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Proposal 199702400: Avian Predation on Juvenile Salmonids in the Lower Columbia River

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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 Ken Collis

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199702400
Proposal Name: Avian Predation on Juvenile Salmonids in the Lower Columbia River
BPA Project Manager: Dorothy Welch
Agency, Institution or Organization: Oregon State University
Short Description: Determine predation rates by waterbirds on juvenile salmonids, evaluate the efficacy of management initiatives to reduce avian predation, and assist resource managers in the development of plans for long-term management of avian predation, as warranted.
Information Transfer: Weekly reports will be posted on a project website (www.columbiabirdresearch.org) during the field season so that resource managers can make in-season management decisions. A Season Summary will be completed and posted on the project web page at the conclusion of each field season. Project results will also be provided at regional planning meetings, professional society meetings, and in peer-reviewed scientific journal articles.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Ken Collis Real Time Research, Inc. 52 S.W. Roosevelt Ave.
Bend, OR 97702
Ph: 541.382.3836
Fax: 541.382.3786
Email: kcollis@realtimeresearch.org
Form Submitter Co-Principal Investigator
All Assigned Contacts
Ken Collis Real Time Research, Inc. 52 S.W. Roosevelt Ave.
Bend, OR 97702
Ph: 541.382.3836
Fax: 541.382.3786
Email: kcollis@realtimeresearch.org
Form Submitter
Co-Principal Investigator
Daniel Roby Oregon State University [address left blank]
Corvallis OR 97331-3803
Ph: 541.737.1955
Fax: 541.737.3590
Email: daniel.roby@orst.edu
Project Lead

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Mainstem/Systemwide ARG Province: Mainstem on the ground/Multiprovince
Sponsor Subbasin: Systemwide ARG Subbasin: Mainstem on the ground/Multiprovince
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
47.6395 -119.2933 Banks Lake Dry Falls Island Grant, Washington Crab No
47.6395 -119.2933 Banks Lake Goose Island Grant, Washington Crab No
48.0825 -119.7355 Columbia River Okanogan Douglas, Washington Columbia Upper Middle No
46.1453 -123.4217 Columbia River Rice Island Clatsop, Oregon Columbia Estuary No
46.1436 -123.4112 Columbia River Miller Sands Spit Clatsop, Oregon Columbia Estuary No
46.1450 -123.4010 Columbia River Pillar Rock Sands Clatsop, Oregon Columbia Estuary No
45.3909 -121.0453 Columbia River Little Memaloose Island Klickitat, Washington Columbia Lower Middle No
45.3936 -120.5246 Columbia River Miller Rocks Klickitat, Washington Columbia Lower Middle No
45.4849 -119.5832 Columbia River Three Mile Canyon Island Morrow, Oregon Columbia Lower Middle No
46.0530 -118.5548 Columbia River Crescent Island Walla Walla, Washington Columbia Lower Middle No
46.0612 -118.5606 Columbia River Badger Island Walla Walla, Washington Columbia Lower Middle No
46.0700 -118.5610 Columbia River Foundation Island Walla Walla, Washington Columbia Lower Middle No
46.1832 -119.1517 Columbia River Richland Island Benton, Washington Columbia Lower Middle No
46.2110 -119.1542 Columbia River Island 18 Benton, Washington Columbia Lower Middle No
46.6608 -119.9162 Columbia River Cabin Island Grant, Washington Columbia Lower Middle No
45.9124 -119.6280 Columbia River Blaylock Island Benton, Washington Columbia Lower Middle No
47.0014 -119.3510 Potholes Reservoir Solstice Island Grant, Washington Crab No
46.9861 -119.3113 Potholes Reservoir Goose Island Grant, Washington Crab No
47.0490 -119.3954 Potholes Reservoir North Potholes Reserve Grant, Washington Crab No
47.2460 -118.0852 Sprague Lake Harper Island Adams, Washington Palouse No
46.1546 -123.5947 Columbia River East Sand Island Clatsop, Oregon Columbia Estuary Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
All Anadromous Salmonids
Caspian tern, double-crested cormorant, glaucous-winged/western gull, California gull, ring-billed gull, American white pelican, brown pelican

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 (1) Collected PIT tags from nesting platforms to improve stock-specific predation rates by cormorants on juvenile salmonids. (2) Tested feasibility of methods to relocate nesting cormorants. (3) Published project results in peer-reviewed literature
2004 (1) Increased research focus on growing double-crested cormorant colony on East Sand Island. (2) Estimated stock-specific predation rates by Crescent Island terns on juvenile salmonids. (3) Published project results in peer-reviewed literature.
2003 (1) Increased efforts to evaluate system-wide losses of smolts to avian predators. (2) Published project results in peer-reviewed literature.
2002 (1) Continued efforts to evaluate efficacy of tern management in estuary. (2) Monitored avian predation at McNary Dam. (3) Published project results in peer-reviewed literature.
2001 (1) Moved all Caspian terns nesting on Rice Island to East Sand Island. (2) Determined that tern management in the estuary reduced overall smolt consumption by approximately 50%. (3) Published project results in peer-reviewed literature.
2000 (1) Repeated efforts to relocate nesting terns from Rice Island to East Sand Island and determined efficacy of tern management efforts. (2) Determined foraging range and habitat use of cormorants in the estuary. (3) Developed and posted project web page
1999 (1) Tested feasibility of methods to discourage tern nesting. (2) Implemented methods to relocate nesting terns using habitat modifications and social attraction. (3) Compared diet and smolt consumption of terns nesting at two locations in the estuary
1998 (1) Verified and replicated estimates of waterbird colony size, diet, and smolt consumption. (2) Determined foraging range and habitat use of Caspian terns in the Columbia River estuary. (3) Tested feasibility of social attraction of nesting terns.
1997 (1) Determined population size of waterbird colonies on the lower Columbia River. (2) Determined diet composition of piscivorous waterbirds at various colonies. (3) Estimated smolt consumption by Caspian terns nesting on Rice Island.
1996 (1) Identified the location and size of all major piscivorous waterbird colonies on the lower Columbia River. (2) Recovered smolt PIT tags from the Rice Island Caspian tern colony in the Columbia River estuary.

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: USACE - Portland District [no entry] Delayed mortality of juvenile steelhead in the Columbia River Estuary: an evaluation of risk of predation by piscivorous waterbirds Proposed study (OSU: Carl Schreck, POC) will investigate to what extent avian predation in the estuary is compensatory. We will collaborate by providing juvenile steelhead collected from avian predators to determine if fish captured by birds are in poor condition compared to in-river fish that have not succumbed to predation.
Other: USACE - Portland District [no entry] An evaluation of non-lethal measures as avian (gull) predation deterrents at Corps hydroelectric facilities Ongoing study (USACE - FFU: Robert Stansell, POC) implements and evaluates measures to reduce avian predation at hydroelectric dams. We have used results from this study to make management recommendations aimed at reducing avian predation in other areas (e.g., near pile dikes in the Columbia River estuary).
Other: USACE - Portland District [no entry] Caspian tern (Sterna caspia) diet composition and nesting ecology in the San Francisco Bay Area Ongoing study (OSU: Dan Roby, POC) previously funded by the USFWS and most recently funded by the USACE - Portland District; investigated colony size, nesting success, diet composition, and factors limiting colony size and nesting success of Caspian tern colonies in the San Francisco Bay Area. This study was conducted as part of the the Final Environmental Impact Statement for Caspian tern management in the Columbia River estuary, which lists the redistribution of approximately two-thirds of the East Sand Island colony to alternative colony sites in Washington, Oregon, and California as the preferred alternative. Continued funding for this study in 2006 and beyond is uncertain.
Other: USACE - Portland District [no entry] Avian predation on juvenile salmonids in the Columbia River Estuary Ongoing study (OSU: Dan Roby, POC) is a cost sharing effort to help support other avian predation research in the Columbia River estuary (this study, BPA project number 199702400). Funding supports most of the predation research on double-crested cormorants in the estuary, regional status assessment of double-crested cormorants, and all of the monitoring of upper estuary islands for incipient tern colonies so that managers can prevent tern nesting in those areas. Continued funding for this study in 2006 and beyond is uncertain.
Other: USACE - Walla Walla District [no entry] Evaluate the impacts of avian predation on salmonid smolts from the Columbia and Snake rivers Ongoing study (OSU: Dan Roby, POC) is a cost sharing effort to help support other avian predation research in the lower Columbia River (this study, BPA project number 199702400). Funding supports all avian predation research on the Columbia River above The Dalles Dam. Continued funding for field work in 2007 and beyond is uncertain.
Other: USFWS - Region 1 [no entry] Caspian tern (Sterna caspia) nesting ecology and diet at Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, Washington Ongoing study (OSU: Dan Roby, POC) investigated the colony size, nesting success, diet composition, and factors limiting colony size and nesting success of a Caspian tern colony at Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, Washington. This study was conducted as part of the the Final Environmental Impact Statement for Caspian tern management in the Columbia River estuary, which lists the redistribution of approximately two-thirds of the East Sand Island colony to alternative colony sites in Washington, Oregon, and California as the preferred alternative. This study will not be funded in 2006.
Other: USACE - Walla Walla District [no entry] Electronic recovery of ISO-PIT tags from piscivorous bird colonies in the Columbia River Basin Ongoing study (NOAA Fisheries: Brad Ryan, POC) investigates the impacts of avian predators on juvenile salmonids using PIT tags collected from bird colonies on the lower Columbia River. We work collaboratively with NOAA researchers to (1) design and conduct ongoing PIT tag studies and (2) analyze and report PIT tag results.
Other: NOAA Fisheries - NWFSC [no entry] Caspian tern diet and nesting ecology in Potholes Reservoir, Washington Ongoing study (NOAA Fisheries: Tom Good, POC) investigates the nesting ecology of Caspian terns breeding on Goose Island in Potholes Reservoir and the impact of this colony on survival of juvenile salmonids in the mid-Columbia River. We have collaborated with this project by providing technical assistance and estimates of colony size.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Caspian terns in estuary Monitor and evaluate management initiatives implemented as part of the Caspian Tern Management Plan for the Columbia River Estuary to reduce tern predation on juvenile salmonids from the Columbia River Basin. Lower Columbia Strategy 9 (Consider managment of predators and predation); Strategy 5 - Supplement Plan (Reduce predation of focal species) 4-43; 2-14
Caspian terns upriver (Crescent Is.) Measure the impact of predation from Caspian terns nesting on Crescent Island and elsewhere on the Columbia Plateau on survival of juvenile salmonids from the Snake River and Upper Columbia River Basins; assess the potential to increase survival of juvenile salmonids by managing the Caspian tern nesting colony on Crescent Island. Lower Middle Columbia Limiting factor #13 (Juvenile salmon are being harvested by bird and fish predators at higher rates than prior to hydro operations) 14
Double-crested cormorants in estuary Measure the impact of predation from double-crested cormorants on survival of juvenile salmonids from the Columbia River Basin; assess the potential to reduce predation from double-crested cormorants by managing nesting colonies in the Columbia River estuary. Lower Columbia Strategy 9 (Consider managment of predators and predation); Stategy 5 - Supplement Plan (Reduce predaton on focal species) 4-43; 2-14
Other piscivorous waterbirds Monitor major nesting colonies of other piscivorous waterbirds (i.e., glaucous-winged/western gulls, California gulls, ring-billed gulls, American white pelicans, double-crested cormorants) on the lower Columbia River to determine the potential for significant impacts on survival of juvenile salmonids from the Columbia River Basin. Lower Columbia Strategy 9 (Consider managment of predators and predation); Strategy 5 - Supplement Plan(Reduce predation of focal species) 4-43; 2-14

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
01: Manage and Administer Projects Project Administration. Project coordination and oversight 2/1/2007 1/31/2010 $98,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Caspian terns in estuary
Caspian terns upriver (Crescent Is.)
Double-crested cormorants in estuary
Other piscivorous waterbirds
No Metrics for this Work Element

02: Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation NEPA/ESA Clearance. Permitting to conduct field work 2/1/2007 4/1/2009 $10,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Caspian terns in estuary
Caspian terns upriver (Crescent Is.)
Double-crested cormorants in estuary
Other piscivorous waterbirds
No Metrics for this Work Element

03: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Estuary tern data collection Data include: population status, distribution, dispersal, colony size, productivity, diet composition, smolt consumption rates, relative smolt vulnerability, assessment of management initiatives 4/1/2007 7/31/2009 $450,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Caspian terns in estuary
Focal Area: Estuary
Primary R, M, and E Type: Action Effectiveness Research
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring

04: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Estuary cormorant data collection Data include: population status, distribution, dispersal, colony size, productivity, diet composition, smolt consumption rates, relative smolt vulnerability, assessment of management initiatives 4/1/2007 7/31/2009 $635,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Double-crested cormorants in estuary
Focal Area: Estuary
Primary R, M, and E Type: Uncertainties Research
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Status and trend Monitoring

05: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Upriver tern data collection Data include: population status, distribution, dispersal, colony size, productivity, diet composition, smolt consumption rates, relative smolt vulnerability, assessment of management initiatives 4/1/2007 7/31/2009 $440,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Caspian terns upriver (Crescent Is.)
Focal Area: Emerging Issues
Primary R, M, and E Type: Uncertainies Research
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trends Research

06: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Other piscivorous waterbird data collection Data include: population status and trends, distribution, dispersal, colony size, productivity, diet composition, smolt consumption rates, relative smolt vulnerability, assessment of management initiatives 4/1/2007 7/31/2007 $175,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Other piscivorous waterbirds
Focal Area: Systemwide
Primary R, M, and E Type: Staus and Trend Monitoring

07: Analyze/Interpret Data Estuary tern data analysis Data analysis include: counting of birds in aerial photos, band resightings and recoveries, laboratory analysis of diet samples, bioenergetics modelling, PIT tag analysis 4/1/2007 12/31/2009 $85,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Caspian terns in estuary
Focal Area: Estuary
Primary R, M, and E Type: Action Effectiveness Research
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring

08: Analyze/Interpret Data Estuary cormorant data analysis Data analysis include: counting of birds in aerial photos, band resightings and recoveries, laboratory analysis of diet samples, bioenergetics modelling, PIT tag analysis 4/1/2007 12/31/2009 $120,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Double-crested cormorants in estuary
Focal Area: Estuary
Primary R, M, and E Type: Uncertainties Research
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Research

09: Analyze/Interpret Data Upriver tern data analysis Data analysis include: counting of birds in aerial photos, band resightings and recoveries, laboratory analysis of diet samples, bioenergetics modelling, PIT tag analysis 4/1/2007 12/31/2009 $85,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Caspian terns upriver (Crescent Is.)
Focal Area: Emerging Issues
Primary R, M, and E Type: Uncertainties Research
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring

10: Analyze/Interpret Data Other piscivorous waterbird data analysis Data analysis include: counting of birds in aerial photos, laboratory analysis of diet samples, bioenergetics modelling, PIT tag analysis 4/1/2007 12/31/2009 $40,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Other piscivorous waterbirds
No Metrics for this Work Element

11: Produce Status Report Produce online updates Project data is summarized in weekly reports that are posted on the project web page (www.columbiabirdresearch.org) throughout the field season. 4/15/2007 7/31/2009 $70,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Caspian terns in estuary
Caspian terns upriver (Crescent Is.)
Double-crested cormorants in estuary
Other piscivorous waterbirds
No Metrics for this Work Element

12: Disseminate Raw/Summary Data and Results Website and professional presentations All project results are made available on the project web site (www.columbiabirdresearch.org). Project results will also be provided at regional planning meetings and professional society meetings. 2/1/2007 1/31/2010 $30,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Caspian terns in estuary
Caspian terns upriver (Crescent Is.)
Double-crested cormorants in estuary
Other piscivorous waterbirds
No Metrics for this Work Element

13: Produce Annual Report Annual Progress Reports A Season Summary will be completed and posted on the project web page (www.columbiabirdresearch.org) at the conclusion of each field season. 4/1/2007 12/31/2009 $150,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Caspian terns in estuary
Caspian terns upriver (Crescent Is.)
Double-crested cormorants in estuary
Other piscivorous waterbirds
No Metrics for this Work Element

14: Produce/Submit Scientific Findings Report Peer-reviewed journal publications Numerous peer-reviewed journal articles are either currently submitted and under review, are in preparation, or are planned. 2/1/2007 1/31/2010 $48,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Caspian terns in estuary
Caspian terns upriver (Crescent Is.)
Double-crested cormorants in estuary
Other piscivorous waterbirds
No Metrics for this Work Element

15: Other Brown pelican monitoring In order to receive permits to work on East Sand Island we must monitor brown pelicans (listed species) so that our impacts to roosting pelicans can be evaluated and minimized. 4/30/2007 9/30/2009 $24,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Caspian terns in estuary
Double-crested cormorants in estuary
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 FTEs (primarily field technicians); 0 FTE for Dan Roby (PI) $223,000 $269,000 $283,000
Fringe Benefits Fringe rate varies depending on position $33,000 $40,000 $42,000
Supplies Field and office supplies $38,000 $40,000 $43,000
Capital Equipment Boat and outboard $20,000 $ 0 $ 0
Travel Primarily travel associated with conducting field work $35,000 $39,000 $42,000
Other Services (includes subcontracts) $236,000 $316,000 $331,000
Overhead Indirect $115,000 $156,000 $159,000
Totals $700,000 $860,000 $900,000

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$2,460,000
Total Work Element budget$2,460,000

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
Oregon State University Administrative assistance $30,000 $31,500 $33,075 In-Kind Confirmed
USACE - Portland District Design, development, and labor for creating Caspian tern nesting habitat in Oregon and California $451,452 $451,452 $451,452 Cash Under Review
USACE - Portland District Funding for monitoring of upper estuary islands for tern nesting $24,000 $24,000 $24,000 Cash Confirmed
USACE - Portland District Funding for tern habitat management in the Columbia River estuary $40,000 $42,000 $44,000 Cash Confirmed
USACE - Portland District Funding to support monitoring of bird populations outside the Columbia Basin $300,000 $315,000 $330,000 Cash Under Review
USACE - Portland District Funding for creating Caspian tern nesting habitat at Brooks Island, San Francisco Bay $754,826 $754,826 $754,826 Cash Under Review
USACE - Portland District Funding for creating Caspian tern nesting habitat at Don Edwards NWR, San Francisco Bay $574,425 $574,425 $574,425 Cash Under Review
USACE - Portland District Funding for creating Caspian tern nesting habitat at Hayward Regional Shoreline, San Francisco Bay $179,769 $179,769 $179,769 Cash Under Review
USACE - Portland District Funding for creating Caspian tern nesting habitat at Fern Ridge Reservoir, Oregon $224,733 $224,733 $224,733 Cash Under Review
USACE - Portland District Funding for creating Caspian tern nesting habitat at Summer Lake, Oregon $371,059 $371,059 $371,059 Cash Under Review
USACE - Portland District Funding for creating Caspian tern nesting habitat at Crump Lake, Oregon $878,992 $878,992 $878,992 Cash Under Review
USACE - Walla Walla District Funding for completion of FY 04-06 predation studies (phase 1) on the Mid-Columbia River $148,485 $ 0 $ 0 Cash Confirmed
USGS Salary for Dan Roby (Principal Investigator, 0.5 FTE on project) $45,500 $46,000 $46,500 Cash Confirmed
Totals $4,023,241 $3,893,756 $3,912,831

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$750,000 $775,000 In FY 2010 and beyond we expect our work to be less focused on Caspian terns in the estuary (with the full implementation of the FEIS) and more focused on unmanaged or newly managed avian predator populations (i.e., estuary cormorants, up-river terns).
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
To insure that the progress made in managing piscivorous waterbird populations is not reversed, we expect that managers will want to continue to monitor the distribution of piscivorous waterbirds on the lower Columbia River and manage bird nesting habitat to prevent nesting in areas where smolt losses to birds are expected to be high (e.g., upper estuary). These costs will vary depending on the extent of monitoring and habitat work needed, but should be less than $200,000 annually.
 
Termination Date Comments
TBD It is very difficult to predict when this research and monitoring will end. The termination of this work depends on several factors: (1) the need for further monitoring and evaluation of current avian predation management plans (i.e., Caspian terns in the Columbia River estuary), (2) the dynamics, impacts, and trajectories of important avian predator populations in the lower Columbia River, and (3) the information needed to develop, support, implement, and evaluate future avian predation management plans (i.e., estuary cormorants, up-river terns).
 
Final Deliverables
A Final Report that summarizes the work completed over the entire term of this research and monitoring program. We will also continue to publish results from this program in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.

Section 10: Narrative
Document Type Size Date

Part 2 of 2. Reviews of Proposal
Administrative Review Group (ARG) Results
Account Type:
Expense
Location:
Province: Mainstem on the ground/Multiprovince
Subbasin: Mainstem on the ground/Multiprovince
Primary Focal Species
No Change
ARG Comments: [none]


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

FY 2007 Budget
$470,000
FY 2008 Budget
$470,000
FY 2009 Budget
$470,000
Total NPCC Rec
$1,410,000
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:Multi-province
Recommendation:Fund
Comments: Scope expansion not accepted. Budget at the FY 2006 level.


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

FY 2007 Budget
$470,000
FY 2008 Budget
$470,000
FY 2009 Budget
$470,000
Total NPCC Rec
$1,410,000
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$ 0
Total MSRT Rec
$ 0
Budget Category:Multi-province
Comments: Scope expansion not accepted. Budget at the FY 2006 level.
NPCC Staff Comments: Priority concerns for other reasons: requested 700k, representing an expansion in scope; in any event, expanded scope is not a priority, so back at least to around ’06 level of 470k; but this really should be a Corps project, not hydro responsibility; w/ tight budget, remove from list and recommend that it be funded by Corps; lower priority than funding water brokerage at requested amount. MSRT recommends $470,000.

Local or MSRT Comments: The MSRT recommends funding this project at 2006 levels.

MSRT General Comments: There is a funding issue with this project that the Council will want to investigate related to the USACE funding. Most of the avian predation in the mainstem is based off of dredge pilings. Although there is significant monitoring associated with this project, the MSRT ranks it as an on-the-ground because of its direct benefits to salmon survival.


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

Recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)
NPCC Comments: This is a strong proposal, and avian predation is definitely a problem that has been documented in a useful series of studies. This project is being funded by a number of entities, the Corps and BPA. The Council/BPA/Corps and the sponsor should clearly delineate who is funding which tasks.

This recommendation is qualified, because the ISRP questions whether it is necessary to condition new sites for the terns (this pertains only to those sites more than 200 miles away), or even evaluate potential new habitat at great distances from the present colonies. These birds are adept at finding suitable habitat when the present habitat is no longer rendered suitable and will likely redistribute to their more historical range, instead of the recent concentration in the Columbia River estuary. More suitable alternative sites need to be provided within 200 miles of the present colonies, because birds need alternative sites or they will not readily move.

Fisheries investigators should consider a similar approach to this project’s in sampling for PIT tags in dredge material at Burbank Slough (at mouth of Snake and Columbia).


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

Recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)
NPCC Comments: This is a strong proposal, and avian predation is definitely a problem that has been documented in a useful series of studies. This project is being funded by a number of entities, the Corps and BPA. The Council/BPA/Corps and the sponsor should clearly delineate who is funding which tasks.

This recommendation is qualified, because the ISRP questions whether it is necessary to condition new sites for the terns (this pertains only to those sites more than 200 miles away), or even evaluate potential new habitat at great distances from the present colonies. These birds are adept at finding suitable habitat when the present habitat is no longer rendered suitable and will likely redistribute to their more historical range, instead of the recent concentration in the Columbia River estuary. More suitable alternative sites need to be provided within 200 miles of the present colonies, because birds need alternative sites or they will not readily move.

Fisheries investigators should consider a similar approach to this project’s in sampling for PIT tags in dredge material at Burbank Slough (at mouth of Snake and Columbia).

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