Return to Proposal Finder FY 2000 Proposal 20021

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 Estimate natural steelhead production in two tributaries of the Walla Walla
BPA Project Proposal Number 20021
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 Mark Schuck
Mailing Address 401 S. Cottonwood
City, State, Zip Dayton, WA 99328
Phone 5093821004
Fax 5093822427
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Columbia Plateau
Subbasin Walla Walla
Short Description Estimate adult escapement and natural production of wild steelhead in Mill Creek and Touchet River (tributaries of the Walla Walla River) to determine whether steelhead populations above four Columbia River dams can be sustained without hatchery supplemen
Target Species Summer Steelhead

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: 3.2 C, 4.1 A, 4.1 B, 4.2 A, 5.1 B, 7.0 A, 7.0 C, 7.1 C, 7.1 D.2, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4 B, 7.6 C
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: Not available for the Walla Walla watershed
Other Planning Document References Lower Snake River Compensation Plan, Walla Walla Sub-basin Plan, Walla Walla River Master Plan, WDFW Wild Salmonid Policy, Tribal Recovery Plan (WY-KAN-USH-MI-WA-KISH-WIT)

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
9000501 Umatilla and Walla Walla river Basins Natural Production Monitoring and Eva Fulfills stated objectives sooner than planned. No
9010 Assess Fish Habitat & Salmonids in Walla Walla Watershed in Washington Proposal actions would build directly from data collected under 9010 and fully describe steelhead production from the major Washington steelhead areas. No
8805302 Plan, site, design & Construct NEOH Hatchery - Umatilla/Walla Walla compone Supplementation of steelhead populations in the Walla Walla basin are part of the NEOH goal as define in the Master Plan. This proposal will provide escapement and stock data (in partnership with 9010) to guide the development of new supplementation broo No
9604601 Walla Walla Basin Fish Habitat Enhancement Data collected under this proposal and 9010 can help direct habitat improvement efforts to areas identified as having severe problems, thus maximizing benefits to the resource. No

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Estimate escapement of hatchery and wild steelhead into the Touchet River and Mill Creek drainages of the Walla Walla River. 1. Construct adult traps at the Corps of Engineers diversion dam on Mill Creek in Walla Walla, and at the Dayton Acclimation pond intake structure on the Touchet River
1. 1. Operate adult traps throughout the steelhead migration. Enumerate, determine sex, origin, and length. Affix an external tag (floy type) or fin clip to allow documentation of fall back. Collect scales for age determination and scale pattern analysis.
1. 1. Collect DNA fin clips from all wild origin steelhead, and tissue samples for allozyme characterization from all wild origin trap and prespawning mortalities. Archive samples for future analysis in coordination with BPA Project #9010.
1. 1. Calculate an estimated escapement past each adult trap.
1. 1. Establish spawning index areas within both basins. Coordinate action with ongoing Project #9010.
1. 1. Walk index areas weekly beginning in late February and continuing through the end of spawning. Locate and mark all steelhead redds. Determine duration of redd visibility.
1. 1. Walk potential spawning areas within the basins at least twice during the spawning season to count redds.
1. 1. Calculate total redds constructed.
1. 1. Calculate number of redds per female and per spawner. Estimate total egg deposition within each basin based on estimated average fecundity from hatchery fish.
2. Document juvenile life history patterns and survival rates and estimate annual smolt production from each river. 2. PIT tag representative groups of pre-smolts from each Touchet River tributary to assess contribution of each tributary’s population as smolts.
2. 2. Operate a rotary fish trap in each river near the site of adult traps. Capture, enumerate, PIT tag, and CWT steelhead smolts.
2. 2. Collect length, weight and scale samples from juvenile steelhead to determine age structure of the population.
2. 2. Remove a fin clip and tissue sample all trap mortalities to genetically ( DNA or allozyme ) characterize the population. Archive samples or coordinate with Project #9010 for analysis.
2. 2. Mark and release known numbers of wild steelhead smolts upstream of the traps to recapture and calibrate trap efficiency.
2. 2. Estimate the number of steelhead smolts annually leaving each river.
3. Evaluate smolt-to-adult return rates. 3. Collect information on PIT tagged juveniles during downstream migration and returning adult steelhead detected at Columbia and Snake River dams and sampled in commercial fisheries.
3. 3. Collect and summarize PIT and CWT information from adults returning to adult traps operated on each river.
3. 3. Estimate smolt to adult survival rates based on PIT and CWT recoveries of adult captured in in-river traps (see Obj. 1).
4. Coordinate, compile, analyze and report results 4. compile and report results as quarterly (or monthly if necessary) reports from each task in a timely manner to interested managers within the basin.
4. 4. Provide annual reports in hard and electronic format to all interested parties.
4. 4. coordinate all actions with managers within the basin. Provide written and oral data summaries to interested parties as necessary to ensure timely inclusion of results in planning efforts.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 12/01/99 05/01/04 accurately enumerate adult escapement X 35.0%
2 07/01/00 09/01/06 estimate egg-to-smolt survival rates for multiple brood years of steelhead. X 40.0%
2 02/01/00 06/01/07 estimate smolt out-migration from rivers X 10.0%
3 04/01/00 09/01/07 estimate out-migrant survival from PIT tags 10.0%
3 06/01/01 06/01/09 calculate mean SAR for wild steelhead from each river X 0.0%
4 10/01/99 06/01/09 5.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel Biologist (1.2 FTEs) Technicians (1- Tech 2 :12 months) (5- Tech 1's: 3 mo. each, total 15mm) $103,500
Fringe Approximately 28.5% of salaries $ 29,500
Supplies Includes some durable support structures associated with adult and smolt traps (walkways, lighting, $ 8,000
Operating includes CWTs and rental of two CWT tagging machines for 3 months. ($2,200/mo/machine) $ 18,200
Capital 5' rotary fish traps (2 @ $15,000) Portable generators (2 @ $500) PIT tagging station ($15,000) Comp $ 70,400
Construction estimated $ 30,000
PIT tags 4,500 $ 13,050
Travel includes leasing two vehicles $ 12,000
Indirect 22.5% of $214,250 (capital acquisitions exempt) $ 48,200
Total Itemized Budget $332,850

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $332,850
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $332,850
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
LSRCP PIT tagging station $ 12,000 unknown
LSRCP Office space $ 6,000 unknown
LSRCP Misc. equipment (flow meter, GPS unit, office equipment, communication radios) $ 6,000 unknown
LSRCP Adult and smolt trapping assistance $ 7,100 unknown
LSRCP Juvenile population estimates and PIT tagging assistance $ 11,500 unknown


Outyear Budget Totals

2001 2002 2003 2004
All Phases $237,200 $248,400 $260,200 $272,550
Total Outyear Budgets $237,200 $248,400 $260,200 $272,550

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Adult trap modifications must be complete before fall steelhead migration starts. ESA permits to allow for takes of listed bull trout (and steelhead if listed) could delay start of trapping.

Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Busby, P.J., T.C. Wainwright, G.J. Bryant, L.J. Lierheimer, R.S. Waples, F.W. Waknitz and I.V. Lagomarsino. 1996. Status Review of West Coast Steelhead from Washington, Idaho, Oregon and California. NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-NWFSC-27. U.S. Departm No
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). 1989. Walla Walla Subbasin Salmon and Steelhead Plan. Prepared for the Northwest Power Planning Council. Portland, Oregon. No
CTUIR. 1993. Walla Walla Master Plan (draft). Prepared for the Northwest Power Planning Council. Portland, OR. No
CRITFC. 1995. Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi-Wa-Kish-Wit. Spirit of the Salmon - Tribal Recovery Plan. Volumes I and II. No
Germond, J. 1998. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Assistant District Fish Biologist, Pendleton, OR. No
Lower Snake River Compensation Plan Status Review Symposium. 1998. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Boise, ID. No
Northwest Power Planning Council (NPPC). 1995. 1994 Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program (as amended in 1995). Portland, OR. No
Schuck, M.L. and G. Mendel. 1987. Assessment of Production from Lyons Ferry/Tucannon Hatchery Complex; and Field Studies Summaries: Annual Report (Part II) 1985-86. Washington Department of Wildlife Report to USFWS. Report # FR1/LSR-87-8. No
Schuck, M.L., A.E. Viola and M. Keller. 1995. Lyons Ferry Trout Evaluation Study: 1993-93 Annual Report. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Report #H95-06. No
Schuck, M.L., A.E. Viola and J. Dedloff. 1997. Lyons Ferry Trout Evaluation Study: 1995-1996 Annual Report. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Report #H97-08. No
Schuck, M., A. Viola, J. Bumgarner and J. Dedloff. 1998. Lyons Ferry Trout Evaluation Study: 1996-97 Annual Report. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Report #H98-10. No
Sneva, J. 1998. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Scale Lab. Personal communication. No
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District, Walla Walla, Washington. 1975. Special Report: Lower Snake River Fish and Wildlife Compensation Plan. 95 pgs. plus appendices. No
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. 1997. Policy of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Western Washington Treaty Tribes Concerning Wild Salmonids. No
Washington State Natural Resources Cabinet. 1998. Extinction is Not an Option - a Statewide Strategy to Recover Salmon. Working draft. No

Section 7. Abstract


Efforts have begun throughout the Columbia Basin to recover salmon and steelhead populations which have become depressed to the point of being listed under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). Populations of steelhead in the Walla Walla basin have been identified for supplementation under the Tribal Recovery Plan and are recognized as an important Mid-Columbia River wild population. Recent declines in wild escapement into the Walla Walla generally followed coast wide declines in anadromous salmonid populations. However, prior to recent declines the populations appeared to be somewhat stable. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife proposes to monitor adult steelhead escapement and estimate smolt production from two major steelhead spawning tributaries in the Walla Walla basin, Touchet River and Mill Creek. Adult steelhead will be trapped, tagged and released above existing passage structures to spawn. Estimates of the number of redds constructed will be made and redds/spawner calculated. The incidence of hatchery fish escaping into predominantly wild spawning areas will be documented. Two rotary migrant traps will be used to collect out-migrating juvenile steelhead throughout the migration season. Efficiencies for the trap will be calculated and total juvenile production of steelhead from each river calculated. Emigrants will be coded-wire tagged and/or PIT tagged to monitor their juvenile migration success and to measure smolt-to-adult survival. Returning adult steelhead will be detected at Columbia River dams, sampled in non-selective fisheries or captured at adult traps in the Touchet River or Mill Creek. Estimated adult-to-adult and smolt-to-adult return rates will be calculated, and whether populations are currently sustaining themselves will be determined. Recommendations will be made to fishery managers concerning where and what type of actions should be taken in the basins to achieve the goals as stated in the NPPC Fish and Wildlife Plan and in Washington’s Wild Salmonid Policy.

Reviews and Recommendations

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