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
O&M of Yakima Fish Protection, Mitigation & Enhancement Facilities
BPA project number 9503300
Provide for O&M of BPA owned anadromous fish passage and protective facilities within the Yakima River Basin, including several irrigation system fish screens and one major adult fish trapping facility.
Business name of agency, institution or organization requesting funding
US Bureau of Reclamation
Proposal contact person or principal investigator
Supports a healthy Columbia basin; maintains biological diversity; maintains genetic integrity; increases run sizes or populations
|Target stock||Life stage||Mgmt code (see below)|
|Yakima Spring Chinook||Juveniles at all life stages||S, W|
|Yakima Steelhead||Juveniles at all life stages||S, P, W|
|Naches Spring Chinook||Juveniles at all life stages||N, W|
|Naches Steelhead||Juveniles at all life stages||N, P, W|
|Yakima Fall Chinook||Juveniles at all life stages||S, W|
|Yakima Coho||Juveniles at all life stages||A|
|Affected stock||Benefit or detriment|
|Yakima Resident Rainbow Trout||Beneficial|
|Naches Resident Rainbow Trout||Beneficial|
Stream area affected
Stream name Yakima River and tributaries
Hydro project Mitigates impacts to anadromous fish by BPA owned mainstream Columbia River hydroelectric structures.
In accordance with the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act, BPA is funding the design, construction, operation and maintenance of fish protection and enhancement facilities in the Yakima River Basin as part of a program to mitigate impacts to anadromous fish by BPA owned mainstream Columbia River structures. Approximately 60 facilities are planned for construction or modification by the year 1999. Construction has been completed and O&M begun on 15 facilities to date, with 6 more expected to come on-line by the end of 1997. As sites are brought on- line, custody is assigned to Reclamation for operation and maintenance, with BPA reimbursing Reclamation for all costs. Where cost effective or otherwise desirable, Reclamation is transferring specific O&M responsibilities to the Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife.
Biological results achieved
Completed facilities are routinely and effectively preventing fish from entering and thus being lost in dead-end irrigation system waterways.
Project reports and papers
Adaptive management implications
Specific measureable objectives
The objective is to increase the numbers of adult anadromous fish returning to spawn in the Yakima River basin by protecting fish through an effective fish protective facility operation and maintenance program.
Yakima basin anadromous fish populations have been steadily declining. These facilities are intended to help reverse this decline by preventing anadromous fish from moving into and thus being lost in deadend irrigation system waterways. Migrating smolt are particularly prone to follow the current into these deadend waterways. A good O&M program is needed to closely monitor and properly maintain these facilities to assure that fish are being protected.
Hypothesis to be tested
Justification for planning
O&M of facilities is being accomplished using Reclamation and Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife personnel and equipment, and subcontractors including impacted irrigation districts. Reclamation also provides administrative and specialized craft support for tasks assigned to the Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife.
|Phase O&M||Start 1995||End 2000||Subcontractor|
|Activities include routine day-to-day monitoring, operation, maintenance, repair, lubrication and adjustment of structures and equipment. It also includes clearing waterborne trash and obstructions, verifying that fish are being protected, and providing site security. Work also includes periodic major overhaul and replacement of site components and structures to assure the long-term integrity of the facilities.|
Constraints or factors that may cause schedule or budget changes
There are currently 15 BPA owned Yakima Phase II fish facilities under the custody of Reclamation, with 6 additional sites scheduled for construction completion during 1997. This may increase to 60 or more when Phase II construction is complete in approximately the year 2000, depending on the timing and level of construction funding provided by BPA. The actual yearly increase in O&M costs will depend on the rate that these facilities are brought on-line.
SUMMARY OF EXPECTED OUTCOMES
Expected performance of target population or quality change in land area affected
An increase in numbers of returning and spawning anadromous fish is expected over several years.
Present utilization and convservation potential of target population or area
Target stocks are presently too weak to support sub-basin harvest. Some stocks could be headed for eventual extinction without intervention.
Assumed historic status of utilization and conservation potential
Target stocks once supported significant tribal and non-tribal harvest.
Long term expected utilization and conservation potential for target population or habitat
Restore target stocks to self-sustaining levels capable of supporting significant tribal and non-tribal harvest. The Phase II fish facilities are a critical part of this restoration plan.
Contribution toward long-term goal
This project will contribute to the goal by funding an O&M program that assures that these facilities continue to protect anadromous fish .
Indirect biological or environmental changes
Resident fish will also be protected.
Approximately 21 fish protective facilities will be on-line and thus require maintenance by the beginning of 1998. As many as 60 facilities will be maintained under this program when all construction is complete in approximately the year 2000.
Environmental attributes affected by the project
Changes assumed or expected for affected environmental attributes
Measure of attribute changes
Assessment of effects on project outcomes of critical uncertainty
Provisions to monitor population status or habitat quality
Biological results are being monitored and reported by other agencies and organizations, including the Yakama Indian Nation, Battelle Pacific NW Laboratories, Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, and National Marine Fisheries Service.
Data analysis and evaluation
Information feed back to management decisions
Critical uncertainties affecting project's outcomes
Success will be indicated by the stabilization or increase of numbers of returning and spawning adult anadromous fish.
Incorporating new information regarding uncertainties
The Yakima Technical Work Group made up of engineers, biologists, irrigators and other interested persons and organizations (including BPA and Reclamation) meet several times during the year to discuss project progress and direction, including reviewing new information arising out of site observations and problems.
Increasing public awareness of F&W activities
Protection of declining anadromous fish is a sensitive issue in the Yakima valley. BPA's role is publicized during the various forums where this issue is discussed.
|Related BPA project||Relationship|
|9107500 Yakima Phase Ii Screens - Construction||Design and construction of Phase II facilities is being funded by BPA and administered by Reclamation under Project no. 91-075 Yakima Phase II Screen Construction.|
|9200900||Phase II facilities are being operated and maintained through a cooperative effort between Reclamation and the Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife. WDFW is performing their O&M tasks under Project No. 92-09 Yakima-Klickitat Production Project Phase II Fish Screens O&M.|
|9105700||The Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife is fabricating fishscreens for Phase II facilities under Project No. 91-057 Yakima Phase II Screen Fabrication.|
|8562000||Battelle Pacific NW Laboratories is monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of Phase II facilities under Project No. 85-620.|
|Related non-BPA project||Relationship|
|Yakima Phase I Fish Facilities Funding by BPA & Reclamation||Yakima Phase I fish facilities provide for screening of major Yakima river system irrigation diversions whereas Phase II provides for screening of minor diversions. Construction of Phase I facilities is complete. BPA funded most Phase I design and construction costs whereas Reclamation funds Phase I O&M.|
Opportunities for cooperation
O&M tasks are being accomplished through a cooperative effort between Reclamation and Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife. WDFW is performing their work under Projects No. 91-057 & 92-09.
1997 Planned $190,000
|Future funding needs||Past obligations (incl. 1997 if done)|
|FY||Other funding source||Amount||In-kind value|
|1998||Irrigation Diversion Owners||Pre-Phase II Costs|
|1999||Irrigation Diversion Owners||Pre-Phase II Costs|
|2000||Irrigation Diversion Owners||Pre-Phase II Costs|
|2001||Irrigation Diversion Owners||Pre-Phase II Costs|
|2002||Irrigation Diversion Owners||Pre-Phase II Costs|
Other non-financial supporters
Yakama Indian Nation, National Marine Fisheries Service
How does percentage apply to direct costs
Percentage applies only to labor costs.