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Contract 24725: 2003 017 00 WENATCHEE R M & E PILOT
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Integrated Status and Effectiveness Monitoring Program (ISEMP)
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Basinwide - 100.00%
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2003 017 00 WENATCHEE R M & E PILOT
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The goals of this proposed work are to: 1) develop and test methods for monitoring headwater stream conditions at the subcatchment and stream levels, 2) determine the effects of land-use (timber harvest and roading) and vegetation cover (which is under geoclimatic control) on the biological productivity of subcatchments, and 3) use this information to relate watershed condition of fishless subcatchments to fish communities in downstream habitats. The headwaters monitoring focuses on food web productivity (i.e., the amount of aquatic arthropod biomass and organic detritus produced and exported to fish habitats) as an integrator of the processes and environmental constraints driving these ecosystems.  It is also meant to determine whether food web productivity is a key determinant of the population ecology, foraging behavior and sustainability of downstream fish assemblages which include sensitive anadromous species and resident species.

Role of Wenatchee Aquatic and Land Interactions (WALI) Team:

Overview:  WALI is in a contractual agreement with Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and is working cooperatively with scientists from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks (contract #24727).  BPA initiated the research program "Integrated Status and Effectiveness Monitoring" in 2003 to assess the health of aquatic resources and fisheries in the Wenatchee sub-basin of the Upper Columbia River Watershed.  Productivity derived from headwater streams could be a critical component of ecosystem health in the Wenatchee sub-basin and the WALI Team is equipped with the expertise to conduct such a detailed analysis.  The nature of the agreement between BPA and WALI is also cooperative in the sense that some research activities are directly funded by BPA and some are provided by WALI in-kind.

Dr. Karl Polivka is a Co-Principal Investigator on the project and is leading the fish ecology portions of the study.  These include: (1) Studies of productivity in fish-bearing habitat. Because the macroinvertebrate community downstream of headwater junctions may show the effects of input from the headwaters, Polivka is leading the WALI team's study of benthic invertebrates in fish-bearing streams. (2) An assessment of baseline productivity informs other aspects of the study such as fish responses (including diet) resulting from prey delivery from the headwater tributaries. We are linking the relative contribution of invertebrate based food webs found in the headwater streams and that of the fish-bearing streams to the condition of relevant fish populations using direct measures of fish diet, condition and behavior to establish how strongly connected the energetic inputs of headwater streams are to the persistence of resident and anadromous species.  Dr. Polivka's contribution to the project is provided in-kind to the amount of 0.25 FTE.
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* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 31-Jan-2020.

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Full Name Organization Write Permission Contact Type Email Work Phone
Christopher (UAF) Binckley University of Alaska Fairbanks Yes Interested Party (509) 664-1729
Sarah Hawkins Bonneville Power Administration No Contracting Officer (503) 230-4747
Paul Krueger Bonneville Power Administration Yes F&W Approver (503) 230-5723
Gerald McClintock Bonneville Power Administration Yes COTR (503) 230-5375
Pamela Nelle Terraqua, Inc. No Interested Party (509) 885-8143
Karl Polivka US Forest Service (USFS) Yes Contract Manager (509) 664-1736
Nancy Weintraub Bonneville Power Administration No Env. Compliance Lead (503) 230-5373
Mark Wipfli University of Alaska Fairbanks No Administrative Contact (907) 474-6654
Richard Woodsmith US Forest Service (USFS) No Contract Manager (509) 664-1735

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Deliverable Title WSE Sort Letter, Number, Title Start End Complete
Detailed description and analysis of landscape-level variation in stream quality A: 156. Development of methods for monitoring low order drainages 09/30/2006 08/29/2006
New, revised, or validated protocol for headwater monitoring in the Wenatchee sub-basin B: 156. Collect samples of invertebrates, organic detritus, and water nutrients 08/31/2006 08/29/2006
Draft publication for peer review C: 156. Sampling in fish-bearing habitat 09/30/2006
Statistical Analysis of 2004 sampling D: 162. Statistical analyses of all data collected 08/31/2006 08/29/2006
Drafts of peer-reviewed publications E: 183. Submit manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals 09/30/2006
Final Approved Annual Report uploaded to BPA web site F: 132. Submit annual report to NOAA 12/31/2005 03/31/2006
All BPA Contract Documents G: 119. Overall Project Management 09/30/2006 09/30/2006
Required reporting of incidental mortality of fish H: 165. Environmental Compliance for Collect Data 08/31/2006 09/30/2006
Characterizing time since logging J: 162. GIS Analysis 09/30/2006 11/30/2006

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Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
All Anadromous Fish
  • 2 instances of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data

Sort WE ID WE Title NEPA NOAA USFWS NHPA Has Provisions Inadvertent Discovery Completed
A 156 Development of methods for monitoring low order drainages
B 156 Collect samples of invertebrates, organic detritus, and water nutrients
C 156 Sampling in fish-bearing habitat
D 162 Statistical analyses of all data collected
E 183 Submit manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals
F 132 Submit annual report to NOAA
G 119 Overall Project Management
H 165 Environmental Compliance for Collect Data
I 185 Periodic Status Reports for BPA
J 162 GIS Analysis