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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 Develop Wheels, Pools and Falls Approach for Fish Passage at Dams
BPA Project Proposal Number 20110
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Sun Mountain Reflections
Business acronym (if appropriate)

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Faith E. Ruffing
Mailing Address 1907 NE 75th Avenue
City, State, Zip Portland, OR 97213
Phone 5032568748
Fax 5032574926
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Mainstem/Systemwide
Subbasin Systemwide
Short Description Conduct an Environmental Science Analysis using the Wheels, Pools, and Falls approach to transform the dam spillways into a series of pools and falls designed for continuous safe passage in water deemed safe by water quality standards for all aquatics. .
Target Species Anadromous fish

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: 5.1-5.7,6.1, 10, 12
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: 10,11,15,18,
Other Planning Document References Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa Kish Wit, Multi Species Framework

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. Natural Environment Conditions Analysis a. Study the natural aquatic environment to determine the dimensions of the river structures
1. b. Conduct field research
1. c. Analyze the dynamics of the water flowing through the river structures
1. d. Review and analyze water quality data
2. WPF Environmental Science Analysis a. Compare the structure of the dams with the natural river structure
2. b. Analyze data collected by the regional entities to test the scientific theories
2. c. Develop environmental designs for the hydropower projects
2. d. Apply structural engineering principles to the environmental designs
2. e. Test or model the new modifications
3. Cost Benefit Analysis a. Describe operational opportunities resulting from the modifications
3. b. Identify mitigation measures and costs
3. c. Develop a budget for the next 20 years
3. d. Develop a diverse source funding strategy
4. Peer Review and Evaluation a. Subcontract with CRITFC and other Tribal organizations to provide insight and support for the analysis.
4. b. Establish a panel of specialists
4. c. Meet with CRITFC and Agency specialists
5. Write WPF Environmental Science Analysis a. Prepare Preliminary Draft
5. b. Prepare Draft
5. c. Prepare Final

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 10/01/99 09/01/00 20.0%
2 10/01/99 09/01/00 20.0%
3 10/01/99 09/01/00 20.0%
4 10/01/99 09/01/00 20.0%
5 10/01/99 09/01/00 20.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel Faith E. Ruffing $ 72,800
Fringe $ 10,400
Supplies $ 1,500
Travel $ 2,500
Indirect $ 11,370
Other Agency Specialists Panel $ 50,000
Subcontractor CRITFC $ 50,000
Total Itemized Budget $198,570

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $198,570
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $198,570
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
$ 0 unknown


Outyear Budget Totals

2001 2002 2003
All Phases $198,570 $200,000 $200,000
Total Outyear Budgets $198,570 $200,000 $200,000

Other Budget Explanation

Not applicable

Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
1 NWPPC. 1997. Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. NWPPC. Portland, Oregon No
2 NMFS 1995 Biological Opinion. NMFS. Portland, Oregon No
3 EPA 1991 Water Quality Criteria. EPA Washington, D.C. No
4 Ruffing, F.E. 1996 Total Dissolved Gas Fixed Monitoring Program for John Day, The Dalles, and Bonneville Projects. Annual Activities Report to the North Pacific Division WY 1996. USACE Portland, Oregon No
5 Ruffing, F.E. 1997. Dissolved Gas Compliance Program for John Day, The Dalles, and Bonneville Projects. Annual Activities Report to the North Pacific Division WY 1997. Prepared for the USACE by Sun Mountains Reflections. Portland, Oregon No
6 Ruffing, F.E . 1996 Wheels, Pools and Falls: A proposed new approach to abating TDG supersaturation in waters below Corps projects in the Columbia, Willamette and Rogue River Basins. USACE NWP Portland, Oregon No
7 Ruffing, F.E. 1998 Wheels, Pools and Falls. A concept paper for Multi-Species Recovery. Columbia River Multi-Species Framework Program. NWPPC. Portland, Oregon No
8 Rainey, S. 1998. Letter expressing concerns for fish safety. NMFS. Portland, Oregon No
9 Ruffing, F.E. 1998. Wheels, Pools and Falls pool size and number analysis. Sun Mountain Reflections. Portland, Oregon No
10 Ruffing. F.E. 1998. Wheels, Pools and Falls Report. Sun Mountain Reflections. Portland, Oregon No
11 USACE. 1991. Fisheries Handbook of Engineering Requirements and Biological Criteria. Fish Passage Development and Evaluation Program. North Pacific Division. Portland, Oregon No
12 USACE. 1990. Engineering Manual EM 1110-2-1603. Engineering and Design. Hydraulic Design of Spillways. CECW-EH-D. Portland, Oregon No
13 Jansen, R.E. 1988 Editor. Advanced Dam Engineering for Design Construction and Rehabilitation. Van Nostrand Reinhold. No
14 Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Yakima Tribes. 1996. The Columbia River Anadromous Fish Restoration Plan, Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit. CRITFC Portland, Oregon No

Section 7. Abstract


This solicitation is a request to fund an Environmental Science Analysis using a new approach, Wheels, Pools and Falls (WPF), to modification of the hydroelectric projects. WPF addresses the fish passage and water quality problems associated with the dams identified in the Fish and Wildlife Program, the NMFS Biological Opinion, the Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit and the Multi-Species Framework. Analysis of natural pools and falls environments will be used to determine appropriate ranges of dimensions to provide safe passage and meet water quality and quantity requirements. This information will be used to develop environmental conceptual designs for the eight Lower Snake and Columbia River Dams. Biological and engineering principles will be applied to the environmental designs to assure that they meet biological and engineering standards. A Cost/ Benefit Analysis will be done and a Research Plan and a Plan of Action will be developed. The Analysis will take up to three years to complete. The first year will test and confirm the feasibility of the WPF concept along ecological, engineering and budget constraints. The second and third years will depend on the findings of the first and will address issues raised and detail the Plan of Action. Implementation of the WPF Plan of Action is expected to take up to 20 years. SMR will draw on CRITFC and Agency Specialists for advice, review, evaluation and information for the Analysis.

Reviews and Recommendations

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

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