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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 Evaluate Bull Trout Population Status/N.F. Clearwater R - IDFG
BPA Project Proposal Number 20148
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Nez Perce Tribe
Business acronym (if appropriate) IDFG/NPT

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Tim Cochnauer
Mailing Address 1540 Warner Ave
City, State, Zip Lewiston, ID 83501
Phone 2087995010
Fax 2087995012
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Mountain Snake
Subbasin Clearwater
Short Description Evaluate distribution, habitat use, and movment patterns of bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus) in the N.F. Clearwater River drainage, including Dworshak Reservoir.
Target Species Bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus)

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: 10.1c.3, 10.3c.6, 10.1c.1
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: None
Other Planning Document References State of Idaho Bull Trout Conservation Plan, Idaho Department of Fish and Game Management Plan, 1996-2000, Columbia Basin Authority Draft Multi-year Implementation Plan, Evaluation of Current Environmental Conditions and Operations of Dworshak Reservoir, Clearwater River, Idaho, and an Analysis of Fisheries Management Alternatives

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
8709900 Dworshak Dam Impacts Assessment and Fisheries Investigation Assessing entrainment of fish through Dworshak Dam and testing alternatives to reduce loss No
8740700 Dworshak Impacts/M&E Biological-Integrated Rule Curves Assessing impact of present rule curves and their impacts on the biological communities in Dworshak Reservoir No
9501600 Genetic Inventory of Westslope Cutthroat Trout in the N.F. Clearwater Basin Sampling procedures for cutthroat trout provides information on distribution of bull trout in drainage. No
9405400 Bull Trout Studies in Central and N.E. Oregon Study methods and protocols between studies are similar, and thus comparison between basins may lead to identification of regional patterns. No
20148 Evaluate Bull Trout Population Status / N.F. Clearwater River - IDFG Yes
20147 Evaluate Bull Trout Population Status / N.F Clearwater River - NPT Yes
20557 Evaluate Bull Trout Population Status / N.F. Clearwater River - NPT & IDFG Yes

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Identify bull trout subpopulations and determine the status of the bull trout subpopulations in North Fork Clearwater River drainage. a. Tag juvenile and adult bull trout in the reservoir and throughout the N.F. Clearwater River basin and observe movements and spawning behaviors
1. b. Observe temporal habitat use (i.e., spawning, early rearing, wintering) and critical migratory corridors. Define spawning, early rearing, and winter habitat characteristics. Define critical migratory corridors.
1. c. Determine distribution of bull trout. Estimate population structure . Conduct redd counts and identify breeding individuals. Assess conditon and growth
2. Identify how bull trout use and are affected by Dworshak Reservoir and operations a. Monitor radio/sonic-tagged bull trout in reservoir and drainage by watercraft, aircraft and/or road vehicle.
2. b. Monitor seasonal use of reservoir in relation to dam operation with emphasis on migratory corridors into and out of the reservoir.
3. Develop and implement strategies to protect and perpetuate bull trout populations in the North Fork Clearwater River drainage a. Coordinate with other sponsored projects in the North Fork Clearwater River drainage to determine risks to bull trout populations.
3. b. Implement strategies developed in Task 3a.
3. c. Monitor and evaluate strategies implemented in Task 3b.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 01/01/00 12/01/05 Identification of populations and population viability Completion of data collection phase 50.0%
2 01/01/00 12/01/05 Identification of reservoir use and effects on population viability Completion of data collection phase 50.0%
3 06/01/05 12/01/05 Development of strategies to protect and perpetuate bull trout Assessment of risks to population 0.0%
4 01/01/06 12/01/06 Implementation, evaluation and monitoring Viable bull trout population  

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel Fishery biologist & technician $ 47,529
Fringe @36.5% $ 17,348
Supplies Boat fuel, nets, marking supplies, waders, radio tags $ 18,300
Operating Travel, vehicle rental, flights, per diem $ 21,700
Capital Fixed and portable radio tag receiver, PIT scanner, outboard motor $ 23,500
PIT tags 200 $ 580
Travel Meetings $ 2,000
Indirect Administrative @22.5% $ 23,963
Total Itemized Budget $154,920

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $154,920
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $154,920
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
IDFG Supervision, field assistance, monitoring below dam by electroshocking $ 26,920 unknown
USFS Assistance in stream collections $ 12,000 unknown


Outyear Budget Totals

2001 2002 2003 2004
All Phases $174,600 $182,000 $191,400 $130,000
Total Outyear Budgets $174,600 $182,000 $191,400 $130,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: ESA permitting

Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Bisson, P.A. and others. 1998. Report of the Independent Scientific Review Panel. ISRP 98-1. Report to Northwest Power Planning Council. Portland, OR No
Bjornn, T.C., and J. Mallet. 1964. Movement of planted and wild trout in an Idaho river system. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 93:70-76. No
Carl, L. 1985. Management plan for bull trout in Alberta. In:MacDonald, D.D., ed. Proceedings of the Flathead River basin bull trout biology and population dynamics modeling information exchange. Cranbrook, BC: British Columbia Ministry of Environment. No
Cannon, W. 1970. Dworshak Fisheries Study. Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Annnual Report DSS 29. Lewiston, ID No
Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority. 1997. Draft multi-year implementation plan for resident fish protection, enhancement, and mitigation in the Columbia River Basin. CBFWA Tech. Planning Document. Portland, OR No
Cramer, S.P., C.W. Huntington, and C.R. Steward. 1993. Harvest of Anadromous Fisheries Lost by the Nez Perce Indian Tribe as a Result of the Lewiston and Harpster Dams in the Clearwater Basin. S.P. Cramer and Associates. Gresham, OR. No
Lindland, R.L. 1987. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Regional Fish Management Investigations. F-71-11. Lewiston, ID. No
Pratt, K.L. 1992. A review of bull trout life history. In: Howell, P.J. and D.V. Buchanan eds. Proceedings of the Gearhart Mountain bull trout workshop. (August) Oregon Chapter, American Fisheries Society, Corvallis, OR No
Ratliff, D.E., and Howell, P.J. 1992. The status of bull trout populations in Oregon. In: Howell, P.J.; Buchanan, D.V., eds. Proceedings of the Gearhart Mountain bull trout workshops; 1992 August; Gearhart Mountain, OR. Corvallis, OR. No
Schriever, E. and T. Cochnauer. 1996. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Regional Fish Management Investigations. F-71-R-17. Lewiston, ID No
Shepard, B.; Pratt, K.; Graham, P. 1984b. Life histories of westslope cutthroat and bull trout in the upper Flathead River basin, Montana. Kalispell, MT: Montana Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Parks. 85 p. No
Statler, D.P. 1988. Dworshak Reservoir investigations – Trout, bass and forage species. Annual Report to BPA, Contract No. De-A179-87B35165. Nez Perce Department of Fisheries Resource Management. Orofino, ID No
Rieman, B.E.; McIntyre, J.D. 1993. Demographic and habitat requirements for conservation of bull trout. Gen. Tech. Rep. IN-302. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. 38 p. No

Section 7. Abstract


Little information is known about bull trout Salvelinus confluentus in the North Fork Clearwater River drainage. Surveys conducted by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Nez Perce Tribe and other agencies have documented these fish in several streams and in Dworshak Reservoir. Historically, prior to the construction of Dworshak Dam, bull trout interfaced with bull trout from other streams with the Clearwater River system, perpetuating genetic interchange throughout the drainage. The role Dworshak Dam and reservoir play in the life history of bull trout in the North Fork is unknown. This study is designed to address life history in the North Fork Clearwater River and how, when and where bull trout use Dworshak Reservoir. Entrainment of bull trout through Dworshak Dam will be assessed by monitoring radio-tagged fish and other physical marks. Recent studies in southern Idaho reservoirs have documented movement of bull trout downstream past dams. The significance of these losses is unknown, but could be important to viability of the population. Radio tags will be inserted in bull trout captured both in the reservoir and selected streams upstream of the reservoir. The movement of these fish will be monitored throughout the life of the tags to determine distribution in drainage. The study will be conducted over a four year period of time in concert with the Nez Perce Tribe (see umbrella/companion project)

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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