viability of the population.
. b. Define habitat use for spawning and rearing.
3. Develop an adaptative management plan. a. Fully assess the risks associated with mitigative actions using information collected.
. b. Make recommendation for implementation of mitigation action(s).
. c. Develop an implementation, evaluation and monitoring plan.
4. Restore population to provide an annual sustainable harvest of 5 kg/ha/yr. a. Implementation of mitigative action(s). Evaluate and monitor effectiveness of action(s) by quantifying changes in population

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 10/01/95 12/01/96 5.0%
2 01/01/96 12/01/01 45.0%
3 06/01/01 12/01/01 5.0%
4 01/01/02 45.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 1999 Cost
Personnel $130,000
Fringe $ 35,100
Supplies $ 25,000
Operating $ 45,000
Travel $ 25,750
Indirect $109,150
Subcontractor $ 30,000
Total Itemized Budget $400,000

Total estimated budget

Total FY 1999 project cost $400,000
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 1999 budget request $400,000
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 $412,000 $425,000 $650,000 $500,000
Total Outyear Budgets $412,000 $425,000 $650,000 $500,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: The first three objectives reflects a phase of the projected that the next phases is dependent upon. The Biological Risk Assessment (Objective 1) has been completed and identified data currently being collected (Objective 2). Completion of an Adaptive Management Plan (scheduled for completion in 2001 and implementation in 2001) is dependent on the collection of this data. Objective 1 (Assessment Phase): Milestone: 12/1996 -The identification of data concerning the Snake River sturgeon population that is need before potential mitigative actions designed to restore and protect the population can be fully assessed. Completion of Biological Risk Assessment (see Crimichael et al. 1997). 12/1997 - Completion of multi-year research plan designed to collect specific data concerning the status and health of the population, and identify and define habitat use by larval, young-of-the-year (YOY), juvenile, adult and spawning adult sturgeon as identified by the Risk Assessment (see Hoefs 1997). Objective 2 (Data Collection Phase): Milestone: 12/2001 -Final report assessing current status and health of the population and identifying habitat used and needs for spawning and rearing . Objective 3 (Reassessment Phase): Milestone: 12/2001 - Completion of an adaptive management plan designed to: a) reassess the risks associated with implementation of identified mitigative actions using data collected above, b) recommend need mitigative action(s) to achieve goal to restore sturgeon population, and c) monitor and evaluate effects of mitigative action(s) on population. Objective 4 (Implementation/ Monitoring and Evaluation Phase): Milestone: 01/2002 -Implementation of mitigative action(s) designed to restore population identified in the Adaptative Management Plan. Implementation of monitoring and evaluation program designed in Adaptive Management Plan.

Section 6. References

n/a or no information

Section 7. Abstract


The goal of the NPT White Sturgeon Program is to restore and rebuild the white sturgeon populations in the Snake River between Hells Canyon and Lower Granite dams to support a sustainable annual subsistence harvest of white sturgeon by the Nez Perce People equivalent to 5 kg/ha/yr. This Project addresses measure 10.4A.4 of the Northwest Power Planning Council Fish and Wildlife Program to “ an evaluation, including a biological assessment (Section 7.3B.1) of potential means of rebuilding sturgeon populations in the Snake River between Lower Granite and Hells Canyon dams.” In 1996, a biological assessment of the upper Snake River white sturgeon was conducted by the Nez Perce Tribe (NPT) as part of BPA Project #86-50. The Upper Snake River White Sturgeon Biological Assessment was successful in identifying: 1) regional sturgeon management objectives, and 2) potential mitigation actions needed to restore and protect the population. However, the risks and uncertainties associated with their implementation could not be fully assessed because critical data concerning the status of the population and their habitat requirements are unknown. Currently, under BPA Project #97-09, NPT these data are being collected. From these data an adaptive management plan will be developed that will 1) reassess potential mitigative actions, 2) recommend the implementation of needed mitigative action(s), and 3) present a monitoring and evaluation plan.

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: The goal of this project is to rebuild white sturgeon population in the Snake River between Lower Granite and Hells Canyon dams to support sustainable subsistence harvest by the Nez Perce Tribe. Although some previous work has been done, little is known about the current population structure. From a sample of 300 fish, it appears that the majority of the population are juveniles and there are few fish over 6 feet long. A Biological Risk Assessment was conducted in 1995 and identified resource objectives and potential mitigative actions. Lack of basic information prevented an analysis of the risks and effectiveness of potential actions.


How much consultation have you had with IDFG? Answer: This project was part of the lower river sturgeon project (8605000) and is now part of the Nez Perce Tribe Management Agreement. IPC (through a MOA) is also doing work in this area and sharing information and costs. There is no duplication.

Is there any cost share? Answer: This project shares equipment and staff with other NPT projects. Also, costs are shared through the agreement with IPC. These fish are hard to catch and occur in hard to reach areas.

How does this project relate to sturgeon projects in Hells Canyon and Oxbow reservoirs? Answer: The habitat in Hells Canyon and Oxbow is poor and there is no natural spawning. That population needs supplementation. Below Hells Canyon, the habitat is OK and there is natural recruitment. Supplementation is not needed.

The objective of a 5 kg/ha/ year harvest is not consistent with IDFG's objectives. Answer: The population has good recruitment. We would like to see fish over 6 feet.

Screening Criteria: Yes

Technical Criteria: Yes

Programmatic Criteria: Yes

General Comment: The parties need to cooperate better, coordinate efforts with project 9056.

CBFWA Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
May 13, 1998
1999 2000 2001
$400,000 $412,000 $425,000

ISRP Review , ISRP 1998-1 Recommendation:
Jun 18, 1998
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
This is a strong proposal in all parts. It provides good background, history, and rationale for work that addresses previously identified critical uncertainties. Data will be collected to define and test management objectives and outcomes.

NW Power and Conservation Council's FY 2006 Project Funding Review Funding category:
May 2005
FY05 NPCC Start of Year:
FY06 NPCC Staff Preliminary:
$ 0
FY06 NPCC July Draft Start of Year:
$ 0
Sponsor (Nez Perce Tribe - Lapwai) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

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