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Proposal 198805303: Hood River Production M&E - Ws

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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
December 21, 2005 Finalized Alexis Vaivoda

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 198805303
Proposal Name: Hood River Production M&E - Ws
BPA Project Manager: Sarah Branum
Agency, Institution or Organization: Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon
Short Description: Implement, monitor, and evaluate actions in the Hood River and Pelton Ladder Master Plans pertaining to smolt production, acclimation, and habitat.
Information Transfer: Project planning, implementation, and continued monitoring of the project will be summarized within the HRPP CTWS Annual Report (project number 1988-053-03) for BPA. Project information will be presented to the co-managers (ODFW), public, outside agencies, NPCC, CBFWA, BPA, and the Hood River Watershed Group through project reports and oral presentations.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Alexis Vaivoda Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs 6030 Dee Highway
Parkdale, Oregon 97041
Ph: 541-352-9326
Fax: 541-352-9365
Email: vaivoda@gorge.net
Form Submitter Hood River Production Program Manager
All Assigned Contacts
Sarah Branum
Ph:
Fax:
Email: stbranum@bpa.gov
BPA COTR
Brad Houslet Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs PO Box C
Warm Springs, Oregon 97761
Ph: (541) 553-2039
Fax: (541) 553-1994
Email: bhouslet@wstribes.org
Supervisor
CTWS Fisheries Program Manager
Joe McCanna Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs 6030 Dee Highway
Parkdale, Oregon 97041
Ph: (541) 352-9326
Fax: (541) 352-9365
Email: jmccanna@gorge.net
Technical Contact
Hood River Production Program Technical Contact
Alexis Vaivoda Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs 6030 Dee Highway
Parkdale, Oregon 97041
Ph: 541-352-9326
Fax: 541-352-9365
Email: vaivoda@gorge.net
Form Submitter
Project Lead
Hood River Production Program Manager

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Columbia Gorge ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Hood ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
Hood River, Oregon Hood Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Chinook Lower Columbia River ESU
Steelhead Lower Columbia River ESU
Bull Trout
Coastal Cutthroat Southwest Washington/Columbia River ESU
Coho Lower Columbia River ESU
Cutthroat Trout
Mountain Whitefish
Rainbow Trout

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Initiated PIT tagging hatchery production. Conducted radio telemetry on Middle Fork spring chinook for spatial distribution. Third spring chinook tribal harvest and creel on the Hood River.
2004 Revised Hood River Program objectives. Initiated actions to revise the Hood River Master Plan and develop strategies to deal with the removal of Powerdale Dam.
2003 Hood River Program Review (Underwood et al., 2003) completed. Powerdale Dam decommisioning agreement signed by all stakeholders.
2002 Second spring chinook tribal fishery and creel on the Hood River.
2001 First spring chinook adult return esitmates made. First spring chinook tribal fishery and creel on the Hood River (above Powerdale Dam). Changes to pesticide BMPs implemented throught he OSU Agricultural Extension using data from the pesticide study.
2000 Hood River subbasin summary completed. Initiated supplemental physical stream surveys.
1999 Initiated organophosphate pesticide monitoring. Initiated East Fork Irrigation Dist fish salvages. First hatchery summer steelhead acclimation and vol. release. Rearing density estimates for indigenous fish populations made for selected sites 1994-99.
1998 Acclimated and volitionally released winter steelhead and spring chinook in the Middle Fork Hood River at the Parkdale Fish Facility. Initiated spring chinook spawning surveys on Middle Fork Hood River tributaries.
1997 Determination of spatial distribution for anadromous adult holding and spawning was completed. Initiated Farmers Irrigation District fish salvages. Initiated spring chinook spawning surveys in the West Fork Hood River.
1996 First acclimation and volitional release of winter steelhead and spring chinook in the East and West Fork Hood Rivers. Completed radio telemetry study. Initial genetics work with O. mykiss and O. clarki. Hood River EIS completed.
1995 Completed physical stream inventories on most Hood River anadromous bearing streams. Completed rearing cells in Pelton Ladder for spring chinook. Initiated radio telemetry study to understand spatial distribution of anadromous species.

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 198805304 Hood River Production M&E-ODFW Monitoring and evaluation of HRPP activities within the Hood River subbasin: juvenile screw traps, adult trap summaries, steelhead return estimates, sport creel surveys, and PIT tagging natural production.
BPA 198805306 Hood R Prod O&M - PGE Pelton Ladder operation, maintenance, chinook rearing, and marking.
BPA 198805307 Hood R Prod O&M - WS/ODFW Parkdale Fish Facility operation, maintenance, adult broodstock holding and spawning.
BPA 198805308 Hood R Powerdale/Oak Springs Powerdale Fish Trap operation, maintenance, adult broodstock collection, and upstream adult data collection. Oak Springs Hatchery operation, maintenance, steelhead incubation, rearing, and marking.
BPA 198805315 Hood River Art Prod Constructi Planning and engineering for future retrofit/expansion of the Parkdale Fish Facility and broodstock collection facilities for the HRPP.
BPA 199802100 Hood River Fish Habitat Planning and implementation of habitat restoration actions in the Hood River subbasin.
BPA 200305400 Repro of Steelhead In Hood Riv Genetic analysis and pedigree of anadromous and resident fish in the Hood River subbasin.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Achieve adult spring chinook escapement: 878 fish Achieve and maintain a spring chinook adult escapement of 878 fish (750 hatchery and 128 naturally produced) to the Hood River. This work will include PIT tagging, acclimation, run predictions, tribal creel surveys, and spawning surveys. Hood Harvest and Hatchery Supplementation Strategies. Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation Strategies 1, 4, and 7. p.195, 202-8
Achieve adult sum. steelhead escapement: 975 fish Achieve and maintain a summer steelhead adult escapement of 975 fish (600 hatchery and 375 wild) to the Hood River. This work will include PIT tagging and acclimation. Hood Harvest and Hatchery Supplementation Strategies. Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation Strategies 1, 4, and 7. p.195, 202-8
Achieve adult win.steelhead escapement: 1,656 fish Achieve and maintain a winter steelhead adult escapement of 1,656 fish (1,000 hatchery and 656 wild) to the Hood River. This work will include PIT tagging, acclimation, and spawning surveys. Hood Harvest and Hatchery Supplementation Strategies. Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation Strategies 1, 4, and 7. p.195, 202-8
Achieve water temps that comply with guidelines Monitor water temperatures in the Hood River subbasin to develop baseline data, assist in the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Total Maximum Daily Load Plan to meet Clean Water Act requirements, and evaluate habitat parameters within the subbasin for anadromous species. Data will be summarized into daily maximum, minimum, and average temperatures and identify the number of days in which water temperatures exceeded ODEQ maximum daily and maximum 7-day moving average temperature standards for salmonids and salmonid spawning and fry emergence. Hood Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation Strategy 6: Monitor physical, chemical, and environmental biological parameters limiting natural production. (Also listed specifically as Additional Strategy #7 p. 209.) p. 207
Eliminate salmonids from irrigation canals Conduct fish salvage efforts in irrigation canals (East Fork Irrigation District and Farmers Irrigation District). The fish will be identified, counted, measured, and released to the nearest suitable free flowing water body. Following the implementation of adequate fish screening in Hood River irrigation canals, salvage efforts should decrease and eventually eliminate the number of salmonids stranded in the canals over time. Hood Priority 1 Habitat Restoration Strategies: Habitat Connectivity- conduct fish passage evaluations at irrigation canals. p. 191

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 Ensure environmental compliance is current [Work Element Description Not Entered] 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $5,306
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Trap and Haul Salvage and transport fish entrained in irrigation canals to the nearest free-flowing waterbody Backpack electrofishers will be used to conduct fish salvage efforts in irrigation canals (East Fork Irrigation District and Farmers Irrigation District). The fish will be counted, measured, and released to the nearest suitable free flowing water body. Following the implementation of adequate fish screening in Hood River irrigation canals, salvage efforts are expected to decrease and eventually eliminate the number of salmonids stranded in the canals over time. 10/1/2006 12/1/2008 $24,412
Biological Objectives Metrics
Eliminate salmonids from irrigation canals
* # of fish: approximately 9,000 salmonids

Acclimate Juvenile Fish Acclimate spring chinook Acclimate and volitionally release spring chinook juveniles in portable acclimation raceways in the West Fork Hood River. Then transport non-migrants to the mouth of the mainstem Hood River. 2/1/2007 6/1/2009 $198,042
Biological Objectives Metrics
Achieve adult spring chinook escapement: 878 fish
* # of fish released: 50,000 - 95,000 spr. chinook smolts/year
* Purpose of production program: Supplementation

Acclimate Juvenile Fish Acclimate summer steelhead Acclimate and volitionally release summer steelhead juveniles in a portable acclimation raceway in the West Fork Hood River. Then transport non-migrants to the mouth of the mainstem Hood River. 2/1/2007 6/1/2009 $197,942
Biological Objectives Metrics
Achieve adult sum. steelhead escapement: 975 fish
* Purpose of production program: Supplementation
* # of fish released: 40,000

Acclimate Juvenile Fish Acclimate winter steelhead Acclimate and volitionally release winter steelhead juveniles in the East Fork Hood River. Then transport non-migrants to the mouth of the mainstem Hood River. 2/1/2007 6/1/2009 $197,942
Biological Objectives Metrics
Achieve adult win.steelhead escapement: 1,656 fish
* Purpose of production program: Supplementation
* # of fish released: 25,000

Coordination Hood River Production Program Coordination The Hood River Production Program will be closely coordinated with the basin co-managers and the other aspects of the program. There is also coordination amongst other stakeholders in the subbasin including other agencies, special districts, and interest groups. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $158,068
Biological Objectives Metrics
Achieve adult spring chinook escapement: 878 fish
Achieve adult sum. steelhead escapement: 975 fish
Achieve adult win.steelhead escapement: 1,656 fish
Achieve water temps that comply with guidelines
Eliminate salmonids from irrigation canals
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Manage Project This project will be managed to ensure all work elements are completed, reported upon, and become available. ODFW is consulted as co-managers on the project. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $157,858
Biological Objectives Metrics
Achieve adult spring chinook escapement: 878 fish
Achieve adult sum. steelhead escapement: 975 fish
Achieve adult win.steelhead escapement: 1,656 fish
Achieve water temps that comply with guidelines
Eliminate salmonids from irrigation canals
No Metrics for this Work Element

Outreach and Education Work with students and give tours There are volunteer and educational opportunities that are used by the local schools each year. These include acclimation and fish salvage. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $5,306
Biological Objectives Metrics
* # of general public reached: 30 general public/year
* # of students reached: 40 students/year
* # of teachers reached: 2 teachers/year

Provide Technical Review Provide review for program co-managers and of related activities Technical review will be provided where appropriate. This generally concerns management of fish and habitat resources in the Hood subbasin. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $51,198
Biological Objectives Metrics
Achieve adult spring chinook escapement: 878 fish
Achieve adult sum. steelhead escapement: 975 fish
Achieve adult win.steelhead escapement: 1,656 fish
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Annual Report Prepare an annual report Prepare and distribute an annual report describing actions, activities, and data to BPA and appropriate avenues (FY 2007-2009). 10/1/2007 9/30/2009 $134,081
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Status Report Provide status reports to COTR Provide BPA COTR with monthly updates and use the Pisces system to provide BPA with quarterly reports on-line (FY 2007-2009). 1/1/2007 9/30/2009 $6,113
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Collect temperature data in the Hood River subbasin Monitor water temperatures in the Hood River subbasin. Water temperatures are collected in the Hood River subbasin to develop baseline data, assist in the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Total Maximum Daily Load Plan to meet Clean Water Act requirements, and evaluate habitat parameters within the subbasin for anadromous species. Data is summarized into daily maximum, minimum, and average temperatures and used to identify the number of days in which water temperatures exceeded ODEQ maximum daily and maximum 7-day moving average temperature standards for salmonids and salmonid spawning and fry emergence. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $40,158
Biological Objectives Metrics
Achieve water temps that comply with guidelines
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Measure condition factors on chinook and steelhead smolts prior to acclimation Spring chinook and winter and summer steelhead smolts will be measured for condition factors prior to acclimation. Non-migrants will also be measured prior to transport to the mouth of the Hood River. 2/1/2007 9/30/2009 $20,603
Biological Objectives Metrics
Achieve adult spring chinook escapement: 878 fish
Achieve adult sum. steelhead escapement: 975 fish
Achieve adult win.steelhead escapement: 1,656 fish
Primary R, M, and E Type: Uncertainties Research and Project Implementation

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Spring chinook and winter steelhead spawning surveys Conduct spring chinook spawning surveys in the West and Middle Fork Hood River. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $79,350
Biological Objectives Metrics
Achieve adult spring chinook escapement: 878 fish
Achieve adult win.steelhead escapement: 1,656 fish
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Spring chinook run prediction and creel surveys Prepare spring chinook adult escapement estimates to the Hood River annually prior to the run year. This will provide information for harvest opportunities and management in the Hood RIver subbasin. Given a tribal harvest season, conduct creel surveys to estimate fishing pressure on spring chinook above Powerdale Dam. 12/1/2006 9/30/2009 $31,464
Biological Objectives Metrics
Achieve adult spring chinook escapement: 878 fish
Focal Area: Harvest
Primary R, M, and E Type: Action Effectiveness Research, Status Monitoring

Mark/Tag Animals PIT tag juvenile spring chinook and winter and summer steelhead Insert PIT tags in a sample of the juvenile spring chinook and winter and summer steelhead prior to acclimation. Track the movement of the smolts through the Columbia system and then back again as adults. 11/1/2006 2/1/2009 $369,459
Biological Objectives Metrics
Achieve adult spring chinook escapement: 878 fish
Achieve adult sum. steelhead escapement: 975 fish
Achieve adult win.steelhead escapement: 1,656 fish
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring and Project Implement.

Submit/Acquire Data PIT tag and CWT databases PIT tag and coded wire tag data will be submitted to the appropriate agencies for distribution. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $9,936
Biological Objectives Metrics
Achieve adult spring chinook escapement: 878 fish
Achieve adult sum. steelhead escapement: 975 fish
Achieve adult win.steelhead escapement: 1,656 fish
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] $186,600 $191,200 $196,000
Fringe Benefits benefits @ 30% $55,980 $57,360 $58,800
Supplies [blank] $114,997 $77,230 $77,230
Travel [blank] $5,500 $6,000 $6,500
Overhead indirect @ 38% $137,970 $126,080 $128,641
Other subcontracts and PIT tags $84,850 $87,050 $89,250
Totals $585,897 $544,920 $556,421

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$1,687,238
Total Work Element budget$1,687,238

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
East Fork Irrigation District acclimation raceways $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 In-Kind Confirmed
East Fork Irrigation District support for salvage operations $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 In-Kind Confirmed
Farmers Irrigation District support for salvage operations $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 In-Kind Confirmed
Longview Fibre permission for use of property for acclimation $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 In-Kind Confirmed
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality additional water quality monitoring $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 In-Kind Under Review
USFS support for spawning surveys $18,400 $18,400 $18,400 In-Kind Under Review
Totals $47,400 $47,400 $47,400

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$565,000 $575,000 Increases account for general inflation costs.
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
No future operation and maintenance costs are associated with this project.
 
Termination Date Comments
2020 (unknown) This is part of a supplementation program. It is uncertain at what point artficial production will not be necessary to maintain steelhead and chinook runs in Hood River, or if further data will support different management scenarios.
 
Final Deliverables
Annual reports and data provided on a regular basis.

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
$540,000
FY 2008 Budget
$540,000
FY 2009 Budget
$540,000
Total NPCC Rec
$1,620,000
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
Comments:


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

FY 2007 Budget
$540,000
FY 2008 Budget
$540,000
FY 2009 Budget
$540,000
Total NPCC Rec
$1,620,000
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: OSPIT recommends eliminating two proposed acclimation sites on the West Fork (chinook and summer steelhead). Some of the PIT tagging tasks associated with the acclimation will also be cut.


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: The sponsors provided answers to the ISRP’s questions that were adequate and informative.

The ISRP particularly welcomes the pledge by sponsors to dedicate staff in FY 2007 to synthesizing data and submitting manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals, using information collected by the Hood River monitoring and evaluation projects, the Parkdale Fish Facility, and the Powerdale Fish Trap.

A concern identified by the ISRP in the Hood River habitat project (199802100) is the need to assess the extent to which the residualism of hatchery steelhead is resulting in the displacement of wild fish from Hood River habitat. It is expected that much of this task will be done in close conjunction with projects 199802100 and 198805304. It is important to ensure that the benefits to wild salmon and steelhead are fully realized because some of the fish response to the habitat work might be confounded by residualized steelhead.

An over-riding issue with respect to the suite of Hood River projects is to more fully define the future timeline and objectives for the project, particularly with the impending loss of Powerdale as a counting and monitoring station. The sponsor’s judgment on success of the program is premature. For example, statements such as "Underwood et al. (2003) used Hood River adult returns and smolt to adult rates to determine whether or not the hatchery component of the program was contributing to the wild fish runs. The winter steelhead hatchery supplementation has benefited the wild population and has met or exceeded program goals (Underwood et al., 2003, p.218)" need to be examined more closely and peer reviewed.

The following are the specific issues of concern from the initial ISRP review and an assessment of the sponsor’s responses:

1) “Escapement goals listed in Tables 1 and 2 differ significantly between those proposed by the 1991 Master Plan and the more recent scaling done by EDT. The more recent estimates are considerably more conservative. Presumably, the latter estimates are more reflective of carrying capacity estimates via EDT, than the earlier Master Plan goals.” The response give was fairly informative.

2) “Powerdale Dam provides the Hood River Production Program the opportunity to enumerate all returning adults and to control or eliminate escapement of out-of-basin strays. That ability will be lost in 2010 when Powerdale is removed. It will be interesting to see how the sponsors propose to manage the various stocks in the Hood system once that happens. The ability to control strays and enumerate returning adults is an important current attribute of the system that will need to be addressed in future proposals.” The explanation provided was adequate.

3) “The rationale and significance to subbasin plans and regional programs section does not provide a logical statement on this issue; rather, it rambles and mentions, more than convinces, the reader that the authors understand the issue. Clarification is needed.”

The explanation given was well written and convincing that the authors understand how all is related to the subbasin planning process.

4) “…despite persistent ISRP recommendations about the need to provide a brief summary of results (in the form of synthesized data) within proposal, it is still not done.”

The sponsors responded by stating that they “will dedicate staff in FY 2007 to synthesizing data and submitting manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals. The topics will use information collected by the Hood River monitoring and evaluation projects, the Parkdale Fish Facility, and the Powerdale Fish Trap. This will be included in the FY 2007 statement of work for this project and will be accomplished prior to FY 2008.” Accomplishment of that promise will be assessed in the future.

5) “Objectives are often simply superficial escapement goals set by the program, not objectives on how to accomplish them. Objectives fail to lay out how the Hood River Production Program will evaluate supplementation, which is one of the major reasons the program was funded.” Response was fairly superficial but did hint that efforts were underway to have better analysis and synthesis, e.g., statements like, “The co-managers will meet in FY 2007 to exchange data and perform a similar analysis to evaluate the supplementation efforts to date.”


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

Recommendation: Response requested
NPCC Comments: The ISRP requests that project sponsors respond to the following issues:

The Hood River Production Program (HRPP) is a fish supplementation project in the lower Columbia Basin jointly implemented by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (CTWS) and ODFW. The primary goals of the Hood River Production Program are to: (1) re-establish and maintain naturally sustaining spring Chinook salmon in the Hood River subbasin, (2) rebuild and maintain naturally sustaining runs of winter and summer steelhead in the Hood River, (3) maintain genetic characteristics of fish populations within the Hood River subbasin, (4) restore degraded fish habitat in the Hood River subbasin, (5) contribute to tribal and non-tribal fisheries, and (6) ensure minimal adverse effects of the program on indigenous fish populations.

Escapement goals listed in Tables 1 and 2 differ significantly between those proposed by the 1991 Master Plan and the more recent scaling done by EDT. The more recent estimates are considerably more conservative. Presumably, the latter estimates are more reflective of carrying capacity estimates via EDT, than the earlier Master Plan goals.

Powerdale Dam provides the Hood River Production Program the opportunity to enumerate all returning adults and to control or eliminate escapement of out-of-basin strays. That ability will be lost in 2010 when Powerdale is removed. It will be interesting to see how the sponsors propose to manage the various stocks in the Hood system once that happens. The ability to control strays and enumerate returning adults is an important current attribute of the system that will need to be addressed in future proposals.

The rationale and significance to subbasin plans and regional programs section does not provide a logical statement on this issue; rather, it rambles and mentions, more than convinces, the reader that the authors understand the issue. Clarification is needed.

Relationships to other projects are well described, particularly so for other projects within the Hood River system.

The project history is a loose narrative, rather than a synthesis of progress. There are some generalized statements that seem to be a bit hard to buy, for example, "The genetics work that has focused on winter and summer steelhead has shown that hatchery programs are not likely compromising the genetic fitness of first generation wild steelhead populations in the Hood River. Recent genetics findings from Blouin and Hitoshi (2004) determined absolute fitness between wild and Hood River hatchery winter steelhead not to be statistically different for run years 1995, 1996, and 1997. In addition, HRPP hatchery steelhead and Chinook have made contributions to both in river and mainstem fisheries." Results (and conclusions) like these need to be vetted through peer-reviewed publications, rather than only presented in progress reports. There is a disappointing lack of journal publication given the duration and data-rich nature of the program.

In sum, despite persistent ISRP recommendations about the need to provide a brief summary of results (in the form of synthesized data) within proposal, it is still not done. This is unacceptable for an ongoing project, particularly for the M&E project component of a larger suite of inter-related projects.

Objectives are often simply superficial escapement goals set by the program, not objectives on how to accomplish them. Objectives fail to lay out how the Hood River Production Program will evaluate supplementation, which is one of the major reasons the program was funded. Methodology is primarily a listing of field techniques and little has to do with experimental design.

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