FY 2003 Lower Columbia proposal 31001

Additional documents

31001 Narrative Narrative
31001 Sponsor Response to the ISRP Response
31001 Powerpoint Presentation Powerpoint Presentation

Section 1. Administrative

Proposal titleArtificial production facilities improvements to support Lower Columbia chum salmon reintroduction into the Chinook River
Proposal ID31001
OrganizationSea Resources
Proposal contact person or principal investigator
NameRobert Warren
Mailing addressP.O. Box 187 Chinook, WA 98614
Phone / email3607778229 / robert@searesources.org
Manager authorizing this projectRobert Warren
Review cycleLower Columbia
Province / SubbasinLower Columbia / Columbia Estuary
Short descriptionImprove Sea Resources hatchery facilities to enable staff to perform tasks in support of the reintroduction of Lower Columbia chum salmon into the Chinook River.
Target speciesChum salmon
Project location
46.2715 -123.9288 Sea Resources facilities located in Chinook, Washington.
Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives (RPAs)


Habitat Action 157

Relevant RPAs based on NMFS/BPA review:

Reviewing agencyAction #BiOp AgencyDescription
NMFS Action 157 NMFS BPA shall fund actions to improve and restore tributary and mainstem habitat for CR chum salmon in the reach between The Dalles Dam and the mouth of the Columbia River.
BPA Action 177 NMFS In 2002, BPA shall begin to implement and sustain NMFS-approved, safety-net projects.

Section 2. Past accomplishments

1997 Completion of restoration plan for the Chinook River watershed.
1999 Installation of fourteen new culverts and forest road drainage system to alleviate sedimentation problems in the upper Chinook River watershed.
Replacement of a bridge in the middle Chinook River impeding adult salmon passage.
Creation of and off-channel wetland area to provide rearing habitat for juvenile salmon.
Initiation of Lower Columbia River chum salmon reintroduction project in the Chinook River in cooperation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Initiation of Sea Resources' native plant propagation program and subsequent planting of over 3,000 trees/shrubs in riparian areas.
2000 Initiation of hatchery marking program with the goal of marking all fish reared in the Chinook River hatchery.
Documentation of juvenile salmonid migration patterns in the Chinook River by operating two smolt traps located at the river's mouth and at River Kilometer 6.2.
2001 Initiation of water quality monitoring program to characterize the gradient of conditions along the lower 7 kilometers of the Chinook River.
Completion of ground truthing tasks in the pre-restored Chinook River estuary for the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership's hyperspectral remote sensing project.

Section 3. Relationships to other projects

Project IDTitleDescription
Not applicable

Section 4. Budget for Planning and Design phase

Task-based budget
ObjectiveTaskDuration in FYsEstimated 2003 costSubcontractor
1. Complete planning, design, and coordination activities associated with improving incubation water supply. a. Coordinate design of new water filtration system with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and appropriate suppliers. 1 $350
b. Complete site planning activities. 1 $60
2. Complete planning and design of system for thermal marking. a. Coordinate upgrade of electrical service to incubation area. 1 $120
b. Coordinate design of new thermal marking system with WDFW and appropriate subcontractors and equipment suppliers. 1 $400
Outyear objectives-based budget
ObjectiveStarting FYEnding FYEstimated cost
Not Applicable $0
Outyear budgets for Planning and Design phase

Section 5. Budget for Construction and Implementation phase

Task-based budget
ObjectiveTaskDuration in FYsEstimated 2003 costSubcontractor
1. Install incubation water supply filtration system. a. Coordinate material acquisitions and delivery from appropriate suppliers. 1 $5,500
b. Excavate as necessary to accomodate new water filtration system. 1 $500 Yes
c. Complete installation of water filtration system. 1 $1,500
2. Install thermal marking system. a. Upgrade electrical system as required to receive new chillers and associated equipment. 1 $5,000 Yes
b. Purchase chiller boxes, chillers, and necessary fixtures. 1 $23,000
c. Construct and install thermal marking system. 1 $1,500
3. Obtain necessary materials and equipment for artificial propagation of chum salmon a. Purchase equipment and supplies to spawn brood stock. 1 $3,935
b. Purchase equipment and supplies to gather biological information per WDFW requirements. 1 $0
Outyear objectives-based budget
ObjectiveStarting FYEnding FYEstimated cost
Not applicable $0
Outyear budgets for Construction and Implementation phase

Section 6. Budget for Operations and Maintenance phase

Task-based budget
ObjectiveTaskDuration in FYsEstimated 2003 costSubcontractor
Not applicable $0
Outyear objectives-based budget
ObjectiveStarting FYEnding FYEstimated cost
Not applicable $0
Outyear budgets for Operations and Maintenance phase

Section 7. Budget for Monitoring and Evaluation phase

Task-based budget
ObjectiveTaskDuration in FYsEstimated 2003 costSubcontractor
Not applicable $0
Outyear objectives-based budget
ObjectiveStarting FYEnding FYEstimated cost
Not applicable $0
Outyear budgets for Monitoring and Evaluation phase

Section 8. Estimated budget summary

Itemized budget
ItemNoteFY 2003 cost
Personnel FTE: .1 $3,930
Supplies Materials for spawning and incubation water filtration system. $9,935
Capital Thermal marking system equipment and installation. $28,000
Total estimated budget
Total FY 2003 cost$41,865
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA funds$0
Total FY 2003 budget request$41,865
FY 2003 forecast from 2002$0
% change from forecast0.0%
Cost sharing
OrganizationItem or service providedAmountCash or in-kind
Not applicable $0 cash

Reviews and recommendations

This information was not provided on the original proposals, but was generated during the review process.

Fundable only if response is adequate
Mar 1, 2002


A response is needed. This is potentially fundable. The Chinook will probably provide good habitat when the tidegate comes out; what is the firm schedule for removing the tidegate and/or the causeway? How is it justified to begin reintroduction before the tidegate has been removed? It may be particularly valuable to improve the hatchery for an integrated hatchery-and-wild-spawning program for chum because the Chinook will provide another refuge for the Grays chums in the face of degraded habitat there. When, under what status of natural production, would Chinook hatchery production be terminated? Can this occur within the 9-year life of the project? Details of methods are not given. What is the plan for apportioning returns to Chinook Hatchery between natural and hatchery spawning? In general, what is the tactical plan for restoring chum in the estuary? How does the plan fit into any recovery plan for chum salmon in the Columbia River? Experience and qualifications of investigators isn't given; expertise in salmon conservation genetics and in chum salmon behavioral ecology will be important to the success of re-establishment of chum in the Chinook basin; we encourage Sea Resources to seek expert collaborators.
Recommended Action
May 17, 2002


Funding this project should be based on the results of Project 30005. NMFS has identified that this project is a BiOp project.
Jun 7, 2002


Fundable after a strategic plan for chum restoration in the lower river is established. There are too many unanswered questions about this potentially useful and important project. It should be proposed again after a strategic interagency plan for restoration of chum in the lower River is developed and it can be shown how this Chinook River project will contribute, how this effort will be monitored and evaluated, how this effort could be modified in response to the plan and to the ongoing monitoring and evaluation. The project plan should indicate when or under what conditions production at Chinook Hatchery would be terminated and how returns would be apportioned between natural spawning and the hatchery.
Jul 19, 2002


Statement of Potential Biological Benefit to ESU
Supplementation/Hatchery project would increase abundance by expanding habitat usage into the Chinook River, taking advantage of rehabilitated habitat; provide added broodstock source for future efforts.

Useful project to provide alternate brood source and take advantage of improvements in Chinook River.

Already ESA Req? No

Biop? Yes

A w/conditions
Jul 23, 2002


Concur with ISRP comment to defer until the development of a strategic plan which addresses status and use of hatcheries in the recovery of chum salmon in the lower Columbia River.
Do Not Fund
Oct 30, 2002