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
Title of project
Fish Screen Oversight Committee (FSOC) Coordination
BPA project number 9202800
Plan, oversee and coordinate the design and construction of several thousand fish screens and adult fish passage facilities in the Columbia River Basin.
Business name of agency, institution or organization requesting funding
Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Proposal contact person or principal investigator
|Target stock||Life stage||Mgmt code (see below)|
|Snake River Sp. Chinook||Smolt||A, (L), W|
|Snake R. Su. Chinook||Smolt||S, (L), W|
|Snake R. Sockeye||Smolt||S, (L), W|
|Snake R. Steelhead||Smolt||A, (L), W|
|All other upriver stocks||Smolt||S, A, N, W|
|Affected stock||Benefit or detriment|
|Resident fish stocks||Beneficial|
Stream area affected
Project is an office site only X
The FSOC Coordinator Position was formed in 1991 and is employed by the CBFWF. The FSOC Coordinator has coordinated and facilitated the development of a regional plan to address high priority and long-term fish passage and screening improvements. FSOC annual reports provide a basis for the NPPC to monitor implementation progress and to request Mitchell Act funding or to propose Fish and Wildlife Program measures and/or legislation that may facilitate increased fish screen usage.
Biological results achieved
The FSOC Coordinator has coordinated the development of a database of fish passage projects in the Basin and has coordinated the reviewed and adoption of NMFS's juvenile fish passage criteria for gravity diversion and pump-intake fish screens. These FSOC criteria were also adopted by the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The use of standard criteria has improved the overall fish passage effectiveness of fish screens in the Basin. FSOC has facilitated the sharing of knowledge and facilities among the three participating states.
Project reports and papers
1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996 annual reports to the Northwest Power Planning Council.
Adaptive management implications
Through FSOC each state has shared methods and techniques for the installation, operation, and maintenance of fish screens and have become more efficient. The states have also worked cooperatively to share modular fish screens. The common design criteria and the interaction of the state screen shops has resulted in an accelerated fish screening program.
Specific measureable objectives
FSOC facilitates the use of common criteria and the sharing of knowledge and experience between states and tribes. Results can be measured by the number of diversions treated with fish screens, or diversions consolidated or converted to other types of irrigation systems that do not entrain juvenile fishes (e.g. convert to well). Results can also be measured by facilities that conserve water as a result of program activities, which result in instream flow improvements and thus increased fish production.
Mitchell Act Funding for FY 1996 was reduced substantially from FY 1995 and no funding has been made available to rehabilitate Mitchell Act fishways. Progress has slowed in non-Endangered Species Act areas and it remains to be seen if Mitchell Act funding will be made available for other production areas that have irrigation diversions. Decreases in implementation funding will prolong the need for FSOC past 2001.
To promote the most effective technology for fish screening and to accelerate fish screening activities, thus decreasing the numbers of fish entrained into irrigation diversions and thereby increasing fish production.
Hypothesis to be tested
Justification for planning
|Phase Planning||Start 1992||End 2002||Subcontractor|
|The FSOC Coordinator organizes approximately five FSOC meetings, several conference calls, and one regional fish screen workshop per year. At FSOC meetings, issues such as fish passage criteria, funding, coordination with Federal land managers, and other issues are addressed. The FSOC coordinator shares information with each member concerning funding, etc., and prepares action notes soon after the meeting. A Fish Screen Fabrication, Operation, and Maintenance Workshop has been held annually for three years for screen shop workers to exchange information. These workshops, which have included speakers, demonstrations, a trade show, and a field trip have been very well attended by other agencies outside of CBFWA. Through 2001, the state screen shops will all be busy installing fish screens. Over the last three to four years the methods and techniques for building fish screens have improved dramatically and it has been important for the shops to exchange this information. FSOC has been a vital instrument for information exchange. Many of the remaining diversions adversely affect instream flow and must be made to use water more efficiently by conversion to pump or to well. For several diversions that have not been screened, enforcement action many be needed in order to achieve instream flows and fish screening. Many Mitchell Act fish ladders are in very poor condition and must also be addressed by FSOC if funding becomes available.|
Constraints or factors that may cause schedule or budget changes
SUMMARY OF EXPECTED OUTCOMES
Expected performance of target population or quality change in land area affected
Provided that funding remains approximately at or greater than FY 1996 levels for the Mitchell Act and from BPA, the FSOC members could complete fish screening in the Basin above Bonneville Dam by to 2002.
Contribution toward long-term goal
Benefits to all stocks of anadromous and resident fish in upper river
This position has been responsible for coordinating and facilitating the development of regional operating procedures and criteria adopted by FSOC as well as developing the regional databases called for in the Council's Fish and Wildlife Program. The Coordinator is also responsible for preparing the annual report and assisting with the Annual Fish Screen Workshop and coordinating the development of annual work statements and budgets.
|Related BPA project||Relationship|
|8906200 CBFWA Coordination||The FSOC Coordinator is employed by the CBFWF and performs coordination duties for IHOT and NSMP also|
|9306600 Oregon Fish Screens||Coordination and Facilitation|
|8506200 Passage Improvement Evaluations||Coordination and Facilitation|
|9107500 Yakima Phase II||Coordination and Facilitation|
|9200900 Yakima Phase II||Coordination and Facilitation|
|9401500 Idaho Fish Screening||Coordination and Facilitation|
Opportunities for cooperation
1997 Planned $34,000
|Future funding needs||Past obligations (incl. 1997 if done)|