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
August 31, 2008 Finalized September 10, 2008

Modification Type: FY 2008 Within-Year Ongoing
BPA Project Number: 199202604
BPA Project Name: Investigate Life History of Spring Chinook Salmon and Steelhead in the Grande Ronde Subbasin
COTR/BPA Project Manager: Greg Baesler
Agency, Institution or Organization Requesting Rescheduling: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Funding Type: expense
Project Leader: Brian Jonasson
Province: Blue Mountain
Subbasin: Grande Ronde
 
Contact Person
First Name: Brian
Last Name Jonasson
Address: 203 Badgley Hall, EOU
City, State Zip: La Grande, OR 97850
Phone: 541-962-3763
Fax: 541-962-3067
Email: bjonasso@eou.edu

Administrative Contacts
Primary Administrative Contact Secondary Administrative Contact:
Name Jerilyn Irvine Name Sandy Sovay
Address: 3406 Cherry Avenue NE Address: 3406 Cherry Avenue NE
City, State Zip: Salem, OR 97303 City, State Zip: Salem, OR 97303
Phone: 503-947-6137 Phone: 503-947-6189
Fax: 503-947-6140 Fax: 503-947-6195
Email: Jerilyn.Irvine@state.or.us Email: Sandy.E.Sovay@state.or.us
Note: Note:

Section 2a: Description (Species Information)
Target Species Oncorhynchus mykiss (steelhead)
Oncorhynchus tshawytscha (chinook)

Provide explanations as to why the following alternative funding solutions are not feasible and will jeopardize the project:
Reduction in existing scope of project: The Northwest Power and Conservation Council (Council) recommended funding of this project at $820,000 each year for FY07 - FY09. BPA's current funding decision (email from Bill Maslen 8/22/08 subject:RE: FY09 budgets Brian Jonasson ODFW;Project 199202604) is to fund the project at $697,000 which is an adjustment of $16,400 to the FY09 SOY decision (2009_SOY_final_July_3_2008.pdf) to fund the project at $680,600 in FY09. This reduction in funding will compromise our experimental design to evaluate the effectiveness of the spring Chinook salmon supplementation program in the Grande Ronde Subbasin. In FY09 we will eliminate the monitoring program on our reference stream and on one of our three treatment streams with BPA's recommended funding level of $697,000.
Deferral of existing work elements to later date: Deferral of monitoring two of the four populations until a later date will produce gaps in the existing data set and preclude comparisons of treatment streams to the reference stream.

Section 2b: Description (Location Information)
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Location Description
45 11 28 N 118 23 40 W Rotary screw trap site - Grande Ronde R. near Starkey
45 37 11 N 117 43 33 W Rotary screw trap site - Minam River near Minam

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
WE 05: 70. Install Fish Monitoring Equipment Screw Trap Installation and Maintenance
WE 06: 157. Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Sampling and Data Collection Activities
WE 07: 158. Mark/Tag Animals PIT Tagging and Marking Juvenile Spring Chinook Salmon and Summer Steelhead
WE 09: 162. Analyze/Interpret Data Abundance and Migration of Juvenile Salmonids in Study Streams
WE 10: 162. Analyze/Interpret Data Survival and Relative Success of Juvenile Salmonids of the Grande Ronde Subbasin

Proposed action to achieve the objective(s) Reinstate funding by the requested amount to allow us to continue operating rotary screw traps in the Minam River and upper Grande Ronde River. Operation of the traps will allow us to determine salmonid smolt abundance, smolt migration characteristics, and life-stage specific survival rates.

WE 05: 70. ODFW will re-install and continue to operate and maintain rotary screw traps on the Minam River and upper Grande Ronde River.

WE 06: 157. ODFW will continue to collect juvenile spring Chinook salmon and steelhead migrants in the Minam and upper Grande Ronde rivers as they leave the upper rearing areas. We will enumerate all spring Chinook salmon and steelhead collected and determine trapping efficiencies for the two species for each of the traps through the trapping period.

WE 07: 158. ODFW will PIT-tag and release approximately 500 spring Chinook salmon juveniles and 600 steelhead juveniles captured at each of our traps in the fall. We will PIT-tag and release approximately 500 spring Chinook salmon juveniles and 600 steelhead juveniles captured at each of our traps in the spring. We will capture, PIT-tag and release approximately 500 winter resident parr spring Chinook salmon from rearing areas above the screw trap in the upper Grande Ronde River in December.

WE 09: 162. ODFW will estimate the number of juvenile Chinook salmon and steelhead and determine their migration timing from the Minam and upper Grande Ronde rivers based on the number of each species collected in the traps and the associated trapping efficiencies.

WE 10: 162. ODFW will determine survival rates to Lower Granite Dam for summer, fall, winter and spring PIT-tagged spring Chinook salmon and fall and spring PIT-tagged steelhead using the SURPH model. We will derive estimates of overwinter survival of spring Chinook salmon by comparing survival rates of PIT-tagged winter resident parr to survival rates of PIT-tagged spring migrants. We will derive estimates of the relative success of the fall migrant and spring migrant life history strategies by comparing survival rates of PIT-tagged fall migrants to survival rates of PIT-tagged winter resident for spring Chinook salmon in the upper Grande Ronde River. ODFW will estimate the number of spring Chinook salmon smolts produced per redd from migrant abundance estimates and survival estimates combined with redd count data from spring Chinook salmon spawning ground surveys conducted under a Lower Snake River Compensation Plan project. ODFW will estimate the number of steelhead smolts produced each year from the Minam and upper Grande Ronde rivers from our migrant abundance estimates and survival estimates.


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

Explain: If funding remains reduced to $697,000 in FY09, ODFW will not be able to continue to monitor the production of spring Chinook salmon and steelhead smolts from the Minam and upper Grande Ronde rivers to evaluate the success of spring Chinook salmon supplementation in the Grande Ronde subbasin. The upper Grande Ronde River has been supplemented with hatchery-produced spring Chinook salmon since the first adults returned in 2002, and ODFW has been monitoring the smolt production of spring Chinook salmon since 1993. ODFW has been monitoring the spring Chinook salmon smolt production from the Minam River since 2000. Smolt production and other key life history attributes measured during the supplementation period will be compared to those measured before supplementation in the same stream and also to the reference stream (Minam River) to evaluate the success of supplementation in the Grande Ronde Subbasin.

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, 2004, 2008 hatchery Reinstating funding for the project will allow ODFW to continue with the experimental design to evaluate the effectiveness of hatchery supplementation as a viable recovery action. The Minam River is a reference (unsupplemented) stream and the upper Grande Ronde River is one of three treatment (supplemented) streams.

Section 2e: Description (Objectives)
Objectives of this proposed project
Objective
(abbreviation)
Full Description
Abund. of juvenile salmonids Determine the status of juvenile spring Chinook salmon and steelhead abundance for four key production streams in the Grande Ronde Subbasin. The four key production areas are Catherine Creek, Lostine River, and upper Grande Ronde River, which are supplemented with hatchery-produced spring Chinook salmon, and the Minam River which is not supplemented with hatchery-produced salmonids.
Life-stage survival rates Determine life-stage survival rates for naturally produced spring Chinook salmon and steelhead for four key production streams in the Grande Ronde Subbasin and for spring Chinook salmon in the Imnaha River.
Smolt migration attributes Determine smolt migration characteristics for naturally produced spring Chinook salmon and steelhead for four key production streams in the Grande Ronde Subbasin and naturally produced spring Chinook salmon in the Imnaha River.
Report findings Report and disseminate findings of juvenile salmonid production relative to hatchery supplementation to regional forums. Provide data to the Interior Columbia Technical Recovery Team.

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
199800702 Grande Ronde Supplementation - Lostine O&M/M&E Project 199202604 provides information on local populations of spring Chinook salmon to the M&E component of 199800702 to evaluate the success of of the Lostine River supplementation program.
200708300 Grande Ronde Supplementation M&E Project 199202604 provides outmigration and survival information on local populations of spring Chinook salmon to project 200708300 to evaluate the success of supplementation in Catherine Creek and the upper Grande Ronde River.
200740400 Oregon Spring Chinook Salmon Captive Broodstock Propagation Project 199202604 provides estimates of abundance of spring Chinook salmon to monitor the success of the captive broodstock program. Life history information is used to guide and evaluate the captive broodstock program.
198909600 Monitoring and evaluate the genetic characteristics of supplemented salmon and steelhead Project 199202604 provides samples of smolts for genetic analysis to determine the relative contribution of hatchery and wild spawners.
199602000 Comparative Survival Rate Study Project 199202604 PIT tags naturally produced spring Chinook salmon to estimate survival through the FCRPS. The CSS study includes these naturally produced spring Chinook salmon in their analysis.
no number Lower Snake River Compensation Plan - Oregon Evaluation Studies Project 199202604 provides data to compare smolt survival of hatchery produced steelhead and spring Chinook salmon to naturally produced fish. The LSRCP project provides spring Chinook salmon redd count data to 199202604 to determine smolts/redd.
198402500 NE Oregon Habitat Projects - ODFW Project 199202604 provides information on habitat utilization and juvenile salmonid production that is used to identify and prioritize habitat improvement projects, and assists with M&E of projects in selected areas.
199202601 Grande Ronde Model Watershed Project 199202604 helps identify critical habitat needs of juvenile Chinook salmon to assist GRMW staff in targeting restoration opportunities.

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?

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?

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?

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?
Abund. of juvenile salmonids Install Fish Monitoring Equipment Screw Trap Installation and Maintenance Re-install and continue to operate and maintain rotary screw traps on the Minam River and upper Grande Ronde River. 4 $29,000 No
Abund. of juvenile salmonids Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Sampling and Data Collection Activities Collect, sample, and enumerate juvenile spring Chinook salmon and steelhead migrants in the Minam River and upper Grande Ronde River as they leave upper rearing areas. 4 $44,000 No
Abund. of juvenile salmonids Analyze/Interpret Data Abundance of Juvenile Salmonids in Study Streams Estimate the number of juvenile Chinook salmon and steelhead migrating from the Minam River and upper Grande Ronde River based on the number of each species collected in the traps and their associated trapping efficiencies. 4 $8,000 No
Smolt migration attributes Install Fish Monitoring Equipment Screw Trap Installation and Maintenance Re-install and continue to operate and maintain rotary screw traps on the Minam River and upper Grande Ronde River. 4 $ 0 No
Smolt migration attributes Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Sampling and Data Collection Activities Collect, sample, and enumerate juvenile spring Chinook salmon and steelhead migrants in the Minam River and upper Grande Ronde River as they leave upper rearing areas 4 $ 0 No
Smolt migration attributes Analyze/Interpret Data Migration of Juvenile Salmonids in Study Streams Determine the timing of juvenile Chinook salmon and steelhead migration from the Minam River and upper Grande Ronde River based on the dates of collection, number of each species collected in the traps, and their associated trapping efficiencies. 4 $8,000 No
Life-stage survival rates Install Fish Monitoring Equipment Screw Trap Installation and Maintenance Re-install and continue to operate and maintain rotary screw traps on the Minam River and upper Grande Ronde River. 4 $ 0 No
Life-stage survival rates Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Sampling and Data Collection Activities Collect and enumerate juvenile spring Chinook salmon and steelhead migrants in the Minam River and upper Grande Ronde River as they leave upper rearing areas. 4 $ 0 No
Life-stage survival rates Mark/Tag Animals PIT Tagging and Marking of Juvenile Spring Chinook Salmon and Summer Steelhead PIT-tag and release approximately 500 spring Chinook salmon juveniles and approximately 600 steelhead juveniles captured in each of our screw traps in the fall and in the spring. Capture, PIT-tag, and release approximately 500 winter resident parr spring Chinook salmon from the rearing area above the screw trap in the upper Grande Ronde River in December. 4 $14,000 No
Life-stage survival rates Analyze/Interpret Data Survival and Relative Success of Juvenile Salmonids of the Grande Ronde Subbasin Determine survival rates to Lower Granite Dam summer, fall, winter, and spring PIT-tagged spring Chinook salmon and fall and spring PIT-tagged steelhead using the SURPH model. Derive estimates of overwinter survival of spring Chinook salmon by comparing survival rates of PIT-tagged winter resident parr to survival rates of PIT-tagged spring migrants. Derive estimates of the relative success of the fall migrant and spring migrant life history strategies by comparing survival rates of PIT-tagged fall migrants to survival rates of PIT-tagged winter residents for spring Chinook salmon in the upper Grande Ronde River. Estimate the number of spring Chinook salmon smolts produced per redd from migrant abundance estimates and survival estimates combined with redd count data from spring Chinook salmon spawning ground surveys conducted under a Lower Snake River Compensation Plan project. Estimate the number of steelhead smolts produced each year from the Minam and upper Grande Ronde rivers from our migrant abundance estimates and survival estimates. 4 $17,000 No
Report findings Disseminate Raw & Summary Data Report and disseminate project data Data summaries will be reported in written form and orally to regional fisheries managers. Provide data to the Interior Columbia Technical Recovery Team. 4 $3,000 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
FY 2009 FY 2010 FY 2011 FY 2012
$820,000 $840,000 $862,000 $885,000

Section 8: Total Budget Modification Request

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2008 Cost
Personnel 2 FTE $52,000
Fringe Benefits [blank] $27,000
Supplies [blank] $755
Travel [blank] $6,500
Overhead 32.09% $27,680
Other 4,900 PIT tags $9,065

Total Estimated Budget Modification
Total FY 2008 budget modification $123,000
Total FY 2008 budget for this project, including modification request $820,000

Outyear Budget Totals
  2009 2010 2011 2012
Monitoring & Evaluation $820,000 $840,000 $862,000 $885,000
Total Outyear Budgets $820,000 $840,000 $862,000 $885,000

Cost sharing associated with this modification
Organization Item or Service Provided Amount ($) Cash or in-kind?
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife office space - Enterprise field office and shop $12,000 In-Kind
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Chinook spawning surveys - data for smolts/redd $30,000 In-Kind
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Watershed staff time - consultation/collaboration/review $45,000 In-Kind
U.S. Forest Service Chinook spawning surveys - data for smolts/redd $5,000 In-Kind
Oregon Water Resources Department streamflow monitoring - 2 sites $12,000 In-Kind
U.S. Geological Survey streamflow monitoring - 2 sites $25,000 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
9/10/2008  8/31/2008  NA      Submitted  $123,000   
Decision Comments Next Steps
   
9/10/2008  9/10/2008  BOG  Budget  CAT-3b2: Loss of Monitoring and Evaluation Data  Under BOG Review  $123,000  11/22/2008 
Decision Comments Next Steps
  This request will be pooled up for fourth quarter review and a November decision. 
9/10/2008  11/24/2008  BPA  Budget    BPA Approved  $123,000   
Decision Comments Next Steps
Council recommends and BPA approves the request of $123,000 which will be added to the '09 project year budget.   

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