Return to Proposal Finder FY 2000 Proposal 199404900

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 Improve the Kootenai River Ecosystem
BPA Project Proposal Number 199404900
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Kootenai Tribe of Idaho
Business acronym (if appropriate) KTOI
 

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Diana Richards
Mailing Address P.O. Box 1269
City, State, Zip Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
Phone 2082673620
Fax 2082671131
E-mail richards@kootenai.org
 
Manager of program authorizing this project
 
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Mountain Columbia
Subbasin Kootenai
 
Short Description Identify best management options in order to enhance the aquatic ecosystem and recover native populations of white sturgeon, kokanee salmon, bull trout, burbot, Westslope cutthroat trout and redband trout in the Kootenai River system.
Target Species sturgeon, kokanee salmon, bull trout, burbot, Westslope cutthroat trout and redband trout


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: 10.8B.22
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: Kootenai River white sturgeon Biological Opinion (59 FR 45989) ESA Section 10 Permit No. PRT-798744 Bull Trout ESA Listing (62 FR 32268)
Other Planning Document References EcoAnalysts, Inc. 1998. Stream Habitat Survey of Long Canyon, Parker and Trout Creeks: Tributaries to the Kootenai River, Idaho, With Special Consideration of Kokanee Spawning Habitat and Enhancement Potential. Moscow, ID. Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. 1997. Fisheries mitigation and implementation plan for losses attributable to the construction and operation of Libby Dam. Draft report. Kalispell, MT. Resident Fish Manager's Caucus of the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority (RFM-CBFWA). 1997. Multi-Year Implementation Plan for Resident Fish Protection, Enhancement and Mitigation in the Columbia River Basin. Final Draft, June 3, 1997. Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority, Portland, Oregon. U.S Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service. 1998. White Sturgeon: Kootenai River Population Recovery Plan. Region 1, USFWS, Portland, Ore


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
1995 Completion of the "Kootenai River Biological Baseline Status Report"
1996 Development of a working computer simulation model of the Kootenai River system
1996 Completion of a one-year macroinvertebrate investigation
1997 Completion of a water quality monitoring program on the Kootenai River
1998 Completion of the macroinvertebrate investigation report "Kootenai River Macroinvertebrate Investigation"
1998 Completion of the first year of a multi-year project to survey all the tributaries of the Kootenai River
1998 Completion of the first season of evaluating biological and population parameter data for all fish species in the Kootenai River using electrofishing techniques


Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

Project ID Title Description Umbrella
8806400 Kootenai River White Sturgeon Studies and Conservation Aquaculture Co-investigator No
8806500 Kootenai River Fisheries Investigation Co-investigator No
8346500 Kootenai River experimental flow releases for white sturgeon Co-investigator No


Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Follow up on the Adaptive Environmental Assessment workshop a. Continue to use the computer model to develop management plans for the Kootenai River
2. Continue water quality monitoring on the tributaries of the Kootenai River a. Collect monthly water samples on each Kootenai River tributary
2. b. Send all samples to an accredited water quality laboratory for analysis of nutrients, minerals and metals
2. c. Include results in watershed assessment
3. Continue stream habitat surveys on all tributaries to the Kootenai River a. Conduct a thorough inventory of the stream channels and inventory problem areas and enhancement opportunities
3. b. Complete a report that provides a narrative summary of present condition, describes the nature of problem areas, provides suggestions for remediation/enhancement opprotunities, and provides maps, locations and digital images collected during inventory
3. c. Document the biological (fish and macroinvertebrate) community conditions at established biological monitoring stations in the watershed.
4. Investigate the possibility of artificial fertilization of the tributaries of the Kootenai River as a habitat improvement measure a. Conduct an extensive literature review of other stream fertilizion projects
4. b. Conduct a baseline study of nutrients, primary, secondary, and tertiary production in the study streams
4. c. Increase the nutrient levels in the study streams by employing artificial fertilization methods
4. d. Determine the effects of artificial fertiliztion on all levels of instream productivity
5. Determine white sturgeon hatch and larval survival rates in the main channel of the Kootenai River if protected from excessive sedimentation and predation a. Collect and incubate white sturgeon eggs in protective capsules in the main channel of the Kootenai River
5. b. Determine white sturgeon egg hatch and larval survival rates
6. Provide monthly, annual and project completion reports a. Complete and submit monthly reports and research completion reports in a thorough and timely manner
7. Assist KTOI Project 8806400 (White Sturgeon Study and Conservation Aquaculture) with Objectives 1,2,4 and 5 when needed a. Assist with field work when needed (broodstock capture, spawning, gillnetting, kokanee surveys, and D-ring plankton netting).

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 11/01/96 12/01/06 5.0%
2 08/01/00 07/01/01 10.0%
3 06/01/01 12/01/01 30.0%
4 05/01/00 12/01/00 20.0%
5 05/01/01 12/01/01 15.0%
6 08/01/00 07/01/01 10.0%
7 08/01/00 07/01/01 10.0%


Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel 3 FTE, 1 PTE (24 hr/wk) $113,858
Fringe 33 % of personnel $ 37,573
Supplies $ 6,286
Operating $ 4,000
Travel $ 5,000
Indirect 54.7% of personnel and fringe $ 82,833
Subcontractor EcoAnalysts $ 46,130
Subcontractor Water quality laboratory $ 4,320
Total Itemized Budget $300,000


Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $300,000
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $300,000
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 $325,000 $350,000 $375,000 $400,000
Total Outyear Budgets $325,000 $350,000 $375,000 $400,000
 

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Project should continue until evidence of recovery of Kootenai River ecosystem and native fish populations is assured (as outlined in USFWS 1998 recovery plan)


Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Anders, P.J. 1993. Kootenai River fisheries studies. Report C: Kootenai River tributary kokanee spawning ground survey. Prepared for U.S. Department of Energy, Bonneville Power Administration. Project No. 88-64. Portland, OR. No
EcoAnalysts, Inc. 1998. Stream Habitat Survey of Long Canyon, Parker and Trout Creeks: Tributaries to the Kootenai River, Idaho, With Special Consideration of Kokanee Spawning Habitat and Enhancement Potential. Moscow, Idaho. Yes
Northwest Power Planning Council. 1994 as amended in 1995. Columbia River basin fish and wildlife program. Portland, Oregon. No
Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. 1997. Fisheries mitigation and implementation plan for losses attributable to the construction and operation of Libby Dam. Draft report. Kalispell, MT. No
Paragamian, V.L. 1994. Kootenai River fisheries investigation: Stock status of burbot and rainbow trout and fisheries inventory. Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Annual Progress Report FY 1994, Project No. 88-65, Boise, ID. No
Partridge, F. 1983. Kootenai River fisheries investigations. Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Job Completion Report, Project F-73-R-5, Boise, ID. No
R.L & L. Environmental Services LTD. 1997. Columbia River white sturgeon spawning studies. 1996 Data Report. Prepared for Cominco LTD. Trail Operations. No
Resident Fish Manager's Caucus of the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority (RFM-CBFWA). 1997. Multi-Year Implementation Plan for Resident Fish Protection, Enhancement and Mitigation in the Columbia River No
Basin. Final Draft, June 3, 1997. Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority, Portland, Oregon. No
Richards, D.L. 1998. Kootenai River macroinvertebrate investigation. Annual Report 1997 for Bonneville Power Administration (Contract No. 95BI40364). No
Richards, D.L. 1997. Kootenai River biological baseline status report. Annual Report 1996 for Bonneville Power Administration (Contract No. 95BI40364). No
Snyder, E.B. and G.W. Minshall. 1994. Ecosystem metabolism and nutrient dynamics in the Kootenai River in relation to impoundment and flow enhancement for fisheries management. Annual Report. Stream Ecology Center, Idaho State University, Pocatel No
U.S Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service. 1998. White Sturgeon: Kootenai River Population Recovery Plan. Region 1, USFWS, Portland, Oregon. No
Woods, P.F. 1982. Annual nutrient loadings, primary productivity, and trophic state of Lake Koocanusa, Montana and British Columbia, 1972-80. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1283, United States Government Printing Office. 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:
Fund in part
Date:
Jun 15, 1999
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Comment:
Recommendation: Fund in part for one year; do not fund objective 4, evaluation of artificial fertilization. Subsequent funding must be contingent on: demonstration of integration in the umbrella, clear and compelling scientific justification of their work, and completion of a comprehensive scientific review, via a visiting committee.

Comments: This is an existing project to identify best management options to enhance the aquatic ecosystem of the Kootenai River, which is judged to be in a state of collapse, and the fish species that are part of it. Nutrient limitations and hydropower effects are the focus.

This project comes across, as it did last year, as unfocused and unclear in direction. Several different directions are being taken simultaneously and over time (e.g., sturgeon in the mainstem, tributary surveys, fertilization effects, and the completed studies of macroinvertebrates in the mainstem). The overall proposal quality was in the midrange of those reviewed. The proposal cites its mandate in the amended FWP and many other documents (white sturgeon BiOp, bull trout listing, ESA Section 10 permits, Libby Dam mitigation plans, CBFWA resident fish plan, and white sturgeon recovery plan). It relates the work to 3 other Kootenai basin projects, but does not include itself in the umbrella. There is a good listing of accomplishments, and good objectives, all of which indicate significant overlap with the other Kootenai basin projects. In general, this proposal gives a good historical background and presents some of the working hypotheses related to sturgeon limitation. The main emphasis of the objectives is now white sturgeon. There is no cost sharing indicated. Narrative descriptions are good, although the methods section is of spotty quality. The planned fertilization study appears inadequately planned and too simplistic and short term (and probably should be dropped). The incubation capsule study seems risky but worth trying. If the proposal can show better focus, it could be a candidate for multi-year funding; now it is not up to that standard.

Some specific

Comments: Libby Dam acts as a nutrient and sediment trap, which may affect downstream trophic dynamics. The proposers interpret standing crops of chironomids and oligochaetes as comparable to standing crops in the Snake River and conclude that food may not be limiting for juvenile sturgeon. However, standing crops differ from production. Standing crops may be high because there is less predation pressure as the juvenile sturgeon were not present. Moreover this is based on one year's data and the high prey concentrations are at one site; we are not presented with information concerning natural variation. Unmentioned here, but mentioned elsewhere is that kokanee populations (exotic?), a prey for adult sturgeon, are in steep decline, also perhaps an effect of nutrient trapping by Libby Dam (but note proposal 20009).

The proposed work will characterize nutrient limitations of the tributaries (no indication was given why this was considered important—although one might read between the lines and infer that declining kokanee runs have made nutrients more limiting in some tributaries). Libby Dam has been indicted. No criteria were given as to how proposers will decide if nutrients should be added to the streams. All water samples should be frozen or put on dry ice before shipment to the contracted laboratory. The proposed work will characterize the survival rates of white sturgeon eggs and larvae in capsules protected from predation and silt. This is a worthy objective; however, will silt be less of a problem downstream as much of it has settled behind Libby Dam? Has Libby Dam reduced the capacity of the stream to move bedload? Will survival rates of larval sturgeon be compromised for the lack of food in capsules? To what will these rates be compared? Are there estimates of hatching and survival rates from the Kootenai? If not, how will they be gathered? If these are difficult to gather, how valuable will the data set concerning encapsulated eggs and larvae be? Much is made of the simulation model for the Kootenai. Has it been validated? Will a Bayesian approach to model refinement be anticipated (aka, adaptive management?).

The review group was not confident that all the issues to be studied have been thought through. This seems particularly true for the proposed fertilization study, which was viewed as inadequately planned. There appears to be a lack of communication of ideas and results among cooperators and in places, it is clear that there is variance in ideas about how the system works. Proposal 8806500, for example, reports that sand does not appear to be inhibiting spawning grounds of sturgeons, and silt may not be a problem either. Some mutual definition of hypotheses seems to be in order. This project would benefit from a broader peer review that includes other projects in the basin.


CBFWA Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
Fund
Date:
Aug 20, 1999
2000
$270,000
Comment:

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

Technical Criteria: yes

Programmatic Criteria: no-The scope of work has changed from temporary to a conceivably more permanent project.

Milestone Criteria: no-There are no milestones listed.


ISRP Final Review , ISRP 99-4 Recommendation:
Fund
Date:
Oct 29, 1999
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Comment:
Fund at level recommended by CBFWA without objective 4. The response adequately addresses the ISRP's concerns. The sponsors have withdrawn objective 4 (fertilization study) from funding consideration, as recommended by the ISRP. Matters of project focus are being addressed by the sponsor and other sponsors using the Adaptive Environmental Assessment. The experimental use of egg hatching capsules was well supported in the response. It is evident that there are contradictory thoughts about effects of siltation in the river below Libby Dam, and these need testing.

NWPPC Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
Fund
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
2000
$270,000
Comment:
[Decision made in 11-3-99 Council Meeting]

NW Power and Conservation Council's FY 2006 Project Funding Review Funding category:
expense
Date:
May 2005
FY05 NPCC Start of Year:
$1,614,000
FY06 NPCC Staff Preliminary:
$1,614,000
FY06 NPCC July Draft Start of Year:
$1,614,000
Sponsor (Kootenai Tribe Of Idaho) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

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