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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

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Title Type File Size File Date

Section 1. General Administrative Information

Title of Project Proposal Evaluate Sediment Transport in Spawning Habitat, Kootenai R., Idaho
BPA Project Proposal Number 20049
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
U.S. Geological Survey
Business acronym (if appropriate) USGS

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Gary J. Barton
Mailing Address 1201 Pacific Ave., Suite 600
City, State, Zip Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone 2534283600 2663
Fax 2534283614
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Mountain Columbia
Subbasin Kootenai
Short Description Enhance understanding of pre- and post-Libby Dam substrate habitat conditions in the Kootenai River, Idaho. Provide base-line substrate data for habitat enhancement evaluations performed by other agencies. Study area to include sturgeon spawning area.
Target Species Kootenai River white sturgeon (ESA) population and other native fish.

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: 10.4B; .3, .4; .5 and 10.6C.1
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: ND-USFWS BO Incidental take
Other Planning Document References Kootenai River White Sturgeon Recovery Plan, USFWS, Snake River Basin Office, 4696 Overland Road, Rm 576, Boise, Idaho 83705

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

Year Accomplishment
1997 Measured spatial distribution of stream velocities for the Kootenai River in the white sturgeon recruitment area during spawning. Results provided in U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 97-830.
1998 Conducted a reconnaissance-level seismic survey and generated profiles of the substrate/subbottom in the recruitment area during spawning.

Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

Project ID Title Description Umbrella
8806500 Kootenai River fisheries investigations USGS a subcontractor for project during FY1997 and FY1998. USGS measured spatial distribution of river velocities using a highly accurate Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler and collected seismic profiles of the substrate in the white sturgeon spawing area. No
8346700 Libby Reservoir levels and impact on resident fish Project 8346700 objectives include calibrating simulations of hydraulic conditions and surveying river habitat. These efforts will incorporate USGS flow and substrate data collected during FY1997 and FY1998 and data collected by this proposed new study. No
9404900 Kootenai River ecosystem improvement study USGS contributes to project 9404900 by making available streamflow and baseline geomorphological substrate data that project 9404900 can use to develop, evaluate, and test and analyze solutions to ecosystem problems. No

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Enhance understanding of pre- and post-Libby Dam substrate and geomorphological conditions in Kootenai River, relative to native fish spawning habitat. Collect data in and upgradient of sturgeon spawning area, include other reaches. a. Conduct low- and high-frequency marine seismic subbottom surveys and generate profiles of substrate. Surveys conducted in and upgradient of white sturgeon spawning area, include other reaches.
1. b. Collect 5 to 15 cores of substrate along seismic-subbottom profiles us-ing USGS vibracoring system. Max-imum core depth is 15 feet below the river bottom. Describe lithology and conduct grain-size analysis on core samples.
1. c. Evaluate bathymetry at USGS Kootenai River gaging stations for changes in erosion and deposition for pre- and post Libby Dam con-struction. Identify any discernable trends in suspended-sediment con-centrations.
1. d. Conduct an integrated analysis of seismic subbottom profiles and vibra-core data, and historical suspended-sediment and bathymetry data. CALIBRATE & CORROBORATE seismic subbottom profile interpretations using core data.
1. e. Report results in an USGS Water-Resources Investiga-tions Report

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 10/01/99 09/01/00 Charactize Kootenai River substrate for changes in lithology and geomorphology for pre- and post Libby Dam construction periods and effect on white sturgeon and other native fish spawning habitat. X 80.0%
1 10/01/99 09/01/00 Calculate changes in the Kootenai River's suspended-sediment budget for the pre- and post Libby Dam periods. Chacaterize these changes in terms of the impact on white stur-geon and other native fish spawning habitat. X 10.0%
1 07/01/99 03/01/01 Prepare interpretive report. 10.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel $ 18,100
Fringe $ 3,200
Supplies $ 3,700
Travel $ 2,900
Indirect $ 41,650
Subcontractor USGS-Texas District Marine Coring Unit $ 27,000
Total Itemized Budget $ 96,550

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $ 96,550
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $ 96,550
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

Not applicable

Outyear Budget Totals

All Phases $ 19,000
Total Outyear Budgets $ 19,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: None foreseen.

Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Barton, G.J., 1998, Subbottom seismic-reflection profiling on the Kootenai River near Bonners Ferry, Idaho: abstr. in proceed. of Ninth Annual Nonpoint Source Water Quality Monitoring Results Workshop, 1 p. No
Edsall, T.A., Behrendt, T.E., Cholwek, Gary, Frey, J.W., Kennedy, G.W., and Smith, S.B., 1997, Use of remote-sensing techniques to survey the physical habitat of large rivers: U.S. Geological Survey Contribution number 983, 20 p. No
Haeni, F.P., 1992, Use of ground-penetrating radar and continuous seismic-reflection profiling on surface-water bodies in environmental and engineering studies: in proc. of Symp. on Application of Geophysics to Engineering, Oakbrook, Ill., p. 145-162. No
Idaho Fish and Game, 1998, Kootenai River Fisheries Investigations: Bonneville Power Administration Fish and Wildlife Program FY99 Proposal, 19 p. No
Lipscomb, S.W., Berenbrock, C., and Doyle, J.D., 1997, Spatial distribution of stream velociites for the Kootenai River nera Bonners Ferry, Idaho, June 1997: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 97-830, 174 p. No
Marotz, B.L., Hansen, B., and Tralles, S., 1988, Instream flows needed for successful migration, spawning and rearing of rainbow and westslope cutthoart trout in selected tributaries of the Kootenai River: MO Dept. of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, PN 85-6. No

Section 7. Abstract


The Kootenai River has undergone many changes due to construction of dikes and the Libby Dam. The operation of this dam has altered and disrupted the river ecosystem, resulting in many resident fish populations declining dramatically. In 1994, the Kootenai River white sturgeon was listed as an Endangered Species, and fishing was prohibited. Operations at the dam have muted flow extremes and reversed the hydrograph. The muting of high spring flows reduces the amount of natural flushing of fine sediments from cobble-gravel areas, and increases development/deposition of barriers at the confluence of critical spawning tributaries to the Kootenai River. The overall objectives of this project are to (1) characterize/describe/map the type of sediments comprising the Kootenai River substrate/subbottom/habitat, and (2) an integrated analysis of how the makeup of the substrate sediments in various reaches, suspended-sediment load, and river bottom elevations have changed since Libby Dam became operational. Many resident species were listed as species of special interest in the 1994 Columbia Basin Fish & Wildlife Program. The main goal of this project is to provide monitoring and data that support efforts to restore the ecosystem and these important fisheries. Also, this project complements the Kootenai River Fisheries Investigations and the IDFG Regional Five Year Plan (IDFG, 1998) to recover the endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon and burbot. Substrate/geomorphological data collected by this project is important to developing, evaluating, and testing and analyzing solutions to ecosystem problems on the Kootenai River. The data collected by this project will represent monitoring baseline conditions for a significant habitat element prior to habitat restoration.

Reviews and Recommendations

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