BPA Fish and Wildlife FY 1997 Proposal

Section 1. Administrative
Section 2. Narrative
Section 3. Budget

see CBFWA and BPA funding recommendations

Section 1. Administrative

Title of project
Klickitat Basin Culvert Rehabilitation

BPA project number   5512700

Business name of agency, institution or organization requesting funding
Yakama Indian Nation

Sponsor type   WA-Tribe

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

 NameLynn Hatcher
 Mailing addressP.O. Box 151
Toppenish, WA 98948

BPA technical contact   ,

Biological opinion ID   

NWPPC Program number   3.1D.1

Short description
In general these projects would increase anadromous and resident fish habitat (i.e. spawning & juvenile rearing) and provide an improved up/downstream migration corridor. Conduct engineering surveys and use results to modify improper culverts. This could take the form of repair, replacement, and/or installing baffles within existing culverts to allow for passage.

Project start year   1997    End year   1999

Start of operation and/or maintenance   1998

Project development phase   Planning

Section 2. Narrative

Related projects
-Preliminary Design for Passage and Habitat Improvement in the Klickitat River: Project # 95-68

Project history

Biological results achieved

Annual reports and technical papers

Management implications

Specific measureable objectives
Anadromous salmonid usage can be monitored pre and post implementation of culvert rehabilitation.

This will be conducted using standardized fisheries inventories, to monitor change in population status over time.

Testable hypothesis
The habitat opened up by culvert rehabilitation will become available to anadromous fish stocks primarily coho, and steelhead spawning. Once these areas have been rehabilitated they can then become available for outplanting locations. These areas can be tested using standardized fisheries inventories to determine per and post implementation.

Underlying assumptions or critical constraints
Only during insufficient water years will upstream migration be hindered.

1). Initially a detailed inventory and engineering survey will be initiated to prioritize activities based on cost vs. Increased habitat.

2). Peterson mark-recapture, snorkeling and other standardize methodologies can be used to determine population trends of juvenile salmonids pre and post implementation. Standardized adult spawners surveys can be used to determine if adult upstream passage is taking place.

3) At this point no fish will be used to conduct studies. In the future it will be possible to use groups of fish that are used for outplanting purposes.

Brief schedule of activities
FY 1997: Conduct detailed inventory of culverts that present blockages to fish migration. Conduct an engineering survey of culverts which are deem high priority, based on cost and area of habitat which will be opened up.

FY 1998: Begin rehabilitation, modification, replacement, or conduct new construction of culvert identified during the first years activities.

FY 1999: Continue the construction phase of activities which began in FY 1998.

Biological need
The primary need for this project is to provide much need tributary spawning opportunities for anadromous fish stocks such as summer and winter steelhead and coho salmon. This project is commensurate with BPA’s goal of achieving enhancement through off-site mitigation and with salmon recovery in the Columbia River and its tributaries.

Critical uncertainties

Summary of expected outcome
An increase in the tributary spawning component of Klickitat River salmonid stocks. An expected outcome of this project would be the physical increase in available habitat for both adult spawners and juvenile rearing.

Dependencies/opportunities for cooperation
The area of consideration is totally within the “Closed-Area” of the Yakama Nation, therefore no state permits will be necessary. Implementation andconstructionn could be effected by adverse field conditions.


Monitoring activity
Conduct standardized fisheries inventories to determine increased adult spawning activity and increased juvenile rearing populations.

Section 3. Budget

Data shown are the total of expense and capital obligations by fiscal year. Obligations for any given year may not equal actual expenditures or accruals within the year, due to carryover, pre-funding, capitalization and difference between operating year and BPA fiscal year.

Historic costsFY 1996 budget data*Current and future funding needs
(none) New project - no FY96 data available 1997: 35,000
1998: 95,800

* For most projects, Authorized is the amount recommended by CBFWA and the Council. Planned is amount currently allocated. Contracted is the amount obligated to date of printout.

Funding recommendations

CBFWA funding review group   Bonneville Dam - Priest Rapids Dam

Recommendation    Tier 1 - fund

Recommended funding level   $35,000