Within-Year Modification Request Form for FY 2007

 
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Table of Contents
Part 1. Administration and Budgeting
Section 1: General Administrative Information
Section 2: Description
Section 3: Related Projects
Section 4: Planning and Design
Section 5: Construction/Implementation
Section 6: Operations and Maintenance
Section 7: Monitoring and Evaluation
Section 8: Total Budget
Section 9: Project Documents
Part 2. Current Status of Modification Request
Part 3. Comments on this Modification Request


Part 1 of 3. Administration and Budgeting
Section 1: General Administrative Information
Process Information:
Date Proposal Submitted & Finalized Status BOG Meeting Date
May 30, 2007 Finalized June 6, 2007

Modification Type: FY 2007 Within-Year Ongoing
BPA Project Number: 200105300
BPA Project Name: Reintroduction of chum slamon into Duncan Creek
COTR/BPA Project Manager: Tracy Hauser
Agency, Institution or Organization Requesting Rescheduling: PSMFC
Funding Type: expense
Project Leader: Todd Hillson
Province: Lower Columbia
Subbasin: Columbia Lower
 
Contact Person
First Name: Todd
Last Name Hillson
Address: 2108 Grand Boulevard
City, State Zip: Vancouver, WA 98661-4624
Phone: (360) 906-6730
Fax: (360) 906-6776
Email: hillsth@dfw.wa.gov

Administrative Contacts
Primary Administrative Contact Secondary Administrative Contact:
Name George Nandor Name
Address: 205 SE Spokane Street Suite 100 Address:
City, State Zip: Portland, OR 97202 City, State Zip:
Phone: (503) 595-3100 Phone:
Fax: (503) 595-3232 Fax:
Email: george_nandor@psmfc.org Email:
Note: Note:

Section 2a: Description (Species Information)
Target Species Oncorhynchus keta (chum)

Provide explanations as to why the following alternative funding solutions are not feasible and will jeopardize the project:
Reduction in existing scope of project: Activities under this contract occur primarily in November through April of each year. The majority of FY07 funds were spent to complete the fieldwork that occured during this timeframe, including the additional work necessary to compensate for the loss of the adult trap. Remaining funds are allocated to staff time for field work wrap-up, analysis and report writing, and reductions would be inadequate to fund trap replacement.

FY08 and FY09 budgets have already been reduced, and WDFW staff is working with the project COTR and BPA technical staff to review the future scope of this project.

Deferral of existing work elements to later date: The majority of work elements in this project consist of annual field work that cannot be deferred without the loss of data. All FY 07 tasks are critical and required to accomplish annual project goals/work elements.

Section 2b: Description (Location Information)
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Location Description
45.615431 -122.040165 Duncan Creek dam structure

Is this/Are these the same study location(s) that was/were identified in the original proposal? Yes

Condition/situation creating the need for the modification:
Is the situation the result of a catastrophic event that occurred within the existing location? Yes
Has a habitat/population/mechanical/structural dilemma developed in the proposed study location since the contract was signed with BPA? Yes

Section 2c: Description (Work Element Information)
What work elements in the existing proposal does the proposed modification address?
Work Element Work Element Title
collect/generate/validate field and lab data Adult Trap Monitoring
Analyze/Interpret Data Analysis to determine project origin adult returns
Analyze/Interpret Data Analysis of adult sampling and marking for population estimates

Proposed action to achieve the objective(s) The existing adult trapping structure located in the Duncan Creek Dam channel was lost during flooding in late November 2006. New plans/drawings of a re-designed adult trap will need to be prepared to allow for solicitation of construction bids. This new design proposes to include the ability to completely remove the trapping structure from the channel with an on-site winching system; allowing quick removal in response to high flow events. This new design will likely require site visits and detailed measurements by an engineer. After construction the trap will need to be transported and installed. The trap will need to be installed no later than November 2, 2007 but could be installed as early as October 29, 2007, in preparation for FY 2008 project work.

Does not implementing this modification jeopardize the ability to achieve existing biological objectives of this project, as well as other projects? No

Explain: No, project biological goals can still be met without an adult trap. However, an adult trap at Duncan Creek has been part of this program since inception and it provides the most efficient and accurate method for enumerating adult chum entering Duncan Creek. The adult trap allows for a census count at this location; critical data needed to achieve project objectives. After loss of the trap in November 2006, field crews were able to achieve project objectives by beach seining adults that entered Duncan Creek and were holding/spawning below the spawning channel weirs. While this type of collection is possible in FY 08 & 09, it increases the project staffing needs/costs and introduces uncertainty into project data. I.E.,with seining, it is unclear what percentage of adults entering Duncan Creek are captured, and some females captured are partially spawned. Data from fall 2006 is still being analyzed, so the magnitude of this uncertainity is currently unknown.

The adult trap also provides a brood stock collection point that otherwise would not be available. As more adults begin returning to Duncan Creek, the capacity to collect brood stock at the adult trap, rather than from seining on the mainstem, will lessen our impact on mainstem spawning populations (fewer fish will need to be removed).


Section 2d: Description (BiOp Information)
NMFS and/or FWS Biological Opinion that this funding request addresses Strategy
NMFS &/or USFWS
How proposed actions will address the BiOp
(i.e., substrategy / limiting factor / metric to be achieved)
NMFS 2000 habitat This project addresses RPA #’s 156 (The Action Agencies and NMFS shall study the feasibility (including both biological benefits and ecological risks of habitat modification to improve spawning conditions for chum salmon in the Ives Island area) and 157 (BPA shall fund actions to improve and restore tributary and mainstem habitat for CR chum salmon in the reach between The Dalles Dam and the mouth of the Columbia River).

Section 2e: Description (Objectives)
Objectives of this proposed project
Objective
(abbreviation)
Full Description
Reintroduce chum to Duncan Crk Duncan Creek was a historically important spawning area for chum salmon, estimated returns of 500 adults annually. In 1963, a dam and culvert were placed near the mouth of the creek; returns rapidly declined and by 1969 chum salmon were extirpated. A three-pronged approach is being used to reestablish a self-sustaining chum salmon population in Duncan Creek. First, the original dam structure was replaced in 2000 to provide dual usage of the area, a lake from June 1 through October 15 and a pre-impoundment configuration providing access to and from salmonid spawning grounds (creek and spawning channels) from October 16 to May 31. Second, spawning channels were constructed in fall of 2001. Channels are located in historical chum salmon spawning areas with natural springs/seeps providing the water. Third, beginning fall of 2001, and occurring annually since, chum salmon brood stock have been collected from nearby spawning areas and used in supplementation programs at Duncan Creek. Three methods of reintroduction are being evaluated. The first is natural straying from adjacent spawning populations. The second is direct adult supplementation into the spawning channels above monitoring weirs. The third is fed-fry supplementation releases via artificial propagation. An intensive and comprehensive monitoring and evaluation program is associated with the supplementation program. Fry resulting from supplementation methods are marked allowing statistical comparison of adult returns and fry-to-adult survival rates between the two artificial reintroduction methods. The success of this habitat as a spawning refugia is evaluated by egg-to-fry and fry-to-adult survival rates and monitoring a variety of physical parameters in the channels. This proposal seeks to continue brood stock collection for supplementation, and if deemed necessary a salvage operation, and the monitoring and evaluation associated with these activities. Results from this project will provide the background and framework to successfully implement other chum salmon reintroduction projects in the Lower Columbia River domain.

Section 3: Is This Funding Request Related to Other Projects in the Basin?

Other projects that are related to this request
Project # Project Title/Description Nature of Relationship
1999-003 Measures spawning and rearing below lower Columbia River mainstem dams and what measures must be taken to protect those fish. Shared data on adult chum salmon population estimates and counts, stock composition and structure.

Section 4: Estimated Budget for Planning & Design phase for this request (request amount only)

Work element-based estimated budget
Planning & Design
Objective Work Element Work Element Title Work Element Description Description of Metrics Task Duration
in FYs
Estimated Budget Subcontractor?
Reintroduce chum to Duncan Crk Produce Design and/or Specifications Produce plans for adult salmonid trap at Duncan Creek After a site visit and measuring location produce sufficiently detailed drawings/plans so that bids may be solicited for construction of adult trap. These drawings/plans will include material specifications and construction/assembly standards. [Not Entered] 1 $2,000 No

Outyear work element-based estimated 2009 - 2012 budget for this proposal
Planning & Design
Work Element Work Element Outyear Description Starting FY
numbers only
Ending FY
numbers only
Estimated cost

Outyear totals
Planning & Design

Section 5: Estimated Budget for Contruction/Implementation phase for this request (request amount only)

Work element-based estimated budget
Contruction/Implementation
Objective Work Element Work Element Title Work Element Description Description of Metrics Task Duration
in FYs
Estimated Budget Subcontractor?
Reintroduce chum to Duncan Crk Install Fish Monitoring Equipment Construct adult salmon trap Construct adult salmonid trap according to plans/drawings provided. This will include an inspection of trap prior to delivery for workmanship. [Not Entered] 1 $30,000 Yes

Outyear work element-based estimated 2009 - 2012 budget for this proposal
Contruction/Implementation
Work Element Work Element Outyear Description Starting FY
numbers only
Ending FY
numbers only
Estimated cost
Install Fish Monitoring Equipment Transport adult trap to Duncan Creek dam 2008 2008 $1,000
Install Fish Monitoring Equipment Install adult trap at Duncan Creek dam 2008 2008 $3,000

Outyear totals
Contruction/Implementation

Section 6: Estimated Budget for Operations & Maintenance phase for this request (request amount only)

Work element-based estimated budget
Operations & Maintenance
Objective Work Element Work Element Title Work Element Description Description of Metrics Task Duration
in FYs
Estimated Budget Subcontractor?

Outyear work element-based estimated 2009 - 2012 budget for this proposal
Operations & Maintenance
Work Element Work Element Outyear Description Starting FY
numbers only
Ending FY
numbers only
Estimated cost

Outyear totals
Operations & Maintenance

Section 7: Estimated Budget for Monitoring & Evaluation phase for this request (request amount only)

Work element-based estimated budget
Monitoring & Evaluation
Objective Work Element Work Element Title Work Element Description Description of Metrics Task Duration
in FYs
Estimated Budget Subcontractor?

Outyear work element-based estimated 2009 - 2012 budget for this proposal
Monitoring & Evaluation
Work Element Work Element Outyear Description Starting FY
numbers only
Ending FY
numbers only
Estimated cost

Outyear totals
Monitoring & Evaluation

Section 8: Total Budget Modification Request

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2008 Cost
Other Cost estimate based on 5 percent per year increase on original trap cost, actual cost will be known once bids are recieved $32,000

Total Estimated Budget Modification
Total FY 2008 budget modification $32,000
Total FY 2008 budget for this project, including modification request $264,776

Outyear Budget Totals
Not applicable

Cost sharing associated with this modification
Organization Item or Service Provided Amount ($) Cash or in-kind?

Section 9: Narrative, Maps and Project Documents
No documents are associated with this request

Part 2 of 3. Current Status of Modification Request
Meeting Date Status Record Entry Date Decision Group Adjustment Category Urgency Status Budget Impact Reconsider Date
6/6/2007  5/30/2007  NA      Submitted  $32,000   
Decision Comments Next Steps
   
6/6/2007  6/6/2007  BOG  Budget  Not Urgent  Under BOG Review  $32,000  7/3/2007 
Decision Comments Next Steps
This request is a category 3b2.  Third Quarterly Review with an August decision. 
6/6/2007  8/2/2007  BPA  Budget  Not Urgent  BPA Approved  $32,000   
Decision Comments Next Steps
Concurrence with the Council.   
6/6/2007  8/2/2007  BPA  Budget  Not Urgent  BPA Approved  $32,000   
Decision Comments Next Steps
Concurrence with the Council.   

Part 3 of 3. Comments on this Modification Request
There are no comments on this proposed modification.