Return to Proposal Finder FY 2000 Proposal 199502700

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 Collect Data on White Sturgeon Above Grand Coulee Dam
BPA Project Proposal Number 199502700
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Spokane Tribe of Indians
Business acronym (if appropriate) STOI
 

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Keith Underwood
Mailing Address P.O. Box 100
City, State, Zip Wellpinit, WA 99040
Phone 5092587020
Fax 5092589032
E-mail keithu@iea.com
 
Manager of program authorizing this project
 
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Inter-Mountain
Subbasin Columbia Upper
 
Short Description Three year base-line assessment of white sturgeon in Lake Roosevelt from Grand Coulee Dam to the Canadian border, and the Spokane River arm. Special emphasis will be placed on defining recruitment potential and factors currently limiting recruitment.
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: Section 10.4A including subsections 10.4A.1, 10.4A.2, 10.4A.6, 10.4A.9: Sections 2.2G, 2.2G.1
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: N/A
Other Planning Document References Upper Columbia River Blocked Area Management Plan


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

n/a or no information


Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

Project ID Title Description Umbrella
9404300 Lake Roosevelt Monitoring / Data Collection Program Management plan to be developed under the LRMDCP will depend on findings of this project. No
9700400 Joint Stock Assessment Will rely on proposed project to supply data on white sturgeon in Lake Roosevelt as part of comprehensive data compilation and collection efforts within the upper Columbia Basin. No


Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Define population characteristics of white sturgeon. a. Collect white sturgeon above Grand Coulee Dam and obtain length, weight, age data.
1. b. Define habitat characteristics (substrate type, flow velocity, temp., depth) at areas where white sturgeon are collected.
1. c. Conduct mark-recapture analysis of tagging data to estimate abundance, mortality and recruitment of white sturgeon above Grand Coulee Dam.
2. Define potential for white sturgeon spawning between Grand Coulee Dam and the international border. a. Define potentially suitable spawning areas for white sturgeon above Grand Coulee Dam based on review of existing data and Habitat Suitability Indices.
2. b. Assess spawning use of areas defined in 2-a using artificial substrate mats to collect spawned eggs.
3. Assess biological and environmental factors affecting abundance of white sturgeon. a. Collect stomach contents of representative fish species at and downstream of areas defined in 2-a during sturgeon spawning season to assess predation of eggs or newly hatched larvae.
3. b. Monitor physical and chemical water / sediment quality parameters near known or potential spawning areas to define existence of potentially adverse conditions for egg/fry survival.
3. c. Assess availability and distribution of suitable food items for various life history stages of white sturgeon in Lake Roosevelt.
4. Development a restoration and management plan for white sturgeon above Grand Coulee Dam. a. Investigate the potential for artificial propagation of white sturgeon from area(s) above Grand Coulee Dam including need, feasibility and appropriate methodologies.
4. b. Implement recommendations of management plan to restore a complete age class structure within the target population.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 01/01/00 01/01/02 45.0%
2 01/01/00 01/01/02 15.0%
3 01/01/00 01/01/02 25.0%
4 01/01/00 01/01/01 Yes 15.0%


Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel Project Manager, Biologist, Technician $ 90,000
Fringe 28% of salaries $ 25,200
Supplies set lines, gillnets, misc. field, office, lab $ 5,000
Operating Insurance $ 1,000
Capital 1 computer, boat/trailer, truck, 2 PIT tag readers $ 83,000
PIT tags 200 $ 580
Travel Coordination meetings, boat and vehicle fuel, etc… $ 5,000
Indirect 21.3% of contract less capital $ 27,306
Subcontractor $105,000
Total Itemized Budget $342,086


Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $342,086
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $342,086
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
BC Ministry of the Environment M&E of white sturgeon status above international border. $ 16,250 unknown

 

Outyear Budget Totals

2001 2002
All Phases $359,190 $377,150
Total Outyear Budgets $359,190 $377,150
 

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Definition and refinement of collection methods which will be most successful within Lake Roosevelt will be necessary. Coordination with canadian interests could potentially slow progress during the planning/initialization phase(s).


Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Apperson, K. and P.J. Anders. 1991. Kootenai River white sturgeon investigations. Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Prepared for Bonneville Power Administration. Annual Progress Report, Project 88-65, Portland. No
Auer, N.A. 1996. Response of spawning lake sturgeon to changes in hydroelectric facility operation. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 125:66-67. No
Beamesderfer, R.C. and Nigro, A.A. 1993a. Status and habitat requirements of the white sturgeon populations in the Columbia River downstream from McNary Dam. Final Report, Volume I, July 1986-September 1992. DE-AI79-86BP63584, Bonneville Power Adminis No
Beamesderfer, R.C. and Nigro, A.A. 1993b. Status and habitat requirements of the white sturgeon populations in the Columbia River downstream from McNary Dam. Final Report, Volume II, July 1986-September 1992. DE-AI79-86BP63584, Bonneville Power Admini No
Beer, K.E. 1981. Embryonic and larval development of white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus). Master’s Thesis. University of California, Davis. No
Brannon, E., and seven others. 1987. Columbia River white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) population genetics and early life history study. Final Report. Project 83-316. Bonneville Power Administration, Portland. No
Elliott, J.C. and R.C. Beamesderfer. 1990. Comparison of efficiency and selectivity of three gears used to sample white sturgeon in a Columbia River reservoir. California Fish and Game 76(3):174-180. No
Klemm, D.J., P.A. Lewis, F. Fulk, and J.M. Lazorchak. 1990. Macroinvertebrate field and laboratory methods for evaluating the biological integrity of surface waters. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development. EPA/600/4-90/0 No
McCabe, G.T., Jr. and L.G. Beckman. 1990. Use of an artificial substrate to collect white sturgeon eggs. California Fish and Game 76(4):248-250. No
Nilo, P., Dumont, P., and Furtin, R. 1997. Climatic and hydrological determinants of year-class strength of St. Lawrence River lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens). Canadian Journal of Aquatic Science 54:774-780. No
Paragamian V., G. Kruse, and V.D. Wakkinen. 1995. Kootenai River white sturgeon investigations. Annual Progress Report. Project 88-65. Bonneville Power Administration, Portland. No
Paragamian V., G. Kruse, and V.D. Wakkinen. 1996. Kootenai River white sturgeon investigations. Annual Progress Report. Project 88-65. Bonneville Power Administration, Portland. No
Paragamian V., G. Kruse, and V.D. Wakkinen. 1997. Kootenai River white sturgeon investigations. Annual Progress Report. Project 88-65. Bonneville Power Administration, Portland. No
Parsley, M. 1991. How water velocities may limit white sturgeon spawning. Research Information Bulletin, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 91-86. 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
Partridge, F. 1983. Kootenai River fisheries investigations. Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Job Completion Report, Project F-73-R-5, Boise. No
R.L.&L. Environmental Services Ltd. 1994. Status of white sturgeon in the Columbia River, B.C. Final Report prepared for B.C. Hydro, Environmental Affairs, Vancouver, B.C. Report 377F. No
Simpson, J.C. and R.L. Wallace. 1982. Fishes of Idaho. University of Idaho Press, Moscow, Idaho. No
Stetter, A. and E. Brannon. 1992. A summary of stock identification research on white sturgeon of the Columbia River. Bonneville Power Administration, Project 89-44, Portland. No
Wydoski, R.S. and R.R. Whitney. 1979. Inland fishes of Washington. University of Washington Press, Seattle. 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 for one year
Date:
Jun 15, 1999
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Comment:
Recommendation: Fund for one year; future funding contingent on reporting of results to date. Include in an overall programmatic review of white sturgeon work in the entire Columbia River basin.

Comments: This proposal is for assessment of white sturgeon in Lake Roosevelt. The reviewers found this proposal to be very persuasive. A strong case is made for conservation of this strain of white sturgeon stock. Continued viability of the white sturgeon population above Grand Coulee Dam is tenuous. Presently, we have no or very little knowledge of the biological and physical factors affecting white sturgeon abundance, population dynamics of the white sturgeon, and when and where they may spawn. All of this information is essential for formulating a biologically sound restoration program. This project proposes to obtain the above information in a scientifically sound manner. The project is tied to restoration and recovery and not strictly enhancement of a native species. The information provided points up the need for quick action if this native species is to be saved from continuing decline and possible local extinction. Although this is given as an existing project, the study has not started and is essentially a new project proposal. This needs clarification.

Taken as a new proposal, this is a good one that warrants funding. The proposal relates the work to the FWP and the Upper Columbia Blocked Area Mgmt. Plan. The objectives and tasks are clear. Costs are shared with the British Columbia Ministry of Environment. The work is linked to other Lake Roosevelt work, and to other white sturgeon work in the Basin. The lack of a project history and accomplishments suggests that this is a mislabeled project and should be considered new. There are good long-term objectives and tasks, methods related to them, and apparently good facilities and equipment for doing the work. The relationship of this project to others is clear. The methods to be employed are thoroughly explained and related to objectives. The budgetary request appears justified, with clearly documented expenditure categories. It is needed work and seems to be a good plan for doing it. However, taken as an existing project from 1995, a different perspective needs to be given. What has been going on since 1995? No results are provided. There is no way to judge this project on its productivity since apparently being funded. Compared to last year's proposal, this one presents better information on methods, but it should be broken into tasks with times attached.


CBFWA Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
Fund
Date:
Aug 20, 1999
2000
$ 75,000
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: no-The project accomplishments would most likely be compromised by reservoir operation and dissolved gas from Canada. The proposal should explain how it benefits sturgeon. The budget is excessive. The project should be more compatible and not duplicative of Canadian work.

Programmatic Criteria: yes

Milestone Criteria: no- There are no milestones or biological objectives listed.

General Comments: This should be part of project 9404300. The budget request has increased. The results of genetic analysis have important implications to this project.


ISRP Addendum Review , ISRP 99-3 Recommendation:
Rank 27
Date:
Oct 8, 1999
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Comment:
Rank Comments: The ISRP found this proposal to provide a strong case for conservation of this strain of white sturgeon stock. Presently, there is no or very little knowledge of the biological and physical factors which is essential for formulating a biologically sound restoration program.

ISRP Review , ISRP 99-3 Recommendation:
Rank 27
Date:
Oct 8, 1999
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Comment:
The ISRP found this proposal to provide a strong case for conservation of this strain of white sturgeon stock. Presently, there is no or very little knowledge of the biological and physical factors which is essential for formulating a biologically sound restoration program.

NWPPC Funding Recommendation , NWPPC 2000-6 Recommendation:
Do Not Fund
Date:
Mar 1, 2000
2000
$ 0
Comment:
[Decision made in 2-2-00 Council Meeting];

NW Power and Conservation Council's FY 2006 Project Funding Review Funding category:
expense
Date:
May 2005
FY05 NPCC Start of Year:
$250,000
FY06 NPCC Staff Preliminary:
$250,000
FY06 NPCC July Draft Start of Year:
$250,000
Sponsor (Spokane Tribe Of Indians) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

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