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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
October 25, 2007 Finalized November 7, 2007

Modification Type: FY 2008 Within-Year Ongoing
BPA Project Number: 199700400
BPA Project Name: Resident Fish Stock status Above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams ( no. 1997-004-00)
COTR/BPA Project Manager: Virgil Watts
Agency, Institution or Organization Requesting Rescheduling: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Funding Type: expense
Project Leader: Jason McLellan
Province: Intermountain
Subbasin: Spokane
 
Contact Person
First Name: Jason
Last Name McLellan
Address: 2315 N Discovery Place
City, State Zip: Spokane Valley, WA 99216
Phone: (509) 892-1001
Fax: (509) 921-2440
Email: mcleljgm@dfw.wa.gov

Administrative Contacts
Primary Administrative Contact Secondary Administrative Contact:
Name Janice Jackson Name
Address: 600 Capital Way N Address:
City, State Zip: Olympia, WA 98501 City, State Zip:
Phone: (360) 902-2444 Phone:
Fax: (360) 902-2941 Fax:
Email: jacksjgj@dfw.wa.gov Email:
Note: Note:

Section 2a: Description (Species Information)
Target Species resident fish
resident non-salmonids
resident trout

Provide explanations as to why the following alternative funding solutions are not feasible and will jeopardize the project:
Reduction in existing scope of project: Under BPA's current funding recommendation for FY08 and FY09 funding, the project funding has been "flatlined" at the FY07 amount of $622,049; however, the project proposal had budget of $682,120 for FY08. The majority of the increase in the FY08 budget was due to the Work Elements associated with the proposal Objectives to maintain or protect redband trout life history diversity and important seasonal habitats in the Little Spokane River drainage and upper Lake Spokane. The redband trout objectives and associated work elements were to be completed under the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) portion of the project. Since each project participant contracts directly with BPA and the majority of the increase was incurred on the WDFW objectives, the other project participants have requested that only WDFW seek the additional project funds necessary for those objectives; however, WDFW has received verbal support to proceed with this request from the project managers of all of the participating tribes.

Level funding in FY08 will jeopardize the project because it will prevent the initial purchase of equipment and supplies necessary to conduct work on the redband trout life history and habitat protection objectives, which comprise the vast majority of WDFW's proposed work in FY09. All of the WDFW non-database related work proposed for FY09 was related to completing Work Elelments associated with the redband trout protection Objectives. The loss of information on redband trout will likely reduce future opportunities to protect and restore habitat for redband through cooperative programs and potential cost shares with state agencies and county conservation districts.

It should be noted that this project was prioritized highly within the Intermountain Province Regional Oversight Committee, was rated favorably by the ISRP, and was recommended at the proposal level for funding by the NPCC. It is unclear at this time why BPA chose to fund it at a reduced level in FY08 and FY09.

Deferral of existing work elements to later date:

Section 2b: Description (Location Information)
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Location Description
47 47 36 N 117 31 56 W Little Spokane River Drainage, Spokane County, Washington

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? No
Has a habitat/population/mechanical/structural dilemma developed in the proposed study location since the contract was signed with BPA? No

Section 2c: Description (Work Element Information)
What work elements in the existing proposal does the proposed modification address?
Work Element Work Element Title
2c: Develop RM&E Methods and Designs Develop study plans for a radio telemetry study to describe the life history diversity of redband trout and identify important seasonal habitats used by potamodromous adult redband trout in the Little Spokane River and upper Lake Spokane.
3j: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Conduct a radio telemetry study to describe the life history diversity of redband trout and identify important seasonal habitats used by adult redband trout in the Little Spokane River and upper Lake Spokane.
4b: Analyze/Interpret Data Analysis of radio telemetry data will be conducted annually upon completion of data collection to determine important habitats used by redband trout and identify life history strategies.
5a: Produce Annual Report Produce Annual Reports

Proposed action to achieve the objective(s) Description of WE 2c: A study plan will be developed to for conducting a radio telemetry study to describe the life history diversity of redband trout and identify important seasonal habitats (feeding, wintering, and spawning) used by potamodromous adult redband trout in the Little Spokane River and upper Lake Spokane. The study plan will be developed in consultation with a WDFW biometrician, telemetry equipment manufacturers, and regional management biologists. The study plan will include maps with sample sites, schedules for implementation, biological data collection protocols, equipment requirements, sample sizes, and datasheets. Completion schedule is 3/1/2008 through 4/30/2008.

Description of WE 3j: A radio telemetry study will be conducted to describe the life history diversity and identify important seasonal habitats of redband trout in the Little Spokane River and upper Lake Spokane. Completion schedule is 10/1/2008 through 11/30/2009.

Methods for WE 3j:

Redband trout will be collected by electrofishing and angling in the Little Spokane River and the upper Lake Spokane (rkm 90.5 to rkm 93.4) in the fall of 2008 and surgically implanted with radio transmitters. The Little Spokane River will be divided into three strata to ensure that redband trout inhabiting the perceived suitable habitat patches in the river are represented and can be captured with relatively low amounts of effort. The three strata will be: (1) Chain Lake (rkm 68.0) to Milan (rkm 51.1), (2) Chattaroy (rkm 36.7) to Wandermere (rkm 17.7), and (3) Wandermere to the Spokane River confluence (rkm 0.0). Ten appropriate sized redband trout will be captured from each sampling strata and upper Lake Spokane for transmitter application. The sample size was chosen based on the maximum number of transmitters affordable based on the project budget. The appropriate sized fish will be determined using the “2% weight rule” after transmitters have been selected (Winter 1983). Transmitter selection will be conducted in consultation with transmitter manufacturers based on the following criteria: smallest size available with a minimum 1-year battery life, digitally coded on a single frequency to allow for rapid scanning, and compatible with the project’s existing receiver (Lotek SRX 400). Antenna’s for tracking will be determined in consultation with the transmitter and receiver manufacturers. Redband trout that are the appropriate size for transmitter implantation will be anesthetized with a 60-100 mg/L solution of tricane methanesulfate (MS-222) (Bunnell and Isely 1999; Schmetterling 2001; Colyer et al. 2005; Meka et al. 2005). Application of the transmitters will follow the standard surgical implant procedures described by Summerfelt and Smith (1990). Absorbable monofilament suture material and a simple uninterrupted pattern will be used to minimize tissue inflammation (Wagner et al. 2005). All surgeries will occur in the fall when water temperatures are near 10oC (Bunnell and Isely 1999).

Tracking will be conducted using a Lotek SRX 400 receiver by foot, truck, or aircraft. Pontoon boats will be used to access the lower 12 km of the Little Spokane River, due to the general lack of accessibility by road. The goal will be to locate each fish on a weekly basis throughout the year. Our general tracking strategy will be to get a general location of each fish by aircraft or truck, then obtain landowner permission to access the stream and subsequently get fine-scale locations on foot. All locations will be recorded on a handheld global positioning (GPS) unit, as well as marked on a paper map. Locations by aerial telemetry will be determined as close as possible to allow for rapid locations using foot surveys. Accuracy of aerial telemetry locations can be relatively inaccurate (mean error of 158-178 m), particularly for identifying habitat use on a small spatial scale (Roberts and Rahel 2005). Determining the accuracy of aerial telemetry is expensive and may not be necessary in this study due to the follow up foot surveys and the relatively high amount of development and dense road networks in the drainage, which will likely allow us to determine locations within a few hundred meters. Locations within a few hundred meters will be adequate for identifying migratory life history strategies, large-scale movements, and gross-scale habitat necessary for management and conservation of redband trout. The accuracy of foot surveys will be determined by triangulation and relocating hidden transmitters (Young 1995). Temperatures will be recorded using continuous temperature loggers (Onset Corp.) placed every 10 km in the mainstem Little Spokane River and at upper, middle, lower locations of primary tributaries that lack passage barriers. Temparture logger placement will be according to the methods of the Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE 2003). Each life history type will be described according to the categories of Varley and Gresswell (1988). Distances moved by redband trout with transmitters will be determined using GPS data from telemetry locations and ArcGIS software (ESRI, Redlands, CA) (Meka et al. 2003).

Date, flow (from USGS gages), and temperature will be examined to determine the potential relationships with redband trout movements. Appropriate statistical analysis will be determined in coordination with a WDFW biometrician. Potential difficulties with this objective are the reduced sample sizes as a result of transmitter expulsion and mortalities. Both transmitter expulsion and mortalities can be high (Bunnell and Isely 1999). In instances where expelled transmitters or mortalities can be recovered, attempts will be made to re-apply the transmitters in a new test fish within the area that the transmitter was initially applied.

The annual technical report will provide a description of redband trout life histories and seasonal movements in the Little Spokane River drainage and upper Lake Spokane that will be used to assist with conservation and management of these stocks.

Specific areas with habitat necessary for persistence of potamodromous redband trout populations will be identified in the Little Spokane River drainage and upper Lake Spokane using the radio telemetry data described above. When redband trout are located by foot survey, the mesohabitat and substrate will be described using the methods of Muhlfeld and Marotz (2005). This method basically describes the primary habitat types (riffle, run, pool, shoal) and the associated cover. Substrate types are scored and weighted. Seasonal use and migration areas will be mapped using ArcGIS software. Using the data from the telemetry study and previously collected stream habitat data (McLellan 2003a; McLellan 2003b; and McLellan 2005), other potential important adult redband trout feeding, wintering, and spawning areas will be identified. The annual technical report will provide locations of redband trout feeding, wintering, and spawning areas in the Little Spokane River drainage and upper Lake Spokane and descriptions of the habitat in these areas that will be used to assist with conservation and management of these stocks.

Description of WE 4b: Data from the redband trout radio telemetry and associated habitat data collection will be analyzed for addition in the annual technical report and supplied to managers to assist with management and conservation of the population. Distances moved by redband trout with transmitters will be determined using GPS data from telemetry locations and ArcGIS software. Seasonal use and migration areas will be mapped using ArcGIS software. Mesohabitat will be summarized for each season and type of habitat function (feeding, wintering, spawning). Schedule for completion is 12/1/2009 through 2/28/2010.

Description of WE 5a: Produce an annual technical report that will provide a description of redband trout life histories and seasonal movements, locations of feeding, wintering, and spawning areas, and descriptions of the habitat in these areas in the Little Spokane River and upper Lake Spokane that will be used to assist with conservation and management of these stocks.


Does not implementing this modification jeopardize the ability to achieve existing biological objectives of this project, as well as other projects? Yes

Explain: If we do not receive the funding necessary, we will be unable to complete two of the project objectives related to protecting redband trout life histories and habitats.

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)

Section 2e: Description (Objectives)
Objectives of this proposed project
Objective
(abbreviation)
Full Description
Protect redband trout habitat Conduct radio telemetry study of redband trout in Little Spokane River and upper Lake Spokane to identify spawning areas, migration corridors, and seasonal adult rearing areas and characterize habitat conditions at these locations. Necessary for protection of redband trout habitat.
Protect life history diversity Conduct radio telemetry study of redband trout in Little Spokane River and upper Lake Spokane to identify life history diversity and associated habitats. necessary for protection of redband trout life history diversity.

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
199502700 Lake Roosevelt Sturgeon Recovery Personnel/equipment sharing

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?

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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?

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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?

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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?
Protect life history diversity Develop RM&E Methods and Designs Develop study plan for a radio telemetry study to describe the life history diversity of redband trout and identify important seasonal habitats used by potamodromous adult redband trout in the Little Spokane River and upper Lake Spokane. A study plan will be developed to for conducting a radio telemetry study to describe the life history diversity of redband trout and identify important seasonal habitats used by potamodromous adult redband trout in the Little Spokane River and upper Lake Spokane. The study plan will be developed in consultation with a WDFW biometrician, telemetry equipment manufacturers, and regional management biologists. The study plan will include maps with sample sites, schedules for implementation, biological data collection protocols, equipment requirements, sample sizes, and datasheets. 1 $12,085 No
Protect redband trout habitat Develop RM&E Methods and Designs Develop study plan for a radio telemetry study to describe the life history diversity of redband trout and identify important seasonal habitats used by potamodromous adult redband trout in the Little Spokane River and upper Lake Spokane. A study plan will be developed to for conducting a radio telemetry study to describe the life history diversity of redband trout and identify important seasonal habitats used by potamodromous adult redband trout in the Little Spokane River and upper Lake Spokane. The study plan will be developed in consultation with a WDFW biometrician, telemetry equipment manufacturers, and regional management biologists. The study plan will include maps with sample sites, schedules for implementation, biological data collection protocols, equipment requirements, sample sizes, and datasheets. 1 $12,085 No
Protect life history diversity Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Conduct a radio telemetry study to describe the life history diversity of redband trout in the Little Spokane River and upper Lake Spokane. A radio telemetry study to describe the life history diversity of redband trout in the Little Spokane River and upper Lake Spokane. Redband trout in the lower Little Spokane River and upper Lake Spokane will be surgically implanted with radio transmitters and subsequently tracked to identify seasonal movement patterns consistent with various life history patterns. [Not Entered] 2 $7,290 No
Protect redband trout habitat Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Conduct a radio telemetry study to identify important seasonal habitats (feeding, wintering, and spawning) used by adult redband trout in the Little Spokane River and upper Lake Spokane. A radio telemetry study to identify feeding, wintering, and spawning areas used by adult redband trout in the Little Spokane River and upper Lake Spokane and describe the mesohabitat in these areas. Redband trout in the lower Little Spokane River and upper Lake Spokane will be surgically implanted with radio transmitters and subsequently tracked to identify seasonal use areas. Fish will be located by foot surveys and a standardized protocol will be used to describe the mesohabitat at these locations. [Not Entered] 2 $5,728 No
Protect life history diversity Analyze/Interpret Data Analysis of radio telemetry data will be conducted annually upon completion of data collection. Data from the redband trout telemetry will be analyzed. Distances moved by redband trout with transmitters will be determined using GPS data from telemetry locations and ArcGIS software. Seasonal use and migration areas will be mapped using ArcGIS software. Mesohabitat will be summarized for each season and type of habitat function (feeding, wintering, spawning). [Not Entered] 2 $2,029 No
Protect redband trout habitat Analyze/Interpret Data Analysis of habitat data will be conducted annually upon completion of data collection. Data from the redband trout telemetry will be analyzed. Distances moved by redband trout with transmitters will be determined using GPS data from telemetry locations and ArcGIS software. Seasonal use and migration areas will be mapped using ArcGIS software. Mesohabitat will be summarized for each season and type of habitat function (feeding, wintering, spawning). 2 $1,014 No
Protect life history diversity Produce Annual Report Produce Annual Reports Develop annual technical progress reports for the JSAP updating identified data gaps within the project area. Reports will provide background (introduction) information, description of methods, results of analyses, a discussion of the results in the context of other related research, management recommendations, and literature citation. 2 $2,942 No
Protect redband trout habitat Produce Annual Report Produce Annual Reports Develop annual technical progress reports for the JSAP updating identified data gaps within the project area. Reports will provide background (introduction) information, description of methods, results of analyses, a discussion of the results in the context of other related research, management recommendations, and literature citation. 2 $1,827 No

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Section 8: Total Budget Modification Request

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2008 Cost
Personnel Biologist 3 (0.04 FTE), Biologist 2 (0.08 FTE), Biometrician (0.02 FTE) $12,257
Fringe Benefits Approx. 34% salaries $4,167
Supplies Radio transmitters, Receiver upgrade/maintenance, antennae, waders, boat gas, batteries, sutures, surgical tools, etc... $18,460
Overhead Agency Overhead (29%) $10,116

Total Estimated Budget Modification
Total FY 2008 budget modification $45,000
Total FY 2008 budget for this project, including modification request $ 0

Outyear Budget Totals
Not applicable

Cost sharing associated with this modification
Organization Item or Service Provided Amount ($) Cash or in-kind?
WDFW Labor (1 month Biologist 3) $6,403 In-Kind

Section 9: Narrative, Maps and Project Documents
Document Type Size Date

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
11/7/2007  10/25/2007  NA      Submitted  $45,000   
Decision Comments Next Steps
   
11/7/2007  11/7/2007  BOG  Budget  CAT-3b2: Loss of Monitoring and Evaluation Data  Under BOG Review  $45,000  2/6/2008 
Decision Comments Next Steps
This request is for FY08 to acquire telemetry and tags.  1st Quarter FY08 
11/7/2007  3/14/2008  BPA  Budget    BPA Denied  $ 0   
Decision Comments Next Steps
This request is not approved by BPA.   

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