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Proposal 199801003: Spawning distribution of Snake River fall Chinook salmon

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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
January 9, 2006 Finalized Aaron Garcia

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199801003
Proposal Name: Spawning distribution of Snake River fall Chinook salmon
BPA Project Manager: Deborah Docherty
Agency, Institution or Organization: US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Short Description: Monitor the status and distribution of fall Chinook in the Snake River using redd counts. Report results of all redd searches in the Snake River basin each year.
Information Transfer: Redd counts will be published in annual reports to the funding agency. Data will be used to monitor the status of fall Chinook salmon use in the Snake River basin.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Aaron Garcia U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service USFWS-Idaho Fishery Resource Office P.O. Box 18
Ahsahka ID 83520
Ph: 208.476.2249
Fax: 208.476.7228
Email: aaron_garcia@fws.gov
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Aaron Garcia U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service USFWS-Idaho Fishery Resource Office P.O. Box 18
Ahsahka ID 83520
Ph: 208.476.2249
Fax: 208.476.7228
Email: aaron_garcia@fws.gov
Form Submitter

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?
45 48 25.6 16 41 21.5 Snake River Hells Canyon (middle) near Dug Bar 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 Coauthored a paper on pre-spawning movements of hatchery v. wild adults. Conducted 8 aerial and 16 deepwater spawning surveys in the Snake River basin. Produced an annual report containing data collected on all redd searches in the Snake River basin.
2004 Published a paper on fidelity of spawners to release reach. Conducted 7 aerial spawning surveys in the Snake River basin. Produced an annual report containing data collected on all redd searches in the Snake River basin.
2003 Conducted 7 aerial and 40 deepwater spawning surveys in the Snake River basin. Conducted analysis on radio-telemetry work on supplemented fall chinook. Produced an annual report containing data collected on all redd searches in the Snake River basin.
2002 Conducted 10 aerial and 40 deepwater spawning surveys in the Snake River basin. Conducted radio-telemetry work on supplemented fall chinook. Produced an annual report containing data collected on all redd searches in the Snake River basin.
2001 Coauthored a paper on carrying capacity of the Snake River. Conducted 8 aerial and 35 deepwater spawning surveys in the Snake River basin. Conducted radio-telemetry work on supplemented fall chinook. Produced an annual on SRB redd counts.
2000 Conducted 9 aerial and 43 deepwater spawning surveys in the Snake River basin. Conducted radio-telemetry work on supplemented fall chinook. Produced an annual report containing data collected on all redd searches in the Snake River basin.
1999 Coauthored a paper on spawning in SR dam tailraces. Conducted 8 aerial and 35 deepwater spawning surveys in the Snake River basin. Conducted radio-telemetry work on supplemented releases. Produced an annual report SRB redd counts.
1998 Coauthored a paper on how to deploy submersible cameras. Conducted 8 aerial and 43 deepwater spawning surveys. Conducted pilot work on supplemented fall chinook. Produced an annual report on Snake River basin redd counts.

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: Idaho Power Company (IPC) [no entry] Spawning surveys of the Snake River FWS and IPC share field work and expenses for Snake River redd surveys
BPA 198335003 Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery M&E Spawning survey information collected under this project is shared.
BPA 199102900 Post-Release Survival of Fall Provides data for research analysis
BPA 199403400 Upper Clearwater - Assessing S Spawning survey information collected under this project is shared.
BPA 199801004 M&E Snake R. Fall Ch Spawning Spawning survey information collected under this project is shared.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Increase fall Chinook SAR's Increase SARs of naturally produced spawning adults to at least 3% for fall chinook, as measured at Lower Granite Dam, to increase natural production and harvest of fish population Snake Hells Canyon Monitor and evaluate effectiveness of implementation of artificial and natural production strategies 18

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 NEPA clearance (CX) Satisfy environmental compliance needs for contract period, and submit all information necessary for BPA to provide NEPA clearance. 12/1/2006 9/1/2009 $150
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase fall Chinook SAR's
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Project management for Project 1998-010-03 Covers work to manage on the ground efforts associated with the project. Also covers administrative work in support of on the ground efforts and in support of BPA's programmatic requirements such as financial reporting, and development of a SOW package (includes draft SOW, budget, spending plan, and property inventory). 12/1/2006 9/30/2009 $18,579
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase fall Chinook SAR's
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Annual Report Annual report for 1998-010-03 FY07 annual report will focus on the fall Chinook run year that spawned between mid-October and mid-December of 2006. 7/1/2007 9/30/2009 $4,764
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase fall Chinook SAR's
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce/Submit Scientific Findings Report Present Fall Chinook Spawning Findings to Workgroup and Scientific Journal Data collected from annual analysis will be prepared for presentation to work group (typically in text/spread sheet and/or Power Point formats) and prepared in format suitable for submission to peer reviewed journals such as the AFS scientific journals. 12/1/2006 9/30/2009 $300
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase fall Chinook SAR's
No Metrics for this Work Element

Analyze/Interpret Data Compile redd-count and dam-passage data Analyze redd-count data in respect to counts collected in previous years and in relation to counts of adult fall Chinook salmon at Lower Granite Dam. 2/1/2007 9/30/2009 $4,764
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase fall Chinook SAR's
Focal Area: Tributaries
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Conduct redd searches and half of the deepwater surveys - in cooperation with Idaho Power Company. Document the distribution of fall Chinook salmon redds in the 100 mile reach of the Snake River, between Asotin, Washington, and Hells Canyon Dam. At 7-day intervals, between mid-October and mid-December, redd searches will be conducted from a helicopter. Also during this same time period, submersible cameras will be used to locate redds in waters that are too deep to be effectively searched from the air. In a cooperative effort with the Idaho Power Company, search all deep-water sites where redds were observed in previous years, and continue searching for new sites whenever possible. 12/1/2006 9/30/2009 $117,915
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase fall Chinook SAR's
Focal Area: Tributaries
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring

Create/Manage/Maintain Database Maintain database Maintain database with weekly redd counts and total deepwater redd counts for fall Chinook salmon in the Snake River basin above Lower Granite Dam. Data will be compiled for the Snake, Grande Ronde and Imnaha rivers, the Clearwater basin and Asotin Creek. We will collect this information from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Idaho Power Company, and Nez Perce Tribe cooperators. 12/1/2006 9/30/2009 $4,764
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase fall Chinook SAR's
No Metrics for this Work Element

Disseminate Raw/Summary Data and Results Respond to data requests from cooperators Answer questions from managers and researchers regarding fall Chinook spawning distribution in the Snake River basin above Lower Granite Dam. 12/1/2006 9/30/2009 $4,764
Biological Objectives Metrics
Increase fall Chinook SAR's
No Metrics for this Work Element


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel Project Manager $9,880 $9,880 $9,880
Personnel Budget Technician $1,527 $1,527 $1,527
Personnel Administrative Assistant $1,866 $1,866 $1,866
Personnel Field Technician $11,987 $11,987 $11,987
Fringe Benefits Project Manager $3,567 $3,567 $3,567
Fringe Benefits Budget Technician $368 $368 $368
Fringe Benefits Administrative Assistant $733 $733 $733
Fringe Benefits Field Technician $2,595 $2,595 $2,595
Supplies Boat fuel $965 $965 $965
Other Flight time $7,945 $7,945 $7,945
Overhead [blank] $10,567 $10,567 $10,567
Totals $52,000 $52,000 $52,000

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$156,000
Total Work Element budget$156,000

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
Idaho Power Company Search effort $52,000 $52,000 $52,000 In-Kind Confirmed
Totals $52,000 $52,000 $52,000

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$52,000 $52,000 This is an ongoing population monitoring project
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
 
Termination Date Comments
none This work should continue.
 
Final Deliverables

Section 10: Narrative
Document Type Size Date

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 Budget
$52,000
FY 2008 Budget
$52,000
FY 2009 Budget
$52,000
Total NPCC Rec
$156,000
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
Comments:


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

FY 2007 Budget
$52,000
FY 2008 Budget
$52,000
FY 2009 Budget
$52,000
Total NPCC Rec
$156,000
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$ 0
Total MSRT Rec
$ 0
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Comments:


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

Recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)
NPCC Comments: The ISRP is not requesting a response, but qualifies this fundable recommendation because this is such a small activity or component of the Fish and Wildlife Program. It would be better if it was more clearly integrated into a larger project. Furthermore, sponsors do not justify sufficiently why this project is critical and how it fits into and relates to other projects. At a regional scale, it is not clear why this project should continue. How is this used and related to other projects? Does this project have application beyond this site? Can this approach be applied some other places at low cost?

Besides the usefulness of the method in this particular case, the method may have potential application elsewhere. A key factor would be to develop the ability to see redds in places not easily accessible. The project should not only emphasize current usage of the method but look for ways to improve the method so that the application could be more widespread. The project history was brief, with little development of past findings. The budget seems reasonable given the scope and potential value of the work.


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

Recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)
NPCC Comments: The ISRP is not requesting a response, but qualifies this fundable recommendation because this is such a small activity or component of the Fish and Wildlife Program. It would be better if it was more clearly integrated into a larger project. Furthermore, sponsors do not justify sufficiently why this project is critical and how it fits into and relates to other projects. At a regional scale, it is not clear why this project should continue. How is this used and related to other projects? Does this project have application beyond this site? Can this approach be applied some other places at low cost?

Besides the usefulness of the method in this particular case, the method may have potential application elsewhere. A key factor would be to develop the ability to see redds in places not easily accessible. The project should not only emphasize current usage of the method but look for ways to improve the method so that the application could be more widespread. The project history was brief, with little development of past findings. The budget seems reasonable given the scope and potential value of the work.

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