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Contract 30699: 1998 010 04 M & E SNAKE RIV JUV FALL CHIN FROM NPT FCAP
Project Number:
Title:
Monitor and Evaluate (M&E) Performance of Juvenile Snake River Fall Chinook Salmon from Fall Chinook Acclimation Project
Stage:
Closed
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Blue Mountain Snake Hells Canyon 100.00%
Contract Number:
30699
Contract Title:
1998 010 04 M & E SNAKE RIV JUV FALL CHIN FROM NPT FCAP
Contract Continuation:
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25677: 1998 010 04 M & E SNAKE RIVER YEARLING FALL CHINOOK SALMON
  • 35933: 199801004 EXP M&E SNAKE RIVER JUVENILE FALL CHINOOK FROM NPT FCAP
Contract Status:
History
Contract Description:
PROJECT SUMMARY:

This project will evaluate the success of fall Chinook supplementation above Lower Granite Dam and facilitate management decisions for the future conservation and perpetuation of naturally spawning populations of fall Chinook salmon in the Snake and Clearwater Rivers above Lower Granite Dam specifically addressing RPA 184 in the FCRPS 2000 Biological Opinion and as recommended in the FWP, Snake Hell's Canyon and Clearwater Subbasin Summaries and Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit.

PROJECT COORDINATION:

This project complements and collaborates with several other Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) projects as recommended in the Snake Hell's Canyon and Clearwater Subbasin Summaries.  Foremost is the Fall Chinook Acclimation Project (FCAP), which consists of BPA projects 199801005, 199801007 and 199801008.  These projects are the operations of the Pittsburg Landing, Captain John Rapids, and Big Canyon Fall Chinook acclimation facilities, respectively.  This project conducts monitoring and evaluation on the supplementation yearling and subyearling fall Chinook that are reared at Lyons Ferry Hatchery (LFH) and transferred for acclimation and release from these facilities.

This project shares personnel, equipment and vehicles with the fall Chinook portion of the Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery M&E (NPTH M&E) Project (198335003).

Beginning in 2003 we took the lead for conducting fall Chinook salmon spawning ground surveys on the Grande Ronde, Imnaha and Salmon Rivers.  The NMFS and WDFW complement this project by sampling adult fall Chinook returns to LFH and Lower Granite Dam.  The Idaho Power Company (IPC) and USFWS (project 199801003) conduct spawning ground survey activities on the Snake River and the NPTH M&E project (198335003) leads spawning ground surveys in the Clearwater River Subbasin.  

All PIT tagging operations at the acclimation facilities are led by the NPT and may be assisted by WDFW.  PIT tagging activities at Pittsburg Landing in 1996 were conducted cooperatively between the USFWS and NPT.  The USFWS led PIT tagging operations at Pittsburg Landing in 1997 and 1998.  The NPT has led PIT tagging operations at Pittsburg Landing since 1999.  The NPT has led all PIT tagging activities at the Big Canyon Creek facility since 1997 and will continue to do so in the future.  The NPT has led PIT tagging activities at the Captain John Rapids facility since 1998 in close coordination with WDFW.

We coordinate with USFWS Idaho Fish Health Laboratory personnel on the transfer of the fish health sampling data (Bacterial Kidney Disease, all viral checks, etc.) which we analyze and report in annual reports. The ISRP confused  "condition" as a metric we were using for fish health which we are not.  Condition as we measure in this SOW is a "condition factor" which is simply a relationship of fish length to weight.

We coordinate with co-managers (USFWS, WDFW, IDFG, NMFS, IPC, ODFW, etc.) and TAC to develop fall chinook management and monitoring and evaluation planning documents through the US v. Oregon proceedings.

PROJECT BACKGROUND:

Agreements were reached through U.S. v. Oregon to release 450,000 yearling fall Chinook salmon on-station at Lyons Ferry Hatchery as well as an additional 450,000 (total) yearlings from three acclimation facilities above Lower Granite Dam.  The USFWS Lower Snake River Compensation Plan (LSRCP) funded the first two years (1996 and 1997) of this project, through the BPA.  Direct BPA funding began in 1998.  Supplementation of LFH fall Chinook yearlings and monitoring and evaluation studies were initiated with the commencement of operations of the Pittsburg Landing acclimation facility on the Snake River in 1996.  The Big Canyon facility on the Clearwater River and the Captain John Rapids facility on the Snake River began operating in 1997 and 1998, respectively.  The acclimation facilities have also accommodated annual releases of up to 2.4 million subyearling fall Chinook in all but one year since 1997 due to ample broodstock availability.  Releases have typically occurred at 2 different times, early (May) and late (June).  These subyearling releases have no specific monitoring and evaluation associated with them as mandated in the FCRPS 2000 Biological Opinion, FWP, Snake Hell's Canyon and Clearwater Subbasin Summaries and Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit.  We proposed in the 2002 Provincial Rolling Review to expand our scope to include tagging a portion of the subyearling release groups as these releases have not received funding for monitoring and evaluation, however the additional funds we requested have not been made available.

Our primary study area includes the mainstem Clearwater River from Big Canyon Creek downstream to the mouth, the mainstem Snake River from Pittsburg Landing downstream to the mouth, and the Columbia River from the Snake River confluence downstream to Bonneville Dam.

Our monitoring and evaluation efforts from 1996-2006 have resulted in obtaining up to 11 years of comparative size, condition and health data as well as documenting survival estimates, migration rates and timing of yearlings, and in some years subyearlings, from the FCAP facilities to Lower Snake and Columbia River dams.  Data from 1999-2004 have been analyzed and annual reports for these years are currently available on the BPA website.

Results from the acclimation monitoring and evaluation program of both subyearling and yearling fall Chinook have been encouraging.  Numbers of adult fall Chinook returning to Lower Granite Dam have increased dramatically since 1998 (the first year of adults returns from FCAP releases), indicating that supplementation efforts appear to be having positive effects on natural spawning and juvenile abundances.  Fish health assessments for BKD levels have been variable over the years.
Account Type(s):
Expense
Contract Start Date:
01/01/2007
Contract End Date:
12/31/2007
Current Contract Value:
$190,088
Expenditures:
$141,122

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 30-Sep-2020.

BPA COTR:
Env. Compliance Lead:
Contract Contractor:
Work Order Task(s):
Contract Type:
Contract (IGC)
Pricing Method:
Cost Reimbursement (CNF)
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Full Name Organization Write Permission Contact Role Email Work Phone
Bill Arnsberg Nez Perce Tribe Yes Technical Contact billa@nezperce.org (208) 476-7296x3578
Deborah Docherty Bonneville Power Administration Yes COTR dldocherty@bpa.gov (503) 230-4458
Arleen Henry Nez Perce Tribe Yes Administrative Contact arleenh@nezperce.org (208) 621-3833
Carl Keller Bonneville Power Administration No Env. Compliance Lead cjkeller@bpa.gov (503) 230-7692
Paul Krueger Bonneville Power Administration Yes F&W Approver pqkrueger@bpa.gov (503) 230-5723
Kristi Van Leuven Bonneville Power Administration No Contracting Officer kjvleuven@bpa.gov (503) 230-3605
Kelly Wasson Nez Perce Tribe No Administrative Contact kellyw@nezperce.org (208) 843-7317


Viewing of Work Statement Elements

Deliverable Title WSE Sort Letter, Number, Title Start End Complete
Ensure environmental compliance requirements have been met A: 165. Ensure environmental compliance requirements have been met 12/31/2007 12/31/2007
Attendance of all coordination meetings. B: 189. Attend fall Chinook coordination meetings 12/31/2007 12/31/2007
Revised draft Snake River Fall Chinook Salmon Monitoring and Evaluation Plan C: 122. Local and regional Snake River Fall Chinook M&E planning 12/31/2007 12/31/2007
Sets of length and weight data for all FCAP yearling and subyearling fall Chinook release grou D: 157. Collect length and weight data for yearling & subyearling fall chinook salmon 12/31/2007 12/31/2007
Representative PIT tagged groups of fish in each FCAP yearling and subyearling release. E: 158. PIT tag yearling and subyearling fall Chinook 10/31/2007 10/31/2007
Data sets for PIT tagged yearlings and subyearlings released from the FCAP facilities F: 157. Collect PIT tag data 06/30/2007 06/30/2007
Collect tag/mark retention data G: 157. Collect tag/mark retention data 06/30/2007 06/30/2007
Data sets on the PTAGIS database and on local database/spreadsheet H: 159. Upload/download PIT tag data to/from the PTAGIS database 11/16/2007 11/16/2007
Annual river flow, temperature and spill data set I: 159. Download river flow and temperature data 12/31/2007 12/31/2007
Analysis results for all FCAP yearling and subyearling release groups J: 162. Analyze PIT tag data 12/31/2007 12/31/2007
Analysis results of length/weight data for all FCAP release groups K: 162. Analyze length and weight data 12/31/2007 12/31/2007
Spawning ground survey reports for the Grande Ronde, Imnaha and Salmon rivers L: 157. Conduct Spawning ground surveys 12/31/2007 12/31/2007
Summary reports for FCAP releases to co-managers M: 161. Disseminate Summary Reports 10/31/2007 10/31/2007
Results summarized in annual report. N: 161. Fish health data summary 12/31/2007 12/31/2007
Manage and administer contract for FY07 O: 119. Manage and Administer Project 12/31/2007 12/31/2007
Annual report submitted to BPA for publication on website. P: 132. Annual Report 12/31/2007

Viewing of Implementation Metrics
Viewing of Environmental Metrics

Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Chinook (O. tshawytscha) - Snake River Fall ESU (Threatened)
  • 1 instance of WE 122 Provide Technical Review and Recommendation
  • 4 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 1 instance of WE 158 Mark/Tag Animals
  • 2 instances of WE 159 Transfer/Consolidate Regionally Standardized Data
  • 2 instances of WE 161 Disseminate Raw/Summary Data and Results
  • 2 instances of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data

Sort WE ID WE Title NEPA NOAA USFWS NHPA Has Provisions Inadvertent Discovery Completed
A 165 Ensure environmental compliance requirements have been met 02/09/2007
B 189 Attend fall Chinook coordination meetings 02/09/2007
C 122 Local and regional Snake River Fall Chinook M&E planning 02/09/2007
D 157 Collect length and weight data for yearling & subyearling fall chinook salmon 02/09/2007
E 158 PIT tag yearling and subyearling fall Chinook 02/09/2007
F 157 Collect PIT tag data 02/09/2007
G 157 Collect tag/mark retention data 02/09/2007
H 159 Upload/download PIT tag data to/from the PTAGIS database 02/09/2007
I 159 Download river flow and temperature data 02/09/2007
J 162 Analyze PIT tag data 02/09/2007
K 162 Analyze length and weight data 02/09/2007
L 157 Conduct Spawning ground surveys 02/09/2007
M 161 Disseminate Summary Reports 02/09/2007
N 161 Fish health data summary 02/09/2007
O 119 Manage and Administer Project 02/09/2007
P 132 Annual Report 02/09/2007
Q 185 Periodic Status Reports for BPA 02/09/2007