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Proposal 199202604: Investigate Life History Of Spring Chinook Salmon and Summer Steelhead in the Grande Ronde River Subbasin

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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 Brian Jonasson

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199202604
Proposal Name: Investigate Life History Of Spring Chinook Salmon and Summer Steelhead in the Grande Ronde River Subbasin
BPA Project Manager: Gregory Baesler
Agency, Institution or Organization: Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW)
Short Description: Investigate the abundance, migration patterns, survival, and life history characteristics of spring Chinook salmon and summer steelhead from supplemented and natural populations in the Grande Ronde River Subbasin.
Information Transfer: Information summaries have been provided to the Interior Columbia River Basin Technical Recovery Team. Information is also transferred through annual project reports, oral presentations at professional symposia, and to comanagers at regional, state, and local meetings and workshops as requested and at subbasin coordination meetings. PIT tag data generated by this project is available through the regional PITAGIS database. Information is used by comanagers to develop or modify hatchery production strategies, to respond to in-water work requests, and to prioritize habitat projects.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Brian Jonasson Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife 203 Badgley Hall, One University Blvd.
La Grande OR 97850
Ph: 541.962.3763
Fax: 541.962.3067
Email: bjonasso@eou.edu
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Richard Carmichael Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife 203 Badgley Hall, One University Blvd.
LaGrande OR 97850
Ph: 541.962.3754
Fax: 541.962.3067
Email: rcarmich@eou.edu
Contract Manager
Brian Jonasson Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife 203 Badgley Hall, One University Blvd.
La Grande OR 97850
Ph: 541.962.3763
Fax: 541.962.3067
Email: bjonasso@eou.edu
Form Submitter
Project Lead

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Blue Mountain ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Grande Ronde ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
45 32 2 117 55 8 Grande Ronde River Rotary screw trap site - Grande Ronde River near Elgin, OR at river mile 102 Union, Oregon Grande Ronde No
45 11 34 118 23 35 Grande Ronde River Rotary screw trap site - Grande Ronde River near Starkey, OR at river mile 186 Union, Oregon Grande Ronde No
45 32 9 117 28 27 Lostine River Rotary screw trap site - Lostine River near Lostine, OR at river mile 2 Wallowa, Oregon Grande Ronde No
45 37 11 117 43 37 Minam River Rotary screw trap site - Minam River near Minam, OR at river mile 0 Wallowa, Oregon Grande Ronde No
45 11 31 117 49 56 Catherine Creek Rotary screw trap site - Catherine Creek near Union, OR at river mile 20 Union, Oregon Grande Ronde 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 Operated screw traps in Catherine Creek and the Grande Ronde, Lostine and Minam rivers. Estimated Chinook salmon and steelhead parr abundance, smolt production, and survival and described migration patterns. Surveyed aquatic habitat in Minam River.
2004 Operated screw traps in Catherine Creek and the Grande Ronde, Lostine and Minam rivers. Estimated Chinook salmon and steelhead parr abundance, smolt production, and survival and described migration patterns. Surveyed aquatic habitat in Lostine River.
2003 Operated screw traps in Catherine Creek and the Grande Ronde, Lostine and Minam rivers. Estimated Chinook salmon and steelhead parr abundance, smolt production, and survival and described migration patterns. Surveyed aquatic habitat in Catherine Creek.
2002 Operated screw traps in Catherine Creek and the Grande Ronde, Lostine and Minam rivers. Estimated Chinook salmon and steelhead parr abundance, smolt production, and survival and described migration patterns. Surveyed aquatic habitat in Grande Ronde River
2001 Operated screw traps in Catherine Creek and the Grande Ronde, Lostine and Minam rivers. Estimated Chinook salmon and steelhead parr abundance, smolt production, and survival and described migration patterns.
2000 Operated screw traps in Catherine Creek and the Grande Ronde, Lostine and Minam rivers. Estimated Chinook salmon and steelhead parr abundance, smolt production, and survival and described migration patterns.
1999 Operated screw traps in Catherine Creek and the Grande Ronde, Lostine and Wallowa rivers. Estimated Chinook salmon parr abundance, smolt production, and survival and described migration patterns.
1998 Operated screw traps in Catherine Creek and the Grande Ronde, Lostine and Wallowa rivers. Estimated Chinook salmon parr abundance, smolt production, and survival and described migration patterns.
1997 Operated screw traps in the Grande Ronde River, Catherine Creek, Lostine and Wallowa rivers. Estimated Chinook salmon smolt production and survival and described migration patterns. Determined pool habitat most used by Chinook salmon in summer and winter.
1996 Operated screw traps in the Grande Ronde River and in Catherine Creek. Estimated Chinook salmon smolt production and survival and described migration patterns. Determined pool habitat most used by Chinook salmon in summer and winter.
1995 Operated screw traps in the Grande Ronde River below upper rearing areas and below Grande Ronde valley and in Catherine Creek. Estimated Chinook salmon smolt production and survival and described migration patterns.
1994 Deployed rotary screw traps at sites in the Grande Ronde River below upper rearing areas and below Grande Ronde valley. Estimated Chinook salmon smolt production and survival and described migration patterns.

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: USFWS [no entry] Lower Snake River Compensation Plan - Oregon Evaluation Studies Proposed project provides information that is used to compare the success of smolt migration of hatchery produced steelhead and spring Chinook salmon to their naturally produced counterparts.
BPA 198402500 NE Oregon Habitat Projects - ODFW Proposed project provides information on habitat utilization and juvenile salmonid production that is used to identify and prioritize habitat improvement projects.
BPA 198909600 Genetic M&E Prog For Sal/Steel Proposed project provides samples of smolts for pedigree analysis to determine relative contribution of hatchery and wild spawners.
BPA 199202601 Grande Ronde Model Watershed Proposed project provides information on habitat utilization and juvenile salmonid production that is used to identify and prioritize habitat improvement projects.
BPA 199602000 Pit Tagging Spring/Summer Chin Proposed project provides estimates of survival of naturally produced spring Chinook smolts to Lower Granite Dam for comparison to hatchery produced spring Chinook salmon tagged under this project for the Comparative Survival Study. Some of the naturally produced Chinook salmon tagged for the proposed project are included in the analysis for the CSS.
BPA 199800702 Grande Ronde Supplementation Lostine O&M/M&E - Lostine River - Nez Perce Tribe Proposed project provides information on local populations of spring Chinook salmon that is crucial for planning and implementation of supplementation in the Grande Ronde Subbasin. Provide monitoring for evaluating success and impacts of this supplementation project on naturally reproducing populations.
BPA 199800703 Grande Ronde Supplementation O&M/M&E - Grande Ronde and Catherine Creek - CTUIR Proposed project provides information on local populations of spring Chinook salmon that is crucial for planning and implementation of supplementation in the Grande Ronde Subbasin. Provide monitoring for evaluating success and impacts of this supplementation project on naturally reproducing populations.
BPA 199801001 Grande Ronde Captive Brood O&M - Grande Ronde and Catherine Creek - ODFW Proposed project provides estimate of abundance of spring Chinook salmon to monitor the success of the captive broodstock program. Life history information is used to guide and evaluate the captive broodstock program.
BPA 199801006 Captive Broodstock Artificial - Lostine River - Nez Perce Tribe Proposed project provides estimate of abundance of spring Chinook salmon to monitor the success of the captive broodstock program. Life history information is used to guide and evaluate the captive broodstock program.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Determine smolt migration characteristics Monitor age and size at emigration and emigration timing. Grande Ronde Monitoring and Evaluation Objective 3c. Determine and compare smolt migration characteristics between natural and hatchery smolts in the Grande Ronde. 284
Determine life-stage specific survival rates Estimate survival of spring Chinook salmon and steelhead parr and smolts to Lower Granite Dam. Grande Ronde Monitoring and Evaluation Objective 2c. Determine and compare life-stage specific survival rates for hatchery and natural fish in the Grande Ronde 279
Determine salmonid smolt abundance Monitoring abundance of spring Chinook salmon and steelhead migrants from key production streams. Grande Ronde Monitoring and Evaluation Objective 1a. Describe status and trends in juvenile abundance at the population and subbasin scales in the Grande Ronde Subbasin. 276

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
01: Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation Scientific Research Compliance Documentation NEPA/ESA clearance is required to perform this investigation. Regular coordination and involvement with BPA personnel will be conducted to ensure NEPA clearance. 2/1/2007 9/30/2010 $13,513
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

02: Manage and Administer Projects Project Management Manage and administer project to fulfill BPA requirements of accrual reporting. Prepare statement of work and budget for work to be accomplished in the following fiscal year. Attend BPA training to be able to manage and administer the project as required by BPA. 2/1/2007 9/30/2010 $94,589
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

03: Coordination Lostine Landowner Access Agreement ODFW negotiated a 10-year access agreement with two landowners on the Lostine River to allow ODFW to operate and maintain a rotary screw trap on the Lostine River. The agreement was signed in March 2004 and an annual payment is due to the landowners in September of each year, unless the agreement is terminated by the landowner or ODFW. 2/1/2007 9/30/2010 $13,513
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

04: Produce Pisces Status Report Quarterly Milestone Status Report Quarterly milestone status reports will be completed to fulfill BPA reporting requirements of the contract. 2/1/2007 9/30/2010 $13,513
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

05: Install Fish Monitoring Equipment Screw Trap Installation and Maintenance This work element is a necessary activity for continued monitoring of the spring Chinook salmon and steelhead populations under this investigation. Removal and installation of rotary screw traps occur occasionally and are generally associated with periods of extreme environmental conditions or periods of unsafe conditions for the species being collected. Rotary screw traps will be operated whenever conditions are favorable, and maintenance of sites and equipment will be performed as needed. 2/1/2007 9/30/2010 $135,128
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine smolt migration characteristics
Determine life-stage specific survival rates
Determine salmonid smolt abundance
No Metrics for this Work Element

06: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Sampling and Data Collection Activities Activities in this work element provide the data needed tounderstand the life history of spring Chinook salmon and summer steelhead of Grande Ronde Subbasin. In this investigation we operate rotary screw traps to quantify and characterize migratory patterns and survival of migrants of both species. Collection and tagging of spring Chinook salmon and steelhead will be used to describe and monitor abundance, survival, and life history characteristics. 2/1/2007 9/30/2010 $675,639
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine smolt migration characteristics
Determine life-stage specific survival rates
Determine salmonid smolt abundance
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring

07: Mark/Tag Animals PIT Tagging and Marking Juvenile Spring Chinook Salmon and Summer Steelhead PIT tagging and marking are integral parts of this investigation, and are required to fulfill work elements: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data, Submit/Acquire Data, Analyze/interpret Data, and Produce Annual Report. PIT tags are used to monitor abundance, survival and relative success of both spring Chinook salmon and summer steelhead. In addition to our investigation, tagging and marking of these fish provides valuable information for research and management through all life stages. 2/1/2007 9/30/2010 $540,511
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine smolt migration characteristics
Determine life-stage specific survival rates
Determine salmonid smolt abundance
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and trend

08: Submit/Acquire Data Submittal of Project Data Data generated by this investigation has been utilized by many different management agencies and interest groups, and is an integral part of fisheries management in the subbasin. All data associated with spring Chinook salmon and summer steelhead PIT tagged during project activities have been uploaded to the Columbia River Basin PIT Tag Information System (PTAGIS) database. In addition, data generated during this investigation have been combined with other programs to identify, evaluate and monitor recovery efforts, and effectively manage fish in the Grande Ronde River Subbasin. 2/1/2007 9/30/2010 $135,128
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine smolt migration characteristics
Determine life-stage specific survival rates
Determine salmonid smolt abundance
No Metrics for this Work Element

09: Analyze/Interpret Data Abundance and Migration of Juvenile Salmonids in Study Streams Data collected during project activities will be used to estimate abundance and in-subbasin migration patterns for juvenile spring Chinook salmon and summer steelhead in the four study streams of Catherine Creek, upper Grande Ronde River, Lostine River, and Minam River. Migration timing to Lower Granite Dam of fish tagged in summer, fall, winter and spring, under Work Element Mark/Tag Fish, will be analyzed and compared by time of tagging, species and migratory year. 2/1/2007 9/30/2010 $405,383
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine smolt migration characteristics
Determine life-stage specific survival rates
Determine salmonid smolt abundance
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring

10: Analyze/Interpret Data Survival and Relative Success of Juvenile Salmonids of the Grande Ronde and Imnaha Estimates of survival will be generated using PIT tag detection information for both spring Chinook salmon and summer steelhead, and will cover four important periods as well as relative success of fish that emigrate early (fall) and late (spring) from study streams of the Grande Ronde Subbasin. Estimates of survival to Lower Granite Dam will be used for estimating smolt production from the study streams. 2/1/2007 9/30/2010 $405,383
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine smolt migration characteristics
Determine life-stage specific survival rates
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring

11: Produce Annual Report Write Annual Progress Report Annual progress report will be completed to fulfill reporting requirements of the contract and will serve as the document that contains the summaries and analyses of information collected and management recommendations. 2/1/2007 9/30/2010 $270,255
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 10.4 FTE $336,122 $352,928 $370,575
Fringe Benefits 50% permanents, 58% seasonals $190,786 $200,325 $210,342
Supplies field and office supplies $38,214 $39,360 $40,542
Travel vehicles, per diem $40,890 $42,117 $43,380
Overhead 35.87% $217,377 $227,678 $238,477
Other 16,900 PIT tags @ $2.06/tag purchased by BPA $34,814 $34,814 $34,814
Other Annual access fee for trap site $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
Totals $861,203 $900,222 $941,130

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$2,702,555
Total Work Element budget$2,702,555

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
$984,014 $1,028,975 [Outyear comment field left blank]
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
 
Termination Date Comments
indefinite ongoing monitoring project - will terminate when Snake River spring/summer Chinook salmon and Snake River steelhead stocks are recovered.
 
Final Deliverables
Final Report

Section 10: Narrative
Document Type Size Date

Part 2 of 2. Reviews of Proposal
Administrative Review Group (ARG) Results
Account Type:
Expense
Location:
Province: No Change
Subbasin: No Change
Primary Focal Species
No Change
ARG Comments:


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

FY 2007 Budget
$820,000
FY 2008 Budget
$820,000
FY 2009 Budget
$820,000
Total NPCC Rec
$2,460,000
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
Comments:


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

FY 2007 Budget
$820,000
FY 2008 Budget
$820,000
FY 2009 Budget
$820,000
Total NPCC Rec
$2,460,000
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 reducing the budget slightly below the FY2006 level.


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: This proposal is for ongoing studies focused on the early life stages of naturally and hatchery-produced spring Chinook salmon and summer steelhead in the Grande Ronde River system. The proposal is clearly written and very detailed. The statements of the project relationship to regional management questions are especially helpful in clarifying the project purpose.

The thorough project history indicates that studies of habitat conditions have been done which should meet the ISRP concerns expressed in the previous review cycle. The ISRP expects that the project will be able to examine for possible relation of egg-to-smolt survival to those conditions. Results from this project have been used in recommendations for protection and enhancement of Grande Ronde subbasin spring Chinook salmon populations and their rearing habitats.

The project has a long history of effective population monitoring and habitat analysis. However, it is unclear how the results will be evaluated. For future proposals it would be helpful to state performance measures and indications of how success will be determined. Additionally, it is not clear if or when study effort could be reduced because the needs for additional information decline.

The ISRP encourages the sponsors to share successes and lessons learned to others in and out of the region via professional publications.


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: This proposal is for ongoing studies focused on the early life stages of naturally and hatchery-produced spring Chinook salmon and summer steelhead in the Grande Ronde River system. The proposal is clearly written and very detailed. The statements of the project relationship to regional management questions are especially helpful in clarifying the project purpose.

The thorough project history indicates that studies of habitat conditions have been done which should meet the ISRP concerns expressed in the previous review cycle. The ISRP expects that the project will be able to examine for possible relation of egg-to-smolt survival to those conditions. Results from this project have been used in recommendations for protection and enhancement of Grande Ronde subbasin spring Chinook salmon populations and their rearing habitats.

The project has a long history of effective population monitoring and habitat analysis. However, it is unclear how the results will be evaluated. For future proposals it would be helpful to state performance measures and indications of how success will be determined. Additionally, it is not clear if or when study effort could be reduced because the needs for additional information decline.

The ISRP encourages the sponsors to share successes and lessons learned to others in and out of the region via professional publications.

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