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
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
|Name||Various Engineering Services at BPA|
BPA technical contact Ron Morinaka, EWP 503/230-5365
Biological opinion ID None
NWPPC Program number 10.3A.12
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
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 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.
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
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
Identified in the HHR mitigationa and Implementation Plan. Adopted by NPPC 3/93.
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.
|Historic costs||FY 1996 budget data*||Current and future funding needs|
|(none)||New project - no FY96 data available||1997: 2,000,000|
* 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.
CBFWA funding review group Resident Fish
Recommendation Tier 2 - fund when funds available
Recommended funding level $2,000,000