Return to Proposal Finder FY 2000 Proposal 199302900

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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 Survival Estimates for the Passage of Juvenile Salmonids Through Dams and R
BPA Project Proposal Number 199302900
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
National Marine Fisheries Service
Business acronym (if appropriate) NMFS

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name William D. Muir
Mailing Address NFSC - 2725 Montlake Blvd. East
City, State, Zip Seattle, WA 98112
Phone 5095382626
Fax 5095382272
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Mainstem/Systemwide
Subbasin Systemwide
Short Description Provide precise measurements of survival of juvenile salmon as they pass through dams and reservoirs in the Snake and Columbia Rivers
Target Species Chinook salmon (yearling spring/summer and subyearling fall) and steelhead

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: 5.0F, 5.8A.8
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: NMFS BO RPA Sec. 13f
Other Planning Document References NMFS RP 2.1.d.3.

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
1993 Successfully captured, PIT-tagged, and released targeted numbers of yearling chinook salmon to estimate survival through dams and reservoirs for the first time since the 1980.'s
1994 Added juvenile steelhead to the study and an additional reach (Little Goose Dam to Lower Monumental Dam).
1995 Added subyearling fall chinook salmon to the study.
1996 Added additional reaches (Lower Monumental Dam to McNary Dam and McNary Dam to John Day Dam).

Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

Project ID Title Description Umbrella
9102900 Identification of the spawning, rearing, and migratory requirements of fall We began working cooperatively with this project in 1995 to estimate survival for hatchery-reared and wild subyearling fall chinook salmon through free-flowing sections, reservoirs, and dams of the Snake River. No
9600600 PATH Our study provides critical empirical data used for modeling survival through the hydrosystem in PATH. No
9105100 Monitoring and evaluation statistical support Our study provides many of the PIT-tagged fish used in their analysis. No
8331900 New fish tag system We continue to rely on this project to provide the innovations needed to conduct multiple-recapture survival studies in the Snake and Columbia Rivers in a variety of habitats. We provide feedback to the project on the performance of many of their innovat No
8332300 Smolt condition and arrival timing at Lower Granite Dam We estimate survival for PIT-tagged fish released from Snake River Basin traps in this study through the Snake River. No
9602000 Comparative survival rate study of hatchery PIT tagged chinook We utilize fish PIT-tagged from this study to estimate survival from hatcheries through the Snake River. No
9403400 Assessing summer/fall chinook restoration in the Snake River Basin We began working cooperatively with this project in 1996 to estimate survival for hatchery-reared subyearling fall chinook salmon released in the Clearwater River. No

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Provide annual estimates of survival for spring-migrating juvenile salmonids through Snake and Columbia River dams and reservoirs a. PIT-tag and release juvenile salmonids at Lower Granite Dam.
1. b. Estimate detection and survival probabilities (with standard errors) for above releases.
1. c. Estimate survival for PIT-tagged fish released in other studies in the basin (hatcheries, traps, etc.)
2. Estimate survival through longer reaches of the Snake and Columbia Rivers a. Evaluate post-detection bypass survival at new PIT tag facilities.
2. b. Determine effects of new PIT tag interrogation facilities on sample size requirements for PIT tag studies conducted upstream.
2. c. Explore use of additional PIT tag detection sites (such as PIT tag towed array system, recoveries from Rice Island bird colonies) in survival estimation.
3. Partition mortality between release at hatcheries (and natal streams for wild fish) and the head of Lower Granite Reservoir a. Deploy a series of streambed flat-plate PIT tag detectors in tributaries above Lower Granite Reservoir.
3. b. Estimate survival through tributaries for wild and hatchery fish.
4. Estimate survival of subyearling fall chinook salmon migrating through the Snake and Columbia Rivers a. Release PIT-tagged Lyons Ferry Hatchery subyearling fall chinook salmon into the free-flowing Snake and Clearwater Rivers.
4. b. Estimate their survival through the Snake River and compare to estimates of survival for wild migrants in this reach.
4. c. PIT tag and release river-run (mostly wild) fall chinook salmon at McNary Dam in the bypass system and tailrace.
4. d. Estimate their survival through the bypass system at McNary Dam and through the Lower Columbia River.
5. Explore relationships between smolt survival through the Snake and Columbia Rivers and flow, travel time, and dam operations using a long-term data set a. Correlate survival estimates with flow, travel time, temperature, turbidity, and dam operations for individual years and over multiple years.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 03/01/93 12/01/15 15.0%
2 03/01/94 12/01/15 10.0%
3 03/01/96 12/01/15 35.0%
4 05/01/95 12/01/15 35.0%
5 03/01/93 12/01/15 5.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel $208,200
Fringe $ 99,700
Supplies $ 65,600
Operating $ 5,400
Capital Streambed flat-plate PIT tag detectors (number dependent on cost and performance). $160,000
PIT tags 85,500 $247,950
Travel $105,700
Indirect $146,400
Subcontractor University of Washington $100,000
Subcontractor Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission $ 60,000
Total Itemized Budget $1,198,950

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $1,198,950
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $1,198,950
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 $1,200,000 $1,200,000 $1,200,000 $1,200,000
Total Outyear Budgets $1,200,000 $1,200,000 $1,200,000 $1,200,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Objective 3 dependent on development of streambed flat-plate PIT tag detector by Project 83-319.

Section 6. References

n/a or no information

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. OK for a multi-year review cycle, program review in 3 years.

Comments: This proposal is very well presented, reports progressive development of methods and techniques over time, and demonstrates a timely and strong publication record of research. The proposal is well integrated with other related projects and presents a logical sequence of objectives and methods. The project is a core PIT tag application program that has been expanding its area of study as new detectors are installed and developed. This kind of information is vital if agencies wish to develop priorities for research and/or to develop a relative ranking of mortality sources in the Columbia.

The scope of the project is again so huge that it is extremely difficult to provide any cogent or constructive comments. Given this scope, the annual cost, and projected duration of this request, it seems advisable to conduct periodic programmatic reviews using expert panels. Such panels should provide a broader scientific basis for review and the necessary regional perspective to better evaluate the merits of the on-going research. This would assist in determining the appropriate scope and direction for future work.

One question for regional consideration is that if the results are repeatable, should this project continue until 2015? This may seem to be a rhetorical question but how would the region determine that this work should or should not continue? Will this simply continue as an annual monitoring cost as we hope to learn through annual variation in flows and survival? Or should more direct research approaches be developed? The region may be well advised to consider how to best utilize this important tool.

CBFWA Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
Aug 20, 1999

CBFWA: Subregional Team Comments Recommendation:
Aug 20, 1999
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
See Technical Questions from FPAC.

CBFWA: Fish Passage Advisory Committee Comments Recommendation:
Aug 20, 1999
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Technical Criteria 1: Met? Inc - Question whether flat plate detectors can be used in tributaries or whether they can answer questions about juvenile fish mortality upstream of LGR. No milestones provided.

Programmatic Criteria 2: Met? Yes -

Milestone Criteria 3: Met? Inc - Questionable interpretation of data.

Resource Criteria 4: Met? Yes -

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 (NOAA Fisheries) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

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