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Proposal 199801005: Pittsburg Landing Fall Chinook Acclimation Project (FCAP)

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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 Bruce McLeod

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199801005
Proposal Name: Pittsburg Landing Fall Chinook Acclimation Project (FCAP)
BPA Project Manager: Kenneth Kirkman
Agency, Institution or Organization: Nez Perce Tribe
Short Description: Supplement natural production of Snake River fall Chinook above Lower Granite Dam through acclimation and final rearing of Lyons Ferry Hatchery yearling and sub-yearlings at two sites on the Snake River and one site on the Clearwater River.
Information Transfer: Transfer of project data to other agencies is accomplished through annual reports, semi-annual coordination meetings with all cooperators, annual Lyons Ferry Hatchery AOP, U.S. vs Oregon PAC meetings and consultation with cooperators on any proposed changes to the program. Transmit information to BPA through budget proposals, Pisces status reports and annual reports. Annual reports are submitted to www.efw.bpa.gov/search publications/ Additional project information can be found at www.nezperce.org/~dfrm/
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Bruce McLeod Nez Perce Tribe PO Box 365
Lapwai, ID 83540
Ph: 208-843-7320
Fax: 208-8432351
Email: brucem@nezperce.org
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Arleen Henry Nez Perce Tribe PO Box 365
Lapwai, ID 83540
Ph: 208-843-7317
Fax: 208-843-7319
Email: arleenh@nezperce.org
Administrative Contact
NPT Finance Department accountant
Becky Johnson Nez Perce Tribe P.O. Box 365
Lapwai, ID 83540
Ph: 208.843.7320
Fax: ..
Email: beckyj@nezperce.org
Supervisor
Ed Larson Nez Perce Tribe Main St. P.O. Box 365
Lapwai ID 83540
Ph: 208.843.7320
Fax: 208.843.2351
Email: edl@nezperce.org
Supervisor
Bruce McLeod Nez Perce Tribe PO Box 365
Lapwai, ID 83540
Ph: 208-843-7320
Fax: 208-8432351
Email: brucem@nezperce.org
Contract Manager
Form Submitter
Project Lead
Patricia O'Donnell Bonneville Power Administration P.O. Box 3621
Portland, Oregon 97208-3621
Ph: 503-230-4747
Fax: 503-230-4508
Email: paodonnell@bpa.gov
BPA Contracting Officer
Kelly Wasson Nez Perce Tribe P. O. Box 365
Lapwai, ID 83540
Ph: 208-843-7317
Fax: 208-843-7319
Email: kellyw@nezperce.org
Administrative Contact
Nancy Weintraub Bonneville Power Administration P.O. Box 3621
Portland, OR 97208-3621
Ph: 503-230-5373
Fax: 503-230-5699
Email: nhweintraub@bpa.gov
BPA Env. Compliance Lead

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Blue Mountain ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Snake Hells Canyon ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
46 29 52 116 26 11 Clearwater River Big Canyon is located on lower Clearwater River adjacent to highway 12 near Peck, Idaho. The site is 10 miles below the confluence of the North Fork and Middle Fork of the Clearwater River at River Mile 31. Idaho, Idaho Snake Hells Canyon No
46 08 23 116 56 09 Snake River Capt. John Rapids is located on the Snake River between Asotin, WA and the mouth of the Grand Ronde River at River Mile 35. The site is on the Washington side of the river, 20 miles upstream of Asotin. Asotin, Washington Snake Hells Canyon No
45 37 58 116 28 37 Snake River Pittsburg Landing is located in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area near Whitebird, ID. The site is located on the Idaho side of the Snake River @ River Mile 215, about 31 miles downstream of Hells Canyon Dam. Idaho, Idaho Snake Hells Canyon Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Chinook Snake River Fall ESU

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 PL, BC and CJR operated with 290,215 yearlings and 1,413,017 sub-yearlings acclimated and released. Budget: $729,529; Adults over LGD: 11,182 - 3235 Jacks (preliminary data); Redd counts: CL 487 - SN 948 (preliminary data)
2004 PL, BC and CJR operated with 414,452 yearlings and 1,337,420 sub-yearlings acclimated and released. Budget: $729,532; Adults over LGD 14,960 - 7600 Jacks; Redd counts: CL 630 - SN 1718
2003 PL, BC and CJR operated with 437,633 yearlings 1,700,758 sub-yearlings was acclimated and released. Budget: 710, 870; Adults over LGD: 11,732 - 8481 Jacks; Redd counts: CL 571 - Sn 1524
2002 PL, BC and CJR operated with 479,358 yearlings and 2,398,079 sub-yearlings acclimated and released. Budget: $713,054; Adults over LGD 12,351 - 5,727 Jacks; Redd counts: CL 527 - SN 1113
2001 PL, BC and CJR operated with 318,932 yearlings and 1,732,167 sub-yearlings acclimated and released. Budget: $689,826; Adult over LGD: 8915 - 8834 Jacks; Redd counts: CL 336 - SN 770
2000 PL, BC and CJR operated with 397,339 yearlings and 2,183,477 sub-yearlings acclimated and released. Budget: 634,399; Adult over LGD: 3696 - 7131 Jacks; Redd Counts: CL 180 - SN 346
1999 PL, BC and CJR operated with 529,503 yearlings and 670,033 sub-yearlings accclimated and released. Budget: $624,000; Adults over LGD: 3384 - 1863 Jacks; Redd counts: CL 184 - 373 SN
1998 PL, BC and Capt John Rapids (CJR) (Project 1998-010-07) operated with 336,191 yearlings acclimated and released. Budget: $510,000 (14 months); Adults over LGD: 1909 - 2002 Jacks; Redd counts: CL 78 - SN 185
1997 PL and Big Canyon (BC) (Project 1998-010-08) operated wiith 345,769 yearlings and 252,705 sub-yearlings acclimated and released. Budget: $390,869; Adults over LGD 1451 - 504 Jacks; Redd counts: CL 72 - SN 58
1996 Operation of the Pittsburg Landing (PL) (Project 1998-010-05) began with a total of 114,299 Fall Chinook acclimated and released. Budget: $111,667; Adult FCS over Lower Granite Dam (LGD): 1308 - 424 Jacks; Redd counts: Clearwater (CL) 69 - Snake (SN) 10

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 198335000 Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery O&M Production of fall Chinook for release throughout the Lower Columbia River Subbasin.
BPA 198335003 Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery M&E M&E of NPTH fall Chinook salmon program. Spawning surveys in Clearwater and Selway Rivers.
BPA 199801003 M&E Yearling Snake R. Fall Ch M&E of spawining distribution of fall chinook salmon released as yearlings. Spawning ground surveys in Snake River.
BPA 199801004 M&E Snake R. Fall Ch Spawning Monitor and evalate yearling and sub-yearling fall Chinook salmon released from FCAP facilities. Spawning ground surveys - Salmon, Imanha and Grande Ronde Rivers
BPA 199801005 Pittsburg Landing Fall Chinook Acclimatiion and release of yearling and sub-yearling fall Chinook salmon from facilities in the Snake and Clearwater Rivers above Lower Granite Dam.
Other: LSRCP 200101 USFWS Idaho Fish Health Center Monitor health of FCAP yearling and sub-yearling fall Chinook salmon.
Other: LSRCP 200112 Lyons Ferry Hatchery Production of yearling and sub-yearling fall Chinook salmon for on-station releases and outplants above Lower Granite Dam.
Other: LSRCP 200118 LSRCP Fall Chinook Production and Evaluation Program Evulate yearling and sub-yearling fall Chinook salmon released on-station from LFH. Run reconstruction of adult fall Chinook returns to Lower Granite Dam.
Other: Idaho Power Corporation IPC Idaho Power Fall Chinook Program Spawning ground surveys in the Snake River. Production of fall Chinook salmon for release below Hells Canyon Dam. Habitat quality in Snake River above and below Hell Canyon Dam Complex.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Aquatic Ecosystem Objective 2A: Increase SARs of naturally produced spawning adults to at least 4 to 6% for spring chinook, 3% for fall Chinook, and 4% for steelhead, as measured at Lower Granite Dam, to increase natural production and harvest of fish population (as identified in Appendix A). This project accomplishes priority work under the subbasin plan because it produces ESA listed Chinook salmon directly aimed at achieving goals identified in Appendix A (Hells Canyon Management Plan, p.94). It is the only supplementation program in this subbasin. Further, artificial production from this project is agreed to and managated under a court ordered agreement in US v Oregon Snake Hells Canyon Strategy 2A7: Maximize natural and artificial production effectiveness in the subbasin -- Continue existing and/or implement innovative hatchery production strategies; 2A8: Monitor effectiveness of artificial and natural production strategies. page 18
Biological Objective D Utilize a mix of hatchery and natural production strategies for native, localized, and reintroduced populations to meet subbasin goals delineated in Table 3 within 25 years. This project accomplishes priority work under the subbasin plan because it produces fall chinook salmon directly aimed at achieving goals identified in table 3 (Clearwater Managemant Plan, p. 16). Further more, artificial prioduction from this project is agreed to and mandated under a court ordered agreement in US v Oregon. Clearwater Strat 1: Maximize hatchery effectiveness, continue innovative hatchery production strategies; Strat 2: Apply safety-net intervention; Strat 3: Implement artificial propragation measures Strat 4: Monitor and evaluate effectiveness of hatchery and natural page 21

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 Obtain Permits and submit copies to BPA NEPA group Acquire necessary permits and other authorization to operate facility. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $23,018
Biological Objectives Metrics
Aquatic Ecosystem Objective 2A:
Biological Objective D
No Metrics for this Work Element

Build Artificial Production Facility Fall Chinook Acclimation Facility Development Coordinate and negotiate with USCOE on needed facility improvements. Monitor contractors to ensure all elements of construction are consistant with fish rearing, acclimation and release goals. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $12,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Biological Objective D
No Metrics for this Work Element

Acclimate Juvenile Fish Fall Chinook Acclimation Acclimate each year 450,000 fall chinook yearling and 1,700,000 sub-yearling juvenile fish and release into Clearwater and Snake Rivers at the acclimation sites each year. 1/1/2007 1/31/2009 $1,563,186
Biological Objectives Metrics
Aquatic Ecosystem Objective 2A:
Biological Objective D
* # of fish released: 450,000 yearlings and 1,700,000 sub-yearlings

Maintain Hatchery Fall Chinook Acclimation Facility Maintenance Maintain, repair, improve and secure facilities and equipment at the acclimation sites and at the Sweetwater Storage Facility. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $131,401
Biological Objectives Metrics
Aquatic Ecosystem Objective 2A:
Biological Objective D
No Metrics for this Work Element

Trap/Collect/Hold/Transport Fish - Hatchery Transport yearling and sub-yearling FCS Coordinate with WDFW and assist with transport of 450,000 yearling and 1,700,000 sub-yearling FCS from Lyons Ferry Hatchery to the acclimation sites for acclimation and release each year. 1/1/2007 1/7/2009 $45,134
Biological Objectives Metrics
Aquatic Ecosystem Objective 2A:
Biological Objective D
* # of ad-clip (hatchery origin) smolts: 450,000 yearling and 1,700,000 sub-yearlings

Coordination Fall Chinook Acclimation Project Coordination Project coordination with WDFW, USFWS, NMFS, NPTM&E, IDF&G, COE, ODFW, Umatilla Tribe and US vs OR, PAC to plan current and future operations, arrange transport, facilitate acclimation and release of yearling and sub-yearling fish. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $164,968
Biological Objectives Metrics
Aquatic Ecosystem Objective 2A:
Biological Objective D
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Manage and Administer Fall Chinook Acclimation Project Attend relevant inter and intra-agency meetings, manage the project and personnel, prepare a budget and Statement of Work for contract years 2007, 2008, 2009 that identifies production objectives and tasks. Manage the budget, property and personel according to BPA and Tribal policies and procedures. Provide BPA with status reports, FY07 June and September accrual estimates and FY07 metrics reports. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $307,935
Biological Objectives Metrics
Aquatic Ecosystem Objective 2A:
Biological Objective D
No Metrics for this Work Element

Outreach and Education Conduct outreach and public education efforts Conduct outreach and education efforts for cooperators and interested individuals and groups. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $45,336
Biological Objectives Metrics
* # of general public reached: Estimate 450 contacts each year

Produce Annual Report Fall Chinook Acclimation Annual Reporting Submit a final operational report of all project activities for FY 07, 08 and 09. 1/1/2008 1/31/2010 $46,134
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Pisces Status Report Fall Chinook Acclimation Quarterly Reporting Prepare 4 quarterly progress reports each year against each milestone, indicating whether the milestone is green, yellow, or red. Reports will be submitted electronically on-line via Pisces. 4/1/2007 12/31/2009 $11,784
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Status Report Fall Chinook Acclimation Reporting Produce written quarterly reports each year to identify project tasks and accomplishments completed. 4/1/2007 12/31/2009 $5,784
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel 7.5 FTE,s $308,490 $313,560 $319,020
Fringe Benefits Current Tribal Fringe benefits $87,010 $88,440 $89,980
Travel Field Per Diem $13,000 $13,250 $14,000
Supplies Fuel, fish food, GSA vehicles, electricity, telephone $174,000 $183,020 $190,500
Capital Equipment Replacement equipment $20,000 $21,000 $22,000
Overhead Indirect costs $158,129 $167,216 $174,065
Totals $760,629 $786,486 $809,565

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$2,356,680
Total Work Element budget$2,356,680

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
$825,500 $835,500 Reflects inflation costs only
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
Future operations & maintenance costs should remain stable with no anticipated changes in the fish acclimation program or operations. Capital equipment and facilities are in place with no major replacement costs anticipated.
 
Termination Date Comments
Ongoing Congress instructed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USCOE) to construct, under the Lower Snake River Compensation Plan (LSRCP), final rearing and acclimation facilities for fall Chinook in the Snake River basin to complement their activities and efforts in compensating for fish lost due to construction of the lower Snake River dams. This is a supplementation project; in that hatchery produced fish will be released into the natural spawning habitat in an effort to return a greater number of spawners and hence natural production. The stock selected for release is the only Snake River basin origin hatchery stock in the Pacific Northwest and the hatchery propagating the stock has been designated as a gene bank for Snake River fall chinook. This is a long-term project, and will ultimately work towards achieving delisting goals established by NMFS.
 
Final Deliverables
Annual reports will continue to provide information on operations and maintenance for the project.

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
$729,635
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$729,635
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$729,635
Total NPCC Rec
$2,188,905
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
NPCC Comments:


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

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$729,635
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$729,635
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$729,635
Total NPCC Rec
$2,188,905
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: ISRP not fundable (qualified). Pending discussion with Council.

Local or MSRT Comments: OSPIT recommends holding the budget to the FY06 level and flatlining for FY08 and 09.


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

Recommendation: Not fundable (Qualified)
Comments: The original June 2006 assessment of the proposal was fairly succinct, “Funding for continuation of this project is contingent on submittal of an adequate response coordinated with the monitoring and evaluation proposal 199801004. As an O & M proposal for fish rearing, this proposal has enough information for review, but its technical merit is tied to the M & E proposal. Therefore, evaluation and adaptive management of this project is contingent on successful execution of project 199801004. This is a major activity. There should be better structuring of the relationships of exactly how the proposed actions will accomplish objectives.” As a result, this recommendation is qualified in that a reasonable response and alteration of the proposal would bring this proposal into the fundable category

The authors basically chose a two-pronged strategy for their response back to he ISRP:

1. First, they directed the ISRP to “Please see the response to the ISRP comments on Project 19981004 – Monitor and Evaluate Performance of Juvenile Snake River Fall Chinook Salmon from Chinook Acclimation Facilities.” This was a bad strategy because the sponsor’s response to 199801004 was so woefully inadequate.

2. Second, they would have the ISRP ignore our earlier concerns via the following statement regarding the importance of their project: “As such, this project was identified by NOAA Fisheries as an important project in the 2000 Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS) BiOp and the 2004 FCRPS BiOp as part of the environmental baseline. Most recently, BPA identified this project as one of its ‘ESA implementation priorities’ as well as one of the projects that “currently implement the Updated Proposed Action (UPA) and 2004 BiOp” (letter from Greg Delwiche to Rhonda Whiting, June 1, 2006).”

That is not a reason for the ISRP to dismiss its concerns, but it is a reason for the authors to work hard to address the ISRP concerns and improve the proposal.


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

Recommendation: Response requested
Comments: Funding for continuation of this project is contingent on submittal of an adequate response coordinated with the monitoring and evaluation proposal 199801004. As an O & M proposal for fish rearing, this proposal has enough information for review, but its technical merit is tied to the M & E proposal. Therefore, evaluation and adaptive management of this project is contingent on successful execution of project 199801004. This is a major activity. There should be better structuring of the relationships of exactly how the proposed actions will accomplish objectives.

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