Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program
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Contract 57779: 2010-034-00 EXP UPPER COLUMBIA SPRING CHINOOK
Project Number:
Title:
Upper Columbia Spring Chinook and Steelhead Juvenile and Adult Abundance, Productivity and Spatial Structure Monitoring
BPA PM:
Stage:
Implementation
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia Cascade Entiat 5.00%
Methow 35.00%
Okanogan 25.00%
Wenatchee 35.00%
Contract Number:
57779
Contract Title:
2010-034-00 EXP UPPER COLUMBIA SPRING CHINOOK
Continuation of Contract:
53250: 2010-034-00 EXP UPPER COLUMBIA SPRING CHINOOK
Contract Status:
Closed
Contract Description:
A unique well coordinated standardized monitoring and evaluation program(s) exists in the Upper Columbia River Basin.  Monitoring and evaluation programs are funded by a combination of  federal (BPA, BOR, USFWS), State, Tribal, and regional (PUDs) entities.  WDFW will be the research lead for the project and obtain all necessary environmental compliance permits for the project.  Colville Confederated Tribes will be the primary contractor for the Okanogan Basin.  While all these various program contribute data to estimate VSP parameters for steelhead and spring Chinook salmon, these programs also share common deficiencies related to precision and accuracy of the abundance estimates.  Existing M & E activities combined with recent advances in PIT tag technology provide an opportunity to improve the quality of the data generated in order to make proper management decisions concerning ESA listed species.  The overall objectives of the project are to: 1) estimate run escapement of hatchery and wild steelhead in each of the four primary populations, 2) estimate the precision of redd counts for both steelhead and spring Chinook and 3) evaluate the accuracy of the steelhead spawning ground survey design and determine the proportion of spawners outside the survey area.  In 2014, we also intend to conduct a steelhead radio telemetry study to independently validate estimates generated from PIT tags and to estimate steelhead population characteristics (overwinter survival, number of redds per female).  These tasks address in part or fully the critical uncertainties identified under Supplementation in the Columbia River Basin Research Plan (2006-03) and steelhead population characteristics (abundance, productivity, and ratio of hatchery fish) under the Fish and Wildlife Program.  Additionally, all of the studies in this proposal are directly consistent with RPAs for the FCRPS BiOp.

During the first year of the project, we installed four permanent antenna arrays (lower Methow, Salmon Creek, Chumstick Creek, and Chiwaukum Creek) and funded the development of an automated process (i.e., online queries) that would not only assist, but standardize how data from in-stream PIT tag arrays is analyzed.  We built and installed 30 temporary PIT antennas in all four primary populations to determine the proportion of steelhead spawning outside the survey area.   Approximately, 2204 steelhead were sampled and PIT tagged at Priest Rapids Dam.  Studies were initiated to estimate redd observer efficiency for both steelhead and spring Chinook in the Wenatchee and Methow subbasins.  We also refined the methodology used for estimating smolt abundance and variance.  In the second year, we installed new permanent PIT arrays in the Icicle River and Mission Creek and reinstalled arrays from OBMEP in Omak Creek, Ninemile Creek, and Antoine Creek.  Data loggers, modems, water temperature and depth gauges were also installed on all 10 permanent arrays.  Approximately, 2733 steelhead were sampled and PIT tagged at Priest Rapids Dam. QCI was subcontracted to develop and run models to estimate steelhead escapement at selected arrays and manage PIT tag and metadata associated with all PIT arrays.  We built 9 new temporary PIT antennas and 9 replacement temporary PIT antennas that were destroyed last year.   We also finalized our model to steelhead redd observer efficiency in the Wenatchee Basin and initiated similar work for steelhead in the Methow Basin.  

During the time period under this contract, we will install two permanent PIT arrays in the Lost River and Early Winters Creek in the Methow Basin and at least two permanent PIT arrays in the Okanogan Basin assisting the CCT. We will also build %five replacement temporary. % Studies focused on developing models to estimate spring Chinook redd observer efficiency in the Wenatchee and Methow Basins and steelhead in the Methow Basin will continue.  These studies should be complete in 2014.  Temporary arrays will be deployed throughout the four primary populations to better understand steelhead spawning distribution and the variation on the proportion of spawners that spawn outside the survey area.  A key component to all these activities is the steelhead stock assessment work at Priest Rapids Dam during which a random sample of steelhead (~10%) is PIT tagged.  By 2014, we expect to have the PIT tag array infrastructure installed and complete and fully develop spring Chinook and steelhead redd observer efficiency models.  

WDFW will be the research lead for the project and obtain all necessary environmental compliance permits for the project which includes FY12 contract #: 57340. Andrew Murdoch will be the point of contact for WDFW.  Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT) will be the primary contractor for the Okanogan Basin; FY12 contract #: 57340.  John Arteburn is the point of contact for the CCT.
Account Type(s):
Expense
Contract Start Date:
07/01/2012
Contract End Date:
06/30/2013
Current Contract Value:
$513,743
Expenditures:
$513,743

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 31-Oct-2019.

BPA COTR:
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
EC documents obtained for this contract and for FY12 contract #: 57340 A: 165. Provide EC documentation to BPA 06/30/2013 06/30/2013
Project managed. Draft contracting package including the SOW, LIB, & PI submitted to COTR. B: 119. Manage and administer project 06/30/2013 06/30/2013
Estimated number of hatchery and wild steelhead at Priest Rapids Dam C: 157. Upper Columbia steelhead stock assessment 12/31/2012 12/31/2012
Number of steelhead PIT tagged or recaptured. D: 158. PIT tag adult steelhead at Priest Rapids Dam 12/31/2012 12/31/2012
Install PIT tag arrays F: 70. Install permanent in-stream PIT tag arrays in preselected locations 06/30/2013 06/30/2013
PIT tag mark and recapture data G: 159. Upload PIT tag data to PTAGIS database 06/30/2013 06/30/2013
% 5 Temporary PIT tag antennas H: 70. % Install temporary PIT tag arrays in preselected locations 06/30/2013 06/30/2013
Number of steelhead that spawned outside of survey area I: 157. Estimate number of steelhead spawning outside of survey area 06/30/2013 06/30/2013
Estimates of observer efficiency J: 157. Estimate spring Chinook redd observer efficiency 06/30/2013 06/30/2013
Estimates of observer efficiency K: 157. Estimate steelhead redd observer efficiency 06/30/2013 06/23/2013

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Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Chinook (O. tshawytscha) - Upper Columbia River Spring ESU (Endangered)
  • 1 instance of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
Steelhead (O. mykiss) - Upper Columbia River DPS (Threatened)
  • 2 instances of WE 70 Install Fish Monitoring Equipment
  • 3 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 1 instance of WE 158 Mark/Tag Animals
  • 1 instance of WE 159 Transfer/Consolidate Regionally Standardized Data

Sort WE ID WE Title NEPA NOAA USFWS NHPA Has Provisions Inadvertent Discovery Completed
A 165 Provide EC documentation to BPA 07/01/2012
B 119 Manage and administer project 07/01/2012
C 157 Upper Columbia steelhead stock assessment 07/01/2012
D 158 PIT tag adult steelhead at Priest Rapids Dam 07/01/2012
E 156 % Run statistical model to estimate steelhead run escapement 07/01/2012
F 70 Install permanent in-stream PIT tag arrays in preselected locations 07/01/2012
G 159 Upload PIT tag data to PTAGIS database 07/01/2012
H 70 % Install temporary PIT tag arrays in preselected locations 07/01/2012
I 157 Estimate number of steelhead spawning outside of survey area 07/01/2012
J 157 Estimate spring Chinook redd observer efficiency 07/01/2012
K 157 Estimate steelhead redd observer efficiency 07/01/2012
L 185 Periodic Status Reports for BPA 07/01/2012
M 132 % Submit Progress Report for the period (July 2011) to (June 2012) 07/01/2012