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Proposal 198812025: Ykfp Management, Data, Habitat

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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 Bill Bosch

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 198812025
Proposal Name: Ykfp Management, Data, Habitat
BPA Project Manager: David Byrnes
Agency, Institution or Organization: Yakama Confederated Tribes
Short Description: Proposal provides for all YN management functions associated with the Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project including project planning, O&M, research, data management, and habitat improvement and acquisition actions in the Yakima Subbasin.
Information Transfer: Status, quarterly, and annual reporting will be via the BPA project reporting process. Project information is posted to the ykfp.org, DART, and BPA web sites. The project produces peer-reviewed technical publications.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Bill Bosch Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation 4690 Star Route 22 P.O. Box 151
Toppenish WA 98948-0151
Ph: 509.865.5121
Fax: 509.865.6293
Email: bbosch@yakama.com
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
melvin sampson yakama nation p.o. box 151
toppenish, wa 98948
Ph: 509-865-5121
Fax: 509-865-6293
Email: mel@yakama.com
Project Lead

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Columbia Plateau ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Yakima ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
Yakima subbasin Yakima subbasin from origin to confluence with Columbia multi,, Washington Yakima Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
All Anadromous Salmonids

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Holmes' property acquired for coho production. The Hanson Ponds side channel restoration project was fully implemented, connecting a one-mile side channel to the mainstem Yakima. Over 80 acres of floodplain habitat were reconnected.
2004 Developed and submitted the Yakima Subbasin Plan and Management Plan Supplement.
2003 Protected over 600 acres of prime floodplain or side channel habitat in the Lower Naches and Upper Yakima subbasins.
2002 YKFP Data and Information Center implemented the permanent project web site ykfp.org. Data managers proceeded with development, debugging, and implementation of Project databases.
2001 Yakima subbasin summaries developed
2000 Klickitat subbasin summaries developed; interim project web site implemented; supplemental analysis completed for Prosser Hatchery; steelhead kelt reconditioning planning and implementation.
1999 Data Mgr hired, data management system development initiated; Habitat Coordinator hired; Supplemental Analysis completed for coho and fall chinook programs; Cle Elum Lake research BP-64840-4; Treatment definitions BP-64878-2;coho feasibility BP-12540-1.
1998 Review and revision of the PSRs for fall chinook and coho; Species interactions (BP-64878-4, 64878-5) and bird predation (64878-3) work.
1997 Implemented YKFP operations, managed and directed all YN management, administrative, science and technical personnel, and participated in all activities affecting Project planning, management and administration. Spring chinook M&E plan completed (64878-1)
1996 BPA completed its Environmental Impact Statement for the YKFP in January of 1996. Yakama Nation and WDFW performed necessary analyses for completion of the document.
1995 Development of a Natural Rearing System to Improve Supplemental Fish Quality BP-20651-1; draft EIS documents prepared.
1994 The NPPC recommended that BPA "fund [the] design, construction, operation and maintenance of a hatchery to enhance the fishery for the Yakama Indian Nation as well as other harvesters"; See 1994 Program, Section 7.4K. Interactions studies continue.
1993 Evaluation of Water Quality Conditions Near Proposed Fish Production Sites Associated with the Yakima Fisheries Project BP-00029-1; Yakima River Species Interactions Studies BP-99852-2; Experimental Designs for Testing Differences in Survival BP-00029-3.
1992 Yakima River Species Interactions Studies DOE/BP-01483-3.
1991 Cle Elum Lake Restoration Feasibility Study (DOE/BP-64840-3); Regional Assessment of Supplementation Program (DOE/BP-01830-11); Yakima River Species Interactions Studies DOE/BP-01483-2 and 17758-1.
1990 Preliminary Design Report for the Yakima/Klickitat Production Project (DOE/BP-00245 and supporting appendices 245-1 through 245-5) completed; Yakima Hatchery Experimental Design DOE/BP-00102; Yakima River Species Interactions Studies DOE/BP-01483-1.
1989 Yakima/Klickitat Natural Production and Enhancement Program (DOE/BP-93203-1); Cle Elum Lake Sockeye Salmon Restoration Feasibility Study (DOE/BP-64840-2); Yakima River Spring Chinook Enhancement Study (DOE/BP-39461-7); add'l evaluation of screening.
1988 Cle Elum Lake Sockeye Salmon Restoration Feasibility Study (DOE/BP-64840-1); Velocity Measurements at Six Fish Screening Facilities in the Yakima River Basin (DOE/BP-01830-4); Yakima River Spring Chinook Enhancement Study (DOE/BP-39461-5).
1987 Fisheries Evaluation of the Richland and Wapato Canal Fish Screening Facilities (DOE/BP-01830-3); Yakima River Spring Chinook Enhancement Study (DOE/BP-39461-4).
1986 Yakima River Basin Fish Passage Enhancement Plan (DOE/BP-00643); Yakima River Spring Chinook Enhancement Study (DOE/BP-39461-3); Fisheries Evaluation of the Richland and Toppenish/Satus Canal Fish Screening Facilities (DOE/BP-01830-2).
1985 Yakima River Basin Fish Passage Enhancement (DOE/BP-00242); Fisheries Evaluation of the Sunnyside Canal Fish Screening Facility (DOE/BP-01830-1); Yakima River Spring Chinook Enhancement Study (DOE/BP-39461-2).
1984 Yakima Spring Chinook Enhancement Study continues; see BPA Report DOE/BP-39461-1.
1983 Yakima Spring Chinook Enhancement Study implemented; see BPA Report DOE/BP-00697.
1982 The YKFP was specifically identified in the 1982 Fish and Wildlife Program. See 1982 Program, Measures 704(i)(3) and 904(e)(1).

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 198811525 YKFP - Design & Construction This proposal supports YKFP design and construction projects/activities in the Yakima Subbasin.
BPA 198811535 Klickitat Fishery YKFP Design This proposal supports YKFP design and construction projects/activities in the Klickitat Subbasin.
BPA 198812035 Klickitat Mgmt, Data, Habitat Proposal provides for all YN management functions associated with the Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project including project planning, O&M, research, data management, and habitat improvement and acquisition actions in the Klickitat Subbasin.
BPA 199506325 YKFP - Monitoring And Evaluati Umbrella proposal for monitoring and evaluation of natural production, harvest, ecological and genetic impacts for spring chinook, fall chinook, and coho fisheries enhancement projects in the Yakima Basin. M&E results guide adaptive management decisions.
BPA 199506335 Klickitat Fishery YKFP M & E Umbrella proposal for monitoring and evaluation of natural production, harvest, ecological and genetic impacts for spring chinook, fall chinook, coho, and steelhead fisheries enhancement projects in the Klickitat Basin. M&E results guide adaptive management decisions.
BPA 199506424 WDFW/YKFP Supp Monitor Activit Historical id for M&E of Yakima Basin YKFP genetic and species interactions variables.
BPA 199506425 YKFP Policy/Plan/Technical WDFW policy and technical oversight of the Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project via the project's Policy Group and Scientific and Technical Advisory Group as dilineated in the agreed-upon project management structure.
BPA 199701325 Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Pro This proposal supports O & M of YKFP fish production facilities in the Yakima Subbasin.
BPA 199701335 Klickitat Fishery YKFP O & M This proposal supports O & M of YKFP fish production facilities in the Klickitat Subbasin.
BPA 199705100 Yakima Basin Side Channels This project supports the Yakama Nation's activities related to YKFP habitat improvement and acquisition activities in the Yakima Subbasin. The project goal is to protect and restore off-channel rearing habitats in priority mainstem reaches.
BPA 200001700 Recondition Wild Steelhead Kel Continue to test and evaluate methods to recondition steelhead kelts and/or transport them around hydo system, generate science-based management recommendations, and assist in their implementation to rebuild wild steelhead populations throughout the Columbia Basin. A large part of this work is conducted in the Yakima Subbasin.
BPA 200306200 Eval Repro Success Kelt Steel This evaluation program is designed to investigate the reproductive success of hatchery-reared, natural-origin, and reconditioned kelt steelhead Oncorhynchus mykiss in three different evolutionary significant units (Upper Columbia, Mid Columbia, and Snake River) under natural conditions. The two major goals are 1) directly examine reproductive success in several streams; and, 2) replicate and evaluate kelt reconditioning procedures and protocols at a variety of locations. A large part of this work is conducted in the Yakima Subbasin.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
YKFP Management YKFP management responsibilities generally include: Project planning activities, including those pertaining to facility construction and modifications; Operation and maintenance activities at all YKFP facilities; Project research activities; Maintenance and enhancement of a centralized database for Project use and dissemination to others; Watershed planning and habitat restoration and protection projects within the target ecosystem; and Dissemination of accumulated project information through the Project Annual Review (PAR) conference, the project web site (ykfp.org), numerous technical reports and publications, and other means. Yakima Yakima Subbasin Supplement, Table 7, Institutional efficiency, vision, and values strategies, page 25, also page 39. 25, 39

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 Participate in ESA/NEPA Compliance for Yakima Basin Monitoring, Evaluation and Fisheries Management Prepare documentation in support of ESA/NEPA compliance regarding fisheries monitoring and evaluation activities in consultation and coordination with BPA environmental staff. This work element acknowledges that all activities regarding ESA/NEPA compliance will be coordinated with BPA environmental staff to ensure adequate compliance is in place prior to actions occurring. ESA/NEPA coordination is an on-going activity under this project and this WE documents the contractor's responsibility for supporting BPA's ESA/NEPA compliance for all activities under this contract. (This WE is intended to cover new activities and annual permit reporting requirements - there are a series of existing ESA and NEPA compliance documents in place that cover all current activities under the Yakima Klickitat Fisheries Project, of which this project (and this contract) are a part.) 5/1/2007 4/30/2010 $ 0
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Increase Instream Habitat Complexity Thorp Reach Restoration Conduct Assessments necessary for development of instream, floodplain, sidechannel and riparian restoration 5/1/2007 4/30/2010 $1,050,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Plant Vegetation Riparian Habitat Restoration Riparian restoration, weed control and associated activities at the Fortune, Lanphere, Foster, Harris and Henne Properties 5/1/2007 4/30/2010 $90,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Coordination Yakama Nation YKFP Policy Coordination and Analysis Coordination of YKFP management and policy development with other government agencies and decision-making bodies; including implementation of lead agency responsibilities and cooperative planning and policy development with WDFW, Bonneville, NPCC, NOAA Fisheries, and other federal, state and local government agencies, as well as coordination of lead agency activities with appropriate Tribal officials and personnel when necessary. Yakama Nation YKFP Data Coordination. Yakama Nation YKFP Science Technical Advisory Committee. Yakama Nation YKFP Habitat, Water and Passage Coordination. 5/1/2007 4/30/2010 $143,469
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Identify and Select Projects Identify and seek funding for habitat, passage, and instream flow projects Identify and seek funding for habitat, passage and instream flow restoration and protection projects within the Yakima subbasin. Such projects will be coordinated with other pertinent Yakama Nation programs. Projects will be developed pursuant to the NPCC's ongoing planning effort for the Columbia Plateau Province, and will be consistent with the existing subbasin summary and plan for the Yakima subbasin. 5/1/2007 4/30/2010 $352,028
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Yakama Nation YKFP Project Management and Implementation Coordinate and oversee implementation of all YKFP activities, including development of statements of work, development of YKFP-sponsored project and contract budgets, compliance with all applicable laws and environmental review requirements, subcontractor procurement and management, fiscal management, annual accruals, financial reporting, equipment inventory management, annual operating plan development, performance of YKFP research, monitoring/evaluation and operation/maintenance contracts, master plan development, and attendance at training, conferences and meetings. 5/1/2007 4/30/2010 $1,497,626
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Outreach and Education Yakama Nation YKFP Project Annual Review Presentation The Project Annual Review (PAR) consists of a series of reports documenting the production, monitoring and evaluation objectives and results of the previous years' research projects in the YKFP presented at a conference held annually. PAR records will be made available to regional scientists through the PDM. 5/1/2007 4/30/2010 $49,433
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Plan Maintain Yakama Nation YKFP Information System Management Planning Maintain an up-to-date Information System Management Plan (ISMP) by identifying the YKFP's near and long term data and information management needs, developing methods to standardize, consolidate, centralize all data and information that is generated by the YKFP, designing a data and information management and transmission system capable of handling the YKFP's existing and future generated data and information, providing for ensuring quality control, standardization, and proper storage procedures for all data and information; modify the ISMP by incorporating changes in overall data management design and strategies based on recommendations and feedback received from peer review and hardware and software requirements. 5/1/2007 4/30/2010 $115,743
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Provide Technical Review Yakama Nation YKFP Habitat, Water and Passage Technical Review Activities Provide technical input with respect to anadromous fish, fish screen development, stream flows and related matters for the purpose of coordinating the implementation of Title X1, P.L. 103-434, and the "Yakima Tributary Access and Habitat" project; provide technical reviews of federal, state and local legislation or rules and projects that impact habitat and natural resources in the Yakima subbasin. 5/1/2007 4/30/2010 $335,653
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Annual Report Yakama Nation YKFP Project Annual Report Produce an annual report detailing the accomplishments for each work element of the Management, Data & Habitat Contract 5/1/2007 4/30/2010 $177,630
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Status Report Yakama Nation YKFP Project Status Report Produce a status report detailing the accomplishments for each work element of the Management, Data & Habitat Contract 5/1/2007 4/30/2010 $146,029
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce/Submit Scientific Findings Report Yakama Nation YKFP Produce Scientific Publications The Project Annual Review (PAR) consists of a series of reports documenting the production, monitoring and evaluation objectives and results of the previous years' research projects in the YKFP presented at a conference held annually. Appropriate scientists from outside the Project are selected and/or employed to participate in a peer review of Project activities that are presented at the PAR. Participants will be requested to submit written comments and observations on the presentations to facilitate research planning for upcoming year. Abstracts and presented data are maintained in the YKFP library. 5/1/2007 4/30/2010 $71,762
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce/Submit Scientific Findings Report Yakama Nation YKFP Project Annual Review The YKFP produces an annual report for YKFP M&E (See Project 1995-063-25). In addition, articles for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals will be produced when appropriate. 5/1/2007 4/30/2010 $154,324
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Create/Manage/Maintain Database Yakama Nation YKFP Data and Information Management Implement the ISMP by monitoring the data collection systems of the YKFP, supervising the reformatting and inputting of all data into a standardized system, assuring that appropriate hardware and software are used, and providing data and information accessibility to appropriate researchers. 5/1/2007 4/30/2010 $123,460
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Disseminate Raw/Summary Data and Results Yakama Nation YKFP Data and Information Dissemination Make accessible all data and information that is generated by the YKFP, including web page development and management 5/1/2007 4/30/2010 $231,927
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Submit/Acquire Data Yakama Nation YKFP Data Acquisition Acquire data from YKFP data collection activities while ensuring quality control, standardization, and proper storage procedures for all data and information. 5/1/2007 4/30/2010 $250,778
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 8 FTE positions; 10 positions split with other projects $634,278 $654,346 $671,126
Fringe Benefits Fringe is at an Exempt and Non-exempt status see manager for clarification $125,587 $129,560 $132,883
Supplies Expenses for Operation, Maintenace, Habitat Restoration and other Supplies $123,837 $131,310 $147,161
Travel Conference, Training & Meetings for Personnel $20,208 $21,740 $20,360
Capital Equipment [blank] $ 0 $ 0 $ 0
Overhead Indirect Cost at applicable rate for each fiscal year $168,859 $175,102 $178,697
Other Sub-contractors, including actions necessary for management and restoration activities at habitat parcels, assessments, permitting and implementation of future instream restoration actions. $164,470 $155,983 $1,134,355
Totals $1,237,239 $1,268,041 $2,284,582

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$4,789,862
Total Work Element budget$4,789,862

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
$1,292,219 $1,330,986 Projected budget for future need
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
 
Termination Date Comments
none Continuing project to meet YKFP objectives and/or the Yakima Subbasin Management and Recovery Plans. See YKFP M&E Project narrative 199506325n Section 10.F.
 
Final Deliverables

Section 10: Narrative
Document Type Size Date

Part 2 of 2. Reviews of Proposal
Administrative Review Group (ARG) Results
Account Type:
Expense
No changes were made to this proposal


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

FY 2007 Budget
$266,666
FY 2008 Budget
$266,666
FY 2009 Budget
$266,666
Total NPCC Rec
$799,998
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
Comments: ISRP fundable qualified: ISRP recommends that the broader YKFP program be the subject of an organized program review. Project sponsor should consider focusing the next annual review for this purpose, otherwise review will need to occur as part of the next project review cycle. As Council has asked for in the past, a Master Plan is needed for fall chinook and coho elements of the project. Budget reductions not specific. Project to be implemented with reduced scope.


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

FY 2007 Budget
$266,666
FY 2008 Budget
$266,666
FY 2009 Budget
$266,666
Total NPCC Rec
$799,998
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: ISRP fundable qualified: ISRP recommends that the broader YKFP program be the subject of an organized program review. Project sponsor should consider focusing the next annual review for this purpose, otherwise review will need to occur as part of the next project review cycle. As Council has asked for in the past, a Master Plan is needed for fall chinook and coho elements of the project.


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

Recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)
NPCC Comments: Overall Comments for the five related Yakima/Klickitat Fishery Projects:

199506425 (YKFP Policy/Plan/Technical for ~$724K);

199701325 (YKFP Operations and Maintenance for ~$8,688K);

199506325 (YKFP Monitoring and Evaluation for ~$13,781K);

198812025 (YKFP Management, Data, Habitat for ~$4,790K);

198811525 (YKFP Design and Construction - Nelson Springs replacement facility for ~$629K).

The ISRP rates the set as “Fundable (Qualified)” because we recommend that the broader YKFP program be the subject of an organized 2-3 day site and program review within the next 2 years.

The general YKFP is a broad subbasin-wide supplementation project coupled with habitat improvements. The supplementation program (199506425 -YKFP Policy/Plan/Technical; 199701325 -YKFP O&M; 199506325 -YKFP M&E; 198812025 -YKFP Management, Data, Habitat) will be aimed at a brief list of primary focal species (e.g., spring/summer Chinook, spring steelhead, etc.) and is intended to be temporary while habitats are improved. Benefits to focal species will be answerable only in the context of whether supplementation, habitat, and harvest programs are beneficial to the salmon. Little information (insufficient) is provided as to the impacts or risks to non-target organisms. This will be answerable only in the context of whether supplementation impacts non-focal species.

As largely a supplementation and harvest augmentation project, we urge the various cooperating co-managers to work together to provide a compelling logic path or set of evidence that it is justified in terms of benefit to the targeted populations and subbasins. It would be appropriate in a single place to describe the role(s) and activities of the various participants to provide a universal view of YKFP. The primary benefit of the current M&E program will be the examination of ongoing projects. A single robust stock assessment (with trend) would seem a critical element that is missing (or at least not obvious).

We direct sponsors to the ISRP and ISAB report on the need and role for supplementation research, monitoring and evaluation, 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.” (ISRP & ISAB 2005-15, Monitoring and Evaluation of Supplementation Projects)

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.

Comments specific to this proposal:

This ongoing project provides primary funds for fishery management of the YKFP including management oversight, policy development, coordination and planning, administration and support, data management, review, and reporting of all aspects of the broader YKFP, especially the habitat improvement or restoration.

While larger than the YKFP Policy/Plan/Technical proposal, many of the work elements are identical or similar. Sponsors need to provide further explanation as to how these proposals and work elements differ or plug in together. The short description of this proposal indicates that it would focus on elements for the YKFP programs and projects.

Rationale and significance to subbasin plans and regional programs: As part of the broader YKFP the Management, Data, Habitat project (MDH), provides for major project management of the other project elements with other activities of the Yakima Nation and external parties. This project also provides primary funding for 8 full time and 10 part time professionals to execute the YKFP.

A key objective of the YKFP is to examine the efficacy of supplementation as an effective management tool in the subbasin (and basin-wide) while habitats are repaired or improved to provide for adequate natural production. This project more specifically focuses on habitat restoration and projects associated with the YKFP. See above general comments.

Relationships to other projects: The project is the MDH component of the broader YKFP. As such YKFP is a large agency size program. Linkages to other YKFP related projects was demonstrated, but there needs to be universal document that ties in all of the current and proposed contracts among the co-managers. There appears on the surface duplication of effort; this could be addressed by such a document and through site and program review.

Project history: The project's history was adequately described. As the specific project's objectives are not directly biological, much of the results or performance metrics are whether or not the YKFP is managed, coordinated, and administered. Biological objectives of the YKFP are more closely examined in context of the M&E project.

Objectives: A series of ten management, coordination, and administration related primary objectives are presented. These objectives are non-biological and aimed at broader program execution. The expected outcomes are clear.

Tasks (work elements) and methods: Methods are more related to business and program management as opposed to biological. As such there is no real science to review here, although review is possible for the broader program. There is opportunity to explicitly set up hypotheses regarding habitat improvement. Some additional focus on how much actual on the ground habitat work will be completed would be welcomed.

Monitoring and evaluation: As the stated objectives are non-biological for this specific project, M&E are not amenable unless there is some actual habitat work being conducted (which is not obvious). As such, there is no real science to review here, although review is possible for the broader program.

Facilities, equipment, and personnel: This is an ongoing project (with indefinite anticipated time horizon). There are numerous production, rearing, and monitoring facilities associated with the broader YKFP. There are also a goodly number of staff (full-time = 8 or partial time = 10) to be dedicated to the project management including business and administrative staff. It is a little unclear as to who will be doing data work and habitat work. Also, no specific habitat projects are actually described. Again here, a document describing the whole YKFP and a program review would be of great help in determining the appropriateness.

Information transfer: Information transfer needs to occur for biological data (as well as coordination and planning) within the broader YKFP context.


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

Recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)
NPCC Comments: Overall Comments for the five related Yakima/Klickitat Fishery Projects:

199506425 (YKFP Policy/Plan/Technical for ~$724K);

199701325 (YKFP Operations and Maintenance for ~$8,688K);

199506325 (YKFP Monitoring and Evaluation for ~$13,781K);

198812025 (YKFP Management, Data, Habitat for ~$4,790K);

198811525 (YKFP Design and Construction - Nelson Springs replacement facility for ~$629K).

The ISRP rates the set as “Fundable (Qualified)” because we recommend that the broader YKFP program be the subject of an organized 2-3 day site and program review within the next 2 years.

The general YKFP is a broad subbasin-wide supplementation project coupled with habitat improvements. The supplementation program (199506425 -YKFP Policy/Plan/Technical; 199701325 -YKFP O&M; 199506325 -YKFP M&E; 198812025 -YKFP Management, Data, Habitat) will be aimed at a brief list of primary focal species (e.g., spring/summer Chinook, spring steelhead, etc.) and is intended to be temporary while habitats are improved. Benefits to focal species will be answerable only in the context of whether supplementation, habitat, and harvest programs are beneficial to the salmon. Little information (insufficient) is provided as to the impacts or risks to non-target organisms. This will be answerable only in the context of whether supplementation impacts non-focal species.

As largely a supplementation and harvest augmentation project, we urge the various cooperating co-managers to work together to provide a compelling logic path or set of evidence that it is justified in terms of benefit to the targeted populations and subbasins. It would be appropriate in a single place to describe the role(s) and activities of the various participants to provide a universal view of YKFP. The primary benefit of the current M&E program will be the examination of ongoing projects. A single robust stock assessment (with trend) would seem a critical element that is missing (or at least not obvious).

We direct sponsors to the ISRP and ISAB report on the need and role for supplementation research, monitoring and evaluation, 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.” (ISRP & ISAB 2005-15, Monitoring and Evaluation of Supplementation Projects)

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.

Comments specific to this proposal:

This ongoing project provides primary funds for fishery management of the YKFP including management oversight, policy development, coordination and planning, administration and support, data management, review, and reporting of all aspects of the broader YKFP, especially the habitat improvement or restoration.

While larger than the YKFP Policy/Plan/Technical proposal, many of the work elements are identical or similar. Sponsors need to provide further explanation as to how these proposals and work elements differ or plug in together. The short description of this proposal indicates that it would focus on elements for the YKFP programs and projects.

Rationale and significance to subbasin plans and regional programs: As part of the broader YKFP the Management, Data, Habitat project (MDH), provides for major project management of the other project elements with other activities of the Yakima Nation and external parties. This project also provides primary funding for 8 full time and 10 part time professionals to execute the YKFP.

A key objective of the YKFP is to examine the efficacy of supplementation as an effective management tool in the subbasin (and basin-wide) while habitats are repaired or improved to provide for adequate natural production. This project more specifically focuses on habitat restoration and projects associated with the YKFP. See above general comments.

Relationships to other projects: The project is the MDH component of the broader YKFP. As such YKFP is a large agency size program. Linkages to other YKFP related projects was demonstrated, but there needs to be universal document that ties in all of the current and proposed contracts among the co-managers. There appears on the surface duplication of effort; this could be addressed by such a document and through site and program review.

Project history: The project's history was adequately described. As the specific project's objectives are not directly biological, much of the results or performance metrics are whether or not the YKFP is managed, coordinated, and administered. Biological objectives of the YKFP are more closely examined in context of the M&E project.

Objectives: A series of ten management, coordination, and administration related primary objectives are presented. These objectives are non-biological and aimed at broader program execution. The expected outcomes are clear.

Tasks (work elements) and methods: Methods are more related to business and program management as opposed to biological. As such there is no real science to review here, although review is possible for the broader program. There is opportunity to explicitly set up hypotheses regarding habitat improvement. Some additional focus on how much actual on the ground habitat work will be completed would be welcomed.

Monitoring and evaluation: As the stated objectives are non-biological for this specific project, M&E are not amenable unless there is some actual habitat work being conducted (which is not obvious). As such, there is no real science to review here, although review is possible for the broader program.

Facilities, equipment, and personnel: This is an ongoing project (with indefinite anticipated time horizon). There are numerous production, rearing, and monitoring facilities associated with the broader YKFP. There are also a goodly number of staff (full-time = 8 or partial time = 10) to be dedicated to the project management including business and administrative staff. It is a little unclear as to who will be doing data work and habitat work. Also, no specific habitat projects are actually described. Again here, a document describing the whole YKFP and a program review would be of great help in determining the appropriateness.

Information transfer: Information transfer needs to occur for biological data (as well as coordination and planning) within the broader YKFP context.

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