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Proposal 198802200: Umatilla Fish Passage Operations

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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
Finalized James Bronson

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 198802200
Proposal Name: Umatilla Fish Passage Operations
BPA Project Manager: Jonathan McCloud
Agency, Institution or Organization: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Short Description: Increase survival of migrating juvenile and adult salmon and steelhead in the Umatilla Basin by operating passage facilities, flow enhancement measures, trapping facilities, and transport equipment to provide adequate passage conditions.
Information Transfer: Project provides monthly reports of passage issues in the Umatilla River to co-managers. Also provides passage information to forums such as Umatilla River Operations Group, Umatilla River Technical Work Group, Umatilla Management and Monitoring and Evaluation Oversite Committee, in the planning and development processes for passage projects and management documents, and the Umatilla Hatchery and Basin Annual Operating Plan.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
James Bronson CTUIR P.O. Box 638
Pendleton OR 97801
Ph: (541) 966-2398
Fax: (541) 276-4348
Email: prestonbronson@ctuir.com
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
James Bronson CTUIR P.O. Box 638
Pendleton OR 97801
Ph: (541) 966-2398
Fax: (541) 276-4348
Email: prestonbronson@ctuir.com
Project Lead
Julie Burke Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reserva 73239 Confederated Way P.O. Box 638
Pendleton OR 97801
Ph: 541.966.2372
Fax: 541.966.2397
Email: julieburke@ctuir.com
Administrative Contact
Gary James Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Old Mission Highway P.O. Box 638
Pendleton OR 97801
Ph: 541.966.2371
Fax: 541.966.2397
Email: garyjames@ctuir.com
Supervisor
Brian Zimmerman CTUIR PO Box 638
Pendleton, OR 97801
Ph: 541-276-4109
Fax: [left blank]
Email: brianzimmerman@ctuir.com
Supervisor

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Columbia Plateau ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Umatilla ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
45.36 118.48 McKay Reservoir McKay Reservoir on McKay Creek just sout of the town of Pendleton Umatilla, Oregon Umatilla No
45.53 119.21 Umatilla River Threemile Dam Facility on the lower Umatilla River near the town of Umatilla Umatilla, Oregon Umatilla No
Umatilla Lower Mainstem Umatilla River Umatilla, Oregon Umatilla Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
All Anadromous Salmonids
Steelhead Middle Columbia River ESU
Bull Trout
Pacific Lamprey

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Provided trap & haul of juvenile and adult salmonids, collected and transported brood, collected adult return data, and operated and monitored passage facilities. Provided oversite of Umatilla Basin Project. Hauled surplus adults for outplanting.
2004 Provided trap & haul of juvenile and adult salmonids, collected and transported brood, collected adult return data, and operated and monitored passage facilities. Provided oversite of Umatilla Basin Project. Hauled surplus adults for outplanting.
2003 Provided trap & haul of juvenile and adult salmonids, collected and transported brood, collected adult return data, and operated and monitored passage facilities. Provided oversite of Umatilla Basin Project. Hauled surplus adults for outplanting.
2002 Provided trap & haul of juvenile and adult salmonids, collected and transported brood, collected adult return data, and operated and monitored passage facilities. Provided oversite of Umatilla Basin Project. Hauled surplus adults for outplanting.
2001 Provided trap & haul of juvenile and adult salmonids, collected and transported brood, collected adult return data, and operated and monitored passage facilities. Provided oversite of Umatilla Basin Project. Hauled surplus adults for outplanting.
2000 Provided trap & haul of juvenile and adult salmonids, collected and transported brood, collected adult return data, and operated and monitored passage facilities. Provided oversite of Umatilla Basin Project. Hauled surplus adults for outplanting.
1999 Provided trap & haul of juvenile and adult salmonids, collected and transported brood, collected adult return data, and operated and monitored passage facilities. Provided oversite of Umatilla Basin Project. Hauled surplus adults for outplanting.
1998 Provided trap & haul of juvenile and adult salmonids, collected and transported brood, collected adult return data, and operated and monitored passage facilities. Provided oversite of Umatilla Basin Project. Hauled surplus adults for outplanting.
1997 Provided trap & haul of juvenile and adult salmonids, collected and transported brood, collected adult return data, and operated and monitored passage facilities. Provided oversite of Umatilla Basin Project. Hauled surplus adults for outplanting.
1996 Provided trap & haul of juvenile and adult salmonids, collected and transported brood, collected adult return data, and operated and monitored passage facilities. Provided oversite of Umatilla Basin Project. Hauled surplus adults for outplanting.
1995 Provided trap & haul of juvenile and adult salmonids, collected and transported brood, collected adult return data, and operated and monitored passage facilities. Provided oversite of Umatilla Basin Project.
1994 Provided trap & haul of juvenile and adult salmonids, collected and transported brood, collected adult return data, and operated and monitored passage facilities. Provided oversite of Umatilla Basin Project.
1993 Provided trap & haul of juvenile and adult salmonids, collected and transported brood, collected adult return data, and operated and monitored passage facilities. Provided oversite of Umatilla Basin Project.
1992 Provided trap & haul of juvenile and adult salmonids, collected and transported brood, collected adult return data, and operated and monitored passage facilities.
1991 Provided trap & haul of juvenile and adult salmonids, collected and transported brood, collected adult return data, and operated and monitored passage facilities.
1990 Provided trap & haul of juvenile and adult salmonids, collected and transported brood, collected adult return data, and operated and monitored passage facilities.
1989 Provided trap & haul of juvenile and adult salmonids, collected and transported brood, collected adult return data, and operated and monitored passage facilities.

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 198343500 Umatilla Hatchery Satellite Facilities O&M Proposed project provides adequate passage for juveniles released by project 198343500 and collects and transports broodstock to satellite facilities operated by project 198343500.
BPA 198343600 Umatilla Passage O&M Proposed project works in coordination with project 198343600 to operate passage facilities and provides oversite to project 198343600 on maintenance of those facilities.
BPA 198902401 Eval Um Juvenile Sal Out Migra Proposed project operates passage facilities wjere project 198902401 conducts M&E tasks.
BPA 198902700 Power Repay Umatilla Basin Pro Proposed project provides oversite and coordination of Umatilla Basin Project flow enhancement operations.
BPA 198903500 Umatilla Hatchery O&M - ODFW Proposed project provides adequate passage for juveniles produced at Umatilla Hatchery and provides broodstock for Umatilla Hatchery production
BPA 199000500 Umatilla Hatchery - M&E Proposed project provides return data for hatchery adults to project 199000500.
BPA 199000501 Umatilla Basin Nat Prod M&E Project provides adequate passage for natural adults and juveniles to and from natural production areas. Also provides return data for natural adults to project 199000501.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Increase survival of migrating salmonids Monitor river conditions and passage facilities. Coordinate operation and maintenance of passage facilities. Provide oversite and coordination of the Umatilla Basin Project flow enhancement effort to provide increased flows during critical migration periods. Umatilla objective 10, 11, and 12 listed under the Aquatic Objectives and Strategies (section 5.3.2) Pg 5-5
Monitor population trends Collect and provide data on adult returns to Threemile Dam. Umatilla Objective 1 listed under the Aquatic Objectives and Strategies (section 5.3.2) Pg 5-4
Provide fish for production purposes Collect and transport broodstock for the Umatilla Basin artificial production programs. In addition haul surplus hatchery adult salmon to the Umatilla Basin to supplement natural spawning. Umatilla objective 3 listed under the Aquatic Objectives and Strategies (section 5.3.2), objective 6 listed under the Aquatic Objectives and Strategies (section 5.3.2) and strategies 1, 2, and 4 listed under 5.3.2.5 Artificial Production, 5.3.2.5 Pg 5-4,Pg 5-5 and 5-44

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
01: Coordination Coordinate Passage Facility Operations [Work Element Description Not Entered] 1/1/2007 9/30/2009 $71,920
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase survival of migrating salmonids
No Metrics for this Work Element

02: Coordination Coordinate Umatilla Passage Program Coordinate all aspects of the Umatilla Passage Program in order to maximize benefits from passage enhancement efforts in the Umatilla River. 1/1/2007 9/30/2009 $47,946
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase survival of migrating salmonids
No Metrics for this Work Element

03: Operate and Maintain Habitat/Passage Monitor Passage Conditions Monitor channel morphology, hydrologic conditions, and passage facility operations 1/31/2007 9/30/2009 $323,647
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase survival of migrating salmonids
No Metrics for this Work Element

04: Trap and Haul Transport of Upstream And Downstream Migrants Transport fish from Threemile Dam and Westland Dam trapping facilities around passage barriers in order to ensure adequate migration conditions exist. Collect data related to upstream and downstream migrant trap and haul operations. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $155,829
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase survival of migrating salmonids
No Metrics for this Work Element

05: Maintain Hatchery Operate Hauling Equipment [Work Element Description Not Entered] 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $28,768
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase survival of migrating salmonids
No Metrics for this Work Element

06: Provide Technical Review Provide Facility Design Technical Review Review designs and plans for passage improvement efforts 1/1/2007 9/30/2009 $23,972
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase survival of migrating salmonids
No Metrics for this Work Element

07: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Adult Return and Transport Data Collection of adult return data for anadromous fish and bull trout sampled at Threemile Dam. In addition, provide transport data related to trap and haul data. 1/1/2007 9/30/2009 $251,726
Biological Objectives Metrics
Monitor population trends
No Metrics for this Work Element

08: Trap/Collect/Hold/Transport Fish - Hatchery Provide broodstock for artificial propagation program. Collect broodstock according to guidelines outlined in the Annual Operating Plan developed by co-managers in the Umatilla River Subbasin. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $203,778
Biological Objectives Metrics
Provide fish for production purposes
No Metrics for this Work Element

08: Manage and Administer Projects Manage and Administer Project Administrative work in support of on the ground efforts and in support of BPA's programmatic requirements such as metric reporting, financial reporting, and development of SOW package (includes draft SOW, budget, spending plan and property inventory if needed) 1/1/2007 9/30/2009 $23,572
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase survival of migrating salmonids
No Metrics for this Work Element

09: Trap/Collect/Hold/Transport Fish - Hatchery Provide transportation assistance Provide safe adult and juvenile transportation assistance for other basin project efforts as needed. Participation in these other transport activities is documented in the project monthly and annual reports. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $7,192
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase survival of migrating salmonids
No Metrics for this Work Element

10: Produce Status Report Prepare Status Reports Monthly status report on milestone progress 1/1/2007 9/30/2009 $11,986
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase survival of migrating salmonids
No Metrics for this Work Element

11: Other Prepare status report Monthly status report on milestone progress. Summary of monthly report information will be incorporated in the annual report. These reports are separate from monthly status reports on milestones. 1/31/2007 9/30/2009 $9,921
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase survival of migrating salmonids
No Metrics for this Work Element

12: Produce Annual Report Annual Report Produce an annual report 1/1/2007 9/30/2009 $35,960
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase survival of migrating salmonids
No Metrics for this Work Element

13: Land Purchase Environmental Compliance Maintain necessary permits to conduct project tasks. 1/31/2007 9/30/2009 $2,481
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase survival of migrating salmonids
No Metrics for this Work Element


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel [blank] $174,149 $182,859 $191,998
Fringe Benefits [blank] $50,192 $52,700 $55,337
Supplies [blank] $25,856 $27,148 $28,506
Travel [blank] $28,898 $30,342 $31,860
Overhead [blank] $101,143 $106,200 $111,510
Totals $380,238 $399,249 $419,211

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$1,198,698
Total Work Element budget$1,198,698

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
$440,171 $462,179 Cost estimates are based on a projected 5% increase in the cost of living and other wage increases, rising fuel and other material costs, and associated administrative costs.
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
 
Termination Date Comments
The project is viewed as a long term O&M project required for maintaining the survival advantages achieved by implementation of the fish passage and flow enhancement projects in the basin.
 
Final Deliverables

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
Location:
Province: No Change
Subbasin: No Change
Primary Focal Species
No Change
ARG Comments:


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

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$362,164
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$362,164
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$362,164
Total NPCC Rec
$1,086,492
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
NPCC Comments: See decision memo discussion of the Umatilla subbasin projects.


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

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$362,164
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$362,164
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$362,164
Total NPCC Rec
$1,086,492
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 decision memo comment

Local or MSRT Comments: OSPIT supports Flatline budget at FY07 level.


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

Recommendation: Not fundable (Qualified)
Comments: The response helped to clarify operational procedures and decisions. The figures presented in the response suggested that a substantial reduction in the numbers of fish hauled has resulted in recent years. Still, the relationship with flow is not clear. There remain sections of the river, between Birch Creek and Threemile dam, which continue to dewater - if our interpretation is correct. Are we to assume that no fish mortality occurs in the trap and haul operation? One assumes that volitional migration versus truck and haul is to the fish’s benefit, and that this is occurring at an increased frequency, thus towards fish benefits, but we find no attempt to document the extent to which the assumption holds or does not.

There is a very large expenditure on the flow projects in this basin, thus it seems worthy of more in-depth and on-site review and evaluation. In addition, the large expenditure calls for evaluation of biological benefits, as the ISRP has repeatedly requested. It is difficult to suggest a design for the evaluation of biological benefits without a better understanding of the flow and fish passage operations.

It is apparent the proponents have made a serious effort to address the comments and questions raised by the ISRP, and we appreciate it. However, the more we learn, the more we question. An overriding question has to do with evaluation of effectiveness (in benefiting fish) of one of the primary measures being undertaken, ostensibly to benefit fish, namely the pumping of water from the Columbia River into the Umatilla Basin to be shared equally, “bucket for bucket” to benefit irrigators and fish. We find no proposal in the Umatilla collection that addresses the evaluation of benefits to fish of this measure. Yet, the results of all the other measures being undertaken in the Umatilla Basin certainly are affected by the amount and timing of water made available by the pumping strategy.

Accordingly, we recommend that these proposals be reviewed in the near future as a package, the “Umatilla Initiative.”

The ISRP’s recommendation of “Not Fundable (Qualified)” for the set of projects that constitute the Umatilla Initiative is explained under project 198343600, Umatilla Passage O&M.


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

Recommendation: Response requested
Comments: Three projects are linked to comprise the Umatilla River tributary fish passage effort: Umatilla River Fish Passage Operations (198802200), Umatilla Basin Project Power Repay (198902700), and Umatilla Fish Passage Facilities O&M (198343600). Together these projects have a goal of improving instream conditions for passage of both adult and juvenile salmon in the Umatilla River. The river is dewatered in the lower 30 miles by irrigation diversions, these three projects pump water out of the Columbia River, store it in reservoirs within the Umatilla River watershed, and then permit instream replacement of Umatilla water “bucket-for-bucket”. Umatilla Fish Passage Operations (198802200) provides coordination and some M&E for the overall effort. Umatilla Fish Passage Facilities O&M (198343600) maintains fish screens at diversions, fish ladders, and hatchery acclimation ponds, and Umatilla Basin Project Power Repay (18902700) purchases power to pay for pumping Columbia River water into the Umatilla River watershed.

Individually the three projects are not amenable to evaluation of scientific justification, benefits to fish and wildlife, appropriate objectives, and adequacy of the monitoring and evaluation. They are more appropriately considered together.

The ISRP requests that project sponsors provide a joint response to the following general issues that apply to the set of Umatilla River tributary fish passage proposals.

1. It would help the ISRP to have more complete description of the Umatilla River tributary fish passage effort as a whole, with information on the individual strategies, hatchery, transportation, habitat improvement (including flow augmentation), monitoring and evaluation (a very important part of this initiative) and whatever else fits into the picture, along with analysis of specific past progress and future plans.

2. The Annual Operation Plan. The ISRP needs more information to understand the Annual Operation Plan. How is it determined what volume of water is to be pumped from the Columbia River, and how is it determined what volume and when it should be released into the Umatilla River?

3. The ISRP understanding is that project #198802200, is responsible for the decisions to request water for fish. “The project then allocates the release of this water using the timing and flow quantity prioritization guidelines outlined in the Annual Operation Plan” (Work element 2, page 8, 198802200). Is this correct? To whom is the request made? Which project does the accounting for the released water? The various methods used are adequately described, with the exception of the methods for determining, requesting, executing and accounting for the flow augmentation (pumping Columbia River water. It must be pumped to somewhere, presumably to one or more reservoirs, from whence it can be apportioned, if it is to be apportioned between irrigation and fish. Presumably, there is a cap to the volume of water available for sharing. What is the cap?

4. For the benefit of monitoring and evaluation, is it possible to obtain a measurement of the success of this water exchange in providing flows in the river for fish. Is it possible to obtain a measurement of any additional water on the success of juvenile downstream and adult upstream migration?

5. The Power Repay proposal (198902700) while it claims to justify the efforts (methods) as providing flows for anadromous fishes in the lower portion of the Umatilla River, gives no information on the amount of water pumped or, more importantly, its measured or observed effects on passage of salmonids. It provides information only on the cost of the electricity, and a general statement that it benefits fish. To provide that sort of information would require drawing the information on fish from all the subbasin projects.

6. Do the irrigation districts have water rights that at times include the full base flow of the Umatilla River?

7. Does this explain why the lower 30-50 mile reach of the river virtually dries up at certain times of year? And does the duration of this situation vary depending upon the base flow available in the particular year?

8. Is the water that is pumped from the Columbia River then shared on a 50:50 ("bucket for bucket") basis between the irrigation districts and the needs of fish as determined by this particular project?

9. If this is so, then is the correct interpretation of the situation that the irrigation districts obtain a supplemental volume of water (beyond base flow) equal to whatever is added for fish?

Additional Comments for this proposal:

It is not clear how all the pieces of the Umatilla River tributary fish passage effort fit together to make a logical program. More information should be provided in this section to justify the activities.

Careful study is required to distinguish between the responsibilities of 198802200 and 198343600. Perhaps it would be appropriate to combine them, as they seem to have been at one time. It appears that administrative factors might have encouraged their separation, once the irrigation district assumed primary responsibility for ensuring mechanical reliability of the facilities, as distinguished from operating criteria set by this project. On the other hand, it is not clear why a large portion of the budget for this project is to fund operation and maintenance of hatchery activities. Why is it included here rather than in the hatchery operation and maintenance proposal?

The proposal describes ties with other projects, but it needs a broader, overarching approach, particularly as to why some non-passage elements are included here.

The project is ongoing and has a history of activity. Missing is some evaluation of program effectiveness at returning adults to spawning grounds and increasing productivity. The presentation needs maps and a fuller explanation of activities to be able to comprehend how, why, and when which fish are moved around. Data should be presented on success of operations. The project history should report on past data collected for the project/program.

There cannot be adequate monitoring and evaluation without a clear specification of objectives and methods. In this case, the proposal focuses upon the mechanical methods for moving fish when there is inadequate water, which is fine. But there is a need to refine the monitoring and evaluation of the flow augmentation strategy. Other projects are said to be responsible for the actual M&E, but this one appears to be responsible for establishing the early phases of the database, e.g., information on numbers of fish transported, decisions to augment flow by pumping. Does this include decisions on releases of pumped water from storage reservoirs? This proposal should clearly identify the individual proposals responsible for M&E of the specific objectives and methods.

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