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Proposal 200205300: Assess Salmonids Asotin Cr Ws

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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 Kent Mayer

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 200205300
Proposal Name: Assess Salmonids Asotin Cr Ws
BPA Project Manager: Roy Beaty
Agency, Institution or Organization: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)
Short Description: The goal of this project is to assess the status of anadromous salmonid populations in the Asotin Creek watershed. This project implements the RM&E criteria in the Asotin Subbasin Plan for ESA-listed species, primarily steelhead trout, and Chinook salmon.
Information Transfer: Timely data collection and dissemination is an important part of this project. Annual and Quarterly Status Reports will be submitted to BPA in the Pisces (electronic) format. Written or oral summaries will be provided to co-managers, subbasin planners and other interested parties, for inclusion in planning efforts. Data will also be submitted to the StreamNet database, if possible.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Kent Mayer Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife 1049 Port Way
Clarkston, WA 99403
Ph: 509-751-0823
Fax: 509-751-8631
Email: mayerkcm@dfw.wa.gov
Form Submitter This project is an extension of BPA Project No. 2002-053-00.
All Assigned Contacts
Kent Mayer Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife 1049 Port Way
Clarkston, WA 99403
Ph: 509-751-0823
Fax: 509-751-8631
Email: mayerkcm@dfw.wa.gov
Project Lead
This project is an extension of BPA Project No. 2002-053-00.
Mark Schuck WDFW 401 South Cottonwood
Dayton, WA 99328
Ph: 509-382-1004
Fax: 509-382-2427
Email: schucmls@dfw.wa.gov
Supervisor

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Blue Mountain ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Asotin ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
46.3218 -117.1209 Asotin River The juvenile and adult trapping sites are located at road km 6.6 (NE quarter, Section 26, Township 10 North, Range 45 East). Asotin, Washington Asotin Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Steelhead Snake River ESU
Bull Trout
Chinook Snake River Spring/Summer ESU

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Fabricated and operated a weir-trap to sample and estimate the anadromous salmonid population in Asotin Creek. Captured >500 adult and > 7,000 juvenile steelhead. Surveyed adults per redd. First year PIT tagging. Submitted Quarterly Status Reports to BPA.
2004 Installed and operated a rotary screw trap to sample and estimate the juvenile salmonid population Asotin Creek. Captured >8,000 juvenile steelhead and >1,800 Chinook salmon. Submitted Quarterly Status and Annual Reports electronically to the BPA website.
2003 Hired a Project Biologist. Established Clarkston field office. Began implementation of BPA Project #2002-053-00, Assess Salmonids in the Asotin Creek Watershed. Obtained required ESA and state environmental permits to cover proposed work in Asotin Creek.

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: LSRCP - LSRCP Funded Snake River Basin Monitoring and Evaluation This project will provide estimates of adult and juvenile salmonid abundance in the Asotin Creek watershed, which will be used to supplement the LSRCP Funded Monitoring and Evaluation efforts in the Snake R. basin (i.e., monitoring the effects of ongoing hatchery supplementation and harvest augmentation hatchery production on natural populations. Monitoring occurs in the Asotin, Grande Ronde, Snake and Walla Walla Subbasins). Note: This is a cost-share item.
Other: WA Conservation Commission - Conservation Reserve Enhancement (CREP) Program This project assesses the status of anadromous salmonid populations in the Asotin Creek watershed, which will be used as a generalized indicator of improving watershed health resulting from the activities of the Washington Conservation Commission-funded Conservation Reserve Enhancement (CREP) Program (i.e., maintenance funding for riparian fences, alternative water developments, and tree planting within CREP buffers. Improve riparian buffer health to reduce water temperatures and improve overall watershed system function).
Other: WA Dept. of Ecology - Riparian Restoration Program This project assesses the status of anadromous salmonid populations in the Asotin Creek watershed, which will be used as a generalized indicator of improving watershed health resulting from the activities of the Washington Department of Ecology-funded riparian restoration program (i.e., water quality improvements including riparian fence, alternative water developments and planting native vegetation. Reduce impacts from livestock usage along salmon-bearing streams).
Other: WA Dept. of Ecology - Water Quality Monitoring Program This project assesses the status of anadromous salmonid populations in the Asotin Creek watershed, which will be used as a generalized indicator of improving watershed health resulting from the activities of the Washington Department of Ecology-funded Water Quality Monitoring Program (i.e., water quality monitoring and riparian protection projects, including fencing, alternative water developments, and tree planting. Improve riparian buffer health to reduce water temperatures and improve overall watershed system function).
PCSRF - WSRFB 01-1233 Asotin Creek Six-Year Seed Program This project assesses the status of anadromous salmonid populations in the Asotin Creek watershed, which will be used as a generalized indicator of improving watershed health resulting from the activities of PCSRF/WA Project No. 01-1233 (i.e., upland sediment reduction project on prioritized acres, to reduce sediment delivery to stream channels).
BPA 199401805 Asotin Enhancement/Restoration This project assesses the status of anadromous salmonid populations in the Asotin Creek watershed, which will be used as a generalized indicator of improving watershed health resulting from the activities of BPA Project No. 1994-018-05 (i.e., protect and enhance fish habitat in the subbasin, under the Asotin Creek Model Watershed Plan, to restore naturally-producing populations of summer steelhead and spring Chinook salmon. This project addresses limiting factors currently affecting anadromous salmonids in the Asotin Creek Subbasin.
BPA 199801900 Wind River Watershed The Wind River project represents a similar approach to monitoring population status in another Province. The recovery of Wind River wild steelhead through a multi-agency, collaborative watershed assessment, restoration, and monitoring and evaluation program. Steelhead monitoring and evaluation is conducted by WDFW in an approach consistent with the approach on Asotin Creek, but in a larger river system.
BPA 200205400 Protect & Restore Asotin Cr Ws This project assesses the status of anadromous salmonid populations in the Asotin Creek watershed, which will be used as a generalized indicator of improving watershed health resulting from the activities of BPA Project No. 2002-054-00 (i.e., decommission unnecessary roads within the Asotin Creek subbasin that contribute sediments to the system, which may negatively affect salmonid egg survival. Ultimately, to protect and restore the ecological and biological functions of the Asotin Creek watershed, to assist in the recovery of anadromous fish species).
BPA 200600500 Asotin Creek Wildlife Area O&M This project assesses the status of anadromous salmonid populations in the Asotin Creek watershed, which will be used as a generalized indicator of improving watershed health resulting from the activities of BPA Project No. 2006-005-00 (i.e., restoration of riparian areas on the South Fork of Asotin Creek and George Creek, by controlling noxious weeds, planting native vegetation, and maintaining boundary fencing).

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Answer critical data needs for VSP attributes This is an RM&E project designed to enumerate adult salmonids entering Asotin Creek to spawn and to estimate the juvenile migrant population and emigration patterns. Asotin Estimate the abundance, productivity, survival rates, and temporal and spatial distribution of ESA-listed species, primarily steelhead trout (O. mykiss), and secondarily Chinook salmon. Research critical uncertainties unique to the Asotin Creek Subbasin. 173-4; App. M, p. 4-5

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
1: Manage and Administer Projects Administrative Duties Management and administrative work in support of the on the ground efforts and BPA's programmatic requirements, such as metrics, statements of work, WDFW science meetings and continuing education. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $58,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

2: Produce Status Report Status Reports Indicate the status of contract milestones (WE #185). 4/1/2007 12/31/2009 $12,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

3: Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation Submit 4(d) Research Application Submit a Scientific Research and Take Authorization 4(d) Application and Report, and obtain Environmental Compliance clearance for 2007. 10/1/2007 12/31/2009 $12,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

4: Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Data Collection Collect data to estimate the abundance, productivity, survival rates, and temporal and spatial distribution of steelhead trout and Chinook salmon in Asotin Creek, above George Creek. Spreadsheets of the data will be structured to increase the utility of the Asotin Creek database. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $521,799
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

5: Mark/Tag Animals Fish Tagging Activities Capture and bio-sampling activities in support of the placement of marks/tags (PIT and Floy) on anadromous salmonids in Asotin Creek. Transfer PIT tag metadata (including tag numbers, fish bio- and release data) to the regional PTAGIS database. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $42,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

6: Analyze/Interpret Data Data Analysis Assess the status of anadromous salmonid population in Asotin Creek, primarily by enumerating the adult population and estimating juvenile emigration and early life stage survival. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $63,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

7: Produce Annual Report Annual Report A final Annual Report for FY06 and a draft Annual Report for FY07, that includes details of accomplishments for each work element in the FY06 and FY07 contracts, respectively. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $46,500
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 Biologist 3 Salary ($4,482) dependent on funding of resistivity counter (Objective #2) $102,803 $102,171 $106,207
Fringe Benefits Biologist 3 Benefits ($1,434) dependent on funding of resistivity counter (Objective #2) $32,897 $32,695 $33,986
Supplies Includes items for Objective 2 (Resistivity Counter, George Creek) and Objective 3 (PIT tag array, Asotin Creek). Also includes vehicle gas/lease $84,723 $24,723 $25,465
Travel [blank] $940 $970 $1,000
Capital Equipment Objective 2, Resistivity Counter for George Creek $29,000 $ 0 $ 0
Overhead @ 28.9% $63,973 $46,402 $48,164
Other PIT tags (3,000 @ $2.06-$2.25/tag) $6,180 $6,750 $6,750
Totals $320,516 $213,711 $221,572

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$755,799
Total Work Element budget$755,799

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
LSRCP Spawning surveys $4,500 $4,700 $4,900 In-Kind Confirmed
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Scale Reading $3,000 $3,100 $3,200 In-Kind Confirmed
Totals $7,500 $7,800 $8,100

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$229,770 $238,272 Average 3.7% increase for FY10 and FY11.
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
This RM&E project assesses anadromous salmonid populations in the Asotin Creek watershed. According to the ISRP, it will take 10-15 years to establish a population baseline suitable for trend analysis and to answer critical data needs for VSP attributes.
 
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
$212,000
FY 2008 Budget
$212,000
FY 2009 Budget
$212,000
Total NPCC Rec
$636,000
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
Comments:


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

FY 2007 Budget
$212,000
FY 2008 Budget
$212,000
FY 2009 Budget
$212,000
Total NPCC Rec
$636,000
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$ 0
Total MSRT Rec
$ 0
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Comments:


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: The proposal is excellent, especially the reporting of progress to date. The installation of the resistivity counter is a positive step and should help enumerate adult Chinook and steelhead escapements, particularly in combination with the juvenile PIT tag effort.

Technical and scientific background: The goal of this project is to assess the status of anadromous salmonid populations in the Asotin Creek watershed. Much of Asotin Creek and its tributaries have been straightened, diked or relocated. Many habitat restoration projects have been completed or are ongoing in the Asotin Creek watershed with state (Salmon Recovery Funding Board, Washington Conservation Commission) and federal (BPA) funding. More than $1.5 million has been spent on habitat restoration projects in the Asotin Creek Subbasin.

The data suggests that Asotin Creek – above eight FCRPS dams on the Snake and Columbia Rivers – has a highly productive and resilient population of naturally-producing summer steelhead, which may be an important nursery of the Snake River steelhead ESU.

Fish management in Asotin Creek, directed by Washington’s Wild Salmonid Policy (WSP 1997), is focused on the protection and restoration of wild steelhead (lower Snake River ESU) and bull trout. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) designated the Asotin Creek Subbasin a wild steelhead refuge in 1997 and has planted no hatchery fish since 1998. Limited efforts have been made to assess the salmonid populations in the subbasin. Most of the data used by the co-managers for fish management are from limited research, monitoring, and evaluation (RM&E) activities conducted with funds from the Lower Snake River Compensation Plan (LSRCP).

Rationale and significance to subbasin plans and regional programs: This project implements the research, monitoring and evaluation (RM&E) criteria specified in the Asotin Subbasin Plan by providing estimates of abundance, productivity, survival rates, and temporal and spatial distribution of ESA-listed species, primarily summer steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and secondarily spring Chinook salmon (O. tshawytscha). The project also implements reasonable and prudent alternative (RPA) 180 in the NMFS 2000 and 2004 Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS) Biological Opinions (BiOp) for population status monitoring and review of status change over time. This project is designed to enumerate adult salmonids entering Asotin Creek to spawn and to estimate the juvenile migrant population and emigration patterns

Relationships to other projects: As a result of the several associated projects in the Asotin subbasin, a sizeable investment has now been made toward understanding salmonids in Asotin Creek. Allowing the project to continue until relevant metrics can be described for a small system with a relatively large steelhead population has significant potential value. This is underscored by early project data that show substantially more adults and juvenile out-migrants in the system than were expected (ASP 2004, p5. 15; 45). Understanding the population dynamics of the Asotin Creek steelhead population can be instructive for understanding small-river summer steelhead biology throughout the Interior Columbia basin and the potential of these smaller systems to contribute to recovery.

Project history: A detailed and thorough recounting of project history and accomplishments is provided.

Objectives: Five objectives clearly defined and linked to Asotin Subbasin Plan

Tasks (work elements) and methods: Detailed methods with sound scientific principles and explained and referenced.

Facilities, equipment, and personnel: The basic infrastructure needed to complete the proposed work elements is already in place.

Information transfer: An Annual Report will be submitted to BPA as a deliverable work product, which will include an abstract, introduction, description, methods, results, discussion, summary, and list of expenditures, in the Pisces format. Quarterly status reports will also be submitted to BPA in Pisces. Written or oral summaries will be provided to co-managers, subbasin planners and other interested parties, as necessary/requested, for inclusion in Asotin Subbasin planning efforts. The data from this project will also be submitted to the StreamNet database, if possible.

Benefit to focal and non-focal species: For the steelhead Snake River ESU, this assessment work should provide benefits including improved knowledge of species/habitat relationship. The baseline data collected for each focal species under this project is needed to refine fish return and management goals, and to assist in the establishment of future numeric fish population goals as outlined in the Asotin Subbasin Plan (ASP 2004, p. 160). In addition, assessing the Asotin Creek steelhead population may provide a better understanding of limiting factors that affect similar or adjacent populations. Moreover, data from this project could be used to help determine if regional recovery efforts to stabilize and rebuild steelhead populations would be best spent on within-subbasin projects or out-of subbasin actions (i.e., FCRPS modifications).

Rebuilding the bull trout population and eventually reintroducing spring Chinook are goals for the Subbasin. Understanding the steelhead population trend may allow managers to initiate recovery actions directed toward these populations at the appropriate time.


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: The proposal is excellent, especially the reporting of progress to date. The installation of the resistivity counter is a positive step and should help enumerate adult Chinook and steelhead escapements, particularly in combination with the juvenile PIT tag effort.

Technical and scientific background: The goal of this project is to assess the status of anadromous salmonid populations in the Asotin Creek watershed. Much of Asotin Creek and its tributaries have been straightened, diked or relocated. Many habitat restoration projects have been completed or are ongoing in the Asotin Creek watershed with state (Salmon Recovery Funding Board, Washington Conservation Commission) and federal (BPA) funding. More than $1.5 million has been spent on habitat restoration projects in the Asotin Creek Subbasin.

The data suggests that Asotin Creek – above eight FCRPS dams on the Snake and Columbia Rivers – has a highly productive and resilient population of naturally-producing summer steelhead, which may be an important nursery of the Snake River steelhead ESU.

Fish management in Asotin Creek, directed by Washington’s Wild Salmonid Policy (WSP 1997), is focused on the protection and restoration of wild steelhead (lower Snake River ESU) and bull trout. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) designated the Asotin Creek Subbasin a wild steelhead refuge in 1997 and has planted no hatchery fish since 1998. Limited efforts have been made to assess the salmonid populations in the subbasin. Most of the data used by the co-managers for fish management are from limited research, monitoring, and evaluation (RM&E) activities conducted with funds from the Lower Snake River Compensation Plan (LSRCP).

Rationale and significance to subbasin plans and regional programs: This project implements the research, monitoring and evaluation (RM&E) criteria specified in the Asotin Subbasin Plan by providing estimates of abundance, productivity, survival rates, and temporal and spatial distribution of ESA-listed species, primarily summer steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and secondarily spring Chinook salmon (O. tshawytscha). The project also implements reasonable and prudent alternative (RPA) 180 in the NMFS 2000 and 2004 Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS) Biological Opinions (BiOp) for population status monitoring and review of status change over time. This project is designed to enumerate adult salmonids entering Asotin Creek to spawn and to estimate the juvenile migrant population and emigration patterns

Relationships to other projects: As a result of the several associated projects in the Asotin subbasin, a sizeable investment has now been made toward understanding salmonids in Asotin Creek. Allowing the project to continue until relevant metrics can be described for a small system with a relatively large steelhead population has significant potential value. This is underscored by early project data that show substantially more adults and juvenile out-migrants in the system than were expected (ASP 2004, p5. 15; 45). Understanding the population dynamics of the Asotin Creek steelhead population can be instructive for understanding small-river summer steelhead biology throughout the Interior Columbia basin and the potential of these smaller systems to contribute to recovery.

Project history: A detailed and thorough recounting of project history and accomplishments is provided.

Objectives: Five objectives clearly defined and linked to Asotin Subbasin Plan

Tasks (work elements) and methods: Detailed methods with sound scientific principles and explained and referenced.

Facilities, equipment, and personnel: The basic infrastructure needed to complete the proposed work elements is already in place.

Information transfer: An Annual Report will be submitted to BPA as a deliverable work product, which will include an abstract, introduction, description, methods, results, discussion, summary, and list of expenditures, in the Pisces format. Quarterly status reports will also be submitted to BPA in Pisces. Written or oral summaries will be provided to co-managers, subbasin planners and other interested parties, as necessary/requested, for inclusion in Asotin Subbasin planning efforts. The data from this project will also be submitted to the StreamNet database, if possible.

Benefit to focal and non-focal species: For the steelhead Snake River ESU, this assessment work should provide benefits including improved knowledge of species/habitat relationship. The baseline data collected for each focal species under this project is needed to refine fish return and management goals, and to assist in the establishment of future numeric fish population goals as outlined in the Asotin Subbasin Plan (ASP 2004, p. 160). In addition, assessing the Asotin Creek steelhead population may provide a better understanding of limiting factors that affect similar or adjacent populations. Moreover, data from this project could be used to help determine if regional recovery efforts to stabilize and rebuild steelhead populations would be best spent on within-subbasin projects or out-of subbasin actions (i.e., FCRPS modifications).

Rebuilding the bull trout population and eventually reintroducing spring Chinook are goals for the Subbasin. Understanding the steelhead population trend may allow managers to initiate recovery actions directed toward these populations at the appropriate time.

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