BPA Fish and Wildlife FY 1997 Proposal
Section 1. Administrative
Section 2. Narrative
Section 3. Budget
see CBFWA and BPA funding recommendations
Title of project
Lake Pend Oreille Bull Trout Recovery
BPA project number 5501100
Business name of agency, institution or organization requesting funding
Sponsor type ID-State/Local Agency
Proposal contact person or principal investigator
|Mailing address||2750 Kathleen Avenue
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
BPA technical contact Charlie Craig, EWP 503/230-3430
Biological opinion ID
NWPPC Program number 10.5A.5
The NPPC called for an investigation of the life history, habitat needs and threats to persistence of bull trout and a genetic sampling program for bull trout in the Lake Pend Oreille system.
Project start year 1997 End year 2001
Start of operation and/or maintenance 2001
Project development phase Planning/Implementation
This project is somewhat related to the Lake Pend Oreille Kokanee project # 9404700. This bull trout project will note any changes which are attributable to improved kokanee food base or changed lake levels. The bull trout project, however, is justified on its own merits with or without the kokanee project.
Biological results achieved
Annual reports and technical papers
The State’s bull trout recovery plan is being developed. The forest service is currently making changes in the way timber is being harvested. Bull trout have, and probably will continue, to decline across their historic range. The implication is that we will learn enough about bull trout to halt their decline, and hopefully reverse the trend in Lake Pend Oreille. Optimistically , we may be able to prevent bull trout from becoming an endangered species. Project will also determine if the changes in lake level affect bull trout and these results will be incorporated into the development of biological rule curves for Albeni Falls dam. Historically, bull trout were plentiful in the lake. This project will determine if losses are attributable to the Federal hydropower system and will serve as a gain/loss assessment for bull trout. Assessments will be submitted to the Council when completed.
Specific measureable objectives
To have no net decline in bull trout spawning abundance as determined by redd counts (140 redds in 20 index streams). Redd counts have been a population index since 1983.
To determine the number of distinct stocks of bull trout that are present in the Pend Oreille drainage.
To allow no net losses in critical bull trout habitat in the drainage.
To determine baseline population data which can be used for later comparisons.
To determine the effect of lake level changes on bull trout abundance.
Project will be used to develop biological objectives.
Bull trout abundance in the Pend Oreille drainage can be improved by habitat protection, increased enforcement, and reduced competition with other species. A second hypothesis is that changes in lake level will not be detrimental to bull trout.
Underlying assumptions or critical constraints
The bull trout population is limited by habitat, illegal harvest, and/or competition.
First, inventory methods will be developed to index the bull trout population. Adaptive management approaches will then be tried. Critical habitat will be protected and improved, brook trout will be removed from critical tributary streams, and greater enforcement efforts will be made to reduce poaching. Also, competition between lake trout and bull trout will be examined. Monitoring the bull trout population will continue and parametric statistical comparisons will be made between years to determine significant changes.
Brief schedule of activities
Methods to inventory bull trout will be developed in 1997. These may include redd counts, fry production in tributary streams, netting of adults, and mark and recapture estimates of mature fish. Fish from different drainages will be tested to determine if more than one stock of fish is present. Factors suspected of limiting the population will be defined in the next 3 years of the project. Various site-specific improvements will be made and the population will be monitored for improvement. The potential to improve tributary spawning habitat will be identified and work will begin in the third year of the project to enhance spawning habitat.
The species is in danger of extinction across their historic range. Bull trout are a native species in Lake Pend Oreille. Redd counts in the Pend Oreille drainage have declined indicating a reduction in abundance in this location as well. Pend Oreille bull trout are an adfluvial stock of fish reaching large sizes; up to 30 pounds.
The critical uncertainty is that we can identify and improve the factors limiting bull trout abundance in the Pend Oreille drainage.
Summary of expected outcome
Bull trout populations will begin to rebuild in the drainage. Within a few generations of fish, abundance will be sufficient to reopen a limited harvest fishery.
Dependencies/opportunities for cooperation
Once habitat enhancement projects are defined, we may be dependant on other agencies to make the necessary changes. For example, Department of Environmental Quality may be called on to enforce clean water act, etc.
No known risk. The biggest risk (for the species) is not implementing the project.
Redd counts will be conducted annually. Methods for monitoring adults and juveniles will be developed during the project. Tributary streams may have weirs installed to measure out migration of young fish.
FUTURE FUNDING NEEDS: Forecasts should reflect the total BPA obligations requested for the project for each fiscal year 1997 through 2001. For most ongoing projects, a single contract modification is made each year. Enter the amount requested for BPA to obligate during each fiscal year (October through September) regardless of what month the operating year begins. If the project will require more than one obligation during BPA’s FY1997, enter the total that would be requested for obligation during FY97 (and each year following).
|Historic costs||FY 1996 budget data*||Current and future funding needs|
|(none)||New project - no FY96 data available||1997: 143,400|
* For most projects, Authorized is the amount recommended by CBFWA and the Council. Planned is amount currently allocated. Contracted is the amount obligated to date of printout.
CBFWA funding review group Resident Fish
Recommendation Tier 2 - fund when funds available
Recommended funding level $143,400