Return to Proposal Finder FY 2000 Proposal 20557

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 Evaluate Bull Trout Population Status/N.F. Clearwater R. - NPT & IDFG
BPA Project Proposal Number 20557
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Nez Perce Tribe / Idaho Department of Fish and Game -- UMBRELLA
Business acronym (if appropriate) NPT

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Dana Weigel
Mailing Address 3404 Highway 12
City, State, Zip Orofino, ID 83544
Phone 2084769502
Fax 2084760719
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:
Other Planning Document References Section of the Resident Fish Multi-Year Implementation Plan for the Lower Snake Subregion (CBFWA 1997) calls for the need to ensure population levels of native fish in Dworshak and its tributaries are above minimum viable population size. Two documents evaluating the resident fish mitigation program in Dworshak Reservoir have identified the need for life history, habitat use, and effects of Reservoir operations on bull trout in the NF Clearwater basin. These studies also discuss the predator – prey relationship between introduced kokanee salmon and bull trout, and the beneficial effects of enhancing the kokanee populations on bull trout (Bennett 1997; Fickeisen and Geist 1993). The State of Idaho Bull Trout Conservation Plan (Idaho of Idaho1996) and IDGF's Mangement Plan (IDFG 1996) also address the need for bull trout protections.

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
9501600 Genetic Inventory Westslope Cutthroat Trout Assessment of a native trout species in N.F. Clearwater River Drainage-- has identified distributions of bull trout in the basin and collected incidental observations on habitat use, developed methodologies to collect habitat and fish data in the basin. No
8740700 Dworshak Impacts/M&E and Bio-Int Rule Curves Assessment of reservoir operations on fish populations in Reservoir-- has compiled baseline data on fish distribution in the reservoir and identified temperature and oxygen conditions that could act as barrier to migration into upper basin. No
8709900 Dworshak Impacts Assessment Assessment of entrainment- identifed the needed to assess the potential and impact of entrainment on reservoir fish associated with operations. 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
20147 Evaluate Bull Trout Population Status / N.F Clearwater River - NPT Yes
20148 Evaluate Bull Trout Population Status / N.F. Clearwater River - IDFG 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 the North Fork Clearwater River. a. Tag juvenile and adult bull trout in the reservoir and throughout the North Fork 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 (presence/absence). Estimate population structure (YOY densities). Conduct redd counts and identify breeding individuals. Assess condition and growth
2. Identify how Dworshak Reservoir and operations affect bull trout. a. Track bull trout use of Reservoir.
2. b. Identify movement in and out of the reservoir -seasonal trends, use of migratory corridors.
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 subpopulations
3. b. Implement strategies identified in Task 3a.
3. c. Monitor and evaluate strategies implemented.

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 reservior use and effects on populations 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 the populations  
3 01/01/06 Implementation, evaluation, and monitoring Viable bull trout populations  

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel see IDFG & NPT subproposals $ 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

Organization Item or service provided Amount Cash or In-Kind
see IDFG subproposal $ 0 unknown


Outyear Budget Totals

Not applicable  

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Initiation of bull trout data collection is dependent on acceptance and approval of study plan and design by USFWS. A study plan and design will be submitted following ESA permit guidelines in 1999 to start fieldwork as scheduled in 2000.

Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Allendorf, F.W. and R.F. Leary. 1988. Conservation and distribution of genetic variation in polytypic species, the cutthroat trout. Conservation Biology. 2:170-184. No
Bennett, D.H. 1997. Evaluation of current environmental and conditions and operations at Dworshak Reservoir, Clearwater River, ID and an analysis of fisheries mitigation alternatives. Final Report to the Army Corp of Engineers. Walla Walla, WA. No
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
Fickeisen, D.H. and D.R. Geist. 1993. Resident fish planning Dworshak Reservoir, Lake Roosevelt, and Lake Pend Oreille. Project No. 93.026. Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, OR. 45pp. No
Idaho Department of Fish and Game. 1996. Idaho Department of Fish and Game's fish management plan 1996-2000. Boise, ID. No
Lindland, R.L. 1987. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Regional Fish Management Investigations. F-71-11. Lewiston, ID. No
Northwest Power Planning Council. 1994. Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. Report 94-48. Portland, OR. 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., K. Pratt, and P. Graham. 1984. 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
State of Idaho. 1996. Governor Batt's Bull trout conservation plan. Office of the Governor. Boise, ID 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

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 in the drainage and in Dworshak Reservoir. However, the role Dworshak Dam and reservoir play in the life history of bull trout in the North Fork is unknown. Section 10.1C of the Councils Fish and Wildlife Program empowers fisheries managers to complete assessments of resident fish losses and gains related to the construction of each hydropower facility throughout the Columbia River Basin, and BPA to fund the completion of these resident fish assessments and identify the need for mitigation actions. As comanagers, the Nez Perce Tribe and Idaho Department of Fish and Game have identified the need to assess the losses and/or gains of bull trout in the North Fork Clearwater River related to the construction and operation of Dworshak Dam and associated reservoir. Baseline information on bull trout populations in the North Fork Clearwater River that is needed to assess the effect of the construction and operation of Dworshak Dam and Reservoir and develop strategies to protect and perpetuate the population(s) does not exist. We propose collecting bull trout movement and life-history information in the North Fork Clearwater River and Dworshak Reservoir over the next five years to assess 1) the role Dworshak Reservoir plays in movement patterns throughout the drainage, 2) the status (viability) of bull trout population(s) in the drainage system, and 3) the need for additional mitigative actions. Radiotags will be inserted in bull trout captured both in the reservoir and selected streams upstream of the reservoir. The movement of these fish, and information on the distribution and population structure of bull trout in the upper basin will be used to identify subpopulations, critical habitat, how, when and where bull trout use Dworshak Reservoir, and if use of the reservoir affects population viability.

Reviews and Recommendations

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