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Contract 71488: 1991-073-00 EXP IDAHO NATURAL PRODUCTION MONITORING - 2016
Project Number:
Title:
Idaho Natural Production Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
Stage:
Closed
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Mountain Snake Salmon 100.00%
Contract Number:
71488
Contract Title:
1991-073-00 EXP IDAHO NATURAL PRODUCTION MONITORING - 2016
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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.

As a large-scale, perpetual monitoring project, INPMEP interacts with other projects that are concerned with natural production of salmonids in Idaho.  These projects include the Idaho Steelhead Monitoring and Evaluation Studies (ISMES; project 1990-055-00) and the Idaho Supplementation Studies (ISS, 1989-098-00).  The latter is in the process of sun setting and many of the monitoring actives formerly conducted under ISS were been shifted to INPMEP in this contract cycle.  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.

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 2016, 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 objectives for INPMEP have been expanded from previous years to reflect the absorption of monitoring activities formerly under ISS (see above).  INPMEP’s original objectives are maintained in objectives one through four, while the latter two objectives were previously under the ISS project.  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 2015 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.
Objective 5. Estimate juvenile emigrant abundance and survival to Lower Granite Dam for intensively monitored populations.
Objective 6. Estimate spawner abundance at the population level.  This entails enumerating adults by expanding redd counts (ground or air) and/or accounting of fish released above hatchery weirs.
Account Type(s):
Expense
Contract Start Date:
02/01/2016
Contract End Date:
01/31/2017
Current Contract Value:
$1,584,408
Expenditures:
$1,584,408

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

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Contract Type:
Contract (IGC)
Pricing Method:
Cost Reimbursement (CNF)
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Deliverable Title WSE Sort Letter, Number, Title Start End Complete
Permits obtained to do field work B: 165. Project Permitting 12/31/2016 12/31/2016
Snorkel survey data (Salmon and Clearwater River basins) C: 157. Conduct General Parr Monitoring 09/30/2016 09/30/2016
Produce accessible, error-checked datasets D: 157. Install and Operate Screw Traps 12/31/2016 12/30/2016
Produce accessible, error-checked datasets E: 157. Collect Juvenile Chinook DNA at Screw Traps 12/15/2016 12/15/2016
Produce accessible, error-checked datasets F: 157. Conduct Single- and Multiple-Pass Chinook Redd Counts 12/15/2016 12/15/2016
Chinook salmon spawning ground biological data (Salmon and Clearwater River basins) G: 157. Collate and Collect Chinook Spawning Ground Biological Data 01/31/2017 01/31/2017
Produce accessible, error-checked datasets H: 157. Monitor Adult Chinook Escapement Using Weirs 12/15/2016 12/15/2016
Produce accessible, error-checked datasets I: 157. Supplemental Data Collection 12/15/2016 12/15/2016
Adult Chinook scale and tissue samples and data from Lower Granite Dam J: 157. Collect Adult Chinook Samples and Data at Lower Granite Dam 10/31/2016 10/31/2016
Juvenile Chinook tissue samples and data from Lower Granite Dam K: 157. Collect Juvenile Chinook Samples and Data at Lower Granite Dam 07/31/2016 07/31/2016
Chinook abundance, harvest, and hatchery take L: 157. Collate Chinook Adult & Smolt Abundance Data from Cooperators 03/31/2016 03/31/2016
Migration and survival data M: 158. Mark and Tag Juvenile and Adult Chinook Salmon 12/31/2016 12/30/2016
Manage PIT tagging information N: 159. Manage PIT Tag Files 12/15/2016 12/15/2016
Population-specific redd counts (Salmon River and Clearwater River basins) O: 159. Collate Chinook Population-Specific Redd Count Data (2015 data) 01/31/2017 01/31/2017
Annual Queries Complete P: 159. Conduct Data Queries and Summarization (2015) 01/31/2017 01/31/2017
Database Maintenance Cycle Q: 160. Maintain Project Data and Databases (2016 data) 01/31/2017 01/31/2017
Estimate parr densities in snorkeled reaches R: 162. Estimate Parr Densities from Snorkel Surveys (2015 data) 03/31/2016 03/31/2016
Determine the ages of Chinook fin ray samples S: 162. Assign Ages to Adult Chinook Fin Ray Samples (2015 data) 01/31/2017 01/31/2017
Estimate population-specific VSP metrics for wild Chinook T: 162. Estimate Population-Specific Metrics for Adult Chinook Salmon Monitoring (2015 data) 03/31/2016 03/31/2016
Determine the age of wild adult Chinook salmon scale samples from Lower Granite Dam U: 162. Assign Ages to Adult Chinook Scale Samples from Lower Granite Dam (2015 data) 12/31/2016 12/30/2016
Describe Chinook escapement at Lower Granite Dam V: 162. Estimate Adult Chinook Escapement At Lower Granite Dam (2015 data) 03/31/2016 03/31/2016
Wild Chinook smolt production at Lower Granite Dam W: 162. Estimate Chinook Smolt Production at Lower Granite Dam (2015 data) 03/31/2016 03/31/2016
Stock-recruit curve and smolt-to-adult return rates for wild Chinook salmon X: 162. Describe Life-cycle Survival for Snake River Chinook Salmon (2015 data) 04/30/2016 04/29/2016
Manage Project Y: 119. Manage Project 01/31/2017 01/31/2017
Abstracts and presentations complete Z: 161. Conduct Professional Presentations 04/30/2016
Technical manuscripts AA: 183. Prepare/Submit Journal Articles 01/31/2017 01/31/2017
Completed Annual Report AB: 132. Produce Technical Report for Calendar Year2015 12/15/2016 12/15/2016
Submit BiOp RPA Report in Taurus AC: 202. Produce BiOp RPA Report for Calendar Year 2015 03/15/2016 03/15/2016

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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
  • 10 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 1 instance of WE 158 Mark/Tag Animals
  • 3 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)
  • 3 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
  • 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 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 02/01/2016
B 165 Project Permitting 02/01/2016
C 157 Conduct General Parr Monitoring 03/31/2016
D 157 Install and Operate Screw Traps 07/26/2016
E 157 Collect Juvenile Chinook DNA at Screw Traps 07/26/2016
F 157 Conduct Single- and Multiple-Pass Chinook Redd Counts 02/01/2016
G 157 Collate and Collect Chinook Spawning Ground Biological Data 07/26/2016
H 157 Monitor Adult Chinook Escapement Using Weirs 07/26/2016
I 157 Supplemental Data Collection 02/01/2016
J 157 Collect Adult Chinook Samples and Data at Lower Granite Dam 07/26/2016
K 157 Collect Juvenile Chinook Samples and Data at Lower Granite Dam 07/26/2016
L 157 Collate Chinook Adult & Smolt Abundance Data from Cooperators 02/01/2016
M 158 Mark and Tag Juvenile and Adult Chinook Salmon 07/26/2016
N 159 Manage PIT Tag Files 02/01/2016
O 159 Collate Chinook Population-Specific Redd Count Data (2015 data) 02/01/2016
P 159 Conduct Data Queries and Summarization (2015) 02/01/2016
Q 160 Maintain Project Data and Databases (2016 data) 02/01/2016
R 162 Estimate Parr Densities from Snorkel Surveys (2015 data) 02/01/2016
S 162 Assign Ages to Adult Chinook Fin Ray Samples (2015 data) 02/01/2016
T 162 Estimate Population-Specific Metrics for Adult Chinook Salmon Monitoring (2015 data) 02/01/2016
U 162 Assign Ages to Adult Chinook Scale Samples from Lower Granite Dam (2015 data) 02/01/2016
V 162 Estimate Adult Chinook Escapement At Lower Granite Dam (2015 data) 02/01/2016
W 162 Estimate Chinook Smolt Production at Lower Granite Dam (2015 data) 02/01/2016
X 162 Describe Life-cycle Survival for Snake River Chinook Salmon (2015 data) 02/01/2016
Y 119 Manage Project 02/01/2016
Z 161 Conduct Professional Presentations 02/01/2016
AA 183 Prepare/Submit Journal Articles 02/01/2016
AB 132 Produce Technical Report for Calendar Year2015 02/01/2016
AC 202 Produce BiOp RPA Report for Calendar Year 2015