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Contract 59833: 1991-073-00 EXP IDAHO NATURAL PRODUCTION MONITORING - 2013
Project Number:
Title:
Idaho Natural Production Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
Stage:
Closed
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Mountain Snake Salmon 100.00%
Contract Number:
59833
Contract Title:
1991-073-00 EXP IDAHO NATURAL PRODUCTION MONITORING - 2013
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Contract Status:
History
Contract Description:
The Idaho Natural Production Monitoring & Evaluation Project (INPMEP) has been evolving in an adaptive management mode for over 20 years. It was originally established by the Northwest Power Planning Council’s 1982 Fish and Wildlife Program as project number 1983-007-00. Project goals were to monitor natural production of anadromous fish and evaluate off-site habitat mitigation projects funded by Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). The original project split into general and intensive monitoring components. General monitoring followed anadromous fish production and population trends over a broad geographic area. Intensive studies investigated life cycle survival at two sites to develop quantitative criteria to guide management. Both components continued through the 1990s as project number 1991-073-00. Project focus changed with the listing of Snake River spring/summer Chinook and steelhead under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Salmon escapement declined such that survival could not be estimated with intensive studies but had to be examined in aggregate. Thus, the intensive studies were expanded to a basin-wide scale and evaluation of specific mitigation projects was discontinued, while general monitoring continued as before. Changing demands for the way monitoring is conducted in the Columbia River basin prompted a proposal with a slightly changed focus in 2010. This statement of work implements the plans put forth in the 2010 proposal as approved by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

Currently, INPMEP monitors trends in abundance, productivity, spatial structure, and diversity at the independent population, and major population group (MPG) scales for spring/summer Chinook salmon and steelhead trout in the Salmon, Clearwater, and minor middle Snake tributaries in the Idaho portion of Hells Canyon. We will also assess abundance, productivity, and diversity for the Snake River spring/summer Chinook Evolutionary Significant Unit (ESU) based on samples obtained at Lower Granite Dam (LGR).  At LGR, INPMEP will continue to sample adult Chinook with NOAA Fisheries (project 2005-002-00) and has expanded efforts in coordination with the Smolt Monitoring Project at LGR (SMP; 1987-127-00) to obtain juvenile samples.  Analysis of genetic samples has been transferred to the Genetic Stock Identification project (GSI; 2010-026-00).  We will collaborate with the GSI project to break aggregate abundance estimates and age composition into MPGs, and in some cases, independent populations. Over time, productivity will be assessed. In 2012, we will continue to collect length, sex, and age data from wild Chinook salmon on the spawning grounds across Idaho, and evaluate biases in these data. The run reconstruction analyses conducted in the past will be updated as well. We will continue to  develop a more efficient and valid study design for juvenile salmonid monitoring.

The four objectives for INPMEP from the recent past will be maintained for this contract period. The purpose of each objective involves enumerating or describing individuals within the life stages undergone by anadromous salmonids. By understanding the transitions between stages and associated controlling factors, we also hope to achieve a mechanistic understanding of population dynamics.
Objective 1. Describe the 2011 adult escapement and age composition of wild Chinook salmon passing LGR.
Objective 2. Monitor the juvenile production of Chinook salmon and steelhead trout for the MPGs within the Clearwater and Salmon sub-basins. This objective is general trend monitoring that focuses on densities of juvenile salmonids at selected sampling sites. Sites will be selected based on a rotating panel design (intensive, extensive, and historical panels).
Objective 3. Evaluate the life cycle survival and the freshwater productivity of Snake River spring/summer Chinook salmon. There are two components: update/refine a stock-recruit model and estimate aggregate smolt-to-adult survival. This is an evaluation that puts together and interprets data generated from other objectives in a form suitable for management evaluation. The results are invaluable for assessing stock status and the impact of tributary management actions on them.
Objective 4. Coordinate reporting of redd counts in Idaho to fit the population format recommended by the Interior Columbia Basin Technical Recovery Team.

As a large-scale, long-term monitoring project, INPMEP interacts with many other projects that are concerned with natural production of salmonids in Idaho.  Over time, relationships among many parties have formed to provide technical assistance among projects, as well as to avoid unnecessary duplication of efforts. INPMEP provides technical information to IDFG fisheries managers. In addition to fulfilling the primary status monitoring functions for ESA listed Snake River spring/summer Chinook populations, INPMEP has collected essential baseline data for effectiveness monitoring of population responses to management actions with respect to aquatic resources, downstream passage issues, tributary habitat modifications, and natural/hatchery interactions. It is the umbrella for IDFGs assessment of natural production of anadromous salmonids. Related projects include Idaho Supplementation Studies (ISS; conducted collaboratively by IDFG, the Nez Perce Tribe, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, and US Fish and Wildlife Service; projects 1989-098-00, 1989-098-01, 1989-098-02, and 1989-098-03) and Idaho Steelhead Monitoring and Evaluation Studies (ISMES; project 1990-055-00) take a more local, Tier 3 approach to monitoring. INPMEP complements these projects by providing a broader, Tier 1 & 2, context. These projects are mutually supporting.
Account Type(s):
Expense
Contract Start Date:
02/01/2013
Contract End Date:
01/31/2014
Current Contract Value:
$877,449
Expenditures:
$877,449

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 31-Aug-2021.

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
Permitting Complete B: 165. Obtain Project Permitting 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Manage Project C: 119. Manage Project 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Chinook abundance, harvest, and hatchery take D: 157. Collect Spring/Summer Chinook Salmon Adult & Smolt Abundance Data from Cooperators (2012 data) 03/31/2013 03/29/2013
Estimate parr densities in snorkeled reaches E: 162. Estimate Parr Densities from Snorkel Surveys (2012 data) 04/30/2013 04/26/2013
Wild Chinook smolt production at Lower Granite Dam F: 162. Estimate Spring/Summer Chinook Smolt Production at Lower Granite Dam (2012 data) 04/30/2013 04/26/2013
Estimate population-specific VSP metrics for wild Chinook G: 162. Estimate Population-Specific Metrics for Adult Chinook Salmon Monitoring (2012 data) 04/30/2013 04/26/2013
Describe Chinook escapement at Lower Granite Dam H: 162. Describe Adult Spring/Summer Chinook Escapement At Lower Granite Dam (2012 data) 04/30/2013 04/26/2013
Stock-recruit curve and smolt-to-adult return rates for wild Chinook salmon I: 162. Describe Life-cycle Survival for Snake River Chinook Salmon (2012 data) 05/31/2013 05/24/2013
Snorkel survey data (Salmon and Clearwater River basins) J: 157. Conduct General Parr Monitoring (2013) 09/30/2013 09/30/2013
Adult Chinook scale and tissue samples and data from Lower Granite Dam K: 157. Collect Adult Spring/ Summer Chinook Samples and Data at Lower Granite Dam (2013) 10/31/2013 10/31/2013
Juvenile Chinook tissue samples and data from Lower Granite Dam L: 157. Collect Juvenile Spring/Summer Chinook Tissue Samples and Data at Lower Granite Dam (2013) 07/31/2013 07/31/2013
Population-specific redd counts (Salmon River and Clearwater River basins) M: 159. Collate Population-Specific Redd Count Data for Spring/Summer Chinook Salmon (2013) 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Chinook salmon spawning ground biological data (Salmon and Clearwater River basins) N: 157. Collate and Collect Spring/Summer Chinook Salmon Spawning Ground Biological Data (2013) 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Determine the ages of Chinook fin ray samples O: 162. Assign Ages to Adult Spring/Summer Chinook Fin Ray Samples (2013) 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Determine the age of wild adult Chinook salmon scale samples from Lower Granite Dam P: 162. Assign Ages to Adult Spring/Summer Chinook Scale Samples from Lower Granite Dam (2013) 12/31/2013 12/31/2013
Annual Queries Complete Q: 159. Conduct Data Queries and Summarization (2013) 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Database Maintenance Cycle R: 160. Maintain Project Data and Databases (2013) 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Annual report complete S: 132. Submit Progress Report for the period 2/1/2012 to 1/31/2013 01/31/2014 01/31/2014
Abstracts and presentations complete T: 161. Conduct Professional Presentations 04/30/2013 04/26/2013
Technical manuscripts U: 183. Prepare/Submit Journal Articles 01/31/2014 01/31/2014

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Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Chinook (O. tshawytscha) - Snake River Spring/Summer ESU (Threatened)
  • 1 instance of WE 183 Produce Journal Article
  • 5 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 2 instances of WE 159 Transfer/Consolidate Regionally Standardized Data
  • 1 instance of WE 161 Disseminate Raw/Summary Data and Results
  • 7 instances of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data
Chinook (O. tshawytscha) - Snake River Spring/Summer (not listed)
  • 2 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 1 instance of WE 159 Transfer/Consolidate Regionally Standardized Data
  • 1 instance of WE 161 Disseminate Raw/Summary Data and Results
  • 5 instances of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data
Steelhead (O. mykiss) - Snake River DPS (Threatened)
  • 1 instance of WE 183 Produce Journal Article
  • 2 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 1 instance of WE 159 Transfer/Consolidate Regionally Standardized Data
  • 1 instance 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 185 Periodic Status Reports for BPA 02/01/2013
B 165 Obtain Project Permitting 02/01/2013
C 119 Manage Project 02/01/2013
D 157 Collect Spring/Summer Chinook Salmon Adult & Smolt Abundance Data from Cooperators (2012 data) 02/01/2013
E 162 Estimate Parr Densities from Snorkel Surveys (2012 data) 02/01/2013
F 162 Estimate Spring/Summer Chinook Smolt Production at Lower Granite Dam (2012 data) 02/01/2013
G 162 Estimate Population-Specific Metrics for Adult Chinook Salmon Monitoring (2012 data) 02/01/2013
H 162 Describe Adult Spring/Summer Chinook Escapement At Lower Granite Dam (2012 data) 02/01/2013
I 162 Describe Life-cycle Survival for Snake River Chinook Salmon (2012 data) 02/01/2013
J 157 Conduct General Parr Monitoring (2013) 10/07/2013
K 157 Collect Adult Spring/ Summer Chinook Samples and Data at Lower Granite Dam (2013) 10/07/2013
L 157 Collect Juvenile Spring/Summer Chinook Tissue Samples and Data at Lower Granite Dam (2013) 10/07/2013
M 159 Collate Population-Specific Redd Count Data for Spring/Summer Chinook Salmon (2013) 02/01/2013
N 157 Collate and Collect Spring/Summer Chinook Salmon Spawning Ground Biological Data (2013) 10/07/2013
O 162 Assign Ages to Adult Spring/Summer Chinook Fin Ray Samples (2013) 02/01/2013
P 162 Assign Ages to Adult Spring/Summer Chinook Scale Samples from Lower Granite Dam (2013) 02/01/2013
Q 159 Conduct Data Queries and Summarization (2013) 02/01/2013
R 160 Maintain Project Data and Databases (2013) 02/01/2013
S 132 Submit Progress Report for the period 2/1/2012 to 1/31/2013 02/01/2013
T 161 Conduct Professional Presentations 02/01/2013
U 183 Prepare/Submit Journal Articles 02/01/2013