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
Hungry Horse Resident Fish Hatcheries

BPA project number   9301600

Business name of agency, institution or organization requesting funding

Sponsor type   MT-Federal Agency

Proposal contact person or principal investigator
 NameVarious Engineering Services at BPA
 Mailing addressPlaceholder

BPA technical contact   Ron Morinaka, EWP 503/230-5365

Biological opinion ID   None

NWPPC Program number   10.3A.12

Short description
Modify the Creston National Fish Hatchery to rear Bull trout, and Westslope cutthroat trout plus one million kokanee for the Hungry Horse Mitigation Program. The Creson part of the project was to comply w/ the Program's "low cost-temporary" issue. The next phase will be to get a permanent facility for HHR and possibly Libby mitigation if necessary. The Bull trout currently are undergoing rearing strategies that will be used in the future for supplementation or restoration of barren waters. The West slope cutthroat will be used for supplementation and barren water introduction.

Project start year   1997    End year   

Start of operation and/or maintenance   2000

Project development phase   Planning and Predesign

Section 2. Narrative

Related projects
Projects 9101901 and 9101904 are other aspects of the Hungry Horse mitigation program conducted by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and USFWS, respectively. Project 9101903 Flathead River IFIM is planned to balance river needs with the existing reservoir model (HRMOD). Project 9501200 is planned to assess the effectiveness of the IRCs for Hungry Horse after implementation. This project will be the 2nd phase of 9101904 which will provide long term production for the Implementation Plan.

Project history
Project initiated in 1993 with raceway modification (a basic degas system was installed to lower nitrogen levels during peak loading periods). Effluent modification should conclude in 1995 to bring the capacity up to 1million yearling kokanee .The Implementor is the USFWS not CSKT. The mitigation is for HHR not Libby.

Biological results achieved

Annual reports and technical papers
(1) Hungry Horse Fisheries Mitigation Plan. MFWP and CSKT, 1991. (2) Hungry Horse Implementation Plan. MFWP and CSKT, 1993. Also MFWP will draft a basin-wide plan for habitat and passage during 1996. (3) Bi-annual Report for Hungry Horse mitigation. 1994, 1996 report(s) in preparation. (4) Flathead River Creel Report. 1995. (5) Model Development to Establish Integrated Operation Rule Curves for Hungry Horse and Libby Reservoirs, Montana. January 1996. (6) Aquatic Modeling: Hungry Horse Selective Withdrawal. 1995. (7) Kokanee Stocking and Monitoring - Flathead Lake 1993-1994. MFWP, CSKT and USFWS, 1995. (8) Kokanee Stocking and Monitoring - Flathead Lake. 1995. In Press 1996.

Management implications
The current upper South Fork Flathead River and Hungry Horse Reservoir harbor self-sustaining, stable populations of bull trout and westslope cutthroat, considered one of the strongest native species assemblages in the lower 48 states. The contiguous Flathead River system below Hungry Horse Dam is experiencing an alarming reduction in bull trout and westslope cutthroat. Habitat projects were initiated to reclaim additional spawning and rearing habitat to enhance juvenile recruitment. Eradication projects were initiated to reduce the threat of non-native species on this weakening native species assemblage. Stream restoration and revegetation projects will benefit terrestrial wildlife species.

Specific measureable objectives
1 million yearling Kokanee, 250k Cutts, 250k Bull trout

Testable hypothesis
no fish can be reared and supplemented for the HHR Mit. Impl. Plan

Underlying assumptions or critical constraints
adequate stock availability, adequate water availability, success of supplementation efforts.


Brief schedule of activities
1998 end of current production program, If necessary develop the Rose cr. site

Biological need
Identified in the HHR mitigationa and Implementation Plan. Adopted by NPPC 3/93.

Critical uncertainties
Will supplemented fish stay in underseed areas. Can you adequately transplant fish from other drainages w/o genetic disruption.

Summary of expected outcome
Fulfill the mitigation requirements for WCT, BT and KOK; that are in the HHR Mit. Plan.

Dependencies/opportunities for cooperation
Acquisition of water rights for Rose Cr. and favorable geotech survey and analysis.

Will be completed during NEPA under the Risk Analysis to be performed prior to construction.

Monitoring activity
See 91-19-01/03

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: 2,000,000
1998: 1,000,000
1999: 500,000

* 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   Resident Fish

Recommendation    Tier 2 - fund when funds available

Recommended funding level   $2,000,000