BPA Fish and Wildlife FY 1997 Proposal

Section 1. Administrative
Section 2. Narrative
Section 3. Budget

see CBFWA and BPA funding recommendations

Section 1. Administrative

Title of project
Smolt Survival and Migration Rate

BPA project number   5516000

Business name of agency, institution or organization requesting funding

Sponsor type   Placeholder

Proposal contact person or principal investigator
 Mailing address

BPA technical contact   ,

Biological opinion ID   RM&EP; Hypothesis B3.1.

NWPPC Program number   

Short description
Project would attempt to prove/disprove hypothesis that sSmolt survival and migration rate do not increase in response to increases in discharge or velocity.

Project start year   Ongoing, Expand in 1997    End year   

Start of operation and/or maintenance   0

Project development phase   PLANNING

Section 2. Narrative

Related projects

Project history

Biological results achieved

Annual reports and technical papers

Management implications
Results of study could affect volumes and timing of flows needed during the spring/summer migration; this in turn could affect amount and timing of availability of power from the hydrosystem.

Specific measureable objectives
Serially estimate juvenile survival each week over as long a section of the river as possible (depending on locations of PIT-tag detection facilities) over the course of a natural hydrograph. Separate project survival into reservoir v. dam. Evaluate survival of in-river migrants each year under a suite of flows, spills, and smolt cohort sizes, and compare with survival of transported fish. Through radio tracking, assess where migration delay may occur and the behavior of individual fish.

Testable hypothesis

Underlying assumptions or critical constraints


Brief schedule of activities

Biological need

Critical uncertainties
This approach does not address the possibility that increased velocity may not improve reach survival, but rather may influence survival to adulthood by changing timing of arrival of smolts to the estuary or change estuarine/nearshore ocean physical or biological conditions.

Summary of expected outcome

Dependencies/opportunities for cooperation


Monitoring activity

Section 3. Budget

Data shown are the total of expense and capital obligations by fiscal year. Obligations for any given year may not equal actual expenditures or accruals within the year, due to carryover, pre-funding, capitalization and difference between operating year and BPA fiscal year.

Historic costsFY 1996 budget data*Current and future funding needs
(none) New project - no FY96 data available 1997: 900,000
1998: 300,000
1999: 300,000
2000: 300,000
2001: 300,000

* 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.

Funding recommendations

CBFWA funding review group   System Policy

Recommendation    Tier 2 - fund when funds available

Recommended funding level   $900,000