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
Yakima Phase II Screens - Construction

BPA project number   9107500

Short description
Install new fish screens at all significant diversions in the Yakima River Basin to keep juvenile salmon and steelhead from being diverted and lost in the canals during outmigration. Improve adult upstream passage at selected sites.

Business name of agency, institution or organization requesting funding
US Bureau of Reclamation

Proposal contact person or principal investigator
 NameR. Dennis Hudson, Activity Manager
 Mailing address1150 N. Curtis Rd.
Boise, ID 83706-1234
 Phone208/378-5250
 Emailrhudson@pn.usbr.gov
   

Sub-contractors
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will receive funding under project # 9105700. Construction contracts will be awarded by competitive bid process to various contractors.

Section 2. Goals

General
Supports a healthy Columbia basin; increases run sizes or populations

Target stockLife stageMgmt code (see below)
All Yakima River stocksJuvenileW

 
Affected stockBenefit or detriment
Resident fish stocksBeneficial

Section 3. Background

Stream area affected

Stream name   Yakima River; Naches River
Subbasin   Yakima

History
Planning Report completed in FY1990. Preliminary & final design initiated in FY1990-91. First construction initiated in FY1992. As of FY1997, construction of screens, consolidation of ditches, elimination of diversions or other corrective measures are complete on about 1/2 (30+) of the Phase II diversions. About 1/4 of the sites have been eliminated due to non-use or have been screened by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife using small prefabricated modular screen units. Data collection, preliminary & final design is underway on the remaining 15 sites. Uncertainties in the consolidation process continue to delay construction of some new screens until final consolidation plans are made and funding is secured . Water rights ajudication will delay construction at some sights because of uncertainties in selecting appropriate design flows. Difficulties in securing rights-of-way at some sites (particularly sites on the YIN reservation) has delayed and may continue to delay construction at some sites.

Biological results achieved
Testing of completed screens using live fish indicates excellent performance that results in no significant losses or injury to juveniles. Delays in downstream migration are significantly reduced as juveniles are bypassed quickly through the screening facilities back to the river.

Project reports and papers
Conceptual plans are documented with Predesign Memoranda that serve as the basis for final design. Technical Work Group meeting dicsussions and decisions are documented in the minutes of the meetings. Biological evaluation and testing of completed screens has been documented at all Phase I sites and will continue at selected Phase II sites.

Adaptive management implications
Knowledge gained from observation, operation, and testing of completed facilities is used to refine and change design criteria and design details of new facilities.

Section 4. Purpose and methods

Specific measureable objectives
All Phase II diversion sites will be screened to meet current agency design criteria for effective fish protection and fish passage by the year 2001. The target objectives of adequate juvenile fish passage are designed to meet three criteria which will: (1) reduce delay to a degree approaching zero; (2) reduce the possibility of injury to a degree approaching zero; and (3) allow fish to pass with little additional expenditure of energy.

Critical uncertainties
NA

Biological need
Old screens do not meet current agency criteria for effective fish passage. As a result, many salmon and steelhead fry and smolts are injured at these facilities or are entrained into the irrigation canals and lost. These losses have been documented in studies of selected Naches and Yakima River screens and have been observed at various sites in the basin.

Hypothesis to be tested
NA

Alternative approaches
NA

Justification for planning
NA

Section 5. Planned activities

Phase PlanningStart 1990 End 2000Subcontractor No
Major tasks in FY1997 include initiation and continuation of predesign work at about 15 screen sites and preparation of final designs and specifications at about 5 screen sites. Major tasks in FY1998 include completion of predesign work at about 8 screen sites and preparation of final designs and specifications at about 5 screen sites. Major tasks in FY1999 include completion of predesign work at about 5 screen sites and preparation of final designs and specifications at about 5 screen sites. Major tasks in FY2000 include completion of predesign work at about 5 screen sites and preparation of final designs and specifications at about 5 screen sites.
Phase ImplementationStart 1992 End 2001Subcontractor No
Major tasks in FY1997 include completion of construction at 8 sites and initiation of construction at 5 additional sites. Major tasks in FY1998 include completion of construction at 5 sites and initiation of construction at 5 additional sites. Major tasks in FY1999 include completion of construction at 5 sites and initiation of modifications at 5 additional sites. Major tasks in FY2000 include completion of construction at 5 sites and initiation of modifications at selected sites.
Phase O&MStart 1992 End OngoingSubcontractor No
Operate and maintain fish screens
Project completion date   2001

Constraints or factors that may cause schedule or budget changes
Uncertainties in the consolidation process continue to delay construction of some new screens until final consolidation plans are made and funding is secured . Water rights ajudication will delay construction at some sights because of uncertainties in selecting appropriate design flows. Difficulties in securing rights-of-way at some sites (particularly sites on the YIN reservation) has delayed and may continue to delay construction at some sites.

Section 6. Outcomes, monitoring and evaluation

SUMMARY OF EXPECTED OUTCOMES

Expected performance of target population or quality change in land area affected
Precise numerical estimates of fishery improvements attributable to the screening program are difficult to assess because of the lack of historical data and the many variables involved. The potential increases in returning adults with adequate fish passage and protective facilities installed at Phase I and II sites and with adequate instream flows, improved habitat conditions, and a hatchery is estimated at about 85,000 fish, of which half may escape and return to spawn.

Physical products
About 60 Phase II diversions will be equipped with state of the art fish screens that meet current agency criteria.

Information products
Predesign Memoranda summarize existing site conditions and outline proposed improvements and alternatives.

Provisions to monitor population status or habitat quality
Juvenile evaluation facilities are operational at Roza and Prosser diversion dams. All Phase I and Phase II fish screens can be retrofitted to monitor juveniles as needed. Adults can be collected and evaluated at Roza, Prosser , and Horn Rapids diversion dams and can be monitored at Naches-Cowiche diversion dam.

Increasing public awareness of F&W activities
Some of the Phase II fish screens are highly visible and are located in areas that are used heavily by the public. For example, Congdon screen is located inside the popular Yakima County Eschbach Park. At this particular site, we provided an interpretive sign and viewing area at the new screen site. The old screens were removed and set up at a historical museum in Union Gap.

Section 7. Relationships

Related BPA projectRelationship
9503300 NPPC# 7.4K.1 O&M on completed Phase II screens Provides on-going operation and maintenance activites at completed screens
9200900 NPPC# 7.11B.1 O&M on completed Phase II screens Provides on-going operation and maintenance activites at completed screens
9105700 NPPC#7.11B.1 Yakima Phase II screen fabrication Provides fabrication and installation of screens and other mechanical and metalwork items at Phase II screen sites
Related non-BPA projectRelationship
Yakima-Tieton Fishscreen / USBORThis Phase II screen is a BOR facility

Opportunities for cooperation
Consolidation proposals at several diversions offer opportunities for significant fish screen cost savings.

Section 8. Costs and FTE

1997 Planned  $1,500,000

Future funding needs   Past obligations (incl. 1997 if done)
FY$ Need% Plan % Implement% O and M
19981,500,000 25%75%  
19991,500,000 25%75%  
20001,000,000 25%75%  
20011,000,000 25%75%  
 
FYObligated
19911,000,000
19921,349,000
19931,546,200
19942,026,000
19951,655,000
19961,547,000
19971,500,000
Total10,623,200

Other non-financial supporters
NMFS, USFWS, WDFW, CBFWA, CRITFC, Yakama Indian Nation, Yakima River Basin Association of Irrigation Districts

Longer term costs   Ongoing annual operation and maintenance costs are split between project # 9503300 and project # 9200900.
FY97 overhead percent   Overhead markup (applied to direct labor + benefits) is 37%.

How does percentage apply to direct costs
Overhead percentage applies only to about 1/3 of project direct costs.

Contractor FTE   9 FTEs