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Proposal 199801600: Salmonid Productivity, Escapement, Trend, and Habitat Monitoring in the John Day 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 James Ruzycki

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199801600
Proposal Name: Salmonid Productivity, Escapement, Trend, and Habitat Monitoring in the John Day River Subbasin
BPA Project Manager: John Baugher
Agency, Institution or Organization: Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW)
Short Description: Research monitoring and evaluation project that monitors anadromous salmonid status and trends in life-stage abundance, survival, and distribution and status and trend in their habitats.
Information Transfer: Information is transferred to local and regional managers via annual technical reports and regional databases.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
James Ruzycki Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife 203 Badgley Hall, EOU, One University Blvd.
La Grande OR 97850
Ph: 541.962.3731
Fax: 541.962.3067
Email: jruzycki@eou.edu
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
James Ruzycki Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife 203 Badgley Hall, EOU, One University Blvd.
La Grande OR 97850
Ph: 541.962.3731
Fax: 541.962.3067
Email: jruzycki@eou.edu
Form Submitter

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Columbia Plateau ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: John Day ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
44.5520 -119.6429 John Day River Rotary Screw Trap Grant, Oregon John Day No
44.8907 -119.1468 Middle Fork John Day River Rotary Screw Trap Grant, Oregon John Day No
44.8151 -119.4244 North Fork John Day River Rotary Screw Trap Grant, Oregon John Day No
44.4215 -119.5402 South Fork John Day River Rotary Screw Trap Grant, Oregon John Day No
44.7601 -119.6487 John Day River Entire John Day subbasin Grant, Oregon John Day Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
All Anadromous Fish
Brook Trout
Bull Trout
Interior Redband Trout
Pacific Lamprey
Westslope Cutthroat

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Estimated entire John Day basin spawner escapement for steelhead and Chinook salmon. Conducted status & trend EMAP monitoring for juvenile salmon & habitat on 50 sites in basin. Estimated Chinook & steelhead SAR and smolt abundance for entire basin.
2004 Estimated entire John Day basin spawner escapement for steelhead and Chinook salmon. Initiated status & trend EMAP monitoring for juvenile salmon & habitat on 48 sites in basin. Estimated Chinook SAR and smolt abundance for entire basin.
2003 Spawning ground surveys for spring Chinook were conducted with including a spawner escapement estimate. Age composition was determined. Chinook and steelhead smolts were PIT tagged for future SAR estimates. Annual technical report submitted.
2002 Spawning ground surveys for spring Chinook were conducted with 1863 redds observed and a spawner escapement estimate of 5589. Age composition was determined. 4,000 Chinook smolts were PIT tagged for future SAR estimate. Annual technical report submitted.
2001 Spawning ground surveys for spring Chinook were conducted with 1869 redds observed and a spawner escapement estimate of 5607. Age composition was determined. Chinook and steelhead smolts were PIT tagged for future SAR. Annual technical report submitted
2000 Spawning ground surveys for spring Chinook were conducted with 478 redds observed and a spawner escapement estimate of 1434. Age composition was determined. 1,852 Chinook smolts were PIT tagged for future SAR estimate. Annual technical report submitted.
1999 Spawning ground surveys for spring Chinook were conducted in major spawning areas. We observed 430 redds and 311 carcasses with an escapement estimate of 1290 spawners. Age composition was determined. Annual technical report was submitted.

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: Federal [no entry] Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Partnership (PNAMP) Participated in protocol comparison study through cooperation in conducting habitat studies in John Day River basin. Project leader provides input and review of protocol documents.
Other: USBOR [no entry] Effect of Push-up Dams on Survival and Production of Redband Trout, S. Fork of the John Day River We provide abundance estimates and detection of PIT tagged fish with our trap located in the South Fork and Mainstem John Day Rivers.
Other: USBOR [no entry] Data dictionary and protocol manager development Project data is provided and entered in data dictionary.
BPA 198402100 John Day Habitat Enhancement Cooperation is proposed for compliance monitoring of habitat restoration projects using fish as response variables.
BPA 199303800 N Fork John Day R Enhancement Cooperation is proposed for compliance monitoring of habitat restoration projects using fish as response variables.
BPA 199403300 Fish Passage Center We provide PIT-tagged Chinook and steelhead smolts for this data analysis and estimate of SAR. The John Day populations are an important downriver stock for comparisons.
BPA 199405400 Bull Trout Life History Projec Provide presence/absence and distribution data for John Day bull trout populations. Collect fluvial bull trout in traps and seines for telemetry study.
BPA 200301700 Integrated Status/Effect Progr Project leader serves on John Day technical committee. Project provides basin-wide status and trend monitoring for anadromous salmonid distribution, survival, and abundance.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Habitat Status and Trend Basin-wide status and trend monitoring of anadromous salmonid habitat. Aquatic inventories sampling using EMAP framework. John Day Incorporate GRTS/EMAP sampling framework. 320,321
Juvenile salmonid monitoring Basin-wide status, trend, and distribution monitoring of juvenile steelhead and Chinook using EMAP framework. John Day Incorporate GRTS/EMAP sampling framework. 321,220
Life Cycle metrics Population-level freshwater productivity (abundance & smolts/redd) and marine survival (SAR) for Chinook and steelhead John Day Population status and productivity monitoring 319,220,96,100
Project Compliance BACI monitoring of specific habitat rehabilitation projects within subbasin for compliance with target objectives. John Day [Strategy left blank] [Pg no blank]
Spawner Escapement Basin-wide spawner escapement estimates for Chinook and steelhead. John Day Population status monitoring & viability analysis. Incorporate GRTS/EMAP sampling framework. 319,76,95

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 Produce NEPA Checklist and Regulatory clearances to BPA Annual ESA permitting and reporting to NOAA Fisheries. 10/15/2007 10/30/2009 $54,250
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Provide June and September accrual information Contract accrual estimates submitted as required by BPA. Occurs annually. 5/1/2007 8/31/2009 $27,900
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Scope of Work and Budget for FY08 Provide annual SOW and contract budgets to BPA. Occurs annually. 6/1/2007 11/30/2009 $6,200
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Annual Report Annual technical report Reports submitted annually. 10/1/2007 10/31/2009 $252,650
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Status Report Produce Progress/Milestone Report Submit quarterly and final progress/milestone reports using Pisces. Occurs each year. 12/1/2006 11/30/2009 $82,150
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Analyze/Interpret Data Estimate fish metrics Annual calculations of abundance and survival estimates for Chinook and steelhead populations. 9/1/2007 12/31/2009 $395,963
Biological Objectives Metrics
Life Cycle metrics
Spawner Escapement
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Chinook Spawner Surveys Visual surveys to census Chinook spawners and redds. Occurs annually. 8/1/2007 11/15/2009 $483,445
Biological Objectives Metrics
Spawner Escapement
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Compliance Monitoring of Habitat Restoration Projects Compliance monitoring of habitat restoration projects w/in John Day River Basin. Coordinated with restoration project personnel. 1/7/2007 8/15/2009 $4,650
Biological Objectives Metrics
Project Compliance
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data SAR and Out-Migrant Abundance Trapping and PIT tagging of steelhead and Chinook smolts at four trap sites and one seine site. Occurs each year. 2/1/2007 12/23/2009 $503,130
Biological Objectives Metrics
Life Cycle metrics
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Steelhead habitat surveys juvenile distribution surveys Annual, basin-wide EMAP surveys for status and trend monitoring. 6/15/2007 10/31/2009 $555,737
Biological Objectives Metrics
Habitat Status and Trend
Juvenile salmonid monitoring
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Steelhead spawner surveys Annual EMAP surveys to estimate basin-wide, steelhead redd and spawner abundance. 3/1/2007 6/30/2009 $542,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
Spawner Escapement
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring

Mark/Tag Animals PIT tag smolts for SAR PIT tagging steelhead and Chinook smolts for calculation of SAR 9/30/2007 12/30/2009 $206,150
Biological Objectives Metrics
Life Cycle metrics
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Capital Equipment Rotary Screw Trap cone $8,500 $ 0 $ 0
Personnel [blank] $369,000 $387,450 $406,825
Fringe Benefits [blank] $227,000 $238,350 $250,265
Travel [blank] $73,500 $75,705 $77,975
Supplies [blank] $40,500 $41,715 $42,965
Other Facilities Rent/Utilities $22,800 $23,485 $24,190
Overhead [blank] $256,500 $268,000 $280,000
Totals $997,800 $1,034,705 $1,082,220

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$3,114,725
Total Work Element budget$3,114,725

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
BLM Personnel FTEs $250 $275 $300 In-Kind Confirmed
CTUIR Personnel FTEs $720 $730 $740 In-Kind Confirmed
CTWSR Personnel FTEs $750 $755 $800 In-Kind Confirmed
NOAA PIT tag Antennas $20,000 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Confirmed
NRCS Personnel FTEs $600 $620 $640 In-Kind Confirmed
ODFW Travel $395 $405 $425 In-Kind Confirmed
ODFW Personnel FTEs $10,520 $10,550 $10,570 In-Kind Confirmed
USBOR rotary screw traps $32,000 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Confirmed
USFS Personnel FTEs $2,640 $2,690 $2,730 In-Kind Confirmed
Totals $67,875 $16,025 $16,205

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$112,000 $117,000 [Outyear comment field left blank]
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
 
Termination Date Comments
 
Final Deliverables

Section 10: Narrative
Document Type Size Date

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


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

FY 2007 Budget
$700,000
FY 2008 Budget
$700,000
FY 2009 Budget
$700,000
Total NPCC Rec
$2,100,000
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
Comments: Budget reductions not specific. Project to be implemented with reduced scope. Sponsors should take the ISRP comments into account.


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

FY 2007 Budget
$800,000
FY 2008 Budget
$800,000
FY 2009 Budget
$800,000
Total NPCC Rec
$2,400,000
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: Sponsors should take the ISRP comments into account

Local or MSRT Comments: OSPIT notes the subbasin rating, the ISRP review, and the Bi-op designation, but budgetary restrictions and the expensing of two formerly capital projects have severely impacted the John Day budget. OSPIT recognizes the critical importance of this projec


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

Recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)
NPCC Comments: This is a large and well-designed data collection project promising important information on key species in the basin. Strong benefits to anadromous and resident fish over the long term should result from ongoing monitoring of population status and trends and of habitat restoration effectiveness. This project is to continue monitoring in the sub-basin, identified as a priority watershed in the 2000 BiOp, to quantify status and trends of fish populations. Index sites identified in the 1960s are still monitored and the project has expanded beyond index sites to include census surveys of all known spawning habitat. The proposal is to quantify status and trends of Chinook and steelhead populations and their habitats in the sub-basin. Benefits to non-focal species could result from ongoing monitoring of population status and trends and of habitat restoration effectiveness. The trapping and surveys have the potential to provide considerable information on other species if planned properly. It would be useful to make certain that they see and gain these side benefits from the extensive (and expensive) sampling involved.

Previous data from the project have been used by NOAA’s Technical Recovery Team. The project cooperates with the Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Partnership (PNAMP), provides juvenile steelhead data to BOR research, data on bull trout to BPA project, smolt data to the Comparative Survival Studies, and habitat data to the Nature Conservancy. There is ongoing discussion of collaboration potential with other ODFW projects.

The proposers are well qualified and experienced for this work. The project's objectives are defined over monitoring areas (e.g. life-cycle metrics, spawner escapement, habitat) and tied to strategies of the SBP. Appropriate methods are described in detail for each objective and related to specific work elements with detailed deliverables and timelines. Appropriate literature is cited. The proposed probabilistic sampling and BACI experimental designs are linked to the Fish and Wildlife Program, ISRP recommendations, NOAA, BOR, and Streamnet database development, the 2000 BiOp RPAs for monitoring and the subbasin plan.

BACI is used to evaluate effectiveness of restoration activities. The proposal includes clear descriptions of sampling issues, history, and development of approaches. The proposal is weak on analysis procedures and how the data will be used to inform management activities (i.e., adaptive management). Strong collaborations in data provision and compliance monitoring mean that information is routinely transferred among collaborators. Information is also transferred through reports and provision of data to regional databases. Outreach publications and peer-reviewed journal articles may also be appropriate.

The budget seems high even for the fairly ambitious work planned.


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

Recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)
NPCC Comments: This is a large and well-designed data collection project promising important information on key species in the basin. Strong benefits to anadromous and resident fish over the long term should result from ongoing monitoring of population status and trends and of habitat restoration effectiveness. This project is to continue monitoring in the sub-basin, identified as a priority watershed in the 2000 BiOp, to quantify status and trends of fish populations. Index sites identified in the 1960s are still monitored and the project has expanded beyond index sites to include census surveys of all known spawning habitat. The proposal is to quantify status and trends of Chinook and steelhead populations and their habitats in the sub-basin. Benefits to non-focal species could result from ongoing monitoring of population status and trends and of habitat restoration effectiveness. The trapping and surveys have the potential to provide considerable information on other species if planned properly. It would be useful to make certain that they see and gain these side benefits from the extensive (and expensive) sampling involved.

Previous data from the project have been used by NOAA’s Technical Recovery Team. The project cooperates with the Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Partnership (PNAMP), provides juvenile steelhead data to BOR research, data on bull trout to BPA project, smolt data to the Comparative Survival Studies, and habitat data to the Nature Conservancy. There is ongoing discussion of collaboration potential with other ODFW projects.

The proposers are well qualified and experienced for this work. The project's objectives are defined over monitoring areas (e.g. life-cycle metrics, spawner escapement, habitat) and tied to strategies of the SBP. Appropriate methods are described in detail for each objective and related to specific work elements with detailed deliverables and timelines. Appropriate literature is cited. The proposed probabilistic sampling and BACI experimental designs are linked to the Fish and Wildlife Program, ISRP recommendations, NOAA, BOR, and Streamnet database development, the 2000 BiOp RPAs for monitoring and the subbasin plan.

BACI is used to evaluate effectiveness of restoration activities. The proposal includes clear descriptions of sampling issues, history, and development of approaches. The proposal is weak on analysis procedures and how the data will be used to inform management activities (i.e., adaptive management). Strong collaborations in data provision and compliance monitoring mean that information is routinely transferred among collaborators. Information is also transferred through reports and provision of data to regional databases. Outreach publications and peer-reviewed journal articles may also be appropriate.

The budget seems high even for the fairly ambitious work planned.

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