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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 Yakima Basin Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity (B-Ibi)
BPA Project Proposal Number 20006
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Washington Trout
Business acronym (if appropriate) WT

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Nick Gayeski
Mailing Address P.O. Box 402
City, State, Zip Duvall, WA 98019
Phone 4257881167
Fax 4257889634
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Columbia Plateau
Subbasin Yakima
Short Description Develop a multimetric Index of Biotic Integrity for the upper Yakima/Naches Basin using Benthic Macroinvertebrates to detect ranges of human impact on aquatic resource health.
Target Species Native resident and anadromous salmonids, other indigenous members of the fish community assemblage, native amphibians, aquatic macroinvertebrates (e.g., Plecoptera, Trichoptera, Ephemeroptera, Diptera, aquatic oligochaetes).

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: 7.1, 7.1A, 7.1B, 7.1E, 7.1I, 7.6, 7.6A, 7.6B4, 7.6C, 7.6D, 10.1, 10.2A1, 10.2C.
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses:
Other Planning Document References Draft report on Biologically-Based Flows for the Yakima River Basin: Recommendations, Section 4. Systems Operations Advisory Committee. 09/16/98.

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
YSIS study of juvenile chinook gut-contents, % stomach fullness Complementary; provides additional relevant data on food web ecology. No
YSIS salmon carcass "planting", nutrient-enrichment study Complementary; provides additional relevant data, and will measure a significant response parameter of this YSIS project. No
Yakima Basin Reaches Study: Dr. Jack Stanford, USBR Complementary; provides additional relevant data No
Timber, Fish and Wildlife state watershed analysis "Effectiveness Complementary; provides additional relevant data. No
Monitoring & Evaluation Program", for part of upper Yakima Basin No
20006 Yakima Basin B-IBI Yes
20039 Comparative Population Study: Naneum, Coleman, and Cooke Creeks Yes
Yakima Basin Habitat-Fish Population Studies Yes

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Develop multimetric index based on appropriate parameters of aquatic macroinvertebrate assemblage health for the Yakima subbasin a. Sample benthos in 30 subbasin tributary and mainstem streams/rivers which encompass a range of conditions from near-pristine to degraded using standard protocol developed by Dr. James Karr for obtaining a region-specific benthic index of biotic integrity.
1. b. Sort and identify to genus all samples obtained under task (a).
1. c. Classify sorted samples along gradients/metrics likely to provide consistent signal of biotic condition and human impact on biotic condition (e.g., taxa richness/composition, # or % tolerant and intolerant species, # or % predator taxa).
1. d. Evaluate candidate metrics constructed in task c to arrive at a multimetric index which consistently reflects and accurately predicts the response of stream system biotic health to human landscape impacts of concern.
2. Monitor and evaluate sample streams and sites on an annual basis to evaluate/refine multimetric index and to detect and evaluate the biotic response of streams and sites to natural disturbance events and human-caused landscape impacts, including managemen a. Same as tasks 1(a-d) above.
3. Communicate results of B-IBI development and annual monitoring to managers, stakeholders, and other interested parties in and outside of the Yakima subbasin. a. Write reports, publish peer-reviewed articles, give presentations to managers in the subbasin such as USBR, YIN, WDFW, DNR, USFS, DOE, CBFWA and to watershed groups.
4. Integrate results into other research programs undertaken in the subbasin under related present or future umbrella proposals/projects. a. Make results known and available to research/monitoring projects ongoing or undertaken in subbasin watersheds of sampled streams, including specific stream research projects, Yakima Species Interaction Studies, forest practices monitoring under TFW, and
4. continued . reach studies sheduled to be initiated under the direction of Dr. Jack Stanford and funded by the USBR.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 09/01/00 03/01/01 Report on results of initial year, 05/2001 40.0%
2 09/01/01 03/01/05 Semi-annual reports: 05/2003 and 05/2005. 0.0%
3 01/01/01 10/01/01 none 60.0%
4 03/01/01 05/01/05 Semi-annual reports: 05/2003 and 05/2005. 0.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel Sample collection, sample sorting and metric devlopment, literature searches and report writing. $ 22,400
Fringe @25% $ 5,600
Supplies Sampling supplies and related office supplies $ 1,410
Operating Vehicle maintenance $ 1,000
Capital Field and lab. equipment (incl. 1 microscopes, 4 temp loggers, and 1 laptop PC) $ 5,800
Travel Mileage,food, lodging, 1 pack trip $ 3,850
Indirect 20% of non-subcontract sub-total $ 8,012
Total Itemized Budget $ 48,072

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $ 48,072
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $ 48,072
FY 2000 forecast from 1999 $ 0
% change from forecast 0.0%

Reason for change in estimated budget

Not applicable

Reason for change in scope

Not applicable

Cost Sharing

Organization Item or service provided Amount Cash or In-Kind
University of Washington Supervision of graduate student and general project advice by Dr. James Karr. $ 6,000 unknown
University of Washington Laboratory facilities under the direction of Dr. James Karr $ 0 unknown


Outyear Budget Totals

2001 2002 2003 2004
All Phases $ 40,000 $ 42,000 $ 48,000 $ 50,000
Total Outyear Budgets $ 40,000 $ 42,000 $ 48,000 $ 50,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Field sampling should be done during lowflow conditions, from late August to early October. Sampling 3 replicates per site for 30 sites normally requires 20 to 30 field days. A 60 day window for field work will ensure sampling of all sites.

Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Karr, James R., and Ellen W. Chu. 1997. Biological Monitoring and Assessment: Using Multimetric Indexes Effectively. EPA 235-R97-001. University of Washington, Seattle. No
Karr, James R., 1998. "Salmonweb Biological Monitoring Protocol", vhs tape.Also available from website "". No
Norris, R.H., E.P. McElvray and V.H. Resh. 1994. "The Sampling Problem". Reprinted in "River Biota", selected extracts from The Rivers Handbook. Geoffrey Petts and Peter Calow, eds.Blackwell Science Ltd., 1996. No
Gore, J.A., 1994. "Response of Aquatic Biota to Hydrological Change". Reprinted in "River Biota". Geoffrey Petts and Peter Calow, eds. Blackwell Science Ltd. 1996. No
Fore, Leska S., James R. Karr, and Robert W. Wisseman. 1996. "Assessing invertebrate responses to human activities: evaluating alternative approaches". Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 15(2): 212-231. No
Merritt, R.W., V.H. Resh, and K.W. Cummins. 1996. "Design of Aquatic Insect Studies: Collecting, Sampling and Rearing Procedures." In An Introduction to the Aquatic Insects of North America, Third Edition. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque, Iowa. No
Rosenberg, D.M. and V.H. Resh. 1996. "Use of Aquatic Insects in Biomonitoring". In Merrit and Cummins (eds.) An Introduction to the Aquatic Insects of North America, Third Edition. No
Hauer, F. Richard and Vincent H. Resh. 1996. "Benthic Macroinvertebrates". In Methods in Stream Ecology, F. Richard Hauer and Gary A. Lamberti (eds.) Academic Press. No
Merritt, Richard W., and Kenneth W. Cummins. 1996. "Trophic relations of Macroinvertebrates". In Methods in Stream Ecology, F. Richard Hauer and Gary A. Lamberti (eds.). Academic Press. No
Resh, Vincent H., Marilyn Myers, and Morgan J. Hannaford. 1996. "Macroinvertebrates as Biotic Indicators of Environmental Quality". In Methods in Stream Ecology. No
Hauer, F. Richard, John Gangemi, and Jack A. Stanford. 1994. "Long-Term Influence of Hungry Horse Dam Operation on the Ecology of Macrozoobenthos of the Flathead River." Open File Report #133-94, Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana. No
Hauer, F. Richard and Jack A. Stanford. 1997. "Long-Term Influence of Libby Dam Operation on the Ecology of Macrozoobenthos of the Kootenai River, Montana and Idaho." Open File Report 141-97. Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana. No
Karr, James R. 1998. "Rivers as Sentinels: Using the biology of rivers to guide landscape management." In R.J. Naiman and R.E. Bilby, eds. The Ecology and Management of Streams and Rivers in the Pacific Northwest Coastal Ecoregion. Springer-Verlag, NY. No

Section 7. Abstract


Assessment of aquatic and related landscape habitat at the watershed and finer scales requires the development/application of inventory and assessment measures capable of detecting departures from normative habitat conditions/processes and of detecting the impact of human activities which are or are reasonably thought to be causes of such departures from a normative condition. Bioassessment methods are essential to such assessment, but have yet to be consistently and systematically used in implementation of the FWP. Unlike measurement of habitat impacts based on monitoring of chemical and physical criteria which provide snapshots of condition, biologically-based assessment methods are capable of integrating human impacts through time. Specifically, the use of biological assessment based upon aquatic benthic macroinvertebrates is particularly suitable to evaluating human-caused landscape impacts on aquatic environments in the Pacific Northwest. We propose to develop and employ a multimetric Benthic Intex of Biotic Integrity (B-IBI) for the Yakima River subbasin. B-IBIs are significantly accurate and robust at detecting human-caused impacts when the array of metrics employed are specifically chosen and evaluated at the watershed scale. 30 stream and mainstem segments encompassing a range and variety of conditions from near-pristine to severely degraded will be sampled using standard benthic sampling protocols developed and evaluated by Dr. James Karr and colleagues specifically for use in developing watershed/georegion-specific B-IBIs. Test metrics will be evaluated to determine an appropriate array of metrics to employ in a robust multimetric index applicable to the Yakima subbasin.

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