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Proposal 199800703: Grande Ronde Supplementation Operations and Maintenance

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Table of Contents
Part 1. Administration and Budgeting
Section 1: General Administrative
Section 2: Project Location
Section 3: Project Species
Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Section 5: Relationship to Other Projects
Section 6: Biological Objectives
Section 7: Work Elements
Section 8: Budget
Section 9: Project Future
Section 10: Documents
Part 2. Reviews
Part 1 of 2. Administration and Budgeting
Section 1: General Administrative Information
Process Information:
Date Proposal Submitted & Finalized Status Form Generator
July 14, 2006 Finalized Mike McLean

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199800703
Proposal Name: Grande Ronde Supplementation Operations and Maintenance
BPA Project Manager: Kenneth Kirkman
Agency, Institution or Organization: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Short Description: This project conducts O and M for a supplementation program in the upper Grande Ronde River and Catherine Creek. CTUIR operates an acclimation facility and an adult broodstock capture facility on each tributary.
Information Transfer: Information will be transferred through annual reports, conferences, and through meetings. For this solicitation of proposals the major CTUIR monitoring and evaluation activities are being redesigned under a new project titled “Grande Ronde Salmonid M&E”.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Mike McLean CTUIR 62415 A Hwy 82
La Grande, OR, 97850
Ph: 541-663-1794
Fax: 541-663-8058
Email: mmclean@uci.net
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Mike McLean CTUIR 62415 A Hwy 82
La Grande, OR, 97850
Ph: 541-663-1794
Fax: 541-663-8058
Email: mmclean@uci.net
Form Submitter

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Blue Mountain ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Grande Ronde ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
45.3453 -118.0432 [none] Office and shop for the operations and maintenance staff. Union, Oregon Grande Ronde No
45.1211 -117.6915 Catherine Creek Catherine Creek acclimation facility Union, Oregon Grande Ronde Yes
45.1965 -117.8350 Catherine Creek Catherine Creek adult collection facility Union, Oregon Grande Ronde Yes
45.0718 -118.3164 Grande Ronde River Upper Grande Ronde acclimation facility Union, Oregon Grande Ronde Yes
45.1465 -118.3715 Grande Ronde River Upper Grande Ronde adult collection facility Union, Oregon Grande Ronde Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Chinook Snake River Spring/Summer ESU
Steelhead Snake River ESU

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Adult facilities operating nicely. First year of conventional broodstock returns, some taken to hatchery for production (277 GR, 226 CC)(BS 71 GR, 34 CC). Acclimation facilities in operation (105,369 GR, 189,580 CC).
2004 Rebuild of Catherine Creek weir (new design). Grande Ronde adult fully operational. Broodstock collected for conventional program (475 GR, 724 CC)(BS 17 GR, 18 CC). Replaced raceway liners at Grande Ronde acclimation facility (148,804 GR, 129,705 CC).
2003 Major maintenance on Catherine Creek weir. Purchased trapbox for the upper Grande Ronde weir. Enough adults captured to retain broodstock(162 GR, 551 CC)(BS 72 GR, 51 CC). Finishing touches to acclimation facilities (237,560 GR, 129,705 CC).
2002 Construction complete at Catherine Creek adult facility. Floating weir purchased for Grande Ronde adult facility. Enough adults captured to retain broodstock(105 GR,311 CC)(BS 49 GR, 38 CC). Acclimation facilities (151,444 GR, 180,343 CC).
2001 Construction of adult trapping facility at Catherine Creek neared completion. Pickets still at Grande Ronde. Acclimation facilities operational (2,608 smolts GR, 136,674 CC). First year of conv. broodstock retention at both facilities (38 GR, 122 CC).
2000 Adult chs trapping continues with picket weirs (no construction yet). Not enough adults captured to start the conventional broodstock program (17 GR, 23 CC). Acclimated smolts at both acclimation facilities spring 2000. Enumerated sts return CC (19).
1999 Adult trapping continued at both sites using picket weirs. Not enough adults captured to start conventional broodstock program (1 GR, 16 CC). Construction of acclimation facilities were completed. Enumerated sts return (3 GR, 13 CC).
1998 The final NEPA and facility design (juv. and adult) was completed in 1998. Field construction activities began in 1998 on acclimation facilities. Picket weirs in place on CC and GR trapped 33 adult spring chinook salmon at GR and 28 at CC.
1997 Picket weirs were purchased and installed late in Catherine Creek and Upper Grande Ronde. No adult spring chinook were captured at Catherine Creek and 9 were captured at Grande Ronde.

Section 5: Relationships to Other Projects
Other Current Projects Related to this Project (any funding source)
Funding Source Related ID Related Project Title Relationship
BPA 198402500 Ne Oregon Habitat Projects This project repairs and enhances habitat useful for the production of the proposed project, thereby increasing the chance of success.
BPA 198402500 Ne Oregon Habitat Projects This ODFW project develops and implements riparian fencing, instream structures, and stream or floodplain activities to protect, enhance and restore riparian and instream habitat to improve anadromous fish production in the upper Grande Ronde River and Catherine Creek. Anadromous habitat improvement in these streams increases the likelihood of Program success.
BPA 198805301 Ne Or Hatchery Master Plan - N The purpose of this project is to plan and develop conservation production facilities in the Imnaha and Grande Ronde rivers necessary to implement salmon recovery programs for native, ESA listed, spring Chinook salmon. This project is led by the Nez Perce Tribe in coordination with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), NOAA-Fisheries, BPA, NPCC, U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and other team consultants. Currently the project is in Step 3 of the Master Planning process for a new Lostine River Hatchery and modifications to Lookingglass Hatchery and Imnaha acclimation facility. The proposed project includes tasks for CTUIR to participate on the NEOH core team.
BPA 198805301 Ne Or Hatchery Master Plan - N Proposed project uses facilities funded by this project to accomplish goals.
BPA 198805305 Ne Ore Outplntg Facilities Mst This project involves ODFW’s O&M/M&E of Lookingglass Hatchery. The proposed project is the broodstock collection and smolt acclimation portion of this project.
BPA 198909600 Genetic M&E Prog For Sal/Steel This study monitors genetic changes associated with hatchery propagation in multiple Snake River sub-basins for chinook salmon and steelhead. One of the goals of the proposed study is genetic preservation.
BPA 199202601 Grand Ronde Model Watershed This project funds several projects that restore and enhance habitat in the Grande Ronde Basin which are directly related to the production of the proposed project. These efforts will increase the likelihood for success of the proposed project.
BPA 199202604 Life Studies of Spring Chinook The proposed project releases juvenile chinook salmon into the natural environment which are then evaluated by this project.
BPA 199403300 Fish Passage Center This project provides information on mainstem passage for the proposed projects production releases.
BPA 199405400 Bull Trout Life History Projec This project is conducted by ODFW. The goal of the project is to provide scientific information that will help develop a protection and recovery plan for threatened stocks of native bull trout in Oregon’s portion of the Columbia Basin. The proposed project incidentally collects bull trout and provides tagging, demographic and recapture data to this project.
BPA 199606700 Manchester Spring Chinook Capt This projects rears captive progeny for use in the proposed project.
BPA 199608300 Grand Ronde Watershed Restor This project enhances and restores habitat on streams directly related to the proposed projects production efforts.
BPA 199703800 Listed Stock Chinook Salmon Ga The proposed project provides gametes for this project.
BPA 199800702 Gd Ronde Supp Lostine O&M/M&E This is the third component to the Grande Ronde Basin spring chinook production(sister project).
BPA 199801001 Grande Ronde Captive Brood O&M The proposed project acclimates this projects production, assists with brood collection, and enumerates the returning adults.
BPA 199801006 Captive Broodstock Artificial This project funds NPT participation in all activities of the Grande Ronde Basing Spring Chinook Captive Broodstock Project (199801001), including use of common rearing, spawning, and incubation facilities. Consultation, coordination and sharing of information and expertise between staff of this project and the proposed project facilitate efficient use of facilities and increase the likelihood of Program success.
BPA 199803100 Implement Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kis The proposed project provides information used in this project (database, technical review, outreach and education).
Other: LSRCP Lookingglass Ha [Related Project Title left blank] We capture broodstock and acclimate juveniles for this project.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Improve survival and homing efficiency Acclimation of hatchery-produced juvenile salmonids has been shown to reduce stress prior to release into the natural environment as well as increase homing efficiency. CTUIR will operate and maintain juvenile acclimation facilities on the upper Grande Ronde River and Catherine Creek for release of juveniles produced from both the conventional and captive broodstock components of the program. Grande Ronde 3.2.3.4.2 Artificial Production:Current. 86
Monitor adult returns to the tributary The returns of summer steelhead and spring chinook will be enumerated, strays will be counted, and hatchery and wild ratios above the weir will be controlled Grande Ronde 3.2.3.4.2 Artificial Production:Current. 86
Provide eggs for artificial production Using a portion of an endemic spring chinook salmon population to start and maintain hatchery broodstocks has become a common practice of hatchery programs in the Columbia Basin. CTUIR will operate and maintain picket or floating-style weirs in the upper Grande Ronde River and Catherine Creek to trap adults for collection of biological data and conventional broodstock for the GRESCSP. Grande Ronde 3.2.3.4.2 Artificial Production: Current 86

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
01: Acclimate Juvenile Fish Catherine Creek Acclimation The Catherine Creek Acclimation Facility is located at river mile 29 of Catherine Creek. At the facility we will acclimate about 130,00 juvenile spring chinook per year. The production will come from a combination of both conventional and captive broodstock. There will usually be 2 equal acclimation periods (space issues) beginning around the first week of March with a volitional release beginning about 1 week after delivery. The last group will be forced out around the 15th of April. The fish will be fed 1 out of 3 days when water temperatures are above 36F. Mortalities will be picked daily, and the ponds cleaned when necessary. Facility operators are stationed at the facility during acclimation (24hr) and the technicians or project leader are at the facility daily as well as on call during the weekends. 3/1/2007 4/30/2009 $230,534
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve survival and homing efficiency
* Purpose of production program: Supplementation
* # of fish released: 450,000

02: Acclimate Juvenile Fish Upper Grande Ronde River Acclimation The Upper Grande Ronde Acclimation Facility is located at river mile 199 of the Grande Ronde River. At the facility we will acclimate approximately 250,000 juvenile spring chinook per year. The production will come from both conventional and captive broodstock. There will usually be 2 equal acclimation periods (space issues) beginning around the first week of March with a volitional release beginning about 1 week after delivery. The last group will be forced out around the 15th of April. The fish will be fed 1 out of 3 days when water temperatures are above 36F. Mortalities will be picked daily, and the ponds cleaned when necessary. Facility operators are stationed at the facility during acclimation (24hr) and the technicians or project leader are at the facility daily as well as on call during the weekends. 3/1/2007 4/30/2009 $153,689
Biological Objectives Metrics
Improve survival and homing efficiency
* Purpose of production program: Supplementation
* # of fish released: 750,000

03: Trap/Collect/Hold/Transport Fish - Hatchery Catherine Creek Adult Collection The Catherine Creek Adult Collection Facility is located at river mile 20 of Catherine Creek. At this facility we will Collect broodstock for a spring chinook supplementation program. The trap and weir will attempted to be installed by March 1 each year. Fish will be collected from a cross section of the entire run based on the following criteria; 20% of the wild adults for brood and as many conventional hatchery adults as needed to comprise 70% of the total broodstock population. We will begin 24 hour watch of the facility after April 15th, which is after the acclimation period. Facility operators are stationed at the facility during arrival of adult spring chinook salmon. The technician or project leader are at the facility 3 to 7 days a week and on call to check the trap and pick fish for broodstock. 3/1/2007 8/15/2009 $326,590
Biological Objectives Metrics
Monitor adult returns to the tributary
Provide eggs for artificial production
* Purpose of production program: Supplementation

04: Trap/Collect/Hold/Transport Fish - Hatchery Upper Grande Ronde Adult Collection The Upper Grande Ronde Adult collection Facility is located at river mile 191 of the Grande Ronde River. At this facility we will collect broodstock for a spring chinook supplementation program. The trap and weir will attempted to be installed by March 1 each year. Spring chinook salmon will be collected from a cross section of the entire run based on the following criteria; 50% of the wild adults for brood and as many conventional hatchery adults as needed to meet production goal. We will begin 24 hour watch of the facility after April 15th, which is after the acclimation period. Facility operators are stationed at the facility during arrival of adult spring chinook salmon. The technician or project leader are at the facility 3 to 7 days a week and on call to check the trap and pick fish for broodstock. 3/1/2007 8/15/2009 $384,223
Biological Objectives Metrics
Monitor adult returns to the tributary
Provide eggs for artificial production
No Metrics for this Work Element

05: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Collection of data at facilities Data collected during acclimation will include total fish acclimated, total mortality, water temperature, volitional and forced release dates, feed fed, and PIT tag outmigration and sizes of fish released. Data collected during the adult collection will include the date of trapping, sex of fish, length of fish, hatchery or wild origin, final disposition, genetic samples, scale samples, and injection amounts. Data collection at spawning will include the number broodstock on hand and the number of males and females spawned weekly. 3/1/2007 9/30/2009 $134,478
Biological Objectives Metrics
Monitor adult returns to the tributary
Provide eggs for artificial production
Focal Area: Hatchery

06: Spawn Fish Assist with spawning of broodstock Assist Lookingglass Hatchery with the spawning of Upper Grande Ronde, Catherine Creek, and Lookingglass Creek spring chinook salmon broodstock and Bonneville Hatchery with Captive Brood spring chinook salmon spawning. 8/15/2007 9/30/2009 $96,056
Biological Objectives Metrics
Provide eggs for artificial production
* Purpose of production program: Supplementation

07: Disseminate Raw/Summary Data and Results Weekly Reports Report will include specifics on spring chinook acclimation. This will include number received, number released, densities, flows, mortality, PIT tag migration, and any comments for the acclimation period. The report will also include daily counts of adult salmonids (summer steelhead, spring chinook, and Bulltrout) trapped and their final disposition. There will also be summary data from past years of adult collections. Spawning activities at Lookingglass Hatchery, which include number of spring chinook broodstock, mortality, and fish spawned will be included. 3/1/2007 9/30/2009 $66,056
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

08: Analyze/Interpret Data Data Analysis For Management The analysis of data collected during the year will be made as needed relative to management decisions. This analysis will not be for peer review journals but mainly for management decisions that need to be made right away. Analysis of data that may affect project operations will be included in the annual report. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $38,422
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

09: Create/Manage/Maintain Database Create and maintain data files Data will be kept and summarized in local spreadsheets or databases for this project. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $55,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

10: Maintain Hatchery Facility Maintenance Maintain and improve the 4 facilities (2 juvenile acclimation and 2 adult) operated by CTUIR on the Upper Grande Ronde River and Catherine Creek. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $115,267
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

11: Manage and Administer Projects Annual Budget Package/Accrual Reports A budget package for each year (2007-2009) will be developed and submitted to BPA by October 1, in each year. The package will include a statement of work, budget, and work schedule/spending plan. Budget accruals will also be completed in June and September of each year. 2/1/2007 10/1/2009 $96,056
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

12: Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation Obtain Permits and submit copies to BPA NEPA group The required permits/authorizations will be obtained in a timely manner in order to conduct project activities. Permits required for operation in each year are applied for by October of the preceding year. Final copies usually arrive in March the year of work to be done. Submission of permits to NEPA group will occur in October. Final copies will be sent when they arrive around March. Permits include: NOAA Fisheries 4D permit (Online annually), ODFW State Take Permit (piggyback with NOAA online annually), Bulltrout Take Permit (original, no need to reapply, annual report required), Special Use Permit USFS (every 4 years, renewed in 2005), Water Rights Certificate (due Oct. 1 2007), DSL Permits (when needed). 3/1/2007 12/31/2009 $19,211
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

13: Coordination Coordination of Project Activities Participate in co-manager meetings to review and revise project implementation. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $134,478
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

14: Produce Pisces Status Report Status Reporting [Work Element Description Not Entered] 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $ 0
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

15: Produce Status Report Complete Quarterly Reports Reports on project activities and accomplishments will be sent to COTR 7 days after the end of each quarter. January to March, April to June, July to September, October to December. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $13,423
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

16: Produce Annual Report Annual Report Write final report for current years work, and write draft report for the next years work. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $57,633
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

17: Other Land and structure purchase for new adult collection site Upper Grande Ronde Determining the best place to locate the weir downstream must take many factors into account, like availability of the land, topography of the land, accessibility, and distribution of the fish. Currently there is a parcel of land (~3 acres) for sale just above the town of Starkey (rm 153, 9.8 miles downstream). This is the lowest point of documented spawning for adult spring chinook salmon on on the upper Grande Ronde River and would allow us to enumerate the entire return back to the upper Grande Ronde River. The parcel would include a single-wide mobile home and 3 outbuildings which would serve as the facility operators living quarters and storage areas during trap operation. Currently, we own a 26ft. travel trailer that is placed at the weir site for the living quarters. 1/1/2007 6/30/2007 $160,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Monitor adult returns to the tributary
Provide eggs for artificial production
No Metrics for this Work Element


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel 82 months of FTE (6.8 FTE's) $257,525 $270,401 $292,033
Fringe Benefits [blank] $59,457 $67,600 $73,008
Supplies [blank] $41,973 $42,393 $42,817
Travel Includes 2 leased vehicles that may not be needed $47,519 $47,994 $48,474
Other subcontracts, Facility Rental, Utilities $41,700 $42,117 $42,538
Overhead Indirect (39%) $158,525 $167,072 $177,970
Capital Equipment Land Purchase for Grande Ronde Adult Site $160,000 $ 0 $ 0
Totals $766,699 $637,577 $676,840

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$2,081,116
Total Work Element budget$2,081,116

Cost sharing
Funding Source or Organization Item or Service Provided FY 2007 Est Value ($) FY 2008 Est Value ($) FY 2009 Est Value ($) Cash or in-kind? Status

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$697,146 $718,060 Allows for 3% increase each year
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
Possible pond liner replacement, Leasing of project vehicles (2).
 
Termination Date Comments
12/31/2022 The hatchery production program may be needed long after this date, or native fish runs and harvest will rebound to the extent a hatchery program is no longer needed before this date.
 
Final Deliverables
Any annual reports that are not turned in. Dismantling of the acclimation and adult facilities.

Section 10: Narrative
Document Type Size Date
Fix-it Loop Documents
Documents Originally Submitted with this Proposal

Part 2 of 2. Reviews of Proposal
Administrative Review Group (ARG) Results
Account Type:
Expense
No changes were made to this proposal


NPCC Final Funding Recommendations (October 23, 2006) [Full NPCC Council Recs]

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$684,454
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$684,454
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$684,454
Total NPCC Rec
$2,053,362
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
NPCC Comments: See discussion of Programmatc Issue: supplementation m&e. The budget reflects an anticipated land purchase removed from the FY 2007 budget. Project also ties to 200708300 for M&E component. The budget is considered a combined budget with 200708300 and CTUIR will define the split and work elements for each project


NPCC Draft Funding Recommendations (September 15, 2006) [Full NPCC Council Recs]

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$684,454
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$684,454
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$684,454
Total NPCC Rec
$2,053,362
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$ 0
Total MSRT Rec
$ 0
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
NPCC Comments:
NPCC Staff Comments: See discussion of supplementation m&e in decision memo.

Local or MSRT Comments: OSPIT notes the land purchase in fiscal year 2007 was removed from the budget. Project also ties to 200708300 for M&E component. The budget is considered a combined budget with 200708300 and CTUIR will define the split and work elements for each project


Independent Scientific Review Panel Final Review (August 31, 2006) [Download full document]

Recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)
Comments: See ISRP comments on the set of NEOH projects under proposal 198805301.

As one of several projects that compose the Grande Ronde Endemic Spring Chinook Supplementation Program (GRESCSP), this project covers the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Nation's role through operating adult capture facilities and juvenile acclimation and release facilities in the upper Grande Ronde River and Catherine Creek. The project will provide side benefits to other species such as steelhead through monitoring at weirs.

The proposal presents a strong case for continuation and funding as part of the GRESCSP. The project appears to be well integrated with the ODFW proposal 199800704 on spring Chinook in the Grande Ronde, both of which are needed to meet program goals. The proposal clarifies objectives and methods more than in the submissions of previous years. Methods were described in detail. Design was reasonable.

The proposal relates clearly to priorities and objectives outlined in the GRESCSP. As a “conservation” project, it meets ISRP review criteria. The requested funds are solidly matched with cost-shared funds from other sources. The stated objectives are operational.

A history of project activities, budgets, and results is presented in detail. In the narrative, unnecessarily repetitive data shown in the accompanying tables created confusion. Tables enable better overview of statistics than does narrative text. Moreover, many of the statistics stated in the narrative do not seem to match the values shown in the tables. This project’s future proposals should summarize the quantitative results in tables or graphs, and should devote the project history narrative mainly to interpreting the biological significance of those results.

This sizeable project has continued for several years, but the data shown on returns indicate only modest success to date, especially with regard to natural production. As captive brood fish have returned in higher numbers, natural fish have responded much less dramatically, and dropped in 2005. The sponsors express little concern about this. Although the overall program may be under much internal NEOH scrutiny, there is little indication from the proposal or the response that it is.

The ISRP commented that some of the proposal’s "biological objectives" are just tasks (activity objectives), and that, overall, the project is being run just as performances of operations, without its organization as a strategy directed toward reaching an outcome being explicitly set forth. The desired outcome(s) should form the project’s biological objectives. The sponsors did not revise their proposal to remedy the problems with biological objectives; however, some of their response discussion indicates their strategy.

The ISRP pointed out that the proposal should include the objective of terminating the project when M&E determines that its supplementation either is not working or has been successful enough that it is no longer needed. The project is designed to provide emergency risk management of spring/summer Chinook in the subbasin and ultimately to recover self-sustaining populations if out-of-subbasin stressors are remedied. If those stressors are not remedied, the long-term viability of the spring/summer Chinook is uncertain. The ISRP commented that a response was needed, in coordination with the other GRESCSP proposals, showing a decision tree detailing criteria for termination based on results, whether positive or negative (see item 2, below).

The fundable (qualified) recommendation is for two reasons:

(1) Scientific justification for the project depends on the funding of the M&E proposal 200713200.

(2) In response to the ISRP request for a decision tree detailing criteria for termination based on results, whether positive or negative, the sponsors clarified planned activities if the results are positive, including termination of the captive broodstock program, etc. However, no information was provided on the criteria for termination if the program fails to show adequate, sustained results. The sponsors indicate that such decision would be made at an administrative level above the project level and do not say how those decisions would be made. This constitutes a lack of transparency in the plan. For reviewers to be able to evaluate the plan, the proposal should contain the criteria and anticipated alternatives that this higher level will use. (See the decision tree provided under proposal 199800704.)

Some of the data presented in the response are unclear. For example, some of the abbreviated column headings in Table 3a are not explained, so the material beneath them is not interpretable.


Independent Scientific Review Panel Preliminary Review (June 2, 2006) [Download full document]

Recommendation: Response requested
Comments: As one of several projects that compose the Grande Ronde Endemic Spring Chinook Supplementation Program (GRESCSP), this particular project covers the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Nation's role through operating adult capture facilities and juvenile acclimation and release facilities in the upper Grande Ronde River and Catherine Creek. The project will provide side benefits to other species such as steelhead through monitoring at weirs.

The proposal presents a strong case for continuation and funding as part of the GRESCSP. The project appears to be well integrated with the ODFW proposal 199800704 on spring Chinook in the Grande Ronde, both of which are needed to accomplish program goals. The proposal has been refined to clarify objectives and methods more than in submission of previous years.

The proposal relates clearly to priorities and objectives outlined in the GRESCSP. As a “conservation” project it meets the ISRP review criteria. The requested funds are solidly matched with cost-shared funds from other sources. The stated objectives are operational.

A history of project activities, budgets, and results is presented in detail. In the narrative, unnecessarily repetitive data shown in the accompanying tables created confusion. Tables enable better overview of statistics than does narrative text. Moreover, many of the statistics stated in the narrative do not seem to match the values shown in the tables. This project’s future proposals should summarize the quantitative results in tables or graphs, and should devote the project history narrative mainly to interpreting the biological significance of those results.

Some of the proposal’s "biological objectives" for the project are just tasks (activity objectives). Overall, the project is being run as a performance of operations, which are not explicitly laid out as a strategy toward a desired outcome. The hoped-for outcome(s) should form the project’s biological objectives but are not stated explicitly.

The proposal should include the objective of terminating the project when M&E determines that its supplementation either is not working or has been successful enough that it is no longer needed. The project is designed to provide emergency risk management of spring/summer Chinook in the subbasin and ultimately to recover self-sustaining populations as out-of-subbasin stressors are addressed. If those stressors are not remedied, the long-term viability of the spring/summer Chinook is uncertain. In coordination with the other GRESCSP proposals, a response is needed showing a decision tree detailing criteria for termination based on results, whether positive or negative.

Methods are described in great detail. Design is reasonable. Most M&E is covered under a separate project that has been tied in.

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