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Proposal 198805301: Grande Ronde/Imnaha Endemic Spring Chinook Supplementation – Northeast Oregon Hatchery

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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 10, 2006 Finalized Becky Johnson

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 198805301
Proposal Name: Grande Ronde/Imnaha Endemic Spring Chinook Supplementation – Northeast Oregon Hatchery
BPA Project Manager: Kenneth Kirkman
Agency, Institution or Organization: Nez Perce Tribe
Short Description: Co-managers are utilizing this project to plan and develop salmon conservation and recovery programs, and the facilities necessary for implementation, in the Imnaha and Grande Ronde River subbasins. These programs are aimed at preventing extinction, rein
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Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Becky Johnson Nez Perce Tribe P.O. Box 365
Lapwai, ID 83540
Ph: 208.843.7320
Fax: ..
Email: beckyj@nezperce.org
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Mickey Carter
Ph:
Fax:
Email: macarter@bpa.gov
BPA Env. Compliance Lead
Greg Haller Nez Perce Tribe PO Box 305
Lapwai ID 83540
Ph: 208.843.7368
Fax: 208.843.7371
Email: gregh@nezperce.org
Project Lead
James Harbeck Nez Perce Tribe 612 SW 2nd St.
Enterprise OR 97828
Ph: 541.426.3198
Fax: 541.426.2096
Email: jimh@nezperce.org
Project Lead
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
Form Submitter
Dave B. Johnson Nez Perce Tribe P.O. Box 365
Lapwai ID 83540
Ph: 208.843.7320
Fax: 208.843.7322
Email: davej@nezperce.org
Supervisor
NPT Fisheries Program Manager
Kenneth Kirkman
Ph:
Fax:
Email: kckirkman@bpa.gov
BPA COTR
BPA Project Manager
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
Rick Zollman Nez Perce Tribe 612 S.W. 2cd ST
Enterprise, OR 97828
Ph: 541.426.2003
Fax: 541.426.2096
Email: rickz@nezperce.org
Technical Contact

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: None Selected ARG Province: Blue Mountain
Sponsor Subbasin: None Selected ARG Subbasin: Grande Ronde
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
45 N 117 Grande Ronde Subbasin Lostine, upper Grande Ronde, Catherine Creek, Minam and Wenaha rivers Wallowa, Oregon Grande Ronde Yes
45.52-45.07N 116.45.00 - 117.00.00 W Imnaha River Subbasin Imnaha and Big Sheep Creek , Oregon Imnaha Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Chinook Snake River Spring/Summer ESU

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 The Record of Decision (ROD) to fund final design and property acquisitions was signed by Steve Wright, BPA Administrator and CEO, on March 11, 2005. Final design activities were initiated.
2004 Favorable Biological Opinions were received from NOAA Fisheries on October 7, 2004 and from the USFWS on November 23, 2004. The FEIS was published in the federal register on July 30, 2004. On October 13, 2004, the NPCC approved step 2 elements.
2003 On May 22, 2003 the Nez Perce Tribe again submitted preliminary design documents and BPA completed DEIS for the “Grande Ronde - Imnaha Hatchery Project” on May 29, 2003. The Draft Biological Assessment (BA) was completed August 25, 2003.
2002 Development of Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Grande Ronde Imnaha Spring Chinook Hatchery Project
2001 Submittal of preliminary design documents on September 4, 2001. NEPA analysis changed from EA to EIS.
2000 Submittal of Spring Chinook Master Plan to NPPC April 14. NPPC approval of Master Plan and authorization to proceed with preliminary design and NEPA activities (Step 2).
1999 Completed engineering review of Lookingglass Hatchery to meet needs of currently permitted and programmed spring chinook production (Montgomery Watson 1999a). Completed well testing at proposed incubation and rearing facility site on the Lostine River.
1998 Developed management plan with ODFW and CTUIR for Imnaha and Lostine River spring chinook programs. Development of the sliding scale tool for broodstock allocation, submittal of ESA Section 10 permit applications to NMFS.
1997 Reintiated project following seven year hiatus. Hired project leader and assistant project leader. Planning, design, development, and NEPA analysis of Lostine River, Upper Grande Ronde River, and Catherine Creek trapping and acclimation 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
Other: LSRCP [no entry] O&M and M&E of LSRCP program at Lookingglass Hatchery The LSRCP program funds operation and maintenance (O&M) of Lookingglass Hatchery and the Imnaha River (Gumboot) satellite facility. The new and modified facilities proposed for construction through this project would alleviate the burden at Lookingglass Hatchery and make full production of the conservation programs possible. Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of the LSRCP for the Imnaha and Grande Ronde is also funded through the LSRCP.
BPA 198402500 Ne Oregon Habitat Projects BPA project 8402500 is funded to improve habitat in the Grande Ronde Subbasin. These efforts are focused in Union County. Improvement in habitat will increase likelihood of program success.
BPA 198805305 Ne Ore Outplntg Facilities Mst BPA project 8805305 funds ODFW participation in the master planning process. Project 8805305 also funds operation of Lookingglass Hatchery for captive and conventional Chinook salmon produced in the Grande Ronde program. The proposed facilities will alleviate the burden at Lookingglass Hatchery and make it possible for production goals to be met.
BPA 198909600 Genetic M&E Prog For Sal/Steel BPA project 8909600 funds the collection, analysis and establishes a database of genetic data from salmon and steelhead stocks in the Snake River. Juvenile hatchery and natural salmon produced as a result of the proposed facilities would provide information for this database.
BPA 199202604 Life Studies of Spring Chinook BPA project 9202604 is funded to establish baseline life history information on Grande Ronde River spring Chinook salmon. Juvenile trapping data from project 9202604 would be used to evaluate the success of the conservation program and production from the proposed facilities
BPA 199402700 Grande Ronde Model Ws Habitat BPA project 9402700 is responsible for coordinating water quality monitoring and habitat enhancement projects in the Grande Ronde and Imnaha subbasins. These efforts are expected to assist recovery actions described in this master plan. In addition, juveniles produced by proposed facilities will provide information on habitat use in treatment areas.
BPA 199403300 Fish Passage Center Juvenile and natural salmon produced at the proposed facilities will provide information on in-river migration timing and survival.
BPA 199606700 Manchester Spring Chinook Capt BPA project 9606700 funds rearing of captive brood adults in saltwater for the Grande Ronde program. The proposed facilities will provide the additional incubation and rearing space (with sufficient segregation capability for monitoring and evaluation and fish health requirements) needed to rear progeny of the captive broodstock.
BPA 199608300 Grand Ronde Watershed Restor BPA project 9608300 is funded to improve habitat in the Grande Ronde Subbasin. These efforts are focused in the upper Grande Ronde watersheds of Union County. Improvement in habitat will increase likelihood of program success.
BPA 199800702 Gd Ronde Supp Lostine O&M/M&E BPA project 9800702 funds operation and maintenance and monitoring and evaluation of satellite facilities on the Lostine River for adult collection and juvenile acclimation and release of captive and conventionally produced spring Chinook salmon. These facilities will act as satellites to the proposed facilities.
BPA 199800702 Gd Ronde Supp Lostine O&M/M&E BPA project 9800702 funds operation and maintenance and monitoring and evaluation of satellite facilities on the Lostine River for adult collection and juvenile acclimation and release of captive and conventionally produced spring Chinook salmon. These facilities will act as satellites to the proposed facilities.
BPA 199800703 Grande Ronde Supp. O&M/M&E BPA project 9800703 funds operation and maintenance and monitoring and evaluation of satellite facilities on the Upper Grande Ronde River and Catherine Creek for adult collection and juvenile acclimation and release of captive and conventionally produced spring Chinook salmon. The proposed facilities will alleviate the burden at Lookingglass Hatchery allowing full production of these stocks
BPA 199801001 Grande Ronde Captive Brood O&M BPA project 9801001 funds rearing of captive brood adults in freshwater for the Grande Ronde program. The proposed facilities would provide the additional incubation and rearing space (with sufficient segregation capability for monitoring and evaluation and fish health requirements) needed to rear progeny of the captive broodstock.
BPA 199801006 Captive Broodstock Artificial BPA project 9801006 funds monitoring and evaluation activities of captive broodstock production at Bonneville Hatchery. The proposed facilities will provide incubation and rearing space needed to rear progeny of the captive broodstock.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Construct NEOH hatchery facilities Achieve Objective 1A: Achieve escapement objectives shown in Table 5 within 24 years. Objective 2B: Increase anadromous fish productivity and production, as well as life-stage specific survival, through artificial production by constructing NEOH hatchery facilities as proposed in final design to fully implement conservation program production Imnaha Strategy 1A4, Strategy 2B1, Strategy 2B2, Strategy 2B3: Implement artificial propagation measures and continue existing natural production strategies via LSRCP/NEOH production programs. 14 and 20
NEOH Monitoring & Evaluation Program Co-managers will prepare to implement a comprehensive NEOH monitoring and evaluation program based on the Monitoring and Evaluation Plan For Northeast Oregon Hatchery Imnaha and Grande Ronde Spring Chinook Salmon Project Grande Ronde Implement the full Monitoring and Evaluation Plan contained in the Grande Ronde and Imnaha Subbasin Management Plans pg. 4 of Suppls
Operate and Maintain NEOH facilities Achieve Objective 1A: Achieve escapement objectives shown in Table 5 within 24 years. Objective 2B: Increase anadromous fish productivity and production, as well as life-stage specific survival, through artificial production by operating and maintaining constructed facilities. Imnaha Strategy 1A4, Strategy 2B1, Strategy 2B2, Strategy 2B3: Implement artificial propagation measures and continue existing natural production strategies via LSRCP/NEOH production programs. 14 and 20

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
01: Build Artificial Production Facility Build Artificial Production Facility - Lostine River Hatchery and Adult trap and Imnaha Satellite Facility/Land acquisition Continue Construction of facilities initiated in 2006. Milestone – Construction of proposed hatchery facility on Lostine River. Based on final design - includes incubation rooms, rearing tanks/ponds, raceways, holding ponds, pumps, wells, surface water intake, hatchery offices and support buildings, staff housing, etc.). Also includes equipment purchase to operate and maintain new facilities. Milestone – Construction modifications of Imnaha satellite facility. Based on final design -includes new adult collection weir, new acclimation pond, upgraded surface water intake system, etc. Milestone – Construction modifications of Lostine Adult Collection facility. Based on final design -includes new trap and weir structure, a storage building for equipment, etc. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $11,697,750
Biological Objectives Metrics
Construct NEOH hatchery facilities
No Metrics for this Work Element

02: Manage and Administer Projects Construction On site Management and Coordination w/ Subconsultants Milestone – Provide on site project management and administer and manage consultant contracts. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $495,412
Biological Objectives Metrics
Construct NEOH hatchery facilities
No Metrics for this Work Element

03: Manage and Administer Projects Manage and Administer Project Milestone – Submit SOW, budget, spending plan and inventory: Develop and submit annual SOW, budget, spending plan and property inventory to BPA. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $123,853
Biological Objectives Metrics
Construct NEOH hatchery facilities
No Metrics for this Work Element

04: Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation Environmental Compliance [Work Element Description Not Entered] 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $123,853
Biological Objectives Metrics
Construct NEOH hatchery facilities
No Metrics for this Work Element

05: Coordination Project Coordination Milestone - Project Planning with Co-managers: Coordinate all aspects of the NEOH project planning regarding construction with BPA, ODFW, NOAA Fisheries, CTUIR and subcontractors. Milestone - Technical Oversight Team Meetings: Attend Annual Operations Plan (AOP) and Technical Oversight Team meetings to represent the interest of and to provide information for the Nez Perce Tribe. Milestone – Develop Annual Operation Plan for new Lostine Hatchery and coordinate with ongoing LSRCP AOP meeting. Milestone - Organize and facilitate public meetings to inform residents of Wallowa County and Northeast Oregon of project progress and status. Milestone - Provide project updates and briefings to NPPC as requested. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $371,559
Biological Objectives Metrics
Construct NEOH hatchery facilities
No Metrics for this Work Element

06: Produce Status Report Reporting Milestone – Complete and distribute monthly reports on project activities to BPA and cooperative State and Federal agencies describing brief results of construction activities. Milestone – Provide quarterly reports to BPA. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $117,661
Biological Objectives Metrics
Construct NEOH hatchery facilities
No Metrics for this Work Element

07: Outreach and Education Conduct outreach and Public Education Efforts Conduct outreach and educational efforts for cooperators, students, teachers and the general public. Provide facility tours and project updates 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $6,193
Biological Objectives Metrics
Construct NEOH hatchery facilities
No Metrics for this Work Element

08: Produce Hatchery Fish Produce Lostine and Imnaha spring Chinook salmon juveniles Milestone – Achieve production targets (adults, eggs, fish) to fulfill program requirements of 250,000 spring Chinook salmon for the Lostine River program. Adults will be collected at the Lostine River adult facility on the lower Lostine River. Milestone – Achieve production targets (adults, eggs, fish) to fulfill program requirements of 490,000 spring Chinook salmon for the Imnaha River program. For the Imnaha River program 100% of adults and eggs will be managed at the Lostine River Hatchery and 50% of the fish -245,000 spring Chinook salmon – will be produced at the Lostine River Hatchery. The remaining 245,000 spring Chinook salmon will be produced at Lookingglass Hatchery starting at eye-up stage for the eggs. Adults will be collected for the Imnaha River program at the Imnaha River satellite facility on the upper Imnaha River. 1/1/2008 12/31/2009 $472,520
Biological Objectives Metrics
Operate and Maintain NEOH facilities
* Production: # smolts released from program: spring Chinook 250,000 Lostine and 245,000 Imnaha

09: Maintain Hatchery Maintain Hatchery Facilities Milestone – Provide maintenance of Lostine River Hatchery and Lostine River adult collection facility required for the Lostine River and Imnaha production programs to insure the efficient operations and maintain safe facilities. 1/1/2008 1/1/2009 $141,756
Biological Objectives Metrics
Operate and Maintain NEOH facilities
No Metrics for this Work Element

10: Manage and Administer Projects Manage and Administer Project Milestone – Submit SOW, budget, spending plan and inventory: Develop and submit annual SOW, budget, spending plan and property inventory to BPA. 1/1/2008 12/31/2009 $75,603
Biological Objectives Metrics
Operate and Maintain NEOH facilities
No Metrics for this Work Element

11: Coordination Project Coordination Milestone - Project Planning with Co-managers: Coordinate all aspects of the NEOH O&M project planning regarding operation and maintenance with BPA, ODFW, NMFS, CTUIR and subcontractors. Milestone – Develop Annual Operation Plan for new Lostine Hatchery and coordinate with ongoing LSRCP AOP meeting. Milestone - Coordinate with tribal, state, and federal management agencies in U.S. v OR Production Advisory Committee process, LSRCP AOP process, Endangered Species Act Section 7 and Section 10 consultations, and other agency regulatory requirements. 1/1/2008 12/31/2009 $141,756
Biological Objectives Metrics
Operate and Maintain NEOH facilities
No Metrics for this Work Element

12: Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation Provide Environmental Compliance Information Milestone – Acquire necessary and required permits and other authorizations to implement project. This includes providing BPA and other regulatory agencies with information as requested. 1/1/2008 1/1/2009 $56,702
Biological Objectives Metrics
Operate and Maintain NEOH facilities
No Metrics for this Work Element

13: Produce/Submit Scientific Findings Report Produce Status Reports (#141) and Annual Reports (#132) Milestone – Complete and distribute monthly reports on project activities to BPA and cooperative State and Federal agencies describing brief results of supplementation activities. Milestone – Provide quarterly reports to BPA. Milestone – Produce Annual Report for Lostine River Hatchery O&M. 1/1/2008 12/31/2009 $56,702
Biological Objectives Metrics
Operate and Maintain NEOH facilities
No Metrics for this Work Element

14: Outreach and Education Public Outreach Conduct outreach and educational efforts for cooperators, students, teachers and the general public. Provide hatchery tours as requested. 1/1/2009 12/31/2009 $9,450
Biological Objectives Metrics
Operate and Maintain NEOH facilities
* # of general public reached: 50-100

15: Manage and Administer Projects Submit SOW, etc. We will develop and submit annual SOW, budget, spending plan and property inventory to BPA each year. 10/1/2007 10/1/2009 $21,653
Biological Objectives Metrics
NEOH Monitoring & Evaluation Program
No Metrics for this Work Element

16: Coordination Project Planning with Co-Managers We will coordinate all aspects of the NEOH M&E project planning regarding monitoring and evaluation with BPA, ODFW, NMFS, CTUIR and subcontractors. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $21,653
Biological Objectives Metrics
NEOH Monitoring & Evaluation Program
No Metrics for this Work Element

17: Coordination Technical Oversight Team Meetings We will attend TOT meetings to represent the interest of and to provide information for the Nez Perce Tribe 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $43,307
Biological Objectives Metrics
NEOH Monitoring & Evaluation Program
No Metrics for this Work Element

18: Coordination Lower Snake River Compensation Plan AOP We will attend the LSRCP Annual Operation Plan meetings on an annual basis. 1/1/2007 1/1/2009 $21,653
Biological Objectives Metrics
NEOH Monitoring & Evaluation Program
No Metrics for this Work Element

19: Coordination In-Hatchery Agreements We will coordinate with ODFW and USFWS regarding in-hatchery monitoring, fish marking and fish pathology responsibilities and their associated timing. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $43,307
Biological Objectives Metrics
NEOH Monitoring & Evaluation Program
No Metrics for this Work Element

20: Develop RM&E Methods and Designs Preparation of Implementation Manuals We will develop implementation protocols and manuals for specific M&E activities detailed in the NEOH M&E Plan, particularly in-hatchery protocols. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $86,614
Biological Objectives Metrics
NEOH Monitoring & Evaluation Program
No Metrics for this Work Element

21: Identify and Select Projects Grant Development We will identify knowledge gaps and produce proposals for obtaining contracts and/or grants for new and ongoing research to supplement BPA funding. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $21,653
Biological Objectives Metrics
NEOH Monitoring & Evaluation Program
No Metrics for this Work Element

22: Create/Manage/Maintain Database Database Development We will locate an appropriated subcontractor and contract for the creation of the NEOH monitoring and evaluation website supported database. 1/1/2007 12/31/2007 $86,614
Biological Objectives Metrics
NEOH Monitoring & Evaluation Program
No Metrics for this Work Element

23: Produce/Submit Scientific Findings Report Present Reports and Findings Provide Construction updates and reports to appropriate forums 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $64,961
Biological Objectives Metrics
Construct NEOH hatchery facilities
No Metrics for this Work Element


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel NPT 3.7 FTE's $228,145 $228,145 $194,991
Fringe Benefits Health care, workers compensation, insurance $73,832 $73,832 $55,877
Supplies Office rent, utilities, 1 GSA vehicle $9,509 $9,509 $9,509
Travel Airfaire and perdiem to PDX, SEA $6,496 $3,248 $3,248
Overhead Indirect rate of 29.64% $94,276 $93,314 $78,165
Other Capital Construction - assumes $5.5M expended in 2006 $9,007,600 $2,340,150 $ 0
Other Land Acquisition $350,000 $ 0 $ 0
Other Startup Equipment Costs $40,000 $457,300 $ 0
Personnel Hatchery O&M $ 0 $86,256 $292,649
Fringe Benefits Hatchery O&M $ 0 $36,928 $158,625
Supplies Hatchery O&M $ 0 $85,436 $59,148
Travel Hatchery O&M $ 0 $627 $2,752
Overhead Hatchery O&M Indirect rate 29.64% $ 0 $63,314 $159,304
Totals $9,809,858 $3,478,059 $1,014,268

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$14,302,185
Total Work Element budget$14,302,185

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
$774,619 $774,619 Hatchery operations and maintenance activities at the Lostine Hatchery
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
This project will have ongoing operation and maintenance costs for the Lostine River Hatchery at approximately $800,000 a year (not accounting for inflation or increases in energy costs) for the foreseeable future. We anticipate operataion and maintenance of this hatchery facility as long as the Snake River dams are in place.
 
Termination Date Comments
Ongoing We anticipate construction of the hatchery to begin in 2006 and be completed by 2009. Operation and maintence costs would begin in 2009. Production occurring at the proposed facilities is authorized under the Lower Snake River Compensation Plan program which is mitigation for the construction and operatio of the four lower Snake River dams. We anticipate operataion and maintenance of these hatchery facilities as long as the Snake River dams are in place.
 
Final Deliverables

Section 10: Narrative
Document Type Size Date

Part 2 of 2. Reviews of Proposal
Administrative Review Group (ARG) Results
Account Type:
Both Capital and Expense
Location:
Province: Blue Mountain
Subbasin: Grande Ronde
Primary Focal Species
No Change
ARG Comments: [none]


BPA Capital/Expense Review Results (March 14, 2006) [Download full document]

Initial BPA Capital/Expense Determination (Subject to final review):
Capitalize land acquisition and construction
Primary Uncertainty for Capitalization: ---


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

FY 2007 Budget
$7,492,439
FY 2008 Budget
$8,804,000
FY 2009 Budget
$147,000
Total NPCC Rec
$16,443,439
Budget Type:Capital
Budget Category:ProvinceCapital
Recommendation:Fund
Comments: See discussion of supplementation m&e in decision memo. On May 9, 2006 the Council approved the final design and construction (Step 3) costs associated with the Northeast Oregon Hatchery (NEOH) currently in discussion between BPA and NOAA Fisheries on crediting . Final recommendation pending additional discussion with Council.


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

FY 2007 Budget
$ 0
FY 2008 Budget
$ 0
FY 2009 Budget
$319,570
Total NPCC Rec
$319,570
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
Comments: See discussion of supplementation m&e in decision memo. On May 9, 2006 the Council approved the final design and construction (Step 3) costs associated with the Northeast Oregon Hatchery (NEOH) currently in discussion between BPA and NOAA Fisheries on crediting.


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

FY 2007 Budget
$ 0
FY 2008 Budget
$ 0
FY 2009 Budget
$319,570
Total NPCC Rec
$319,570
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$ 0
Total MSRT Rec
$ 0
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Comments:
NPCC Staff Comments: See discussion of supplementation m&e in decision memo. On May 9, 2006 the Council approved the final design and construction (Step 3) costs associated with the Northeast Oregon Hatchery (NEOH) currently in discussion between BPA and NOAA Fisheries on crediting . Final recommendation pending additional discussion with Council.

Local or MSRT Comments: Potential to not need the O&M for egg take if the hatchery is not complete until 2008. Remove O&M for 2008 and 2009? O&M and M&E costs are prioritized in the existing budget, but construction is not anticipated to occur prior to 2007. If there are savi


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

FY 2007 Budget
$5,714,000
FY 2008 Budget
$8,804,000
FY 2009 Budget
$147,000
Total NPCC Rec
$14,665,000
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$ 0
Total MSRT Rec
$ 0
Budget Category:ProvinceCapital
Comments: See discussion of supplementation m&e in decision memo. On May 9, 2006 the Council approved the final design and construction (Step 3) costs associated with the Northeast Oregon Hatchery (NEOH) currently in discussion between BPA and NOAA Fisheries on crediting . Final recommendation pending additional discussion with Council.


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

Recommendation: Fundable in part
NPCC Comments: Response for NEOH Project Group including 198805301, 20071320, 199800702, 199800703, and 199800704.

Recommendation:

198805301 – Fundable in part

200713200 – Fundable

199800702 – Fundable (Qualified)

199800703 – Fundable (Qualified)

199800704 – Fundable (Qualified)

The ISRP has reviewed this group of projects (NEOH) within the context of a Three-Step Review as well as within this round of project reviews. The Three-Step Review for the Master Plan behind NEOH has been completed. The ISRP gave a favorable Three-Step Review based on the scientific merit of a robust and rigorous monitoring and evaluation approach to the program while recognizing there remains a basic uncertainty as to whether the supplementation can or will contribute to recovery of naturally sustaining salmon (including spring/summer Chinook in the Grande Ronde).

The partial funding recommendation here for Proposal 198805301 stems from the need to amass vital data and information about supplementation before new construction of production facilities. As such, a key precursor to beginning construction on new facilities is the completion of the supplementation experiment presented in the companion M&E project (200713200 - NEOH Monitoring & Evaluation Implementation), which is supported scientifically and is recommended for funding. This project is the critical M&E component of the NEOH set of projects.

The sponsors of Project 199805301sufficiently addressed issues identified by ISRP during review and provided additional clarity to the need, role, and priorities for monitoring and evaluation for NEOH. In terms of prioritizing activities to meet data needs, the sponsors articulated those that are essential, those that are recommended, and others that are of a lower priority. As an experiment, a robustly monitored supplementation program designed within NEOH should provide data answering lingering uncertainties and controversies surrounding its capacity and role as a potential recovery tool.

Therefore, the fundable part of Project 198805031 is that associated with updating the weirs, which is critical to a robust and rigorous monitoring for the experiment. Construction of the acclimation and production facilities should be limited in scale and scope to that which is necessary to meet the goal(s) for testing the efficacy of supplementation.

Clear and unequivocal demonstration of supplementation as an avenue to recovery of naturally sustained Chinook ought to be a condition before fully proceeding with the expanded program, including construction.

Moreover, the role and goals of supplementation, which will have a specific end-point versus production as an ongoing mitigation activity remain blurred and need to be clearly articulated.

Project 199800702 is Fundable (Qualified):

The ISRP requested a decision tree, which would describe a path of adaptive management. For each of the project's 8 management objectives, the sponsors responded with a list of hypotheses or criteria, which they term "management assumptions." The sponsors seem to regard the resultant outline a "decision framework" for guiding the decision process of NEOH adaptive management. The array is based on the NEOH M&E Conceptual Plan (Hesse and Harbeck 2000). While this approach is reasonable, in addition to this framework of assumptions, a decision tree would require statements of reasonably foreseeable alternative adjustments of management (including project termination) that would depend on whether the assumptions are borne out.

Project 199800703 is Fundable (Qualified):

The ISRP requested a decision tree detailing criteria for expected termination or continuation based on monitoring data - whether positive or negative. The response clarified planned activities if the results are positive, including termination of the captive broodstock program, etc. No information was provided on the criteria for termination if the program fails to show adequate, sustained results. The sponsors indicate that such decision would be made at an administrative level above the project level and do not say how those decisions would be made. This constitutes a lack of transparency in the plan. For reviewers to be able to evaluate the plan, the proposal should contain the criteria and anticipated alternatives that this higher level of decision-making will use.

Ultimately, this sizeable project has continued for several years, but the data presented on returns suggest only modest success to date, especially with regard to natural production. As captive brood fish have returned in higher numbers, natural fish have responded much less dramatically, and dropped in 2005. Even in view of the fact that short-term population fluctuations due to environmental variation may make longer-term observation necessary, the appropriateness of undertaking a decision process at this point should be discussed.

Also, some of the data presented in the response are unclear. For example, some of the abbreviated column headings in Table 3a are not explained, so the material beneath them is difficult to assign meaning or context.

Project 199800704 is Fundable (Qualified):

The ISRP requested a response showing a decision tree detailing criteria for termination based on results, whether positive or negative. The response was through, its content describing a decision-tree process that recognized decision-making at several administrative levels. The sponsors' presentation of the three manager-level criteria was a good effort and very satisfactory.

Presentation of results (original narrative) is adequate. It is too early in the production schedule to get data on returns, although survival rates of earlier life history stages could have been reported. Data from monitoring of fish health in the hatchery are presented. Redd counts for natural spawning are shown.

The ISRP makes the Fundable (Qualified) recommendation because scientific justification for the project depends on the funding of the M&E proposal 200713200.

Finally, the NEOH is presented as critical to recovery of spring/summer Chinook and, therefore, warrants rigorous evaluation of progress and meeting of objectives. The program will benefit from comprehensive programmatic review at key milestones (with site visits, presentation of preliminary data and analysis, lessons learned, etc.).

ISRP comments are also provided for another NEOH proposal for Three-Step Master Planning for an NEOH Walla Walla Hatchery to produce spring Chinook salmon for release in the Walla Walla River Basin, see 200003800.


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

Recommendation: Response requested
NPCC Comments: General Comments on the NEOH Program:

These general comments apply to the suite of NEOH projects (198805301, 200713200, 198805305). The sponsors for these proposals should develop a coordinated response to these general comments and address specific comments on individual proposals.

We direct sponsors to our report on the need and role for supplementation research, monitoring and evaluation (ISRP & ISAB 2005-15; Monitoring and Evaluation of Supplementation Projects), which concludes with the following statements.

“Monitoring and evaluation of supplementation projects is critically important. For the monitoring to be effective, a very rigorous design is needed, and the scale and logistics of implementation will carry costs that are significant. The scientific issues underlying the definitions of performance metrics and the necessary controls in the design are genuinely complicated. Some of the scientific tools for measuring performance are new, and involve a level of knowledge of population and molecular genetics which until recently has not been part of the standard fisheries curriculum.

The consequences of not conducting these studies and continuing to assume no deleterious impacts from supplementation, and being wrong, are much greater than short-term changes in salmon abundance. The natural populations that may be lost if supplementation actually decreases their fitness are irreplaceable. On the other hand, if supplementation proves an aid to natural population during distress, further application may be warranted. Both outcomes remain uncertain without adequate monitoring and evaluation, which will likewise guide best management practice and cost effectiveness.”

We also direct sponsors to the ISAB’s Supplementation Report (ISAB 2003-3) for further presentation on the general absence of supporting data for the approach.

Much of the comment and concern raised in the most recent review of the Master Plan (ISRP 2004-10) remain relevant through this and related proposals (including the specific M&E proposal):

* more thorough prioritization of monitoring and evaluation efforts – what are the key uncertainties requiring monitoring both before and after ramp up of the proposed construction and supplementation program?

* further scoping of the power and resolution that can be expected for the metrics that are to be measured, given constraints of sampling and inherent variance, and use of this information to inform decisions as to sampling intensity and the priority of evaluation metrics. If the population responds, are the measurements sufficiently sensitive to detect this?

* consideration of full use of the suite of descriptors of outcomes (e.g., reports of primary data and thorough statistical description of derived summary metrics), rather than simply hypothesis tests at p = 0.05;

* assurance that sample sizes are adequate for the metrics that comprise the core evaluation of the final Plan;

* development of a clear plan for integrating evaluation metrics into adaptive management of the program, including a decision tree or other representation of clearly stated decision triggers and actions that would result in program modification (or even termination, if warranted);

* development of procedures and protocols for implementing the plan

ISRP also recommends that the broader NEOH program be the subject of an organized two to three day site visit and program review within the next two years. The project describes a five-year horizon before a workshop or symposium on the data would be undertaken; this needs to be sooner.

Comments specific to this proposal:

The sponsors should note the general ISRP comments above on the NEOH projects, as they apply to all NEOH projects. The remaining comments below are specific to this proposal. This proposal deals specifically with the construction of new propagation facilities.

The short description of this proposal indicates that it would focus on the development and planning for the Endemic Spring Chinook Salmon Program for the Grande Ronde and Imnaha associated with the NEOH. As one of several project proposals tiered to the NEOH, much of our detailed comments regarding the science behind the NEOH programs are identified within the associated M&E proposal for the Grande Ronde Endemic Spring Chinook Salmon Program and the NEOH Master Plan Three-step Reviews, especially in regard to supplementation and captive brood approaches. In our judgment the proposal does not provide a compelling logic path or set of evidence that it is justified in terms of benefit to the targeted endemic spring Chinook populations. Ultimately, the ISRP does not judge that construction of yet another facility in the basin is warranted until some of the data and evaluation demonstrate that supplementation can achieve its objectives at rebuilding wild production. The proposal fails to do this.

Technical and scientific background: Grande Ronde/Imnaha Endemic Spring Chinook Supplementation (NEOH) project is proposed to address the decline in and restoration and recovery of spring Chinook salmon endemic (locally native and ESA-listed) to the Grande Ronde and Imnaha subbasins through increased capacity for release of artificially propagated smolts. As this proposal is specifically a capital construction project (then shifting to O&M), it is not really amenable to scientific review, per se. This is probably best suited to continue within the context of the Master Plan 3 Step Review process, where all of the pieces of the program are considered together.

Rationale and significance to subbasin plans and regional programs: The sponsors need to provide considerably more clarity in regard to the rationale for embarking on this program and constructing a facility that will require long-term O&M support. While not unique to this proposal or the NEOH in general, a repeated theme throughout the Columbia Basin is how supplementation could achieve restoration goals without creating other problems and risk. Here specifically, sponsors indicate that declines in the ESU are largely the result of downstream variables and mortality. While we do not quibble with the gravity of the declines or the mitigation requirements for lost populations, it is not transparent as to how supplementation can overcome such downriver effects.

For example, Figure 36 indicates no increases in wild escapement that could be attributed to hatchery releases. Wild and hatchery fish abundances appear to vary according to out-of-basin factors (see Fig. 44). Juvenile densities of wild fish also appear relatively high already, and recruits per spawner are >1. These and other data suggest that while an expanded program might well lead to greater absolute numbers of returning adults (depending on the nuances of downriver and oceanic variables), there is little relationship of returning adults with future natural production.

Relationships to other projects: Grande Ronde/Imnaha Endemic Spring Chinook Supplementation (NEOH) is a large component of the broader NEOH spring Chinook Master Plan along with NEOH Outplanting facilities, operations, and M&E projects. The effort is collaborative among Nez Perce and Umatilla tribal authorities, State of Oregon, and the federal managers. Largely, it is a construction project to build/add breeding, rearing, and releasing facilities.

There are some linkages discussed regarding local efforts to secure and repair important habitats, but much of negative impacts to the salmon comes from downstream sources beyond the scope of the projects.

Project history: The Grande Ronde/Imnaha Endemic Spring Chinook Supplementation (NEOH) history and evolving focus are described. As a construction project, the past actions are not described within the context of the program's goals and objectives. The success or outcome of previous fish releases is not overtly described as to generate a realistic prediction that the broader supplementation program will succeed or fail. While an anticipated and enhanced M&E project will occur hand-in-hand with the project to address these critical uncertainties, there are data available to realistically, robustly, and objectively evaluate program performance. Also, the original justification and need for the project is tied to captive broodstock development, which is in direct conflict with the proposed supplementation goal. Further explanation of broodstock plans is required, surely there are no plans to try and rebuild wild fish abundance and productivity based on a domestic brood stock or a small endemic stock.

Objectives: On a broader scale, the larger Grande Ronde/Imnaha Endemic Spring Chinook Supplementation (and NEOH) program has potentially measurable outcomes; however, because this specific project is a construction and O&M project, biological objectives are not quite possible. Broader project objectives are linked to the Grande Ronde and Imnaha subbasin plans. Objectives of the broader program are to return several hundred spring Chinook to the basin by first increasing hatchery releases and then through natural production. An additional goal is to ultimately provide a sufficient production surplus to provide for harvest.

While much of the goals and predictions (on p 15 of the narrative) regarding abundance and productivity are expressed as point values, in reality, what we see are salmon populations fluctuating markedly. The statements of objectives should be altered to take expected fluctuation into account by presenting ranges of values, rather than point values.

The proposal also does not include an objective regarding terminating the project if and when M&E determines either that it is successful enough that it is no longer needed or that it is not meeting its intended targets.

Tasks (work elements) and methods: Grande Ronde/Imnaha Endemic Spring Chinook Supplementation (NEOH) is a construction project that is not amenable to scientific review. The broader and resulting projects have the capacity to have a scientific basis if implementation integrates a strong M&E basis (as described in the NEOH Supplementation M&E project).

The ISRP compliments the authors for being among the first to bring the modern EMAP probabilistic sampling procedures into the Columbia Basin. For example, in so far as we are aware, this plan is to be the first use in the Columbia Basin of a rotating panel design to balance the needs of status (more random sites) and trend (more repeat sites) monitoring. The ISRP strongly endorses the authors’ development of the EMAP-type probabilistic sampling scheme for redd counts to complement current surveys. The plan appropriately calls for selection of random sites outside the traditional survey areas to be surveyed for redds in each subbasin. In summary, although the ISRP raises several yet-to-be-fully-resolved issues and offers other comments for consideration, this Plan provides a good example of a monitoring program that could be used as a model for program development throughout the basin.

Monitoring and evaluation: The bulk of M&E is integrated and extensive through NEOH Monitoring and Evaluation Implementation project #200713200. The longer term effectiveness of the project will need to be addressed in the future following completion of construction (~5 to 10 years hence). While the description here lists M&E as a component, the entire budget reflects only construction and the O&M costs.

Facilities, equipment, and personnel: Facilities will be modified or constructed to increase production capacities. Staff and equipment are available already or are accessible.

Information transfer: Described in NEOH M&E Implementation

Benefits to focal and non-focal species: Project will focus on spring Chinook salmon as a targeted focal species. There is no real discussion of impacts or benefits to non-focal species either within Subbasin or out.

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