Return to Proposal Finder FY 2000 Proposal 20514

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

Reviews and Recommendations
Title Type File Size File Date

Section 1. General Administrative Information

Title of Project Proposal John Day River Umbrella
BPA Project Proposal Number 20514
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Business acronym (if appropriate) ODFW

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Tony Nigro
Mailing Address P.O. Box 59
City, State, Zip Portland, OR 97207
Phone 5038725310
Fax 5038725632
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Columbia Plateau
Subbasin John Day
Short Description Increase egg to adult survival of wild salmonids and decrease pre-spawning mortality of adult spring chinook. The research portion of this proposal is to aid in development of bull trout recovery strategies.
Target Species Target is wild spring chinook salmon, wild summer steelhead (proposed for listing as threatened), and bull trout (listed as threatened). Other species that will benefit are westslope cutthroat trout (petitioned for listing), lamprey, and redband rainbow

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: 4.3C, 7.1C, 7.6, 7.7, 7.8, 7.10, 7.10A.2, 7.10A.3
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses:
Other Planning Document References ”Integrated System Plan for Salmon and Steelhead Production in the Columbia River Basin,” CBFWA 1990. “John Day River Basin: Recommended Salmon and Steelhead Improvement Measures,” CTUIR 1984. “John Day River Basin Fish Habitat Improvement Implementation Plan,” ODFW 1987. “John Day River Subbasin Salmon and Steelhead Production Plan” ODFW, CTUIR, and CTWSI, 1990. “County Court for the State of Oregon for Grant County,” Decision and Order #92-22: Riparian Management Policy 1992. “Upper John Day River Basin Master Water Plan Working Paper,” Bureau of Reclamation, 1990. “Malheur National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan,” Malheur National Forest 1990. “Stream Restoration Program for the Upper Mainstem Subbasin of the John Day River,” Oregon Water Resources Department 1992. “WY-KAN-USH-MI-WA-KISH-WIT,” Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, 1995. “PATH Project and Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority’s Multi-Year Implementation Plan,” CBFWA, 1997.

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

Year Accomplishment
1985 Completion of John Day River chinook salmon study
1985 Beginning of John Day River habitat enhancement project
1998 Beginning of John Day River natural escapement study as part of PATH
1997 John Day River Fish Screens

Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

Project ID Title Description Umbrella
9600800 PATH Data collected by project #9801600 will be used by PATH No
9012 Mitigate Effects of Runoff & Erosion on Salmonid Habitat in Pine Hollow Watershed Council Project that should improve water quality and steelhead habitat No
9045 Eliminate Gravel Push-up Dams on Lower North Fork John Day River Watershed Council project that will improve fish passage and screening and promote more efficient use of water No
9137 John Day Watershed Restoration Remove gravel push-up dams, install more efficient irrigation systems, monitor water temperatures No
9303800 North Fork John Day Riparian Fencing Construct riparian fencing to control livestock grazing No
9605300 North Fork John Day River Dredge Tailings Restoration Reclaim historic dredge tailings to re-establish flood-plain function No
8402100 John Day River Habitat Yes
9801600 Natural Escapement-John Day River Yes
9306600 John Day River Fish Screens Yes
20514 John Day River Umbrella Yes
9405400 Oregon Bull/Cutthroat Trout Research Yes

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Improve wild salmonid egg to adult survival a. Install and maintain fish screens on unscreened irrigation diversions and replace existing fish screens that do not meet current NMFS criteria for approach velocities, mesh size, and smolt bypass systems
1. b. Improve riparian and instream habitat by constructing and maintaining riparian corridor fences and installing and maintaining instream structures where appropriate
2. Reduce pre-spawning mortality of adult spring chinook salmon a. Decrease water temperatures in the John Day River and tributaries by improving riparian habitat conditions
3. Monitor escapement and productivity of spring chinook salmon a. Assess natural escapement and productivity of spring chinook salmon
3. b. Compare survival rates of John Day spring chinook to other Columbia and Snake river spring chinook
4. Assess life history and distribution of bull trout in upper John Day River a. Implant radio tags and PIT tags in appropriately sized bull trout and monitor movements
4. b. Determine genetic profile of bull trout in John Day basin
5. Prepare and distribute progress reports and special reports of significant findings. a. Present significant research findings through the PATH process and at fisheries professional society meetings, publish results
6. Monitor effectiveness of habitat enhancement activities. a. Set up photo-points, water temperature monitoring sites, and surveys (neotropical birds, vegetation, and spawning fish) to determine effectiveness of riparian recovery

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 10/01/85 09/01/09 Increase densities of spring chinook and summer steelhead redds observed during annual spawning surveys Annual spawning escapement estimates of 7,000 spring chinook adults, and 17, 038 summer steelhead  
2 10/01/85 09/01/09 Decrease pre-spawning mortality of adult spring chinook salmon Improve inbasin survival to at least 95%  
3 08/01/98 07/01/03 Monitor escapement and productivity of spring chinook Complete intensive and extensive surveys each year  
4 07/01/97 06/01/01 Assess bull trout life history, genetics, and distribution Collect scales, finclips and implant radio tags in appropriately sized bull trout, determine recovery strategies  
5 07/01/97 06/01/01 Prepare and distribute progress reports and special reports of significant findings. Present significant research findings through the PATH process and at fisheries professional society meetings, publish results  
6 07/01/97 06/01/09 Monitor effectiveness of habitat enhancement activities Set up photopoints, survey units, temperature monitoring sites, to determine effectiveness of riparian recovery  

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel $ 0
Fringe $ 0
Supplies $ 0
Total Itemized Budget $ 0

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $ 0
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $ 0
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: If steelhead are listed as threatened, a biological opinion will need to be issued by NMFS. A biological opinion has been issued by USFWS for work in bull trout streams.

Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Lindsay, R. B., W. J. Knox, M.W. Flesher, B. J. Smith, E. A. Olsen, L. S. Lutz. 1986. Study of wild spring chinook salmon in the John Day River system. Final Report. Bonnevile Power Administration Project 79-4. 119pp. No
ODFW, CTUIR, CTWSI. 1990. Columbia Basin System Planning Salmon and Steelhead Production Plan, John Day River Subbasin. Northwest Power Planning Council. 116pp. No
Buchanan, D. V., M. L. Hanson, R. M. Hooton. 1997. Status of Oregon’s bull trout. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Portland. No
Chilcote, M. W. 1998. Conservation status of steelhead in Oregon. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Portland, Oregon. 108pp. No
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. 1984. Recommended salmon and steelhead improvement measures for the John Day River basin. Pendleton, Oregon. No
Rhodes, J., McCullogh and Espinoza. 1994. A coarse screening process for evaluation fo the effects of land management activities on salmon spawning and rearing habitat. Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission Technical Report. No
Stuart, A., M. Lacy, S. Williams. 1987. John Day River fish habitat project implementation plan. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Portland, Oregon. No
Beamesderfer, R. C., H. A. Schaller, M. P. Zimmerman, C. E. Petrosky, O. P. Langness, and L. LaVoy. 1997. Spawner-recruit data for spring and summer chinook salmon populations in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Report from ODFW, IDFG, and WDFW to BPA. No
Schreck, C. B., H.W. Li, R.C. Hjort, and C.S. Sharpe. 1986. Stock identification of Columbia River chinook salmon and steelhead trout. Final Report to BPA, Contract DE-A179-83BP13499, Project 83-451, 184 p. No
ODFW. 1987. U.S. v. Oregon John Day River steelhead and spring chinook production report. Portland, Oregon. 55pp. No
Platts, W. S. 1991. Livestock grazing. American Fisheries Society Special Publication 19:389-424. No
Carmichael, R. W. 1998. Statement of work. John Day basin spring chinook salmon escapement and productivity monitoring. ODFW. Portland, Oregon No

Section 7. Abstract


The purpose of these projects is to improve survival of salmon, steelhead, and bull trout by improving habitat, preventing smolts from being diverted into irrigation ditches and improving mainstem Columbia River passage conditions. Habitat improvement projects have been and will continue to be accomplished by constructing riparian corridor fences to improve livestock grazing management, creating fish passage at identified barriers and by installing instream habitat structures. Additional improvements in livestock grazing management will result in increase riparian vegetation, increased habitat diversity, more stable streambanks, cooler water temperatures, and extension of the cool water plume farther downstream. Many fish screens within the John Day River basin were installed nearly 40 years ago and do not meet NMFS criteria for approach velocities, mesh size, or smolt bypass systems because they were designed primarily to protect smolts. Results to date include installation or replacement of 57 fish screens, 66 miles of treated stream, 1,503 acres of riparian habitat, planting 7,450 riparian trees or shrubs, installing 3,040 instream structures and constructing three fish passage structures. These fish passage structures have opened access to an additional 72 miles of stream. Spring chinook redd counts on the mainstem John Day River and Middle Fork John Day River have shown an upward trend for the last 20 years, which we believe can be attributed to improved habitat and improved fish screens on irrigation diversions. Collecting information on the population status, life history and other data from wild spring chinook will enable managers to determine which strategies will result in the best mainstem Columbia River passage conditions using the PATH Project. Escapement will be estimated by counting all redds observed during extensive and multiple surveys for spawning chinook salmon. Scales will be collected from all spawned out carcasses. Age structure will be used to determine progeny-to-parent production and brood year strength. Collecting information on the population status, life history and migration characteristics of bull trout and westslope cutthroat in the John Day River will enable managers to determine strategies for protection and rehabilitation of this depressed population. All fish large enough will be pit-tagged to estimate abundance and recapture rates. Larger fish will be radio tagged and movements monitored to determine habitat preference and distribution throughout the spring, summer, and fall. In order to develop population recovery strategies and determine population boundaries, the genetic profile of both species will also be studied.

Reviews and Recommendations

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