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Proposal 200703200: Potential effects of the invasive New Zealand mudsnail in tributaries of Bonneville Reservoir and the Deschutes River, (Potamopyrgus antipodarum).

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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 Tim Counihan

Proposal Type: New
Proposal Number: 200703200
Proposal Name: Potential effects of the invasive New Zealand mudsnail in tributaries of Bonneville Reservoir and the Deschutes River, (Potamopyrgus antipodarum).
Agency, Institution or Organization: US Geological Survey (USGS) - Cook
Short Description: Evaluate the potential effects of the New Zealand mudsnail on important salmonid rearing habitats in the Columbia Gorge Subbasin
Information Transfer: All work will be disseminated via technical reports, peer reviewed publications, and presentations
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Tim Counihan USGS 5501A Cook-Underwood Road
Cook, WA 98605
Ph: 509.538.2299
Fax: 509-538-2843
Email: tim_counihan@usgs.gov
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: ARG Province: Columbia Gorge
Sponsor Subbasin: ARG Subbasin: Columbia Gorge
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
Hood River , Oregon None Selected No
Klickitat River , Washington Columbia Gorge No

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Anadromous Fish

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project This proposal is for funding a new project, and has no past accomplishments.

Section 5: Relationships to Other Projects
Other Current Projects Related to this Project (any funding source) There are no projects related to this proposal.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
[BO Title left blank] New zealand mudsnails will effect important rearing habitats for juvenile salmon Columbia Gorge limit efffects of invasive species on native biota. p.83

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
Other Characterize aquatic macroinvertebrate community distributions including the NZMS in important rearing, spawning, and overwintering habitats and examine fish diets and food webs in major tributaries of Bonneville Reservoir (i.e. Klickitat River, Hood Rive Characterize aquatic macroinvertebrate community distributions including the NZMS in important rearing, spawning, and overwintering habitats and examine fish diets and food webs in major tributaries of Bonneville Reservoir (i.e. Klickitat River, Hood River). 10/1/2006 10/1/2008 $50,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Other Develop model to predict impact of NZMS in the Lower reaches of the major tributaries to Bonneville Reservoir Develop model to predict impact of NZMS in the Lower reaches of the major tributaries to Bonneville Reservoir 10/1/2007 10/1/2009 $30,000
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 [blank] $20,000 $20,000 $20,000
Fringe Benefits [blank] $5,000 $5,000 $5,000
Supplies [blank] $2,500 $2,500 $ 0
Totals $27,500 $27,500 $25,000

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$80,000
Total Work Element budget$80,000

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

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$ 0 $ 0
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
 
Termination Date Comments
project will be completed in the three year period.
 
Final Deliverables
technical report, publications and presnetations

Section 10: Narrative
Document Type Size Date

Part 2 of 2. Reviews of Proposal
Administrative Review Group (ARG) Results
Account Type:
Expense
Location:
Province: Columbia Gorge
Subbasin: Columbia Gorge
Primary Focal Species
No Change
ARG Comments:


BPA's in lieu Funding Review of new project proposals (August 3, 2006) [Download letter and table]

BPA's in lieu Rating: 3.0
Approx. BPA share of total costs: BPA 100%
Status of Cost Share:
Notes: Invasive species effects, multiple entities authorized/required


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

FY 2007 Budget
$23,333
FY 2008 Budget
$23,333
FY 2009 Budget
$23,333
Total NPCC Rec
$69,999
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
Comments: BPA preliminary in lieu determination. Requested budget changed during the ISRP response loop.


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

FY 2007 Budget
$23,333
FY 2008 Budget
$23,333
FY 2009 Budget
$23,333
Total NPCC Rec
$69,999
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$ 0
Total MSRT Rec
$ 0
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Comments:
NPCC Staff Comments: BPA preliminary in lieu determination

Local or MSRT Comments: See Washington guidance


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: The sponsors have adequately responded to the ISRP's concerns about potential ecosystem effects and management options, and the project is now fundable. The ecosystem effects seen elsewhere warrant the tasks to determine distribution in the Columbia Gorge tributaries. The added tasks will quantitatively place the colonization of these tributaries by the New Zealand Mud Snail in an ecosystem context (both taxonomically and energetically). Much background information was presented on the species, and many useful data will be gathered during this study.

The sponsors addressed ISRP’s concern about management actions although halting the spread of the New Zealand Mud Snail will be a major challenge even when better information is available. The data to be collected and the analyses seem to fit together quite well. The monitoring and surveillance proposed will assist control and mitigation planning for this invasive species.

The bioenergetic model proposed to evaluate the response by juvenile salmonids to high densities of the snail is a useful tool. However, the sponsors will need to consider the possibility that salmonids may not eat snails; they might shift to a diet dominated by other invertebrates. It will be important to directly observe what the fish are eating. Stable isotope analyses may not be sufficient. There are very few records in the literature of juvenile salmonids eating shelled gastropods.

The sponsors should make sure their project will not inadvertently lead to further spread of the mud snails in the Columbia River Basin via contaminated equipment, boats, etc.


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

Recommendation: Response requested
NPCC Comments: This proposal gives an adequate review of why this invasive snail (New Zealand Mud Snail) should be investigated in the subbasin but the program proposed is more suitable for basic research. The work could be important for characterizing the distribution and abundance of the invasive snail, examining its impact on primary production, and determining habitat parameters affecting its spread. However, the ISRP requests that project sponsors respond to the following issues:

1. The proponents have underestimated the task of determining the effect of the mud snail on the ecosystem supporting juvenile salmonids in the Columbia Gorge Subbasin. Even if the snail does consume a major proportion of primary production, if its abundance is negatively correlated with fish food abundance, or if it is found to be fish food species, the significance of these findings for survival of juvenile salmonids is not clear. The proposal would be improved by an explanation of how these data would help determine ecological effects of the mud snail at the secondary and tertiary (fish) trophic level. What would the form of the "logistic" model proposed be?

2. It would be helpful if the proponents described the potential management actions if the mud snail was found to be affecting salmon production.

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