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Contract 65117: 1990-005-01 EXP UMATILLA NATURAL PRODUCTION M&E FY 14
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Umatilla Basin Natural Production Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
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Columbia Plateau Umatilla 100.00%
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A.  Natural Production Monitoring and Evaluation

The Natural Production Monitoring and Evaluation Project provides information to tribal, state and federal fisheries managers by monitoring tribal harvest, juvenile outmigration, water temperatures, and natural spawning of salmon and steelhead in the Umatilla Basin.  The recent memorandum of agreement (MOA) has expanded the activities of this project to include the adult passage and juvenile outmigration objectives.  The Biomonitoring Plan for habitat enhancement effectiveness monitoring has been completed and those related tasks identified in the 2007-2009 solicitation and in the 2010 project review have been added to the 2013 statement of work in reduced and modified form as described in the Biomonitoring Plan. To optimize efficiencies, these new objectives will be conducted collaboratively with CTUIR’s Lamprey Project, CTUIR’s Habitat Project, CTUIR’s Passage Project.  CTUIR Artificial Production Project, and ODFW’s Outmigration Monitoring Project.

B.  Columbia Habitat Monitoring Program (CHaMP)

Under the direction of BPA administration and BPA CHaMP staff, CTUIR will monitor habitat features using CHaMP protocols at 12 sites during 2013 for long term habitat trend monitoring and habitat action effectiveness monitoring on selected sites (not GRTS).  Habitat monitoring will be paired with biological monitoring at each pair of control and treatment sites and at all before/after comparisons where there were no control sites meeting the site selection criteria in the Bio-monitoring study protocol. CTUIR will collect the complete suit of CHaMP metrics using CHaMP protocols so that data can be seamlessly integrated into the CHaMP database.

In support of habitat restoration, rehabilitation and conservation action performance assessments and adaptive management requirements of the 2008 Federal Columbia River Power System Biological Opinion (FCRPS BiOp), the Bonneville Power Administration is working with NOAA and other regional fish management agencies to monitor status and trends of fish habitat for each major population group (MPG) in the Pacific Northwest identified through the Endangered Species Act (ESA).   Status monitoring provides information on the quantity and quality of current habitat and thus maximizes spatial coverage with a given number of sample sites.  Trend monitoring is used to detect changes in habitat through time and thus requires repeat samples at given sites.  Minimizing sampling and measurement error is crucial in order to differentiate this variability from natural variability though time and space.  In order to compare information across multiple MPGs, BPA is adopting a standardized fish habitat monitoring protocol, the Columbia Habitat Monitoring Program (CHaMP) for the Columbia River Basin monitoring programs.  

CHaMP is a Columbia River basin-wide habitat status and trends monitoring program built around a single habitat monitoring protocol with a program-wide approach to data collection and management which meets FCRPS Action Agency (2010) programmatic prescriptions for habitat monitoring.  CHaMP was developed by the Integrated Status and Effectiveness Monitoring Program (ISEMP) to capture habitat features that drive fish population biology and will result in systematic habitat status and trends information that will be used to assess basin-wide habitat condition and correlated with biological response indicators to evaluate habitat management strategies.  CHaMP is integrated with ongoing Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Program (PNAMP) and Recovery Planning efforts, as well as the collaborative process across Columbia Basin fish management agencies and tribes and other state and federal agencies that are monitoring anadromous salmonids and/or their habitat.  

The CHaMP is being proposed by the ISEMP and eight collaborating agencies  to help BPA meet the requirements of the 2008 FCRPS BiOp and RPA 56.3.  This program will provide information on the status/trends in habitat conditions, and will support habitat restoration, rehabilitation and conservation actions, performance assessments, and the adaptive management requirements of the 2008 FCRPS BiOp.  In addition, the CHaMP meets RPA 56.3, RPA 57, and RPA 3 by characterizing stream and fish responses to watershed restoration and/or management actions in at least one population within each steelhead and Chinook MPG which have, or will have, fish in-fish out monitoring (identified in RPA 50.6).  The watersheds originally identified for CHaMP include: Hood River, Wind River, Toppenish, Klickitat, Fifteen Mile, Lower Mainstem JD, North Fork JD, Upper Mainstem JD, Middle Fork JD, South Fork JD, Umatilla, Upper Grande Ronde, Catherine Ck, Imnaha, Lolo Ck, Tucannon, Asotin, SF Salmon, Big Ck, Lemhi, Pahsimeroi, Wenatchee, Entiat, Methow, and Okanogan.  These watersheds were chosen to maximize the contrast in current habitat conditions and also represent a temporal gradient of expected change in condition through planned habitat actions.  Following recommendations of the ISRP review, CHaMP is being implemented in a subset of these subbasins, which are Lower Mainstem JD, North Fork JD, Upper Mainstem JD, Middle Fork JD, South Fork JD, Upper Grande Ronde, Catherine Ck, Tucannon, SF Salmon, Lemhi, Wenatchee, Entiat, and Methow,  CHaMP collaborators will be supported by cross-project data management, stewardship and analysis staff, annual pre- and post-season meetings, annual field protocol and data management tool implementation training sessions.  

Program Elements

(1) Sampling Design
A Generalized Random-Tessellation Sampling (GRTS) survey design was recommended by Crawford and Rumsey (2009) for monitoring habitat status and trend in the Columbia River Basin.  The GRTS design was initially developed under the EPA’s Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program and is a probabilistic sampling design that has been shown to be advantageous for generating habitat condition parameters with known statistical characteristics.  The CHaMP monitoring design follows a  GRTS design with a 3 year rotating 1-to-1 split panel structure to distribute sampling effort in space and time, and has management tools for sampling design.  Implementing a GRTS survey design correctly is critical to producing a final dataset with known statistical characteristics requiring the implementation of strict procedures during the site evaluation and selection process.  A GRTS Site Selection Protocol and Tool will be provided to each collaborator to support field crews with efficiently completing the process while strictly enforcing design requirements.  

(2) Field Sampling
Habitat field sampling will follow the Bouwes et al. (2010) protocol that was developed after a review of fish habitat requirements, interactions of processes that influence fish habitat, the spatial scales for the context of these interactions, and current monitoring programs.  The protocol has the greatest probability of being comparable to other protocols and most relevant to salmonids and has been designed to be applied across varying spatial contexts depending on the logistical constrains of the sites.  In areas where GPS signals can be obtained, along with aerial photos, habitat units within reaches can be superimposed onto aerial photos with a map grade GPS.  In situations, where a GPS signal is not obtainable, units can be referenced to aerial photos and supplemented with on the ground measurements.  Finally, in situations where a GPS signal and aerial photos cannot be obtained a stick-and-tape method can be employed to delineate the reach into habitat units.  All approaches use a GPS map-grade data logger and thus do not require new gear for differing spatial contexts across related approaches.  

(i) Standardized Crew Training: Sampling and Data Capture Tool
Standardized field crew training in the recommended methods will be employed in all the CHaMP watersheds.  This standardized approach will promote crew efficiency and improved standardization across the region.  In addition to agency-specific safety and other training, CHaMP will provide training to support cooperating agencies that implement the recommended habitat protocol.

(ii) QA/QC crews to do repeat sampling across all participating watersheds
Repeated sampling of habitat monitoring sites within the same sampling season has proven to be an important component of GRTS-based, watershed-scale habitat monitoring.  Repeat sampling assists with 1) quality assurance/quality control, 2) the assessment of crew variability as a component of variation, and 3) providing improvements to temporal variability recognition (i.e., trend detection).  Furthermore, repeat sampling will be important to ISEMP’s research goals of testing the performance of the recommended protocols across the Columbia Basin.  To achieve these objectives, CHaMP will conduct repeat sampling visits for all watersheds in this program at 10 percent of all sampling sites during the low-flow index period.

(3) Data Management
For a monitoring program at the scale of the Columbia River Basin to be successful a robust data management system must be in place before initiating data collection.  Monitoring habitat in the CHaMP watersheds will generate a massive volume of data.  A system of data processing, storage, analysis, reporting, and distribution is available to meet the needs of a large-scale monitoring program, such as (a) documenting monitoring objectives, study design and intended analysis; (b) summarizing how, when, and where the monitoring data were collected, (c) supporting a range of analytical methods, such as hypothesis testing, time series analysis, structural equation modeling, and GIS support; and (d) adapting to changing requirements in the future.  The data system includes a centralized data warehouse and web-based data discovery tool (; data exchange and loading procedures; a database schema that defines data storage format (Aquatic Resources Schema, ARS); metadata tools; data capture, validation, and summary tools; quality control and assurance procedures; and data stewards who support the system.

(i) Field Data Capture Tools: Hand Held Loggers
Field crews will need applications to support data capture, review, summarization, and reporting and a suite of handheld and desktop tools to support both habitat and fish monitoring is available.  These tools have XML-based mechanisms to synchronize data.  This workflow includes documenting metadata about project and statistical design, entering survey event information and observations, performing quality assurance procedures, deriving metrics, and submitting data for archiving.

(ii) GIS Data Management and Geoprocessing
The large spatial scales that the CHaMP will cover means that assimilating and managing spatial datasets in GIS, accounting for the geomorphic context of sampling, and performing watershed or subbasin-scale analyses are important data features within these programs.  GIS data management support, coordination, and basic processing for monitoring programs that require data management guidance or processing assistance is available and development of geospatial models, the use of remote sensing technologies to collect continuous GIS datasets, such as LIDAR and aerial photos, and integrating field-based tabular data within a geospatial context is ongoing.  

(iii) Data Storage and Retrieval
The CHaMP will have multiple groups collecting data and it will be critical to have data accessible and available for use by all groups within the program. serves as a long-term storage facility for monitoring datasets including metadata and features online interfaces for searching, viewing, and downloading datasets and documents associated with the coordinated monitoring program.

(4) Collaboration and Coordination
This is cooperative effort with ODFW focusing on sampling 25 sites within the steelhead population in the Upper Grande Ronde and CRITFC concentrating their efforts in the spring Chinook populations in the Upper Grande Ronde/Catherine Creek with 25 sites. In addition, ODFW will assist CRITFC in sampling five additional sites within the spring Chinook salmon distribution, which overlap with the steelhead distribution, to maximize the number of sites sampled and data sharing between the two agencies to achieve both programs' long term monitoring goals for steelhead and Chinook salmon in the Upper Grande Ronde River. ODFW will utilize CRITFC methodology when and where appropriate, in conjunction with CHaMP methodology to achieve these goals.
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Full Name Organization Write Permission Contact Role Email Work Phone
Julie Burke Umatilla Confederated Tribes (CTUIR) Yes Administrative Contact (541) 429-7292
Craig Contor Umatilla Confederated Tribes (CTUIR) Yes Contract Manager (541) 429-7279
Tracy Hauser Bonneville Power Administration Yes COR (503) 230-4296
Brenda Heister Bonneville Power Administration Yes Contracting Officer (503) 230-3531
Gary James Umatilla Confederated Tribes (CTUIR) No Interested Party (541) 429-7285
Amy Mai Bonneville Power Administration Yes Env. Compliance Lead (503) 230-7349
Russell Scranton Bonneville Power Administration Yes Interested Party (503) 230-4412
Gene Shippentower Umatilla Confederated Tribes (CTUIR) Yes Supervisor (541) 429-7287
John Skidmore Bonneville Power Administration Yes F&W Approver (503) 230-5494

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Deliverable Title WSE Sort Letter, Number, Title Start End Concluded
Maintain ESA Permits and Complete Permit Annual Reports A: 165. Maintain existing permits and Submit Annual ESA Permit Reports 02/27/2015 02/26/2015
Completed Spawning Surveys B: 157. Spawning Surveys 02/27/2015 01/26/2015
Completed biomonitoring spawning surveys C: 157. Biomonitoring Spawning Surveys 11/28/2014 11/28/2014
Completed Estimates of Tribal Harvest D: 157. Harvest Monitoring 02/28/2015 02/26/2015
Completed Scale Interpretation and Cataloging E: 157. Age, growth, and brood-year monitoring 02/13/2015 02/26/2015
Water Temperature Data F: 157. Monitor Water Temperatures 01/30/2015 12/19/2014
5,000 Steelhead Pit Tagged G: 158. Pit Tag 5,000 Steelhead 02/28/2015 02/26/2015
Trap, tag, and recapture steelhead in Meacham Creek and the upper Umatilla River H: 157. Outmigration Monitoring 02/28/2015 02/26/2015
Completed juvenile salmonid surveys I: 157. Biomonitoring juvenile salmonid surveys 02/27/2015 02/26/2015
Project Level Habitat Action effectiveness monitoring J: 157. Conduct CHaMP Habitat Monitoring for Project Action Effectiveness Assessment 11/28/2014 11/28/2014
Upload quality assured data to K: 159. Deliver habitat data to 12/31/2014 12/31/2014
Maintain and Develop Accessible Databases L: 160. Manage and summarize data 02/28/2015 02/26/2015
Maintain and Develop Accessible Biomonitoring and CHaMP Databases M: 160. Manage Biomonitoring and CHaMP data 12/19/2014 12/19/2014
Completed Data Analysis N: 162. Analyze data 01/30/2015 01/30/2015
Completed Biomonitoring and CHaMP Data Analysis O: 162. Biomonitoring and CHaMP data Analysis 02/27/2015
Participate in UMMEOC and AOP P: 189. Participate in Umatilla Management Monitoring & Evaluation Oversight Committee (UMMEOC) and Um 02/20/2015 02/19/2015
Project administration and coordination Q: 119. Manage Projects and administrative duties 02/27/2015 02/26/2015
Final 2013 RPA Report R: 141. 2013 RPA Report 03/14/2014 03/14/2014
Draft CY 2014 RPA Report S: 141. 2014 RPA Report 01/30/2015 01/30/2015
Upload final 2013 Annual Report T: 132. 2013 Annual Report - January 2013 - December 2013 03/14/2014 03/14/2014

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Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Chinook (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) - All Populations
  • 5 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 1 instance of WE 159 Transfer/Consolidate Regionally Standardized Data
  • 2 instances of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data
Chinook (O. tshawytscha) - Snake River Spring/Summer ESU (Threatened)
  • 1 instance of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
Steelhead (O. mykiss) - Middle Columbia River DPS (Threatened)
  • 8 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
  • 2 instances of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data
Steelhead (O. mykiss) - Snake River DPS (Threatened)
  • 1 instance of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 1 instance of WE 159 Transfer/Consolidate Regionally Standardized Data
  • 1 instance of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data

Sort WE ID WE Title NEPA NOAA USFWS NHPA Has Provisions Inadvertent Discovery Completed
A 165 Maintain existing permits and Submit Annual ESA Permit Reports 03/01/2014
B 157 Spawning Surveys 11/21/2013
C 157 Biomonitoring Spawning Surveys 11/21/2013
D 157 Harvest Monitoring 11/25/2013
E 157 Age, growth, and brood-year monitoring 11/25/2013
F 157 Monitor Water Temperatures 11/25/2013
G 158 Pit Tag 5,000 Steelhead 03/01/2014
H 157 Outmigration Monitoring 12/12/2013
I 157 Biomonitoring juvenile salmonid surveys 04/30/2014
J 157 Conduct CHaMP Habitat Monitoring for Project Action Effectiveness Assessment 06/06/2014
K 159 Deliver habitat data to 03/01/2014
L 160 Manage and summarize data 03/01/2014
M 160 Manage Biomonitoring and CHaMP data 03/01/2014
N 162 Analyze data 03/01/2014
O 162 Biomonitoring and CHaMP data Analysis 03/01/2014
P 189 Participate in Umatilla Management Monitoring & Evaluation Oversight Committee (UMMEOC) and Um 03/01/2014
Q 119 Manage Projects and administrative duties 03/01/2014
R 141 2013 RPA Report 03/01/2014
S 141 2014 RPA Report 03/01/2014
T 132 2013 Annual Report - January 2013 - December 2013 03/01/2014
U 132 2014 Annual Report - January 2014 - December 2014 03/01/2014
V 185 Quarterly Status Reports 03/01/2014