Return to Proposal Finder FY 2000 Proposal 198805301

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 Northeast Oregon Hatchery Master Plan
BPA Project Proposal Number 198805301
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Nez Perce Tribe
Business acronym (if appropriate) NPT
 

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Becky Ashe
Mailing Address P.O. Box 365
City, State, Zip Lapwai, ID 83501
Phone 2088437320
Fax 2088432351
E-mail beckya@nezperce.org
 
Manager of program authorizing this project
 
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Blue Mountain
Subbasin Grande Ronde
 
Short Description Plan and develop conservation production facilities in the Imnaha and Grande Ronde rivers necessary to implement salmon recovery programs for native, ESA listed, steelhead, spring and fall chinook and reintroduction of coho and sockeye salmon.
Target Species spring and fall chinook, steelhead, coho and sockeye salmon


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: 7.4L.1,7.3B, 7.4A, 7.4A.2, 7.4C.1, 7.4O, 7.4O.1
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses:
Other Planning Document References Master plan for Imnaha and Grande Ronde River spring chinook (NPT, in prep.), Proposed Recovery Plan for Snake River Salmon (NMFS 1995), Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit (CRITFC 1995), Wallowa County/Nez Perce Tribe Recovery Plan, Imnaha and Grande Ronde subbasin plans, final siting reports (Montgomery Watson 1992a, 1995b), conceptual design reports (Montgomery Watson (1992b, 1995a), genetic risk assessments (Neeley et al.1993 and Neeley et al. 1994).


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
1997 Reintiated project following seven year hiatus. Hired project leader and assistant project leader.
1997 Participated in planning, design, development, and NEPA analysis of Lostine River adult trapping and acclimation facilities.
1997 Initiated development of Imnaha River spring chinook fisheries management plan with Dr. Phillip R. Mundy.
1998 Cooperatively developed management plan with ODFW and CTUIR for Imnaha and Lostine River spring chinook programs. Development of the sliding scale tool for broodstock allocation.
1998 Completed well testing at proposed incubation and rearing facility site on the Imnaha River.
1998 Completed cultural resource surveys of proposed facility sites.
1998 Hired lead writer for master planning.
1998 Finalized feasibility study on reintroduction of coho and sockeye salmon in the Grande Ronde River (Cramer and Witty 1998).
1998 Completed Imnaha River spring chinook fisheries management plan (Mundy and Witty 1998).
1998 Initiated Independent Review of Lookingglass Hatchery to meet needs of currently permitted and programmed spring chinook production.


Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

Project ID Title Description Umbrella
9801001 Grande Ronde Basin Spring Chinook Captive Broodstock O&M/M&E/Fish Health 8805301 will provide facilities to meet incubation/rearing needs for F1 generation fish from this program. No
9800702 Grande Ronde Supplementation - O&M/M&E - NPT Adult trapping and juvenile acclimation facilities will be satellites to incubation/rearing facilities provided under 8805301. No
0 LSRCP Grande Ronde spring chinook supplementation 8805301 will provide facilities to meet incubation/rearing needs for this program. No
0 LSRCP Imnaha spring chinook supplementation program 8805301 will provide facilities to meet incubation/rearing needs for this program. No
0 LSRCP Grande Ronde steelhead supplementation program 8805301 will provide facilities to refocus this program to address conservation needs. No
0 LSRCP Imnaha steelhead supplementation program 8805301 will provide facilities to meet conservation/supplementation needs for this program. No
9801007 Captive Broodstock Artificial Propagation - NPT Yes
8805301 Northeast Oregon Hatchery Master Plan - NPT Yes
9800704 Grande Ronde River O&M/M&E/ODFW Yes
9800703 Facility O & M/Program M & E for Grande Ronde Spring Chinook Salmon - CTUIR Yes
9800702 Grande Ronde Supplementation - O&M/M&E - NPT Yes
9801001 Grande Ronde Basin Spring Chinook Captive Broodstock O&M/M&E/Fish Health Yes
20556 Grande Ronde Endemic Spring Chinook Supplementation Program Yes


Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Continue planning and development of conservation facilities necessary for implementation of spring chinook restoration programs in the Imnaha and Grande Ronde rivers. a. Participate in Prelimary Design and finalization of NEPA document for proposed facilities.
1. b. Submit Preliminary Design and NEPA documents to NPPC for review.
1. c. Participate in NPPC 3-Step Review Process of Preliminary Design, NEPA analysis, and Final Design.
1. d. Participate in Final Design and development of cost estimates for proposed facilities.
2. Continue planning and development of facilities to implement coho salmon reintroduction program in lower Grande Ronde and Wallowa rivers. a. Participate in NPPC 3-Step Review Process for review and approval of master plan document.
2. b. Participate in Preliminary Design and NEPA (EIS) analysis of proposed facilities.
2. c. Develop a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation plan that is integrated with ongoing research and other monitoring and evaluation programs in the subbasin.
3. Continue planning and development of conservation facilities necessary to implement fall chinook restoration programs in the Imnaha and Grande Ronde rivers. a. Participate in NPPC 3-Step Review Process for review and approval of master plan document.
3. b. Participate in Preliminary Design and NEPA (EIS) analysis of proposed facilities.
4. Evaluate existing steelhead supplementation programs and identify options for development of conservation facilities required to implement a restoration program. a. Develop a plan for collection of baseline data from natural origin steelhead in appropriate subbasin tributaries.
4. b. Determine critical uncertainties regarding the condition of steelhead populations in the Grande Ronde and Imnaha subbasins.
4. c. Initiate review of existing production facilities and the potential for modification to meet restoration program needs.
4. d. Identify potential options for new supplementation programs and/or modification of existing LSRCP supplementation programs to implement restoration program.
4. e. Identify potential site locations for adult trapping facilities, incubation and rearing facilities, stream-side incubators, acclimation and release facilities.
5. Develop a master plan to implement sockeye salmon reintroduction program in Wallowa Lake (Grande Ronde River). a. Evaluate potential donor stocks (life history traits, availability, etc.) for reintroduction.
5. b. Address critical uncertainties and constraints to reintroduction identified in the feasibility study.
6. Coordinate planning and development of NEOH facilities with appropriate entities. a. Facilitate and participate in the NEOH Planning and Coordination Team which meets regularly to guide the project.
6. b. Cooperatively develop appropriate permit applications and biological assessments for proposed facilities
6. c. Coordinate with landowners of facility sites.
6. d. Coordinate with other co-managers, regarding relevant management issues, through U.S. v. Oregon Production Advisory Committee and Technical Advisory Committee forums
6. e. Consult with NMFS regarding the consistency of various aspects of this project with regard to recovery planning for chinook salmon in the Imnaha and Grande Ronde subbasins.
6. f. Facilitate the use of collected data with co-managers.
6. g. Prepare project budgets, statement of work, project prioritization process, project review documents.
6. h. Prepare necessary subcontracts for work to be accomplished by subcontractors.
7. Collect and analyze baseline environmental data at proposed facility site locations. a. Deploy and maintain thermographs at facility site locations to collect water temperature information.
7. b. Collect water flow and discharge data from USGS gauge stations and established transects near proposed facility sites.
8. Transfer of technology a. Prepare and provide quarterly reports summarizing activities accomplished during the quarter. Report will be submitted 15 days after the end of the quarter.
8. b. Present reports on project activities and findings at Annual BPA/CBFWA Project Review and other appropriate forums.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 01/01/00 12/01/00 50.0%
2 01/01/00 12/01/00 20.0%
3 01/01/00 12/01/00 10.0%
4 01/01/00 12/01/00 8.0%
5 01/01/00 12/01/00 1.0%
6 01/01/00 12/01/00 10.0%
7 01/01/00 12/01/00 1.0%


Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel $220,954
Fringe $ 30,958
Supplies $ 5,960
Operating Telephone, office rent, computer lease, thermograph maintenance, 2 GSA vehicles and maintenance $ 41,607
NEPA EIS for coho and fall chinook (BPA) $300,000
Construction Final design - spring chinook - preliminary design/siting coho & fall chinook (Montgomery Watson) $500,000
Travel Airfare/perdiem to Portland/Boise $ 15,690
Indirect 22.9 $ 52,848
Subcontractor Consultants $ 49,000
Total Itemized Budget $1,217,017


Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $1,217,017
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $1,217,017
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

2001 2002 2003 2004
All Phases $3,000,000 $5,000,000 $3,000,000 $3,000,000
Total Outyear Budgets $3,000,000 $5,000,000 $3,000,000 $3,000,000
 

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Timely review and approval through NPPC 3-Step Review Process, land acquisition process, design and engineering delays, NEPA constraints, construction delays, co-manager agreement on management plans.


Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Ashe, B.L. 1998. Letter to Mark Fritsch, NPPC, September 3, 1998. No
Bryson, D. 1990. Northeast Oregon Salmon and Steelhead Draft Master Plan, Grande Ronde River. Nez Perce Tribe, Lapwai, ID. No
Bryson, D. 1993. Northeast Oregon Hatchery Project, Grande Ronde River Master Plan Final Report. Nez Perce Tribe, Lapwai, ID. No
Carmichael, R.W., S.J. Parker, and T.A. Whitesel. 1998. Status review of the chinook salmon hatchery program in the Imnaha River Basin, Oregon. In Lower Snake River Compensation Plan Status Review Symposium, Feburary 1998. USFWS LSRCP, Boise, Idaho. No
CRITFC (Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission). 1995. Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit, Spirit of the Salmon. The Columbia River Anadromous Fish Restoration Plan of the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Yakama Tribes. CRITFC, Portland, Oregon. No
CRITFC (Columbia River Inter Tribal Fish Commission). 1998. Application for a permit to enhance the propagation or survival of endangered Grande Ronde River subbasin (Lostine River component) spring chinook salmon under the ESA of 1973. NMFS, Oregon. No
Cramer, S.P. and K. Witty. 1990. Feasibility for Reintroducing Sockeye & Coho Salmon in the Grande Ronde River and Coho and Chum in the Walla Walla No
Larson, R.E. 1990. Northeast Oregon Salmon and Steelhead Draft Master Plan, Imnaha River. Nez Perce Tribe, Lapwai, ID. No
Lyon , J. 1998. Cultural resource of proposed Northeast Oregon Hatchery facility sites. Nez Perce Tribe Cultural Resource Department, Lapwai, Idaho. No
Maynard, D.J., T.A. Flagg, and C.V.W. Mahnken. 1996. Development of a natural rearing system to improve supplemental fish quality, 1994-1995. DOE/BP-20651-1. Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, Oregon. No
Montgomery Watson. 1992a. Draft Siting Report for Northeast Oregon Hatchery Project. Montgomery Watson, Bellevue, Washington. No
Montgomery Watson. 1992b. Draft Conceptual Design Report for Northeast Oregon Hatchery Project. Montgomery Watson, Bellevue, Washington. No
Montgomery Watson. 1992c. Preliminary report of test well drilling Northeast Oregon Project. Montgomery Watson, Bellevue, Washington. No
Montgomery Watson. 1995a. Northeast Oregon Hatchery Project Conceptual Design Final Report. DOE/BP-11466-1, Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, Oregon. No
Montgomery Watson. 1995b. Northeast Oregon Hatchery Project Final Siting Report. DOE/BP-11466-2, Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, Oregon. No
Montgomery Watson. 1998. Imnaha well drilling report. Montgomery Watson, Bellevue, Washington. No
Mundy, P.R. and K. Witty. (1998). Imnaha River Spring Chinook Fisheries Managment Plan. Nez Perce Tribe, Lapwai, Idaho. No
Neeley, D., K. Witty, and S.P. Cramer. 1993. Genetic Risk Assessment of the Imnaha Master Plan, Nez Perce Tribe, Lapwai, Idaho. No
Neeley, D., K. Witty, and S.P. Cramer. 1994. Genetic Risk Assessment of the Grande Ronde River Master Plan, Nez Perce Tribe, Lapwai, ID. No
NPT (Nez Perce Tribe). In prep. Master plan for Imnaha and Grande Ronde River spring chinook salmon. Nez Perce Tribe, Lapwai, Idaho. No
Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. 1990. Imnaha River Subbasin Salmon and Steelhead Plan. Columbia Basin System Planning. Northwest Power Planning Council, OR. No
NMFS. 1995. Proposed Recovery Plan for Snake River Salmon. U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminisitration, National Marine Fisheries Service, Seattle, Washington. March, 1995. No
NPPC (Northwest Power Planning Council). 1994. Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. Northwest Power Planning Council. Portland, Oregon. No
ODFW (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife). 1998a. Application for a permit for scientific research and to enhance the propagation or survival of Imnaha River chinook salmon under the Endangered Species Act. Submitted by ODFW to NMFS January 1998. No
ODFW (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife). 1998b. Request for modification of Permit Number 1011 for scientific purposes and to enhance …Grande Ronde River Basin Spring Chinook under the Endangered Species Act. Submitted by ODFW to NMFS March 1998. No
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho and Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.1990. Grande Ronde River Subbasin Salmon and Steelhead Plan. Northwest Power Planning Council, Portland, Oregon. No
RASP (Regional Assessment of Supplementation Projects). 1992. RASP summary report series. December 1992, Parts I-IV. Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, Oregon. No
SRSRT (Snake River Salmon Recovery Team). 1994. Final recommendations to the National Marine Fisheries Service, Portland, Oregon. No
SRT (Scientific Review Team Independent Scientific Advisory Board). 1998. Review of Salmonid Artificial Production in the Columbia River Basin as a scientific basis for Columbia River production programs. Northwest Power Planning Council, Portland No
Steward, C.R. 1996. Monitoring and evaluation plan for the Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery. Nez Perce Tribe Department of Fisheries Resource Management, Lapwai, ID. Prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy, Bonneville Power Administration. No
USACE (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers). 1975. Lower Snake River fish and wildlife compensation plan. USACE Special Report, Walla Walla, Washington. No
Wallowa County and NPT. 1993. Wallowa County and Nez Perce Tribe Salmon Recovery Plan. Nez Perce Tribe, Lapwai, ID. No
Whitesel, T.A., R.W. Carmichael, M.W. Flesher, and D.L. Eddy. 1998a. Summer steelhead in the Imnaha River basin, Oregon. In Lower Snake River Compensation Plan Status Review Symposium, Feburary 1998. USFWS LSRCP, Boise, Idaho. No
Whitesel, T.A., R.W. Carmichael, M.W. Flesher, and D.L. Eddy. 1998b. Summer steelhead in the Grande Ronde River basin, Oregon. In Lower Snake River Compensation Plan Status Review Symposium, Feburary 1998. USFWS LSRCP, Boise, Idaho. No


Section 7. Abstract

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:
Do Not Fund
Date:
Jun 15, 1999
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Comment:
Recommendation: Do not fund. This proposal is not scientifically sound and does not offer justification for the belief that building another hatchery in the Columbia Basin would contribute significantly to the restoration of spring chinook salmon.

Comments: Although this program is funded under the guise of spring chinook restoration, planning and development for coho and sockeye salmon reintroduction and steelhead supplementation are listed as specific objectives of the project. Population declines of chinook salmon are attributed to decreased production resulting from juvenile and adult mortality that occurs at Snake and Columbia mainstem dams and reservoirs; it is unclear how hatchery supplementation will overcome these factors. Without freshwater habitat and marine survival information, it will be difficult to accurately assess the role of supplementation in annual variation in the number of returning salmon. For these reasons, the reviewers judge the proposal to be of questionable benefit to fish.

Overall, this proposal fails to adequately justify its expense. This project is more planning and coordination than construction, though it involves some collection of baseline data. The objective is to plan and build hatcheries, but a more appropriate scientific objective would be to evaluate the roles of various hatchery approaches, or of hatcheries and alternative approaches, or of the relationships of hatcheries and complementary approaches. No such development of rationale is given; there is no justification of projects or construction. The single greatest cost is for designing the facilities. This cost is not justified at all, except that it is a contract to Montgomery and Watson. In view of the existing knowledge of such approaches as NATURES and of the construction of other facilities, this expenditure needs to be defended. The next greatest cost is for NEPA analysis. The proposers say that BPA is the lead on NEPA compliance, so reviewers ask why this project needs to perform NEPA analysis? The third greatest cost is personnel; the large staff is not justified by the proposal.

Reviewers provided some more specific comments and questions about the project: Why might it be a good idea to increase the number of facilities for producing salmon in the region? What are the alternatives to increased facility construction and operation? What are the financial and ecological costs to the various approaches? Even if the Lookingglass hatchery were larger, might there still be a reason to spread the effort over more sites to reduce the possibility of catastrophic loss at a single site from disease or other failure? Are separate incubation and rearing facilities needed for spring chinook and coho because they are in different rivers?


CBFWA: Nonwatershed Technical Group Comments Recommendation:
Date:
Aug 20, 1999
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Comment:
Criteria all: Met? Yes -

CBFWA Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
Fund
Date:
Aug 20, 1999
2000
$1,217,000
Comment:

ISRP Final Review , ISRP 99-4 Recommendation:
Fund in part
Date:
Oct 29, 1999
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Comment:
Fund in part. Fund the spring chinook Grande Ronde and Imnaha objectives, which involve some capital modifications to Lookingglass Hatchery. Do not fund the reintroduction efforts or efforts to use local endangered stocks to support harvest.

The response clarifies that part of the requested funding is needed to support the Grande Ronde Endemic Spring Chinook Program, which was presented in several other proposals and recommended by the ISRP as a reasonable test program for captive broodstock approaches to conservation and remediation for threatened or endangered native stocks.

The original proposals were criticized for failing to clearly develop a rationale for their goals and objectives (many of the latter were in fact simply tasks, not biological objectives) which were very broad and general. Most remain vaguely presented and justified. Because alternatives to development of proposed facilities will be addressed in the master plan document, it is impossible to evaluate the scientific merit of the various alternatives until the document is available for review. The Fish and Wildlife Plan does not constitute scientific justification for planning and development for coho and sockeye salmon reintroduction and steelhead supplementation.

Reviewers judged the combination of hatcheries intended to preserve native stocks with supplementation for harvest to be scientifically unjustified and unsound. Current scientific understanding would dictate that genetic conservation of stocks and mass rearing to support harvest are incompatible goals. These stocks should not be used to support harvest, but rather should be used to recover endangered stocks.

The proposed reintroduction efforts also are not scientifically justified, given the presence of the other overriding limiting factors, which are acknowledged in the proposal to be continuing problems. The respondents note that previous research suggests that the prospect for successful introduction are good, but passage mortality and harvest rates under current conditions are too high for natural production to be self-sustaining. This information suggests that if the goal of the proposal is to implement salmon recovery, a captive brood program will not be successful until the other critical factors affecting salmon persistence are addressed. Stating that a study says that reintroduction has a good chance of "working", given continuing supplementation, does not remove this concern. Further, the continuing weakness of native stocks in the rivers of concern is likely to be worsened by increasing numbers of hatchery fish of other species.


NWPPC Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
Fund in part
Date:
Nov 8, 1999
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Comment:

NWPPC Funding Recommendation , NWPPC 2000-6 Recommendation:
Fund
Date:
Mar 1, 2000
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Comment:
(2) Northeast Oregon Hatchery Master Plan, NPT, Project ID #8805301, FY00 CBFWA Rec. $1,217,017.

The purpose of this NEOH project is the development of comprehensive planning documents (i.e. master plans) for artificial production initiatives in the Imnaha and Grande Ronde basins for several anadromous species including Spring Chinook in the Imnaha/Grande Ronde, Coho Grande Ronde/Wallowa, Fall Chinook in the Imnaha/Grande Ronde, Steelhead in the Grande Ronde, and Sockeye in the Grande Ronde (Wallowa Lake). Current emphasis by NPT is the development of a master plan for the spring chinook in the Imnaha/Grande Ronde.

The NEOH project is a cooperative endeavor with ODFW, and differences in management philosophies have caused the Tribe and ODFW to be in dispute on fundamental aspects of fisheries production for Grande Ronde and Imnaha spring chinook since 1993.

This project is explicitly linked to several other projects and programs (e.g., two Lower Snake River Compensation Plan programs) in the basin as outlined below. Generally, the NPT is primarily responsible for operating supplementation facilities (adult collection and holding and juvenile acclimation and release) on the Lostine River, while the CTUIR is responsible for operating supplementation facilities on the upper Grande Ronde River and Catherine Creek.

ODFW is responsible, in coordination with the Tribes, NMFS, and USFWS for production and activities occurring at the Lookingglass, Irrigon , and Bonneville hatcheries, and at the Manchester Marine Laboratory. The Grande Ronde captive brood component of the Grande Ronde Basin Spring Chinook Supplementation Program was implemented as an emergency measure in 1995 and the conventional component was implemented in 1997. To obtain a Section 10 permit to operate the program in 1998, NMFS required the co-managers to develop a management plan that integrated captive and conventional broodstock production. Section 10 permit applications that included the broodstock management plan were developed cooperatively for the Imnaha and Grande Ronde and filed with NMFS who then authorized collection of spring chinook and propagation of this listed species. The NPT are using these agreements and management plans to guide the master planning process.

In 1998, the NPT focused on how they might more realistically phase in rebuilding goals with limited regional funding and broodstock. The original concept for the NEOH master plans called for "new" production that would be additional to the LSRCP production currently occurring at Lookingglass Hatchery. However, with the continuing decline of salmon runs and the subsequent overload this caused on Lookingglass (i.e. with the additional burdens placed on the facility), as a tool to forestall extinction of Northeast Oregon chinook, the NPT concentrated their planning efforts on alleviating stress at the facility and restructuring where existing production would occur.

ISRP Review: Fund in part. Fund the spring chinook Grande Ronde and Imnaha objectives, which involve some capital modifications to Lookingglass Hatchery. Do not fund the reintroduction efforts or efforts to use local endangered stocks to support harvest.

Policy Issues Identified by Sponsor: The NPT specified that the following criteria applied to their project. Criteria "a" due to the need for the master plan as required under the three-step review process and as stated by the ISRP in their review. Criteria "b" due to the numerous program measures and language in Section 7.4L of the NPPC Program. (See Part 1(b)(5) for an explanation of the policy criteria).

Discussion and Council Recommendations: There is a need to get clear direction from the managers on exactly what they want to accomplish through this planning effort so that the Council can understand and track the interrelationships between these associated projects and their progress. This is important clarification for the NEOH program and the resulting relationship through time to other projects. Until completion and approval of a master plan and support documents as part of the step 1 review process, all activities associated with these projects (8805301 NPT and Objective 1 of 8805305 ODFW) should be funded only at a level for this specific task. In addition, the issues raised by the ISRP in the Fiscal Year 2000 Response Review and the Artificial Production Review Report (document 99-15) policies need to be addressed and made part of the step 1 review. The master plan constitutes the "new facilities" piece of the existing program. There is currently strong evidence that Lookingglass National Fish Hatchery is not capable of sustaining its current production without major capital improvements. The master plan should be able to describe the comprehensive plan for spring chinook in these two basins that include a range of alternatives- including new hatchery construction (8805301)- that would allow the program to be fully sustainable.

Adequate funds remain in the Fiscal Year 1999 contracts to complete the master plan. Fiscal Year 1999 contracts expire on January 1, 2000, and a no-cost time extension will authorize the NPT and ODFW to complete the project. This review will provide the direction needed to ensure that the master planning effort and capital expenditures are developed and defined in a productive manner. Until this review is completed, it is difficult to determine if the suggested improvements to Lookingglass are an appropriate use of capital funds in the subbasin.

Fish and Wildlife Committee: The Committee considered this proposal together with the related ODFW component (# 8805305 below). The Committee recommended that:

  1. the spring chinook planning component proceed into the 3-step process;
  2. a no-cost extension of existing contract be given which will permit master plan completion using Fiscal Year 1999 funds (no new funds needed);
  3. a master plan to be provided no later than April 15;
  4. a placeholder be established should the sponsors successfully move to step-2 activities after master plan approval;
  5. that future funding decisions, including release of Fiscal Year 2000 funds in placeholder, be made in context of normal step review process;
  6. Council expects ODFW to retain person to participate in master planning as soon as possible;
  7. no capital improvements to Lookinglass Hatchery until master plan is completed;
  8. operations and maintenance portion of existing program should continue to receive sufficient funding in the interim.

Council Recommendation: The full Council considered the Committee recommendation outlined above, and endorsed it as its decision on this project. The placeholder for potential step 2 activities is not specific to this project, but rather, will be a general capital project placeholder.


NWPPC Funding Recommendation , NWPPC 2000-6 Recommendation:
Fund
Date:
Mar 1, 2000
2000
$ 0
Comment:
[Decision made in 12-7-99 Council Meeting]; Fund completion of master plan and 3-step 4/15/00 using $162k in '99 carryover, remainder of '99 and '99 budget in capital project placeholder.

NW Power and Conservation Council's FY 2006 Project Funding Review Funding category:
capital
Date:
May 2005
FY05 NPCC Start of Year:
$7,267,271
FY06 NPCC Staff Preliminary:
$6,000,000
FY06 NPCC July Draft Start of Year:
$6,000,000
Sponsor (Nez Perce Tribe - Lapwai) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

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