BPA Fish and Wildlife FY 1998 Proposal

Section 1. Summary
Section 2. Goals
Section 3. Background
Section 4. Purpose and methods
Section 5. Planned activities
Section 6. Outcomes, monitoring and evaluation
Section 7. Relationships
Section 8. Costs and FTE

see CBFWA and BPA funding recommendations

Section 1. Summary

Title of project
NE Oregon Outplanting Facility Master Plan

BPA project number   8805301

Short description
Develop the Imnaha and Grande Ronde Master Plans covering production, supplmention, genetics, etc. Develop facility designs and costs with schedule for implementation.

Business name of agency, institution or organization requesting funding
Nez Perce Tribe

Proposal contact person or principal investigator
 NameR. Ed Larson or Becky Ashe, Director, Production Services or Project Leader
 Mailing addressP.O. Box 365
Lapwai, ID 83540
 Phone208/843-7320 x3
 Emailbashe@clearwater.net
   

Sub-contractors
ODFW; S.P. Cramer & Associates, Inc.; Phillip R. Mundy, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences; Roy Sampsel, Sampsel Consulting Services; NPT Cultural Resources Dept.

Section 2. Goals

General
Supports a healthy Columbia basin; maintains biological diversity; maintains genetic integrity; increases run sizes or populations; adaptive management (research or M&E); program coordination or planning

Target stockLife stageMgmt code (see below)
Lostine River spring chinookAdult, egg, fry, parr, smoltL, S, W
Hurricane Creek spring chinookAdult, egg, fry, parr, smoltL, S, W
Bear Creek spring chinookAdult, egg, fry, parr, smoltL, S, W
Imnaha River summer chinookAdult, egg, fry, parr, smoltL, S, W
Lower Grande Ronde fall chinookAdult, egg, fry, parr, smoltL, S, W
Imnaha River fall chinookAdult, egg, fry, parr, smoltL, S, W
Wallowa River summer chinookAdult, egg, fry, parr, smoltE, S
Wallowa River coho salmonAdult, egg, fry, parr, smoltE, S
Wallowa River sockeye salmonAdult, egg, fry, parr, smoltE, S

 
Affected stockBenefit or detriment
Bull troutBeneficial
Carniverous wildlifeBeneficial

Section 3. Background

Stream area affected

Stream miles affected   All
Subbasin   Imnaha Grande Ronde
Land ownership   Public and private

History
This project was initiated as one of the Northeast Oregon Hatchery Projects to improve fish production in the Grande Ronde and Imnaha subbasins via hatchery and weir development.. The project was started in response to the Council's objective of doubling the numbers of salmonids in the system. Project development was stalled by ESA listing. Project was restarted in 1996.

Project reports and papers
Northeast Oregon Salmon and Steelhead Draft Master Plan, Imnaha River, Larson, March 1990.Northeast Oregon Salmon and Steelhead Draft Master Plan, Grande Ronde River, Bryson, March 1990.Feasibility for Reintroducing Sockeye & Coho Salmon in the Grande Ronde River and Coho and Chum in the Walla Walla River, S.P. Cramer, November 1990.Draft Siting Report for Northeast Oregon Hatchery Project, Montgomery Watson, February 1992. Draft Conceptual Design Report for Northeast Oregon Hatchery Project, Montgomery Watson, October 1992. Preliminary Report of Test Well Drilling Northeast Oregon Project, Montgomery Watson, October 1992.Genetic Risk Assessment of the Imnaha Master Plan, S.P. Cramer, December 1993. Genetic Risk Assessment of the Grande Ronde River Master Plan, S.P. Cramer, December 1994. Northeast Oregon Hatchery Project Grande Ronde River Master Plan Final Report, Bryson, NPT, January 1993.

Adaptive management implications
The goal of this project is to recover stocks of listed Snake River chinook using supplementation facilities designed to produce as close to a "natural" fish as possible. Releases will be made at all life stages. If success is realized in this project the methodology can be used in other Snake River subbasins to recover listed/threatened salmon species.

Section 4. Purpose and methods

Specific measureable objectives
Upward trend in spawning ground counts. Increased outmigration of wild smolts.

Critical uncertainties
Bureaucratic process cannot be activated in a timely manner to provide facilities for hatchery production as needed to prevent extinction of listed stocks.

Biological need
Rapid recovery of weak populations, 2-4 generations (8-16 years), to population sizes supporting ESA delisting. Prevent loss of biodiversity and inbreeding depression due to small population size. Develop population sizes capable of sustaining Tribal and Non-Tribal Harvests.

Hypothesis to be tested
Local supplementation facilities will improve returns of ESA listed salmon species and stocks.

Methods
Supplementation using one or more of the following products; adults, gametes, eggs, fry, parr, presmolt, smolts, captive broodstock. The priority is to rear and release smolts from a local facility. Lostine captive broodstock began in 1995 with collection of 500 juvenile chinook under LSRCP. In 1997 conventional production for this stock should be initiated.

Section 5. Planned activities

Phase ImplementationStart 2001 End 2001Subcontractor
Lostine adult return response to conventional production.
Phase ImplementationStart 2000 End 2000Subcontractor
Operation of all facilities.
Phase ImplementationStart 1999 End 1999Subcontractor
Construct Wallowa summer chinook, coho, sockeye facility.
Phase ImplementationStart December 1996 End June 30, 1997Subcontractor
Imnaha River Master Plan, Wallowa and Lower Grande Ronde River Master Plan. Lostine River Biological Assessment, NEPA EA/FONSI or Exemption, Final Design, Lostine site acquisition, Cultural Resource surveys.
Phase ImplementationStart 1997 End 1997Subcontractor NPT Cultural Resources Dept.
Construction of a small incubation and smolt rearing facility on the Imnaha River, including appropriate adult trapping and holding facility. Wallowa summer chinook, coho, sockeye site acquisition, Biological Assessment, NEPA document, Final Design
Phase ImplementationStart 1997 End 1997Subcontractor S.P. Cramer, Phillip R. Mundy, Roy Sampsel
Construction of a small incubation and smolt rearing facility on the Lostine River, adult trapping and holding facility. Imnaha site acquisition, Biological Assessment, NEPA document, Final Design

Constraints or factors that may cause schedule or budget changes
Extinction of existing species and populations if supplementation is not undertaken within the next few years.

Section 6. Outcomes, monitoring and evaluation

SUMMARY OF EXPECTED OUTCOMES

Expected performance of target population or quality change in land area affected
600 - 1,000 Lostine spring chinook adults annually by year 2,015.1,300 - 3,800 Imnaha River summer chinook adults annually by year 2,015..2,500 - 5,000 Wallowa River summer chinook adults annually by year 2,015. Recovery of Fall chinook in the lower Grande Ronde and lower Imnaha River by year 2,015.Restoration 2,000 - 5000 coho adults in the Wallowa River by year 2,015.Restoration of 3,000 - 6,000 Sockeye adults in Wallowa Lake by year 2,015.

Long term expected utilization and conservation potential for target population or habitat
Stable self sustaining populations of anadromous fish capable of sustaining Tribal and non-Tribal fisheries

Contribution toward long-term goal
Recovery and restoration of listed salmon species enabling the stocks to increase in numbers and eventually rebuild to self sustaining populations able to sustain fisheries

Indirect biological or environmental changes
More productivity in watersheds

Coordination outcomes
Coordinated production goals for the Grande Ronde and Imnaha rivers between NPT, ODFW and CTUIR.

MONITORING APPROACH
Supplementation using one or more of the following products; adults, gametes, eggs, fry, parr, presmolt, parr, smolts, captive broodstock. The priority is to rear and release smolts from a local facility. Lostine captive broodstock began in 1995 with collection of 500 juvenile chinook under LSRCP. In 1997 conventional production for this stock should be initiated.

Section 7. Relationships

Related BPA projectRelationship
LSRCP, ODFW, USFWS, NPT: 1995 -96 Captive Broodstock Program NPPC #74D The acclimation and release facilities for the captive brood program will also be used by the NE Oregon Hatchery Project
8805302 NEOH - Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation Coordination of the NE Oregon Hatchery Master Plan
8805305 NEOH - Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Coordination and planning of the NE Oregon Hatchery Master Plan
9402700 Grande Ronde Model Watershed Project Habitat protection/restoration of tributaries in the subbasin
5520900 Wallowa County/NPT Salmon Habitat Recovery Plan Implementation Habitat protection/restoration of tributariesin the subbasin
9403900 Wallowa Basin Project Planning Habitat protection/restoration of tributaries in the subbasin
Grande Ronde River Monitoring and Evaluation - ODFW M&E of anadromous fish stocks in the Grande Ronde subbasin
9002200 BPA Engineering support for NEOH Engineering support
9503700 BPA support from facilities design Facilities design support
9504000 BPA support from real estate Real estate support
8909700 ODFW - Evaluation of steelhead supplementation Imnaha River M&E of steelhead in Imnaha River
9208500 BPA lands support for NEOH Engineering support
9305300 BPA Engineering support for NEOH
9405500 BPA Engineering support for NEOH
Related non-BPA projectRelationship
LSRCP, ODFW, USFWS, Lookingglass Hatchery Production Imnaha summer chinook.Production of spring chinook for release in the Imnaha and Grande Ronde rivers
Bear Creek Low Flow Channel/ BOR, OWHP, NPTHabitat quality
Lostine IFIM Study - BORHabitat evaluation and use

Opportunities for cooperation
Opportunity to integrate LSRCP and NEOH production in the Grande Ronde and Imnaha subbasins. This is a coordinated project between ODFW, CTUIR, and NPT with the NPT as the lead agency and writer of the Master Plan. There will also be coordination with Wallowa County and private landowners within the county. Acclimation and rearing facilities currently being constructed under the captive brood project will also be used by this project. Production and the use of production facilities in the Imnaha and Grande Ronde rivers will be coordinated between ODFW, CTUIR and the NPT.

Section 8. Costs and FTE

1997 Planned  $100,000

Future funding needs   Past obligations (incl. 1997 if done)
FY$ Need% Plan % Implement% O and M
19983,000,000 40%40% 20%
19994,000,000 30%50% 20%
20003,000,000 20%50% 30%
20012,000,000 10%40% 50%
 
FYObligated
198982,991
1990292,719
1991108,695
1992146,363
1993242,701
1996358,981
Total1,232,450

Other non-financial supporters
Wallowa County

Longer term costs   Approximately $800,000 annually (plus inflation) for operation and maintenance
FY97 overhead percent   29.5

How does percentage apply to direct costs
Total direct project costs with the exception of capital equipment and subcontracts.

Contractor FTE   3 FTE's