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Contract 27421: 1988-065-00 KOOTENAI RIVER FISHERIES RECOVERY INVESTIGATIONS
Project Number:
Title:
Kootenai River Fishery Investigations
Stage:
Implementation
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Mountain Columbia Kootenai 100.00%
Contract Number:
27421
Contract Title:
1988-065-00 KOOTENAI RIVER FISHERIES RECOVERY INVESTIGATIONS
Contract Continuation:
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22684: 1988-065-00 EXP, KOOTENAI RIVER WHITE STURGEON INVESTIGATIONS
  • 32681: PROJECT 1988-065-00 KOOTENAI RIVER FISHERIES INVESTIGATIONS
Contract Status:
Closed
Contract Description:
The Kootenai RiverWhite Sturgeon Investigation is managed by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and is comprised of four major projects collectively called the Kootenai River Fisheries Recovery Investigations.  Most of the investigations are transboundary in nature and cooperative with various state, federal, provincial, and tribal agencies.

1) First is the white sturgeon research to monitor and evaluate measures taken to rehabilitate the Kootenai River white sturgeon population, an endangered sopecies, the goal is to rehabilitate sturgeon to a fishable level and remove them from the ESA list.  The FY06 goals and tasks will focus on M&E of the proposed "Pilot Project" site which is a high use spawning site for white sturgeon, the Pilot Project is the first phase of habitat enhancement of a sturgeon spawning site to improve incubation and rearing habiat.  Adult sturgeon will have VEMCO transmitters implanted and their activity around the proposed site will be monitored to determine pre - Pilot Project use.   In July the USACE initiate the Piolt Project by placeing  large rock in the Kootenai River at this spawning site.  Additional studies will evaluate the release of white sturgeon embryos at several locations in the river with cobble and gravel substrate to determine the importance of substrate size and to experiment with early releases to establish a year class of sturgeon.  Also, juvenile sturgeon will be sampled to M &E flow and temperature measues by the USACE as mitigation for sturgeon spawning and recruitment.  Further, juvenile wild and hatchery sturgeon will be sampled in July and August to monitor hatchery sturgeon survival and contribution of wild sturgeon from previous mitigation measures by the USACE and BPA.  

2) A burbot (a species of special concern) investigation in FY06 is designed to monitor and evaluate measures through a Conservation Strategy to rehabilitate burbot and it is undertaken each fall and winter.  This Goal to is to rehabilitate burbot to a fishable level.  Burbot are winter spawners and the most important measures are designed to improve spawning migration by reducing temperature and discharge in the river.  The capture of adults pre and post spawn and biopsies provides vital information on whether or not these measures result in spawning.  Adult burbot will also be implanted in FY06 with sonic tags and their movement is monitored to determine their response to the discharge and temperature measures during the spawning season.  Larval tows are made and light traps are set to search for evidence of spawning success with the capture of larva.  

3) Ecosystem nutrient restoration to restore nutrients to the Kootenai River was first undertaken in FY05 with a goal to improve primary production lost to the nutrient sink affect of Lake Koocanusa.  The Kootenai River is the largest river in the world that nutrients are purposely being added to to restore primary production and fish growth and survival.  The main objective is to measure the response at the various trophic levels, this is a cooperative investigation with the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho.  The main tasks will involve not only calculating P and N releases and the precise ratio needed daily but biomonioring of all food transfer levels from algae to the fish community.  

4)  The fourth is a salmonid investigation to monitor improvements to the bull trout (threatened) and interior redband (petitioned) trout with secondary species of mountain whitefish and cutthroat trout. The main goal is to devise methods to improve the trout fishery in the Kootenai River and help plan management.   In Fy06 an investigation using EMAP will be implemented to determine the Kootenai River basin wide in Idaho population numbers of rainbow and cutthroat troutprimarily including tributaries.  Vital statistics of the rainbow trout fish population in the Kootenai River will be continued to M & E management regulation changes and the effect of nutrient enhancement to the fecundity, recruitment, growth and survival of rainbow trout.  Bull trout redd counts will also be made to monitor spawning or adult numbers as a measuree of stock size improvements due to protective measures.
Account Type(s):
Expense
Contract Start Date:
05/01/2006
Contract End Date:
03/30/2007
Current Contract Value:
$951,695
Expenditures:
$951,695

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 31-Oct-2022.

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Env. Compliance Lead:
Work Order Task(s):
Contract Type:
Contract (IGC)
Pricing Method:
Cost Reimbursement (CNF)
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Deliverable Title WSE Sort Letter, Number, Title Start End Complete
Remaining permits will be applied for A: 165. Nutrient Restoration Permits 03/31/2007 02/28/2007
White sturgeon tagging B: 158. Kootenai River white sturgeon adult sampling and spawning 03/31/2007 04/30/2007
Release free swimming embryos C: 157. Kootenai River white sturgeon embryo release 03/31/2007 04/30/2007
Year class stregth/contribution of wild juvenile white sturgeon will be determined D: 157. Recruitment of juvenile white sturgeon 03/31/2007 10/04/2006
Suitable velocities for larval movement determined E: 157. Determine the dispersal of Kootenai River white sturgeon post hatch of free embryos 03/31/2007
Pilot Project effects on bathymetry will be measured and analyzed F: 157. Examine Kootenai River bathemetric change from habitat work 03/31/2007 03/31/2007
Genetic purity of cutthroat determined G: 157. Genetic diversity & degree of hybridization of Cutthroat trout in Kootenai River drainage of ID 04/30/2007 04/30/2007
Bull trout redd surveys H: 157. Bull trout redd surveys and population trends 03/31/2007 04/30/2007
Vital statistics of rainbow trout I: 157. Monitoring Rainbow trout population vital statistics 03/31/2007 03/31/2007
Biomonitoring complete J: 157. Nutrient restoration biomonitoring 03/31/2007 03/31/2007
Coordintion of Restoration Efforts K: 118. Coordination of nutrient restoration efforts with the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho 01/31/2007 03/31/2007
Consultation with resource agencies for FY06 complete L: 118. Interagency Cooperation on Aquatic and Riparian Habitat 03/31/2007 03/31/2007
Vital statistics of burbot completed M: 157. Estimate burbot from Bonners Ferry, ID to Kootenay Lk, BC & provide estimate of recruitment/survival 03/31/2007 04/30/2007
Burbot and sturgeon sampling in BC coordinated and completed N: 118. Coordination of transboundary burbot and white sturgeon studies with BC Min. Environment 03/31/2007 04/30/2007
The distribution of salmonids in the Kootenai River drainage will be determined O: 157. Salmonid distribution and numbers in the Kootenai River drainage of Idaho 03/31/2007
Salmonid Annual Report Completed P: 132. Salmonid Annual Report Draft Report 03/31/2007
Burbot Annual Report Completed Q: 132. Burbot Annual Report Draft Report 03/30/2007 04/30/2007
Nutrient Restoration Annual Report R: 132. Ecosystem Rehabilitation Draft Annual Report 03/31/2007 12/04/2006
White Sturgeon Annual Report Completed S: 132. Prepare a comprehensive draft annual report pertaining to white sturgeon related studies 03/31/2007
Funding Package - Submit draft to COTR U: 119. Manage and Administer Kootenai River Fisheries Recovery Investigation Project 03/31/2007

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Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Burbot (Lota lota)
  • 1 instance of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
Cutthroat Trout, Westslope (O. c. lewisi)
  • 3 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
Sturgeon, White (A. transmontanus) - Kootenai River DPS (Endangered)
  • 4 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 1 instance of WE 158 Mark/Tag Animals
Trout, Bull (S. confluentus) (Threatened)
  • 3 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
Trout, Rainbow (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
  • 1 instance of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
Trout, Interior Redband (O. mykiss gairdnerii)
  • 3 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
Whitefish, Mountain (Prosopium williamsoni)
  • 1 instance of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data

Sort WE ID WE Title NEPA NOAA USFWS NHPA Has Provisions Inadvertent Discovery Completed
A 165 Nutrient Restoration Permits
B 158 Kootenai River white sturgeon adult sampling and spawning
C 157 Kootenai River white sturgeon embryo release
D 157 Recruitment of juvenile white sturgeon
E 157 Determine the dispersal of Kootenai River white sturgeon post hatch of free embryos
F 157 Examine Kootenai River bathemetric change from habitat work
G 157 Genetic diversity & degree of hybridization of Cutthroat trout in Kootenai River drainage of ID
H 157 Bull trout redd surveys and population trends
I 157 Monitoring Rainbow trout population vital statistics
J 157 Nutrient restoration biomonitoring
K 118 Coordination of nutrient restoration efforts with the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho
L 118 Interagency Cooperation on Aquatic and Riparian Habitat
M 157 Estimate burbot from Bonners Ferry, ID to Kootenay Lk, BC & provide estimate of recruitment/survival
N 118 Coordination of transboundary burbot and white sturgeon studies with BC Min. Environment
O 157 Salmonid distribution and numbers in the Kootenai River drainage of Idaho
P 132 Salmonid Annual Report Draft Report
Q 132 Burbot Annual Report Draft Report
R 132 Ecosystem Rehabilitation Draft Annual Report
S 132 Prepare a comprehensive draft annual report pertaining to white sturgeon related studies
T 185 Periodic Status Reports for BPA
U 119 Manage and Administer Kootenai River Fisheries Recovery Investigation Project