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Proposal 200102600: Status, Genetics, and Life History of Coastal Cutthroat Trout above Bonneville Dam

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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 Cameron Sharpe

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 200102600
Proposal Name: Status, Genetics, and Life History of Coastal Cutthroat Trout above Bonneville Dam
BPA Project Manager: John Skidmore
Agency, Institution or Organization: US Geological Survey (USGS) - Cook
Short Description: In an effort to fill a large information need, WDFW and USGS biologists propose to conduct extensive and intensive sampling for coastal cutthroat trout in subbassins of the Columbia River watershed above Bonneville Dam.
Information Transfer: Annual reports, peer-reviewed journal article(s), and presentations at professional meetings
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Cameron Sharpe Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife 804 Allen St. #3
Kelso, WA 98626
Ph: 360.577.0197
Fax: 360.577.0387
Email: sharpcss@dfw.wa.gov
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Patrick Connolly U.S. Geological Survey 5501A Cook-Underwood Rd.
Cook WA 98605
Ph: 509.538.2299
Fax: 509.538.2843
Email: patrick_connolly@usgs.gov
Project Lead
Technical Contact
Cameron Sharpe Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife 804 Allen St. #3
Kelso, WA 98626
Ph: 360.577.0197
Fax: 360.577.0387
Email: sharpcss@dfw.wa.gov
Form Submitter
Project Lead
Technical Contact

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Columbia Gorge ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Columbia Gorge ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
All tributaries to Columbia Gorge , Washington Columbia Gorge No
All tributaries to Columbia Gorge , Oregon Columbia Gorge No

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Coastal Cutthroat Southwest Washington/Columbia River ESU
Coastal Cutthroat

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 See 2001
2004 See 2001
2003 See 2001
2002 See 2001
2001 Connolly, P.J., C.S. Sharpe, S. Sauter. 2002. Evaluate status of coastal cutthroat trout in the Columbia River basin above Bonneville Dam, 2001 Annual Report. Contract# 00005678, Project# 2001-007-00. Prepared by USGS, Western Fisheries Research Center, C

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 198805304 Hood River Production M&E-ODFW Smolt trapping as a source of DNA and scale samples and emigrant estimates
BPA 199008001 Pit Tag Purchases Purchase PIT tags
BPA 199304001 15 Mile Creek Steelhead Smolt Source of cutthroat DNA and scale samples and emigrant estimates
BPA 199506325 YKFP - Monitoring And Evaluati Klickitat sampling coordination
BPA 199801900 Wind River Watershed Source of cutthroat DNA and scale samples and emigrant estimates
BPA 200102500 Rattlesnake Cr Salmonid Prod DNA and Scale samples

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Determine status of naturally reproducing populati Determine, quantitatively and qualitatively, the demographic and genetic status of coastal cutthroat trout populations in Columbia Gorge subbasins Columbia Gorge xxx xxx

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
Produce/Submit Scientific Findings Report USGS: Prepare Reports and disseminate results Prepare and provide to BPA two annual and one completion report. Prepare and submit one or more peer-reviewed manuscripts as appropriate after completion of study 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $181,706
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine status of naturally reproducing populati
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce/Submit Scientific Findings Report WDFW: Prepare reports and disseminate results Prepare and provide to BPA two annual and one completion report. Prepare and submit one or more peer-reviewed manuscripts as appropriate after completion of study 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $43,864
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine status of naturally reproducing populati
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data USGS: Conduct extensive survey Survey all watersheds above Bonneville Dam that historically contained coastal cutthroat trout. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $267,027
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine status of naturally reproducing populati
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring
Focal Area: Tributaries

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data USGS: Conduct genetic sampling and analysis Describe the genetic population structure of coastal cutthroat trout above Bonneville Dam and obtain an unbiased estimate of hybridization between cutthroat and rainbow trout in intensively sampled watersheds 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $30,108
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine status of naturally reproducing populati
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data USGS: Conduct life history and growth sampling and analysis Describe age structure and growth parameters of samples from intensively sampled watersheds 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $51,693
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine status of naturally reproducing populati
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data USGS:Conduct intensive habitat and population surveys in 4-6 streams We propose to sample 4-6 streams to serve as index sites for information on annual variability in population abundance and for relationships with habitat characteristics (e.g., large woody debris, pool frequency, pool quality, riparian condition, geomorphology, and geology). These site locations and findings will be documented for use as reference sites and conditions in years to come. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $130,047
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine status of naturally reproducing populati
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data WDFW: Conduct extensive survey Survey all watersheds above Bonneville Dam that historically contained coastal cutthroat trout. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $21,932
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine status of naturally reproducing populati
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data WDFW: Conduct genetic sampling and analysis Describe the genetic population structure of coastal cutthroat trout above Bonneville Dam and obtain an unbiased estimate of hybridization between cutthroat and rainbow trout in intensively sampled watersheds 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $16,451
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine status of naturally reproducing populati
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data WDFW: Conduct intensive habitat and population surveys in 4-6 streams We propose to sample 4-6 streams to serve as index sites for information on annual variability in population abundance and for relationships with habitat characteristics (e.g., large woody debris, pool frequency, pool quality, riparian condition, geomorphology, and geology). These site locations and findings will be documented for use as reference sites and conditions in years to come. 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $21,932
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine status of naturally reproducing populati
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data WDFW: Conduct life history and growth sampling and analysis Describe age structure and growth parameters of samples from intensively sampled watersheds 4/1/2007 3/31/2010 $5,483
Biological Objectives Metrics
Determine status of naturally reproducing populati
No Metrics for this Work Element


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel USGS $102,966 $108,521 $114,391
Fringe Benefits USGS $26,325 $27,854 $29,474
Supplies USGS $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
Travel USGS $6,882 $6,882 $6,882
Capital Equipment USGS $ 0 $ 0 $ 0
Overhead USGS $59,569 $62,602 $65,808
Other USGS Direct Cost Facilities $4,175 $4,388 $4,612
Other USGS PIT tags (2000/y) $6,750 $6,750 $6,750
Personnel WDFW $8,832 $9,274 $9,737
Fringe Benefits WDFW $2,473 $2,597 $2,726
Supplies WDFW $8,000 $ 0 $ 0
Travel WDFW $640 $640 $640
Capital Equipment WDFW $ 0 $ 0 $ 0
Overhead WDFW $10,932 $8,775 $4,946
Other WDFW DNA ANALYSIS $13,800 $13,800 $ 0
Other WDFW SCALE ANALYSIS $3,450 $3,450 $3,450
Other WDFW OTOLITH ANALYSIS $500 $500 $500
Totals $258,294 $259,033 $252,916

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$770,243
Total Work Element budget$770,243

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
USFWS Fish disease analysis $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 In-Kind Confirmed
USGS Sampling equipment $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 In-Kind Confirmed
WDFW 1 mo Sal./Ben./OH $7,291 $7,656 $8,038 In-Kind Confirmed
Totals $27,291 $27,656 $28,038

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$ 0 $ 0 No known outyear costs at this time
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
$ 0
FY 2008 Budget
$ 0
FY 2009 Budget
$ 0
Total NPCC Rec
$ 0
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Do Not Fund
Comments:


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

FY 2007 Budget
$ 0
FY 2008 Budget
$ 0
FY 2009 Budget
$ 0
Total NPCC Rec
$ 0
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: See Washington guidance


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

Recommendation: Not fundable
NPCC Comments: Obtaining data on coastal cutthroat trout status would be useful, but the comments in previous years that it should be collected as part of broader faunal surveys still stand. The rationale and justification for the work elements are not compelling. Therefore, the ISRP believes this project is not fundable at this time.

In earlier reviews the ISRP recommended that data on the status of cutthroat trout could most efficiently be collected when faunal or other fish surveys were being conducted, and that a general review of what data is available needs to precede any new fieldwork. In response to these recommendations the sponsors produced a report on the status of coastal cutthroat trout in the Columbia River gorge province (Connolly et al. 2002) and identify in this proposal that fieldwork by several BPA projects in the Fifteenmile, Hood, Wind River, and Klickitat River subbasins would be involved in providing tissue samples and estimates of emigrants from PIT tagging juveniles. They also state that this proposal will be executed as part of a Hood River/Fifteenmile Umbrella Proposal.

The ISRP recognizes this effort to address earlier criticisms, but concludes that the background in the proposal, work completed to date, and work elements in this proposal do not sufficiently resolve these issues.

The background is too brief to provide justification for a problem or provide that the proposed survey would resolve that problem. The cited literature on the status of coastal cutthroat is dated and does not include any updated ESA status review by either NOAA or the USFWS. The proposal does not identify where there are gaps in the field surveys, which ongoing BPA projects will contribute to filling those gaps, and what gaps this project will address. Part of the survey work is geared to establishing relationships between habitat conditions and abundance of these trout. Yet the difficulty in establishing these relationships is not discussed. A summary of current views on those relationships is not provided, and evidence is not given that the proposal offers an approach to improve understanding of these relationships.

There is no review of recent literature on genetic analysis of coastal cutthroat trout metapopulations and hybridization between O. mykiss and O. clarki clarki. It is not clear why this new literature cannot serve this region (i.e., a case has not been made that the data need to be collected everywhere). There is no demonstration of how this data will be used to improve management. The budget to generate DNA microsatellite genotypes for population structure of coastal cutthroat trout, mtDNA and scnDNA rflps genotypes for analysis of hybridization between coastal cutthroat and either rainbow/steelhead or west slope cutthroat trout appears inadequate.


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

Recommendation: Not fundable
NPCC Comments: Obtaining data on coastal cutthroat trout status would be useful, but the comments in previous years that it should be collected as part of broader faunal surveys still stand. The rationale and justification for the work elements are not compelling. Therefore, the ISRP believes this project is not fundable at this time.

In earlier reviews the ISRP recommended that data on the status of cutthroat trout could most efficiently be collected when faunal or other fish surveys were being conducted, and that a general review of what data is available needs to precede any new fieldwork. In response to these recommendations the sponsors produced a report on the status of coastal cutthroat trout in the Columbia River gorge province (Connolly et al. 2002) and identify in this proposal that fieldwork by several BPA projects in the Fifteenmile, Hood, Wind River, and Klickitat River subbasins would be involved in providing tissue samples and estimates of emigrants from PIT tagging juveniles. They also state that this proposal will be executed as part of a Hood River/Fifteenmile Umbrella Proposal.

The ISRP recognizes this effort to address earlier criticisms, but concludes that the background in the proposal, work completed to date, and work elements in this proposal do not sufficiently resolve these issues.

The background is too brief to provide justification for a problem or provide that the proposed survey would resolve that problem. The cited literature on the status of coastal cutthroat is dated and does not include any updated ESA status review by either NOAA or the USFWS. The proposal does not identify where there are gaps in the field surveys, which ongoing BPA projects will contribute to filling those gaps, and what gaps this project will address. Part of the survey work is geared to establishing relationships between habitat conditions and abundance of these trout. Yet the difficulty in establishing these relationships is not discussed. A summary of current views on those relationships is not provided, and evidence is not given that the proposal offers an approach to improve understanding of these relationships.

There is no review of recent literature on genetic analysis of coastal cutthroat trout metapopulations and hybridization between O. mykiss and O. clarki clarki. It is not clear why this new literature cannot serve this region (i.e., a case has not been made that the data need to be collected everywhere). There is no demonstration of how this data will be used to improve management. The budget to generate DNA microsatellite genotypes for population structure of coastal cutthroat trout, mtDNA and scnDNA rflps genotypes for analysis of hybridization between coastal cutthroat and either rainbow/steelhead or west slope cutthroat trout appears inadequate.

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