Return to Proposal Finder FY 2001 Ongoing Proposal 198605000

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Section 1. General Administrative information
Section 2. Past accomplishments
Section 3. Relationships to other projects
Section 4. Budgets for planning/design phase
Section 5. Budgets for construction/implementation phase
Section 6. Budgets for operations/maintenance phase
Section 7. Budgets for monitoring/evaluation phase
Section 8. Budget Summary

Reviews and Recommendations
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Section 1. General Administrative Information

Title of Project Proposal White Sturgeon Mitigation And Restoration In The Columbia And Snake Rivers
BPA Project Proposal Number 198605000
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Business acronym (if appropriate) ODFW
 

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name David Ward
Mailing Address 17330 S.E. Evelyn Street
City, State, Zip Clackamas, OR 97015
Phone 5036572000 x402
Fax 5036576823
E-mail david.l.ward@state.or.us
 
Manager of program authorizing this project David Ward
 
Review Cycle FY 2001 Ongoing
Province Systemwide
Subbasin Systemwide
 
Short Description Restore and mitigate for hydrosystem-caused loss of white sturgeon productivity through intensive fisheries management, supplementation, and modified hydrosystem operation. Assess success of mitigation efforts, and assess losses in unstudied areas.
Target Species


Project Location

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Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives (RPAs)

Sponsor-Reported Relevant RPAs

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Relevant RPAs based upon NMFS & BPA Review

NMFS and BPA did not associate any reasonable and prudent alternatives with this project proposal


Biological Outcomes of this project: The over-arching biological outcome expected is restoration of impounded white sturgeon populations to healthy, self-sustaining levels. The focus of activities that do not involve changes to hydrosystem operation (Objective 1) include (1) increased abundance of white sturgeon in Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day reservoirs so that a sustainable annual harvest of 5 kg/hectare is realized, and (2) increased knowledge of white sturgeon propagation so that supplementation of severely depressed populations in mid-Columbia (or other appropriate) reservoirs is feasible. Activities that involve possible changes to hydrosystem operation (Objective 2) focus on learning how the hydrosystem has affected spawning and recruitment of white sturgeon, and how to restore populations through changes in hydrosystem operation. Expected outcomes of changes in operation include increased availability of spawning and rearing habitat, and increased survival of eggs, larvae, and juveniles.
Biological Data: Data used to measure biological outcomes include (1) abundance of white sturgeon in Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day reservoirs, (2) the number of white sturgeon transplanted into The Dalles and John Day reservoirs, (3) harvest of white sturgeon in Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day reservoirs, (4) indices of age-0 white sturgeon abundance in various reservoirs, (5) descriptions of the effects of dam operations on movements and locations of pre-spawning and spawning white sturgeon, (6) indices of spawning habitat availability, and (7) maps, graphics, and tabular data portraying estimated changes in habitat availability if reservoir drawdowns are implemented.


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
1988 Developed methodologies: Habitat mapping and modeling; capture gears for various life stages; marking and aging techniques.
1990 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.
1990 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.
1992 Determined that dams limit movements of white sturgeon and have functionally isolated populations in mainstem Columbia River reservoirs.
1992 Described population dynamics and found them to be unique in each reservoir.
1992 Found population productivity to be 10-100 times higher downstream from Bonneville Dam than in Bonneville, The Dalles, or John Day reservoirs.
1992 Identified reduced flows and subsequent poor recruitment as the key factor limiting white sturgeon productivity in impoundments.
1992 Determined reservoirs provide large areas of suitable habitat for juvenile and adult white sturgeon, but compensatory population responses may reduce productivity if carrying capacity is exceeded.
1992 Determined over-fishing had occurred in the three lowermost reservoirs of the Columbia. Described appropriate exploitation rates under the reduced productivity resulting from the development and operation of the hydrosystem.
1993 Beamesderfer, R.C. 1993. A standard weight (Ws) equation for white sturgeon. California Fish and Game 79(2):63-69.
1993 McCabe, G.T., Jr. 1993. Prevalence of the parasite Cystoopsis acipenseri (Nematoda) in juvenile white sturgeons in the lower Columbia River. Journal of Aquatic Animal Health 5(4):313-316.
1993 McCabe, G.T., Jr., R.L. Emmett, and S.A. Hinton. 1993. Feeding ecology of juvenile white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) in the Lower Columbia River. Northwest Science 67(3):170-180.
1993 North, J.A., R.C. Beamesderfer, and T.A. Rien. 1993. Distribution and movements of white sturgeon in three lower Columbia River reservoirs. Northwest Science 67(2):105-111.
1993 Parsley, M.J., L.G. Beckman, and G.T. McCabe, Jr. 1993. Spawning and rearing habitat use by white sturgeons in the Columbia River downstream from McNary Dam. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 122(2):217-227.
1993 Warren, J.J. and L.G. Beckman. 1993. Fishway use by white sturgeon to bypass mainstem Columbia River dams. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sea Grant Extension Project, Columbia River Series WSG-AG 93-02
1994 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.
1994 Rien, T.A., and R.C. Beamesderfer. 1994. Accuracy and precision in age estimates of white sturgeon from pectoral fin rays. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 123(2):255-265.
1994 Rien, T.A., R.C.P. Beamesderfer, and C.A. Foster. 1994. Retention, recognition, and effects on survival of several tags and marks on white sturgeon. California Fish and Game 80(4):161-170.
1995 Beamesderfer, R.C.P., T.A. Rien, and A.A. Nigro. 1995. Dynamics and potential production of white sturgeon populations in three Columbia River reservoirs Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 124:857-872.
1995 DeVore, J.D., B.W. James, C.A. Tracy, and D.A. Hale. 1995. Dynamics and potential production of white sturgeon in the Columbia River downstream from Bonneville Dam. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 124:845-856.
1997 Demonstrated increased abundance of white sturgeon in The Dalles and John Day reservoirs. Some of this recovery was attributable to intensive harvest management and reduced exploitation.
1997 Transplanted white sturgeon to The Dalles Reservoir and demonstrated survival and growth of those fish one and two years later.
1997 Completed initial population estimates for white sturgeon in Ice Harbor, Little Goose, and Lower Monumental reservoirs.
1997 Determined that white sturgeon larvae are susceptible to gas bubble trauma in laboratory experiments.
1998 Developed habitat maps and flow-habitat models for the Columbia River up to Priest Rapids Dam.
1998 Used index sampling to develop initial descriptions of white sturgeon populations in Rock Island Reservoir, Lake Rufus Woods, and Lake Roosevelt.
1998 Documented presence of species-specific viral pathogens in wild Columbia River white sturgeon.
1998 Developed two indices to index the relative abundance for age-0 white sturgeon.
1998 Determined that hydropeaking at The Dalles Dam displaces white sturgeon eggs and larvae from incubation areas
1998 Counihan, T.D., A.I. Miller, M.G. Mesa, and M.J. Parsley. 1998. The effects of dissolved gas supersaturation on white sturgeon larvae. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 127:316-322.
1999 Transplanted approximately 3,300 juvenile white sturgeon from below Bonneville Dam to The Dalles Reservoir and 5,500 to John Day Reservoir.
1999 Used trawls to index the abundance of age-0 white sturgeon in Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day reservoirs.
1999 Used gillnets to compare with trawls in The Dalles and John Day reservoirs; used gillnets to index age-0 abundance in McNary, Ice Harbor, and Little Goose reservoirs.
1999 Completed population estimate for Bonneville Reservoir.
1999 Prepared white sturgeon harvest guidelines for 2000.
1999 Counihan, T.D., and C.N. Frost. 1999. Influence of externally attached transmitters on the swimming performance of juvenile white sturgeon. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 128:965-970.
1999 Counihan, T.D., A.I. Miller, and M.J. Parsley. 1999. Indexing the relative abundance of age-0 white sturgeon in an impoundment of the lower Columbia River from highly skewed trawling data. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 19:520-529.


Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

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Section 4. Budget for Planning and Design Phase

Task-based Budget

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Outyear Objective-Based Budget

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Outyear Budgets for Planning and Design Phase

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Section 5. Budget for Construction and Implementation Phase

Task-based Budget

Objective Task Duration in FYs Estimated 2001 cost Subcontractor
1. Develop and implement mitigation actions that do not involve changes to hydrosystem operation and configuration. a. Transplant approximately 10,000 juvenile white sturgeon from areas downstream from Bonneville Dam to The Dalles and John Day reservoirs (ODFW). Ongoing $130,935  
1. b. Collect, hold, and spawn wild white sturgeon to produce age-specific cohorts and evaluate the feasibility of using artificial propagation as a mitigation tool (CRITFC and USFWS). 2 $331,236  
1 c. Conduct laboratory experiments to determine the size at which artificially-propagated white sturgeon should be stocked to avoid predation (USGS). 1 $ 82,982  
2. Develop and implement mitigation actions that involve changes to hydrosystem operation and configuration. a. Describe the effects of daily dam operations on spawning by white sturgeon by using telemetry to monitor behavior of pre-spawn and spawning fish (USGS). 1 $ 46,523  
2. b. Describe the effects of dam operations on recruitment by correlating habitat measures with indices of recruitment (USGS and USFWS). 1 $137,626  
2. c. Describe the potential effect of reservoir drawdowns on the physical habitat available for white sturgeon in John Day, Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose, and Lower Granite reservoirs (USGS). 1 $ 46,522  
3. Monitor and evaluate actions to mitigate for lost white sturgeon production due to development, operation, and configuration of the hydrosystem. b. Determine if the indices developed from trawling and gillnetting follow similar trends with changes in densities that result from variable recruitment (WDFW, ODFW, and CRITFC). 2 $176,482  
4. Assess losses to white sturgeon productivity caused by development and operation of the hydrosystem. a. Determine if reduced turbidity caused by hydrosystem development influences predation on age-0 white sturgeon (USGS). 2 $ 82,982  
4. b. Determine sex, maturational status, and reproductive potential of sturgeon in impounded and unimpounded reaches and correlate disease load with reproductive fitness (OSU). 2 $ 88,830  


Outyear Objective-Based Budget

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Outyear Budgets for Construction and Implementation Phase

FY 2004 FY 2005 FY 2002 FY 2003
$300,000 $300,000 $700,000 $400,000


Section 6. Budget for Operations and Maintenance Phase

Task-based Budget

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Outyear Objective-Based Budget

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Outyear Budgets for Operations and Maintenance Phase

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Section 7. Budget for Monitoring and Evaluation Phase

Task-based Budget

Objective Task Duration in FYs Estimated 2001 cost Subcontractor
1. Develop and implement mitigation actions that do not involve changes to hydrosystem operation and configuration. d. Continue intensive fisheries management and monitoring of harvest in Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day reservoirs (WDFW, ODFW, and CRITFC). Ongoing $491,240  
3. Monitor and evaluate actions to mitigate for white sturgeon production due to development, operation, and configuration of the hydropower system. a. Monitor the effects of mitigation actions on impounded populations of white sturgeon (John Day Reservoir in 2001) (ODFW, WDFW, and CRITFC). Ongoing $397,918  
3. c. Describe annual variation in white sturgeon recruitment between Bonneville and Priest Rapids dams on the Columbia River and downstream from Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River (USGS, WDFW, and ODFW). Ongoing $151,767  


Outyear Objective-Based Budget

n/a or no information


Outyear Budgets for Monitoring and Evaluation Phase

FY 2004 FY 2005 FY 2002 FY 2003
$1,200,000 $900,000 $1,250,000 $800,000


Section 8. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2001 Cost
Personnel FTE: ODFW = $54,129 WDFW = $45,392 USGS = $159,204 USFWS = $119,593 CRITFC = $61,569 OSU = $35,000 $474,887
Fringe ODFW = $18,196 WDFW = $11,458 USGS = $50,761 USFWS = $34,189 CRITFC = $19,395 OSU = $17,500 $151,499
Supplies ODFW = $66,483 WDFW = $11,875 USGS = $9,435 USFWS = $23,850 CRITFC = $11,424 OSU = $18,000 $141,067
Travel ODFW = $12,684 WDFW = $12,064 USGS = $2,000 USFWS = $2,080 CRITFC = $5,650 $ 34,478
Indirect ODFW = $40,154 WDFW = $18,983 USGS = $84,132 USFWS = $52,350 CRITFC = $35,438 OSU = $18,330 $249,387
PIT tags # of tags: 22000 $ 52,800
Subcontractor Yakima Indian Nation (from CRITFC) $ 20,000
Personnel FTE: ODFW = $143,652 WDFW = $207,588 USGS = $69,076 CRITFC = $23,283 $443,599
Fringe ODFW = $72,783 WDFW = $53,485 USGS = $25,473 CRITFC = $7,334 $159,075
Supplies ODFW = $38,762 WDFW = $31,375 USGS = $10,912 CRITFC = $4,620 $ 85,669
Travel ODFW = $16,630 WDFW = $28,490 USGS = $4,515 CRITFC = $750 $ 50,385
Indirect ODFW = $71,385 WDFW = $75,422 USGS = $41,791 CRITFC = $13,279 $201,877
PIT tags # of tags: 4300 $ 10,320
Subcontractor Yakima Indian Nation (from CRITFC) $ 90,000
Total Itemized Budget $2,165,043


Total estimated budget

Total FY 2001 project cost $2,165,043
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $400,000
Total FY 2001 budget request $1,765,043
FY 2001 forecast from 2000 $1,950,000
% change from forecast - 9.5%


Reason for change in estimated budget

Tasks not completed in FY99 and FY00 will be completed in FY01 with unspent funds carried over.


Reason for change in scope

No change in scope


Cost Sharing

Not applicable
 

Outyear Budget Totals

2002 2003 2004 2005
Construction/implementation $700,000 $400,000 $300,000 $300,000
Monitoring and evaluation $1,250,000 $800,000 $1,200,000 $900,000
Total Outyear Budgets $1,950,000 $1,200,000 $1,500,000 $1,200,000
 

Other Budget Explanation

Not applicable


Reviews and Recommendations

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

CBFWA Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
Date:
Jul 14, 2000
2001
$2,165,043
Comment:

NWPPC Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
Fund
Date:
Sep 13, 2000
2001
$1,990,925
Comment:
Rationale: Budget increase inappropriate in this review.

NW Power and Conservation Council's FY 2006 Project Funding Review Funding category:
expense
Date:
May 2005
FY05 NPCC Start of Year:
$1,431,916
FY06 NPCC Staff Preliminary:
$1,251,853
FY06 NPCC July Draft Start of Year:
$1,251,853
Sponsor (ODFW) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

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