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Contract 72749: 2010-034-00 EXP UPPER COLUMBIA SPRING CHINOOK
Project Number:
Title:
Upper Columbia Spring Chinook and Steelhead Juvenile and Adult Abundance, Productivity and Spatial Structure Monitoring
BPA PM:
Stage:
Implementation
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia Cascade Entiat 5.00%
Methow 35.00%
Okanogan 25.00%
Wenatchee 35.00%
Contract Number:
72749
Contract Title:
2010-034-00 EXP UPPER COLUMBIA SPRING CHINOOK
Contract Continuation:
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69402: 2010-034-00 EXP UPPER COLUMBIA SPRING CHINOOK
  • 74314 REL 5: 2010-034-00 EXP WDFW UPPER COLUMBIA STEELHEAD MONITORING
Contract Status:
Closed
Contract Description:
Since initiation of this project in 2010 WDFW has focused on expanding the instream PIT tag detection site (IPTDS) infrastructure in the Upper Columbia River basin and developing PIT tag based steelhead escapement models. Refinement of the methodology used to estimate steelhead abundance in the Upper Columbia River basin has been greatly improved through the use of PIT tag based models. As of now, estimates of hatchery and wild steelhead abundance to the four major populations in the Upper Columbia River basin (Wenatchee, Entiat, Methow and Okanogan Rivers) have been generated for five years with estimates of uncertainty at or near the recommended level of precision for monitoring salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River basin. The same methodology has also been used to estimates steelhead spawner abundance in tributaries.

Beginning in 2015, the focus of the project shifted to radio telemetry monitoring, using fish radio and PIT tagged at Priest Rapids Dam to independently validate the PIT tag based estimates. Following completion of the radio telemetry study the new PIT tag based approach and revised estimates will be adopted by the WDFW and co-managers, representing a new standard for status and trend monitoring. Additional benefits from the radio telemetry project will include estimates of reach specific prespawn mortality in the Upper Columbia River basin, and population characteristics (e.g., redds per female, spawn timing and distribution). Radio tagging and tracking began in July 2015 and will continue through the duration of this contract (June 2017).

A key component to all these activities is the steelhead stock assessment work at Priest Rapids Dam during which a random sample of steelhead are trapped for sampling and tagging. Fish are systematically sampled three days per week, with the goal of obtaining a 15% tag rate representative of the entire run. A total of 2,776 adult steelhead were tagged at PRD in 2015, amounting to a 19.3% tag rate. The three day a week sampling scheme will continue in 2016.

WDFW technicians will continue to operate and maintain IPTDS in the Upper Columbia River basin in order to maximize operational time and data quality at all WDFW operated sites. All IPTDS operated by WDFW in the Upper Columbia River basin are operated consistent with protocols and guidelines developed under the ISEMP project (BPA project 2003-017-00).

Many data gaps in the Upper Columbia River basin have been filled through this project, including: 1) Evaluating the accuracy of the steelhead spawning ground survey design, 2) Estimating the precision of redd counts for both steelhead and spring Chinook Salmon, 3) Developing analytical tools to automate and standardize the analysis of PIT tag data from instream PIT tag detection sites, and 4) Evaluating the precision and accuracy of the smolt monitoring methodology for both steelhead and spring Chinook Salmon. However, significant data gaps related to VSP parameters (abundance, productivity and spatial structure) of spring Chinook and steelhead remain throughout the Upper Columbia River basin. This project will continue to focus on filling these remaining data gaps. Under this contract period, we will evaluate egg-to-fry survival patterns and parr distribution and habitat utilization within the Wenatchee River basin. Egg-to-fry survival will be examined by constructing artificial redds in Nason Creek, the Little Wenatchee River, the upper mainstem Wenatchee River, and the White River. The survival patterns that are discovered through this process may contribute to habitat restoration project prioritization, life-cycle modeling, and inform the variability of incubation survival within the Wenatchee River basin. Parr distribution and habitat utilization surveys will be conducted seasonally; sampling the entire mainstem Wenatchee River bank edges for PIT tagged fish. Methods will include a combination of floating and walking with mobile PIT tag detection equipment. Edge habitat classification surveys will also be conducted. PIT tag detections will be georeferenced in order to evaluate parr distribution and habitat utilization. Juvenile rearing locations can be used to identify preferred habitat types and, in turn, provide data to priortize restoration actions. Detections of marked fish can be also used for survival models.

WDFW will be the research lead for the project and obtain all necessary environmental compliance permits for the project which includes FY16 contract requisition #'s: 295356 and 295357. Andrew Murdoch will be the point of contact for WDFW. Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT) will be the primary contractor for the Okanogan Basin; FY16 CR #: 295357. John Arterburn is the point of contact for CCT.

Background on the project:

Despite the incredible amount of resources devoted to salmon and steelhead recovery, most ESA-listed populations in the Upper Columbia River basin (UCR) are not meeting delisting criteria. Collective efforts to date have not shown habitat restoration and hatchery supplementation, as currently applied, to be effective recovery tools (Ford, 2011; Maier, 2014). This project seeks to develop and implement a process that builds upon and augments data from existing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) programs to identify factors limiting desired performance (e.g., productivity, abundance) and efficiently inform the recovery actions directed at salmon and steelhead populations.
A unique, well-coordinated and standardized M&E effort exists in the UCR. Adult and smolt monitoring of all primary populations in the UCR has been ongoing for several years. M&E programs are currently being funded by BPA (ISEMP, OBMEP), and Chelan, Douglas, and Grant County Public Utility Districts. Activities under the M&E programs are being conducted by various Federal, State, Tribal, and County agencies and private contractors. A high degree of coordination and cooperation among programs and contractors has allowed for standardization of metrics and methodologies throughout much of the UCR. Despite the comprehensive nature of these programs, uncertainty exists regarding the accuracy and precision of both juvenile and adult abundance estimates. This status and trend project seeks to estimate the accuracy and precision of several of the current methodologies used in the ongoing monitoring programs, and where applicable, revise methodologies in order to meet accuracy and precision recommendations for monitoring viable salmonid population (VSP) parameters (Crawford and Rumsey 2009).
Account Type(s):
Expense
Contract Start Date:
07/01/2016
Contract End Date:
06/30/2017
Current Contract Value:
$676,124
Expenditures:
$676,124

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 30-Sep-2020.

BPA CO:
BPA COTR:
Env. Compliance Lead:
Work Order Task(s):
Contract Type:
Contract (IGC)
Pricing Method:
Cost Reimbursement (CNF)
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Full Name Organization Write Permission Contact Role Email Work Phone
Brenda Aguirre Bonneville Power Administration Yes Env. Compliance Lead baguirre@bpa.gov (503) 230-5928
John Arterburn Colville Confederated Tribes Yes Interested Party john.arterburn@colvilletribes.com (509) 422-7424
Jeremy Cram Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Yes Contract Manager jeremy.cram@dfw.wa.gov (509) 664-3148
Lisa Dexter Bonneville Power Administration No Interested Party lldexter@bpa.gov (503) 230-3893
Stephanie Green Bonneville Power Administration No Contracting Officer sagreen@bpa.gov
Janice Jackson Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Yes Administrative Contact janice.jackson@dfw.wa.gov (360) 902-2444
McLain Johnson Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Yes Supervisor mclain.johnson@dfw.wa.gov (509) 664-4312x24
Maureen Kavanagh Bonneville Power Administration Yes COTR makavanagh@bpa.gov (503) 230-4272
Peter Lofy Bonneville Power Administration Yes F&W Approver ptlofy@bpa.gov (503) 230-4193
Andrew Murdoch Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Yes Supervisor andrew.murdoch@dfw.wa.gov (509) 664-3148x15
Christopher Roper Bonneville Power Administration No CO Assistant cproper@bpa.gov (503) 230-3514
Tybee Sheidler Bonneville Power Administration No CO Assistant tasheidler@bpa.gov (503) 230-3820
Ben Truscott Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Yes Contract Manager ben.truscott@dfw.wa.gov (509) 664-3148
Elham Zolmajd-Haghighi Bonneville Power Administration No CO Assistant ezolmajd-haghighi@bpa.gov (503) 230-7414


Viewing of Work Statement Elements

Deliverable Title WSE Sort Letter, Number, Title Start End Complete
EC documents obtained for this contract and for FY16 contract requisition #'s: 295357 and 295356 A: 165. Provide EC documentation to BPA 06/30/2017 06/30/2017
All administrative tasks fulfilled with timely quality products B: 119. Manage and administer project 06/30/2017 06/30/2017
Estimated number of hatchery and wild steelhead at Priest Rapids Dam C: 157. Upper Columbia steelhead stock assessment 06/30/2017 06/30/2017
Number of steelhead PIT tagged or recaptured. D: 158. PIT tag adult steelhead at Priest Rapids Dam 11/15/2016 11/15/2016
Produce accessible, error-checked datasets E: 157. Operate and maintain PIT tag arrays 06/30/2017 06/30/2017
PIT tag mark and recapture data F: 159. Upload PIT tag data to PTAGIS database 06/30/2017 06/30/2017
Steelhead abundance estimates G: 162. Estimate steelhead abundance 12/31/2016 12/31/2016
Radio tagged steelhead H: 158. Radio tag a representative sample of steelhead at Priest Rapids Dam 11/15/2016 11/15/2016
Produce accessible, error-checked datasets I: 157. Track radio tagged steelhead 06/30/2017 06/30/2017
Distribution and survival of radio tagged steelhead J: 162. Estimate the distribution and survival of adult steelhead 03/01/2017 03/01/2017
Produce accessible, error-checked datasets K: 157. Egg-to-fry survival study 06/30/2017 06/30/2017
Produce accessible, error-checked datasets L: 157. Parr distribution and habitat utilization 06/30/2017 06/30/2017
Submit BiOp RPA Report in cbfish.org N: 202. BiOp RPA Report for CY 2016 03/15/2017 03/15/2017
Produce annual technical report O: 132. Submit Progress Report 03/15/2017 03/15/2017

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Viewing of Environmental Metrics

Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Chinook (O. tshawytscha) - Upper Columbia River Spring ESU (Endangered)
  • 2 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
Steelhead (O. mykiss) - Upper Columbia River DPS (Threatened)
  • 3 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 2 instances of WE 158 Mark/Tag Animals
  • 1 instance of WE 159 Transfer/Consolidate Regionally Standardized Data
  • 2 instances of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data

Sort WE ID WE Title NEPA NOAA USFWS NHPA Has Provisions Inadvertent Discovery Completed
A 165 Provide EC documentation to BPA 07/01/2016
B 119 Manage and administer project 07/01/2016
C 157 Upper Columbia steelhead stock assessment 07/01/2016
D 158 PIT tag adult steelhead at Priest Rapids Dam 07/01/2016
E 157 Operate and maintain PIT tag arrays 07/01/2016
F 159 Upload PIT tag data to PTAGIS database 07/01/2016
G 162 Estimate steelhead abundance 07/01/2016
H 158 Radio tag a representative sample of steelhead at Priest Rapids Dam 07/01/2016
I 157 Track radio tagged steelhead 07/01/2016
J 162 Estimate the distribution and survival of adult steelhead 07/01/2016
K 157 Egg-to-fry survival study 07/01/2016
L 157 Parr distribution and habitat utilization 07/01/2016
M 185 Periodic Status Reports for BPA 07/01/2016
N 202 BiOp RPA Report for CY 2016
O 132 Submit Progress Report 07/01/2016