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
Monitoring of Integrated Rule Curve Implementation Hungry Horse/Libby (formerly Biological Rule Curves)
BPA project number 9501200
Business name of agency, institution or organization requesting funding
Sponsor type MT-State/Local Agency
Proposal contact person or principal investigator
|Mailing address||Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
490 N. Meridian Road
Kalispell, MT 5990
BPA technical contact Ron Morinaka, EWP 503/230-5365
Biological opinion ID None
NWPPC Program number 10.3B.3
Field monitoring of biological responses to the Integrated Rule Curves after implementation.
Project start year 1995 End year 2005
Start of operation and/or maintenance
Project development phase implementation
Projects 8446500 Technical analysis Libby and Hungry Horse: model refinement and expanded utility. Projects 8346700 Libby mitigation and 9101903 Hungry Horse mitigation: provide empirical data for model construction and IRC development.
Monitoring/verification of IRCs was planned prior to implementation. Operating agencies and NPPC desire an assessment of their effectiveness. The NPPC adopted the IRCs in 1994.
Biological results achieved
None until IRCs are implemented.
Annual reports and technical papers
IRC Report. 1996. No monitoring can begin until IRCs are implemented.
Reservoirs will be operated to conform with IRCs. The tiered approach for experiment white sturgeon spawning/rearing flows was unanimously supported by the White Sturgeon Recovery Team.
Specific measureable objectives
To provide regional equity for Columbia River operations (balancing power, flood control, etc. with resident and anadromous fish. In the Kootenai subbasin, IRCs provide a spring freshet of varying shape and magnitude to assess the response of spawning white sturgeon (tiered flow approach). This freshet also resorts gravels and improves conditions for insect prey, then moves downstream aiding Columbia River salmon smolts. The sturgeon release is balanced with reservoir operation to reduce deep drafts and refill failure, which in turn improves ecological conditions in the reservoir. The above factors are measureable using hydrology, fluvial processes, insect density measurements (two previous reports), IFIM and CRiSP, system modeling and trophic level sampling.
Implementation of IRCs will provide measurable benefits to fish in the Columbia River.
Underlying assumptions or critical constraints
That the IRCs will be implemented. The NMFS Biological Opinion must be modified to achieve balance between resident and anadromous fish from a Columbia Basin-wide perspective.
Methods will be developed in response to regional needs after IRCs are implemented.
Brief schedule of activities
Report due to NPPC in 2005.
Verification of IRCs is warranted because of costs associated with IRC implementation. NOTE: IRCs are less expensive than the operation dictated by the NMFS Biological Opinion.
Is science going to drive Columbia River operations or are emotions and politics going to have the upper hand?
Summary of expected outcome
Verification of IRCs after implementation.
Dependencies/opportunities for cooperation
NMFS Biological Opinion must consider resident fish needs while implementing salmon recovery. Monitoring will be joint conducted by MFWP and CSKT. Libby IRCs and sturgeon tiered flows will likely be evaluated by KTOI, IDFG, White Sturgeon Recovery Team or Kootenai Basin Steering Committee.
The true risk would occur if system operations are not verified in terms of biological losses and benefits.
This is a monitoring project. Methods will be designed relative to system-wide needs after the IRCs are implemented.
|Historic costs||FY 1996 budget data*||Current and future funding needs|
|(none)||New project - no FY96 data available||1997: 0|
* 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 1 - fund
Recommended funding level $0