Return to Proposal Finder FY 2000 Proposal 20094

Proposal Table of Contents

Additional Documents

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 Assess Resident Fish Stocks of the Owyhee Basin, D.V.I.R.
BPA Project Proposal Number 20094
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation
Business acronym (if appropriate) SPT - DVIR

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Guy Dodson Sr.
Mailing Address P.O. Box 219
City, State, Zip Owyhee, NV 89832
Phone 2087593246
Fax 2087593248
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Middle Snake
Subbasin Owyhee
Short Description Conduct a systematic resident fish species inventory & stock assessment in the Owyhee River Basin, DVIR component. Design a sampling strategy and protocol to evaluate the genetic composition / introgression of native trout populations on the DVIR.
Target Species Native redband trout and bull trout; introduced trout species (e.g., rainbow, cutthroat, brook); other resident resident species comprising the native community.

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: Section (§) 2.1A.1 ; §2.2A ; §2.2H; §7.1B; §7.1C; §10.1; §10.1A; §10.1E; §10.1E1; §10.2; §10.2A.2; §10.5; §10.5B; §10.5B1; §10.5B2; §10.8C.2
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: USFWS status review of redband trout pursuant to ESA listing; FERC relicensing considerations of the Hells Canyon Complex relative to the 1999 FCRPS (Hydropower Operations) Biological Opinion, NMFS
Other Planning Document References CBFWA-Resident Fish Managers (1997) Multi-Year Implementation Plan Federal MOA on Bonneville Power Administration Fish & Wildlife restoration funding Department of Energy / BPA Tribal Policy State of Idaho and State of Nevada Fish Management Plans affecting the Owyhee Basin Independent Scientific Group (1996) Return to the River / (1997) Review of Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program NPPC Regional Multi-Species Framework Project/Process/Documents

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

Project ID Title Description Umbrella
9701100 Enhance and Protect Habitat & Riparian Areas on the Duck Valley Indian Res Habitat enhancement is a critical need for comprehensive fish & wildlife management of the Owyhee Basin DVIR No
9501500 Lake Billy Shaw Wetlands Catch & Release Fishery O&M A new BPA- funded reservoir was completed in 1998 on the DVIR -- the development of its fisheries needs to be integrated within a comprehensive fish management plan. No
8815600 Stocking Fish in Lakes and Streams on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation Stocking of hatchey trout in reservoirs and streams has been implemented for many years to provide fisheries and economic benefits to the DVIR -- this program needs to be re-evaluated & integrated in the rationale of a comprehensive fish management plan. No
9500600 Shoshone-Bannock/Shoshone-Paiute Joint Culture Facility A BPA-funded fish culture facility is being developed to provide trout production to supplement fisheries on Duck Valley and Fort Hall reservations. Its operation should be coordinated with the comprehensive Owyhee Basin resident fish management plan. No
20536 Develop Management Plan & Assess Fish & Wildlife Of The Owyhee Basin, DVIR Yes
20040 Develop a Fish & Wildlife Management Plan for the Owyhee Basin, DVIR Yes
20041 Develop a Fish & Wildlife Conservation Law Enforcement Plan, DVIR Yes
20094 Fish Assess Resident Fish Stocks Of The Owyhee Basin, DVIR Yes
9701100 Enhance and Protect Habitat and Riparian Areas on DVIR Yes
Implement Fishery Stocking Program Consistent with Native Fish Conservation Yes
20092 Inventory Wildlife Species & Populations Of The Owyhee Basin, DVIR Yes
20093 Evaluate the Feasibility for Anadromous Fish Reintroduction in the Owyhee Yes

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Conduct a resident fish population assessment of the DVIR component of the Owyhee River Basin. a. Consult with fisheries scientist and/or hire project leader to design and implement the Owyhee Basin fish stock assessment study. (Year 1)
1. b. Coordinate with relevant co-management entities (state, federal, and tribal), conduct a literature review, and compile all available data on fish distribution, abundance and ecological relationships in the Owyhee River Basin. (Year 1)
1. c. Develop statistically valid field sampling methods, protocol and sampling design for the resident fish population assessment. (Year 1)
1. d. Procure any additional equipment and supplies needed to implement the fish stock assessment. (Year 1)
1. e. Implement the Owyhee Basin resident fish stock assessment based on the study design developed in Task 1c. (Years 2-3)
1. f. Document findings in annual reports and provide input to the Owyhee Basin-DVIR strategic fish & wildlife management plan. (Years 1-4)
2. Conduct an evaluation of the genetic composition of native resident fish populations of the Owyhee River Basin with consideration to possible genetic introgression of introduced hatchery fish stocks. a. Consult with a geneticist (e.g., Dr. Fred Allendorf, University of Montana) and/or scientists from cooperating entities (tribal, state & federal fish & wildlife agencies) on the study design to determine the genetic composition. (Year 1)
2. b. Develop statistically valid methods, protocol and sampling design for a genetic composition assessment of resident salmonids in the Owyhee River System. (Year 1)
2. c. Collect tissue samples from a sub-sample of wild trout collected from the fish stock assessment work (Objective 1) – based on the design developed in Task 2a. (Years 2-3)
2. d. Submit the samples to a qualified genetics laboratory (e.g., University of Montana) for appropriate electrophoretic and/or DNA analyses. (Years 2-3)
2. e. Document the results of the genetic composition evaluation in the final report and relate to other aspects of the stock assessment study. (Year 4)
3. Develop a GIS mapping capability for analysis and summary of population distribution and abundance of resident fish & wildlife stocks in the Owyhee Basin with a focus on the DVIR component. a. Consult with a GIS expert and cooperating entities (tribal, state & federal fish & wildlife agencies) on the development of a PC-based GIS mapping system. (Year 1)
3. b. Procure computer equipment, software and/or services needed to conduct GIS mapping of fish distribution within the Owyhee River Basin. (Year 1)
3. c. Hire staff and/or obtain necessary training and/or services from cooperative entity to enable GIS mapping of fish distribution within the Owyhee River Basin. (Year 1)
3. d. Implement GIS mapping of fish distribution within the Owyhee River Basin. (Years 2-4)
4. Develop a baseline to monitor and evaluate the status of resident fish stocks on the DVIR component of the Owyhee Basin. a. Document the current resident fish species composition, distribution and abundance within the Owyhee River Basin – with emphasis on the streams and reservoirs of the DVIR. (Years 1-4)
4. b. Relate the current resident fish species composition, distribution and abundance within the Owyhee River Basin to existing habitat and watershed conditions. (Year 4)
4. c. Document the current genetic composition of resident fish within the Owyhee River Basin – with consideration to possible introgression with introduced species. (Years 2-4)
4. d. Develop computer databases for fish stock assessment variables, genetic composition, and habitat conditions -- as a basis for evaluation of future long-term trends. (Years 1-4)
4. e. Utilize the information on fish stock assessment to provide a rationale for restoration project implementation within the context of a comprehensive fish & wildlife management framework. (Year 2-4)

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 01/01/00 12/01/03 50.0%
2 01/01/00 12/01/03 25.0%
3 01/01/00 12/01/03 15.0%
4 01/01/00 12/01/03 10.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel 1 FTE Project Leader ; 1.5 FTE field technicians $ 89,000
Fringe @30% $ 26,700
Supplies fish sampling equipment; GIS computer system $ 25,500
Operating 1 vehicle lease + mileage $ 8,500
Travel $ 2,400
Indirect @26.6% $ 40,459
Subcontractor $ 28,240
Total Itemized Budget $220,799

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $220,799
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $220,799
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
None identified at present $ 0 unknown
(we will seek opportunitiies for cooperative studies / cost share in subsequent years) $ 0 unknown


Outyear Budget Totals

2001 2002 2003
All Phases $245,799 $252,143 $105,000
Total Outyear Budgets $245,799 $252,143 $105,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Sampling permits may be required. Possible ESA constraints (e.g., Section 10 permit) if bull trout are present. (note, although data are limited, bull trout are not known to be present on the DVIR).

Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
see umbrella proposal (ShopaiGD1.doc) No

Section 7. Abstract


A significant component of the Owyhee River Basin is within the Duck Valley Indian Reservation (DVIR) -- which encompasses about 284,000 acres in Idaho & Nevada. Prior to the construction of the Hells Canyon complex (1958-67), the native fish assemblage of the Owyhee Basin included both anadromous and resident fishes. Owyhee Basin fish populations now consist of native resident species (e.g, redband trout & bull trout) and introduced stocks (e.g., rainbow trout & brook trout). A portion of the Owyhee Basin’s fish population has been surveyed by various fishery entities (e.g., Idaho, Nevada, and BLM), but the DVIR component has not been assessed. The ISRP (1998) recommended that the Council require a systematic inventory of all resident fishes in the Columbia basin – citing Section 10.2 of the Program. Our proposed work is specifically called for in sections 10.1E1, 10.2A1, 10.2A.2, 10.5B.2, & 10.8C.2. The goal of this study is to conduct a systematic stock assessment of the resident fish populations of the DVIR in relation to the entire Owyhee River system. The objectives include evaluation of resident fish stocks in terms of: (a) distribution & relative abundance, and (b) genetic composition. The general approach will consist of three phases: Phase 1. Develop statistically sound methods, protocol and sampling design. Phase 2. Conduct field sampling, submit fish tissue samples to a genetics lab, and develop a data base. Phase 3. Fish stock assessment, GIS mapping of fish stocks in the Owyhee Basin, genetic analyses, and report preparation.

Reviews and Recommendations

This information was not provided on the original proposals, but was generated during the review process.

This project has not yet been reviewed

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