Return to Proposal Finder FY 2001 Ongoing Proposal 199802000

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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 Assess Fish Habitat and Salmonids in the Walla Walla Watershed in Washington
BPA Project Proposal Number 199802000
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 Glen Mendel
Mailing Address 529 W Main St.
City, State, Zip Dayton, WA 99328
Phone 5093821005
Fax 5093821267
E-mail mendegwm@dfw.wa.gov
 
Manager of program authorizing this project Ross Fuller
 
Review Cycle FY 2001 Ongoing
Province Columbia Plateau
Subbasin Walla Walla
 
Short Description Determine fish passage, rearing, spawning conditions, and limiting factors for steelhead and for potential reintroduction of chinook salmon, and assess steelhead and bull trout distribution, abundance, and genetic composition in the Walla Walla watershed
Target Species


Project Location

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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


Biological Outcomes of this project: The information proposed for collection is critical for planning and implementing watershed restoration, resource management for sensitive and depressed salmonid populations, as well as planning hatchery supplementation or continuing hatchery mitigation for steelhead, or for reintroduction of salmon in the Walla Walla basin. We will greatly increase our knowledge of where salmonids are spawning or rearing, and their relative abundance and habitat conditions within the basin. This information would form the basis for management decisions regarding salmonid populations and guide habitat restoration or enhancement within the basin.
Biological Data: The data we are proposing to collect will form the baseline data to measure biological outcomes from habitat restoration or other management actions within the Washington portion of the Walla Walla Basin. Very little data is available otherwise for the Washington portion of the watershed. As part of our adaptive management, we will modify our objectives and data collection emphasis as necessary to fill data gaps as we identify them. We will obtain distribution and relative abundance of adults or spawning, rearing densities and distributions, and genetic analyses for bull trout and steelhead within the watershed. Genetics information will include the Oregon portion of the basin. We will document stream flows and temperatures during spring, summer and fall, and we will collect baseline habitat condition data to identify limiting factors within parts of the watershed.


CBFWA-Generated Information

Database Administrator notes on the history of this proposal form: None
Type of Project (assigned by CBFWA Analysts): anadromous


Section 2. Past Accomplishments

Year Accomplishment
1999 collected and summarized data in a report to quantify summer temperatures and stream flows in the mainstem Walla Walla and Touchet rivers and tributaries to assess habitat conditions.
1999 obtained data regarding salmonid distribution and densities in the Touchet River and its tributaries, and the Walla Walla mainstem to determine salmonid distribution and relative abundance. Identified several barriers to fish movements and reported them.
1999 collected genetic samples from steelhead and bull trout in Mill Creek, the Touchet River and its tributaries, and the Walla Walla River in Oregon to identify and genetically characterize stocks of salmonids.
1999 Used the 1998 and 1999 data to guide management discussions/decisions with other agencies regarding thermal and physical barriers and priorities for habitat restoration.
1998 collected and summarized data in a report to quantify summer temperatures and flows in the mainstem Walla Walla and Touchet rivers
1998 obtained data regarding salmonid distribution and densities in the Touchet and Walla Walla river mainstems, and Coppei Cr.
1998 collected genetic samples from steelhead and bull trout in Mill Creek and the Walla Walla River in Oregon


Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

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Section 4. Budget for Planning and Design Phase

Task-based Budget

Objective Task Duration in FYs Estimated 2001 cost Subcontractor
1. Assess habitat Conditions for salmonids a. Identify and contact private landowners along streams in the basin and obtain permission for access. Subcontractor assists with this task. 2 $ 2,000 x
b. Establish stream discharge monitors in the lower Touchet and Walla Walla rivers 2 $ 2,000  
c. Conduct periodic stream discharge measurements to calibrate or supplement discharge monitors 2 $ 5,000  
d. Conduct periodic flights over the lower Walla Walla and Touchet rivers to confirm continuity of stream flows 2 $ 300  
e. Deploy and monitor constant recording water temperature gauges in streams within the basin 2 $ 5,000  
f. Conduct habitat surveys in portions of basin streams to quantify habitat conditions and identify limiting factors 2 $ 25,000  
g. Periodically collect water quality samples at various sites as necessary 2 $ 600  
2. Determine salmonid distribution, habitat use and relative abundance in the Washington portion of the Walla Walla Basin. a. Conduct steelhead and bull trout spawning surveys. Conduct extensive surveys in various streams in the basin to confirm spawning distribution and establish some index survey areas to sample more intensively. indefinite $ 20,000  
b. Conduct electrofishing or snorkel surveys during summer to determine salmonid rearing distribution. In index areas, determine fish density, abundance and habitat use. 2 $ 24,000  
c. Construct an adult trap at the Corps of Engineers dam on Mill Creek. 1 ? $ 40,000  
d. Improve an existing trap at the Dayton acclimation pond intake structure on the Touchet River. 1 ? $ 30,000  
e. Operate adult traps Dec.-Jan. through June -July. Enumerate, determine sex, origin, and length of steelhead, bull trout, and chinook that are captured. Affix an external tag or fin clip for estimating the run size. Collect scales. indefinite $ 30,000  
f. Calculate estimated escapements of steelhead, bull trout and spring chinook past adult traps in Mill Creek and the Touchet River. indefinite $ 500  
3. Identify and genetically characterize stocks of naturally produced steelhead and bull trout in the Walla Walla watershed. a. At adult trap sites in Oregon and Washington, or at new trap sites in Mill Creek or the Touchet River, collect tissue samples from natural adult steelhead and bull trout for genetic analyses. 3-4 $ 250  
b. Collect fin clips or other tissues from juvenile fish during electrofishing or other summer sampling to supplement adult collections for genetic analyses. 2 $ 100  
c. Conduct DNA or electrophoretic analyses at the WDFW genetics laboratory and compare with other genetic analyses or nearby populations to identify and characterize steelhead and bull trout stocks. 3-4 $ 5,000  
d. Use the genetic stock information to plan and guide development of local steelhead broodstocks for hatchery production in the basin. indefinite $ 0  
4. Coordinate data collection and resource planning with others, compile and disseminate results and conclusions for watershed restoration planning and fish management in WA and OR. a. Coordinate our activities and share our results with other parties working in, or with an interest in, the Walla Walla Basin. Ensure that our efforts are coordinated and used in salmonid recovery, watershed planning, and restoration efforts. indefinite $ 500  
b. Report activities and results orally to various organizations and groups. Compile and distribute quarterly reports. indefinite $ 500  
c. Compile and summarize data, and write annual or other project reports. Distribute to other agencies, the CTUIR, and others. indefinite $ 38,240  


Outyear Objective-Based Budget

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Outyear Budgets for Planning and Design Phase

FY 2005 FY 2003 FY 2004 FY 2002
$130,000 $120,000 $125,000 $170,000


Section 5. Budget for Construction and Implementation Phase

Task-based Budget

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Outyear Objective-Based Budget

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Outyear Budgets for Construction and Implementation Phase

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Section 6. Budget for Operations and Maintenance Phase

Task-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

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Outyear Objective-Based Budget

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Outyear Budgets for Monitoring and Evaluation Phase

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Section 8. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2001 Cost
Personnel FTE: 2.9 $ 92,163
Fringe @ 28.5% $ 26,266
Supplies field supplies and genetic analyses $ 10,000
Travel fuel, vehicle lease, per diem, etc. $ 8,000
Indirect @ 23.5% $ 32,061
Capital $ 50,000
NEPA $ 10,000
Subcontractor $ 500
Total Itemized Budget $228,990


Total estimated budget

Total FY 2001 project cost $228,990
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2001 budget request $228,990
FY 2001 forecast from 2000 $207,190
% change from forecast 10.5%


Reason for change in estimated budget

We have determined that a trap is necessary in the fish ladder in Mill Creek to enumerate adult fish returning to the upper basin. Limited data suggests this steelhead run is very low, but data are very incomplete. Additionally, a trap at this site would enable us to enumerate and examine bull trout and reintroduced spring chinook adults entering the basin. Additionally, the trap on the Touchet is not adequate and should be modified. A separate proposal was submitted by WDFW last year for adult trapping and smolt trapping, but it was not approved because of lack of funds and the ISRP suggested combining that proposal with the Walla Walla Assessment proposal. We have now added a new task for adult trapping and trap construction to the Walla Walla Assessment project. That new task has increased our funding request above our previous expectations for 2001. The smolt trap portion of the other proposal may be funded by WDFW in 2001 or 2002.


Reason for change in scope

The current data for steelhead in Mill Creek is very limited but it appears the population may be in serious trouble and much lower than we had anticipated. Additionally, we need to know if bull trout move downstream of this dam site and return upstream. And lastly, the CTUIR has proposed spring chinook reintroduction as early as 2000 and a trap in needed in this ladder to evaluate the success of this reintroduction experiment in Mill Creek. After 2 years of data collection in the Walla Walla Basin, it has become apparent that we have an opportunity to obtain valuable data from all 3 runs in Mill Creek at a relatively low cost. We also need to improve a trap on the Touchet so it is more effective for enumeration adult bull trout and steelhead and capturing steelhead for development of local hatchery broodstock. As part of our adaptive management process, we taken the ISRP's suggestion and modified our proposal to take advantage of cost share and to improve quality of our data


Cost Sharing

Not applicable
 

Outyear Budget Totals

2002 2003 2004 2005
Planning and design $170,000 $120,000 $125,000 $130,000
Total Outyear Budgets $170,000 $120,000 $125,000 $130,000
 

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:
Ongoing Funding: yes; New Funding: yes
Date:
Jul 14, 2000
2001
$158,490
Comment:
We have determined that a trap is necessary in the fish ladder in Mill Creek to enumerate adult fish returning to the upper basin. Limited data suggests this steelhead run is very low, but data are very incomplete. Additionally, a trap at this site would enable us to enumerate and examine bull trout and reintroduced spring chinook adults entering the basin. Additionally, the trap on the Touchet is not adequate and should be modified. A separate proposal was submitted by WDFW last year for adult trapping and smolt trapping, but it was not approved because of lack of funds and the ISRP suggested combining that proposal with the Walla Walla Assessment proposal. We have now added a new task for adult trapping and trap construction to the Walla Walla Assessment project. (The new work is contained in Section 3, Objective 2, tasks c, e and f.) That new task has increased our funding request above our previous expectations for 2001. The smolt trap portion of the other proposal may be funded by WDFW in 2001 or 2002.

The current data for steelhead in Mill Creek is very limited but it appears the population may be in serious trouble and much lower than we had anticipated. Additionally, we need to know if bull trout move downstream of this dam site and return upstream. And last, the CTUIR has proposed spring chinook reintroduction as early as 2000 and a trap in needed in this ladder to evaluate the success of this reintroduction experiment in Mill Creek. After 2 years of data collection in the Walla Walla Basin, it has become apparent that we have an opportunity to obtain valuable data from all 3 runs in Mill Creek at a relatively low cost. We also need to improve a trap on the Touchet so it is more effective for enumerating adult bull trout and steelhead and capturing steelhead for development of local hatchery broodstock. As part of our adaptive management process, we have taken the ISRP's suggestion and modified our proposal to take advantage of cost share and to improve the quality of our data.


NWPPC Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
Fund
Date:
Sep 13, 2000
2001
$158,490
Comment:

NW Power and Conservation Council's FY 2006 Project Funding Review Funding category:
expense
Date:
May 2005
FY05 NPCC Start of Year:
$174,250
FY06 NPCC Staff Preliminary:
$174,250
FY06 NPCC July Draft Start of Year:
$174,250
Sponsor (WDFW - Olympia) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

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