Return to Proposal Finder FY 2000 Proposal 199502800

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 Restore Moses Lake Recreational Fishery
BPA Project Proposal Number 199502800
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Business acronym (if appropriate) WDFW

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Joe Foster
Mailing Address 1550 Alder Street NW
City, State, Zip Ephrata, WA 98823-9651
Phone 5097544624
Fax 5097545257
E-mail FosteJHF@DFW.WA.Gov
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Columbia Plateau
Subbasin Crab
Short Description Restore/enhance the failed recreational fishery for resident species in Moses Lake, once the premier fishery for resident game fish in the Columbia Basin, in lieu of lost recreational fishery opportunities for anadromous game fish species in the upper Col
Target Species Black Crappie, Bluegill, Yellow Perch, Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Walleye, Smallmouth Bass

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.19 Resident fish substitution for lost anadromous fish production and recreational opportunities above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams.
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: N/A
Other Planning Document References N/A

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
Objective 1: Synthesize all current information on Moses Lake. Task 1.1 Review existing information on the fisheries and ecology of Moses Lake. Task 1.2 Analysis of previously collected data. A. Bring database up to date B. Examine previously col
Objective 2: Data collection. Task 2.1 Continued collection of baseline information. Task 2.2 Preliminary surveys suggested by initial literature and data analysis. Task 2.3 Collect water quality, habitat and fisheries information currently unavailabl
Objective 3: Formulate a detailed study plan. Task 3.1 Develop hypotheses as to what factors are currently limiting the production and recruitment of bass, crappie, bluegill, perch and trout to the recreational fishery. Task 3.2 Develop and test method

Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

Project ID Title Description Umbrella
9700400 Resident Fish Stock Status above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams Information exchange/blocked area coordination. No

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Collect the data outlined in the study plan developed in FY 99 as necessary to understanding fish population dynamics in Moses Lake and to test the hypotheses. a. Collect biological data, including population estimates, age and size distribution, food consumption and predation rates, and standing crop estimates for all major fish species.
1. b. Assess the availability and current use of spawning and rearing habitat for all major fish species.
1. c. Collect detailed hydrological and limnological information during all periods of the year for two years.
1. d. Monitor angling effort and harvest.
1. e. Identify and implement management measures during the data collection phase if it is likely that subsequent results would test hypotheses or if longer monitoring periods are desirable.
2. Develop management actions based on valid hypotheses which will result in restoring the desired fish populations to Moses Lake. a. Identify the true hypotheses.
2. b. Devise management measures to effect the needed changes suggested by the true hypotheses.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 10/01/99 12/01/02 Complete biological profile of all major fish species. 60.0%
Habitat map detailing important production areas and current use. 20.0%
Complete nutrient, water and thermal budget profiles. 20.0%
2 10/01/01 12/01/02 Results of management measures instituted during the data collection period.  
Comprehensive fish management and enhancement plan for Moses Lake. Determines management endeavors to be instigated and evaluated during Phase 3 of the project.  

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel Includes one Fish Biologist 3 @ $45,996 and two Fish Biologist 1's each @ $33,372 $112,740
Fringe Includes one Fish Biologist 3 @ $11,240 and two Fish Biologist 1's each @ $9,327 $ 29,894
Supplies Goods and Services $ 16,910
Capital Equipment includes a Hydrolab @ $10,307; Boat, Trailer, and Motor @ $12,000; and Fyke Nets @ 1,482 $ 23,789
NEPA N/A $ 0
Travel Mileage and per diem $ 8,040
Indirect WDFW Overhead (20% on all items except equipment listed under Capital acquisitions. $ 33,517
Other Enhancement Project Account - funding for future enhancements identified during the course of the in $ 10,000
Total Itemized Budget $234,890

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $234,890
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $234,890
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
N/A $ 0 unknown


Outyear Budget Totals

2001 2002 2003 2004
All Phases $213,101 $217,902 $222,702 $227,502
Total Outyear Budgets $213,101 $217,902 $222,702 $227,502

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: FY 2000 Tasks may be modified, added to or deleted depending on the final plan resulting from Objective 3 in FY 1999. As the necessary information becomes available, management actions in Objective 2 - FY 2000 which could be implemented earlier than 10/2001 may become apparent. These actions will be implemented if it is likely that 1) the subsequent results would test a hypothesis, or 2) if it would be beneficial to begin monitoring an action before Phase 3 commences because a longer evaluation is desirable.

Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Bain, Richard C.. 1987. Moses Lake clean water project; final stage 3 report. Moses Lake Irrigation and Rehabilitation District. Moses Lake, Washington. No
Bush, Ronald M. and Eugene B. Welch. . Plankton associations and related factors in a hypereutrophic lake. U.W. Civil Engineering. Seattle, Washington. No
Chadwick, Patrick A. Jr., Brian J. Davies, Tammy K. flowers, James Walton and Will Wirt. 1985. Moses Lake fish population analysis. Peninsula College. Port Angeles, Washington. No
Duff, Raymond L.. 1976. A year’s survey of the Moses Lake fishery. Washington Department of Game. Olympia, Washington. No
Eads, Rex, Tom Sibley, Rafael Ponce and Vivian Peterson. 1991. Economic impact and environmental assessment of the decline of fishing, Moses Lake and Potholes Reservoir. Big Bend Economic Council. Ephrata, Washington. No
Fletcher, Doug, Molly Hallock and Kurt Perry. 1987-1993. 7 vol.. Warmwater fishing contests in Washington. Washington Department of Wildlife. Olympia, Washington. No
Groves, Kenneth E.. 1951. Fishes of Moses Lake, Washington. Walla Walla College. College Place, Washington. No
Jackson, Stephan Y.. 1985. 1983 Moses Lake creel census. Washington Department of Game. Olympia, Washington. No
Korth, Jeffrey W.. 1992. 1991 Moses Lake creel census. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Olympia, Washington. No
Korth, Jeffrey W.. 1993-1998. 6 vol.. Fisheries management annual report. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Olympia, Washington. No
Northwest Power Planning Council. 1995. Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program - Resident Fish and Wildlife Ammendments. Northwest Power Planning Council. Portland, Oregon. No
Sylvester, Robert O. and Ray T. Oglesby. 1964. The Moses Lake water environment. U.W. Civil Engineering. Seattle, Washington. No
Upper Columbia Fisheries Managers. 1998. Upper Columbia blocked area management plan. Spokane, Washington. No
Welch, Eugene B., James Buckley and Ronald M. Bush. 1971. Dilution as a control for nuisance algae blooms. U.W. Civil Engineering. Seattle, Washington. No
Walton, James M. and Will Wirt. 1989. Fish population assessment of four eastern Washington lakes. Peninsula College. Port Angeles, Washington. No
Zook, William. 1976, 1977. 2 vol.. Fisheries management annual report. Washington Department of Game. Olympia, Washington. No
Zook, William. 1978. Warmwater fisheries research in Washington. Washington Department of Game. Olympia, Washington. No

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:
Delay funding
Jun 15, 1999
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Recommendation: Delay funding until they propose testable hypotheses developed from the existing data. There has been inadequate synthesis of existing data. Identify some specific problems, then re-submit the proposal.

Comments: This clearly presented proposal for an ongoing project would replace recreational fishery losses because of declining anadromous fish populations with warm water game fishes such as crappie, bass, yellow perch and walleye. Accomplishments to date include compilation of a reference library on Moses Lake fishery, collection of water quality and habitat data, and formulation of study plan. The current proposal is for Phase 2, which involves further data collection and development of specific introduction proposals. The sampling procedures should have been described in greater detail. However, additional data collection may not be warranted or of high priority at this time because there has been a lot of data collected on Moses Lake. How much more information do we need about black crappie and smallmouth bass? The proposers should look at the data they have and describe the testable hypotheses, although it is not apparent how such a small group of people would be able to analyze all the data. Phase 2 also includes completion of biological profiles for major fishes and habitat mapping. Presumably, Phase 3 would involve introductions and monitoring. Generally, the project is not designed to meet regional goals in terms of native fishes. Continued reliance on warm water fishes for recreational fishing opportunities may confound public expectations regarding restoration of anadromous fishes to fishable population levels. No cost share is provided in this project. Why isn't WDFW funding part or all of this? Are there chances for dispersal of introduced fishes?

The proposal does not adequately address the ISRP's FY99 comments, Appendix A page 65: "The proposal is for a highly managed non-native harvest fishery and the choice of fish stocks is not biologically justified. The proposal does not adequately ensure that the proposers have sufficient understanding of the reasons for fisheries decline in Moses Lake to restore the fishery. The experimental design is not clearly presented or justified, and the proposal does not adequately describe the methods to be used for some very complicated actions. Additionally, the effects of angling are not well described."

CBFWA Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
Aug 20, 1999

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

Technical Criteria: yes

Programmatic Criteria: yes

Milestone Criteria: no There is insufficient detail on milestones and no established track record.

General Comment: There is a lot of funding discrepancies on this project. There is also concern about how FY98 funds were allocated and expended.

ISRP Final Review , ISRP 99-4 Recommendation:
Oct 29, 1999
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
Fund. The project managers have gone to some length to justify the recreational warm-water fishery in Moses Lake and to explain how this is related to the Fish and Wildlife Plan. Overall, they did an adequate job of describing the problem and justifying the approach. Of particular interest are the testable hypotheses for explaining the fishery decline, e.g., the apparent proliferation of carp in the lake.

Some detailed explanation of how much, and what type of, data analyses are really needed to complete Phase I would have been helpful. For example, are there long-term measurements of turbidity or Secchi depth over time to determine if Moses Lake has become progressively more turbid? The reference to harvest being a constant was not adequately substantiated.

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

NWPPC Funding Recommendation , NWPPC 2000-6 Recommendation:
Mar 1, 2000
[Decision made in 11-3-99 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 (WDFW - Olympia) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

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