Request for New Funding for FY 2008

 
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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
November 28, 2007 Finalized December 5, 2007

Modification Type: FY 2008 Within-Year New
BPA Project Number: 200800300
BPA Project Name: Capture, marking, hazing and removal of California sea lions at Bonneville Dam
COTR/BPA Project Manager: No COTR Assigned
Agency, Institution or Organization Requesting Rescheduling: PSMFC, ODFW, WDFW, IDFG
Funding Type:
Project Leader: Robin Brown (ODFW)
Short Description: Project will construct and operate California sea lion trapping equipment to mark, monitor, haze and facilitate the removal of California sea lions preying on salmonids at Bonneville Dam.
Province: Lower Columbia
Subbasin: Columbia Lower
 
Contact Person
First Name: Robin
Last Name Brown
Address: 7118 NE Vandenberg Ave.
City, State Zip: Corvallis, OR 97330
Phone: 541-757-4186 x-242
Fax: 541-757-4252
Email: robin.f.brown@state.or.us

Administrative Contacts
Primary Administrative Contact Secondary Administrative Contact:
Name Pam Kahut, PSMFC Name Robin Brown, ODFW
Address: 205 SE Spokane St., Suite 100 Address: 7118 NE Vandenberg Ave.
City, State Zip: Portland, OR 97202 City, State Zip: Corvallis, OR 97330
Phone: 503-595-3100 Phone: 541-757-4186, x-242
Fax: 503-595-3232 Fax: 541-757-4252
Email: pam_kahut@psmfc.org Email: robin.f.brown@state.or.us
Note: PSMFC Fiscal Manager Note: ODFW Program Leader

Section 2a: Description (Species Information)
Target Species mammals

Section 2b: Description (Location Information)
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Location Description
45 38 40 N 121 56 50 W Bonneville Dam tailrace down river to Skamania Island

Section 2c: Information Transfer
In what ways will information from this project be transferred or used? California sea lions captured and permanently marked at Bonneville Dam will be monitored to describe their foraging behaviors in the lower Columbia River. This information will be used to identify individual sea lions as salmonid predators and as candidates for possible lethal removal. This information will be shared between ODFW, WDFW, IDFG, CRITFC, ACOE, NMFS and the NMFS Pinniped Task Force, and will aid evaluations of hazing effectiveness and estimations of salmonids losses to pinnipeds below Bonneville Dam.

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 2004 BiOp, 2007 Draft BiOp (RPAs 49 and 69), NMFS Pinniped Task Force Report predator control California sea lions have been identified as significant predators on T&E salmonids in Bonneville Dam tailraces. The states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho have requested federal (NMFS) authority to lethally remove predatory sea lions in this area. The NOAA Fisheries Pinniped Task Force recommended granting this authority to the States. Removal requires individual identification accomplished via trapping and marking. Trapping and euthanasia is one method for lethal removal. FCRPS RPAs 49 and 69 direct actions to haze, monitor, estimate and reduce sea lion predation. This project address all of these directives. Reduction of sea lion numbers and predation in this area will directly benefit salmonid passage and populations.

Section 2e: Description (Objectives)
Objectives of this proposed project
Objective
(abbreviation)
Full Description
Reducing predation impacts Under Section 120 of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, ODFW, WDFW and IDFG have requested authority from the Secretary of Commerce (NMFS) to lethally removal individual California sea lions that are having a significant negative impact on T&E salmonids in the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam. After reviewing the States' request, the NMFS Pinniped Task Force recommended that lethal removal authority be granted. NMFS is currently reviewing the Task Force Report and preparing recommended actions for the States. The ability to capture, permanently mark and identify individual sea lions preying on salmonids is a prerequisite to lethal removal. Sea lion removal actions are expected to take place over the next 5-6 years. This proposal requests funds to construct, place and operate sea lion tagging equipment at Bonneville Dam so that predation loses may be reduced through removal of known predatory sea lions. The project will also improve evaluations of the effectiveness of non-lethal hazing through observations of individually marked predators exposed to hazing tactics. Tagging and tracking sea lions in the river below Bonneville Dam will provide additional information on predation losses within 5 miles of the dam, which are currently unavailable.

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
ACOE Bonneville Dam sea lion hazing and predation monitoring project As was done over the past three years, the States will coordinate daily marking, hazing,and tracking data with the ACOE predation observation and hazing program at Bonneville Dam. Raw, real-time data is shared mutually among all action agencies
CRITFC Bonneville Dam sea lion hazing and observation project As was done over the past three years, the States will coordinate daily marking, hazing,and tracking data with the CRITFC hazing and predation observation program at Bonneville Dam. Raw, real-time data is shared mutually among all action agencies

Section 4: Estimated Budget for Planning & Design phase

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?
Reducing predation impacts Produce Plan Develop plan for all project activities in 2008-2009 Identify best locations for placement of traps for capture and marking of sea lions, and for placement of hydrophones to monitor sea lion movements and predation activities in area below Bonneville Dam. Schedule deployment and testing of equipment, plan dates for capture/marking operations, predation monitoring and hazing activities, hydrophone data downloading, coordination with ACOE and CRITC, prepare for data entry, management and analyses. Written plans for field operations, data handling and analyses 6 $ 0 No

Outyear work element-based estimated 2009 - 2012 budget
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

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?
Reducing predation impacts Remove or Relocate Predaceous Animals Place orders for the construction of captial equipment needed for sea lion captures Equipment specific to the capture and handling of sea lions must be ordered well ahead of project implementation (4-8 weeks). Orders must be placed for construction of sea lion traps, handling barge, transfer and squeeze cages, forge and irons, acoustic and satellite tags. Receive constructed traps (2), barges (1), transfer cages (2), squeeze cage (1), platform scale (1), satellite tags (20), acoustic tags (25), hydrophones (13), anchor systems, misc. equipment 6 $100,000 Yes

Outyear work element-based estimated 2009 - 2012 budget
Contruction/Implementation
Work Element Work Element Outyear Description Starting FY
numbers only
Ending FY
numbers only
Estimated cost
Remove or Relocate Predaceous Animals Maintain/repair trapping and handling equipment 2009 2014 $60,000
Remove or Relocate Predaceous Animals Obtain additional tags/marks as needed 2009 2014 $300,000

Outyear totals
Contruction/Implementation
FY 2009 FY 2010 FY 2011 FY 2012
$60,000 $60,000 $60,000 $60,000

Section 6: Estimated Budget for Operations & Maintenance phase

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?
Reducing predation impacts Remove or Relocate Predaceous Animals Capture and marking of predatory sea lions Deploy field staff to capture and individually mark as many CA sea lions foraging at Bonneville Dam as possible during the 2008 field season. Remove animals as provided under NMFS authority to States (yet to be determined). Obtain miscellaneous supplies and equipment. Weekly capture operations, 01/01/08-05/31/08 1 $90,000 No
Reducing predation impacts Remove or Relocate Predaceous Animals Track and haze predatory sea lions at Bonneville Dam Carry out field operations to track and haze predatory sea lions in the area below Bonneville Dam. Remove animals as provided under NMFS authority to States (yet to be determined). Coordinate activities directly with the hazing and predation observation activities of ACOE and CRITFC Weekly boat/shore operations to track, monitor predations, and haze marked sea lions, 01/01/08 1 $90,000 No
Reducing predation impacts Remove or Relocate Predaceous Animals Maintain equipment during field activities Maintain and repair capture, marking and monitoring equipment including traps, cages, boats, hyrdophones, etc. As necessary 1 $10,000 No

Outyear work element-based estimated 2009 - 2012 budget
Operations & Maintenance
Work Element Work Element Outyear Description Starting FY
numbers only
Ending FY
numbers only
Estimated cost
Remove or Relocate Predaceous Animals Trap, mark, track, haze, remove sea lions 2009 2014 $1,140,000

Outyear totals
Operations & Maintenance
FY 2009 FY 2010 FY 2011 FY 2012
$190,000 $190,000 $190,000 $190,000

Section 7: Estimated Budget for Monitoring & Evaluation phase

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?
Reducing predation impacts Produce PISCES Status Report PISCES report preparation Prepare and submitt PISCES reports as required. Submission of completed reports 1 $ 0 No
Reducing predation impacts Produce Annual Report Annual report preparation Produce and submit annual report on all sea lion capture and marking activities, including observations and data on movements, predation activities, hazing activities and evaluations, removals, coordination with activities of ACOE and CRITFC staff A verified data set maintained by ODFW and shared with collaborators, and an annual report submitted to BPA 1 $ 0 No

Outyear work element-based estimated 2009 - 2012 budget
Monitoring & Evaluation
Work Element Work Element Outyear Description Starting FY
numbers only
Ending FY
numbers only
Estimated cost
Remove or Relocate Predaceous Animals Manage and disseminate data, prepare and submit reports 2009 2014 $ 0

Outyear totals
Monitoring & Evaluation
FY 2009 FY 2010 FY 2011 FY 2012
$ 0 $ 0 $ 0 $ 0

Section 8: Total Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2008 Cost
Personnel 4 PSMFC field staff for 5 months $62,500
Fringe Benefits 14% $8,750
Supplies Tags (satellite, acoustic, plastic), forge/brands, hydrophones, ARGOS satellite service, fuel, anchor systems, misc. supplies, equip. maintenance $102,228
Travel Vehicle lease, mileage, per diem $10,000
Capital Equipment Traps, barge, cages, scale $87,039
Overhead PSMFC @13% (not on Capital Equip) $20,115

Total Estimated Budget
Total FY 2008 budget for this project $290,632

Outyear Budget Totals
  2009 2010 2011 2012
Construction & Implementation $ 60,000 $ 60,000 $ 60,000 $ 60,000
Operations & Maintenance $190,000 $190,000 $190,000 $190,000
Monitoring & Evaluation $ 0 $ 0 $ 0 $ 0
Total Outyear Budgets $250,000 $250,000 $250,000 $250,000

Cost sharing
Organization Item or Service Provided Amount ($) Cash or in-kind?
ODFW Salaries, benefits, supplies, travel capital equipment on hand $150,000 In-Kind
WDFW Salaries, benefits, supplies, travel capital equipment on hand $150,000 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
12/5/2007  11/28/2007  NA      Submitted  $290,632   
Decision Comments Next Steps
   
12/5/2007  12/5/2007  BOG  Budget  CAT-5: Other  Under BOG Review  $290,632  2/20/2008 
Decision Comments Next Steps
These are new proposals (State and CRITFC) that are not just for one time. BPA would like to consider combining the proposal for efficiency. Under the BiOp RPAs 49 and 69. ISRP determination is needed. This request is for FY'08 and FY'09.  This request will be pooled up for the First Quarterly Review and Council recommendation in February. 
12/5/2007  2/19/2008  BPA  New    BPA Approved  $130,000   
Decision Comments Next Steps
BPA approves part of proposal. BPA supports $130,000 in '08. BPA-COTR is Jan Brady.   

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