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Contract 72379: 2008-109-00 EXP RESIDENT FISH RM&E
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Resident Fish Research, Monitoring and Evaluation (RM&E)
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Intermountain Columbia Upper 100.00%
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68646: 2008-109-00 EXP RESIDENT FISH RM&E
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The Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT) Resident Fish RM&E project is a Columbia River Fish Accord project that began in 2008. The primary goal for the Resident Fish RM&E Project is to conserve, enhance and restore native fish populations in the blocked area above Grand Coulee Dam in Lake Roosevelt and its tributaries, and where appropriate provide opportunities for subsistence harvest by the Colville Tribal members and recreational anglers. The current work of the RM&E project will focus on the protection and conservation of Redband Trout populations on the CCT Reservation, with a focus on the Sanpoil River.

Rainbow Trout are a focal species in the Sanpoil Subbasin under the Intermountain Province Subbasin Plan (IMP) due to their recreational value as a sport fish and their cultural significance to the CCT (Gillin and Pizzimenti 2004). The Columbia River Redband Trout are a subspecies of Rainbow Trout native to the Columbia River drainage east of the Cascade Mountains as far as barrier falls on the Snake, Spokane, Pend Oreille, and Kootenai rivers (Allendorf et al. 1980; Behnke 1992; McLellan and Lee 2010). Effective fisheries management of Redband Trout requires an understanding of population structure, complex historical management activities, geography, and life history strategies (Small et al. 1998; McCusker et al. 2000; Spidle et al. 2003; Spruell et al. 2003; Small et al. 2007).
Two genetically distinct subspecies of rainbow trout have been identified within the Sanpoil Subbasin(Small and Dean 2006, 2007). Redband trout are native to the drainage, while coastal Rainbow Trout have been introduced to the area (Gillin and Pizzimenti 2004). Native redband may be genetically similar to the native, steelhead populations that were once abundant within the upper Columbia River system (Leary 1997; Gillan and Pizzimenti 2004).

In order to properly manage the Redband population for protection and enhancement, an understanding of population dynamics is necessary along with an understanding of survival during key life stages. The project plans to implement four primary tasks which include monitoring abundance, monitoring recruitment, monitoring harvest, and monitoring escapement to assist with filling data gaps and assist management decisions. The development of a multi-year data set will enable managers to monitor trends over time and address potential limiting factors.

Monitoring Recruitment: The project will use PIT tag arrays and screw traps to estimate recruitment of Redband Trout to Lake Roosevelt from the Sanpoil River basin. Out-migration timing will be monitored with the PIT tag array and screw trap.  The project will monitor at least three PIT tag arrays at key tributaries to monitor fluvial and adfluvial population movement trends.

Monitor Harvest: The project will coordinate with the Lake Roosevelt Fisheries Evaluation Project (1994-043-00) to obtain creel information on wild Rainbow Trout. Creel clerks scan all wild Rainbow Trout for PIT tags. Tissue samples and otolith samples will be collected from all wild Rainbow Trout during creel surveys. If funds are available, DNA analysis will be conducted to determine the proportion of wild trout harvest from the Sanpoil River and other CCT tributaries.

Monitor Escapement: The project will monitor lacustrine adfluvial escapement into the Sanpoil River from a weir trap installed near the mouth of the river.  The project is currently coordinating with other projects to cost-share the development and construction of a weir that can withstand the spring freshet. Until that time, a temporary weir is used as long as it is safe to be in the river. The mainstem PIT tag array will also be used to track river entry timing of adult of spawning fish.

Monitor Movements/Entrainment: The project has coordinated with the Spokane Tribe and Eastern Washington University (EWU) graduate students to implement an acoustic tracking study of Redband Trout. The graduate student has finished their project and EWU will no longer be downloading and assimilating movement data. This project still has acoustically tagged Redband Trout in the reservoir from last year's marking event. This project will take over downloading, maintaining, and processing acoustic information for Redband Trout marked by CCT. These duties will be coordinated with the Spokane Tribe, who owns a large portion of the VR2s array system in the reservoir. Entrainment of adult and juvenile Redband Trout will be moniored with the acoustic re located below Grand Coulee Dam (in Rufus Woods) and with full duplex PIT tags placed in out-migrating juveniles that may be detected at lower river bypass facilities.

The development of a standardized stock assessment project will enable biologists to estimate the current status of the Redband stock relative to management targets. These estimates will then be used to suggest management activities to improve abundance of Redband Trout.
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Full Name Organization Write Permission Contact Role Email Work Phone
Daniel Affonso Bonneville Power Administration No Interested Party (503) 230-3893
Dawn Boorse Bonneville Power Administration Yes Env. Compliance Lead (503) 230-5678
Randy Friedlander Colville Confederated Tribes Yes Supervisor (509) 634-2110
Billy Gunn Colville Confederated Tribes Yes Administrative Contact (509) 422-7740
Bryan Jones Colville Confederated Tribes No Technical Contact (509) 422-4771
Peter Lofy Bonneville Power Administration Yes F&W Approver (503) 230-4193
Amy Mai Bonneville Power Administration Yes COTR (503) 230-7349
Solomonn Marsh Bonneville Power Administration No Contracting Officer (503) 230-3943
Holly McLellan Colville Confederated Tribes Yes Contract Manager (509) 209-2415
Kary Nichols Colville Confederated Tribes No Interested Party (509) 422-4782
Bret Nine Colville Confederated Tribes No Supervisor (509) 209-2419
Christopher Roper Bonneville Power Administration No CO Assistant (503) 230-3514
Tybee Sheidler Bonneville Power Administration No CO Assistant (503) 230-3820
Elham Zolmajd-Haghighi Bonneville Power Administration No CO Assistant (503) 230-7414

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Deliverable Title WSE Sort Letter, Number, Title Start End Complete
All administrative tasks fulfilled with timely quality products B: 119. Project Administration 04/30/2017 04/28/2017
Environmental compliance C: 165. Environmental Compliance 04/30/2017 04/28/2017
Redband Trout movement patterns D: 157. Redband Trout movement monitoring 04/30/2017 04/28/2017
Analysis and interpretation of movement data E: 162. Redband Trout movement analysis 04/30/2017 04/28/2017
Collect adult rainbow trout in the Sanpoil River weir F: 157. Redband Trout Escapement 04/30/2017 04/28/2017
Analysis and interpretation of weir trap data G: 162. Redband Trout Escapement analysis 03/15/2017 03/15/2017
Redband Trout recruitment H: 157. Redband Trout juvenile recruitment 04/30/2017 04/28/2017
Analysis and interpretation of screw trap data I: 162. Redband Trout recruitment analysis 04/30/2017 04/28/2017
Produce accessible, error-checked datasets J: 157. Redband Trout Genetics Study 04/30/2017 04/28/2017
Redband Trout Genetic Analysis K: 162. Redband Trout Genetics Analysis 04/30/2017 04/28/2017
Produce accessible, error-checked datasets L: 157. Sanpoil River Water Temperature 04/30/2017 04/28/2017
Provide assistance with predator removal M: 190. Nonnative predator removal: assist with predator removal in the Sanpoil Arm 07/31/2016 07/29/2016
Completed Annual Report N: 132. Submit Progress Report for the period (Jan 2015) to (Dec 2016) 04/30/2017 03/24/2017

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Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Kokanee (Oncorhynchus nerka)
  • 1 instance of WE 190 Remove, Exclude and/or Relocate Animals
Trout, Interior Redband (O. mykiss gairdnerii)
  • 1 instance of WE 190 Remove, Exclude and/or Relocate Animals
  • 5 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 4 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 05/01/2016
B 119 Project Administration 05/01/2016
C 165 Environmental Compliance 05/01/2016
D 157 Redband Trout movement monitoring 06/15/2016
E 162 Redband Trout movement analysis 05/01/2016
F 157 Redband Trout Escapement 05/01/2016
G 162 Redband Trout Escapement analysis 05/01/2016
H 157 Redband Trout juvenile recruitment 05/01/2016
I 162 Redband Trout recruitment analysis 05/01/2016
J 157 Redband Trout Genetics Study 05/01/2016
K 162 Redband Trout Genetics Analysis 05/01/2016
L 157 Sanpoil River Water Temperature 05/01/2016
M 190 Nonnative predator removal: assist with predator removal in the Sanpoil Arm 05/01/2016
N 132 Submit Progress Report for the period (Jan 2015) to (Dec 2016) 05/01/2016