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Contract 63634: 2010-028-00 EXP ADULT STEELHEAD ABUNDANCE TUCANNON & ASOTIN RIVER
Project Number:
Title:
Estimate Adult Steelhead Abundance in Small Streams Associated with Tucannon & Asotin Populations
Stage:
Implementation
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia Plateau Snake Lower 100.00%
Contract Number:
63634
Contract Title:
2010-028-00 EXP ADULT STEELHEAD ABUNDANCE TUCANNON & ASOTIN RIVER
Contract Continuation:
Previous:
59759: 2010-028-00 EXP ADULT STEELHEAD ABUNDANCE TUCANNON & ASOTIN RIVER
Contract Status:
Closed
Contract Description:
Summary:  Adult traps have proven to be more effective at estimating adult returns than steelhead spawning surveys (see, e.g. Asotin Creek).  We propose to establish upstream migrant traps on at least two minor spawning aggregations (mSA) tributaries per year, and rotate them from stream to stream every three years, to:
(1) estimate adult steelhead abundance and ratios of hatchery and natural steelhead;
(2) collect tissue samples for inclusion in Snake Basin genetic characterization of steelhead for future run reconstruction estimates at Lower Granite Dam [coordinated with Project 2010-026-00: Chinook and Steelhead Genotyping for Genetic Stock Identification (GSI) at Lower Granite Dam];
(3) geographically locate and reference (gps) all redds while conducting spawning surveys in at least one stream to compare the abundance estimate with the trap estimate (We had originally planned to use redd count surveys on one stream (Almota Creek) to compare steelhead spawning survey estimates of escapement with trap estimates, and as a test to evaluate several different spawning survey designs and determine their precision and accuracy.  This portion of the project will not be completed due to the fact that the first two years of sampling had high turbid stream flows that did not allow for spawning surveys, and we have now been denied access by a key landowner.); and,
(4) conduct random draws of the data to test and evaluate several different spawning survey designs and determine their precision and accuracy.  

Status:  Natural adult abundance, and the proportion of hatchery steelhead, in the associated mSA tributaries are being compiled with similar estimates for core Asotin (BPA Project 2002-053-00) or Tucannon steelhead populations (Project 2010-034-00: Upper Columbia Spring Chinook and Steelhead Juvenile and Adult Abundance, Productivity and Spatial Structure Monitoring), and Lower Snake River Compensation Plan monitoring by WDFW, to provide more complete estimates of adult abundance and escapement composition (e.g. hatchery proportion and source) over a period of years.  

Purpose:  The designated Tucannon and Asotin steelhead populations extend beyond those drainages or areas sampled by the projects listed above.  The intent of this project is to collect new adult return information on these smaller mSA tributaries to add to the Asotin and Tucannon monitoring projects, and enable us to more accurately and completely estimate total population abundance.  
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Background:  Asotin and Tucannon steelhead are sole populations within the Lower Snake River Major Population Group (MPG).  Both populations include steelhead using small Snake River tributaries that have little or no fish monitoring.  All but one of the tributaries (Alpowa Creek) are considered minor spawning aggregations (mSAs), and most of these mSAs are not monitored for adult steelhead abundance or other Viable Salmonid Population (VSP) attributes.  Therefore, the proportions of adult natural origin steelhead escapement, or hatchery fish on the spawning grounds, within these mSAs, are unknown for these two steelhead populations (Asotin and Tucannon).  NOAA guidance on monitoring ESA recovery (Crawford and Rumsey 2009) lists abundance of naturally produced steelhead as the highest priority for monitoring.  It also calls for monitoring the ratio of marked to unmarked fish in spawning escapement; we will be removing hatchery steelhead at our traps when it appears that there will be over 5% hatchery fish on the spawning grounds.  The Tucannon and Lower Snake Subbasin Plans, and the Snake River Salmon Recovery Plan also emphasize improved monitoring, especially for adult escapements.
Account Type(s):
Expense
Contract Start Date:
12/01/2013
Contract End Date:
11/30/2014
Current Contract Value:
$52,195
Expenditures:
$52,195

* 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
Effective implementation management and timely contract administration A: 119. Project Management and Contract Administration 11/30/2014 11/30/2014
Timely environmental compliance assistance and clearance documentation. B: 165. Environmental Compliance Documentation and Clearance (WEs C - I) 09/30/2014 09/30/2014
Upstream migrant traps for adult steelhead acquired, installed, and removed at end of season C: 70. Construct, modify, and/or repair and install traps and weirs 07/01/2014 07/01/2014
Mark or tag adult steelhead at traps for mark-recapture estimates D: 158. Operculum punch or tag steelhead passed upstream for mark-recapture estimate of trap efficienc 06/30/2014 05/19/2014
Adult enumeration data E: 157. Adult enumeration 11/30/2014 11/30/2014
Genetic sampling data F: 157. Collect Tissue Samples for Baseline Genetic Analysis 07/31/2014 07/31/2014
Steelhead spawning survey summary data. G: 157. Steelhead redd count surveys 11/30/2014 11/30/2014
Water temperature summaries H: 157. Deploy, monitor, and retrieve water temperature monitors 11/30/2014 11/30/2014
Flow monitoring data I: 157. Monitor stream discharges 11/30/2014 11/30/2014
Analyzed Spawning Data J: 162. Analyze Steelhead Spawning Data 11/30/2014 11/30/2014
Analyzed Adult Trapping Data K: 162. Analyze Adult Trap Data 11/30/2014 11/30/2014
Submit Annual Progress Report for 2013 L: 132. Technical Progress Report for 2013 calendar-year 03/31/2014 03/31/2014
Submit report for BiOp RPA association M: 141. RM&E Reporting for BPA 03/31/2014 03/31/2014

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Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Steelhead (O. mykiss) - Snake River DPS (Threatened)
  • 1 instance of WE 70 Install Fish Monitoring Equipment
  • 5 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 1 instance of WE 158 Mark/Tag Animals
  • 2 instances of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data

Sort WE ID WE Title NEPA NOAA USFWS NHPA Has Provisions Inadvertent Discovery Completed
A 119 Project Management and Contract Administration 12/01/2013
B 165 Environmental Compliance Documentation and Clearance (WEs C - I) 12/01/2013
C 70 Construct, modify, and/or repair and install traps and weirs 09/13/2013
D 158 Operculum punch or tag steelhead passed upstream for mark-recapture estimate of trap efficienc 09/13/2013
E 157 Adult enumeration 09/13/2013
F 157 Collect Tissue Samples for Baseline Genetic Analysis 09/13/2013
G 157 Steelhead redd count surveys 09/13/2013
H 157 Deploy, monitor, and retrieve water temperature monitors 09/13/2013
I 157 Monitor stream discharges 09/13/2013
J 162 Analyze Steelhead Spawning Data 12/01/2013
K 162 Analyze Adult Trap Data 12/01/2013
L 132 Technical Progress Report for 2013 calendar-year 12/01/2013
M 141 RM&E Reporting for BPA 12/01/2013
N 185 Periodic Status Reports for BPA 12/01/2013
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