Return to Proposal Finder FY 2000 Proposal 198605000

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 White Sturgeon Mitigation and Restoration in the Columbia and Snake Rivers
BPA Project Proposal Number 198605000
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 David Ward
Mailing Address 17330 SE Evelyn St.
City, State, Zip Clackamas, OR 97015
Phone 5036572000 402
Fax 5036576823
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Mainstem/Systemwide
Subbasin Systemwide
Short Description Restore and mitigate for hydrosystem-caused loss of white sturgeon productivity through intensive fisheries management, supplementation, and modified hydrosystem operation. Assess success of mitigation efforts, and assess losses in unstudied areas.
Target Species White Sturgeon

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: 10.4A.1; 10.4A.2; 10.4A.3; 10.4A.8; 10.4A.9
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: Biological Opinion on White Sturgeon Restoration and Monitoring Activities in the Mainstem Columbia River and Lower Snake River, October 1998-December 2003 (October 13, 1998)
Other Planning Document References Multi-Year Implementation Plan,; Columbia River Fish Management Plan (US v. Oregon); Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit, Technical Recommendations; White Sturgeon Management Framework (PSMFC)

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

Year Accomplishment
1988 Developed methodologies: Habitat mapping and modeling; capture gears for various life stages; marking and aging techniques.
1992 Determined that dams limit movements of white sturgeon and have functionally isolated populations in mainstem Columbia River reservoirs.
1992 Described population dynamics and found them to be unique in each reservoir.
1992 Found population productivity to be 10-100 times higher downstream from Bonneville Dam than in Bonneville, The Dalles, or John Day reservoirs.
1992 Identified reduced flows and subsequent poor recruitment as the key factor limiting white sturgeon productivity in impoundments.
1992 Determined reservoirs provide large areas of suitable habitat for juvenile and adult white sturgeon, but compensatory population responses may reduce productivity if carrying capacity is exceeded.
1992 Determined over-fishing had occurred in the three lowermost reservoirs of the Columbia. Described appropriate exploitation rates under the reduced productivity resulting from the development and operation of the hydrosystem.
1997 Demonstrated increased abundance of white sturgeon in The Dalles and John Day reservoirs. Some of this recovery was attributable to intensive harvest management and reduced exploitation.
1997 Transplanted white sturgeon to The Dalles Reservoir and demonstrated survival and growth of those fish one and two years later.
1997 Completed initial population estimates for white sturgeon in Ice Harbor, Little Goose, and Lower Monumental reservoirs.
1997 Determined that white sturgeon larvae are susceptible to gas bubble trauma in laboratory experiments.
1998 Developed habitat maps and flow-habitat models for the Columbia River up to Priest Rapids Dam.
1998 Used index sampling to develop initial descriptions of white sturgeon populations in Rock Island Reservoir, Lake Rufus Woods, and Lake Roosevelt.
1998 Documented presence of species-specific viral pathogens in wild Columbia River white sturgeon.
1998 Developed two indices to index the relative abundance for age-0 white sturgeon.
1998 Determined that hydropeaking at The Dalles Dam displaces white sturgeon eggs and larvae from incubation areas

Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

Project ID Title Description Umbrella
8806400 Kootenai River White Sturgeon Studies and Conservation Aquaculture Complementary work to restore white sturgeon isolated outside the geographical bounds of project 8605000. No
8806500 Kootenai River Fisheries Investigations Complementary work to study and restore white sturgeon isolated outside the geographical bounds of project 8605000. No
9700900 Evaluate Means of Rebuilding White Sturgeon Populations in the Snake River Complementary work to study and restore white sturgeon outside the geographical bounds of project 8605000. No
9093 Consumptive Sturgeon Fishery - Hells Canyon and Oxbow Reservoirs Complementary work to restore white sturgeon outside the geographical bounds of project 8605000. No
9502700 Assess Limiting Factors of the Lake Roosevelt White Sturgeon Population Results from project 8605000 will guide restoration methods used by project 9502700. No
9084 Assessing Genetic Variation Among Columbia Basin White Sturgeon Populations Genetic analyses from project 9084 will be used to guide supplementation and propagation developed by project 8605000. No
9603201 Begin Implementation of Year 1 of the K-Pool Master Plan Program Propagation techniques developed as part of project 8605000 will be used by project 9603201. No
9600800 PATH-Participation by State & Tribal Agencies Yes
8810804 Streamnet: The Northwest Aquatic Information Network Yes
9705909 Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites in Oregon - Mitchell Point Yes
9705911 Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites in Oregon - Irrigon WMA Addition Yes
9705904 Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites in Oregon - Horn Butte Yes
9705900 Securing Wildlife Mitigation Sites in Oregon Yes
9079 Inventory Resident Fish in Bonneville, The Dalles, & John Day Reservoirs Yes
9105 Determine if Salmon Are Successfully Spawning Below Lower Columbia Dams Yes
8712700 Smolt Monitoring by Non-Federal Agencies Yes
8201300 Coded Wire Tag Recovery Program Yes
8906900 Annual Coded Wire Tag Program - Missing Production Oregon Hatcheries Yes
9306000 Evaluate Columbia River Select Area Fisheries Yes
20515 Mainstem Columbia River Umbrella Proposal Yes
9007700 Northern Pikeminnow Management Program Yes

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Develop and implement mitigation actions that do not involve changes to hydrosystem operation and configuration. a. Transplant approximately 10,000 juvenile white sturgeon from areas downstream from Bonneville Dam to The Dalles and John Day reservoirs (ODFW).
1. b. Collect, hold, and spawn wild white sturgeon to produce age-specific cohorts and evaluate the feasibility of using artificial propagation as a mitigation tool (CRITFC).
1. c. Conduct laboratory experiments to determine the size at which artificially-propagated sturgeon should be stocked to avoid predation (USGS).
1. d. Continue intensive fisheries management and monitoring of harvest in Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day reservoirs (WDFW, ODFW, and CRITFC).
2. Develop and implement mitigation actions that involve changes to hydrosystem operation and configuration. a. Describe the effects of daily dam operations on spawning by white sturgeons by using telemetry to monitor behavior of pre-spawn and spawning fish (USGS).
2. b. Describe the effects of dam operations on recruitment by correlating habitat measures with indices of recruitment (USGS and USFWS).
2. c. Describe the potential effect of proposed reservoir drawdowns on the physical habitat available for white sturgeons in John Day, Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose, and Lower Granite reservoirs (USGS).
3. Monitor and evaluate actions to mitigate for lost white sturgeon production due to development, operation, and configuration of the hydropower system. a. Determine if the indices developed from trawling and gillnetting follow similar trends with changes in densities that result from variable recruitment (WDFW and USGS).
3. b. Describe annual variation in white sturgeon recruitment from catches of age-0 fish in 24-hour gill net sets (2 inch stretched mesh) in The Dalles, John Day, McNary, Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, and Little Goose reservoirs (WDFW, ODFW, and CRITFC).
4. Assess losses to white sturgeon productivity caused by development and operation of the hydrosystem. a. Determine if reduced turbidity caused by hydropower system development influences predation on age-0 white sturgeons (USGS).
4. b. Determine sex, maturational status, and reproductive potential of sturgeon in impounded and unimpounded reaches and correlate disease load with reproductive fitness (ODFW).

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 10/01/97 Increased abundance of white sturgeon through supplementation, artificial propagation, and intensive management. 50.0%
2 10/01/97 Increased productivity of white sturgeon through optimal hydrosystem operation. 14.0%
3 10/01/97 Documentation of increased abundance and productivity. 30.0%
4 10/01/97 09/01/02 Assessment of hydrosystem impacts on productivity. Complete research by 2002 6.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel ODFW = $187,789 WDFW = $228,900 USGS = $203,005 USFWS = $35,237 CRITFC = $83,946 $738,877
Fringe ODFW = $76,993 WDFW = $59,200 USGS = $60,901 USFWS = $8,780 CRITFC = $26,443 $232,317
Supplies ODFW = $14,160 WDFW =$4,300 USGS = $19,600 USFWS = $700 CRITFC = $3,400 $ 42,160
Operating ODFW = $46,645 WDFW = $26,700 USGS = $42,760 USFWS = $0 CRITFC = $7,542 $123,647
Travel ODFW = $28,803 WDFW = $36,300 USGS = $5,200 USFWS = $0 CRITFC = $6,250 $ 76,553
Indirect ODFW = $125,808 WDFW = $71,100 USGS = $125,957 USFWS = $15,293 CRITFC = $47,406 $385,564
Subcontractor Yakama Indian Nation (from CRITFC) $ 48,885
Subcontractor Abernathy Salmon Technology Center (from CRITFC) $125,641
Subcontractor Oregon State University (from ODFW) $100,517
Subcontractor NMFS (from ODFW) $ 45,000
Total Itemized Budget $1,919,161

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $1,919,161
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $1,919,161
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
ODFW Personnel, office supplies $100,059 unknown
WDFW Personnel, vehicles, office supplies $187,660 unknown
USGS Personnel, field supplies, computer support $ 13,723 unknown
USFWS Personnel, travel $ 3,312 unknown
CRITFC $ 0 unknown


Outyear Budget Totals

2001 2002 2003 2004
All Phases $1,950,000 $1,950,000 $1,500,000 $1,500,000
Total Outyear Budgets $1,950,000 $1,950,000 $1,500,000 $1,500,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: If the project is funded, no substantial constraints are likely. Possible constraints include delays in NMFS consultations, and coordination of supplementation and propagation activities.

Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Beamesderfer, R. C. and A. A. Nigro, editors. 1993. Status and habitat requirements of white sturgeon populations in the Columbia River downstream from McNary Dam. Final Report to Bonneville Power Administration Contract No. DE-A179-86BP63584 No
Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority. 1997. Multi-year implementation plan for the protection, restoration, and enhancement of Columbia River Basin fish and wildlife resources. Presented to the Northwest Power Planning Council, Portland, OR. No
Columbia River Fish Management Plan. 1988. (An agreement ordered by the Unites States District Court for the District of Oregon in the case of United States et al. v. Oregon et al., Civ. 68-153), as amended by the Court, Portland, OR. No
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. 1995. Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit ; The Columbia River Anadromous Fish Restoration Plan of the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs, and Yakama Tribes, Volume 1., Portland, OR. No
Craig, J. A., and R. L. Hacker. 1940. Sturgeon fishery of Columbia River Basin. Bulletin of the Bureau of Fisheries 49:204-208. No
DeVore, J. D., B. Parker, R. C. P. Beamesderfer, and T. A. Rien. 1998. A review of alternatives for the restoration and management of white sturgeon populations and fisheries in the Columbia River between Bonneville and McNary dams. WDFW. No
Fickeisen, D. H., D. A. Neitzel, and D. D. Dauble. 1984. White sturgeon research needs: workshops results. Division of Fish and Wildlife, Bonneville Power Administration, U. S. Department of Energy, Portland, OR. No
Hedrick, R. P., T. S. McDowell, J. M. Groff, S. Yun, and W. H. Wingfield. 1992. Isolation and some properties of an iridovirus-like agent from white sturgeon Acipenser transmontanus. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 12:75-81. No
McCabe, G. T., Jr. and C. A. Tracy 1994. Spawning and early life history of white sturgeon, Acipenser transmontanus, in the lower Columbia River. Fishery Bulletin 92:760-772. No
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. 1992. White sturgeon management framework plan. Portland, OR. No
Parsley, M.J., and L.G. Beckman. 1994. White Sturgeon spawning and rearing habitat in the lower Columbia River. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 14:812-827. No

Section 7. Abstract


Reviews and Recommendations

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

ISRP Preliminary Review , ISRP 99-2 Recommendation:
Jun 15, 1999
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Recommendation: Fund. Review in two years. At that time the proposers should have participated in writing an umbrella proposal for all the white sturgeon projects in the basin. Project leaders should develop a long-term strategy and should present a plan to show how they are cumulatively moving towards objectives. Project leaders should invite an independent scientific review and produce a peer-reviewed synthesis on the state of the science on Columbia River white sturgeon.

Comments: This is a component of a long-term (since 1986) project on population status, mitigation and restoration of white sturgeon stocks in the Basin, with focus on the lower mainstem reservoirs. It is part of the Umbrella project "Mainstem Columbia River Umbrella Proposal" and demonstrates significant collaborative effort, and clearly addresses the needs set out in the Fish and Wildlife program. The investigators have coordinated a logical sequence of projects that have addressed leading questions about the status and ecology of white sturgeon. They have been diligent in publishing their results in peer-review scientific literature. However, the cost is high and the ISRP's 1998 recommendation for an independent review of white sturgeon in the Basin has not occurred. Long-term goals and strategies are not clearly presented. The methods are presented in too general terms and because of this it is often not possible to evaluate the specifics of the approaches described. What they propose to do to meet objectives is clearly stated but details on experimental design and exactly how they are proposing to approach each task are lacking. Task 4b contains the type of detail that would have been useful in evaluating the other tasks .

CBFWA: Resident Fish Review Comments Recommendation:
Aug 20, 1999
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Screening Criteria: yes

Technical Criteria: yes

Programmatic Criteria: yes

Milestone Criteria: no- It was never intended to be a perpetual project, it doesn't have an overall framework, and there is no loss statement.

CBFWA Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
Aug 20, 1999

NWPPC Funding Recommendation , NWPPC 2000-6 Recommendation:
Mar 1, 2000
[Decision made in 9-22-99 Council Meeting]

NW Power and Conservation Council's FY 2006 Project Funding Review Funding category:
May 2005
FY05 NPCC Start of Year:
FY06 NPCC Staff Preliminary:
FY06 NPCC July Draft Start of Year:
Sponsor (ODFW) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

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