Return to Proposal Finder FY 2001 Ongoing Proposal 198806500

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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

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Section 1. General Administrative Information

Title of Project Proposal Kootenai River Fisheries Recovery Investigations
BPA Project Proposal Number 198806500
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Business acronym (if appropriate) IDFG
 

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Vaughn L. Paragamian
Mailing Address IDFG, 2750 Kathleen Ave.
City, State, Zip Coeur d' Alene, ID 83815
Phone 2087691414
Fax 2087691418
E-mail Vparagam@idfg.state.id.us
 
Manager of program authorizing this project
 
Review Cycle FY 2001 Ongoing
Province Mountain Columbia
Subbasin Kootenai
 
Short Description Implement recovery and restoration efforts for Kootenai River white sturgeon, burbot, bull and rainbow trout, and whitefish stocks in the Kootenai River and effects of water fluctuations and ecosystem changes on these stocks.
Target Species


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Biological Outcomes of this project: Restoration of flows during spring are expected to provide suitable spawning and rearing conditions for white sturgeon. Reduced and stable January flows should eliminate stress to adult burbot and provide a passable migration corridor for burbot. After suitable spawning migration flows are restored a genetically similar donor stock of burbot should enhance reproduction and accelerate recovery efforts. Standing stocks and densities of whitefish, and rainbow and bull trout should improve and support a sportfishery, comparable to the Kootenai River in Montana, after measures are taken to improve secondary production, and rearing conditions for salmonids.
Biological Data: Data pertaining to monitoring and evaluation of Kootenai River white sturgeon spawning and rearing during experimental flows has been an ongoing aspect of recovery since 1991. These data include; river temperature, stage, and flow; egg collection data including location, depth, velocities, substrate, and temperature and collection sites. Population estimates, survival, estimates of recruitment, age class structure, relative weights, length frequencies, weights and lengths of adult and juvenile white sturgeon have been recorded or calculated. Telemetry of white sturgeon has provided movement and behavior in relation to temperature, flow, and river stage. Life history information on burbot has been collected since 1993 and includes; population estimate of adults, spawning migration patterns, spawning location, length frequency and relative weights. Additional information on the mtDNA haplotype frequencies are recorded for burbot from four locations in the Kootenai River. Telemetry of burbot has provided responses to various post-Libby Dam flows and temperatures during the pre-spawning, spawning, and post-spawning periods.


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
1992 White sturgeon spawning in gravel cobble substrate found to be very minimal, main body of adult spawners are found much further downstream.
1993 Sturgeon abandon spawning reach when flows are dropped by the USACE.
1993 Burbot are found in Idaho reach of Kootenai River, previously though to be extirpated.
1994 Burbot densities are higher in the BC reach of the Kootenai River than Idaho but telemetry indicates they are transboundary.
1994 Trophic structure of Kootenai River now comprised primarily of omnivores, previous studies in 70's indicated there was a nearly equal representation of insectivores and omnivores.
1994 White sturgeon are found spawning in slow velocity water over sand substrate further downstream (rkm 228) than anticipated.
1994 Abundance of rainbow trout in tributaries of the Kootenai River are similar to those of the late 70's but trout numbers in the river are lower.
1994 Burbot in Idaho are concentrated at Ambush Rock, rkm 244.5, and are concentrated in the thalweg.
1995 Creel survey indicates rainbow trout are the most sought after fish in the Kootenai River but whitefish are most important in the harvest.
1995 The only know spawning location of burbot in the Kootenai River system below Kootenai Falls is found to be in the Goat River, a tributary in BC.
1995 Hypothesis developed inferring river flow impairs burbot spawning migrations and fitness.
1995 Population estimate of sturgeon indicates about 1,555 adult white sturgeon but juveniles are estimated at 87.
1996 Growth and condition of Kootenai River white sturgeon is lower than for the mean of other white sturgeon in the Columbia Basin.
1996 Kootenai River white sturgeon are spawning over sand substrate in low velocity water and in habitat thought to be unusual for white sturgeon.
1997 The capture of several juvenile sturgeon from flow test years and a larval sturgeon are the first measure of success recorded for mitigated flows for sturgeon spawning.
1997 Burbot in Kootenai River and Kootenay Lake genetically distinct from burbot above Kootenai Falls in Montana.
1997 Substantial evidence to indicate many burbot are reproductively disfunctional.
1998 Burbot spawning migrations are impaired by high flows during winter.
1998 Acoustic Doppler Current Profiling indicated velocities in the white sturgeon spawning reach are about 0.80 m/s and slightly faster than a location in which sturgeon were expected to spawn.
1998 Acoustic subbottom profiling indicated white sturgeon are spawning over sand substrate which is a minimum of 4 m in depth and there does not appear to be any possibility that gravel and cobble was present prior to Libby Dam.
1998 Rainbow trout appear to be a intergrade of coastal rainbow and other strains.
1998 Kootenai River white sturgeon spawning migration can be predicted with a logistic model.
1998 Deep Creek is the primary location of spawning in the Kootenai drainage in Idaho, west side tributaries provide few recruits.
1998 Burbot can travel up to 4.2 km/day under flow conditions of 170 cubic m/s.
1998 Rainbow trout spawners in Deep Creek (major tributary to Kootenai River) are adfluvial stock and juveniles seed lower river and Kootenai Lake.
1999 Most bull trout appear to be spawning in tributaries in Montana.
1999 Analysis of mtDNA of burbot from Duncan Lake indicates they are similar to Kootenai River stock.
1999 Analysis of Queens Bay elevations suggests white sturgeon spawning location is governed by the elevation of Kootenay Lake.
1999 Estimates of recruits to Kootenai River and Kootenay Lake from the Deep Creek tributaries is about 45,000 to 55,000/year.
1999 Most rainbow trout above Bonners Ferry appear to be spawning in tributaries in Montana.
2000 The capture of eight unspawned burbot beyond the spawning season in Idaho (in addition to five females resorbing eggs and several unspent males) adds further evidence to the hypothesis the burbot population is reproductively disfunctional.
2000 Telemetry suggests Duncan Lake burbot have a similar adfluvial spawning history as Kootenai River burbot.


Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

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Section 4. Budget for Planning and Design Phase

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Section 5. Budget for Construction and Implementation Phase

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Section 6. Budget 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
Objective 1. Evaluate the response of adult white sturgeon to mitigated flow and temperature condition and determine the magnitude and timing necessary to provide successful spawning and rearing habitat in the Kootenai River. a.Sample 50 adult white sturgeon. b.Calculate condition of adults & juv. c.Monitor movement and behavior. d.Measure and quantify physical river data. e.Measure egg dep., larval, and juv fish. f.Determine location of spawning. g.Monitor Surv of Hat fry. 18 $368,036  
h.Calculate growth of adults, hatchery and wild juveniles. 18 $ 6,000 x
i.Test various gear to develop systematic sampling scheme for juv. sturgeon. j.Quantify abundance of juvenile sturgeon- hatchery and wild. k.Quantify habitat for early rearing life stages of sturgeon. 18 $ 0  
l.Kootenay Lake white sturgeon larval sampling, juvenile sampling, and adult and juvenile telemetry. 18 $ 20,000 x
Objective 2: Determine the effects of high winter flows on burbot migration rate (km/d) and spawning in Idaho, test null hypothesis flows do not affect burbot travel rate or distance, and null hypothesis high flows do not impair reproductive fitness. a.Capture burbot in Kootenai R. and measure and weigh. b.Attach transmitters to a minimum of 12 and monitor behavior. c.Monitor behavior and migration of burbot during a five week 6,000 cfs period. d.Chi-sq. stat. to study control and test differences. 12 $ 69,690  
e.Collect blood samples from KR burbot and measure testosterone, estradiol, serum chloride. f.Collect blood samples from control burbot (Columbia L.) and measure testosterone, estradiol, serum chloride. 3 $ 10,000 x
g.Biopsy post-spawn burbot to determine the %spawners and evidence of disfunctional reproduction. 12 $ 0  
h.Deploy continuous recording thermographs in potential spawning tributaries. i.Deploy hoopnets in Smith and Boundary creeks to monitor adult spawning. 12 $ 0  
j.Sample burbot in Koot. and Duncan L. and collect genetic samples and compare behavior similarities to burbot in Idaho. 12 $ 20,000 x
k.Mitochondrial DNA analysis of burbot in Duncan Lake for comparison to Kootenai River. 2 $ 8,000 x
Objective 3:Estimate the number of burbot in the Kootenai River from the South Arm of Kootenay Lake to Bonners Ferry. a.Enter all burbot captured and recaptured from 1993-2001 into a Seber-Jolly computer model to determine number, survival, and recruitment. 1 $ 4,000 x
Objective 4: Identify methods to effectively sample larval burbot. a.Sample larval burbot with various gear. b.Preserve samples and note length, location, and temperature. 12 $ 12,948  
Objective 5: Conduct a sportfishery survey on the Kootenai River from Deep Creek to the Montana Border to determine catch and harvest rates and as part of the Large Scale sampling to compare to changes after recovery of productivity (fertilization). a.Interview anglers. b.Measure and weigh fish. c.Conduct instantaneous angler counts. d.Note fin-clips and collect tags from trout. e.Estimate harvest and catch rates. . 1 $ 32,371  
Objective 6: Determine source of rainbow trout recruitment in the Idaho reach of the Kootenai River. a.Trap outmigrating rainbow trout in Boulder Creek. b.Collect 20 rainbow trout in the Kootenai River and implant radio transmitters. c.Use aerial telemetry to monitor movement of rainbow spawners. d.Reward tag rainbow. e.Do mark and recapture of ra 3 $ 41,345  
Objective 7: Determine source of bull trout recruitment in the Idaho reach of the Kootenai River downstream of Bonners Ferry. a.Collect 10 bull trout in the Kootenai River below Bonners Ferry and implant radio transmitters. b.Use aerial telemetry to monitor movement of bull trout spawners below Bonners Ferry. . 3 $ 9,711  
Objective 8: Test the use of spawning cribs for rainbow trout to determine the potential for the construction of spawning channels to improve recruitment in the Kootenai River. a.Do a literature search. b.Evaluate which tributaries in Idaho would be best prospects to test spawning cribs for rainbow trout. c.Evaluate which locations in the Kootenai River would be best prospects to test spawning cribs for rainbow trout 5 $ 35,608  
d.Devise an experimental design to test location (depth, current, etc.), river or tributary, survival, and recruitment. e.Monitor and evaluate spawning activity and recruitment or survival of eggs and fry. 5 $ 0  
Objective 9: Large scale sampling to determine the (pre-fertilization) status of the fish community trophic structure, densities, standing stocks, and the growth and cond of salmonids. a.Sample fish populations with electrofishing gear at two reaches of the Kootenai River. b.Identify, measure, weigh, and fin clip all fish, and collect scales from all salmonids. c.Estimate trophic structure of the fish community (based on food habits). 1 $ 9,711  
d.Age all salmonid scales and back calculate growth. e.Calculate relative weights and condition for all salmonids. f.Calculate population estimates of all fish species and estimate standing stocks and densities/km and /ha. 1 $ 0  


Outyear Objective-Based Budget

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Outyear Budgets for Monitoring and Evaluation Phase

FY 2005 FY 2003 FY 2004 FY 2002
$786,948 $713,785 $749,480 $679,800


Section 8. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2001 Cost
Personnel FTE: 8.8 (4 - Permanent, 4.8 Temp.) $221,300
Fringe 35% for Perm. and 30% for Temp. $ 75,000
Supplies Sampling supplies, nets, hardware vehicle rent, fuel, repairs, hip boots, rain gear, etc. $ 75,130
Travel Per diem for local travel, workshops, inhouse training, AFS meetings $ 15,300
Indirect About 28% $161,690
Capital 2 Computers 1 Boat, motor, and trailer 1 Back-pack electroshocker $ 35,000
Subcontractor University of Wisconsin - burbot blood sample analysis. $ 10,000
Subcontractor University of Idaho - burbot population estimate, mtDNA analysis, and fin ray analysis. $ 14,000
Subcontractor Canadian studies of burbot and sturgeon in Kootenai R. and Duncan Lake. $ 40,000
Total Itemized Budget $647,420


Total estimated budget

Total FY 2001 project cost $647,420
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2001 budget request $647,420
FY 2001 forecast from 2000 $647,425
% change from forecast - 0.0%


Reason for change in estimated budget

Not applicable


Reason for change in scope

Analysis of the results of Adaptive Ecosystem Assessment modeling and reviews of previous river fertilization studies indicates fertilizing the Kootenai River may provide benefits to a variety of fisheries particularly rainbow trout and mountain whitefish. It will be important to establish baseline information on the status of the post-Libby Dam fish community and growth and condition of salmonids in order to make a final determination during the actual fertilization studies if an improvement in the densities and conditions of important fish has occurred and if sport fishery harvest has improved (post-fertilization. Early results of behavior and mtDNA study of burbot from Duncan L. indicates they are similar to burbot in the Kootenai River. If the Duncan Lake burbot are to be used in the recovery of burbot in the Kootenai River, after flows are reduced to a level suitable for spawning migration, then a larger sample size will be required to confirm the early results.


Cost Sharing

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Outyear Budget Totals

2002 2003 2004 2005
Monitoring and evaluation $679,800 $713,785 $749,480 $786,948
Total Outyear Budgets $679,800 $713,785 $749,480 $786,948
 

Other Budget Explanation

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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
$647,420
Comment:

NWPPC Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
Fund
Date:
Sep 13, 2000
2001
$570,000
Comment:
Rationale: Budget increase inappropriate in this review. Budget increase will depend on provincial review

NW Power and Conservation Council's FY 2006 Project Funding Review Funding category:
expense
Date:
May 2005
FY05 NPCC Start of Year:
$951,697
FY06 NPCC Staff Preliminary:
$951,697
FY06 NPCC July Draft Start of Year:
$951,697
Sponsor (IDFG) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

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