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Proposal 200201600: Evaluate the Status of Pacific Lamprey in the Lower Deschutes River Subbasin, Oregon

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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 Chris Brun

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 200201600
Proposal Name: Evaluate the Status of Pacific Lamprey in the Lower Deschutes River Subbasin, Oregon
BPA Project Manager: Deborah Docherty
Agency, Institution or Organization: Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon
Short Description: The goal of this project is to determine the status of Pacific lamprey and their habitat in the Deschutes subbasin. Adult escapement and tribal harvest will be estimated. Adult spawning habitat will be described and redd production determined.
Information Transfer: Information from this project will be utilized by the Columbia Basin Lamprey Technical Working Group to determine the status of lamprey in the Columbia Basin. Methods developed in this project may be applied to basin-wide monitoring protocol development. Tribal managers will use results from this project to evaluate existing land management plans to ensure that lamprey are protected. Results will be presented to Tribal Council and at American Fisheries Society meetings. If results are significant they will be submited for publication. All methods and data will be transferred to regional databases as they are developed. Data will be shared with StreamNet. Annual reports will be posted on BPA's website.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Chris Brun Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon 6030 Dee Highway
Parkdale OR 97041
Ph: 541.352.3548
Fax: 541.352.9365
Email: cbrun@hrecn.net
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Chris Brun Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon 6030 Dee Highway
Parkdale OR 97041
Ph: 541.352.3548
Fax: 541.352.9365
Email: cbrun@hrecn.net
Form Submitter

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Columbia Plateau ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Deschutes ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
44 41 121 13.5 Lower Deschutes R., Warm Springs R., Shitike Cr. Lower Deschutes Subbasin Wasco and Jefferson Counties, Oregon Deschutes Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Pacific Lamprey

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Completed documenting larval lamprey distribution and species composition in the lower Deschutes Subbasin. Determined larval lamprey outmigration timing in tributaries. Conducted a mark-recapture escapement estimate and tribal harvest creel survey
2004 Continued documenting larval lamprey distribution and species composition in the lower Deschutes Subbasin. Determined larval lamprey outmigration timing in tributaries. Conducted a mark-recapture escapement estimate and tribal harvest creel survey.
2003 Continued documenting larval lamprey distribution and species composition in the lower Deschutes Subbasin. Determined larval lamprey outmigration timing in tributaries. Developed methods for a mark-recapture escapement estimate and creel survey.
2002 Hired project biologist and acquired equipment for the project. Began documenting larval lamprey distribution and species composition in lower Deschutes subbasin.

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 199404200 Trout Creek O&M This project will provide water temperature data for eastside tributaries and assist with acquiring access to non-tribal lands.
BPA 199405400 Bull Trout Life History Project Steam temperature monitoring equipment purchased with funds from 199405400 will be shared with this project.
Other: PGE TERM 001368 Development of a Pacific Lamprey Passage Evaluation and Mitigation Plan The goal of this project is to develop an approach for re-introduction of lamprey above Pelton-Round Butte projects. Funds will be used to develop a model to predict larval lamprey presence using data collected during larval distribution surveys during implementation of 200201600.
Other: USFWS TWG Determine Pacific Lamprey Migration and Spawning Locations in the Deschutes Subbasin, Oregon Methods of applying radio tags developed through this project will be used. Telemetry equipment (mobile and fixed sites) purchased with funds from this project will be shared.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Determine lamprey habitat requirements Describe water temperatures associated with larval through adult life stages in the Deschutes Subbasin. Identifiy redd characteristics. Deschutes Research and Evaluation MP- 14, 16, 18
Determine lamprey life-history Determine adult lamprey migration patterns and spawn timing and habitat. Deschutes Research and Evaluation MP-14,16,18,23
Monitor lamprey population trends Estimate adult escapement and harvest in lower Deschutes Subbasin. Determine tributary production. Deschutes Research and Evaluation MP-14, 16, 18

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 Environmental compliance for data collection activities. Provide BPA with information and assistance necessary to ensure all applicable environmental compliance laws are followed. 1/1/2007 2/15/2009 $12,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine lamprey habitat requirements
Determine lamprey life-history
Monitor lamprey population trends
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Project administration including SOW and budget, accrual estimates, etc. Submit annual statement of work and budget along with other project administration requirements. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $10,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine lamprey habitat requirements
Determine lamprey life-history
Monitor lamprey population trends
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Annual Report Produce annual report, produce Pisces status reports Compile data and produce annual progress reports. Post annual reports on BPA's website. Submit quarterly status reports in BPA's Pisces database. 9/1/2007 12/30/2009 $68,761
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine lamprey habitat requirements
Determine lamprey life-history
Monitor lamprey population trends
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce/Submit Scientific Findings Report Produce final technical report Analyze data generated from this project and compile findings in a technical report for distribution to managers. Significant results will be submitted for publication. 9/15/2009 9/30/2010 $21,292
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine lamprey habitat requirements
Determine lamprey life-history
Monitor lamprey population trends
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Describe redd characteristics and habitat within stream reaches in which redds are located Identify lamprey spawning areas and describe spawning habitat and redd characteristics 5/1/2008 6/15/2009 $45,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine lamprey habitat requirements
Determine lamprey life-history
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Estimate escapement of adult lamprey in Deschutes River Conduct a mark-recapture experiment to estimate escapement of adult lamprey at Sherar's Falls 6/15/2007 9/15/2009 $56,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Monitor lamprey population trends
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Install redd caps on lamprey redds Assess the feasibility of using redd caps to determine larval lamprey production from lamprey redds. 5/1/2007 6/30/2009 $63,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Monitor lamprey population trends
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Monitor tribal harvest of adult lamprey in the Deschutes R. Conduct a stastical creel survey of tribal fishers at Sherar's Falls to estimate tribal harvest of adult lamprey 6/15/2007 9/15/2009 $56,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Monitor lamprey population trends
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Record tributary water temperatures for lamprey life-history use Install thermographs and record water temperatures in tributaries to describe water temperature regimes by lamprey life stage 2/15/2007 11/15/2009 $40,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine lamprey habitat requirements
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Track movements of radio tagged lamprey Determine lamprey over-wintering locations, spawning habitat, and spawn timing the lower Deschutes Subbasin. 6/30/2007 6/30/2010 $69,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine lamprey habitat requirements
Determine lamprey life-history
No Metrics for this Work Element

Mark/Tag Animals Radio tag adult lamprey in the Deschutes R. Implant up to 100 radio tags in adult lamprey at Sherar's Falls 6/15/2007 9/15/2008 $45,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine lamprey life-history
No Metrics for this Work Element

Submit/Acquire Data Transfer methods and data to regional databases Data and methods generated from this project will be shared with existing databases (StreamNet) and new databases as they are developed. Costs will be absorbed. 9/1/2007 12/30/2009 $ 0
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine lamprey habitat requirements
Determine lamprey life-history
Monitor lamprey population trends
No Metrics for this Work Element


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel 1.2 FTE Bio., 1.5 FTE Tech. $69,200 $71,276 $73,414
Fringe Benefits @25% $17,300 $17,819 $18,354
Supplies Includes 100 radio tags, 2 flow meters $16,150 $12,950 $12,950
Travel GSA vehicle rental, mileage, insurance $7,500 $7,500 $7,500
Capital Equipment 2 Hydro-Lab MS5 mini-sonde hydro labs $11,000 $ 0 $ 0
Overhead @37.1% $40,866 $40,641 $41,633
Other Subcontracts for Aircraft rental and statistical support $5,000 $7,500 $7,500
Totals $167,016 $157,686 $161,351

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$486,053
Total Work Element budget$486,053

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
BPA Thermographs $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 In-Kind Confirmed
CTWSRO Office and storage space $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 In-Kind Confirmed
USFWS Telemetry receivers $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 In-Kind Confirmed
Totals $19,000 $19,000 $19,000

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$120,000 $ 0 Complete telemetry surveys and issue final technical report.
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
 
Termination Date Comments
9/30/2010 This project will be completed with the issuance of a final technical report in September, 2010. Findings from this project may lead restoration proposals as well as continued status and trend monitoring.
 
Final Deliverables
Final technical report describing results from 2007-2009 will be issued to BPA , tribal managers, USFWS and CBLTWG. If results are significant they will be submitted for publication during 2010-211. Data will be shared with regional monitoring efforts such as CSMEP.

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
$132,000
FY 2008 Budget
$132,000
FY 2009 Budget
$132,000
Total NPCC Rec
$396,000
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
Comments: The budget reflects the reduced scope associated with the radio tagging of adult lamprey.


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

FY 2007 Budget
$152,016
FY 2008 Budget
$142,686
FY 2009 Budget
$146,351
Total NPCC Rec
$441,053
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 removing the telemetry study for lamprey, reducing the budget from proposed .


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: The sponsors have developed an excellent, comprehensive response to ISRP's concerns. The level of detail in the response was appreciated. It is apparent that the sponsors made a serious effort to clarify issues that the ISRP raised. They should be encouraged to publish their results. A good series of annual reports has been published and could be synthesized for publication.

The only disconcerting comment is related to the identification of larval lamprey (comment under Objective 2). Apparently, dichotomous keys are not available to the sponsors for identifying larval lamprey. Development of the keys should be a priority.

The study has a strong habitat focus, and the sponsors are documenting habitat-lamprey relationships with a sophisticated statistical model. The response relating to the statistical model was very thorough. After peer review this model may be one of the products that could be used throughout the Columbia River Basin, or at least tested in several streams. This might be one of the ways a generalized approach, rather than a stream-by-stream tactic, might be fostered.

Regarding the ISRP programmatic reference to efforts by the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority, through appointment of a Columbia River Basin Lamprey Technical Working Group (CRBLTWG) to achieve a coordinated effort in studies of lamprey in the Columbia Basin, the sponsors observe “The CRBLTW is currently lacking in their efforts to coordinate on-going and future lamprey research and monitoring project. Thus far, the group has spent their time disseminating information through workshops and information requests and prioritizing uncertainties.” We hope that CBFWA and USFWS will provide leadership in directing the efforts of CRBLTWG to uphold its original statement of purpose. Coordinating projects to achieve results applicable to the entire Columbia River Basin is essential given the scarce funds available for Pacific lamprey research.”


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

Recommendation: Response requested
NPCC Comments: Technical and scientific background: The problem is adequately described and involves gaining a better understanding of the basic biology of lamprey populations in the Deschutes River to enable development of a restoration plan.

Rationale and significance to subbasin plans and regional programs: The project is consistent with a number of plans calling for lamprey protection and restoration. The project directly addresses objectives in the Fish and Wildlife Program, the Deschutes River Subbasin Plan, and the CRITFC tribal recovery plan.

Relationships to other projects: The project is said to be related to work funded by PGE and other BPA funded lamprey projects in the basin. ODFW personnel will assist with some of the fieldwork. It was encouraging to read the discussion of the "Columbia River Basin Lamprey Summit" convened by CRITFC in 2004, and the designation of a Columbia Basin Lamprey Technical Working Group in 2005. The ISRP recommended such a system for coordinating Lamprey studies in the Basin. However, it is not clear how the TWG operates. We thus raise a question whether the projects funded to restore lamprey populations in the basin are well enough coordinated to avoid duplication of effort. Although they are conducted in different watersheds, the results ought to be transferable to some degree from one to the other. We don't see this issue discussed in any of the proposals. There should be coordination of objectives and assignment of tasks to avoid duplication.

The ISRP has developed a separate statement with programmatic comments on lamprey studies. The sponsors should refer to it.

Project history: The proposal would be improved by providing more details on how close the proponents are toward completion of the habitat model as well as the stock-recruitment relationships. Some simple correlations are mentioned but the model seems to be a multiple regression model. The inclusions of results (e.g., abundance estimate plots) in the proposal helped give a perspective on findings. The knowledge gained since inception of the project would appear to contribute significantly to understanding lamprey biology in the Deschutes River.

The sponsors, however, did not organize the statement of results according to the original objectives, so it is not possible to determine to what extent the objectives were achieved. The sponsors should interpret and draw conclusions from graphs and tables rather than simply referring the reviewer to them. The variance estimate for the M–R study was very large. What will be done to reduce the variance? The sponsors should report the 95% CI for the population estimates.

Objectives: Objectives are quantified. The proposal would be improved if more benchmarks were provided toward completion of the model. According to one statement it is not going to be completed until 2010.

The objectives are clear and are a logical extension of previous work. The sponsors should explain why they think a stock-recruitment model is appropriate for population assessment. What function will it serve? How will the model be developed using the data obtained?

The objectives focus upon the river above Shirar Falls. It is not clear whether Shirar Falls has itself been identified as an obstacle to lamprey passage that should be corrected.

There is "assumed" to be no spawning below the dam there. The basis for this assumption is not given. It seems peculiar, given that studies are being funded of spawning in the mainstem Columbia River.

Tasks (work elements) and methods: Methods are described reasonably well and most appear to be scientifically sound. Methods used to date have apparently shown mixed results especially trapping. The proposal would be improved if more details were given on why the trap holding efficiency was zero. Is that because the larvae escaped? Feasibility studies with redd caps show an innovative approach.

There are a few issues the sponsors have to address. Multiple adult population estimates will be obtained throughout the summer. How will these multiple estimates be treated analytically? How was the number of radio-tagged fish arrived at? Given the number and size of tributary streams above Shirar, it would seem that 100 tags would be grossly inadequate to provide the information the sponsors are seeking. More information is required on the habitat model that is proposed.

Monitoring and evaluation: Provisions for monitoring are an integral part of the project. Migration patterns, escapement, harvest and temperature data are key information.

Facilities, equipment, and personnel: Good facilities and equipment including a specialized lamprey electrofishing unit (not sure what that is however). The personnel are trying to cover a variety of species and are lamprey generalists with some reports submitted. Facilities seem adequate. This type of work has been ongoing since 2002. The personnel appear qualified and have been conducting lamprey research in the Deschutes basin. They have not produced any peer-reviewed publications. Economies are achieved by borrowing equipment from other projects.

Information Transfer: The description of this element is particularly good, and could serve as a model for others. Plans are in place for release of data on Streamnet with a final technical report in 2010. "Analyze data generated from this project and compile findings in a technical report for distribution to managers. Significant results will be submitted for publication." The proponents should consider focused papers in journals before that as well as presentations of results at workshops or public meetings.

Benefit to focal and non-focal species: This is a fairly comprehensive project with some innovations (e.g., the redd cap work) that will benefit other lamprey studies in the Columbia River Basin. The information will be used as the basis for a lamprey restoration plan. As described the project will probably benefit the species locally and contribute to a broader understanding wherever lamprey are found in the Basin. At this stage there remains an uncertainty. Possible benefit to bull trout and others is considered. Proponents should consider effects of electrofishing and trapping on focal salmonids, non-salmonids and mammals.

Response should address the following questions and issues:

1. The sponsors did not organize the statement of results according to the original objectives, so it is not possible to determine to what extent the objectives were achieved.

2. There are several methodological issues that the sponsors need to deal with. A critical one is the methodology to obtain reasonably accurate estimates of numbers of returning adults.

3. The method used for estimating trap holding efficiency was unclear.

4. Respond to the issues raised in the ISRP's Programmatic Comments on Lamprey

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