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Proposal 199102800: Pit Tagging Wild Chinook

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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 Stephen Achord

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199102800
Proposal Name: Pit Tagging Wild Chinook
BPA Project Manager: Deborah Docherty
Agency, Institution or Organization: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Short Description: Collect time series information to examine migration/survival characteristics of wild ESA-listed Snake River spring/summer chinook salmon stocks. PIT tag wild chinook salmon parr annually; then monitor as parr/smolts at instream monitors, traps, and dams.
Information Transfer: Information (will and have been) transferred by publications in peer reviewed journals, symposium proceeding (http://www-heb.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/congress/pub.htm), reports (BPA website), DART website, water quality website (http://devwas/wqbemp), and oral presentations at professional meetings. Information is used to guide FCRPS operations.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Stephen Achord NOAA Fisheries NWFSC, Fish Ecology Division2725 Montlake Boulev
Seattle WA 98112-2097
Ph: 509.547.7518
Fax: 509.547.4181
Email: Steve.Achord@noaa.gov
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Stephen Achord NOAA Fisheries NWFSC, Fish Ecology Division2725 Montlake Boulev
Seattle WA 98112-2097
Ph: 509.547.7518
Fax: 509.547.4181
Email: Steve.Achord@noaa.gov
Form Submitter

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Mountain Snake ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Salmon ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
N45 6 21 W114 51 06 Big Creek (lower) Between river km 9 and 13 Valley, Idaho Salmon No
N45 6 52 W115 19 65 Big Creek (upper) Between river km 54 and 58 Valley, Idaho Salmon No
N44 49 91 W114 30 28 Camas Creek Between river km 20 and 23 Lemhi, Idaho Salmon No
N44 22 6 W115 11 5 Cape Horn Creek Between river km 0 and 6 Custer, Idaho Salmon No
N45 22 31 W115 11 2 Chamberlain Creek Between river km 25 and 27 Idaho, Idaho Salmon No
N44 11 2 W114 17 0 East Fork Salmon River Between river km 13 and 32 Custer, Idaho Salmon No
N44 24 85 W115 23 19 Elk Creek Between river km 0 and 10 Valley, Idaho Salmon No
N44 11 1 W114 15 3 Herd Creek Between river km 0 and 5 Custer, Idaho Salmon No
N45 16 11 W115 54 67 Lake Creek Between river km 1 and 3 Idaho, Idaho Salmon No
N44 35 0 W114 50 0 Loon Creek Between river km 33 and 36 Custer, Idaho Salmon No
N44 25 1 W115 9 2 Marsh Creek Between river km 10 and 14 Custer, Idaho Salmon No
N45 6 23 W114 51 71 Rush Creek Between river km 0 and 2 Valley, Idaho Salmon No
N45 12 72 W115 48 6 Secesh River Between river km 25 and 30 Idaho, Idaho Salmon No
N44 38 51 W115 41 66 South Fork Salmon River Between river km 112 and 122 Valley, Idaho Salmon No
N44 30 87 W115 19 24 Sulphur Creek Between river km 4 and 7 Valley, Idaho Salmon No
N44 13 7 W114 58 3 Valley Creek Between river km 1 and 18 Custer, Idaho Salmon No
N45 23 1 W115 10 99 West Fork Chamberlain Creek Between river km 1 and 3 Idaho, Idaho Salmon No
N44 24 74 W115 22 06 Bear Valley Creek Between river km 9 and 16 Valley, Idaho Salmon 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 Monitored timing and survival for previously tagged fish at instream PIT-tag monitors and LGD. Collected parr-to-smolt growth data at LGoD. We PIT tagged and released 12,805 parr from 14 Idaho streams. Constructed more instream monitoring antennas.
2004 Monitored timing and survival for previously tagged fish at instream PIT-tag monitors and LGD. Collected parr-to-smolt growth data at LGoD. We PIT tagged and released 19,871 parr from 15 Idaho streams. Co-authored a publication related to this work.
2003 Monitored timing and survival for previously tagged fish at instream PIT-tag monitors and LGD. Collected parr-to-smolt growth data at LGoD. We PIT tagged and released 18,346 parr from 16 Idaho streams. Authored a publication related to this work.
2002 Monitored timing and parr-to-smolt survival for previously tagged fish at LGD. We installed instream PIT tag monitoring systems in Valley Creek. We PIT tagged and released 14,290 parr from 15 Idaho streams. Collected parr-to-smolt growth data at LGoD.
2001 Monitored timing and survival for previously tagged fish at LGD. We started collecting parr-to-smolt growth data on these fish at L.Goose Dam (LGoD). We PIT tagged and released 10,242 parr from 11 Idaho streams. Co-authored a publication (2002).
2000 Monitored timing and survival for previously tagged fish at LGD. Retrospectively, calculated annual parr-to-smolt survival estimates to LGD since 1993. We PIT tagged and released 3,536 parr from 6 Idaho streams. Authored a related Proceedings Publication.
1999 Monitored timing and parr-to-smolt survival for previously tagged fish at LGD. We PIT tagged and released 10,402 parr from 15 Idaho streams.
1998 Monitored timing and survival for previously tagged fish at L Granite D(LGD). We PIT tagged and released 9,931 parr from 13 Idaho streams. Established water quality database on the Internet and started reporting water quality parameters vs fish movement.
1997 Monitored migration timing of previously tagged fish (1996) at traps and dams. We PIT tagged and released 2,685 parr from 5 Idaho streams. We took over all water quality monitoring from PNNL.
1996 Monitored migration timing of previously tagged fish (1995) at traps and dams. We PIT tagged and released 1,360 parr from 3 Idaho streams. Authored a publication related to this work.
1995 Monitored migration timing of previously tagged fish (1994) at traps and dams. We PIT tagged and released 1,407 parr from 3 Idaho streams.
1994 Monitored migration timing of previously tagged fish (1993) at dams. We PIT tagged and released 18,459 parr from 17 Idaho streams. Continued development of water quality monitoring with PNNL.
1993 Monitored migration timing of previously tagged fish (1992) at the dams. The information was used in FCRPS operations (same for all years). We PIT tagged and released 8,065 parr in 15 Idaho streams. Developed water quality moitoring with PNNL.
1992 We monitored the migration timing of previously tagged fish (in 1991) at the dams. The information was used for real-time management decisions on operations of the FCRPS. We PIT tagged and released 9,774 parr from 16 Idaho streams.
1991 Began to establish streams to monitor in 1991 in Idaho. We PIT tagged 12,086 wild chinook parr in 13 Idaho and 3 Oregon streams.

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 198331900 New Marking & Monitoring Tech Coordinated with this project to develop instream PIT tag monitoring
BPA 198909600 Genetic M&E Prog For Sal/Steel Coordination/do some fish collection for this project
BPA 198909800 Salmon Studies Id Rvrs IDFC Reciprocal transfer of data/coordination
BPA 198909802 Salmon Studies Id Rvrs NPT Reciprocal transfer of data/coordination
BPA 198909803 Salmon Studies Id Rvrs SBT Reciprocal transfer of data/coordination/do some fish tagging
BPA 199005500 Id Steelhead M&E Studies Reciprocal transfer of data/coordination/do some fish tagging for this project
BPA 199107300 Idaho Natural Production Monit Reciprocal transfer of data/coordination
BPA 200105500 Salmonid Response to Fertiliza Coordination/do some fish collection for this project

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Determine migration timing and survival Determine migration timing and survival differences between and within years for individual and combined populations of wild Snake R sp/su chinook juveniles at instream PIT-tag monitors and L Granite Dam. Salmon Strategy 2A1. Protect and monitor abundance and productivity of wild stocks....Need migration timing and parr-to-smolt survival information from natal rearing areas to the first dam. Additional pages 126,153,186, and 187 23,26,114,120,
Determine parr-to-smolt growth rates Determine parr-to-smolt growth rates for these wild PIT-tagged fish populations, annually, by utilizing the separation-by-code system at Little Goose Dam juvenile fish bypass system. Salmon Strategy 3A1. Use new and existing projects to further the knowledge of egg to smolt survival and the mechanisms that affect survival (to fill said data gaps). (This information directly applies to survival, nutrient, and ecosystem studies in the region). 25
Water quality parameters vs fish movement Determine relationships between water quality and environmental/climatic factors where wild parr reside and subsequent movements/survival of parr/smolts through downstream instream PIT-tag monitors and at L Granite Dam. Salmon Strategy 3B1--Evaluate habitat and water quality conditions at monitoring (index) sites (page 114). Measure temperature, turbidity, conductivity, pH, dissolved oxygen, nitrogen, and phosphorous (Page 187). 114,187

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 Submit all required Permits to BPA for Project 199102800 As State, Federal, or local Permits are required to conduct field work for Project 199102800, apply for, and receive needed permits and submit to BPA, NEPA personnel. List of Permits follows for this project: 1) ESA Scientific Research Permit #1406, Study 1, this Section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA, Permit authorizes annual takes of ESA-listed salmonids (Chinook and steelhead) from 6/30/2003 to 12/31/2007; 2) Biological Opinion Amendment File #403.0101 0ALS#1-4-04-F-289, Section 7 Consultation with USFWS for incidental collection of bull trout from 4/15/2004 to 12/31/2008; 3) Idaho Collecting Permit # F-31-88, 1/1/2005 to 12/31/2005, renewed yearly; 4) Payette National Forest Special Use Permit-MCC035, Permit for field crews to work and stay on this National Forest from 6/2/2003 to 10/1/2007; 5) Boise National Forest Special Use Permit-BO1003603, Permit for field crews to work and stay on this National Forest from 6/3/2003 to 11/15/2007; 6) Salmon-Challis National Forest Special Use Permit-MFK23, Permit for field crews to work and stay on this National Forest from 6/3/2003 to 12/31/2007; 7) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Joint Permit NWW # 022200780, Permit to install instream PIT-tag monitors in Valley Creek in 2002; 8) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Joint Permit NWW # 050600023, Permit to install instream PIT-tag monitors in lower Big Creek in 2006; 9) Idaho Department of Water Resources Permit # 71-S-74, Permit for installing instream PIT-tag monitors in Valley Creek in 2002; 10) Idaho Department of Environmental Quality 401 Water Quality Certification for installing PIT-tag monitors in Valley Creek in 2002; 11) Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Scientific Collecting Permit # 05-105, permit renewed each year for handling fish at Little Goose Dam in the PIT-tag separation-by-code system. 4/1/2007 9/30/2009 $34,464
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Project scheduling, agency coordinations, conferences, and training Acquire all necessary Permits, prepare and acquire all needed equipment for field work, prepare and distribute field work scheduling, hire personnel, coordinate field activities with other agencies, and attend conferences and training as needed or required. 4/1/2007 7/1/2009 $137,174
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Annual Report Write Annual Report Compilation of annual report entitled: "Monitoring the migrations of wild Snake River spring/summer chinook salmon juveniles." 4/1/2007 7/1/2009 $76,222
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce/Submit Scientific Findings Report Publish findings in a peer-reviewed journal Information generated from project 199102800 will be published in peer-reviewed journals as well as reported on the BPA Fish and Wildlife website. 4/1/2007 9/30/2009 $64,290
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Analyze/Interpret Data Analyze, Interpret, and compile all tagging, monitoring, and growth data Analyze, interpret, and compile all data from wild fish monitoring at instream PIT-tag monitoring sites (timing/survival information), at Lower Granite Dam (timing/survival information), from water quality environmental monitors (water quality parameters), at Little Goose Dam (parr-to-smolt growth information), and at area weather stations (weather/climate information). 4/1/2007 9/30/2009 $97,209
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Collect PIT tag monitoring, water quality, and growth data Monitor the migration timing and parr-to-smolt survival of PIT-tagged wild fish at Lower Granite Dam. Collect instream PIT-tag monitoring data on wild fish and develop instream monitoring in selected streams. Collect water quality/weather-climate data and parr-to-smolt growth information on wild fish. 4/1/2007 9/30/2009 $232,590
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Mark/Tag Animals Collect and PIT tag wild Snake River spring/summer chinook salmon parr Depending upon annual permitting numbers, PIT tag up to 39,000 chinook salmon parr in up to 17 streams of the Salmon River basin of Idaho. See tagging details in other sections of this document. 7/15/2007 9/1/2009 $1,187,833
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 [blank] $193,000 $198,790 $204,754
Fringe Benefits [blank] $51,145 $52,679 $54,260
Supplies [blank] $104,500 $107,635 $110,864
Travel [blank] $45,000 $46,350 $47,741
Overhead [blank] $128,345 $132,195 $136,161
Other Contracts, utilities, PIT tags $70,000 $72,100 $74,263
Totals $591,990 $609,749 $628,043

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$1,829,782
Total Work Element budget$1,829,782

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
$646,883 $666,290 [Outyear comment field left blank]
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
 
Termination Date Comments
 
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
$350,000
FY 2008 Budget
$350,000
FY 2009 Budget
$350,000
Total NPCC Rec
$1,050,000
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
Comments: Budget reductions not specific (i.e, Funding rolled back to FY 2006 level). Project to be implemented with reduced scope.


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

FY 2007 Budget
$350,000
FY 2008 Budget
$350,000
FY 2009 Budget
$350,000
Total NPCC Rec
$1,050,000
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$ 0
Total MSRT Rec
$ 0
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Comments:

Local or MSRT Comments: 199102800: Referenced as currently implementing BiOp UPA in June 1, 2006 Delwiche (BPA) letter to Whiting (NPCC). Funding rolled back to FY 2006 level. (Comment rcvd 6/21/06)


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: This is a high priority project deserving support. Significant peer reviewed publications are continuing to be produced by this project.

As the proposal indicates, with the development of additional PIT-tag detection capabilities at dams, research biologists can now estimate survival from parr to smolt stages. The proposal makes a good case for continuing this project to make these estimates, which may allow in-season management decisions regarding timing of hydropower system operations within season (spill, flow, and transportation) to provide the most benefits for juvenile wild Chinook.

In the 2003 Mainstem/Systemwide Review, the ISRP concluded that, "This is a good smolt-monitoring project that provides invaluable basic data for management decisions affecting the stocks involved." This conclusion still applies.


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: This is a high priority project deserving support. Significant peer reviewed publications are continuing to be produced by this project.

As the proposal indicates, with the development of additional PIT-tag detection capabilities at dams, research biologists can now estimate survival from parr to smolt stages. The proposal makes a good case for continuing this project to make these estimates, which may allow in-season management decisions regarding timing of hydropower system operations within season (spill, flow, and transportation) to provide the most benefits for juvenile wild Chinook.

In the 2003 Mainstem/Systemwide Review, the ISRP concluded that, "This is a good smolt-monitoring project that provides invaluable basic data for management decisions affecting the stocks involved." This conclusion still applies.

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