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Contract 51995: 2000-039-00 EXP WDFW WW SALMONID PRODUCTION M&E
Project Number:
Title:
Walla Walla River Basin Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
BPA PM:
Stage:
Implementation
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia Plateau Walla Walla 100.00%
Contract Number:
51995
Contract Title:
2000-039-00 EXP WDFW WW SALMONID PRODUCTION M&E
Contract Continuation:
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46440: 2000-039-00 EXP WDFW - WALLA2 SALMONID M&E
  • 56940: 2000-039-00 EXP WDFW WW SALMONID PRODUCTION M&E
Contract Status:
Closed
Contract Description:
The Walla Walla Salmonid Monitoring and Evaluation Project (WWM&E) is funded by Bonneville Power Administration (BPA, project No. 2000-039-00) under the 2008 Columbia Basin Fish Accords Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Treaty Tribes and Federal Columbia River Power System.   The purpose of this collaborative project is to conduct natural production, tributary habitat, hatchery research, and monitoring and evaluation. Our goal is to provide ecological information and technical services to decision makers in support of adaptive management for restoration, conservation, and preservation of cultural, social, and economic salmonid resources. We plan to do this by collecting Viable Salmonid Population (VSP) criteria including estimates of abundance, productivity, survival rates, and distribution of reintroduced spring Chinook (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) salmon, ESA-listed summer steelhead (O. mykiss), and bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus). Project results, including fish per redd, smolts per redd, smolt-to-adult return, recruit per spawner, etc. are used to help inform and adapt salmonid management and recovery goals.

Study objectives are to monitor and evaluate salmonid viability, survival and productivity (VSP) in areas of the Walla Walla River, Touchet River and Mill Creek drainages.  This project estimates adult returns, spawning abundance, and smolt production to describe stock status and trends in relation to hatchery and habitat treatments and ESA recovery needs.  The project provides technical information support to fish and land managers, planners and stakeholders involved with maintaining viable salmon and steelhead populations in southeast Washington and northeast Oregon.

Project work includes Adult Enumeration, Spawning Surveys, Out-migrant monitoring, PIT tagging, Electrofishing and Fish Salvage, and some limited monitoring of habitat conditions (summer and fall water quantities and water temperatures) that directly affect salmonid presence and survival in the Walla Walla Basin. This collaborative project is conducted by the CTUIR and WDFW as funded by the Columbia River Fish Accords through 2017. The work location is the Walla Walla River Basin and tributaries (e.g. Touchet River, South Fork, and Mill Creek). Project methods were adapted from the Salmonid Field Protocols Handbook: Techniques for Assessing Status and Trends in Salmonid and Trout Populations (http://www.stateofthesalmon.org/fieldprotocols/). A major focus of ours is to estimate “adults in” and “juveniles out” as a measure of salmonid population viability; for example, adult salmonids entering the basin to spawn are enumerated using weirs and video, spawning fish and carcasses are enumerated by multiple pass ground surveys, while the juvenile emigrant population is estimated using rotary screw traps and PIT-tags.  We believe these monitoring and evaluation actions meet the highest priorities for fish population monitoring as identified in the Walla Walla Subbasin Plan, the Snake River Salmon Recovery Plan, and the Mid Columbia River Steelhead Recovery Plan.  Project metrics include: 1) estimates of adult returns, run timing and distribution, 2) spawning escapement, redd counts and distribution, 3) out-migrant condition, abundance, survival and timing at emigration, 4) smolt survival and timing to Columbia River interrogation sites, 5) smolt to adult returns, adult recruitment, 6) numbers of salmonids rearing, or their distribution during summer, 7) numbers and life stages of salmonids rescued or salvaged, and 8) water quantity and water quality (temperature) conditions in selected areas of the Walla Walla Subbasin.  

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) collaboratively worked with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) to submit the collaborative fish monitoring proposal to BPA in 2005.  BPA provided separate contracts to WDFW and CTUIR in June of 2007 for the joint project.  Funding for WDFW's participation currently has been incorporated into the CTUIR's MOA with BPA for this project.  CTUIR and WDFW project partners collaborate on the project proposal, budget, statements of work and annual report, but they retain their individual contracts with BPA.  CTUIR project offices are located at the William A. Grant Water and Science Center at Walla Walla Community College, in Walla Walla.  WDFW project and District office is located in Dayton, Washington.  Previously, CTUIR and WDFW conducted separate studies and reported to BPA in separate annual reports under project numbers 1998-020-00 and 2000-039-00.  Previous project reports may be found at www.data.umatilla.nsn.us/fisheries/index.aspx, or http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/research/projects/se_wash_fish/ or efw.bpa.gov/searchpublications/.
Account Type(s):
Expense
Contract Start Date:
03/01/2011
Contract End Date:
02/29/2012
Current Contract Value:
$174,876
Expenditures:
$174,876

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 31-Jan-2020.

BPA COTR:
Env. Compliance Lead:
Work Order Task(s):
Contract Type:
Contract (IGC)
Pricing Method:
Cost Reimbursement (CNF)
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Viewing of Work Statement Elements

Deliverable Title WSE Sort Letter, Number, Title Start End Complete
Compliance for WEs C-L B: 165. Compliance for WEs C-L 02/29/2012 02/28/2012
Adult enumeration data C: 157. Adult enumeration 02/29/2012 02/28/2012
Spring Chinook spawner/carcass survey data D: 157. Spring Chinook Spawner / carcass surveys 11/30/2011 11/30/2011
Up to 5000 smolts PIT tagged E: 158. PIT tag smolts 02/29/2012 02/28/2012
Outmigrant monitoring and evaluation data F: 157. Outmigrant monitoring and evaluation 02/29/2012 02/28/2012
Fish salvage data G: 28. Fish salvage 02/29/2012 02/28/2012
Bull trout redd survey data I: 157. Bull trout redd count surveys 02/29/2012 02/28/2012
Electrofishing or snorkel survey data J: 157. Electrofishing and snorkel surveys 02/29/2012 02/28/2012
Water temperature summaries K: 157. Deploy, monitor and retrieve water temperature monitors 02/29/2012 02/28/2012
Flow monitoring data summaries L: 157. Monitor stream discharges 02/29/2012 02/28/2012
Analyzed data M: 162. Analyze data 02/29/2012 02/28/2012
Manage Walla Walla Salmonid Monitoring and Evaluation Project O: 119. Manage & Administer Walla Walla Salmonid Monitoring and Evaluation Project 02/29/2012 02/28/2012

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Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Chinook (O. tshawytscha) - Mid-Columbia River Spring ESU
  • 1 instance of WE 28 Trap and Haul
  • 5 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 1 instance of WE 158 Mark/Tag Animals
  • 1 instance of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data
Steelhead (O. mykiss) - Middle Columbia River DPS (Threatened)
  • 1 instance of WE 28 Trap and Haul
  • 6 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 1 instance of WE 158 Mark/Tag Animals
  • 1 instance of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data
Trout, Bull (S. confluentus) (Threatened)
  • 1 instance of WE 28 Trap and Haul
  • 5 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 1 instance of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data

Sort WE ID WE Title NEPA NOAA USFWS NHPA Has Provisions Inadvertent Discovery Completed
A 185 Periodic Status Reports for BPA 03/01/2011
B 165 Compliance for WEs C-L 03/01/2011
C 157 Adult enumeration 04/22/2011
D 157 Spring Chinook Spawner / carcass surveys 04/22/2011
E 158 PIT tag smolts 04/22/2011
F 157 Outmigrant monitoring and evaluation 04/22/2011
G 28 Fish salvage 04/22/2011
H 157 Steelhead redd count surveys 04/22/2011
I 157 Bull trout redd count surveys 04/22/2011
J 157 Electrofishing and snorkel surveys 04/22/2011
K 157 Deploy, monitor and retrieve water temperature monitors 03/01/2011
L 157 Monitor stream discharges 03/01/2011
M 162 Analyze data 03/01/2011
N 132 Technical Progress Report for 3/1/2010 - 2/28/2011 03/01/2011
O 119 Manage & Administer Walla Walla Salmonid Monitoring and Evaluation Project 03/01/2011