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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

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Title Type File Size File Date

Section 1. General Administrative Information

Title of Project Proposal Remove Excess Heat from Streams and Store it for Future Application
BPA Project Proposal Number 20050
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Parker’s Inc (a close held general corp) dba BETTERFISH
Business acronym (if appropriate)

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Robert L. Parker
Mailing Address 825 NW Fenton St.
City, State, Zip McMinnville, OR 97128
Phone 5034346600
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Mainstem/Systemwide
Subbasin Systemwide
Short Description Build and field test a portable heat pump that could remove excess heat from streams. Determine through field tests if it is economically feasible to store and utilize that recycled heat for aquaculture and other purposes.
Target Species salmon, steehead, trout

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:
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): anadromous

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. Build the testing unit a. purchase water chiller, generator & trailer
1. b. mount chiller and generator on trailer
2. Assemble auxiliary equipment a. purchase 2 pumps, 2 knockdown water tanks, pipe, etc, & pond liner.
2. b. assemble the equipment so that it can be carried on the trailer and readily set up and broken down for use at various locations.
3. Test the efficiency of the unit under field conditions a. dig a pond on BPA or City property in McMinnville adjacent to Yamhill River.
3. b. line the pond and fill it with the cleanest water available
3. c. with the help of Linfield College students determine the volume of water, temperature of the water, and the temperature of the river
3. d. set up the tanks alongside the pond and fill them
3. e. Run the unit for a measured time and determine the kilowatts used
3. f. With the help of the students measure the results and weigh it against the cost of the electricity. How mand BTUs were removed from the river? What monetary value might be attached to that?
4. Test the heat storage capapcity of the pond a. track the termperature over a period of time
4. b. Determine the rate and amount of heat loss.
4. c. Calculate the cost to replace the loss with the methods we are using and the size of equipment needed.
4. d. Compare the loss in tanks with the loss in ground
5. Test the practicality of storing heat in the ground a. Bury a length of plastic tubing made for the purpose.
5. b. Tansfer heat “downhole” into a sectionl of ground.
5. c. Bury a similar length some distance away.
5. d. After some time, try to retieve the buried heat.
5. e. Compare the results from the heated ground with the ground that was not heated.
6. If results are positive then use the unit to promote commercial aquaculture (or any other use of the heat) wherever salmonid bearing waters get too warm. a. Assemble the equipment at any logical location.
6. b. transfer heat to an available or created pond or tank.
6. c. try to sell a “package” custom designed to serve the customer’s heat needs, taking the heat from the nearest stream and creating storage as needed.
7. Make the unit available to any agency that has need for demo or promotion or training or research on a mileage and per diem basis. a. assemble the equipment where requested.
7. b. conduct demos, seminars, etc
7. c. assist agency research
7. d. make commercial sales when proper.
8. publish results a. organize applicable data
8. b. distribute results to interested parties

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 11/01/99 01/01/00 67.0%
2 11/01/99 01/01/00 22.0%
3 01/01/00 04/01/00 2.0%
4 01/01/00 09/01/00 0.0%
5 01/01/00 09/01/00 0.0%
6 01/01/00 09/01/10 0.0%
7 01/01/00 09/01/10 0.0%
8 05/01/00 08/01/00 9.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel $ 0
Fringe $ 0
Supplies accessories & thermometer $ 6,660
Capital heat pump,generator, trailer $ 19,600
Other printing final reports $ 600
Subcontractor local cat & backhoe driver or BPA provided in lieu of expenditure $ 2,300
Total Itemized Budget $ 29,160

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $ 29,160
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $ 29,160
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

Not applicable  

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: No schedule constraints foreseen

Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Robert L. Moffatt, Roy E. Wellman, and Janice M. Gordon - 1990 - Statistical Summaries of Streamflow Data In Oregon: Volume I, Monthly and Annual Streamflow, and Flow Duration Values - File Report 90-118 - U.S. Geological Survey -Portland, Oregon No
July 1996 - DEQ’s 1994/1996 303(d) List of Water Quality Limited Waterbodies & Oregon’s Criteria Used For Listing Waterbodies. No

Section 7. Abstract


Most streams in the Columbia Basin are too warm for healthy salmonids from July through October. One way to cool those streams is to transfer the excess heat to beneficial purposes with HEAT PUMPS. Air to air heat pumps heat space for 1/3 the cost of electric heat. Water to water heat transfer costs only 1/8 as much as creating heat. Fifteen buildings in downtown Portland presently take their heat from the Willamette River. Any municipality bordering a stream should take the excess heat from the water, distribute it, and sell it as a utility. In rural areas large quantities of heat should heat ponds to enable warm water aquaculture in the Northwest. Cooling a river is a “free” side benefit of heat exchange just as flood control is a “free” side benefit of building dams. The dams would never have been built without the commercial aspect of power sales. Flood control relies on storing excess seasonal runoff water. Cooling streams has the same seasonal problem, requiring heat storage. The excess heat peaks at the time of least need to utilize the heat elsewhere. My project is to assemble a portable heat pump to demonstrate, teach, and promote sales and to use the unit to heat up quantities of water and/or soil to quantify the practicality of storing heat for future use, extracting it later with the same unit (simple field study, not original research).

Reviews and Recommendations

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