Within-Year Modification Request Form 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
January 2, 2008 Finalized January 9, 2008

Modification Type: FY 2008 Within-Year Ongoing
BPA Project Number: 199501300
BPA Project Name: Resident Fish Substitution Program
COTR/BPA Project Manager: Dave Kaplowe
Agency, Institution or Organization Requesting Rescheduling: Nez Perce Tribe
Funding Type: expense
Project Leader: Tod Sween
Province: Mountain Snake
Subbasin: Clearwater
 
Contact Person
First Name: Tod
Last Name Sween
Address: P.O. Box 365
City, State Zip: Lapwai ID 83540
Phone: (208) 843-7320 ext. 2389
Fax: (208) 843-2351
Email: tods@nezperce.org

Administrative Contacts
Primary Administrative Contact Secondary Administrative Contact:
Name Arleen Henry Name Dave Johnson
Address: P.O. Box 365 Address: P.O. Box 365
City, State Zip: Lapwai, ID 83540 City, State Zip: Lapwai, ID 83540
Phone: (208) 843-7317 Phone: (208) 843-7320 ext. 2441
Fax: (208) 843-7319 Fax: (208) 843-2351
Email: arleenh@nezperce.org Email: davej@nezperce.org
Note: NPT Fisheries Dept. Accountant Note: NPT Fisheries Dept. Manager

Section 2a: Description (Species Information)
Target Species Oncorhynchus mykiss (rainbow 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: Project currently operates at minimum baseline O & M funding level that just maintains existing basic operations. Further reductions would jeopardize program goals. Operating and maintaining fisheries in project ponds is integral to project mission, therefore the need to address water quality issues that affect the fishery is critical to program success, especially when the fishery's existence is threatened.
Deferral of existing work elements to later date: Timing of proposed action is crucial as chemical treatment of pond water must occur in the spring when phosphorus is available in water column to react with aluminum sulfate, yet before this limiting nutrient is bound up in algal mass at which time it is unavailable for treatment. Failure to act could result in diminishment or elimination of fishery.

Section 2b: Description (Location Information)
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Location Description
46.1995 -116.5847 Mud Springs Reservoir in Lapwai Creek drainage.

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
Put and Take Fisheries (ID# 187) Operate Mud Springs Fishery
Maintain Fish Health (ID# 60) Monitor health of rainbow trout at Mud Springs Reservoir
Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data (ID# 157) Monitor habitat at three ponds
Analyze and Interpret Data (ID# 162) Analysis of water quality data from three ponds
Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data (ID# 157) Monitor phosphorus levels at Mud Springs Reservoir
Analyze and Interpret Data (ID# 162) Analysis of phosphorus data from Mud Springs Reservoir
Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data (ID# 157) Harvest monitoring at three ponds
Analyze and Interpret Data (ID# 162) Harvest data analysis for three ponds

Proposed action to achieve the objective(s) Apply aluminum sulfate (alum) treatment to Mud Springs Reservoir to bind phosphorus in water column and sediments, thereby inhibiting internal phosphorus cycling (phosphorus converts to highly soluble orthophosphorus as redox potential shifts to reducing environment under anoxic conditions in hyperlimnion, providing limiting nutrients for eutrophic condition resulting in dense algal blooms). Literature review of alum use indicates substantial reductions in phosphorus of over 50%, to even 90% in some cases, with resulting improved water quality benefits lasting from 5 to 10 yrs (Entranco 1992). The typical application of alum is an aqueous solution that is applied across the entire pond surface and combines with phosphorus causing it to settle out of suspension. The alum binds with the phosphorus creating a flox that remains inactive on the bottom and forms a seal that prevents any phosphorus in the sediments from being released into the water column. The recommended dose of 7600 liters/hectare (P. Eberhardt, 2007, Sweetwater Technology Corp. Pers. Comm.) indicates a total treatment of 22,800 liters for the 3.5 Hectare reservoir. An associated action to track effectiveness is a monitoring program that would be conducted in cooperation with the Nez Perce Tribe Water Resources Division to measure external inputs and loading in order to provide data used in a comprehensive analysis of the nutrient input problem that causes the eutrophic condition of water quality at Mud Springs. The biology of the algal blooms over the annual cycle would be studied to determine extent of impact on water quality. The results will be used to address the longer term actions necessary to eliminate or negate the nutrient influx from the surrounding watershed.

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

Explain: Failure to treat phosphorus will result in increase of unstable algal blooms which collapse and decay, leading to diminished dissolved oxygen levels that result in catastrophic fish kills, the most recent in October 2007. The condition compounds until Mud Springs cannot support a viable fishery.

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)
harvest

Section 2e: Description (Objectives)
Objectives of this proposed project
Objective
(abbreviation)
Full Description
Improve pond water quality Application of alum (aluminum sulfate) in Mud Springs Reservoir to improve water quality by removing limiting nutrients (primarily phosphorus) from water column, allowing the viable fishery to continue in pond. Alum combines with phosphorus forming a floc that precipitates out of the water and settles on the bottom, sealing off nutrients in the sedmiments. The effect is improvement in water quality by limiting algae blooms, and may last up to 10 years.

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

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?
Improve pond water quality Put and Take Fisheries Operate Mud Springs fishery Operate and maintain Mud Springs pond on Tribal Unit 11. There are no metrics for this selected work element. Ongoing $ 0 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?
Improve pond water quality Put and Take Fisheries Operate Mud Springs fishery Operate and maintain Mud Springs fishery on Tribal Unit 11. There are no metrics for this selected work element. Ongoing $23,000 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

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?
Improve pond water quality Put and Take Fisheries Operate Mud Springs fishery Operate and maintain Mud Springs fishery on Tribal Unit 11. There are no metrics for this selected work element. Ongoing $ 0 No

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?
Improve pond water quality Put and Take Fisheries Operate Mud Springs fishery Operate and maintain Mud Springs fishery on Tribal Unit 11. There are no metrics for this selected work element. Ongoing $ 0 No

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 alum water treatment at Mud Springs $23,000

Total Estimated Budget Modification
Total FY 2008 budget modification $23,000
Total FY 2008 budget for this project, including modification request $223,000

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
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
1/9/2008  1/2/2008  NA      Submitted  $23,000   
Decision Comments Next Steps
   
1/9/2008  1/9/2008  BOG  Budget  CAT-3b1: Adverse Biological Consequences to Project  Under BOG Review  $23,000  5/22/2008 
Decision Comments Next Steps
Review for urgency after consultant's visit with sponsor and David Kaplowe. At this point this request does not warrant an emergency review.  Put into the pool for FY'08 2nd Quarter with a decision in May. 
1/9/2008  2/21/2008  BPA  Budget    BPA Approved  $23,000   
Decision Comments Next Steps
Approved by BOG Management Team, $23,000 in '08.   

Part 3 of 3. Comments on this Modification Request
Comment Date Commentor Agency Comment
1/8/2008 Dave Kaplowe BPA The proposed aluminum sulfate treatment is potentially the most feasible and cost effective option to maintain a viable rainbow trout fishery in the Mud Springs Reservoir for the remainder of the current funding cycle.