Return to Proposal Finder FY 2000 Proposal 20036

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 Bull Trout Movements in the Tucannon and Lower Snake Rivers
BPA Project Proposal Number 20036
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Idaho Fishery Resource Office
Business acronym (if appropriate) USFWS-IFRO

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Micheal P. Faler
Mailing Address P.O. Box 18
City, State, Zip Ahsahka, ID 83520
Phone 2084767242
Fax 2084767228
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Columbia Plateau
Subbasin Tucannon
Short Description Determine distribution of migratory bull trout in the Tucannon and Lower Snake rivers, and identify passage limitations (if any) resulting from the hydropower system. Establish metapopulation boundary for Tucannon River bull trout.
Target Species Bull Trout (Salvelinus confluentus)

Project Location

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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: 10.1A.1, 10.5A
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: USFWS Bull Trout Biop, Hydropower Operations (in prep.)
Other Planning Document References USFWS Bull Trout Recovery Plan (in prep.)

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 the spatial distribution of adult migratory bull trout in the Lower Snake River. a. Capture adult bull trout as they stage for migration in or near the mouth of the Tucannon River.
1. b. Surgically implant radio tags in 20 captured bull trout of appropriate size.
1. c. Monitor movements of radio-tagged bull trout in the Snake River bi-weekly between the months of November and May (14 observations/fish/year).
1. d. Compile bull trout observation data, and delineate river reach distribution based on upstream and downstream limits of observed movements.
2. Determine bull trout use and passage efficiency in fishways at Lower Snake River dams. a. Coordinate with University of Idaho Cooperative Fishery Research Unit to activate and/or re-establish fixed data logging sites at the fishways in Lower Monumental and Little Goose dams.
2. b. Operate and download data weekly at fixed telemetry sites from November through May(28 downloads/site/year).
2. c. Evaluate data to determine bull trout use of the fishways.
2. d. Calculate passage rates associated with bull trout that enter adult fishways at the dams.
2. e. Compare bull trout passage rates to rates observed from anadromous salmonids at the Snake River dams.
3. Estimate frequency of bull trout fall back at Lower Snake River dams. a. Plot movements of individual radio-tagged fish to determine timing and frequency of fall back through Snake River dams.
4. Determine if bull trout losses result from movements out of Lower Monumental Pool. a. Evaluate movement plots of individual radio tagged fish to determine if those individuals that leave Lower Monumental Pool return the following spring.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 03/01/00 05/01/03 Delineate spatial distribution May of 2001, 2002, and 2003 70.0%
2 09/01/00 05/01/03 Determine passage efficiency in fishways May of 2001, 2002, and 2003 20.0%
3 01/01/01 05/01/03 Estimate fall back through dams May of 2001, 2002, and 2003 5.0%
4 05/01/01 05/01/03 Determine losses to production May of 2001, 2002, and 2003 5.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel 0.5 FTE GS-12 Biologist, 0.4 FTE GS-7 Biologist $ 38,500
Fringe $ 9,800
Supplies field gear (boots, waders, etc.) radio tags(20), antennae cables, gill nets, fyke net. $ 8,500
Operating equipment repairs, vehicle rental, gas $ 9,000
Travel coordination meetings, travel for sampling/fish collection $ 4,500
Indirect USFWS Overhead @ 22% for new projects $ 20,064
Subcontractor Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Dayton Lab - Implementation of $ 12,400
Subcontractor Nez Perce Tribe - Flights for aerial radio-tracking. 14 flights @ $540/flig $ 8,400
Total Itemized Budget $111,164

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $111,164
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $111,164
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
N/A $ 0 unknown


Outyear Budget Totals

2001 2002
All Phases $113,130 $113,130
Total Outyear Budgets $113,130 $113,130

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: USFWS Section 10 permit authorizing “take” will be required. Preliminary project support has been obtained from Steve Duke, Bull Trout Recovery Team Leader, USFWS-Snake River Basin Office, Boise, Idaho.

Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Bjornn, T.C. and C.A. Peery. 1992. A review of Literature Related to Movements of Adult Salmon and Steelhead Past Dams and Through Reservoirs in the Lower Snake River. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Technical Report 92-1. Walla Walla District. No
Buchanan, D., M Hanson, and R.M. Hooten. 1997. 1996 Status of Oregon’s Bull Trout. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Portland, Oregon. No
Corps of Engineers. 1997. 1997 Annual Fish Passage Report, Columbia and Snake Rivers for Salmon, Steelhead and Shad. North Pacific Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland and Walla Walla Districts. No
Elle, S. 1995. Federal Aid to Fish Restoration. Job Performance Report. Grant F-73-R17. Project 6, Bull Trout Investigations. Subproject 1, Rapid River bull trout movement and mortality studies, and Subproject 2, Bull Trout aging studies. IDFG 95-33. No
Faler, M.P., L.M. Miller, and K.I. Welke. 1988. Effects of Variation in Flow on Distributions of Northern Squawfish in the Columbia River below McNary Dam. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 8:30-35. No
Faler, M.P. 1995. An Evaluation using a Mark-Recapture Population Estimator as a Monitoring Tool for an Adfluvial Bull Trout Population. Aqua-Talk, USDA-Forest Service R-6 Fish Habitat Relationship Technical Bulletin, Number 9, August 1995. No
Faler, M.P. and T. B. Bair. 1992. Migration and Distribution of Adfluvial Bull Trout in Swift Reservoir, North Fork Lewis River and Tributaries. Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Wind River Ranger District, Unpublished Report. No
Federal Register. 1998. Determination of Threatened Status for the Klamath River and Columbia River Distinct Population Segments of Bull Trout. Vol. 63, No. 111. FR Doc. 98-15319. June 10, 1998. No
Kleist, T. (Washington Department of Wildlife) 1993. Memorandum to Eric Anderson (WDW) sumarizing fish passage at Snake River dams. No
Rieman, B.E. and J.D. McIntyre. 1993. Demographic and Habitat Requirements for Conservation of Bull Trout. USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. General Technical Report INT-302. No
Theisfeld, S.L., A.M. Stuart, D.E. Ratliff, and B.D. Lampman. 1996. Migration Patterns of Adult Bull Trout in the Metolius River and Lake Billy Chinook, Oregon. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Information Report 96-1. Portland, Oregon. No

Section 7. Abstract


The overall goal of the project is to determine if the Hydropower System on the Lower Snake River has affected the capability of Tucannon River bull trout to freely interact with subgroups such as those occurring in the Grande Ronde or Walla Walla rivers. The project will help meet measures 10.1A.1 and 10.5A in the 1994 Fish and Wildlife Program, and provide useful information for bull trout recovery planning and hydrosystem effects determinations. We will use radio-telemetry to monitor the movements of adult bull trout if/when they leave the Tucannon subbasin and move into the main stem Snake River in the winter and spring, 2000 - 2003. Adult bull trout will be captured at the Tucannon Hatchery weir in the spring, and surgically implanted with radio-transmitters in years 2000 - 2002. By using long-term tags and surgical implants in spring, we allow ample time for surgical recovery to minimize effects of those activities on fish movements during our winter target period. We will use fixed station data loggers to evaluate passage efficiency in fishways at Snake River dams, and to determine if a proportion of the subpopulation becomes lost to production if fish move out of Lower Monumental Pool. Tracking from boat, shore, and/or aircraft will also be used to monitor distribution in the reservoirs.

Reviews and Recommendations

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