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Proposal 199501300: Resident Fish Substitution Program

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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 Tod Sween

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199501300
Proposal Name: Resident Fish Substitution Program
BPA Project Manager: David Kaplowe
Agency, Institution or Organization: Nez Perce Tribe
Short Description: Maintain fish harvest opportunities to partially mitigate for anadromous fisheries losses resulting from migration blockage posed by Dworshak Dam on the North Fork Clearwater River.
Information Transfer: Internet at BPA
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Tod Sween Nez Perce Tribe P.O. Box 365
Lapwai ID 83540
Ph: 208.621.3582
Fax: 208.476.0719
Email: tods@nezperce.org
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Tod Sween Nez Perce Tribe P.O. Box 365
Lapwai ID 83540
Ph: 208.621.3582
Fax: 208.476.0719
Email: tods@nezperce.org
Form Submitter
Project Lead

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Mountain Snake ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Clearwater ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
46.1995 -116.5847 Lapwai Creek Mud Springs Reservoir Lewis, Idaho Clearwater No
46.1697 -116.5601 North Fork Willow Creek Talmaks Reservoir Lewis, Idaho Clearwater No
46.4688 -116.2443 mainstem Clearwater River Tunnel Pond Clearwater, Idaho Clearwater Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Rainbow Trout
Westslope Cutthroat

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Operations and Maintenance (O&M) phase tasks, including field tests at Mud Springs Reservoir using barley straw to inhibit eutrophication processes.
2004 Operations and Maintenance (O&M) phase task, including involvement as focal project in community reconciliation forum.
2003 Operations and Maintenance (O&M) phase tasks, including designing and implementing procedures for using nuisance aquatic plant removal device.
2002 Operations and Maintenance (O&M) phase tasks, including public outreach activities.
2001 Operations and Maintenance (O&M) phase tasks. Increased annual trout harvest to 3,540 kg (74% of project goal).
2000 New Tunnel Pond fishery opened which includes provision for access to general public. Beginning of O&M project operations mode. Increased annual trout harvest to 2,774 kg (58% of project goal).
1999 Completed pond basin sediment removal at Mud Springs. Initiated and completed construction of a groundwater pond for a new trout fishery at Tunnel Pond.
1998 Sediment excavation initiated and silt pond and dam drain modifications completed at Mud Springs Reservoir, as well as dewatering and chemical treatment for elimination of nuisance exotic species. Completion of riparian exclosure fence at Talmaks Pond.
1997 Spillway construction, dam structural repairs, and sediment removal from silt ponds completed at Talmaks Reservoir. Initiation of riparian exclosure fencing at Talmaks.
1996 Dam structural repairs and spillway construction completed at Mud Springs Reservoir. Dam repair initiated and construction of silt retention ponds, pool basin excavation (deepening for improved trout habitat), and drain repair completed at Talmaks.
1995 Project inception. Engineering surveys and dam, drain, and spillway repair planning initiated for Mud Springs and Talmaks Reservoirs.

Section 5: Relationships to Other Projects
Other Current Projects Related to this Project (any funding source)
Funding Source Related ID Related Project Title Relationship
Other: USACE/USFWS [no entry] Dworshak National Fish Hatchery Receipient of hatchery fish (rainbow trout).

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Mitigation for lost anadromous harvest Provide increased opportunity for harvest of resident fish to partially offset lost anadromous fish harvest opportunities caused by permanent barrier at Dworshak Dam on the North Fork Clearwater River. Project goal is 4,750 kg annual harvest. Clearwater 4.1.1 Vision for the Clearwater Subbasin; Guiding Principles (first): Respect, recognize, and honor the legal authority, jurisdiction, treaty-reserved rights, and all legal rights of all parties. 10

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation Provide NEPA information to BPA Obtain the environmental compliance documentation (NEPA, ESA) necessary to perform project tasks. 1/1/2007 1/31/2010 $4,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Maintain Fish Health Monitor fish growth and condition. Fish will be sampled periodically to monitor growth, condition, and health in order to manage biomass in each pond and adjust stocking rates according to harvest rate and environmental conditions. 3/1/2007 4/30/2010 $41,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Maintain Hatchery Maintain and Operate 3 Fisheries Conduct periodic maintenance to ensure structural integrity of the dams and pond sites, assure access, and maintain habitat quality to maximize potential carrying capacity and fish harvest. 1/1/2007 4/30/2010 $99,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Coordination Project Coordination Project coordination includes coordination of project activities, attending meetings, and seeking and coordinating additional funding. 1/1/2007 4/30/2010 $28,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Management, Coordination and Communication Project management includes preparing statements of work, managing budgets, and completing reports. 1/1/2007 4/30/2010 $53,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Outreach and Education Natural Resource Public School Education in the Field Natural resources education with public school classes through hands-on participation in pond construction and wetlands restoration. 1/1/2007 4/30/2010 $5,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Annual Report Annual Report Annual Report will describe all pertinent yearly activities, successes, problems, and opportunities encountered and will include photos as needed. Data generated by the project and discussions with StreamNet will be summarized; identification of appropriate data format(s) (or linkages), timing of data sharing, and description of any work needed to provide data in these formats will be discussed. 1/1/2007 4/30/2010 $4,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Status Report Quarterly reports or Pisces formatted data in "stoplight" format. Quarterly reports will track project work element completion. Dates are based on contract year. Quarterly reports are written to summarize each quarter's activities including 1) data generated by the project, 2) work required to collect data, and 3) problems, issues, concerns, and successes. The Pisces "stop sign" system will be used to identify whether each work element is on time. 1/1/2007 4/30/2010 $4,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Analyze/Interpret Data Harvest Data Analysis The size of the ponds allow for the entire water bodies to be canvassed during surveys. Harvest rate information is obtained by observation of actual catch over time and by interview. Effort information is obtained by instantaneous fisher counts on the randomly selected days and time periods. Estimates of fisher-hours for each two-month sample unit is calculated as the product of the mean number of anglers per hour (mean instantaneous count) and the total bi-monthly daylight hours (weekday and weekend). Estimated fish harvest is the product the estimated harvest rate (fish/hour) and effort (hours fished). 4/1/2007 10/31/2009 $181,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
Secondary R, M, and E Type: stocking rates

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Harvest Monitoring at three pond sites The creel survey design provides individual estimates of effort (fisher-hours) and harvest rate per two-month period for each of the three ponds. The creel survey design applies a stratified two-stage probability sampling approach as described by Malvestuto (1983). 4/1/2007 4/30/2010 $59,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Primary R, M, and E Type: creel surveys at each pond

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Monitor pond habitat at Mud Springs and Talmaks Reservoirs, and at Tunnel Pond. Analysis of water quality data collected from Mud Springs, Talmaks Reservoir, and Tunnel Pond throughout the year. Water temperature, dissolved oxygen levels, specific conductivity, pH, and depth will be measured regularly in order to determine the quality and volumetric extent of trout habitat in each of the three project ponds. 1/1/2007 4/30/2010 $94,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
Primary R, M, and E Type: DO,temps,pH,con

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Nitrogen and phosphorus loading, and coliform bacteria testing. Collect water quality data using standardized methods and reporting to monitor effectiveness of BMPs in the watersheds surrounding Mud Springs and Talmaks Reservoirs. 6/1/2007 12/31/2009 $7,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Primary R, M, and E Type: NH3-N,temp,pH


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel 1.7 FTE (project administration lead, technical specialist) $89,512 $92,135 $94,850
Fringe Benefits fringe rate 38% $34,335 $35,365 $36,426
Supplies fish for stocking ponds, office and field supplies, repair parts, tools $7,707 $7,938 $8,176
Travel travel & perdiem, mileage, GSA lease $13,412 $13,814 $14,228
Capital Equipment N/A $ 0 $ 0 $ 0
Overhead 29.64% Indirect rate $43,224 $44,521 $45,857
Totals $188,190 $193,773 $199,537

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$581,500
Total Work Element budget$581,500

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
USFish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife Grant $25,000 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Under Development
Totals $25,000 $ 0 $ 0

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$221,522 $228,168 Outyear estimates based on current O&M work.
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
Typical annual budget is estimated at $228,168, based on the outyear FY 2011 estimate, with a 3% annual increase.
 
Termination Date Comments
None. Project is ongoing mitigation for lost anadromous fisheries of the North Fork Clearwater River due to construction of Dworshak Dam.
 
Final Deliverables
Ongoing reports.

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
$200,000
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$200,000
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$200,000
Total NPCC Rec
$600,000
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
NPCC Comments: Fundable in part, no expansion, maintain existing ponds as per past Council decisions and current ISRP review comments.


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

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$200,000
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$200,000
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$200,000
Total NPCC Rec
$600,000
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: Fundable in part, no expansion, maintain existing ponds as per past Council decisions and current ISRP review comments.

Local or MSRT Comments: High priority for existing; low priority for new ponds


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

Recommendation: Fundable in part
Comments: This project’s purpose is to provide pond fishing for stocked trout under the resident fish substitution program (mitigation for lost anadromous fisheries). The sponsors propose continuation of the project, augmented by construction of two new ponds (and apparently increasing the number of trout stocked) in an effort to double the angling harvest to about 4,750 kg/year. The program already has three ponds, two of which, according to prior proposals, have had poor results due largely to faulty pond siting and design by a predecessor agency. The proposal did not provide convincing evidence that the new ponds would produce better results.

The ISRP commented that project has a long history from which fishery results should have been presented, and that there are physical and chemical problems in the ponds that should have been covered in narrative and described with statistics. Although the project has apparently continued to collect data on angling pressure, fish harvest (creel census), and pond conditions (some of the information from that monitoring effort was included in past proposals), no quantitative results were presented in this proposal. The ISRP also questioned project cost per pound of fish harvested. The response was helpful in providing added information. It indicated improvement of the project since past reviews, including attempts to re-structure the ponds in accordance with past ISRP recommendations. It described pond conditions in more detail and gave information on fishery results and benefits to the community. The ISRP encourages submission of similarly thorough information in future proposals for continuation of the project.

The sponsors need to revamp the project’s management plan by engaging a team of qualified fishery and hydrologic scientists. The team members should possess expertise in trout pond design and management in the region. In the future, proposals embodying a proper plan for creating and managing pond fisheries are needed.

The project is fundable in part to continue work described in the response. The non-fundable element is the construction of new ponds, which was shown in the original proposal but has been withdrawn by the sponsors.


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

Recommendation: Not fundable
Comments: This proposal is for an effort to double the harvest from the resident fish substitution program (mitigation for lost anadromous fisheries) to about 4,750 kg/year. Two new ponds would be built, and apparently an increased amount of trout would be annually acquired and stocked for angling. The program already has three ponds; two of which according to similar proposals in prior ISRP review cycles have had very poor results that may be due to faulty pond siting, design, or management. The present proposal does not provide the ISRP with convincing evidence that the new ponds would produce better results.

The project has a long history from which fishery results should have been presented. There are physical and chemical problems in the ponds that should have been covered in narrative and described with statistics. Although the project has apparently continued to collect data on angling pressure, fish harvest (creel census), and pond conditions (some of the information from that monitoring effort was included in past proposals), no quantitative results are presented in this proposal.

The sponsors need to revamp the project’s management plan by perhaps engaging a team of qualified fishery and hydrologic scientists. The team members should have established expertise in trout pond design and management in the region. A proposal embodying a proper plan for creating and managing pond fisheries is needed.

Finally, although the ISRP does not base its recommendation on project costs, the budget request for 4,750 kg of harvest per year seems high at between $50 and $60 per kg ($23-27 per pound).

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