Return to Proposal Finder FY 2000 Proposal 199502500

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 Flathead River Instream Flow Project (MFWP Umbrella Subproposal)
BPA Project Proposal Number 199502500
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Business acronym (if appropriate) MFWP

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Brian Marotz And Contractor (Being Selected RFP)
Mailing Address 490 N. Meridian Rd.
City, State, Zip Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone 4067514546
Fax 4062570349
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Mountain Columbia
Subbasin Flathead
Short Description Conduct IFIM study on Flathead River from South Fork confluence to Flathead Lake. Determine effects of flow fluctuations and temperature control on habitat, bed load, predator-prey interactions and migrations. Link river model to reservoir model (HRMOD).
Target Species Natives: Bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout, mountain whitefish, pygmy whitefish. Native predator: Northern pikeminnow. Non-native competator/predators: rainbow trout, northern pike, lake trout.

Project Location

Latitude Longitude Description
Flathead River from South Fork confluence to Flathead Lake
South Fork Flathead Confluence with Flathead River
Flathead Lake, Near River
Flathead River - midpoint between SF Confluence and Lake

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: 10.2A.2, 10.2B, 10.3A.1, 10.3A.2, 10.3A.3, 10.3A.4, 10.3A.6, 10.3A.9, 10.3A.11, 10.3A.18.
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: Bull Trout Listed as threatened (63 FR 31647) Westslope cutthroat trout - Petitioned for ESA listing (63 FR 31691) NMFS Hydrosystem Operations for salmon and steelhead recovery (56 FR 58619; 57 FR 14653; 62 FR 43937)
Other Planning Document References Flathead National Forest Plan (Brannon 1985); Monitoring Master Plan for Flathead Basin (Flathead Basin Commission 1995, 1997); Hungry Horse Mitigation Plan (1991); Hungry Horse Implementation Plan (1993); May et al. (1988); Knotek et al. (1997); Montana Bull Trout Restoration Team (1997); Montana Westslope Cutthroat Trout Restoration Plan (MFWP In Prep); Flathead River Drainage Bull Trout Status Report (Montana Bull Trout Scientific Group 1995). Montana Stream Protection Act (1963). Natural Streambed and Land Preservation Act (1975).

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
1997 Project proposal approved by CBFWA and ISAB for funding in FY98 to initiate 3 year project.
1998 second year approved by CBFWA and ISRP, FY99.
1999 Contractor will be selected through ongoing RFP process. Work to begin spring 1999.

Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

Project ID Title Description Umbrella
8346700 Libby Reservoir Mitigation This project is just finishing an IFIM for the Kootenai River. Results from the Kootenai are applicable to the Flathead. No
8346500 Libby and Hungry Horse Modeling Technical Analysis We were instructed by ISRP, BPA and CBFWA to place this project into umbrella with 8346700 and 9101903. This project funds one computer consultant to combine the quatitative reservoir models HRMOD and LRMOD with the IFIM models developed by this project. No
3874700 Streamnet Geographic Information Services Unit Provide GIS and GPS support. Assist with river mapping data. No
9608701 Flathead Focus Watershed CSKT Cooperator No
20554 Hungry Horse Fisheries Mitigation Yes
9401002 Flathead River Native Species Project Yes
9101901 Hungry Horse Fisheries Mitigation - Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Yes
9101903 Hungry Horse Mitigation - Watershed Restoration and Monitoring Yes
9101901 Flathead Lake Monitoring and Habitat Enhancement Yes
9101904 Nonnative Fish Removal / Hatchery Production Yes

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Develop comprehensive spatial and tabular/attribute database (IFIM models) to characterize physical processes in the Flathead River affected by flow from Hungry Horse Dam a. Compile spatial database (GIS map) of the Flathead River from the South Fork confluence downstream to Flathead Lake
1. b. Integrate smaller scale information on riparian land use and vegetation, macro-habitat classification, thermal modeling results and hydrographic modeling results.
1. c. Integrate detailed channel topography using scanning hydroacoustics and doppler profiling for micro-habitat and sediment transport modeling
2. Use IFIM models to compare the results of alternative dam operational strategies on aquatic resources a. Develop an array of potential scenarios for managing river flows to meet biological objectives
2. b. Determine cost-effective operation to minimize predation of juvenile bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout by lake trout and northern squawfish
2. c. Determine the magnitude, timing and duration of the peak flow event needed to move fine sediments to enhance aquatic production
2. d. Establish flow ramping rates to minimize riparian vegetation loss due to bank failure and lateral migration

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 04/01/99 12/01/01 Complete abiotic framework for overlay of biological information Calibrated flow, water temperature and tractive forces longitudinal model 100.0%
2 01/01/01 03/01/03 Use calibrated model to establish science-based seasonal flows and ramping rates Submit recommendations to operating agencies for implementation 0.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel $ 0
Fringe $ 0
Supplies $ 0
Subcontractor Project will be 100 percent subcontracted by BPA $100,000
Total Itemized Budget $100,000

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $100,000
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $100,000
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

Organization Item or service provided Amount Cash or In-Kind
MFWP Biological data: fish locations and microhabitats, insect densities related to substrate types $120,000 unknown
USFS Provide high resolution aerial photographs for digital mapping $ 0 unknown


Outyear Budget Totals

Not applicable  

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Initiation and execution of the RFP process has delayed the start of this project. Fortunately, recent advancements in foreward scanning hydroacoustics, doppler profiling and computing will strengthen this project. The RFP process is nearly finished.

Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Appert, S. and P. Graham. 1982. The impact of Hungry Horse Dam on the aquatic invertebrates of the Flathead River. Final report of the Montana Dept. of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Kalispell, Montana, to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. 90 pp. Yes
Bovee, K.D. 1978. Probability-of-use criteria for the family Salmonidae. Instream Flow Information Paper 4. United States Fish and Wildlife Service FWS/OBS-78/07. 79pp. No
Bovee, K.D. 1982. A guide to stream habitat analysis using the Instream Flow Incremental Methodology. Instream Flow Information Paper 12. United States Fish and Wildlife Service FWS/OBS- 82/26. 248pp. No
Bovee, K.D. 1986. Development and evaluation of habitat suitability criteria for use in the Instream Flow Incremental Methodology. In-stream Flow Information Paper 21. United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Biological Report 86(7). 235pp. No
Bovee, K.D., and R.T. Milhous. 1978. Hydraulic simulation in instream flow studies: theory and techniques. Instream Flow Information Paper 5. United States Fish and Wildlife Service FWS/OBS-78/33. 129pp. No
Brannon, E.B. 1985. Forest Plan: Flathead National Forest. United States Forest Service, Kalispell, Montana. Yes
Christenson, D.J., R.L. Sund and B.L. Marotz. 1996. Hungry Horse Dam’s successful selective withdrawal system. Hydro Review / May 1996:10-15. No
Cushman, R.M. 1985. Review of ecological effects of rapidly varying flows downstream from hydroelectric facilities. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 5:330-339. No
Dalbey, S.R., J. DeShazer, L. Garrow, G. Hoffman, and T. Ostrowski. 1998. Quantification of Libby Reservoir levels needed to enhance reservoir fisheries. Methods and data summary, 1988-1996. MFWP, for BPA. Project 83-467. No
Flathead Basin Commission. 1997. Biennial report: 1995-96. Kalispell, Montana. Yes
Fraley, J. and P. Graham. 1982. Impacts of Hungry Horse Dam on the fishery in the Flathead River. Montana Dept. of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Kalispell, Montana, final report to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. 91 pp. No
Fraley, J., S. McMullin, and P. Graham. 1986. Effects of hydroelectric operations on the kokanee population in the Flathead River system, Montana. North Am. Journal of Fish. Management 6:560:568. No
Fraley, J. and J. Decker-Hess. 1987. Effects of stream and lake regulation on reproductive success of kokanee salmon in the Flathead system, Montana. Regulated Rivers, Vol. I. pp.257-265. No
Fraley, J., B. Marotz, J. Decker-Hess, W. Beattie, and R. Zubik. 1989. Mitigation, compensation, and future protection for fish populations by hydropower development in the upper Columbia System, Montana, USA Regulated Rivers: Research & Management 3:3-18 Yes
Hall, C., J. Jourdonnais and J. Stanford. 1989. Assessing the impacts of stream regulation in the Flathead River Basin, Montana, USA I. Simulation modeling of system water balance. Regulated Rivers 3:61-77. No
Hauer, F.R., J.T. Gangemi and J.A. Stanford. 1994. Long-term influence of Hungry horse Dam operation on the ecology of macrozoobenthos of the Flathead River. Prepared for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Special Projects Bureau, Kalispell, Montana. No
ISAB. 1997. The Normative River. Independent Scientific Advisory Board report to the Northwest Power Planning Council and National Marine Fisheries Service. Portland, OR. No
ISAB. 1997b. Ecological impacts of the flow provisions of the Biological Opinion for endangered Snake River salmon on resident fishes in the Hungry Horse, and Libby systems in Montana, Idaho, and British Columbia. Report 97-3. No
ISG. 1996. Prepublication Copy. Return to the River: Restoration of salmonid fishes in the Columbia River ecosystem. Development of an alternative conceptual foundation and review and synthesis of science underlying the FWP. Document 96-6. No
Marotz, B.L., C.L. Althen, and D. Gustafson. 1994. Hungry Horse Mitigation: aquatic modeling of the selective withdrawal system - Hungry Horse Dam, Montana. MFWP, for BPA. 36 pp. No
Marotz, B.L., D. Gustafson, C.L. Althen, and W. Lonon. 1996. Model development to establish integrated operational rule curves for Hungry Horse and Libby Reservoirs - Montana. Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. Prepared for BPA. 114 pp. No
May, B., S. Glutting, T. Weaver, G. Michael, B. Marotz, P. Suek, J. Wachsmuth and C. Weichler. 1988. Quantification of Hungry Horse Reservoir water levels to maintain or enhance reservoir fisheries. MFWP, for BPA. 68 pp. No
MDFWP, CSKT and KTOI. 1998. Fisheries Mitigation and Implementation Plan for losses attributable to the construction and operation of Libby Dam. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho. 50 pp. Yes
Milhous, R.T., M.A. Updike, and D.M. Schneider. 1989. Reference manual for the Physical Habitat Simulation system (PHABSIM) - Version II. Instream Flow Information Paper 26. United States Fish and Wildlife Service Biological Report 89. No
Milhous, R.T., D.L. Wegner, and T. Waddle. 1984. User's guide to the Physical Habitat Simulation System (PHABSIM). Instream Flow Information Paper 11. United States Fish and Wildlife Service FWS/OBS-81/43. 320pp. No
Montana Bull Trout Restoration Team. 1997. Montana bull trout restoration plan. Prepared for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Helena , Montana. No
Montana Bull Trout Scientific Group. 1995. Flathead River drainage bull trout status report. Prepared for the Montana Bull Trout Restoration Team. 46pp. Yes
Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks and Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. 1991. Fisheries mitigation plan for losses attributable to the construction and operation of Hungry Horse Dam. MFWP and CSKT. 71 pp. Yes
Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks and Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. 1993. Hungry Horse Dam fisheries mitigation implementation plan. MFWP and CSKT. 43pp. Yes
Montana Westslope Cutthroat Trout Recovery Team. In preparation. Montana westslope cutthroat trout recovery plan. Prepared for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Helena, Montana. No
Nehring, R.B. 1992. A 12-year study of rainbow trout and brown trout population abundance in the South Platte River, Colorado, and physical habitat (WUA) variability as determined by the IFIM/PHASBSIM models. Paper presented at AFS Western Division M No
Payne, T.R. 1992. Stratified random selection process for the placement of Physical Habitat Simulation (PHABSIM) transects. Paper presented at AFS Western Division Meeting, July 13-16, 1992, Fort Collins, Colorado. No
Perry, S.A. 1984. Comparative ecology of benthic communities in natural and regulated areas of the Flathead and Kootenai Rivers, Montana. North Texas State University. Denton, Texas. No
Rantz, S.E. 1982. Measurement and computation of streamflow: Volume 1. Measurements of stage and discharge. United States Geological Survey Water Supply Paper 2175. 284pp. No
Read, D., B.B. Shepard, and P.J. Graham. 1982. Fish and habitat inventory of streams in the North Fork Drainage of the Flathead River. Flathead River Basin Environmental Impact Study. MFWP, Kalispell, Montana, for EPA. 181 pp. Yes
Rosgen D.L. 1996. Applied fluvial morphology. Wildland Hydrology. Pagosa Springs, CO. Printed Media Companies, Mpls, MN. No
Shepard, B. B. and P. J. Graham. 1982. Completion report. Monitoring spawning bed material used by bull trout on the Glacier View District, Flathead National Forest, MFWP, Kalispell, Montana. 37 pp. No
Trihey, E.W., and D.L. Wegner. 1981. Field data collection for use with the physical habitat simulation system of the instream flow group. United States Fish and Wildlife Service Draft Report. 151pp. No
Weaver, T.M. and J.J. Fraley. 1991. Fisheries habitat and fish populations. Flathead Basin Forest Practices Water Quality and Fisheries Cooperative Program, Flathead Basin Commission, Kalispell, Montana. 47 pp. Yes
Weaver, T.M. and J.J. Fraley. 1993. A method to measure emergence success of westslope cutthroat trout fry from varying substrate compositions in a natural stream channel. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 13:817-822. No
Weaver, T.M., J.J. Fraley and P.J. Graham. 1983. Fish and habitat inventory of streams in the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Flathead River Basin Environmental Impact Study. MFWP, Kalispell, Montana for EPA. 229 pp. Yes
Wesche, T.A. and P.A. Rechard. 1980. A summary of instream flow methods for fisheries and related research needs. Eisenower Consortium Bulletin 9. No
Wright, A. 1996. Review of Columbia River operating criteria. Facilitators Report to National Marine Fisheries Service and Bonneville Power Administration. Al Wright Consulting, Portland, OR. 15 pp. (plus 17 pp. appendices) No

Section 7. Abstract


Reviews and Recommendations

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

This project has not yet been reviewed

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